Sesame Lab group

pictured from top left:

  • Allison Fox, B.S., 2016
  • Matt Lilley, graduate student
  • Shui-jiong Wang, Postdoc
  • Gus Schaefer, M.S. 2016
  • Hui Huang, Postdoc
  • Dr. Laura Wasylenki, Associate Professor
  • Alice Hui, former Sesame Lab Manager
lab alumni
Dr. Laura Wasylenki

Laura Wasylenki moved to Indiana University Bloomington in 2010. She was previously Assistant Research Scientist in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. She received a B.S. from Stanford University in 1992 in Geology and Symbolic Systems (artificial intelligence) and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology in 1995 and 1999. She was on the faculty of Hartwick College from 1999 to 2002 and a postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Tech from 2002 to 2004.

Formerly an igneous petrologist and then a specialist in calcite crystal growth and biomineralization, Wasylenki now focuses on the use of metal stable isotope geochemistry to address a range of geological, environmental, and biological questions. Many of her recent and current projects have investigated metal isotope effects at solid-fluid interfaces, in particular during metal adsorption to oxyhydroxide mineral particles. This work has implications for ancient and modern geochemical cycles and environmental metal transport.

  • Allison Fox, BS 2016
  • Gus Schaefer MS 2016
  • Alice Hui Lab Manager 2013-2015
  • Jessica Towell BS 2015
  • Haleigh Howe MS 2014
  • Allison Bryan MS 2014
  • Aaron Baer BS 2014
  • Andrew Redifer BS 2014
  • Jared Swihart BS 2013
  • Ryan Wells BS 2013
  • Derrick Newkirk Lab Manager 2012-2013
opening lab party

Periodic Table of cupcakes at Sesame Lab Grand Opening, 2012.