NMR Laboratory Staff Information

Holiday Party

NMR Staff at SCS Holiday Party on 10 Dec 2021. Left to right: Dean Olson, Quinn Greven, Britney Naolhu, Lingyang Zhu, Nikki Duay and Andre Sutrisno.


NMR Staff Publications

Lab Director

Dean Olson, Ph.D. 

146 Roger Adams Lab
(217) 244-0564
Box 81-5

Responsibilities: Overall Lab Operations

Dean is originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.


Lingyang Zhu, Ph.D.

55 Noyes Laboratory
Box 34-1
(217) 333-6283

Responsibilities: Solution NMR, Computers, Software, and System Administration

Originally from Liaoning province in China, Lingyang comes to us via Colorado where she spent several years in industry before moving to Illinois.

Operations Manager

Nikki Duay

146 Roger Adams Lab
Box 81-5
(217) 333-2041

Responsibilities: General Lab Operations, Newcomer Training, Cryogen Management, Accounting, Safety Compliance

Nikki is originally from the Philippines, and grew up speaking Tagalog. She comes to us from Kraft-Heinz in Champaign, where her kids thought she "cooked Mac and Cheese all day," but she was actually an analytical food chemist. Nikki has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

Nikki, Nikki, Nikki

Research Engineer

John Rosheck
Research Engineer 

121 Noyes Lab
(217) 244-6603

Undergraduate Hourly

Quinn Greven (Since May 2021)


Responsibilities: Liquid nitrogen fills, spinner cleaning, bore swabs, odd jobs

Quinn is studying Chemistry with a concentration in Environmental Chemistry.  He is from Chicago and enjoys biking, music, and taking care of his fish and plants.  Since Trish graduated, he’s intrigued at the possibility of becoming the new President of the campus Women’s Roller Derby Club.  So far, he has one endorsement.  Job 1: get some skates.

Quinn 750nb N2 fill



Undergraduate Hourly

Lydia Reed (Since May 2022)


Responsibilities: Liquid nitrogen fills, spinner cleaning, bore swabs, odd jobs


Lydia is studying Chemical Engineering. She enjoys watching movies at the local movie theater in her hometown, Jerseyville, IL. She also enjoys reading and playing cards with her family. Her dream job is to work for Keurig Dr. Pepper in the production of her favorite soda, Dr. Pepper. 


Former Undergraduate Hourly

Britney Naolhu (May 2019 - May 2022)


Responsibilities: Liquid nitrogen fills, spinner cleaning, bore swabs, odd jobs

Britney was in the Honors program for Molecular and Cellular Biology.  She conducted microbiology research under the supervision of Prof. Brenda Wilson in MCB.  Her work investigated protein function and expression in bacterial toxins to understand the mechanism of toxin delivery.  She served as an MCB Peer Advisor and a Student Leader at Carle Hospital.  Britney enjoys travel, adventures, and good food.

LN2 fills

Former Undergraduate Hourly

Patricia (Trish) Mata (May 2019 - July 2021)

Trish last day

We say good-bye to Trish Mata on July 22, 2021, her last day of employment with the NMR Lab.  She faithfully served as one of our undergrad hourlies for over 2 years, handling cryogens, and countless other tasks with aplomb and dedication.  We wish her well in her new position in greater Saint Louis, MO.



Aliza Siddiqui (Summer 2017-Summer 2019)








Damee Moon (Fall 2016-Winter 2019)