NMR Laboratory Staff Information

SCS Holiday Party
NMR Staff at SCS Holiday Party on 13 Dec 2019. Left to right: Andre Sutrisno, Dean Olson, Lingyang Zhu and Nikki Duay.


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.


Andre Sutrisno, Ph.D.

55 Noyes Laboratory
Box 31-1
(217) 333-4997

Responsibilities: Solid-State NMR, Computers, Software, and System Administration

Andre grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, and spent about 10 years in Canada before moving to Illinois.

Technical Assistant

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

Britney Naolhu (Since May 2019)


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

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

LN2 fills

Undergraduate Hourly

Patricia (Trish) Mata (Since May 2019)


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

Trish is in Chemical and Molecular Engineering with a minor in Spanish.  She performs research in the lab of Prof. Mei Shen fabricating nanosensor probes for multifunctional detection of neurotransmitters, specifically acetylcholine in the brain (not hers).  Trish is an active member of AIChE and the Society of Women Engineers, in addition to serving as president of the campus women’s roller derby club (photo below).

bake sale

roller derby


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.



Former undergraduate hourly students:

Damee Moon photo

 Damee Moon (Fall 2016-Winter 2019)






Aliza Siddiqui photo  Aliza Siddiqui (Summer 2017-Summer 2019)