Our Team

Principal Investigator

Lyubov Titova

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor of Physics with affiliate appointment in the Department of Chemical Engineering - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2019 - present)

Assistant Professor of Physics - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2014 - 2019)

Research Associate - Ultrafast Nanotools Lab, University of Alberta (2010-2014)

Avadh Bhatia Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Alberta, Canada (2007-2010)

Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Cincinnati (2005-2007)

Ph.D. (Physics) - University of Notre Dame (2005)

Graduate Students

Kateryna Kushnir

PhD Student


BS in Theoretical Physics,  Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

MS in Theoretical Physics, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

Project: Terahertz spectroscopy of 2D materials; nonlinear optical properties of 2D nanostructurs.


WPI Global Research Award - Summer 2019 (McGill University, Montreal, Canada, host - Prof. David Cooke)

WPI Graduate Student Travel Award – 2017, 2018, 2019

2018 Department of Physics Outstanding Mentor Award

Publications at WPI:


Guangjiang Li

PhD Student


BS in Physics,  Shanxi Datong University, China

MS in Physics, University of Science and Technology of China

Project: Carrier dynamics and microscopic conductivity in 2D nanomaterials (MXenes) and energy materials; nonlinear terahertz spectroscopy


WPI Global Research Award - Summer 2018 (Max Plank Institute for Polymer Science, Mainz, Germany,  host - Prof. Dmitry Turchinovich)

WPI Graduate Student Travel Award – 2019

Publications at WPI:

Erika Colin Ulloa


MS in Optics, the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Mexico - 2019

    Undergraduate Research Assistants

    Ryan Hanna

    RyanHannaWPI Physics BS/MS, Chemistry BS - 2022

    Projects: Ryan is working on MXene DFT calculations in collaboration with Deskins Lab at ChemEng, and on MXene surface chemistry in collaboration with Grimm Lab at Chem & Biochem. He is also writing a Python code for analyzing THz TDS images taken with Toptica TeraFlash. He is also a double major (physics/chemistry) and a grader for Physics Department. We all suspect he has a Time-Turner in his possession.

      Melina Welch


        Caroline Jaeger

        Luce Fellow, 2020caroline

          Erin Morissette

          Undergraduate Research Assistant


          Best poster award - Optical Terahertz Science and Technology conference in Santa Fe, NM, 2019, awarded by A. Roelofs, Director of Center for Integrative Nanotechnologies at Sandia National Labs

          Best poster award nominee - Materials Research Society Meeting, Boston, MA (2017)

          Clare Boothe Luce Fellow - 2017-2019

          Erin has started a PhD program in Physics at Brown University in Fall of 2019.

            Taylor Trottier

            Undergraduate Research Assistant

            Taylor has worked in our lab in 2017-18. He is currently an MS candidate in Mechanical Engineering (WPI)

              Andrew Mendizabal

              Undergraduate Research Assistant

              Andrew did his MQP work on BiI3 photoluminescence. He graduated with an MS in September 2020.

                Alexis Buzzell

                Undrgraduate Research Assistant

                Clare Boothe Luce Fellow - 2018-2019

                MS candidate in Mechanical Engineering (WPI)