Current REFS

Meet our current chemREFS team! Feel free to email us individually to schedule an appointment, or contact us at

Emily Zygiel (ezygiel@)
Nolan Group | 3rd year | ​Biological

Emily grew up in Bristol, CT and completed her undergraduate studies Stonehill College in Easton, MA. As a graduate student at MIT, she studies a metal-binding protein involved in host/pathogen interactions. Outside of lab, she enjoys trying new foods (especially all things carb-based), attempting to do yoga, and taking frequent naps (sometimes during yoga!).

Erica Tsai (eytsai@)
Buchwald Group | 3rd year | Organic

Erica is originally from the East Bay Area in California and has been missing predictable weather for the past half decade. She tries to make up for the lack of sun with a sunny personality. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing (read: flailing around on stage), baking (read: setting off fire alarms), and picking up new hobbies (read: having no idea what she's doing in life). Her spirit animal is a hedgehog—small and spiky!

Jesse Gordon (gordonj@)
Schlau-Cohen Group | 3rd year | Physical

Jesse was born and grew up in Montreal, Canada, where he lived until moving to Boston for graduate school. In his free time, he enjoys playing music, particularly rock and klezmer. He plays electric bass and banjo mandolin. He also likes cooking, reading, and hiking--whenever he has a chance to get out of the city.

Salima Bahri (sbahri@)
Griffin Group | 6th year | Physical

Salima was born in Tunisia and grew up in New Jersey. After graduating from Barnard College, she decided to take a year off to work and save money, and spent a second year off traveling and recovering from Mono. Now, she studies amyloid fibril structures using Solid-State NMR. Outside of work, she loves photography and drawing, and will enthusiastically engage in any conversation related to Doctor Who.

Travis Marshall-Roth (tmar@)
Surendranath Group | 4th year | Inorganic

Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Travis completed his undergraduate work in the Midwest before moving to Cambridge for graduate school. Although the vast majority of his time is spent wrestling stubborn molecules, he strives to get out of lab and destress via cycling, hiking, photography and writing. He enjoys studying new languages and learning new recipes for fun whenever possible.