Principal Investigator

Jerelle A Joseph, PhD
Assistant Professor

Jerelle completed a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and an MPhil in Chemistry (Computational) at the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus) in Barbados. Jerelle then moved to the UK, where she read for a PhD in Chemistry (Computational) at the University of Cambridge, in the Wales Group and as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. After her PhD, Jerelle completed postdoctoral work in the Collepardo Lab and as a Junior Research Fellow in King's College Cambridge. Her research is largely focused on biomolecular self-assembly and organization; probing these questions from a computational standpoint.

Jerelle was born and raised on the island of Dominica. Beyond the lab, she is passionate about mentorship and enjoys portrait photography. 

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dilimulati Aierken, PhD

Dilimulati is a postdoctoral research associate in the group. He completed a BSc in Applied Physics at the University of Science and Technology of China in June 2018. Then he earned his PhD degree in physics from the Center for Simulational Physics at the University of Georgia in May 2023, under the guidance of Prof. Michael Bachmann. His dissertation work mainly focused on extensive generalized-ensemble Monte Carlo simulations and microcanonical inflection-point analysis of phases for semiflexible polymers. He is currently interested in coarse-grained modeling studies of RNAs and proteins.

Dilimulati is from China. Outside of the lab, He likes hiking, and he also enjoys playing soccer and tennis.

Alina Emelianova, PhD

Alina is a postdoctoral research associate in the group. She completed her engineering physics diploma at MEPhI in Moscow, focusing on molecular physics. She obtained her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at NJIT, where she worked in the Computational Lab for Porous Materials, under the guidance of Prof Gennady Gor. During her time at NJIT, Alina's research interests included computational methods for problems related to adsorption in nanoporous materials. Currently, she is interested in computational approaches to study phase separations in cells and treatment against condensate-linked diseases. 

Alina is from Tula, Russia. In her free time, she enjoys reading, attending music shows, and painting.

Graduate Students

Ananya Chakravarti

Ananya Chakravarti is a PhD candidate in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She completed her undergraduate degree in molecular engineering and linguistics at The University of Chicago in March 2022, where she worked on computational simulations of polymers and solid-state defects. She is currently interested in understanding the mechanisms of biomolecular condensates and designing modifications to control phase separation with applications in disease and aging.

Ananya is from Buffalo, NY. Besides research, she is super passionate about educational outreach in STEM as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Outside of the lab, her hobbies are music (singing, violin, composing), running, yoga, and baking.

Nate Hess

Nate is a PhD candidate in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He received his Bachelors of Science in Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2022. He is interested in protein liquid-liquid phase separation, specifically the molecular determinants of the phase behavior and transport properties of biomolecular condensates

Nate is from Kennett Square, PA. In his time outside of the lab, he enjoys lifting and competing in Ultimate Frisbee as a member of Princeton’s Men’s Club Ultimate team.

Undergraduate Students

Ian Grimm

Ian is a junior in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department pursuing minors in computer science and mathematics. He’s excited to explore new algorithms and delve into the rich world that simulations present, while contributing to the lab as much as he can. 


Ian is from Orange County, California, if he hasn’t already told you that. Multiple times. Outside of his zest for all things California, he loves long mountain bike rides and getting to cook delicious food in his co-op. 


Kelih Henyo

Kelih is a sophomore in the Molecular Biology department. His current interests include the use of computation and molecular dynamics to probe proteins of pathological significance, especially in the context of biomolecular condensates, and the design of condensate modifying therapeutics. 

Kelih is from Accra, Ghana, and when he’s not helping with Africa Summit Princeton, he (inconsistently) plays piano in his free time, reads, watches the Premier League and plays FIFA.


Safaa Merghoub

Safaa is a senior in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department. 

Safaa is from Jersey City, NJ. Outside of the lab, you can find her advising first years and sophomores as a Peer Academic Advisor, organizing events for the Muslim Students Association, running, going to the gym with friends, or trying out a new recipe.

Daniel Tan

Daniel is a rising junior in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department. He is deeply curious about methods to cheaply and efficiently simulate the complex biophysical principles underlying protein folding and interaction. His current interest in machine learning prompts an eagerness to leverage machine learning techniques for the…

Caroline Zhao

Caroline is a rising junior in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department pursuing minors in computer science and finance. Previously, she conducted research on adsorption into nanoporous media under Gennady Gor in the NJIT Computational Lab for Porous Materials. She is passionate about the potential of molecular simulations to change the face of scientific innovation.


Caroline is from Westfield, New Jersey. Outside of lab, she enjoys music, contract bridge, and skiing. She is also president of the Princeton Engineering Council and a coxswain for the Princeton Lightweight Men’s Rowing Team.


Former REU Students

Nicole Ayala

Nicole conducted research with us in summer 2023, as an REU student at the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM). 

She is currently double majoring in Cell & Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at California State University Northridge. 

Nicole is from San Fernando, California. Outside the lab, Nicole enjoys reading, painting, baking new recipes, singing and playing guitar.

Paul Boyd

Paul conducted research with us in summer 2023, as an REU student in Computational Biology. 

He is currently a Philosophy major at Rutgers University in Camden. 

Paul is from Ocean City, New Jersey. Outside the lab, Paul enjoys surfing, reading, and trying out new foods.

Paul Nguyen

Paul conducted research with us in summer 2023, as an REU student at the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM). 

He is a Chemical Engineering major at the University of South Alabama. 

Paul is from Portland, Oregon. Outside the lab, Paul plays the piano and regularly participates in competitions.