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CAST started as a core group of faculty researchers and students from the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and the Center for Fluorescence Spectroscopy. With our 2007 expansion into a UMBC campus center, we now have faculty from several other affiliated departments and centers.


Govind Rao

Xudong Ge

Yordan V. Kostov

Leah Tolosa

Manohar Pilli

Chandrasekhar Gurramkonda

Research Faculty/Postdoc

Abhay Andar

Chariz Penalber

Dagmawi Tiluhan

Mike Tolosa

Research Staff/Assistant

Helena Gaifem

Benjamin Punshon-Smith

Mustafa Al Adhami

Brandon Wagner

Karuna Mupparapu (CAST Lab Manager)

Cindy Lamothe (Admin Assistant – COEIT/CAST)

Graduate Students

Sheniqua Brown

Undergraduate and HighSchool Interns

David Burgenson

Priyanka Rauniyar

Chang Wu Mungai

Aravind Yeramilli

Niki Gooya

Samyukta Rao

Collaborators – UMBC Campus

Douglas Frey

Collaborators – Off Campus 

David Wood – Ohio State University