The team at ChemTalk is passionate, hard-working , growing in numbers, and changing the world for the better. Reach out to us to join, volunteer, or just to contribute your time, knowledge, advice or inspirational chemistry related photos & videos.

Bo Bramer, Co-Founder

Bo is a 3rd year chemical engineering student at UCI with a passion for the computational side of chemistry. Bo plans on working in the pharmaceutical and energy industries to help advance their technology using software engineering. He also enjoys running experiments in his home lab in his free time. Outside of lab work and school work, Bo is working on an application to help students visualize and interact with molecules in 3 dimensional space.

Scott Gietler, Co-Founder

At age 14, Scott was the youngest student in his district to ever take AP chemistry and get the highest possible score, after which he trained for the ACS International Chemistry Olympiad at the Air Force Academy two years in a row.

After studying engineering at CWRU and getting a masters degree at UVA, Scott founded several successful companies, and has been on the board of directors of ReefCheck.org for 8 years.

Scott’s passion for chemistry has only grown. He believes that when telling someone that your hobby, area of study, or profession is chemistry, the only acceptable response is “Wow, that is amazing!”.

Ansley Pinigis, Co-Founder

Ansley Pinigis is a senior at the University of Georgia. She is pursuing a degree in chemistry and plans on working as a chemist after she graduates. She loves chemistry because it connects other sciences. Her passion for chemistry is so strong she wants to help others discover their passion for chemistry too. Currently, she is working with a research group on sustainable nanomaterials. Sustainable chemistry is something she is passionate about, and she would love to have a career in providing more sustainability in our everyday lives. Ansley loves to hike, camp, or do anything outside with her dog in her free time.

Lawton Long, Co-Founder

Lawton is a 4th year chemical engineering student at UCI who plans to pursue his PhD in biochemical engineering with a focus on synthetic biology. He has an immense passion for chemistry and hopes to spread his love of chemistry and engineering to a wider audience. Outside of chemistry, He enjoys basketball and is frequently found in his shop where he fabricates things.

Samantha Magpantay, Exec Team member

Samantha is a junior at Brown University, majoring in chemistry and history. Her favorite elements from the periodic table are Lanthanum and Yttrium. Sam views chemistry as the world we live in and experience -as an amazing, fundamental part of the everyday. She is of the firm belief that chemistry is a subject that can be understood by anyone, regardless of their scientific knowledge.

Katrina Luett

Katrina Luett is a Chemist that is currently employed by Procter and Gamble—Beauty Care in Iowa City. Katrina works in the raw material lab. Her main job duties include testing all of the incoming chemicals to ensure their quality and leading method transfer efforts. Outside of work Katrina loves to hike, swim, and spend time outdoors. She and her husband Ty have two fur babies: a cat named Chloe and a dog named Carmen.

Katie Hong

Katie is from New Jersey and is currently attending the University of Rhode Island. She is in her third year of school, but first year of pharmacy school. Katie loves chemistry because she likes understanding how two things can react together and even form a new product. In her free time, she likes to bake, as it fascinates her how a chocolate cake can be made from simply mixing different ingredients together. 

Jessie Lee

Jessie is currently a first year professional student at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. As an aspiring pharmacist, she has a passion for pharmaceutical chemistry, where chemistry plays a critical role in the drug discovery and development process. In her spare time, Jessie loves to spend time with her two cats.

Rylie Maziek

Rylie Maziek is a sophomore at Texas A&M University. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and plans to attend medical school after. She enjoys studying chemistry because it provides a comprehensive foundation for human life and medicine. In her free time, she loves to go on hikes, visit history museums, and spend time with her family in the Texas Hill Country.

Shreya Sangani

Shreya is a high-school freshman studying at Harold Brathwaite high school in Canada. Previously, Shreya graduated as valedictorian from a STEM-program called Sci-Tech. She believes that chemistry is a special subject to learn because it allows you to correlate quantitative, qualitative, and experimental data. In her free time, Shreya likes to play soccer and read.

Ria Madhugiri

Ria is from Houston, Texas, and is currently a high school junior at William P. Clements High school. She plans on getting her undergraduate in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. She enjoys chemistry because it is a science in which her problem-solving skills are put to test. In her free time, she enjoys baking, taking pictures, and hanging out with friends

Nafeesa Mahmood

Nafeesa is from New York City and is currently a student at Brooklyn Technical High School. She plans on studying biology and biochemistry for her undergraduate education, and is a prospective medical student. Nafeesa likes chemistry because it explains why the simplest of things work the way they do. During her free time, Nafeesa likes to listen to music and bullet journal.

Ubaidullah Hassan

Ubaid is currently a high school senior at The Wheatley School who plans on studying chemical engineering for his undergraduate education. He spends lots of his time making videos for his YouTube channel called “Ubaid’s Lab”, where he explains chemistry and physics concepts while also doing hands on experimentation. He specifically has an interest in rocketry and testing rocket fuels. In his free time he also enjoys watching MMA and training in BJJ

Board of Advisors

Prof John J Mieyal

Interim Chairman & Emeritus Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Mieyal is recognized internationally for advancing knowledge of redox regulation and signal transduction in health and disease, especially involving the glutaredoxin and thioredoxin enzyme systems. Professor Mieyal has been a featured speaker at many international symposia on Redox Regulation and Thiol Homeostasis in recent years, including those sponsored by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the International Redox Network, and the International Gordon Conferences. He has served on scientific review boards for the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the Department of Veterans Affairs; and he recently was guest editor for a special Forum Issue of the premier journal Antioxidants and Redox Regulation.

Besides recognition for his research, Dr. Mieyal has won several University awards for his medical and graduate school teaching and mentorship, most recently the first annual Inamori Award for Excellence in Mentoring, and he has served on the Pharmacology Committee of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Michael Sobolewski

Michael Sobolewski is an accomplished Senior Executive and Board Member with more than 25 years of success across the aerospace & defense, medical device, industrial, commercial and IoT industries.

Throughout his executive career, Michael has held Senior leadership positions at public, private and private equity companies including Sparton Corporation, CTS Corporation, Conelec, Be Green Packaging, WET Design and GDM Electronic & Medical.

Michael is currently the CEO of EMS Acquisition Holdings Inc, a Private Equity backed company building a national platform of companies in the Electronics Manufacturing Services market space.

Michael holds a BS In Aerospace Engineering and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and an MBA from the University of Central Florida. He was recently recognized in the San Fernando Valley, CA “Valley 200” list as one of the most influential leaders in the region. Michael resides in Newbury Park, CA with his family who all enjoy playing golf, mountain biking, hiking, and saltwater fishing together.