Graduate Education Committee Contacts

The Graduate Education Committee was appointed to ensure we have programming and activities that will support a vibrant and engaged community of faculty, staff, and graduate students, and is comprised of three workstreams: Grants and Fellowships, Recruitment, and Community.  The faculty and staff team below is available to answer student questions about the benefits of becoming a Photonics Center PhD student and the many resources available at the Photonics Center.

Moustakas Chair Professor Ji-Xin Cheng, Director, Graduate Education Committee,

Grants and Fellowships
Moustakas Chair Professor Ji-Xin Cheng, ECE, Director, Graduate Education Committee & Faculty Lead, Grants and Fellowships,
Cara Ellis McCarthy, Staff Lead, Grants and Fellowships, & Executive Director, BU Photonics Center,

Professor Bjoern Reinhard, Chemistry, Faculty Lead, Recruitment,
Beth Mathisen, Staff Lead, Recruitment, & Program Manager, BU Photonics Center,

Associate Professor Darren Roblyer, BME, Faculty Lead, Community,
Hossein Alizadeh, Staff Lead, Community, & Technical Director, BU Photonics Center,

To learn more about what it’s like to be a part of the student PhD community at the Photonics Center, please contact any of our amazing Student Leadership Council members below:

President: Daniel Shahar (

Vice president: Chinmayee Vallabh Prabhu Dessai (

Secretary: Vineetha Ashok (

Treasurer: Anna Novoseltseva (