The Group


Irina Chuvashova
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Arts, Sciences & Education
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, CP234
Miami, Florida 33199
United States of America

Work: irina.chuvashova(at)
Personal: irina.chuvashova(at)

Phone: 305.348.5095
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2017 Ph.D. in materials science, Laboratory of Crystallography, University of Bayreuth, Germany
2014 Diploma in Science, Inorganic Chemistry Division, Chemistry Department, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation
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Current group
Group photo, May 2022.
From left to right: Zain, Bryan, Olga, Dr. Chuvashova, Daniela, Angela, Lia, Kenan, Nazanin

Graduate students

Olga Ibragimova
Olga Ibragimova  is a graduate student in Chemistry and Biochemistry Department since Summer semester 2022. Her research work is focused on creating new functional materials based on metals with boron polymorphs. Olga got her Ms degree in Chemistry from Lomonosov Moscow State University as a nanobiothechnologist that allows her to apply the wide range of knowledge of different area to solve the direct problems in material science.
She also had an experience as a founder and leader of technology startups that attracted the funds from national funds and private companies.

Undergraduate students

Zain Hussein
Zain Hussein is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Physics with a minor in Economics. In his free time, Zain enjoys exercising and watching various sitcoms.
Nazanin Kazemiasl
Nazanin Kazemiasl is a chemistry BA major with expected graduation date to be at the end of Spring 2022. Her research area of interest is diamond-anvil cell experiments of Rare-Earth borides. She hopes to continue doing research and contributing even after graduation.
Daniela Calvachi Prieto
Daniela Calvachi Prieto is from Bogota, Colombia, and she is currently pursuing a BS in Mechanical Engineer at FIU. She is also a flight instructor, and she has been teaching for more than three years; her interest in planes has opened her curiosity since she was a kid, and she wanted to complement her aviation education with engineering. The idea of working in the study of High Pressure and High/Low-temperature Chemistry is fascinating because it fits precisely where her goals are aiming, towards the creation and design of new materials for the aeronautic and aerospace industry.
Angela Bracho
Angela Bracho is from Maracaibo, Venezuela. She is a senior, and her major is Biochemistry. I came to The United States at 17 years old, and she has been working hard to achieve a better future for herself and for her family. Since she was a child, she was really fascinated by the field of science, and she really enjoys studying and learning different aspects in this area. For her, science is the future. 
Bryan Ferro
Bryan Ferro and his family is from Argentina and Cuba. He was born and raised in South Florida where he currently lives. He joined Dr. Chuvashova chemistry research group in May, 2022 at Florida International University in Miami while studying for a chemistry Bachelor's degree. He greatly enjoys studying science especially chemistry and aspire to become a professional chemist once he completes his undergraduate degree.
Kenan Hussaini
Kenan Hussaini is from Damascus, Syria and he is a senior with a double major in Chemistry and Natural and Applied Sciences. He is excited for this interesting research opportunity as it will be his first lab experience involving high pressure and high/low temperature chemistry. He is thrilled to work along with his colleagues and see where this research takes them. 
Lia Vaquero
Lia Vaquero is currently a senior pursuing a BA in chemistry. She took interest in Dr. Chuvashova's lab after learning about physical chemistry in the classroom, and wanted to apply her knowledge to the real-world. She aspires to continue this passion into graduate school.