Hello, I am Onur Sahin!

Soon to be a materials science graduate student in Rice University || Currently a solar cell research student in UCLA


UCLA, Yang Yang Lab

Research Assistant | October 2015 - May 2016

Advisor: Professor Yang Yang

Processed thin film photovoltaic perovskite samples and measured their photoluminescence quantum efficiency

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Undergraduate Summer Researcher | May - July 2013

Advisor: Dr. Richard Bouchard

Performed an analysis of current in vitro experiments, collected data from other research groups, and wrote manuscript sections. Second-authored a review article on photoacoustic imaging.

Pepperdine University

Undergraduate Researcher | August 2012 - May 2013

Advisor: Professor Gerard Fasel

Collected and organized auroral form data to determine patterns in the expansion, contraction, and elevation of dayside auroral ovals.


  1. Ultrasound-guided photoacoustic imaging: current state and future development

    Bouchard, R.R.; Sahin, O.; Emelianov S.

  2. Generation of poleward moving auroral forms (PMAFs) during periods of dayside auroral oval expansions/contractions and periods when the dayside auroral oval is expanded and stable

    Fasel, G. J.; Flicker, J.; Sibeck, D. G.; Alyami, M.; Angelo, A.; Aylward, R. J.; Bender, S.; Christensen, M.; Kim, J.; Kristensen, H.; Orellana, Y.; Sahin, O.; Yoon, J.; Green, D.; Sigernes, F.; Lorentzen, D. A.


Kenya - The Invictus Initiative

Lead Aquaponics Designer | June - July 2015

Led the engineering of an aquaponics food production system in Kenya through the humanitarian organization, The Invictus Initiative. Currently assisting in the design for an aquaponics kit that can be used in India, Nepal, Nicaragua, and future partner countries. The project is maintained by an all girls boarding school in the rural Kenyan town, Got Osimbo. Presently, the community is still maintaing the system and sending video and text message updates on the system performance.

Brazil - The Invictus Initiative

Lead Aquaponics Designer | April 2016

Led the construction of the second Invictus Initaitive aquaponics food production system. The goal of this project is to track the results of aquaponics in different partner community and present the findings in a case study.

About Me

Graduated with a B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Philosophy from Pepperdine University.

Proficient in: C++, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, MATLAB