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Dr. Daniela Arias-Rotondo

Dr. Daniela Arias-Rotondo

B.Sc., Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2010

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2018

Dani was born and (for the most part) raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She got her BS at the University of Buenos Aires, where she began working on Ru(II) chemistry in the lab of Prof. Luis Baraldo. Her love for coordination chemistry and Ru(II) photophysics motivated her decision to pursue her PhD at Michigan State University, under Prof. Jim McCusker’s guidance. There, she learned a cornucopia of physical and photophysical techniques, and just how cruel a mistress synthetic chemistry can be. Despite her initial dislike for MI, Dani has learned to love the Mitten (complete with the hand map and all) and considers herself an adoptive Michigander. Dani is a bookworm, a slow runner and a cat lady.

Fun Facts
  • Her mom agreed to Dani’s moving to the US under one condition: she had to learn to tango. Dani happily obliged and discovered a new hobby in the process.
  • She believes socks shouldn’t be boring. Her collection includes Marvel, Star Wars and Sailor Moon.
  • To the best of her knowledge, she’s the only person with her exact last name.
  • Back in college, Dani backpacked around Northwest Argentina and Bolivia for 40 days. This helped cure her of her “little princess” syndrome.