Kevin Dorney grew up in Enon, Ohio, a small rural town outside of the city of Dayton. Originally attracted to biological, “squishy” things, he pursued undergraduate studies at Wright State University (WSU), earning bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry in 2012. Shortly after graduating, he found himself more attracted to the physical side of science, and continued his education by earning a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry from WSU with summa cum laude honors in 2014.  Under Dr. Ioana Sizemore’s guidance, he studied Surfaced-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS), specifically investigating the role of nanoparticle morphology and its relation to the surface plasmon resonance effect for trace chemical and biological detection of anti cancer therapeutics and chemical warfare simulation agents.  After earning his M. Sc., he enrolled in the Physical Chemistry Ph. D. program in Boulder, Colorado in the Fall of 2014, and joined the KM group later that winter. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys cooking, hiking, camping, running, biking, and pretty much anything that involves not being inside on a beautiful day.