Castillo, Marlius

Cram Teacher-Scholar
Organic Chemistry

Contact Information

Young Hall 4229

Short Biography

A native of Venezuela, Marlius received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela in 2008.  She then went on to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas to study and synthetize fluorescent dyes with Professor Sergei V. Dzyuba in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  She received her Ph.D. in 2019 with a focus in organic chemistry and spectroscopy.  As a graduate student, Marlius was first author on two published research papers and co-author on four published papers. She was the recipient of a 2018-19 Science and Engineering Research Center (SERC) graduate research grant at TCU for her project titled “Ratiometric molecular rotors for determining phase-transitions of gels, waxes, and polymer films”. Marlius joined UCLA in August 2019 as a Cram Teacher-Scholar.  She conducts postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Professor Miguel Garcia-Garibay, studying synthesis and applications of fluorescent molecules, and she teaches Structures of Organic Molecules (14C). 


  • 1. M. Castillo, S. L. Raut, S. Price, I. Bora, L. P. Jameson, C. Qiu, K. A. Schug, Z Gryczynski, S. V. Dzyuba, “Spectroscopic differentiation between monomeric and aggregated forms of BODIPY dyes: effect of 1,1-dichloroethane.” RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 68705–68708.
  • 2. S. L. Raut, J. D. Kimball, R. Fudala, I. Bora, R. Chib, H. Jaafari, M. K. Castillo, N. W. Smith, I. Gryczynski, S. V. Dzyuba, Z. Gryczynski, “A triazine-based BODIPY trimer as a molecular viscometer.” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 4535–4540.
  • 3. H. Doan, M. Castillo, M. Bejjani, Z. Nurekeyev, S. Dzyuba, I. Gryczynski, Z. Gryczynski, S. Raut, “Solvatochromic dye LDS798 as microviscosity and pH probe.” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 29934–29939.
  • 4. S. Requena, O. Ponomarchuk, M. Castillo, J. Rebik, E. Brochiero, J. Borejdo, I. Gryczynski, S. V. Dzyuba, Z. Gryczynski, R. Grygorczyk, R. Fudala, “Imaging Viscosity of intragranular mucin matrix in cystic fibrosis cells.” Sci. Rep., 2017, 7, 16761–16766.
  • 5. M. Castillo, C. Pho, A. V. Naumov, S. V. Dzyuba. “Modulating chirality-selective photoluminescence of single-walled carbon nanotubes by ionic liquids.” J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 9, 6689–6694.
  • 6. L. Ceresa, M. Castillo, Z. Gryczynski, M. Balaz, S. Dzyuba, “Effect of Low-Molecular Weight Organic Solvents on Conformation of Porphyrin Rotor.” Methods Appl Fluores., 2019, Submitted.