Speaker Bio

Mavrik Zavarin


Director of the Glenn T. Seaborg Institute at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

BS, Chemistry University of California at Berkeley (1993)

PhD, Soil Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley (1998)

Dr. Mavrik Zavarin received his BS in chemistry and PhD in Soil Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He has spent much of his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research has focused on experimental and modeling efforts to understand and simulate the transport behavior of radionuclides in the environment, with a particular focus on actinides. He is currently the director of the Glenn T. Seaborg Institute, manages an active research group of postdocs and graduate students, and has published over 70 papers and book chapters that span coordination chemistry of actinides to their field scale transport in the environment. A short sabbatical at the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf (Germany) in 2012 led to a long-term collaboration in the application of data science and machine learning to radionuclide reactive transport modeling. As the Seaborg Institute director, he hosts an annual student summer internship program and promotes collaborative research between LLNL and the academic community in radiochemistry and nuclear forensics. In addition, Dr. Zavarin, on occasion, teaches introductory chemistry at Las Positas Community College.