Having recently received the prestigious honor of Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2006, Luis joined the lab as a Postdoc in the Fall of '06. Not too long ago, he was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and at an early age, moved to Los Angeles where he began his Californian public education: Compton USD, LAUSD, CSU, and UC. Luis received a BS in Chemistry from the California State University Dominguez Hills in 2001, where he worked with H. L. Martinez. He then traveled to Kings College, London, to work with S. Wilsey for a brief period studying photochemical reactions via conical intersections using computational methodologies. Later, he received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2006 from UCLA under the supervision of M. A. Garcia-Garibay and K. N. Houk. His graduate work focused on correlating computational and experimental studies on the solid-state photochemistry of ketones, and solar cell device fabrication and optimization using polymer-fullerene blends (in collaboration with F. Wudl [UCSB, formerly UCLA] and N. S. Sariciftci [LIOS, Austria]).