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Fellows 2018

Hiring incentive: Fellows appointed in 1996 and forward are eligible for the UC hiring incentive unless they currently hold a UC faculty appointment. To see a list of current fellows who hold a UC faculty appointment, visit the Meet our faculty page. See list of Fellows 1985-1989 and list of Fellows 1990-1995.

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Education:

B.S., Biochemistry, Ohio State University; Ph.D. Chemistry, Ohio State University

Dissertation:

Synthetic Study of Amphidinolides C, C2, C3, and F: Construction of the C1-C9 and the C10-C25 Building Blocks

Thesis Advisor:

Craig Forsyth, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio State University

Research Topic:

Transition Metal-Catalyzed Intramolecular Hydrocarbamoylation of Olefins: Direct Access to Chiral Functionalized Lactams

Mentor:

Vy M. Dong, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Daniel C. Akwaboah
Education:

B.A., International Relations, San Francisco State University; M.A., Anthropology, American University in Cairo; Ph.D., Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University

Dissertation:

The Architecture of War: U.S. Invasion of Iraq and its Radical Engineering Project

Thesis Advisor:

Ella Shohat, Professor of Art & Public Policy, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, New York University

Research Topic:

I investigate the relationship between architecture, archaeology, art, and the politics of militarized visual culture, as they relate to violent neo-cononial and imperial processes in the Middle East.

Mentor:

Caren Kaplan, Professor of American Studies, University of California, Davis

Education:

B.S., Biology and Mathematics, Spelman College; Ph.D., Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dissertation:

A causative link between inner ear defects and long-term striatal dysfunction

Thesis Advisor:

Jean Hébert, Professor of Neuroscience and Genetics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Topic:

I research mechanisms of plasticity that help maintain normal brain physiology in the face of environmental insults or intrinsic genetic mutation.

Mentor:

Daniel Feldman, Professor of Neurobiology, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Michelle W. Antoine
Education:

B.A., Physics, Cornell University; Ph.D., Astronomy & Astrophysics, and Astrobiology, Pennsylvania State University

Dissertation:

A Synergistic Approach to Interpreting Planetary Atmospheres

Thesis Advisor:

Steinn Sigurdsson, Professor of Astronomy and James Kasting, Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University

Research Topic:

Exoplanets in the Era of JWST and WFIRST

Mentor:

Jonathan Fortney, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Natasha Batalha
Education:

B.A., Art History, Scripps College; M.B.A., University of Buckingham; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis

Dissertation:

Beyond the Novel: Palestinian Narrative in the Post-Oslo Era

Thesis Advisor:

Noha Radwan, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis

Research Topic:

Play & Dissent: Emerging Forms of Palestinian Narrative

Mentor:

Jeff Sacks, Professor of Comparative Literature & Languages, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Amanda Batarseh
Education:

B.S., Computer Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A., Folklore, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Hacking Imaginaries: Codeworlds and Code Work Across the U.S./Mexico Borderlands

Thesis Advisor:

Charles L. Briggs, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Politics of race in relation to the knowledge economy, "new" media, and open source movements

Mentor:

Leo Chavez, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Héctor Beltrán
Education:

5-year degree, Communication Sciences, University of Siena, Italy; M.A., Theoretical Philosophy, University of Florence, Italy; Ph.D., Philosophy and Theory of Humanities, University of Rome III, Italy

Dissertation:

Pragmatism in the Later Wittgenstein

Thesis Advisor:

Rosa M. Calcaterra, Professor of Philosophy, University of Rome III, Italy

Research Topic:

Social Hinge Epistemology: A Proposal for a Critical Approach to Epistemic Injustice

Mentor:

Annalisa Coliva, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Anna Boncompagni
Education:

B.S., Conservation and Resource Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Wildlife Science, Oregon State University

Dissertation:

Population genetics of American pika (Ochotona princeps): Investigating gene flow and genetic diversity across multiple, complex landscapes

Thesis Advisor:

Clinton Epps, Professor of Wildlife, Oregon State University

Research Topic:

Selection through space and time: identifying signals of adaptive variation within American pikas (Ochotona princeps)

Mentor:

Michael Nachman, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Jessica Castillo Vardaro
Education:

B.S., Economics, B.A., German and Political Science minor, Arizona State University; M.A., Culture and Theory, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Culture and Theory (emphases in Feminism and Critical Theory), University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Toward a Subject of Racism: Case Histories from the Psychoanalytic Clinic, 1930-1970

Thesis Advisor:

Jared Sexton, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Psychoanalysis and the afterlife of slavery; case literature as a genre; clinical method and epistemology

Mentor:

Elizabeth Abel, Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Christopher Chamberlin
Education:

B.A., Art History, Stanford University; M.A., Art History, University of Washington, Seattle; Ph.D., Art History, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Indigenous Artists, Ingenuity, and Resistance at the California Missions After 1769

Thesis Advisor:

Charlene Villaseñor Black, Professor of Art History and Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Indigenizing California Mission Art Studies

Mentor:

Amy Lonetree, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Yve Chavez
Education:

B.A., Ethnic Studies and Sociology, University of California, Riverside; M.A., Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Dissertation:

Agents of War: Cambodian Refugees and the Containment of Radical Opposition

Thesis Advisor:

Dorinne K. Kondo, Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity and Anthropology, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

Cambodian Refugees in the U.S., U.S. Empire, Los Angeles

Mentor:

Mariam B. Lam, Professor of Comparative Literature and Languages, University of California, Riverside

Education:

B.S., Anthropology, Psychology, Binghamton University-State University of New York; M.A., Anthropology, California State University, Chico; Ph.D., Anthropology, The Ohio State University

Dissertation:

The biological impact of developmental stress: correlations between growth disruptions and mortality risk in bioarchaeology

Thesis Advisor:

Clark Spencer Larsen, Professor of Anthropology and Mark Hubbe, Professor of Anthropology, Ohio State University

Research Topic:

Childhood stress and mortality risk in prehistoric California

Mentor:

Christina Torres-Rouff, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Merced

See Profile for Colleen Cheverko
Education:

B.A., Media Studies, Pomona College; M.A., Media Studies, The University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., Media Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Dissertation:

Sensuous Participation: Queer Youth of Color, Affect, and Social Media

Thesis Advisor:

Shanti Kumar, Professor of Radio-TV-Film, The University of Texas at Austin

Research Topic:

Online Social Sentiment: Race, Gender, Sexuality

Mentor:

Mizuko (Mimi) Ito, Professor of Informatics, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Alexander Cho
Education:

B.E.S., Environmental Studies, York University; M.A., African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., African Diaspora Studies (Dutch Studies emphasis), University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

The Political Ecology of Maroon Autonomy: Land, Resource Extraction and Political Change in 21st Century Jamaica and Suriname

Thesis Advisor:

Stephen Small, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Maroon Ecologies: Preservationism, Autonomy, and Legacies of Resistance

Mentor:

Bettina Ng'weno, Professor of African American & African Studies, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Robert Connell
Education:

B.A., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Reed College; Ph.D., Biochemisty, Duke University

Dissertation:

Structural and Biochemical Analyses of the Francisella tularensis Virulence Regulators MglA, SspA and PigR

Thesis Advisor:

Maria Schumacher, Professor of Biochemistry and Dick Brennan, Professor of Biochemistry, Duke University

Research Topic:

Structural investigation of CDI target cell recognition

Mentor:

Celia Goulding, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Bonnie Cuthbert
Education:

B.S., Mathematics, Cal Poly Pomona; M.S., Mathematics, Cal Poly Pomona; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Iowa

Dissertation:

Structural Results for the von Neumann Algebras of Poly-Hyperbolic Groups

Thesis Advisor:

Ionut Chifan, Professor of Mathematics, University of Iowa

Research Topic:

Applications of Product Rigidity to Group von Neumann Algebras

Mentor:

Sorin Popa, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Rolando de Santiago
Education:

B.A., Spanish, Swarthmore College; M.P.H., Maternal and Child Health, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Producing citizenship position through state immigrant policies: an examination of the relationships between health, policy, citizenship, and race in the United States

Thesis Advisor:

Steven P. Wallace, Professor of Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Immigration policy and health

Mentor:

Tanya Golash-Boza, Professor of Sociology and Susana Ramirez, Professor of Public Health Communication, University of California, Merced

Education:

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Guilan University; M.S., Energy System Engineering, Sharif University of Technology; Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

High Performance Control Methods to Reduce Spatial Temperature Transients in Emerging Energy

Thesis Advisor:

Faryar Jabbari, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Cyber physical systems with applications in energy systems

Mentor:

Tetsuya Iwasaki, Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Mahshid Fardadi
Education:

B.A., Anthropology with minor in African American Studies, University of Florida; M.A., African & African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Dissertation:

The Clothes on Her Back: Interpreting Sartorial Practices of Self-Making at the Levi Jordan Plantation

Thesis Advisor:

Maria Franklin, Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Research Topic:

“The Will to Adorn:” A Black Feminist Examination of Sartorial Practices of Self-Making in The African Diaspora

Mentor:

Laurie Wilkie, Professor of Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley, and William White, Professor of Archeology, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Ayana Aisha Flewellen
Education:

B.A., Biological Anthropology, University of Maryland; Ph.D., Genome Sciences, University of Washington

Dissertation:

Next-generation ABO Genetics & Genomics

Thesis Advisor:

Debbie Nickerson, Professor of Genome Sciences, Evan Eichler, Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington

Research Topic:

Mining paleogenomic datasets for thrifty variants involved in catecholamine resistance

Mentor:

Alan Saltiel, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Diego

Education:

B.S., Ecology, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Botucatu; M.S., Ecology, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo; Ph.D., Ecology, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo

Dissertation:

Cascading effects in mutualistic networks

Thesis Advisor:

Paulo Roberto Guimarães Junior, Professor of Ecology, Universidade de São Paulo

Research Topic:

The effect of interaction turnover on the robustness of plant-pollination communities

Mentor:

Boris Baer, Professor of Entomology, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Marília Palumbo Gaiarsa
Education:

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Engineering Advanced Materials using Type III Secretion in Salmonella enterica

Thesis Advisor:

Danielle Tullman-Ercek, Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Computational design of allosteric proteins to respond to new ligands

Mentor:

Tanja Kortemme, Professor of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

Education:

B.A., English, Rutgers University; M.A., English Language & Literature, University of Michigan; Ph.D., English Language & Literature, University of Michigan

Dissertation:

Moors, Mulattos, and Post-Racial Problems: Rethinking Racialization in Early Modern England

Thesis Advisor:

Michael Schoenfeldt, Professor of English, and Michael Awkward, Professor of Afro-American Literature & Culture and English, University of Michigan

Research Topic:

The exploration of racial blackness and racism in early modern English literature and history through comparative analysis with African American literature and culture

Mentor:

Arthur L. Little, Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.A., Biology, B.S., Biochemistry, California State University, San Bernardino; M.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Delineating mechanisms of cutaneous wound healing and regeneration in adults

Thesis Advisor:

Maksim V. Plikus, Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Predictive multi-scale modeling of skin regeneration

Mentor:

Predictive multi-scale modeling of skin regeneration

See Profile for Christian F. Guerrero-Juarez
Education:

B.S.Ed., Human & Social Development: Community Development; Criminology, University of Miami; M.S., Criminal Justice, Florida International University; Ph.D., Public Affairs, Florida International University

Dissertation:

Understanding the Organizational Factors That Impact Police-Community Relations

Thesis Advisor:

Emel Ganapati, Professor of Public Policy & Administration, Florida International University, and Tim Goddard, Professor of Criminal Justice, Florida International University

Research Topic:

Exploring the informal organizational culture and the human dimensions of police departments that impact police-community relations

Mentor:

Jack Glaser, Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Andrea Marie Headley
Education:

B.A., Biology, B.S., Biochemistry, California State University, San Bernardino; M.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Delineating mechanisms of cutaneous wound healing and regeneration in adults

Thesis Advisor:

Maksim V. Plikus, Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Predictive multi-scale modeling of skin regeneration

Mentor:

Predictive multi-scale modeling of skin regeneration

See Profile for Christian F. Guerrero-Juarez
Education:

B.A., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation:

Mayahuel and Tlahuizcalpanteuctli in the Nahua Codices: Indigenous Readings of Nahuatl Pictorial and Alphabetic Texts

Thesis Advisor:

Gerardo Aldana, Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Development of practical guides for reading glyphic Nahuatl (Aztec) texts. These will include shorter guide books for workshops and beginners’ classes, and a longer, more comprehensive manuscript.

Mentor:

Inés Hernández-Ávila, Professor of Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Felicia Rhapsody Lopez
Education:

B.S., Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Computational Science, Claremont Graduate University

Dissertation:

Stochastic Iterative Algorithms for Large-Scale Data

Thesis Advisor:

Deanna Needell, Professor of Mathematics, Claremont McKenna College and University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Practical Algorithms for Inference

Mentor:

Rayan Saab, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Anna Ma
Education:

B.S., Physics, B.A. French, Texas A&M University; M.S., Astronomy, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Astronomy, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Characterizing Low-mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs and Upgrading NIRSPEC

Thesis Advisor:

Ian McLean, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Characterizing cold brown dwarf atmospheres and developing precision radial velocity techniques

Mentor:

Andy Skemer, Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Claire Max, Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Emily Martin
Education:

B.A., Music, B.S., Geology, California Lutheran University; M.S., Chemical Engineering, Stanford University; Ph.D., Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University

Dissertation:

Minor element distribution and site preference in geological and technological crystals

Thesis Advisor:

Jonathan Stebbins, Professor of Geological Sciences, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Improving DFT Methods: A tool for predicting NMR spectra and diversifying science

Mentor:

Kieron Burke, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Ryan Jeffrey McCarty
Education:

B.A., Biology, Williams College; M.S., Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Society & Environment, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Breeding Grounds for Biodiversity: Renewing crop genetic resources in an age of industrial food

Thesis Advisor:

Alastair Iles, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

CRISPR-ing Agriculture: producing science, seeds, and pathways of development

Mentor:

Ryan E. Galt, Professor of Human Ecology and Geography, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Maywa Montenegro
Education:

B.S., Entomology, Purdue University; M.S., Entomology, North Carolina State University; Ph.D., Entomology, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Studies of Northern Fowl Mite Host-Parasite Interactions and Evaluation of Novel Control Strategies in Poultry

Thesis Advisor:

Bradley Mullens, Professor of Entomology, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Using on-animal sensors to assess ectoparasitie effects on poultry behavior and welfare; developing IPM methods for poultry pests

Mentor:

Alec Gerry, Professor of Entomology, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Amy C. Murillo
Education:

B.A., Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles; M.A., Psychology, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Investigations of Retrieval Practice and Transfer of Learning for Rearranged Stimulus-Response Elements

Thesis Advisor:

Timothy Rickard, Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Exploring How and When Interleaved Practice Enhances Learning, Memory, and Academic Performance

Mentor:

Robert Bjork, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Steven C. Pan
Education:

B.A., Environmental Studies, New York University; Ph.D., Ecology and Biogeochemistry, Cornell University

Dissertation:

Belowground carbon and nitrogen cycling in forest ecosystems in response to mean annual temperature and nutrient limitation

Thesis Advisor:

Timothy J. Fahey, Professor of Natural Resources, Cornell University and Peter Groffman, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, CUNY

Research Topic:

Quantifying the role of airborne microbial function in atmospheric nitrogen cycling across socioeconomic and land-use gradients in the state of California

Mentor:

Todd Dawson, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Suzanne Pierre
Education:

B.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine; M.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Phosphorylation of ribosomal protein S6 as a mechanism to regulate translation at activated synapses

Thesis Advisor:

Oswald Steward, Professor of Neurobiology & Behavior, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Targeted inhibition of hyper-excitable networks contributing to auditory hypersensitivity in Fragile X Syndrome

Mentor:

Devin Binder, Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Iryna Ethell, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of California, Riverside

Education:

B.A., Sociology, San Francisco State University; M.A., Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Before the New Sky: Protracted Struggle and Possibilities of the Beyond for Palestine's New Youth Movement

Thesis Advisor:

Dylan Rodriguez, Professor of Media & Cultural Studies and David Lloyd, Professor of English, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Multiscalar dispossession and the intersections of service and political practice for Palestinian refugee youth.

Mentor:

Katharya Um, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

B.A., Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Ph.D., Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Performing (Trans)national Iranianess: The Choreographic Cartographies of Diasporic Iranian Dancers and Performance Artists

Thesis Advisor:

Sansan Kwan; Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

The Politics of Dance in the Iranian Diaspora

Mentor:

Sunaina Maira, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Heather Rastovac Akbarzadeh
Education:

B.A., American Studies and Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., History, University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D., History, with Emphasis in Latin American & Latino Studies, and American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

No Somos Animales: Indigenous Survival and Perseverance in 19th Century Santa Cruz, California

Thesis Advisor:

Lisbeth Haas, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

History of Indigenous people of the Monterey Bay area through the 19th Century

Mentor:

Clifford Trafzer, Professor of History, University of California, Riverside

Education:

B.S., Genetics and Biotechnology, University of Toronto; M.S., Human Genetics, McGill University; Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Dissertation:

The effect of development and ecology on the evolution of ovary size in Drosophila

Thesis Advisor:

Cassandra Extavour, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Research Topic:

Natural variation in insulin signaling kinetics and its effect on health

Mentor:

David Begun, Professor of Evolution & Ecology, University of California, Davis and John Albeck, Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Didem Pelin Sarikaya
Education:

Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

Dissertation:

Modeling and Quantification of Anisotropy and Heterogeneity in Geomaterials

Thesis Advisor:

Ronaldo I. Borja, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Multi-scale Hydro-mechanical Framework for Porous Materials

Mentor:

Panayiotis Papadopoulos, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Shabnam Semnani
Education:

B.A., Anthropology, Sonoma State University; M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Weaving pikyav (to-fix-it): Karuk Basket Weaving in-Relation-with the Everyday World

Thesis Advisor:

Rosemary Joyce, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Indigenous ontological understandings of basketry: New directions in museum collection stewardship and repatriation

Mentor:

Shari Huhndorf, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

B.S., Biology, La Sierra University; M.S., Biology, California State University, San Bernardino; Ph.D., Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

The Embryotoxic Effects of Harm Reduction Tobacco Products on Osteoblasts Developing from Human Embryonic Stem Cells

Thesis Advisor:

Nicole I. zur Nieden, Professor of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

MicroRNAs as biomarkers of develomental bone toxicity

Mentor:

Martin Riccomagno, Professor of Molecular, Cell & Systems Biology, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Nicole R.L. Sparks
Education:

B.S., Finance, University of Kansas; M.A., Sociology, Northwestern University; Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University

Dissertation:

Ruling Sexuality: Law, Expertise, and the Making of Sexual Knowledge

Thesis Advisor:

Steven Epstein, Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University

Research Topic:

Policing of LGBTQ neighborhoods and interactions between LGBTQ people and police in order to explore how policing practices may impact the overrepresentation of LGBTQ people in the penal system

Mentor:

Valerie Jenness, Professor of Criminology, Law &Society, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Stefan Vogler
Education:

B.S., Psychology, James Madison University; M.A., Experimental Psychology, James Madison University; Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

The impact of off-label psychostimulant use on sleep physiology and sleep-related cognitive function

Thesis Advisor:

Sara Mednick, Professor of Cognitive Science, University of California, Irvine and Chandra Reynolds, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Are racial disparities in cardiovascular risk attributable to the effects of discrimination on sleep?

Mentor:

Wendy Berry Mendes, Professor of Psychiatry and Aric Prather, Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

See Profile for Lauren N. Whitehurst
Education:

B.S., Biological Engineering, University of Missouri; Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University

Dissertation:

Mechanisms during cathepsin inhibition and the effects on substrate degradation and breast cancer cell invasion

Thesis Advisor:

Manu Platt, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

The dynamics of IFN signaling as a determinant of functional specificity

Mentor:

Alexander Hoffmann, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Catera Wilder
Education:

B.A., Biology, Pomona College; M.Phil., Evolutionary Genetics, University of Cambridge; M.S., Energy & Resources, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Energy & Resources, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Land Use in Renewable Energy Planning

Thesis Advisor:

Margaret Torn, Professor of Energy & Resources, University of California, Berkeley and Senior Scientist, Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Research Topic:

Land use and conservation planning; remote sensing; mapping biodiversity; carbon sequestration and storage; land use change

Mentor:

Susan Ustin, Professor of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Grace C. Wu
Education:

B.A., Africana Studies, California State University, Northridge; M.A., African American Studies, Columbia University; MSc., Political Science and Gender Studies, London School of Economics; Ph.D., African American History, U.S. History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Dissertation:

Strapped: A Historical Analysis of Black Women and Armed Resistance, 1959-1979

Thesis Advisor:

Deborah Gray White, Professor of History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Research Topic:

Black History; Women's intellectual history and activism; Black radicalism

Mentor:

Scot Brown, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Jasmin A. Young
Education:

B.S., Forestry, NanJing Forestry University; Ph.D., Biology, University of Miami

Dissertation:

The mathematical modelling of spatial structure of ecological system in heterogeneous environment

Thesis Advisor:

Donald L. DeAngelis, Professor of Biology, University of Miami

Research Topic:

Experimental and modelling studies on integrating herbicide and biocontrol to better manage invasive plants

Mentor:

Alan Hastings, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Bo Zhang