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Boone, Elizabeth Ph D, MA

Khismatullin, Damir Ph D

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    Background: bubble and drop dynamics and the dynamics of multiphase and multi-component systems (multiphase flow) including bubbly liquids, emulsions, suspensions, and polymer solutions. My Ph.D. thesis was completed under the guidance of and in the collaboration with Profs. Iskander Akhatov and Robert Nigmatulin, who are internationally-recognized leaders in multiphase flow and bubble dynamics. Research experience: interdisciplinary and collaborative. Since coming to the United States as a NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, I worked in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at BU (2000-2001), the Department of Mathematics at Virginia Tech (2001-2003), and the Departments of Biomedical Engineering at Duke and BU (2003-2008). This allowed me to establish collaboration with research groups in several different fields ranging from Mathematics to Medicine. Primary current interests: cellular biomechanics, medical ultrasound, thrombus rheology, and application of multiphase flow to biological systems. My work with Dr. Truskey (Duke University) gave me a great understanding and experience in modeling of biological systems and biological experimentation in vitro. One of the results of the collaborative work with Dr. Truskey is development of the first realistic 3-D computational model of deformable cell adhesion. Medical ultrasound and thrombus rheology research comes from my postdoctoral work at BU at 2000-2001 (supervised by Dr. Ali Nadim) and collaboration with leading researchers in physical acoustics (Drs. Ronald Roy and R. Glynn Holt). The main objective of my research activities is to integrate computational modeling, in vitro and in vivo experiments to improve understanding of the behavior of biological systems under both physiological and pathophysiological conditions. Paper citation index: According to Scopus and ISI Web of Science, my papers have been cited 186 times (about 10.3 per paper), as of January 2010, which is 2.47 times higher than the five-year period citations-per-paper impact score of Physical Review E (4.19), a first-ranking journal among those publishing original contributions in the field of fluid dynamics.

Rice, David Ph D, MS

Inglis, Fiona Ph D

Vasudevan, Nandini Ph D, MS

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    Neuroendocrinology and Molecular Endocrinology with an emphasis on physiologically relevant model systems. - Mechanisms of estrogen action in neuronal cells. - Role of thyroid hormones in the brain. Estrogen-driven behaviors: We are interested in how both classical transcriptional and non-classical, rapid, non-genomic mechanisms of estrogen signaling interact to drive physiologically relevant behavior such as aggression, anxiety and sex in males and females. Thyroid hormone driven behaviors: We are interested in how thyroid hormones act on the limbic system to modulate anxiety and learning, in males. We use a combination of immunohistochemistry, genetically modified mice, molecular biology, dendritic spine analysis, and behavior in our studies. URL for further information: http://tulane.edu/sse/cell/faculty/nandini.cfm

Papadopoulos, Kyriakos MS

Herman, Michael Ph D

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    My research program focuses on two main topics in theoretical chemistry. The first research area involves the development and testing of semiclassical approximations for the quantum evolution of complex systems. Semiclassical methods, which utilize information from classical trajectories to obtain approximate quantum mechanical energies, wavefunctions, transition probabilities, etc., provide computationally very useful procedures for calculations involving the motion of atomic and molecular systems. The second area investigates the manner in which solvents influence the vibrational frequencies and population relaxation in liquids and dense gases. These interactions are important because, for instance, the equilibration of vibrational populations plays a significant role in determining the response of condensed phase systems to external perturbations.

McPherson, Gary Ph D, MS

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    Preparation and spectroscopic characterization of self-assembling systems with applications to environmental problems and materials science.

Nelson, Stephen Ph D, MA

Straub, Kyle Ph D

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    My research focuses on the transport of sediment from land through the ocean and into the stratigraphic record. Scales of interest range from the interaction of turbidity currents with channel bends over minutes to the construction and preservation of river deltas over millions of years. The sedimentary bodies that arise from these processes act as both home to millions of people and reservoirs of natural resources. I examine the morphodynamics of these systems using a combination of remote sensing of subsurface sedimentary deposits (visualization and interpretation of seismic data), carefully designed laboratory experiments, field studies of modern and ancient sediment transport systems, and targeted numerical analysis and modeling.

Miller, Charles Ph D

Uskov, Dmitry Ph D

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    Numerical optimization methods in solving multidimensional problems in nanophysics and quantum information; decoherence control in open quantum systems. Quantum biology: DNA photonics and study of the FMO - photosynthetic complex; coherence effects in large disordered molecules.

Dermody, Margaret Ph D

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    Dr. Dermody's research interest involve embedding technology in Educational systems and programs for student development. She has done extensive research surrounding a large federal grant on the needed dynamics for preparing secondary faculty and both inservice and current teachers in technology training. She also investigates and is interested in "Best Practice" methodology for literacy training in urban school settings.