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2011-2012 Faculty

Simon J. Rhodes, Dean, School of Science
Professor, Biology

Simon J. Rhodes, Ph.D., joins the School of Science at IUPUI as dean from the IU School of Medicine where he was associate dean for research and graduate studies as well as professor of cellular & integrative physiology and biochemistry & molecular biology.

“For Indiana’s health and life sciences campus, Professor Rhodes’ collaborative leadership and experience in both our Schools of Science and Medicine form a bridge that will enhance natural linkages and interdisciplinary partnerships,” said IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz.

Rhodes’ research has focused on characterization of the molecular pathways that control the development of the human pituitary gland. His work seeks to understand the nature of pediatric growth diseases. Through collaborations with children’s hospitals across the globe, including Children’s Hospital in Leipzig, Germany; Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis; and Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, his lab has defined new forms of pediatric growth diseases and developed new diagnostic and genetic counseling tools. He has also partnered with the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center to analyze the gene regulatory pathways that control growth, metabolism and reproductive fitness in agricultural species.

Nationally, Rhodes has contributed strongly to federal and society work, including chairing NASA grant panels and serving on the Endocrine Society Minority Affairs and Trainee Development committees.

Rhodes is a member of the IU Simon Cancer Center, the IU Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine, and the Stark Neuroscience Research Institute, IUSM. He has co-authored more than 70 peer reviewed scientific research studies as well as several studies on science education.

Rhodes earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Sheffield in England and his Ph.D. from Purdue University’s biochemistry program. He came to IUPUI in 1995 and spent 10 years teaching in the Department of Biology before joining the faculty in the School of Medicine. Rhodes received the Indiana University Teaching Excellence Recognition Award in 1997 and the Outstanding Young Faculty Award from IUPUI in 1998.

Simon J. Rhodes, Dean, School of Science at IUPUI

Simon J. Rhodes

David G. Skalnik, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, School of Science
Professor, Biology

David G. Skalnik, Ph.D., a molecular biologist and award-winning teacher, was named associate dean for research and graduate education at the School of Science and professor in the Department of Biology.

Skalnik is a professor of pediatrics and of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He holds a doctorate in biological sciences from Stanford University and completed post-doctoral training in molecular biology at Children’s Hospital Boston, the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

A leader in the rapidly advancing field of epigenetics, the study of factors influencing the behavior of gene function that do not involve changes in the structure of DNA, Skalnik’s research focuses on how proteins control when DNA segments are turned on and off – both appropriately and inappropriately. With greater knowledge of these functions it is possible that drugs could be identified to reactivate a gene silenced in error making it unable to regulate cell growth or proliferation.

“As all basic scientists, we work to gain a better understanding of human disease with the ultimate goal of improving health. In our lab we have cloned an epigenetic regulator gene and we are looking at how it interacts -- without altering DNA sequence -- with other proteins implicated in the development of leukemia,” said Skalnik, whose work has been based in the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research. He is a member of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center and co-author of more than 50 peer reviewed research studies.

Throughout his career Skalnik has taught and mentored in the laboratory setting. In 2004 he received the IU Trustee’s Teaching Award for outstanding teaching at the graduate level.

"It is very rewarding to see graduate students develop into scientists,” he said. Some of his past students are now at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Harvard University, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Northwestern University, Eli Lilly & Company, Indiana University East and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

David G. Skalnik, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, School of Science at IUPUI

David G. Skalnik


Julia Arciero, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Julia Arciero, Ph.D., joins the Department of Mathematical Sciences as an assistant professor after completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the Complex Biological Systems Group at the University of Pittsburgh.

Arciero’s current research includes developing mathematical models to investigate numerous topics in physiology, including the inflammatory response, cell migration, wound healing, blood flow, oxygen transport, and tumor-immune dynamics. In addition to working closely with surgery faculty, she collaborated with the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg to explore treatment options for an inflammatory disease of the gut called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which affects premature infants.

“Through these experiences I have gained a great appreciation for the application of mathematics to many disciplines, especially biology and medicine,” said Arciero. “Successful research at the interface of mathematics and biology requires strong interdisciplinary collaborations, and I was excited to see that a Center for Mathematical Biosciences has been established at IUPUI.”

Dr. Arciero earned her B.S. in mathematics from the University of Michigan and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied mathematics from the University of Arizona.

Julia Arciero, Assistant Professor, Mathematics at IUPUI

Julia Arciero

Greg Druschel, Associate Professor, Earth Sciences

Greg Druschel, Ph.D., recipient of a 2010 NSF CAREER award and a national leader in microbial geochemistry whose research impacts critical areas including groundwater contamination, asbestos reactivity, and the chemical signatures of microbial life past and present, will join the Department of Earth Sciences at IUPUI as an associate professor in January.

Druschel’s current research focuses on the emerging field of microbial geochemistry as he studies the junction between geology, chemistry, and microbiology – taking a detailed look at both the microbial and chemical picture of various geologic and environmental systems. He has extensive experience in the links between nutrient availability and oxidation-reduction (redox) activity in hydrothermal systems, caves, sediments, wetlands, lakes, and soils. He has developed new electrochemical techniques to investigate how iron, sulfur, oxygen, carbon, manganese, arsenic, and uranium are impacted by microbial activity.

“I study the interactions of microorganisms with minerals and water in a range of environments – from wetlands, soils and lakes to human lungs,” said Dr. Druschel. “At IUPUI and its new Center for Urban Health, I’ll have a great opportunity to use the tools and experience of mineralogy and geochemistry to collaborate with others across disciplines in developing strategies to understand and deal with the environmental systems that affect human health.”

Druschel comes to IUPUI from the University of Vermont where he held appointments in the Department of Geology, the Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources and the College of Engineering and Mathematics. In 2010, he was received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, one of the most prestigious awards granted by the NSF in support of faculty members early in their careers who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and integration of education and research.

Druschel is co-editor-in-chief of Geochemical Transactions and associate editor for four other environmental science journals. He earned a doctorate in geochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an M.S. in geology from Washington State University, and B.S. degrees in geology and earth science from Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio.

Greg Druschel, Associate Professor, Earth SciencesGreg Druschel

 

William Gilhooly, Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences

William Gilhooly, Ph.D., joins the Department of Earth Sciences at IUPUI as an assistant professor after completing four years of post-doctoral training at the University of California, Riverside and serving as a lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis.

Gilhooly is a stable isotope geochemist and his research focuses on the study of biogeochemical cycles to understand the evolution of ocean chemistry and early life.  The stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur provide an excellent basis for recognizing ancient biosynthetic pathways and will help forecast environmental changes expected with global climate change.  Most recently, he has been studying modern basins that undergone significant changes in chemistry, including the transition of freshwater Lake Bonneville to the modern Great Salt Lake and the development of Lake Champlain from a proglacial lake, to marine, to ultimately a freshwater lake. The study of these transitions within sedimentary sequences offers insight into understanding global change and the evolution of the biosphere.

“My goal in teaching is to link my scientific interests to the class material and demonstrate to students the relevance of geochemistry in their own lives,” said Gilhooly. “I hope to give students at IUPUI an appreciation for the way our planet works, how science helps us understand its history and how to better live within it.”

Dr. Gilhooly earned his B.A., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia.

William Gilhooly

William Gilhooly

Karol Kozlowski, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Karol Kozlowski, Ph.D., joins the Department of Mathematical Sciences as an assistant professor after completing his post-doc as a Marie-Curie Fellow at the Deutsches Elektron Synchrotron, Hamburg.

Kozlowski’s research efforts have been dedicated to the resolution of major open problems in quantum integrable systems, leading to fundamental solutions in mathematics as well as potential applications in the domain of condensed matter physics. The techniques he developed to solve these problems are the first step towards producing a unifying framework that will drastically reduce the complexity of the computation and analysis of the correlation functions of quantum integrable models as well as allow many models to be treated systematically.

Kozlowski has taught classes at both the undergraduate and graduate-level on topics such as integrable models, nuclear physics, quantum mechanics and mathematical methods for physicists.

“The interaction with interested students has been very stimulating for me,” said Kozlowski. “I believe that teaching is an extension of research and hope to link my scientific interests to the class material.”

Dr. Kozlowski earned his bachelor’s degree, his M.S. in theoretical physics, and Ph.D. degree from ENS-Lyon in France.

Karol Kozlowski

Karol Kozlowski

Le Luo, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Le Luo, Ph.D., joins IUPUI as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics after completing his post-doctoral research at the Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Luo’s research has covered quantum information processing and ground-breaking work on the thermodynamic measurements of strongly interacting Fermi gases, which serve as models for a wide range of novel systems in nature, including high temperature superconductors. At IUPUI, he aims to establish an experimental AMO physics lab to explore quantum simulation, quantum control and quantum information with ultracold trapped atoms and ions.

Interested in all aspects of teaching, Luo believes strongly in using research as a tool for undergraduate and graduate learning. He is also keenly aware of the increasing relevance of a science education for all students – regardless of their major—and would like to develop new methods of teaching introductory quantum physics courses that are more accessible and engaging.

Prior to earning his Ph.D and M.A. in physics from Duke University, Luo earned an M.S. in optics from Peking University in Beijing, and a B.S. in physics from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou China.

Le Luo, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Physics at IUPUI

Le Luo

 

Pamela Martin, Associate Professor, Earth Sciences and Director,Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES)

Pamela Martin, Ph.D., an intellectual leader in sustainability science whose study of food production systems focuses on the environmental impact of regional and small scale agriculture, joins the Department of Earth Sciences and the Department of Geography in the School of Liberal Arts as an associate professor. She has also been appointed Director of the Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) at IUPUI.

“I am actively working in two distinct areas. My research in paleoclimate reconstruction broadly focuses on reconstructing changes in past ocean conditions on geologic as well as anthropogenic timescales,” said Martin. “My interest in past climate change drew me towards research focused on environment, agriculture and food as related to energy, climate change and disruption of natural biogeochemical cycles.”

In sustainability, Martin’s current research is focused on understanding the impact of changes to the current mainstream food and agriculture systems at multiple scales – local, regional, continental and ultimately global and includes components addressing the urban environment and food (in)security. These current trends highlight the importance of this neglected area of research—state and local governments as well as the USDA are actively promoting a move towards more small-scale, local, and organic food supplies.

Martin comes to IUPUI from the University of Chicago where she was an assistant professor in the Department of Geophysical Sciences. While there, Martin developed an interdisciplinary group whose research on environment, agriculture and food connected classroom research and student learning with government, community and corporate agencies. She has collaborated with the Illinois Farms to School initiative as a model for national Farms to School programs and has provided technical input to many City of Chicago agencies, including the Department of Planning and the Department of the Environment.

Martin earned a doctorate in geological sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara after graduating with a B.S. degree from the University of Chicago.

Pamela Martin

Pamela Martin

Yaroslav Molkov, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Yaroslav Molkov, Ph.D., joins the Department of Mathematical Sciences as an assistant professor after completing postdoctoral training in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Molkov’s research uses the methods of the qualitative theory of differential equations, dynamical systems theory and statistical approaches to model a wide range of physical and biological systems. His study of the neurophysiology of respiration has significantly contributed to the development of several novel models of the brainstem respiratory network. With a strong background in mathematics, physics and computational neuroscience, he plans to collaborate closely with researchers in biology and the School of Medicine.

“I believe that the best way to learn mathematics is when its presentation includes examples from real life,” said Molkov. “I hope that the diversity of my research interests across biology and physical disciplines will stimulate students interest in applied mathematics.”

Prior to earning his doctorate in physics and mathematics at the Institute of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Molkov earned his M.S. in theoretical and mathematical physics at the Nizhniy Novgorod State University in Russia

Yaroslav Molkov, Assistant Professor, Mathematics at IUPUI

Yaroslav Molkov

Christine Picard, Assistant Professor, Biology and Forensic and Investigative Sciences

Christine Picard, Ph.D., joins IUPUI as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and the Forensic and Investigative Sciences (FIS) program.

“Dr. Picard represents an important addition to the Forensic and Investigative Science Program through her expertise in forensic biology and entomology, as well as her dedication to undergraduate and graduate education,” said John Goodpaster, Ph.D. director of the FIS program.

"I'm very excited to have Dr. Picard join our faculty. Her research points to important new methods in forensic investigations, but it will also expose our students to state of the art methods in population genetics," said Simon Atkinson, Ph.D., chair of the biology department.

Picard’s research studying the population genetics and genomics of blowflies led to methods to improve the accuracy of death investigations when a corpse is moved. At IUPUI, Picard aims to expand her research to additional insect species.

Christine Picard joins IUPUI after completing her post-doctoral research at the Department of Entomology at Texas A & M University. Prior to earning her doctorate in biology from West Virginia, she worked as a medicinal chemist at Affinium Pharmaceuticals in Toronto. Picard earned an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Toronto and a B.S. in biology/chemistry from the University of New Brunswick.

Christine Picard, Assitant Professor, Biology and Forensic Sciences, IUPUI

Christine Picard

Mamunur Rashid, Lecturer, Mathematics

Mamunur Rashid, Ph.D., has been appointed as a full-time lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, where he began teaching statistics as a visiting lecturer in 2010.

After receiving his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in statistics at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh, Rashid worked as a statistician at an international non-profit organization where he provided statistical support to medical doctors and social scientists to facilitate health and population research.

“Since deciding to change my career, my main objective has been to teach,” said Rashid. “My drive to teach is based on a desire to continue learning, to be a good counselor and advisor, and to develop an exciting learning environment for students.”

Rashid earned his doctorate in statistics from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his M.A. in mathematical statistics from Ball State University. Prior to joining IUPUI, he taught undergraduate courses as a visiting assistant professor at Ohio Northern University.

Mamunur Rashid, Lecturer, Mathematics, IUPUI

Mamunur Rashid

Denise Slayback-Barry, Lecturer, Biology

Denise Slayback-Barry, Ph.D., has been appointed a full-time lecturer in the Department of Biology, where she began teaching as a visiting lecturer in 2007 and has worked as an academic specialist since 2009.

After receiving a B.A. in chemistry from IUPUI, Slayback-Barry worked for a brief time in industry helping improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of product development. It was then she decided that it was more important to her to have a career in which she could help people.

“Teaching is a powerful charge. It is a teacher’s duty to not only enlighten, challenge and assess students, but also, to foster within them a passion and a desire to learn,” said Slayback-Barry. “There is no greater joy than to look into a student’s face and see interest, knowing that this interest was ignited by your own passion.”

Slayback-Barry earned her doctorate in biology from Purdue, West Lafayette. Her doctoral research was in a molecular immunogenetics research lab of Dr. Ruth Allen on the IUPUI campus where she investigated the genetics of Chronic Graft-Versus-Host-Disease, a disease that is a major complication of bone marrow transplants. After graduating, Slayback-Barry completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Health Promotion Sciences at the University of Arizona where she studied the effects of nutrition on the immune system.

During her time at IUPUI, Slayback-Barry has received numerous awards for retention and teaching. She has taught graduate-level classes in immunology and immune dysfunction and is the instructor for the immunology lecture and laboratory in biology.

Denise Slayback-Barry, Lecturer, Biology, IUPUI

Denise Slayback-Barry

Wei Zheng, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Wei Zheng, Ph.D., joins the Department of Mathematical Sciences at IUPUI as an assistant professor after completing his Ph.D. in statistics at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC).

Zheng’s research has focused on identifying optimal or efficient crossover designs, which are widely used in clinical trials, pharmaceutical studies, psychological experiments, agriculture field trails, animal feeding experiments and many other branches of science. His interest falls in optimal designs for both parameter estimation and hypothesis testing for different types of models both linear and nonlinear.

Zheng’s was working on the limiting distributions of sample covariance of a long memory time series. He will continue to be interested in asymptotic theory for statistics from dependent observations. Using the expertise in both design and time series, he would like to explore areas of adaptive designs where optimal designs depend on the unknown parameter to be estimated, as well as spatio-temporal modeling in topics of image processing, environmental and geographical sciences in which the design aspect has merely been touched.

Dr. Zheng received his B.S. in mathematics specialized in statistics from Zhejiang University in China.

Wei Zheng, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, IUPUI

Wei Zheng

Fangqiang Zhu, Assistant Professor, Physics

Fangqiang Zhu, Ph.D., will join the Department of Physics as an assistant professor in January.

Zhu’s research in theoretical biophysics uses theoretical and computational methods to understand molecular and cellular mechanisms. “My current research is focused on computer simulations of a certain type of membrane protein that functions as ion channels. These ion channels are responsible for transmitting neural signals from one cell to another, and are the major drug targets for metal diseases,” said Dr. Zhu. “Our simulations aim to reveal how the channel changes its shape between the open and closed states, and how this process is controlled by external signals.”

Zhu is particularly interested in how proteins, the most complex and important molecules in living systems, change their conformation (shape) to accomplish their functions. At IUPUI, he plans to carry out simulations on one type of proteins called membrane transporters, which use cellular energy to actively pump certain compounds out of the cell and are responsible for the drug resistance in the treatment in diseases such as cancer and malaria.

“Although living creatures are enormously complex and intricate, they are nonetheless governed by the same fundamental laws of physics and chemistry,” said Zhu. “As a biophysicist, my goal is to use the theories of physics and chemistry to describe and explain biological processes.” Zhu believes strongly in using research as a tool for undergraduate and graduate learning and is interested in developing multidisciplinary courses that explore a wide range of physical models and computational approaches.

Zhu joins IUPUI from the Laboratory of Chemical Physics, National Institutes of Health where he was a Research Fellow. Prior to that, he developed computer programs to model chemical compounds that are potential drug molecules at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development. Zhu earned his Ph.D. in physics and M.S. in computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned an M.S. and a B.S. in physics from Tsinghua University, China.

Fangqiang Zhu, Assistant Professor, PhysicsFangqiang Zhu

Jian “Frank” Zou, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Jian “Frank” Zou, Ph.D., joins the Department of Mathematical Sciences as an assistant professor after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences and Duke University.

Zou’s research focuses on financial time series and spatial statistics with applications to epidemiology, public health and climate change. His most recent research on statistical theory and methodology addressed a wide range of challenges including high dimensionality, complex dependencies, and space and time variations. His research in high-frequency financial data tackled problems with high dimensionality, which is currently a hot topic in statistics. At NISS, Zou’s team developed a spatio-temporal model that provides early and accurate detection of disease outbreaks using syndrome (collection of clinical symptoms) data that are monitored as indicators of potential disease outbreaks. The model can also be applied to threats such as biological weapon attacks.

Zou plans to continue to focus on these two areas of research at IUPUI. “I plan to develop a formal procedure for asset allocation and risk analysis using our proposed estimator and evaluate its performance based on high frequency financial data,’ Zou said. “I anticipate of my research on models that handle patterns of space-time correlation will be numerous and diverse, because a more accurate statistical model for large data sets has immediate relevance to many problems in finance, epidemiology and public health. I would like to explore opportunities of collaborations with scientists from different areas such as physical sciences, biological and clinical research. I believe that combining all the talented mind of different expertise, we can make our lives much better.”

Dr. Zou earned his B.S. in mathematics and M.S. in computer science from Shandong University in China. He earned his M.S. in mathematics and Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Connecticut.

Jian “Frank” Zou, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, IUPUI

Jian “Frank” Zou