The twenty-five science faculty
members below are available as research directors for the conduct
of Scholar research. More information on any faculty member and
his/her research areas may be obtained at the faculty member's
web page by double-clicking on his/her name.
Professor, (Ph.D., 1982, Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
Physics. Theoretical condensed matter physics. Theoretical studies
of tubular structure of molecular dimensions.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
(Ph.D. 1995, Gerhard-Mercator University, Duisburg, Germany).
Physical Chemistry. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Development
and application of magnetic resonance techniques for the study
of short-range-ordered materials.
Assistant Professor,(Ph.D., University
of California, Los Angeles, 1998). Research interests are 1)
Neural mechanisms underlying robotic-assisted recovery of walking
in a rodent model of spinal cord injury and 2) Physiological,
psychological and social effects of excercise training in people
with spinal cord injury.
Jessica Dennis, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., 2003, University of California Riverside). Developmental and multicultural psychology, specifically acculturation, family relationships, identity formation, and academic behaviors in late adolescence and early adulthood.
Ramani Durvasula, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Psychology, Ph.D. 1997 - UCLA). Health and clinical psychology , specifically the role of psychopathology and personality disorders on health and risk behaviors in persons infected with and at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
W. Ellwanger, Assistant Professor,
(Ph.D., 1997 Northwestern University). Psychophysiology of memory
and attention. Forensic and diagnostic applications of psychophysiological
Foster, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D.,
1998, University of Colorado, Boulder). Physical Chemistry. Studies
on the effects of freezing on aqueous phase reaction kinetics
and photochemistry relevant to atmospheric chemistry.
E. Garcia, Professor, (Ph.D., 1976,
University of California, Riverside). Biochemistry. Regulation
of apolipoprotein and plasma lipoprotein metabolism by dietary
cholesterol. Elucidation of the biochemical mechanisms involved
in the development of atherosclerosis.
D. Grover, Professor, (Ph.D., 1980,
University of California, Los Angeles). Biochemistry. Enzymes
as control elements in metabolic regulation. Molecular characterization
of binding sites for enzyme activators and inhibitors.
G. Gutierrez, Professor, (Ph.D.,
1975, University of California, Davis). Organic Chemistry. Synthesis
of natural and designed molecules for high affinity complexation
of ferric ion as probes in the study of iron acquisition, transport,
and utilization in bacteria. Development of compounds potentially
useful as therapeutic agents for the management of human disease
resulting from toxic iron or actinide overload.
Professor of Mathematics (PhD in Applied Mathematics, 1992, University
of Southern California, Los Angeles). Probability Theory. Enumerative
Combinatorics. Mathematical Models in biology, ecomomics and
Alicia Izquierdo, Assistant Professor of Psychology (Ph.D. 2003, The George Washington University). Neuroanatomy of flexible decision making and executive function; Neurobiological mechanisms of impaired decision making in drug abuse; Cognitive/behavioral animal models of executive function.
Khachikian, Associate Professor,
(Ph.D., 1999, University of California, Los Angeles). Environmental
Engineering and Chemistry. Interested in the persistence and
fate of organic and inorganic contaminants in urban soils in
sediments. Also interested in biogeochemical cycling of contaminants
and nutrients in surface waters and groundwater.
Patrick Krug, using a combination of molecular, chemical, and behavioral techniques to study how planktonic stages of marine animals locate and colonize good habitats, and connect populations genetically. My lab also studies coevolution of marine herbivores and algae, testing how adaptation to novel host algae may fuel speciation in the sea.
Eric L. Kohatsu, Associate Professor (Ph.D., 1992, University of Maryland, College Park, Counseling Psychology). Research interests are in cross-cultural psychology, racial identity theory and its applications, Asian American psychology, racism, intergroup/race relations, minority mental health issues, and alternative healing approaches in counseling. Currently investigating aversive racism, “color-blindness,” and anti-Asian American prejudice, interpersonal racism and quality of racial contact between Asian Americans, Latinos, and African Americans, and impact of life events on identity development among Asian Americans and Latinos.
S. LaPolt, Assistant Professor,
(Ph.D., 1988, University of California, Los Angeles). Anatomy.
Endocrine, biochemical, and molecular mechanisms regulating ovarian
and neuroendocrine functions.
McCurdy, Assistant Professor,
(Ph.D., 1995, California Institute of Technology). Organic Chemistry.
Synthesis of organic molecules designed to mimic calcium signaling
in cells by binding and releasing calcium ions in response to
light. Investigation of the energetics of amino acid side-chain
interactions in simple artificial proteins.
L. McQueen, Associate Professor,
(Ph.D., 1986, University of California, Los Angeles). Microbiology.
Studies on the pathogenesis of Sendai virus. Intracellular and
surface transport of envelope proteins in relation to viral assembly
and budding. Recombinant DNA techniques, tissue culture, and
protein analysis are among the techniques used.
Momand, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D.,
1989, University of California, Los Angeles). Biochemistry. Redox
regulation of signal transduction pathways with an emphasis on
the p53 tumor suppressor protein. Effect of redox changes on
DNA binding proteins. Development of new assays for quantitative
and qualitative analysis of oxidation reactions of protein amino
Nickolaisen, Associate Professor,
(Ph.D., 1991, University of Southern California). Physical Chemistry.
Studies of reaction kinetics and photochemistry for species that
participate in tropospheric ozone production and stratospheric
Robert M. Nissen, Associate Professor, (Ph.D., 2000, University of California, San Francisco). Developmental Genetics. The neural crest are an embryonic stem cell population that give rise to diverse adult cell types and structures such as the melanocytes (pigmentation), enteric nervous system, craniofacial bones and teeth. We employ molecular genetic and cell biological approaches to identify and study the genes required for neural crest cell development using the zebrafish as a model organism.
Porter, Assistant Professor, (M.D.,
1989, University of Mainz, Germany). Innate host defense mediated
by natural antibiotic peptides and phagocytes on our body surfaces.
Interaction between first line defense and the invading pathogens.
Proteinchemistry, immuno assays, antimicrobial assays, phagocytosis,
tissue culture, recombinant DNA techniques.
Pamela Regan, Professor (Ph.D. Psychology and Ph.D. Minor Statistics, 1994, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN). Psychology. Primary research focus is in interpersonal relationships. Recent work includes studies of attraction and mate preference, courtship, and both “positive” (love, satisfaction) and “negative” (jealousy, infidelity) relationship experiences. Secondary research focus is in human sexuality, with a particular emphasis on the role of hormonal processes in motivational aspects of human sexual response (i.e., sexual desire). Tertiary research focus is in health psychology, with a particular interest in psychosocial adjustment and neurocognitive function in HIV+ adults and in disordered eating and weight control behavior among ethnic minority populations.
Robles, Professor, (Ph.D., 1979,
University of California, Berkeley). Biology. Marine predatation
relating to the distribution and abundance of their prey.
Russo-Neustadt, Assistant Professor,
(M.D., 1990, Ph.D., 1998, University of California, Irvine).
Neurobiology. Physical activity, antidepressants and BDNF induction.
Salmassi, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
(Ph.D. 2001, California Institute of Technology). Environmental
Microbiology. Microbial Ecology. Environmental Chemistry.
Selke, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D.,
1994, University of California, Los Angeles). Organic Chemistry.
Chemistry of singlet oxygen as a tool to model oxygen activation
by transition metals in enzymatic processes.
Sharp, Associate Professor, (Ph.D.,
1981, University of California, Los Angeles). Molecular Biology.
Regulation of differentiation in mouse muscle cell culture. Use
of protein and nucleic acid based cell and molecular techniques
to investigate partial vs. terminal differentiation and interactions
of transcription factors.
Harmit Singh, Assistant professor in Food Science program, (Ph.D. organic chemistry 1993) My research is focused on chemistry of food proteins, functional foods with health promotion or disease prevention effects. I am also interested in use of high power ultrasound (sonication) to disrupt biopolymers. Some examples of particular interest are Gluten-free products - to modify sorghum flour proteins using sonication and compare its dough making capability with wheat flour. Quantitative and antioxidant activity - evaluation of anticancer isoflavone molecules in soy foods such as tofu and soy milk Physical and enzymatic modification of cereal proteins to develop hypoallergenic foods.
Tikkanen, Professor, (Ph.D., 1982,
University of California, Santa Barbara). Organometallic Chemistry.
Characterization and use of asymmetric organo-zirconocene complexes
in organic synthesis.
M. Gutierrez Tunstad, Associate
Professor, (Ph.D., 1990, University of California, Los Angeles).
Organic Chemistry. Design, synthesis, physical and binding properties
of host molecules with preorganized cavities of molecular dimensions.
L. Vellanoweth, Assistant Professor,
(Ph.D., 1988, University of California, Berkeley). Biochemistry.
Characterization of biochemical and molecular genetic events
in the programmed aging of leaf tissue in Arabidopsis; ROS-mediated
signal transduction in the initiation of the senescence program.
Xin Wen, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., 2005, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY). Biophysical Chemistry. Our research interests are at the chemistry-biology interface. We aim to understand the relationships between protein structure, dynamics, and function upon the ligand binding by biological, chemical, biophysical, and structural methods. We are currently working on two biological systems to: 1) Identify highly efficient enhancers of antifreeze proteins and address fundamental questions in enhancement mechanisms for their final biomedical applications; 2) Investigate the interactions between toxic metal ions and zinc finger proteins for a better understanding of metal (ion) carcinogenesis.
H. Howard Xu- Assistant Professor of Microbiology (Ph.D., 1992, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities). Microbial Genomics, Medical Microbiology, Biotechnology. Research focus is the discovery of novel antibiotics using molecular biology, biochemistry, microbial physiology, genomics and High Throughput Screening (HTS) approaches.
Zhou, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D.,
1993, University of Texas, Austin). Analytical Chemistry. Characterization
of chemically and biologically modified electrode surfaces using
voltammetry, quartz crystal microbalance, and scanning probe
microscopy DNA biosensor development. Electron and metal transfers
in electroactive proteins.
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