Faculty Mentors

John AielloProfessor John R. Aiello's research focuses upon the regulation and control of social interaction (including the role of nonverbal components of interaction).  His research interests include: leadership, stress, social facilitation, distraction, electronic performance monitoring, telecommuting, feedback, goal-setting, privacy, supervisory communication style, social justice and others. His research team has been involved in doing literature searches and meta-analysis coding as well. Topics of literature search include privacy legislation, performance feedback, social facilitation, computermonitoring and others. The research team provides students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the day-to-day operations of research in social and organizational psychology. Students will participate in the excitement of discovery: they will learn how research is generated and hypotheses are formulated, how investigations are conducted, and how data are organized, analyzed, and interpreted. There are many opportunities to participate in the training for and the execution of research, both in the field and in the lab. Students are able to learn how to effectively research the literature on topics related to social and organizational psychology. Working as a team is a central part of our research, and students have a great opportunity to learn how best to work together. Students also will have an opportunity to acquire skills that are invaluable in graduate school and in the workforce. These skills include literature searches, using SPSS to organize and analyze data, detecting and correcting problems that arise in the lab, and brainstorming ideas for future studies with the research team. The more initiative students take, the more opportunities they will have to acquire these skills. Recent research also includes a focus on the impact of  COVID-19 on the student experience (e.g., academic performance, mental and physical health, coping mechanisms).

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Allender EricDistinguished Professor Eric Allender's research involves trying to show that some tasks are essentially impossible to compute.  For example, we know that there are some transformations on moderately-small inputs (say, a few hundred bits in length) that cannot be computed by any circuit that will fit in the galaxy; such functions are certainly ``hard'' to compute.  The field of computational complexity theory tries to give us more examples of ``hard'' functions.  This is important, since secure on-line commerce relies on unproven assumptions about functions that are ``hard'' in this sense.  Allender is a former chair of the computer science department, was a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa, and is a Fellow of the ACM.  When he's not proving theorems, he and his wife love to dance.


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Maureen Barr Professor Maureen Barr fell in love with Genetics as a Rutgers undergraduate way back when (B.A. 1990).  She pursued her interests in genetics and trained at Columbia (Ph.D.) and the California Institute of Technology (postdoc).  Prof. Barr first received tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In 2007, she happily returned to her alma mater and joined the Rutgers Department of Genetics.  Her lab studies human genetic diseases using the tiny worm C. elegans as a model system (http://barrlab.rutgers.edu/).  Undergrads in the Barr lab have won numerous awards (including two Goldwater scholars), published papers, presented research at scientific conferences, and gone onto graduate, medical, and dental schools. Prof. Barr is also the proud mother of three sons, the oldest is currently a Rutgers student.


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bathoryProfessor Dennis Bathory teaches political theory from Plato and Aristotle to Tocqueville, Freud and Weber. His books include Leadership in America: Consensus, Corruption and Charisma and Political Theory as Public Confession - The Social and Political Thought of St. Augustine. His work on the political thought of Alexis De Tocqueville continues with a book length manuscript on Tocqueville on the foundations of democratic politics in the planning stages. He is the previous graduate director and chair of the Political Science Department, and Director of the Lloyd C. Gardner Fellowship Program.  He was an undergraduate at Oberlin College and received his Ph.D. at Harvard.



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Professor Michael Beals is interested in the mathematics of wave phenomena, which technically is called the study of hyperbolic partial differential equations.  But really he is interested in all of mathematics, and teaches everything from the underlying properties of math that elementary and middle school teachers need to understand to the most advanced analysis courses for students interested in pursuing a math PhD.  He is also the chair of the Mathematics Undergraduate Honors Committee, and works with all students interested in pursuing honors in mathematics.  In addition, Professor Beals served as Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Arts and Sciences for many years.


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Professor Paul Blaney wears a variety of hats. His main vocation is as a fiction writer, but he also works as a freelance journalist, a teacher, editor, and publisher.  Born and raised in London, he has lived and worked in Lisbon, Hong Kong, and Eugene, Oregon, and now lives in Easton, PA. Recent publications include Handover, a novella set in Hong Kong, and The Anchoress, another novella whose main protagonist locks herself in her walk-in closet and won't come out. In 2015 Paul's first novel, Mister Spoonface, was published. The book explores what it means to be a father in an era of artificial reproduction. As well as teaching in New Brunswick, in both SAS Honors and the English Department, Paul has developed courses that include study abroad programs in England and Ireland.


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Boros Endre2 2111bProfessor Endre Boros is a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Management Science and Information Systems, and Director of the Operations Research Center (RUTCOR). He studied mathematics at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, and received his doctorate there in 1985. His research interests include graph theory, combinatorics, combinatorial optimization, the theory of Boolean functions, game theory, machine learning, data mining, and applications involving these areas. He published over 180 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings, edited 18 volumes, and authored a book chapter on Horn functions and their applications. He is the Editor-in-Chief of two major journals of this area, the Annals of Operations Research and Discrete Applied Mathematics; serves as an Associate Editor for the Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence and for Discrete Optimization, and member of the editorial boards of numerous other international journals. He served as an invited visiting professor at various universities, including Kyoto University in Japan, University of Rome "La Sapienza" in Italy, UPMC Sorbonne, Paris, University of Grenoble in France, and Tokyo University in Japan.

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Dean Adrian Bruning had previously worked as a researcher and subsequently as the Director of Advising within the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Currently he is one of the SAS Seniors Deans. In all capacities he has interacted with many Rutgers students, and spent many happy hours advising & helping as best he can. Dr. Bruning was born and educated in South Africa, and also spent time as a pre and post doctoral student in Europe and at Rutgers. All this has instilled in him an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of the student population at Rutgers plus an inherent drive to better the student experience, and assist in the realization of student aspirations at Rutgers.


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Dr. Linda Brzustowicz, a psychiatrist and molecular geneticist, is also a member of Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences. Her research focuses on identifying and understanding genetic factors that increase an individual’s risk for developing psychiatric illness. Her laboratory currently studies schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism. Work by her group spans a range of activities including recruitment and assessment of human subjects, development of definitions of illness for genetic studies, DNA sequence analysis for linkage and association studies, comparative genomic analysis, and gene expression studies.

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Burkhart Blakesley 1Professor Blakesley Burkhart is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She completed her Ph.D. in Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2014 and was a NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics thereafter. Her research is focused on understanding the nature of magnetic turbulence at all scales in the universe. This includes the solar wind, the diffuse and star-forming interstellar medium (ISM), the turbulent nature of nearby galaxies. She has won several major awards for her scientific work, including the Annie Jump Cannon Award and Robert J. Trumpler Award. Professor Burkhart has mentored students at every academic level and is excited to be a Faculty Mentor for the SAS Honors Program. 


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Sharon Bzostek Professor Sharon Bzostek, an associate professor of sociology and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education in the School of Arts and Sciences, received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2009. She is a social demographer and particularly interested in recent changes in family demography and their consequences for child and family well-being, as well as social disparities in health and health care. Prior to joining Rutgers University, Professor Bzostek was a postdoctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at Harvard University. She is currently working on projects related to mothers’ re-partnering after a non-marital birth, better understanding survey respondents’ self-rated health, comparing parent and child reports about children's lives, and the effects of mixed health insurance coverage within families on children’s health care access and utilization. Her research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Demography, Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science and Medicine, and Health Affairs. Professor Bzostek serves as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education for the School of Arts and Sciences.

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Professor Qian Cai, is interested in molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating the autophagy-lysosomal pathway, and its impact on neuronal development, function, and degeneration.  Autophagy-lysosomal function is now considered as indispensable for the homeostasis of cells.  Neurons appear particularly vulnerable to autophagy-lysosomal dysfunction and toxin accumulation.  Defects within this pathway have been directly linked to several major neurodegenerative diseases.  Her lab has focused on addressing how retrograde transport of late endocytic organelles regulates autophagy-lysosomal function, thereby contributing to the maintenance of axonal homeostasis.  Using genetic mouse models and cell biological approaches combined with time-lapse imaging and gene rescue experiments in live neurons, the Cai lab will determine how the mitochondrial quality is properly controlled through neuronal mitophagy, and how the defects within this system contribute to neurodegeneration.  These studies will advance our understanding of pathogenesis of a variety of neurodegenerative diseases characterized by damaged mitochondria or a dysfunctional autophagy-lysosomal system.

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Casillas JosephProfessor Joseph Casillas, Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics main interests are in phonetics, laboratory phonology, and second language acquisition. A principle aim of his research is to better understand the relationship between language use and sound representation in the mind, as well as the structure of sound systems in human languages. Most of Professor Casillas' research is conducted on bilinguals of varying proficiency and linguistic experience. Some of his recent projects have focused on native phonetic experience and its influence on L2 speech production, perception and lexical processing. Though his main passions are centered on coding, statistical analysis, data visualization, and reproducible research, he also enjoys playing music, Casio watches and anything related to el andalú.

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AnaPaulaCenteno a9412Professor Ana Paula Centeno has been teaching computer science undergraduates since 2015. She wants to inspire her students to be inquisitive and ingenious professionals by helping them understand and appreciate the impressive discoveries computer scientists have made. As an academic advisor she helps students during their Computer Science studies to choose classes, ease anxieties and stay focused on their degree. Her research lies mostly on the practical aspects of computer science, specifically in management of power, energy and temperature on data centers. More recently she has been working on optimization and computer science education. 


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Chakrabarty MadhaviDr. Madhavi Chakrabarty is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Marketing at Rutgers Business School. She has a PhD in Cognitive Science and Human Factors from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her areas of expertise are customer analytics, marketing insights, optimization and product design with a deep understanding of the digital ecosystems and the use of emergent technologies like AI, ML, AR/VR and Blockchain in Business Problem Solving. She serves as the Advisor for the Rutgers Association of Marketing and Strategy (RAMS).


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Coiro AnnProfessor Ann Baynes Coiro works on seventeenth-century English literature and culture, ranging from William Shakespeare to Aphra Behn. The English seventeenth century encompasses the first two modern revolutions and has important connections to the present moment. During these years, for example: an insidious network of slavery developed across the Atlantic world; what we now call science developed with the discoveries of such crucial figures as Galileo, Hooke and Newton; the origins of modern political theory emerged (Hobbes and Locke, for example); women writers continued to insist on their centrality; economic and environmental theories took shape. Professor Coiro aims to excite students, across disciplines, about the past and the ways it animates the present. Much of Professor Coiro’s work is on the poetry of John Milton (she is a former President of the Milton Society of America), on relatively neglected post-Shakespearean drama and on early modern women writers, including Aphra Behn and Margaret Cavendish. She has also published on Andrew Marvell, John Dryden and Robert Herrick.

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Cooper BarbaraProfessor Barbara Cooper’s undergraduate and graduate training ranges from the “great books” of the Western tradition to the languages and cultures of Africa, with detours into experiential learning and art school. Her doctoral work at the African Studies Center of Boston University exposed her to the Hausa language, the political economy of agriculture, and the anthropology of gender. Professor Cooper’s research draws upon both oral and archival sources to reconstruct the social and cultural history of West Africa. Her focus is on the former French colonies of the Sahel, particularly Niger, where she has conducted fieldwork for thirty years. She is the author of three books and numerous articles and chapters on the history of Niger and the Sahel.


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Christopher CrawfordDr. Christopher Crawford is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice of Entrepreneurship, Management, and Strategy at Rutgers Business School—Newark and New Brunswick. His research on entrepreneurship, venture growth, and the emergence of outliers has been published in the domain’s most prestigious outlets and presented around the world. His most recent research, "Modeling the Emergence of Outliers in Entrepreneurship", earned him a $200,000 grant with the National Science Foundation. An animated sketchbook video of his research is on the RBS YouTube Channel.  His teaching of entrepreneurship, management, and business strategy has won Professor Crawford university-wide recognition. Prior to his shift into academia, he was a Corporate Trainer for a global restaurant chain, a Director of Marketing for a manufacturing business, and founded The Red Apple Consulting company. In another lifetime, Dr. Crawford competed as a national-level powerlifter; now, he spends time with his wife, their greyhound, Archie, and two sons, the older of which is in the SAS Honors Program at Rutgers-New Brunswick. You can find out more contextual information about Dr. Crawford in this podcast interview

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  Professor Gabriella D’Arcangelo graduated summa cum laude in Biological Sciences from the Universita’ degli Studi di Bari, Italy, and received her Ph.D. in Neurobiology & Behavior from the University of New York at Stony Brook and her postdoctoral research training in developmental neurobiology at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology in Nutley, NJ and at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. She started her independent scientific career in Houston, TX as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a Principal Investigator in the Gordon and Mary Cain Pediatric Neurology Research Foundation at Texas Children’s Hospital. Her work focused on brain development and childhood epilepsy. She joined the Rutgers faculty in 2007 as an Associate Professor in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. She is currently also affiliated with the Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences and Neuroscience, and the Human Genome Institute of New Jersey. Professor D’Arcangelo’s current research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern mammalian brain development and recovery from traumatic brain injury, and abnormalities in developmental or regenerative processes such as neurogenesis, neuronal migration, differentiation and synaptic connectivity, and cognitive dysfunction in developmental brain disorders, such as schizophrenia, autism or childhood epilepsy. Her research resulted in numerous scientific publications and federal and state grants along with and grants from numerous private foundations. She is also actively involved in teaching advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in cell biology and neuroscience, and offers research training to several undergraduate and graduate students.

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DeLosSantos G II 5ec1bProfessor Jenevieve DeLosSantos, is the Associate Director of the Rutgers Early College Humanities Program (REaCH) and Director of Special Projects for the School of Arts and Sciences Office of Undergraduate Education. She is an art historian and former museum educator. Her research interests include 19th century American art, race and visual culture, Orientalism, and early film. She has previously worked as a museum educator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Zimmerli Art Museum, here on campus. Currently, her work involves teaching college-level humanities courses in select New Jersey high schools as part of the REaCH program. In addition to REaCH she enjoys working with the SAS Honors Program as a colloquium facilitator and has taught both Byrne Seminars and courses with the department of Art History on campus. As a first-generation college student, a New Jersey native, and a Rutgers alumna (Ph.D. 2015) she is dedicated to the Rutgers campus community and committed to mentoring and advising undergraduate students across all fields of study.

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Professor Monica Driscoll, is interested in developmental neurogenetics, molecular genetics of neuronal cell death, mechanosensory transduction in touch and feeling, molecular mechanisms of aging.  One of the looming mysteries in signal transduction is the question of how mechanical signals such as pressure or force delivered to a cell are interpreted to direct biological responses.  A long-standing problem in the mechanotransduction field has been that genes encoding mechanically-gated channels eluded cloning efforts resulting in a large gap in our understanding of their function.  A new family of ion channels (the degenerin channels) are hypothesized to function as the central mediators of touch transduction and proprioception (how the body maintains coordinated movement) in C. elegans.  Her lab combines genetic molecular and electrophysiological approaches to determine and compare the composition/regulation of mechanosensitive complexes in an effort to contribute to the understanding of the function of this newly discovered channel class. 

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Professor Andrew Egan has taught courses in philosophy of language, ethics, metaethics, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. He is especially interested in issues in the philosophy of language on the fuzzy border between philosophy and linguistics, and in the relation between language and thought. He grew up in Wisconsin, and got his degrees from the University of Wisconsin, University of Colorado, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before coming to Rutgers he held positions at the Australian National University and the University of Michigan.




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Professor Christopher Ellison received his BA in Biology from Lewis & Clark College and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from UC Berkeley. The research in his lab combines functional and population genomic approaches in a variety of species of Drosophila to better understand how gene regulatory networks evolve at the molecular level. By using computational approaches to generate evolutionary hypotheses that can be tested via the genetic engineering of model species the work bridges the disciplines of evolutionary biology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. He has a daughter and two cats, and when he is not hanging out with them he enjoys birding and cycling.

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Evans BradProfessor Brad Evans is a specialist in 19th and 20th century American literature and culture and the history of anthropology. He is the author of two books on the subject, Before Cultures: The Ethnographic Imagination in American Literature (2005) and Ephemeral Bibelots: How an International Fad Buried American Modernism (2019). He also co-produced the restoration of a silent feature film that premiered in 1914, In the Land of the Head Hunters, which was directed by the photographer Edward Curtis and starred an all-indigenous cast from the Kwakwaka’wakw community of British Columbia, Canada. The film is now listed in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Each of these projects has been quite different from the other, covering a broad range of media, but they were inspired by something the anthropologist Franz Boas wrote in 1911. In a major study of American Indian languages, Boas demonstrated that race, language and culture circulate independently and at remarkably different rates. Evans’s research has focused on historical episodes of uneven circulation—episodes that generated new thinking about the concepts of race and culture, the relation of art and anthropology, and the dynamics of artistic movements.

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Field WilliamProfessor William Field has a love of political activism and has run for public office twice.  His research has focused on voting behavior, particularly in the United Kingdom, and his current teaching love explores political ideology and the intersection of religion and politics.  A graduate of Connecticut College (BA) and Brandeis University (PhD), he loves the size and diversity that is Rutgers.  He serves as Director of the Undergraduate Political Science Program and supervises the department's internship programs.  Professor Field is a member at Large and Legislative Chair, NJ Conference of the AAUP.


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Thomas FigueiraProfessor Thomas Figueira was born on Broadway in Manhattan and educated in the public schools of New York City and Poughkeepsie, New York. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Bensalem College of Fordham University in 1970 and his Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. He is a Distinguished Professor of Classics and of Ancient History at Rutgers, where he teaches courses in ancient history, Greek, Latin, and classical civilization in the departments of History and Classics and in interdisciplinary programs. He has taught over fifty different courses. He is the author of Aegina (1981), Athens and Aigina in the Age of Imperial Colonization (1991), Excursions in Epichoric History (1993), The Power of Money: Coinage and Politics in the Athenian Empire (1998), co-author of Wisdom from the Ancients (2001); editor of Spartan Society (2004), Myth, Text, and History at Sparta (2016), and co-editor of Theognis of Megara: Poetry and the Polis (1985), Athenian Hegemonic Finances (2019), Ethnicity and Identity in Herodotus (2020) among other volumes. In his areas of interest in Greek history and literature, he has written numerous articles, chapters, contributions, and reviews, that number over one hundred-fifty in their totality.

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Professor Bonnie Firestein  works in the field of neurobiology, and is interested in mentoring students who intend to pursue a Ph.D., going on to graduate school for research (this does not include pre-med students).  In order for neurons to communicate, distinct proteins must be targeted to distinct sites.  Since the neuron is a highly polarized cell, it is a model system in which to study protein targeting.  Dr. Firestein's laboratory studies the targeting of PSD-95, a protein that localizes solely to sites on dendrites termed the post-synaptic density (PSD).  It is at these sites that interneuronal communication takes place.  Understanding how proteins are targeted to the PSD will help us to understand events underlying synaptic plasticity and long-term potentiation.  Dr. Firestein would like to work with student mentees who are interested in research or scientific writing.

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Flynn JerryProfessor Jerry Flynn’s background combines an extensive career in the information systems industry including the IBM Corporation with a recently completed PhD (2018) from Virginia Tech in business management. Practical experience in sales, marketing, and consulting in a variety of management and leadership capacities provided an opportunity to work with clients in many industries. Academic focus and interest include a broad set of topics including leadership, organizational behavior, human resource management, and business strategy. Research interests center on the topic of individual and organizational learning in instructional and experiential contexts.


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Gao FengProfessor Feng Gao joined Rutgers Business School in 2015. Previously, she served as an assistant professor at University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Gao received her Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2010 from the University of Rochester, and her Ph.D. in Economics in 2003 and M.S. in Mathematics in 2002 from University of Iowa. Professor Gao’s research focuses on capital markets and economic incentives of market participants, for example how SEC regulations change reporting incentives of public firms, and how engagement in corporate social responsibility changes the insider trading behavior of executives in public firms. Her research has been published in premier academic journals such as Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, and Contemporary Accounting Research. Professor Gao teaches Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II in Rutgers Business School. Her prior teaching experience includes managerial accounting and cost accounting.

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Professor Eric Gawiser is a member of the Graduate Faculty.  He studied Physics and Public Policy as an undergraduate, received his Ph.D. in Physics for research in theoretical cosmology, and joined the Rutgers faculty in 2007 to study distant galaxies using the world's largest telescopes. His discovery of distant galaxies that are the ancestors of galaxies like our own Milky Way was covered by USA Today, BBC, and newspapers from as far away as Thailand, India, Turkey and Kazakhstan.  Prof. Gawiser enjoys advising students and has supervised the research of eight Rutgers undergraduates.  He teaches undergraduate Astrophysics for both science majors and non-majors and gives frequent lectures for the general public on Astrophysics research.                                   

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Professor Arnold Glass studies language and memory. He is especially interested in creating a computer program that understands language and is eager to meet students who share this interest.  He also runs experiments that investigate how people understand language and how well they remember things they have seen and heard.  Arnold is a life-long comic book collector and movie fan.  At one time he consulted with the various movie companies on selecting movie titles.  He is an avid Rutgers sports fan who attends all Rutgers football and basketball games. He enjoys talking with students about these topics and about all kinds of things.  



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Professor Barth D. Grant, of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, is interested in molecular membrane biology, especially the mechanisms controlling the uptake of proteins and lipids at the surface of cells, a process called endocytosis. The cells of our bodies are surrounded by a lipid bilayer that separates the molecules inside the cell from those on the outside.  This membrane barrier provides cellular identity, and is essential for life as we know it, but it also represents a problem.  How are large molecules that the cell needs to survive internalized?  Likewise, how can the composition of the membrane be controlled to optimize the interaction of the cell with its environment?  These fundamental issues of cellular function are solved in part by membrane traffic, the regulated movement of regions of membrane and their associated macromolecules using small carriers called vesicles. To gain new insight into the mechanisms that drive this pathway, the Grant lab takes advantage of the unique experimental features of the microscopic nematode C. elegans that have made it a leading model organism in nearly all areas of modern biological research. Chief among these features are highly advanced genetics and transgenic technology, very simple methods for gene knockdown (RNAi) and knockout, coupled with a transparent body that allows visualization of fluorescently tagged molecules in living animals.

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Grumet Martin 3d229Professor Martin Grumet has worked on nervous system development and spinal cord injury using stem cell transplants. Dr. Grumet’s lab is now focusing on the ability of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) to modulate inflammation after spinal cord injury. Because MSC disappear rapidly after intravenous injection, his lab has developed techniques to encapsulate the cells in alginate microspheres and inject then into the CNS. The alginate is inert and allows nutrients and waste to pass across its semi-permeable barrier, which allows cells in the capsules to survive for long periods after transplantation. The alginate also allows passage of cytokines, which is particularly important because MSC respond to inflammation by secreting anti-inflammatory cytokines. We have shown that encapsulated MSC suppress inflammation acutely after spinal cord injury. In recent studies we found that encapsulated MSC reduce inflammatory cytokines in animal models for sepsis.

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Gu SamProfessor Guoping (Sam) Gu explores novel RNA and chromatin structures in transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. Whether non-DNA sequence information (i.e., epigenetic information) can be heritable and have a phenotypic effect at later generations is a long-standing question for biologists. The answer appears to be yes. A landmark population study showed that grandchildren of World War II Dutch Hunger famine survivors had lower-than-normal weight. The ability of transmitting epigenetic information through cell cycle and generational boundaries is an essential component of gene regulation and developmental control, yet the molecular mechanisms remain elusive. The Gu lab primarily uses nematode C. elegans in our combined experimental and computational approaches. Our investigation focuses on two critical aspects of epigenetic regulation: (1) what triggers an epigenetic memory and (2) how epigenetic signals are transmitted through generational boundaries? We work on one mechanism that leads to a multigenerational epigenetic effect: RNA-induced chromatin modification. We found that the RNA-induced chromatin modification can last for multiple generations after the initial RNA exposure in C. elegans. A large number of human genes are now known to be physiological targets of RNA-directed chromatin modification. We would like to expand discoveries in C. elegans into human, with a focus on novel modes of RNA-chromatin interaction and epigenetic inheritance. Undergraduate students have been major contributors to my research program. The vast majority of them graduated with publications in research journals and succeeded in entering top graduate programs, for example, UPenn, NYU (MDPHD), Univ. of Colorado, Drexel, and Cornell.

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Professor Sam Gunderson does RNA-based research focusing on the regulation of gene expression at the level of processing of precursor mRNA in mammalian cells.  His lab seeks to understand how a single gene can produce 10's to 100's of unique mRNAs some of which can lead to unique proteins.  Biochemical methods are used to reconstitute regulatory pathways so as to gain mechanistic insight into the inner workings of gene expression regulatory complexes.  Professor Gunderson’s research is focused on developing new technologies to detect all the alternatively spliced and polyadenylated mRNAs in a given cell type, something current gene microarrays fail to do.  A recent development is a new gene silencing technology, which uses a completely different mechanism than RNA interference.   He is looking for novel polymers and delivery systems to introduce U1in gene silencing molecules into cells and animals with the goal of developing genomic-wide high throughput methods for functional genomics. 

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Gurbuzbalaban MertProfessor Mert Gürbüzbalaban is an assistant professor at the Rutgers Business School. Previously, he was a postdoctoral associate at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at MIT. He is broadly interested in optimization and computational science driven by applications in large-scale information and decision systems. He received his B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics as a valedictorian from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, the “Diplôme d’ingénieur” degree from École Polytechnique, France, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in (Applied) Mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.  Dr. Gürbüzbalaban received the Kurt Friedrichs Prize (given by the Courant Institute of New York University for an Outstanding Thesis) in 2013, Bronze Medal in the École Polytechnique Scientific Project Competition in 2006, the Nadir Orhan Bengisu Award (given by the electrical-electronics engineering department of Boğaziçi University) in 2005, and the Bülent Kerim Altay Award from the Electrical-Electronics Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University in 2001. He received funding from a variety of sources including multiple programs at the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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Gursoy Kemal 2Professor Kemal Gürsoy is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the Management Science & Information Systems Department at Rutgers Business School. He teaches Statistics and Operation Management.  His research interests are in areas of Stochastic Optimization, Applied Probability, and Random Geometry. He received his M.B.A. in 2002 from Rutgers University/RBS, Newark/New Brunswick, in Management Science, Statistics and Stochastic Optimization and Data Analysis.  His Ph.D., from Rutgers University in 1997 concentrated in Management Science and Information Systems and Statistics.  His M.S., from University of Pennsylvania focused on Systems Engineering, specializing in Artificial Intelligence & Robotics.

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Haberl CharlesProfessor Charles Häberl is an Associate Professor of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL). He has previously served as Director of Middle Eastern Studies (2009–12) and Chair of AMESALL (2013–19). Prior to joining Rutgers in 2006, he studied at Brown University and Harvard University. It was at the latter institution and in the Borough of Queens, NY, that he conducted his doctoral research into the Mandaic language, subsequently published as a monograph in the Harrassowitz series Semitica Viva. He has served as a Near East Regional Editor for the Endangered Languages Catalog (ELCat), a collaborative project by the University of Hawai’i and The LINGUIST List at Eastern Michigan University (since 2012), a member of the board of the Endangered Languages Alliance (ELA) of New York (since 2014), and a Sectional Editor for the 2nd edition of the Encyclopedia of the World’s Endangered Languages (Routledge). Häberl's research primarily focuses upon the contemporary Mandaean community, its history, and its religious tradition. He additionally investigates historical and comparative linguistics, and religious traditions of the Middle East, as represented primarily in the extensive corpus of magical texts produced by the Mandaean community and their Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian, and Muslim neighbors.

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Professor Martha Haviland received her Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan.  Her research focused on the genetics of quantitative traits associated with cardiovascular disease.  She currently teaches Biology, Society and Biomedical Issues and Career Explorations in the Arts and Sciences: Medicine & Life Sciences and serves as the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Instruction, Division of Life Sciences.  She is passionate about undergraduate education in the life sciences and getting others involved in and excited about science, because she feels that science (particularly genetics) affects all of us, and to have meaningful discussions concerning the application of scientific discoveries, medical and scientific ethics, and allocation of resources in science, she believes individuals in our society must be better educated.

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Professor Milt Heumann teaches courses on civil liberties and civil rights, the politics of criminal justice, and judicial decision-making. Professor Heumann received his B.A. from Brooklyn College in l968, and his M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University  (1971,1976). His publications include Plea Bargaining, Speedy Disposition, Hate Speech on Campus, Good Cop, Bad Cop:Profiling, Race and Competing Visions of Justice. Professor Heumann has taught at the University of Michigan, Rutgers-Camden School of Law and Yale Law School (where he also was a Guggenheim Fellow).  His current research interests include the consequences of felony convictions (for voting, for professional licensing), an examination of jury nullification in light of recent sentencing reforms, and a number of studies of different dimensions of the right to privacy.  He also plans to write a screen play based on a brilliant, albeit cantankerous, 88 year old attorney/friend, who working with only a few other local residents, challenged the decision making structure of a large closed community in New Jersey.

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Professor John P. Hughes  while growing up in New York City (mostly oblivious to popular culture) just couldn't get enough of astronomy.  So you can imagine how thrilled he was to be involved in building satellites for NASA on the way to a degree in astrophysics from Columbia University.  These days Dr. Hughes has traded in his 2-inch diameter backyard telescope for the 10-meter diameter Southern African Large Telescope (funded in part by Rutgers) north of Cape Town.  One of his current research projects is a large-area, multiwavelength sky survey aiming for an accurate census of massive clusters of galaxies to measure the rate of structure growth in the Universe and thereby answer questions about the nature of dark matter and dark energy that control its evolution.  He also studies the aftermaths of supernova explosions, including both the superdense crushed interiors of massive stars and the exploded outer parts that fly off at speeds of thousands of kilometers per second.  A strong advocate for undergraduate research, Dr. Hughes also teaches High Energy Astrophysics, Stars and Star Formation, Astronomy and Cosmology, the Physics of Sound, as well as an honors seminar on the Science and Life of Albert Einstein.  Dr. Hughes enjoys travel, biking, skiing, opera, and now pays close attention to US domestic and international policy issues.

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Larry JacobsLarry Jacobs, TED Talks featured speaker, Career Services Program Director, Professor of Psychology adjunct, and former H.R. Director, holds ED.S and M.S. in Counseling Psychology. He is proud to be part of the SASHP Faculty Mentor Program, to help you get your career on track and find your calling. He educates and inspires students on career & life planning, secrets to winning interviews, resume writing with your Wow factor, assist with your personal statement for Med School, choosing your major, set goals with an action plan, and he teaches Psychology. He serves as a liaison to SEBS and STEM students at RU. He encourages you to secure internships and volunteer work which bring you results for job offers. He is the founder of Kidstreet, the largest playground in NJ, carried the US Olympic Torch, founded Dare2Dream motivational program and presented to over 400,000 people. Born deaf, yet lives life to the fullest, he encourages you to plan for your dreams, to be the problem solver, and to be the very best you can be. Are you ready to find your passion? Make things happen….Now!

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Professor Jennifer Jones, began teaching at Rutgers in 1991 after studying at Grinnell College as an undergraduate and pursuing her Ph.D. in European history at Princeton. She specializes in 18th-century France and women’s history and teaches courses on both topics.  She teaches seminars on the history of fashion, the history of girls, and the history of the French Revolution, among other topics.  Her first book is Sexing la Mode: Gender, Fashion and Commercial Culture in Old Regime France.  She is currently completing a book on Thérèse Levasseur, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s mistress. Professor Jones was the previous Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.

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kannan Sudarsun 8691cProfessor Sudarsun Kannan is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University's Computer Science Department with a research focus on Operating Systems. More specifically, he works on problems relating to heterogeneous resource (memory, storage, and compute) management challenges and understanding their impact on large-scale applications. Before joining Rutgers, Professor Kannan was a postdoc at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Computer Science Department and graduated from the College of Computing, Georgia Tech. His thesis explored methods to support hardware heterogeneity in Operating Systems. He deeply cares about teaching and mentoring students.


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Karl Regina Professor Regina Karl is an Assistant Professor of German and Cinema Studies at Rutgers University.  She received her Ph.D. from Yale University after having studied in Munich, Berkeley and Paris. Her research draws from a range of disciplines and centers on media ecology, psychoanalysis, as well as the entanglement of art and politics.  Focusing on twentieth-century German and French literature and film, media studies is her comprehensive framework for understanding the interplay and impact of different forms of art on society at large. Her current book project, titled “Manipulations. The Hand as Symbol and Symptom in the Arts and Literature after 1900,” extends that impulse towards a transmedial scholarship. This project reassesses the relationship between handwork and technology, between technological reproducibility and the hand as corporeal instrument and figure of thought. She share a strong passion for contemporary German-speaking theater and collaborated as a dramaturg in various performances in Germany and the US.

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Professor Charles (Chuck) Keeton, is the Academic Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, and a Professor of Physics & Astronomy. After growing up in   Kentucky, Dean Keeton earned a B.A. in physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University. He held research positions at the University of Arizona and University of Chicago before joining the Rutgers faculty in 2004. As an astrophysicist, Dean Keeton studies "gravitational lensing" that occurs when gravity bends light; he uses observations with the Hubble Space Telescope and telescopes around the world to map the mysterious dark matter that surrounds galaxies and pervades the universe. He has published three books and more than a hundred research papers in astrophysics. Dean Keeton has received awards for both research and teaching from Rutgers, and in 2010 he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama.

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Khayyat YasmineProfessor Yasmine Khayyat is an Assistant Professor in the department of Arabic Language and Literature in AMESALL). Her research interests include contemporary Arabic literature, Arabic poetry, cultural memory studies and literary theory. Professor Khayyat’s interest in memory studies dovetails with her own life experience growing up in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war (1975-90) and her desire to revisit this experience academically. At Columbia University she was part of the Engendering Archives Working Group Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference (CCASD) where she was in conversation with a diverse group of scholars on an interdisciplinary research project that explored the making of archives, specifically, the knowledge they afford and the question of what exceeds their grasp. Her fieldwork on war-related memorial sites in South Lebanon forms part of her current book project entitled Memory in Ruins: The Poetics of Aṭlāl in Lebanese Wartime and Postwar Cultural Production. Before joining AMESALL, Professor Khayyat offered courses on contemporary Arabic fiction, specifically the relationship between literature and war, at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut and New York University (NYU).

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killingsworthsq MarkProfessor Mark Killingsworth is an economics professor at Rutgers University. He was previously on the faculty of Barnard College and Fisk University. His research focuses on labor economics.  He is the author of Labor Supply and The Economics of Comparable Worth, has been the editor or co-editor of several books, and has published numerous papers in economics journals. He has testified on immigration reform and comparable worth before committees of the U.S. Congress, and has been a consultant to U.S. District Judge Robert L. Carter, the Canadian Department of Justice, and the U.S. Departments of Justice and Labor. Killingsworth was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and received the M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.  His recent work has been concerned with family members' labor force participation decisions, labor-market influences on fertility, and the effect of childhood religious instruction on adult earnings.

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Professor Spencer Knapp was born in Baytown, TX, and raised in Tallmadge, OH.  As a Fellow of the Ford Foundation, he received degrees in 1972 and 1975 from Cornell. Following an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard, he came to Rutgers.  His research interests include the synthesis of natural products, enzyme inhibitors, and complex ligands, and the development of new synthetic methods.  He developed GlcNAc-thiazoline inhibitors, which serve as powerful tools for understanding the human enzymes O-GlcNAcase and N-acetylhexosaminidases (the latter associated with Tay-Sachs and Sandoff’s diseases). He developed iodolactamization and the carbonimidothioate and N-benzoylcarbamate cyclizations; and natural products synthesized include griseolic acid, siastatin B, and capuramycin. He has collaborated with over 40 Rutgers undergraduates and has 21 publications with undergraduates as coauthors.  Many of these have gone on to top graduate schools, and now hold positions in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Courses taught include Organic Chemistry and the Honors Seminar “Science in the News."

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landon-lane_johnProfessor John Landon-Lane is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics. He holds a B. Sc(Hons) and a M.Comm(Hons) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His research includes work in econometric theory, applied macro-econometrics, growth and development, and economic and financial history. He has published widely in internationally recognized economic journals. His current research includes models of growth and development that include the informal sector and applications of Bayesian methods to the estimation of these models.



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Levine MichaelIIProfessor Michael Levine is a Professor in the German, Russian, and East European Languages and Literature Department at Rutgers. He earned his Doctorate degree from the John Hopkins University and his research interests are 19th and 20th century German literature, literary theory, and intellectual history. His research focuses on four major areas: intersections among literary, philosophical and psychoanalytic discourses; Holocaust Studies and the poetics of witnessing; the changing structure of the literary, philosophical, and operatic work in the German nineteenth century; and the legal and political legacies of Nuremberg. His awards include Camargo Foundation Fellowship in 2011, and he was received the 2010 SAS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Teaching.

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Professor Alice Y. Liu, of the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, is interested in understanding why the ability to withstand stress is diminished in aging, in general and in neurons in particular.  She studies the regulation of a stress induced genetic mechanism – induction of the heat shock response (HSR); the increased expression of HSP chaperones serves to facilitate protein folding to confer stress resistance.  Her current research is focused on the identification and elucidating the mechanism of action of drugs/small molecules that can enhance the HSR to “protect” cells under stress for possible therapeutics development. Dr. Liu teaches the course Molecular Biology (146:478). She firmly believes in the importance of research based learning and has mentored a good number of undergraduate students over the years. She enjoys working and interacting with students in the classroom and at the lab bench.   In her capacity as a teacher, she tries to inspire and challenge ALL of her students to strive for their very best.    

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Masur LouLouis Masur is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History. A cultural historian who has written on a variety of topics, from Ben Franklin to Bruce Springsteen, his most recent work is The Sum of Our Dreams: A Concise History of America. Masur’s essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and Slate. He has been elected to membership of the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Society of American Historians and has received teaching awards from several institutions including Rutgers.



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Matise TaraProfessor Tara Matise is the Chair of Department of Genetics. She has been at Rutgers since 2000, following a postdoc at Rockefeller University, NYC, a postdoc at Columbia University, NYC, graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, and undergrad at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  For many years, her career focused on the development and application of computational genetics resources to aid in the identification of human disease genes. One of her primary contributions to genetics was the development of software (MultiMap) to construct linkage and radiation hybrid maps. She used this program to construct numerous maps of the human genome, and she, and others, used it to construct maps in many other species. This work was followed by development of an approach to combine evidence from both sequenced genomes and linkage maps to create improved maps. She has also applied statistical genetics approaches to identify linkage and association between disease genes or genetic markers and a number of genetic traits. Recently, her focus has shifted away from investigator-initiated research to management of large-scale genetics studies. She is currently PI of the coordinating center for two NHGRI-funded multi-site studies:  PAGE (Population Architecture using Genetics and Epidemiology; http://www.pagestudy.org) and GSP (the NHGRI Genome Sequencing Project; http://gsp-hg.org).  In the spring she teaches 447:302 Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics.  She became Chair of the department in July, 2018. 

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thumbnail mccormickDistinguished Professor Richard L. McCormick is professor of history and higher education at Rutgers University.  His historical research and writing focus on the political history of the United States, above all, the history of political corruption.  Currently he teaches a course on that subject every fall semester, and he is writing a book on the history of political corruption in America from the 17th century to the present.   During the spring of 2020, he taught an honors seminar on the history of presidential elections in the United States.  The seminar focused equally on a half-dozen historical elections and on the 2020 presidential election then (and now) in progress.   The honors students in his course were amazingly good at comparing and contrasting presidential elections and presidents.  Prior to resuming his career in teaching and writing history, Professor McCormick served as president of Rutgers from 2002 to 2012.

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Professor Trip McCrossin teaches classes in the history and legacy of the Enlightenment, in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century philosophy, and in contemporary ethical and political issues and popular culture. He strives to organize them to be as thoroughly conversational and exploratory as possible, and to relate philosophy as often as possible to the cultures we live in, and in this spirit, contributes periodically to essay collections published in several "popular culture and philosophy" series. He studied at the University of Michigan and Stanford and Yale Universities, and before coming to Rutgers in 2003, worked for some years in the labor movement.

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Professor Paul McLean is interested in the ways culture and social networks intersect.  His book Culture in Networks (Polity Press, 2017) provides an overview of the culture-networks link across a variety of interfaces, including diffusion, social movement mobilization, clientage structures, topic modelling, the formation of tastes, and social media usage.  He previously studied political patronage and economic networks in Renaissance Florence—e.g., in his book, The Art of the Network (Duke UP, 2007), and in articles in the Journal of Modern History and the European Journal of Sociology.  He has recently written on the theme of chance in Florence and on the micro-dynamics of strategic action in social networks, and has been coding archival data for a book on the network structure of the Florentine economy over time.  Other research interests include the political organization of Poland in the eighteenth century, the social theory of Adam Smith, networking dynamics and career trajectories in academia, and the organization of videogame play.  He regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology and occasionally courses in social theory for Sociology majors.

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Michmizos Konstantinos NewProfessor Konstantinos Michmizos is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Rurgers, an Executive Council Faculty at Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science and affiliated member of the Brain Health Institute and the Center for Computational Biomedicine Imaging and Modeling (CBIM). Prior to joining Rutgers, he completed two postdoctoral trainings on robotics, at MIT, and computational neuroscience, at Harvard Medical School. He directs the Computational Brain Lab, with a focus that combines foundational research on computational neuroscience and neuromorphic computing with applications on neuro-mimetic and neuro-rehabilitation robots. His team's overarching goal is to harness neuro-AI into robots that either mimic or help us understand and restore brain function. Konstantinos's research has been supported, among others, by Intel and the NIH through the K Career Development Award.

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Nagarakatte SantoshProfessor Santosh Nagarakatte is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University. He obtained his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. His research interests are in Hardware-Software Interfaces spanning Programming Languages, Compilers, Software Engineering, and Computer Architecture. His papers have been selected as IEEE MICRO TOP Picks papers of computer architecture conferences in 2010 and 2013. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2015, ACM SIGPLAN PLDI 2015 Distinguished Paper Award, and ACM SIGSOFT ICSE 2016 Distinguished Paper Award for his research on LLVM compiler verification. His papers have also been selected as the 2016 SIGPLAN Research Highlights Paper and 2018 Communication of the ACM Research Highlights Paper. His PhD student David Menendez's dissertation was awarded the John C Reynolds ACM SIGPLAN Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2018.

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Nakamura TetsuyaProfessor Tetsuya Nakamura is an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics. He received his Ph.D. degree in developmental biology in Japan and worked as an assistant professor in Japan and then moved to the University of Chicago as a postdoc position, where he studies comparative anatomy of fish.  From 2018, He started his own lab at Rutgers. His research focus is on evolution of the vertebrate body, specifically how fish transformed to tetrapods – “missing link”.  To approach this big leap in vertebrate evolution, his group combines comparative anatomy, genomics, and genetics. Their research is highlighted on the page of SAS at https://sas.rutgers.edu/news-a-events/news/newsroom/student-news/2770-genetics-student-studies-how-fish-became-land-creatures


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Nath Badri 2Professor Badri Nath does research in mobile and wireless computing. His research work is addressing the gathering of data from all sources and using it for decision making.  Some of the projects include pollution sensing from smartphones, messaging architecture for the web, software defined networks,  and the use of  physical data  analytics in decision making.  In particular, he is interested in gathering data from smartphones efficiently to influence decision making at all levels: individually, socially and globally. He is the winner of two test of time best paper awards (VLDB 2002 and Infocom 2015).



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Professor Oded Palmon conducts his research in the area of Corporate Finance in the School of Business.  He concentrates on Corporate Governance, and in particular on Executive Compensation.  Before joining Rutgers University (in 1988) Professor Palmon has been a faculty member at The University of Houston and The University of Haifa.  He got his undergraduate degree at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. at The University of Chicago.



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Pavlovic VladimirProfessor Vladimir Pavlovich is the director of SEQAM (Sequence Analysis and Modeling) Lab. He earned the Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Chapaign in 1999.  He was a research scientist at Compaq’s Cambridge Research Lab in Cambridge, MA from 1999 until 2001.  In 2001 he joined Boston University as a research faculty in the Bioinformatics Program.  In 2002 he joined Rutgers as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, where he is now a Full Professor.  From 2018 - 2021, he was a Director and Principal Scientist at Samsung’s AI Center in Cambridge, UK, where he led the Future Interactions program, which focused on AI methods for understanding of human behavior.  Prof. Pavlovic’s research interests include statistical machine learning, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, computational analysis of human affect, and computer vision.  Professor Pavlovic has received several National Science Foundation (NSF) awards, including the recent Project NUCLEUM (Neuro-Cognitive Modeling of Environments and Humans) that investigates interactions between human crowds and the environments they occupy using state-of-the-art deep learning AI methods.

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powerProfessor Timothy Power studies the culture and politics of Greece from the sixth to the fourth century BCE, primarily Athens, with a special focus on the private and public performance of music and poetry there. He has published work on the Epinician poets Bacchylides and Pindar, dithyrambic choral poetry in Athens, the elegiac poet Ion of Chios, and the intensely politicized culture of competitive musicians in Greece and Rome. Currently he is beginning a book on the cultural acoustics of Classical Athens, how voice, sound, and listening shaped the sociocultural experience of the city's inhabitants. When not researching or teaching, he enjoys cooking, walking, playing music, and reading detective novels.




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prusa tomProfessor Tom Prusa is a professor in the Department of Economics.  He teaches Introduction to Microeconomics, International Economics, Intermediate Microeconomics, and Game Theory. He has received numerous undergraduate teaching awards including the Rutgers University Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Faculty of Arts & Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education. His research focuses on the trade effects of administered protection such antidumping and safeguard actions and also the duration of trade between countries.  

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Pilar RauProfessor Pilar Rau is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. from New York University in 2013.  She is a cultural anthropologist with a background in visual arts, media studies, and sociolinguistics. She specializes in the anthropology of religion, anthropology of art and aesthetics, visual anthropology, and economic anthropology, with a regional focus on Latin America. I also have professional experience in the arts and film and video production.  Her dissertation, Aesthetics and Sacrifice: Pentecostalism, Tourist Art and the Capitalist Promised Land, tells the story of a Peruvian peasant community’s attempts to throw itself into global capitalist modernity through migration, craft production, and conversion to Pentecostal Christianity.  She has taught; Anthropology Goes to the Movies, Anthropology of Latin America, Ethnography of Everyday Life, Rights and Wrongs of Indigenous Peoples, and Visual Anthropology.

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Rendsburg GaryProfessor Gary Rendsburg serves as the Blanche and Irving Laurie Professor of Jewish History and holds the rank of Distinguished Professor in the Department of Jewish Studies.  His teaching and research focus on ‘all things ancient Israel’ – primarily language and literature, though also history and archaeology. His secondary interests include ancient Egypt, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Hebrew manuscript tradition, and Jewish life in the Middle Ages.  During his career, Prof. Rendsburg has served as visiting professor at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the University of Sydney, Hebrew University, UCLA, Colgate University, and the University of Pennsylvania.  In his spare time, he enjoys bicycling, baking bread, and watching his beloved New York Rangers.


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Sagarra NuriaProfessor Nuria Sagarra is an Associate Professor and Graduate Director of Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  She received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Her research straddles the domains of cognitive science, linguistics, and second language acquisition, seeking to identify what factors explain adults’ difficulty learning morphosyntax in a foreign language, with the aim of informing linguistic and cognitive models, as well as instructional practices. She investigates these topics using self-paced reading, eye tracking, and more recently, event-related potentials.


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Savita SahayProfessor Savita Sahay is Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Accounting department at Rutgers Business School. She received her Ph. D. in Accounting from University of California at Berkeley and has conducted research in Managerial Accounting, Financial Accounting and Government Accounting. She has worked as a mentor in University of Delhi, India and at C.U.N.Y. Baruch College in New York and loves to tell students not to be afraid of numbers. She has been teaching, researching and mentoring for almost 37 years.


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Sahota AmrikProfessor Amrik Sahota is involved in three major activities: (i) kidney stone disease; (ii) large-scale genetic studies; and (iii) molecular diagnostics.  His lab focuses on the molecular pathology of kidney stone disease, studying the disease process in animal models, in cultured cells and, in collaboration with clinical colleagues, in human renal biopsies.  This combined approach has provided, and continues to provide, fundamental insights into the molecular bases of pathological changes, including inflammation, fibrosis, tissue calcification, and cell death.  His lab establishes and maintains cell, DNA, and database repositories for complex human diseases and collaborates with other investigators in the identification of genes for these diseases.   They continually develop and implement into clinical practice molecular diagnostic assays based on advances in molecular biology and genetics. 



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Salur Sevil 1 Professor Sevil Salur joined Rutgers in 2011.  She is an Associate Professor and member of the Graduate Faculty. Before coming to Rutgers, she was a researcher at UC Davis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Yale University.  She studies experimental high-energy nuclear physics and investigates the properties of strongly interacting, hot and dense matter produced at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, NY.  This dense matter, a soup of quarks and gluons, was present 0.000001 seconds after the Big Bang.  It is re-created by collisions of nuclei at nearly the speed of light through a phase transition similar to the way that ice cubes melt to form liquid water.  Professor Salur and her research group are working to determine the quantitative properties of this quark-gluon matter.  Professor Salur has taught an Honors Seminar “Three Minutes After the Big Bang."

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scott robertProfessor Robert Scott grew up in Hamilton, Montana and received his Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. His research is united by an interest in environmental influences on hominid evolution.  His interests span dietary adaptations and change.  Professor Scott has done paleontological and paleoanthropological fieldwork in Indonesia, Turkey, Hungary, China, and Montana.  He is the co-developer of a new repeatable method for quantifying primate and hominin dental microwear in three dimensions. This method has provided new insights into the diet of South African early hominins suggesting the importance of fallback food exploitation and was published in the journal Nature.  Professor Scott’s most recent research effort explores hominin diet in another way: He is conducting comparative experiments on the digestion of cooked and raw meat.  Professor Scott teaches the course “Extinction”, part of the pioneering SAS Signature course initiative. He also teaches “Human Osteology,” “Quantitative Methods in Evolutionary Anthropology” and “Evolution of Human Diet.”  Most, recently Prof. Scott has co-developed a new Rutgers certificate program in Evolutionary Medicine.  His hobbies include hiking and camping, gardening, and poker.

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Sesum NatasaProfessor Nataša Šešum is an Associate Professor of mathematics at Rutgers University, specializing in partial differential equations and geometric flow. She earned her Ph.D. in 2004 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Gang Tian. Her dissertation was Limiting Behavior of Ricci Flows.  Professor Šešum was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2014.  In 2015 she was elected as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.  She teaches Linear Algebra and Calculus II, among other courses. Her numerous publications could be found on her website.



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Ronald ShapiroProfessor Ronald Shapiro is Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Finance & Economics Department at Rutgers Business School. He teaches real estate finance, investments and financial management courses on the Newark and New Brunswick campuses. Prior to Rutgers, Ron was Senior Vice President with ConnectOne Bank. He also served in executive management positions at Prudential Financial, Wells Fargo and Spencer Savings Bank. Professor Shapiro received his MBA degree in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree in Economics from SUNY at Stony Brook. He is a CPA and former Adjunct Professor at Monmouth University’s Kislak Real Estate Institute and New York University’s School of Continuing Education. He is a columnist for Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at various real estate industry conferences and is a Regional Planning Committee Member of the NJ Mortgage Bankers Association.

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Sheflin NeilProfessor Neil Sheflin's research focuses on applied macroeconomics and instructional technology.  His work has included research on the economics of trade unions, the development of inflation cycles for the Center for International Business Cycle Research, cost-benefit analyses of NASA remote satellite sensing systems, telecommunications demand modeling, financial sector modeling of large scale econometric models of the United States, Economic Loss Analysis for the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, and the development of statistical sentencing guidelines for the Administrative Office of the Courts of New Jersey.  Dr. Sheflin is faculty advisor to the Economics Honor Society (ODE). His outside interests include sailing, sports cars, history, and jazz.

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Shukla PallaviProfessor Pallavi Shukla is Assistant Professor in the Department of Management & Global Business at Rutgers Business School. She received her Ph.D. in Management from Rutgers University. She teaches International Business, Business Policy & Strategy, and Global Management & Strategy at Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick. Before coming to academia, Professor Shukla worked in the financial services industry for over a decade. Her research interests lie at the intersection of global strategy, migration, and institutions literature streams. She is also engaged in research that focuses on understanding the process of knowledge diffusion using bibliometric methods. Professor Shukla has published in the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, and Rutgers Business Review; her recent papers can be accessed at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pallavi_Shukla3

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Shumyatsky Gleb 6aef6Professor Gleb Shumyatsky received his Ph.D. in the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology (USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia) and his postdoctoral training was at Columbia University with Eric Kandel, who received a Nobel Prize for identifying the molecular and synaptic mechanisms of memory storage in 2000. His lab is studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms of learning and memory as well as modeling in mice mental states such as autism and depression, using behavioral, molecular and genetic approaches. He welcomes undergraduate students who are passionate about science and in particular are curious about how the brain works.




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singer ericDr. Eric A. Singer is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Radiology in the Section of Urologic Oncology at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  He joined the faculty of CINJ in 2012 after completing a clinical and research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute where he also served as an adjunct faculty member in the National Institutes of Health’s Department of Bioethics.  Dr. Singer received his medical degree with Honors in Research from Georgetown University along with a master’s degree in bioethics.  He then performed his general surgery and urologic surgery training at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he also did a fellowship in clinical ethics.  Dr. Singer’s academic interests include urologic oncology, robotic surgery, clinical trials, and bioethics.  He has authored or co-authored more than three-dozen publications and has been invited to present his work at national and international meetings.  Dr. Singer is also a member of the ethics committees for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the American College of Surgeons.

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Professor Andrew (Andy) Singson is a Full Professor in the Department of Genetics and a member of Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosiences as well as the Waksman Institute of Microbiology. He teaches Honors courses in the Department of Genetics. Professor Singson received his undergraduate degree from University of California, Davis, and his Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego. He has had numerous grants from National Institutes of Health. Professor Singson has research interests in the molecular mechanism of fertilization (sperm-egg interactions). The long-term goal of research in his lab is to understand the molecular events that mediate gamete recognition, adhesion, signaling and fusion. The genetic and molecular dissection of these events will also provide insights relevant to other important cell-cell interactions during the development of multi-cellular organisms. In his free time, Dr. Singson is also the faculty advisor for the Rutgers University Cycling Team.

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Tomas Sjöström is a Professor of Economics at Rutgers University. He did his undergraduate studies in Stockholm and received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He taught at Harvard and Penn State before moving to Rutgers in 2004. Currently, his main research consists of using game theory to understand international conflicts. He is also interested in how research done by psychologists and neuroscientists can be imported into economics. This might help us create more realistic models of human behavior. 



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Sopher BarryProfessor Barry Sopher is a professor in the Department of Economics. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Iowa in 1988.  He is an experimental economist and is the Director of the Center for Economic Behavior, Institutions and Design, which is home to the Gregory Wachtler Experimental Economics Laboratory.  His research is concerned with all manner of economic behavior, including decision making under uncertainty, intertemporal decision making and strategic decision making.   Since coming to Rutgers University in 1987 he has served at times as the Graduate Program Director and the Department Chair for the Department of Economics. He is currently the Undergraduate Program Director for the Department of Economics.  When not doing economics, he is often to be found hiking in the Catskills, the Adirondacks and the White Mountains. 

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Syrett KristenProfessor Kristen Syrett studies first language acquisition, investigating when and how children come to have an adult-like understanding of certain words and sentence interpretations.  In her experimental, psycholinguistic research with children age two to six and undergraduates, she finds creative ways to evaluate the meaning that children and adults assign to words like verbs and adjectives, what kinds of linguistic and contextual information they use to constrain the hypothesis space, what suppresses or facilitates certain interpretations, and how language processing and grammatical mechanisms interact.  She focuses on semantics, syntax, and pragmatics, and the interfaces between these areas.  She is a member of the faculty of Linguistics and the Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS) and directs the Laboratory for Developmental Language Studies, where she has a number of talented and eager research assistants. Outside of research and teaching, she is devoted to raising her two beautiful children, enjoys spinning (indoor cycling), and loves finding new ways to deepen her yoga practice.

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Tamas JenniferJennifer Tamas is an Associate Professor of French. She received a PhD in Stylistic from Paris Sorbonne and a PhD in French Literature from Stanford University. She is interested in Feminist Theory (notions of agency, consent and resistance), Theater and Performance Studies, Ghost and Mourning as well as Motherhood and Childhood in French Old Regime. Her publications include numerous articles on passions and theater, a monograph on Racine’s tragedies, a co-edited volume about the linguistic power of silence on the theatrical stage and a collective volume about an influential woman of letters, Madame de Sévigné.  Her current book project entitled “Take No For An Answer! The Art of Not Giving Consent Then And Now” examines women resistance in French Old Regime at a time when galanterie was a key value. Looking at the past, her analysis remains particularly relevant since galanterie is nowadays under attack. Her close reading of 17th century texts (especially female memoirs, fairy tales, plays, commentaries of the Bible) reveals textual refusals that have been undocumented. Her book challenges the foundations of romantic love by exploring our cultural heritage through a female gaze.

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Tartakoff PaolaProfessor Paola Tartakoff is a full professor in the departments of History and Jewish Studies and she is Chair of the Department of Jewish Studies. She teaches courses on Antisemitism, Medieval History, Jewish History, and the History of Jewish-Christian Relations. Her first book (2012) was based on archival research conducted in northeastern Spain on the history of Jewish conversion and the Inquisition. Her second book (2020) examines ritual murder accusations across Western Europe and the Mediterranean region more broadly.

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Ulrich JeffreyProfessor Jeffrey Ulrich teaches Ancient Greek and Latin literatures and literary cultures, with particular focus on the literature from the early centuries of the Roman empire. Professor Ulrich originally graduated from the Rutgers College Honors Program (’08) with degrees in Classics and Mathematics, and finished a PhD in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His current book project analyzes the reception of Greek and Roman philosophy in a 2nd century novel (one of the earliest “novels” ever written), The Golden Ass, written by the North African orator and performer, Apuleius. He is also interested in the study of time and space in ancient novels, and is working on a secondary project on the influence of time-measurement devices on narrative and the representation of experience across the extant corpus of the ancient novels (Greek and Roman). Before attending graduate school, Professor Ulrich taught mathematics at a private school in Brooklyn, NY. In his free time, he enjoys writing and playing music, making homemade pizza and pasta, and learning new languages.

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Professor Sesh Venugopal has taught thousands of students over all levels of the Computer Science undergraduate curriculum, and has written a textbook that is used internationally. He brings to the classroom a unique blend of theory and practice, enhancing the relevance of the learning experience with case studies drawn from industry leaders in computing. He loves to interact with students in and out of the classroom, and has had strong connections with several student clubs including the Undergraduate Student Alliance of Computer Scientists (USACS), Rutgers Mobile App Development (RuMAD), and WiCS (Women in Computer Science). He is also the founder and director of the Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) for the Computer Science department. He has been recognized in 2010 with the School of Arts and Sciences award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education. His wide-ranging interests include coding, traveling, reading, playing and following various sports, and having lively conversations about topics ranging from technology to trivia to metaphysics. He also enjoys writing fiction (published a novel in 2012), and making educational videos on YouTube.

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Wakabayashi HarukoProfessor Haruko Wakabayashi is a cultural historian of 12th-16th century Japan. Her interest lies in the social, cultural, and intellectual development of medieval Japan, and the use of visual sources in the study of history. She wrote her first book on the mythical creature tengu as representations of evil in Japanese Buddhism, and is currently working on medieval Japanese perceptions and interpretations of natural disasters.  Meanwhile, as a historian with a bicultural and bilingual background (Japan and the U.S.), she has been intrigued by the early relationship between Rutgers and Japan in the late nineteenth century. Last semester, she taught an Honors Seminar, “Rutgers Meets Japan: Revisiting Early U.S.-Japan Encounters.” Professor Wakabayashi earned her Ph.D. in Japanese history from Princeton University, and prior to teaching at Rutgers, taught Japanese history, religion, and art history at Princeton University and a number of universities in Japan.

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White Eileen IIProfessor Eileen White received a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook. She was a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Bruce Stillman at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. She is currently the Deputy Director and Associate Director for Basic Science at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Rutgers University. Dr. White has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute and the Board of Directors of the American Association for Cancer Research. She has received a MERIT Award from the NCI, an Investigatorship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Red Smith Award from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

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James Winder Professor James Winder has been a member of RBS since 2008. He earned his M.S., and Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University and his A.B. in Economics from Rutgers University. He teaches in both the MBA and undergraduate programs, and he is an advisor to students seeking the CFA designation. He  also taught finance and economics at the College of New Jersey.  Professor Winder spent 27 years in the financial industry before joining RBS.  Most of this time was spent in the research department at Merrill Lynch.



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xie pingProfessor Ping Xie, of the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, is interested in regulation of immune cell homeostasis and functionality which is central to the proper functioning of the immune system in vertebrates.  Aberrant functions of immune cells and dysregulation of immune responses contribute to the pathogenesis of almost all human diseases, including infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, inflammation, neurodegenerative disorders, and cancers.  To understand the molecular mechanisms of immune regulation, she starts from a critical regulator of the immune system, a cytoplasmic adaptor protein termed TRAF3.  She is currently investigating the contributions and mechanisms of TRAF3 in B lymphomagenesis.  She is also elucidating the functions and mechanisms of TRAF3 in innate immunity and inflammation by generating myeloid cell-specific TRAF3-/- mice.  Knowledge gathered from these research programs will provide new insights into the molecular mechanisms of immune regulation and cancer pathogenesis, and will lead to the development of novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of B lymphoma and chronic inflammation.

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Yanovitzky ItzhakProfessor Itzhak Yanovitzky  joined Rutgers in 2001 after earning his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. His primary research interests include health communication (particularly the use of communication campaigns to promote healthier behaviors and lifestyles) and the strategic use of communication to support social change. In addition to teaching courses in persuasion and social influence at all levels (undergraduate and graduate) he is also an expert in the area of program evaluation and quantitative methodology. Dr. Yanovitzky regularly mentors undergraduate students both inside and outside the Honors Program and he is the recipient of the 2009 Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates’ Research Mentor of the Year award.  

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Young christopherProfessor Chris Young is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School. Chris received his MBA and Ph.D. from Rutgers University and has been teaching full time in the business school since 2014. Before Rutgers, Chris was at Seton Hall University, where he taught corporate finance, micro, macro, international and political economics at the Stillman School of Business and the School of Diplomacy. Outside of the university, Chris spends his time consulting in dispute resolution, assisting the Court with adjudicating bad behavior, mainly related to issues such as shareholder oppression, bankruptcy, contract disputes, fraud, estates, and valuation. His research is interdisciplinary, cutting across business ethics, legal ethics, and the law of damages. Before academia, Chris spent time in private equity, investment banking, M&A, and strategy working in the fintech and media industries, primarily.

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Yu Jingjin 31da3 Professor Jingjin Yu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT CSAIL. Previously, he had embraced many academic and industrial endeavors, having worked full time at AT&T and AQR capital management, and holding degrees in Material Science (BS, USTC), Chemistry (MS, U. Chicago), Mathematics (MS, UIC), Computer Science (MS, U. Illinois), and Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD, U. Illinois). He is broadly interested in the research domain of robotics and control, focusing on issues related to computational complexity and the design of efficient algorithms with provable guarantees. A current focus of his research group is the tackling of difficult combinatorial perspectives of multi-robot and multi-body systems, e.g., the optimal coordination of the simultaneous motion of hundreds of robots.

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