IBB Faculty

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BEHNAAM AAZHANG, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rice Center for Neuroengineering

  • Communication theory, information theory
  • Signal processing, information processing
  • wireless communications, wireless networks

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PULICKEL AJAYAN, PhD
Materials Science and Nanoengineering
Ajayan Research Group

  • Development of functional nanostructured materials for various applications
  • Pioneering work in the field of carbon nanotubes

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CAROLINE AJO-FRANKLIN, PhD
BioSciences

  • Carbon capture and sequestration
  • Bio-solar energy generation
  • Hierarchical assembly of nanostructures

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DAVID ALEXANDER, PhD
Physics and Astronomy
Rice Space Institute

  • Star-planet interactions
  • Flares/CMEs
  • Active region evolution

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GENEVERA ALLEN, PhD
Statistics

  • Big data, high-dimensional data, machine learning
  • multivariate analysis, graphical models, convex optimization, distributed optimization
  • applications to neuroimaging, genomics & proteomics

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ZACHARY BALL, PhD
Chemistry
Ball Research Group

  • Biological and medical applications of organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Specific protein modification with transition-metal catalysts and/or reagents

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GANG BAO, PhD
Chemistry
Bao Research Group

  • Nanomedicine
  • Molecular imaging
  • Genome editing

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RICHARD G. BARANIUK, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Statistics, Computer Science

  • Data science
  • Signal, image, information processing
  • Machine learning, compressive sensing

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BONNIE BARTEL, PhD
BioSciences
Bartel Lab

  • Genetics of peroxisome biogenesis
  • Dynamics, degradation, and function in Arabidopsis development

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CALEB J. BASHOR, PhD
Bioengineering

  • Engineering synthetic regulatory circuitry, with a focus on mammalian gene and signal transduction circuits
  • Understanding of how biological behavior arises from network structure
  • Harnessing mammalian synthetic biology to create cell-based therapeutics

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YILDIZ BAYAZITOGLU, PhD
Mechanical Engineering
Bayaz Research Group

  • Radiation and convective heat transfer, phase-change heat transfer
  • Thermophyiscal property determination
  • Solar collector design and analysis

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LYDIA BEAUDROT, PhD
BioSciences
Beaudrot Lab

  • Community and macroecology
  • Tropical biology
  • Conservation biology

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KATHLEEN BECKINGHAM, PhD
BioSciences

  • Drosophila molecular genetics
  • Biological applications of nanotube infrared fluorescence

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GEORGE BENNETT, PhD
BioSciences
Bennett Lab

  • Molecular biology of prokaryotes
  • Metabolic engineering

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MATTHEW BENNETT, PhD
Biosciences
The BioDesign Lab

  • Synthetic gene circuits
  • Dynamics of gene regulation
  • Transcriptional signaling
  • Modeling genetic processes
  • Cellular oscillators

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SIBANI LISA BISWAL, PhD
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Biswal Research Group

  • Using chemical, biological, and engineering approaches to study soft materials (colloids, polymers, lipids, surfactants)
  • Development of new materials using colloidal particles
  • Research on the use of microcantilever beams

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JANET BRAAM, PhD
Biosciences
Braam Lab

  • Abiotic stress responses
  • Circadian clock
  • Plant defense
  • Autophagy regulation
  • Fungal perception

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DANIEL CARSON, PhD
Biosciences

  • Expression & function of cell surface components that participate in and regulate cellular interactions in developing embryos and tumor cell models
  • Study of heparan sulfate proteoglycan, perlecan, & enzymes that modify its structure in both reproductive tissues and in tumor cell contexts

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JAMES CHAPPELL, PhD
Biosciences
Chappell Lab

  • Synthetic biology
  • RNA-based regulators of gene expression
  • Synthetic regulatory networks
  • Cell-free synthetic biology

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TAIYUN CHI, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering
RISE Lab

  • Integrated CMOS bio-sensors
  • Bio-actuators
  • Biology-electronics hybrid systems

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CECILIA CLEMENTI, PhD
Chemistry

  • Multiscale modeling of protein systems
  • Coarse graining of macromolecular assemblies
  • Data-driven discovery of biophysical principles

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ADRIENNE MS CORREA
Biosciences
Correa Lab

  • Marine microbial symbiosis and disease
  • Global change
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Environmental virology

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SYLVIA G. DEE, PhD
Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

  • Paleoclimate
  • Climate dynamics
  • Earth system modeling
  • Global change

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MICHAEL W. DEEM, PhD
Bioengineering
Deem Lab

  • Newton's laws of biology
  • Physics of evolution
  • Vaccine design
  • Personalized critical care

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REGINALD DESROCHES, PhD
Engineering

  • Design of resilient infrastructure systems under extreme loads
  • Application of smart and adaptive materials

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MICHAEL DIEHL, PhD
Bioengineering
Diehl Lab

  • Regulation of intracellular transport
  • In situ molecular pathway analyses

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REBEKAH A. DREZEK, PhD
Bioengineering
Drezek Lab

  • Development of optical molecular imaging technologies for in vivo assessment of tissue pathology
  • Development of optical molecular imaging technologies for the quantitive analysis of nanoparticle uptake and interaction within cellular environments

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AMY ELIZABETH DUNHAM, PhD
Biosciences

Tropical Ecology and Conservation Group

  • Population and community ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Evolutionary and behavioral ecology
  • Climate change ecology

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SCOTT EGAN, PhD
Biosciences
Egan Lab

  • Environmental diagnostics
  • Evolution
  • Speciation
  • Population genetics and genomics

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PHILLIP ANDREW ERNST, PhD
Statistics

  • Applied probability
  • Exact distribution theory
  • Stochastic control
  • Mathematical finance

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CHRISTOPHER P. FAGUNDES, PhD
Psychology

  • Affective neuroscience
  • Health psychology
  • Lifespan development
  • Psychoneuroimmunology

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BJ FREGLY, PhD
Mechanical Engineering
Rice Computational Neuromechanics Laboratory

  • Modeling, simulation, and optimization of the human neuromusculoskeletal system
  • Designing personalized clinical treatments for movement disorders caused by stroke, osteoarthritis, cancer, and Parkinson's disease

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XUE (SHERRY) GAO, PhD
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

  • Genome editing and engineering
  • Natural product discovery
  • Protein engineering
  • Synthetic biology

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YANG GAO, PhD
Biosciences

  • DNA replication
  • Repair and recombination
  • Cryo-electron microscopy
  • X-ray crystallography

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FATHI H. GHORBEL, PhD
Mechanical Engineering
Robotics & Intelligent Systems (RiSYS) Lab

  • Devising analytical tools from systems and control theory
  • Robotics, mechanical systems and biomedical systems
  • Development of analytical methods, giving equal importance to simulation and experimental verification

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IDO GOLDING, PhD
Center for Theoretical Biological Physics

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, BCM

  • Physics of living cells
  • Stochastic gene expression
  • Cell-fate determination

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RICHARD G. GORDON, PhD
Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

  • Quantitative tectonics
  • Tectonic paleomagnetism
  • Tectonic applications of space geodesy
  • Marine geophysics and geodynamics

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K. JANE GRANDE-ALLEN, PhD
Bioengineering
Grande-Allen Integrative Matrix Mechanics Lab

  • Develop and leverage novel technologies to investigate heart valve biology, pathology, and therapies
  • Establish new paradigms to characterize the extracellular matrix basis for soft tissue mechanics
  • Translate our findings to prevent valve disease, develop new therapies, and improve the survival and quality of life of affected patients
  • Provide comprehensive education, training, and career development experiences for science and engineering students of all ages

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ROB GRIFFIN, PhD
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Griffin Lab

  • Secondary particle formation in the atmosphere
  • Heterogeneous reactions occurring on atmospheric particle surfaces
  • Analytical techniques for measuring particle composition
  • Measurement of atmospheric gases using laser spectroscopy

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RUDY GUERRA, PhD
Statistics

  • Statistical genetics
  • Bioinformatics

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MICHAEL GUSTIN, PhD
BioSciences

  • Molecular genetics
  • Biochemistry of signal transduction

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JASON HAFNER, PhD
Physics and Astronomy
Hafner Lab

  • Chemistry of Life
  • Spectroscopy & Imaging

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NAOMI HALAS, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Laboratory for Nanophotonics

  • Design and fabrication of optically responsive nanostructures, nanophotonics, plasmonics

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JEFFREY HARTGERINK, PhD
Chemistry
Hartgerink Research Group

  • Chemistry for Energy and Sustainability, Materials by Chemical Design
  • Chemical Biology, Nanomaterial Synthesis

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ISAAC HILTON, PhD
Bioengineering

  • Applying genome and epigenome editing to precisely control human cells
  • Engineering eukaryotic gene expression programs
  • Decoding basic mechanisms governing human gene expression in health and disease
  • Developing new synthetic biology tools

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HUEY HUANG, PhD
Physics & Astronomy
Laboratory of Membrane Biophysics

  • Statistical physics
  • X-ray
  • Neutron
  • Optical spectroscopies on membrane physics

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NICHOLAS K. IAMMARINO, PhD CHES
Kinesiology

  • Cancer prevention and education
  • Cancer and other chronic disease screening programs
  • International health
  • Comparative health care policy

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OLEG A. IGOSHIN, PhD
Bioengineering
Cellular Systems Dynamics Lab

  • Cellular decision-making
  • Self-organization in biofilms
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Blood stem cells networks

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LYDIA E. KAVRAKI, PhD
Computer Science
Kavraki Lab

  • Computational structural biology
  • Protein function annotation
  • Drug development
  • Identification of metabolic engineering pathways

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KEVIN KELLY, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Imaging and spectroscopy at the nanoscale
  • Understanding the role of mathematics in image acquisition and interpretation
  • Scanning probe microscopy, electronic materials, compressive infrared and hyperspectral imaging

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CALEB KEMERE, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Kemere Lab

  • Building interfaces with memory and cognitive processes
  • Model-based signal processing
  • Low-power embedded systems

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CHING-HWA KIANG, PhD
Physics & Astronomy
Ching-Hwa Kiang Research Group

  • Protein and DNA mechanics
  • Biomolecules and assemblies
  • Nanobiomaterials

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THOMAS C. KILLIAN, PhD
Physics & Astronomy
The Killian Research Group

  • Atomic physics, plasma physics, and biophysics
  • Strongly interacting quantum degenerate atomic gases and ultracold plasmas
  • Electro-magnetic characterization and control of biological structures

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MAREK KIMMEL, PhD
Statistics

  • Modeling signaling pathways
  • Cancer genes mutations
  • Evolution and genetics of human diseases
  • Genetic networks

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NATASHA KIRIENKO, PhD
Biosciences
Kirienko Lab

  • Mitophagy as a host defense against pathogens
  • Mitophagy in tumorigenesis and tumor development
  • Drug discovery
  • Host-pathogen interactions

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MICHAEL H. KOHN, PhD
Biosciences
Michael Kohn Lab

  • Evolutionary genomics
  • Speciation & adaptation
  • Warfarin resistant rodents
  • Warfarin, Vitamin K cycle & human health

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ANATOLY B. KOLOMEISKY, PhD
Chemistry
Kolomeisky Research Group

  • Network analysis of biological processes
  • Intracellular transport processes
  • Mechanisms of biological machines
  • Protein-DNA interactions

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LASZIO KURTI PhD
Chemistry
Kurti Research Group

  • General Research Area: Chemistry of life
  • Research Discipline: Organic synthesis

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CHRISTY LANDES, PhD
Chemistry
Landes Research Group

  • Single molecule spectroscopy
  • Protein separations
  • Image processing

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HERBERT LEVINE, PhD
Bioengineering
Co-Director, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP)

  • Eukaryotic motility
  • Cellular information processing
  • Biological patterns
  • Evolution of drug resistance
  • Collective organization of tumors

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STEPHAN LINK, PhD
Chemistry
Link Research Group

  • Collective optical properties of plasmonic nanoparticle assemblies
  • Light harvesting and energy conversion with surface plasmons
  • Interactions between nanoparticles and proteins

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JUN LOU, PhD
Materials Science and Nanoengineering
Lou Research Group

  • Nanomaterial synthesis
  • Nanomechanical characterization and nanodevice fabrication for energy
  • Environment and biomedical applications

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LAN LUAN, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Luan Lab

  • Neuroengineering
  • Development of multimodal neural interfaces
  • Neurological disorders and development of novel therapies

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PETER LWIGALE, PhD
BioSciences
Lwigale Lab

  • Molecular regulation of cornea development and regeneration
  • Neural crest cell migration and differentiation
  • Trigeminal Sensory innervation
  • Ocular vasculogenesis and cornea avascularity
  • Cornea wound healing/regeneration

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JIANPENG MA, PhD
Bioengineering

  • Epigenetic regulation networks
  • Stem cells and cancer cells
  • Anticancer drug development
  • Protein dynamics
  • Structural biophysics

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ANGEL MARTÍ-ARBONA, PhD
Chemistry
Marti Research Group

  • Materials by chemical design, chemistry of life
  • Organic synthesis, chemical biology, spectroscopy & imaging, nanomaterial synthesis

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RANDI MARTIN, PhD
Psychological Sciences
Temple Neuroplasticity Lab

  • Psychology and neuropsychology of language
  • Short-term memory/working memory

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CARRIE MASIELLO, PhD
Chemistry
Masiello Lab

  • Study of Earth's carbon cycle on timescales from 5 years to 100,000 years
  • Fundamental mechanisms of the carbon cycle
  • How humans are altering these mechanisms through combustion of fossil fuel, land use change, and erosion

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KATHLEEN MATTHEWS, PhD
BioSciences

  • Structure and function of genetic regulatory proteins

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KEVIN MCHUGH, PhD
Bioengineering
McHugh Lab

  • Biomaterials
  • Drug delivery
  • Gene therapy
  • 3-D printed scaffolds and structures

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JAMES MCNEW, PhD
BioSciences
McNew Lab

  • Molecular mechanism of biological membrane fusion
  • Peroxisome biogenesis
  • Membrane protein expression and reconstitution
  • Intracellular vesicular transport
  • ER homotypic fusion

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ANTONIO MIKOS, PhD
Chemistry
Mikos Research Group

  • Materials by chemical design, chemistry of life
  • Organic synthesis, chemical biology, nanomaterial synthesis

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JORDAN MILLER, PhD
Bioengineering
Physiologic Systems Engineering and Advanced Materials Laboratory

  • Biomaterials and regenerative medicine combines synthetic chemistry, three-dimensional (3D) printing, microfabrication, and molecular imaging to direct cultured human cells to form more complex organizations of living vessels and tissues

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THOMAS EDWARD MILLER, PhD
BioSciences
Tom Miller Lab

  • Demography
  • Population
  • Dynamics
  • Plant-animal interactions
  • Life history evolution and theory-data interface

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JOEL MOAKE, PhD
Bioengineering
Moake Laboratory in Hemostasis-Thrombosis Research

  • Shear stress-induced, von Willebrand factor (VWF)-mediated platelet adhesion/aggregation
  • Pathophysiology and therapy of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), the hemolytic-uremic syndromes HUS), and others
  • Cellular and organelle storage site for coagulation factor VIII (FVIII)
  • Molecular interactions between VWF and complement

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LUAY K. NAKHLEH, PhD
Computer Science
Nakhleh Lab

  • Abstract modeling of cellular networks
  • Metabolic modeling for pathway inference
  • Evolution analysis of networks
  • Comparative genomics

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K.C. NICOLAOU, PhD
Chemistry
Nicolaou Group

  • Advancement of organic synthesis for its own sake and its application to the synthesis of natural and designed molecules of biological and medical importance

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EDWARD NIKONOWICZ, PhD
BioSciences

  • Understanding structure-function relationships in nucleic acid systems
  • NMR spectroscopy, SAXS, single molecule FRET, x-ray crystallography to investigate the kinetic, motional, and structural properties of the component molecules

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MARCIA O'MALLEY, PhD
Mechanical Engineering
MAHI Lab

  • Design, modeling, and control of electromechanical devices and systems
  • Design and control of haptic interfaces and bilateral telemanipulation systems
  • Development of human-machine interfaces for human-assisted movement and the modeling of human-robot interactions

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JOSÉ ONUCHIC, PhD
Physics & Astronomy
Co-Director, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP)

  • Protein folding funnels
  • Electron transfer reactions
  • Stochastic effects in genetic networks

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GEORGE PHILLIPS, PhD
Biosciences
Phillips Lab

  • Structural biology
  • X-ray crystallography
  • Computational biology
  • Structural bioinformatics
  • Protein dynamics

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XAQ PITKOW, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Xaq Pitkow Lab, Neuroscience, BCM

  • Theories of neural computation in animal brains
  • Probablistic inference, control theory, nonlinear dynamics, population codes
  • Stimulating & analyzing computation in neural networks

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DANIEL J. PRESTON, PhD
Mechanical Engineering
Preston Innovation Laboratory

  • Energy: enhanced efficiency for power generation, recovery of waste heat and work, thermal management technologies
  • Materials: introduction of new, functional materials; develop and test new materials
  • Fluids: biomimetic designs including superhydrophobic materials and lubricant infused surfaces

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ROBERT RAPHAEL, PhD
Bioengineering
Membrane and Auditory Bioengineering Group (MAB)

  • Auditory systems biology
  • Micromechanical biosystems

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REBECCA RICHARDS-KORTUM, PhD
Bioengineering
Optical Spectroscopy and Imaging Laboratory

  • Development of low-cost, high-performance technologies for remote and low-resource settings
  • Providing vulnerable populations with access to life-saving health technologies that address diseases and conditions that cause high morbidity and mortality, such as cervical and oral cancer, premature birth, sickle cell disease and malaria

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JACOB T. ROBINSON, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Robinson Lab

  • Nanotechnology for neural interfaces
  • High-throughput electrophysiology
  • Neuroengineering
  • Synthetic neurobiology

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PETER ROSSKY, PhD
Chemistry

  • Chemistry for energy and sustainability, materials by chemical design
  • Theory & computation, spectroscopy & imaging

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VOLKER RUDOLF, PhD
BioSciences
Rudolf Lab

  • Community ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Cannibalism
  • Phenology
  • Climate change

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ASHUTOSH SABHARWAL, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Wireless networks
  • Information theory
  • Multiple antenna systems
  • Coding and computation

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JULIA SALTZ, PhD
BioSciences
Saltz Lab

  • Evolution, development, and genetics of behavior

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LAURA SEGATORI, PhD
Bioengineering
Segatori Research Group

  • Relationship between protein folding and disease
  • Molecular determinants of cellular protein folding
  • Development of cell protein engineering strategies to manipulate the chaperone and degradation capacity

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YOUSIF SHAMOO, PhD
Biosciences
Shamoo Laboratory

  • Experimental evolution: phenotype to physical principles
  • Identifying adaptive networks in antibiotic resistance
  • Construction of predictive models for adaptation

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KIRSTEN L. SIEBACH, PhD
Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

  • "Source-to-sink" sedimentary processes on Mars and early Earth to interpret the history of water and surface environments early in our solar system

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EVAN SIEMANN, PhD
Biosciences
Siemann Lab

  • Population and community ecology
  • Forests, grasslands, plant ecology, insect ecology, chemical ecology
  • Plant/herbivore interactions
  • Wetlands, freshwater ecology

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JONATHAN (JOFF) SILBERG, PhD
Biosciences
Silberg Lab

  • Bioelectronics
  • Environmental synthetic biology
  • Redox synthetic biology

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MICHAEL STERN, PhD
BioSciences

  • Neuron-glia interactions within the Drosophila peripheral nerve
  • Regulation of motor neuron excitability
  • Regulation of ecdysone synthesis

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CHARLES R. STEWART, PhD
BioSciences
Stewart Lab

  • Molecular genetics
  • Microbial biotechnology
  • Bacteriophage biology

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DEVIKA SUBRAMANIAN, PhD
Computer Science

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Statistical machine learning
  • Natural language processing
  • Algorithms and tools for predictive modeling in engineering and in the natural and social sciences

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JUNGHAE SUH, PhD
Bioengineering
Suh Lab

  • Reprogramming viruses
  • Viruses for manipulation of genetic networks
  • Laboratory directed evolution of viruses

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JEFFREY J. TABOR, PhD
Bioengineering
Tabor Lab

  • Synthetic biology
  • Smart probiotics
  • Optogenetics
  • Bacterial two-component sensors

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YIZHI JANE TAO, PhD
Biosciences
The Tao Laboratory

  • RNA virus replication
  • Virus assembly
  • Structural biology

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NED THOMAS, PhD
Materials Science & Nanoengineering
Thomas Research Group

  • Photonics, phononics, interference lithography and mechanical behavior of microtrusses
  • Interference lithography and mechanical behavior of microtrusses
  • Polymer physics
  • Engineering of the mechanical and optical properties of block copolymers, liquid crystalline polymers, and hybrid organic-inorganic nanocomposites

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FRANK K. TITTEL, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rice Laser Science

  • Quantum electronic devices
  • Laser spectroscopy with applications in environmental monitoring
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Industrial process analysis and control

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TOMASZ TKACZYK, PhD
Bioengineering
Modern Optical Instrumentation and Bio-imaging Laboratory

  • Optics (grayscale lithography, laser printing, free form diamond turning, molding, etc.)
  • Opto-mechanics (LIGA, DRIE components)
  • Electronics (custom detectors)
  • Software (dedicated DSPs, new algorithms)
  • Bio-chemical materials (solgel, gold nanoparticles, quantum dots)

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JAMES TOUR, PhD
Chemistry
Tour Group Rice

  • Chemistry for energy and sustainability, materials by chemical design, chemistry of life
  • Organic synthesis, chemical biology, spectroscopy & imaging, nanomaterial synthesis

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TODD TREANGEN, PhD
Computer Science
Treangen Lab

  • Development of novel algorithms, methods, and software for the analysis of genomes and metagenomes

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ROSA URIBE, PhD
Biosciences
Uribe Lab

  • Developmental biology
  • Zebrafish
  • Neuron
  • Cancer

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MARINA VANNUCCI, PhD
Statistics

  • Theory & Methods: Bayesian variable selection, graphical models, statistical computing, wavelets
  • Applications in chemometrics, large-scale genomic data, neuroimaging and structural bioinformatics

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MOSHE VARDI, PhD
Computer Science

  • Automated reasoning
  • Databases
  • Computational complexity theory
  • Design specification and verification

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ASHOK VEERARAGHAVAN, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Data science
  • Neuroengineering
  • Systems

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OMID VEISEH, PhD
Bioengineering
Veiseh Lab

  • Immunoengineering
  • Cell-based therapeutics
  • Biomaterials

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RAFAEL VERDUZCO, PhD
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Polymer Engineering Laboratory

  • Utilization of advanced polymer synthesis techniques as well as a variety of nanoscale characterization tools, in particular small-angle x-ray scattering which provides structural information in polymer thin films and powders

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DANIEL WAGNER, PhD
BioSciences

  • Analysis of development of zebrafish embryo to understand the genetic basis of cell differentiation and cell behavior
  • Examination of genetic regulation of diverse developmental events including epidermal differentiation, angiogenesis and post transcriptional regulation in the teleost yolk cell

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CALVIN (HERB) WARD, PhD
Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Environmental microbiology
  • Remediation technology development
  • Chemical transport and fate

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BRUCE WEISMAN, PhD
Chemistry
Weisman Research Group

  • Spectroscopy & imaging

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JULIAN WEST, PhD
Chemistry
West Research Group

  • Homogeneous catalysis for bioactive molecule synthesis
  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Photochemistry and photocatalysis

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LON WILSON, PhD
Chemistry
Wilson Research Group

  • Materials by chemical design
  • Spectroscopy & imaging
  • Nanomaterial synthesis

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PETER G. WOLYNES, PhD
Chemistry
Wolynes Research Group

  • Protein folding, function & structure prediction
  • Stochastic cell biology
  • Cytoskeleton structure & dynamics

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MICHAEL S. WONG, PhD
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Catalysis & Nanomaterials Laboratory

  • Structure-property analysis of palladium-on-gold catalysts
  • Metal-on-metal nanoparticle synthesis
  • Treatment of dioxane, nitrate, fluorocarbons, and chlorocarbons from water
  • Sugar upgrading chemistry
  • Nanoparticle assembly

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HAN XIAO, PhD
Chemistry
Xiao Lab

  • Chemical biology
  • Protein engineering
  • Cancer therapy

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VICKY YAO, PhD
Computer Science

  • Computational biology
  • Development of machine learning and statistical methods to improve understanding of the biological circuitry that underlies living organisms and how its dysregulation may lead to disease
  • Building intuitive, interactive systems as interfaces to models and predictions

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LIN ZHONG, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering
RECG

  • Mobile and embedded systems
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Nanoelectronics

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KYRIACOS ZYGOURAKIS, PhD
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

  • Fundamental mechanisms controlling the transport and reaction of nitrogen fertilizers in biochar-amended soils
  • Developing hybrid multi-scale models that describe the growth of heterogeneous cell populations in the presence of mass transfer limitations
  • Designing processes for sustainable production of biochar for carbon sequestration and soil amendment, and for thermal remediation of soils contaminated with heavy hydrocarbons