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DisciplineFirst NameLast NamePositionWebsiteResearch Interests
Applied MathematicsHarishBhatAssociate Professor http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/hbhat/index.html Professor Bhat's research interests are in wave phenomena in electromagnetic media and compressible fluids studied using applied/ computational analysis and geometric mechanics.
Applied MathematicsFrancoisBlanchetteAssociate Professorhttp://faculty.ucmerced.edu/fblanchette/index.html Professor Blanchette's research interests are in computational and theoretical multiphase fluid dynamics with applications to sedimenting systems and surface tension dominated flows.
Applied MathematicsBoaz IlanAssociate Professorhttp://faculty.ucmerced.edu/bilan/index.html Professor Ilan's research interests include the analytical and computational modeling of linear and nonlinear waves applied to ultrafast optics, Bose-Einstein condensates, and solar science.
Applied MathematicsShilpaKhatriAssistant Professorhttp://faculty.ucmerced.edu/skhatri3/research.htmlProfessor Khatri's research interests include numerical analysis, fluid dynamics, applied math and applications in biology and oceanography.
Applied MathematicsArnoldKimProfessorhttp://faculty.ucmerced.edu/adkim/index.html Professor Kim's research interests are in wave propagations in random media applied to biomedical optical imaging and wireless communications.
Applied MathematicsKarinLeidermanAssistant Professor http://naturalsciences.ucmerced.edu/people/karin-leiderman Professor Leiderman's research interests are focused in Mathematical Biology, specifically in biological fluid dynamics, biomechanics, and biochemistry.
Applied MathematicsRoummel MarciaAssociate Professorhttp://faculty.ucmerced.edu/rmarcia/index.html Professor Marcia's research interests include linear algebra and nonlinear optimization with applications to compressive optics and computational biochemistry.
Applied MathematicsJuanMezaProfessor and Dean of the School of Natural Scienceshttp://naturalsciences.ucmerced.edu/people/juan-c-meza Dean Meza's research interests include nonlinear optimization with an emphasis on methods for parallel computing. He has also worked on various scientific and engineering applications including scalable methods for nanoscience, power grid reliability, molecular conformation problems, optimal design of chemical vapor deposition furnaces, and semiconductor device modeling.
Applied MathematicsNoemiPetraAssistant Professorhttp://faculty.ucmerced.edu/npetra/Professor Petra's research interests include numerical solution of partial differential equation, inverse problems, large-scale PDE-constrained optimization and uncertainty quantification.
Applied MathematicsSuzanneSindiAssistant Professor http://www.ucmerced.edu/faculty/directory/suzanne-s-sindi Professor Sindi's research is focused on mathematical and computation biology, specifically in analytical and computational modeling of prion transmission in yeast, and the analysis of genetic structural variants.
Applied MathematicsMayyaTokmanAssociate Professor http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/mtokman/index.html Professor Tokman's research interests include computational science, numerical analysis, mathematical modeling applied to plasma physics.
Chemistry and Chemical BiologyRyan BaxterAssistant ProfessorNAProfessor Baxter's research interests include design and synthesis of redox-active ligands, new strategies for organometallic catalysis from inexpensive materials and development of new synthetic methods guided by kinetic analysis.
Chemistry and Chemical BiologyMikeColvinProfessorqsb.ucmerced.edu/Professor Colvin's research interests include molecular simulations of semi-structured biomolecular systems, including intrinsically disordered proteins and chemically modified DNA. His research uses a wide range of simulation methods to model biological systems at different levels. Much of his research uses molecular modeling to study biochemical problems, with a particular emphasis on modeling the activity of DNA-binding food mutagens and anticancer drugs. These methods involve computing the structures and energetics of biomolecules using either quantum or classical mechanics, and often require the use of supercomputers.
Chemistry and Chemical BiologyJasonHeinAssistant Professor faculty1.ucmerced.edu/jhein2Professor Hein's research interests include design, discovery and investigation of new organo- and organometallic catalysts as well as interrogation of catalytic reactions using reaction kinetics.
Chemistry and Chemical BiologyHrantHratchianAssistant Professor http://gaussian.com/g_people/hratchian.htm Professor Hratchian's research interests include developments in quantum chemistry and potential energy surface exploration, computational inorganic chemistry, mechanistic study and rational design of transition metal catalysts.
Chemistry and Chemical BiologyChristineIsborneAssistant Professor faculty2.ucmerced.edu/cisborn/indexProfessor Isborne's research interests include theoretical chemistry, developing and applying electronic structure theory, molecular dynamics and QM/MM methods to the modeling of photochemistry and solvation.
Chemistry and Chemical BiologyErin JohnsonAssistant Professor faculty1.ucmerced.edu/ejohnson29Professor Johnson's research interests include theoretical chemistry, development and applications of density-functional theory, and the study of intermolecular interactions.
Chemistry and Chemical BiologyDavidKelleyProfessorfaculty.ucmerced.edu/dfkelley/Professor Kelley's research interests include ultrafast dynamics and spectroscopy of semiconductor nanoparticles for solar energy conversion.
Chemistry and Chemical BiologyAndyLiWangAssociate Professorhttp://faculty1.ucmerced.edu/aliwang<br>Professor LiWang's research interests include determining the oscillating mechanism of a biological clock at the protein-structural and dynamics level using biochemistry and NMR spectroscopy.
Chemistry and Chemical BiologyErikMenkeAssistant Professor faculty.ucmerced.edu/emenkeProfessor Menke's research interests include materials chemistry, new materials and nanoarchitectures for solar cells and batteries.
Chemistry and Chemical BiologyMatthewMeyerAssociate Professorfaculty1.ucmerced.edu/mmeyerProfessor Meyer's research interests include mechanisms of organic and biochemical asymmetric reactions, spontaneous symmetry breaking, and new methods for asymmetric synthesis and mechanism
Chemistry and Chemical BiologyAnneMyers KelleyProfessorfaculty.ucmerced.edu/amkelley/Professor Kelley's research interests include linear and nonlinear Raman spectroscopies, experiment and theory, and surface enhanced spectroscopies.
Chemistry and Chemical BiologyAleksandrNoyAssociate Adjunct Professorcampillos.ucmerced.edu/~anoyProfessor Noy's research interests include bionanoelectronics, biophysics, nanofluidics, and combining nanowires with membrane proteins to create electronic devices that mimic cellular transport
Chemistry and Chemical BiologyBenjaminStokesAssistant Professorhttp://www.benjstokes.com/Professor Stokes' research interests include organic synthesis, physical organic chemistry, asymmetric catalysis and medicinal chemistry.
Chemistry and Chemical BiologyTaoYeAssociate Professor faculty.ucmerced.edu/tyeProfessor Ye's research interests include scanning probe microscopy study of interfaces, nanoscale machines on surfaces, single molecule analysis of biopolymers. His research is focused on developing the nanoscale surface chemistry needed to manipulate and measure biomolecules and analogous systems. The nanoscale arrangements of biomolecules, such as proteins and DNA, underlie a wide spectrum of biological functions. Yet our ability to measure and control biomolecules at the nanoscale and single molecule level remains very limited. His group is using and developing sophisticated nanoscience tools to position and measure single molecules with nanometer resolution, dynamically activate the functions of individual biomolecules on surfaces, and develop artificial analogs of biological motors. The greatly improved understanding and control of biomolecules at the nanoscale have implications in unraveling key biological functions, creating artificial functional bimolecular structures, and developing ultra-sensitive biosensors.
Life and Environmental SciencesMichael BemanAssistant Professor faculty.ucmerced.edu/mbemanProfessor Beman's research interests include biogeochemistry, microbial Ecology, oceanography, and global environmental change.
Life and Environmental SciencesAsmeret AsefawBerheAssociate Professor http://aaberhe.com/Professor Berhe's research is broadly focused on soil science and global change science. The main goal of her research is to understand the effect of changing environmental conditions on vital soil processes, most importantly the cycling and fate of essential elements in the critical zone. She studies soil processes in systems experiencing natural and/or anthropogenic perturbation in order to understand fundamental principles governed by geomorphology, and contemporary modifications introduced by changes in land use and climate
Life and Environmental SciencesMichael DawsonAssociate Professor mnd.ucmerced.eduMillions of species demonstrate that evolution happens, but few illuminate the process. Professor Dawson's lab focuses on elucidating the origins, maintenance, and loss of marine biodiversity, from molecular to ecosystem levels. His specific interests are how molecular varation explains and causes differences between individuals, populations species, and higher taxa and how the environment shapes and is shaped by genetic, organismal, population, and community variation
Life and Environmental SciencesMarilyn FogelProfessorN/AProfessor Fogel's research interests include stable isotopic biogeochemistry of modern and fossil ecosystems, and the use of stable isotopes to trace biochemical and geochemical processes.
Life and Environmental SciencesHenryForman Distinguished Professorfaculty.ucmerced.edu/hformanProfessor Forman's research interests include how free radicals and other reactive species in air pollution and tobacco smoke after lung cell function. These agents affect signal transduction leading to gene expression that allows adaptation to stress but also to lung injury through inflammation. Our goal is to find ways to tip the balance towards lung protection from oxidative stress.
Life and Environmental SciencesCarolinFrankAssistant Professor granada.ucmerced.edu/~cfrank/Home.htmlProfessor Frank's research interests include environmental and symbiotic microbiology, and genomics.
Life and Environmental SciencesTeamratGhezzeheiAssociate Professor faculty.ucmerced.edu/taghezzeheiProfessor Ghezzehei's research interest is in the movement and transformation of mass and energy in porous media at a fundamental level, as well as their application to environmental and energy-related problems. The scale of his interest ranges from sub-pore scale dynamics of water-gas interfaces to water flow and solute transport at scales of tens of meters. The scope of his research includes laboratory and field experiments, theory, and computational modeling.
Life and Environmental SciencesStephenHartProfessorwww2.for.nau.edu/EELabProfessor Hart's research explores the controls of biogeochemical processes and productivity in managed and wildland terrestrial ecosystems using methods such as ecological genetics to isotopic analyses, computer simulation modeling, elucidate the biotic and abiotic factors that regulate terrestrial ecosystem structure and function. His research group is currently investigating biological and geochemical controls on ecosystem development along a three million year, semi-arid soil chronosequence, influence of the genetics of dominant plants on ecosystem processes, effects of forest restoration treatments (e.g., thinning with or without prescribed fire) and wildfire on ecosystem carbon and water balance, soil microbial communities, and belowground processes, efficacy of insect communities as indicators of forest ecosystem health, utility of the 15N natural abundance signature of soil microbes as an integrator of nitrogen cycling processes Impact of climatic change on soil-plant-atmosphere interactions; and the effects of water diversion on riparian forests.
Life and Environmental SciencesLaraKueppersAssistant Professor faculty.ucmerced.edu/lkueppers/index.htmlProfessor Kuepper's research interests include ecosystem feedbacks to climate change, species composition and ecosystem function, regional climate models, land-cover and land-use change, radiocarbon techniques, interdisciplinary research strategies, and climate change policy.
Life and Environmental SciencesEmilyMoranAssistant Professorhttps://sites.google.com/site/moranplantlab/Professor Moran's research interests include dispersal, local adaptation and the interplay between ecological and evolutionary responses to environmental change in plants.
Life and Environmental SciencesPeggyO'DayProfessorfaculty1.ucmerced.edu/podayProfessor O'Day's research is in the area of mineral-aqueous interface geochemistry as it relates to the chemistry and mobility of inorganic chemical species in the environment. She applies a variety of spectroscopic and microscopic techniques, in particular synchrotron X-ray methods, to studies of contaminant cycling, bioavailability, and remediation in natural systems. Current research projects include arsenic speciation, cycling and bioavailability, environmental influences on mercury speciation and methylation, novel methods for remediation of soils and sediments through application of reactive amendments, strontium and cesium uptake and release by weathering products related to radionuclide contamination at Hanford, WA, and mechanisms and rates of abiotic and biotic uranium oxidation linked to nitrogen and iron cycling.
Life and Environmental SciencesJasonSextonAssistant Professorhttps://sites.google.com/site/sextonjp/Professor Sexton's research interests include plant adaptation, species range limits, biological invasions, biological responses to global change, evolutionary conservation science and human cultural adaptive capacity.
Life and Environmental SciencesSamuel JTrainaVice Chancellor for Researchsnri.ucmerced.edu/Professor Traina's group studies chemical transformations of pollutants in soils, surface and ground water, linkages between chemical form or speciation of particular pollutants and their relative toxicities in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and roles of geoparticle surfaces and bacteria in pollutant fate. Current projects include the study of contaminants at Department of Energy waste sites (Cr, Pu and U), Role of Fe(II) and HSe- in transformations of nitroaromatic pesticides in wetlands, and the fate of pharmaceuticals in the surface waters of National Parks.
Molecular Cell BiologyDavidArdellAssistant Professor compbio.ucmerced.edu/ardellProfessor Ardell's rsearch interests include developing and applying novel bioinformatic approaches to comparative and evolutionary genomics, bioinformatics of protein and RNAs, and other techniques of computational biology to better understand how genes and genomes function and coevolve with gene expression mechanisms, particularly in translation.
Molecular Cell BiologyMiriamBarlowAssociate Professorhttp://faculty.ucmerced.edu/mbarlowProfessor Barlow's research interests include bacteria evolution, predicting antibiotic resistance evolution, and testing evolutionary theory.
Molecular Cell BiologyJessicaBloisAssistant Professor http://jessicablois.com/Professor Blois's research interests include ecological and evolutionary responses past, recent and future environmental change, using approaches such as paleoecology, niche/community modeling and phylogenetics/phylochronology.
Molecular Cell BiologyJinahChoiAssociate Professorfaculty1.ucmerced.edu/jchoiProfessor Choi's research interests include molecular characterization of hepatitis C virus (HCV), which causes liver diseases. Study of HCV proteins produced by translational frame shifting, how HCV interacts with the host to facilitate its replicaton and induces pathogenesism and the role of oxidative stress in viral infection.
Molecular Cell BiologyMichael ClearyAssociate Professor faculty1.ucmerced.edu/mcleary4Professor Cleary's research interests include how Drosophila neural stem cells (neuroblasts) produce the diversity of cell types found in the nervous system. His primary research aims are how cell fate decisions are temporally regulated so distinct cell types are made at specific times during development, and how mitotic activity is regulated so that neuroblasts stop and start dividing at the proper time and how cell fate information is passed down from a neuroblast to its progeny.
Molecular Cell BiologyFabianFilippAssistant Professor N/AThe Systems Biology and Cancer Metabolism Laboratory at UC Merced develops fluxomics approaches to tackle metabolic disease. We quantify rewiring of systems biology networks using NMR Spectroscopy, GCMS, functional genomics, structural, and computational biology at the Castle Research Center.
Molecular Cell BiologyAaronHerndayAssistant ProfessorNAProfessor Hernday's research is focused on the systems control principles and molecular mechanisms that underlie cellular decision making.
Molecular Cell BiologyKatrinaHoyerAssistant Professor http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/khoyer2/Professor Hoyer's research interests include immunological tolerance and autoimmune disease, and cellular and molecular interplay between lymphocytes and dendritic cells
Molecular Cell BiologyEmiliaHuerta-SanchezAssistant ProfessorNAProfessor Huerta-Sanchez's research interests include developing statistical methods for the detection of genetic variants under selective pressures in human populations, investigation of the phenotypic connection to genetic variation, developing and testing alternative mathematical models of selection, estimation of demography and algorithm development for the analysis of next enervation sequencing data.

Molecular Cell BiologyKirkJensenAssistant ProfessorNAProfessor Jensen's research interests include parasite pathogenesis and immunology and how toxoplasma virulence factors manipulate host immune responses.
Molecular Cell BiologyMasashiKitazawaAssistant Professor http://faculty1.ucmerced.edu/mkitazawa/Professor Kitazawa's research interests include neuroscience, neurodegenerative disorders, inflammation, and mouse models.
Molecular and Cell BiologyPatriciaLiWangProfessorfaculty.ucmerced.edu/pliwangProfessor LiWang's research interests include protein biochemistry and structural biology; NMR; structure and function of anti-HIV proteins and anti-inflammatory proteins
Molecular Cell BiologyGabrielaLootsAdjunct Assistant Professor www-pls.llnl.gov/?url=about_pls-scientific_staff-loots_gProfessor Loots' research interests include understanding limb and skeletal development, genetics of bone metabolism, and transcriptional regulatory networks in vertebrates.
Molecular Cell BiologyJennifer ManilayAssociate Professor http://campillos.ucmerced.edu/~jmanilay/index.htmProfessor Manilay's research interests include developmental immunology and mechanisms that control cell fate decisions during T-cell development. Current projects focus on the roles of ADAM-10 and ADAM-17 proteases in the regulation of notch signaling and thymocyte migration, and the quantitative measurement of signals involved in T lineage commitment.
Molecular Cell BiologyClarissaNobileAssistant ProfessorNAProfessor Nobile's research is directed toward understanding the molecular and mechanistic basis of microbial communities.
Molecular Cell BiologyDavidOjciusProfessorfaculty1.ucmerced.edu/dojciusProfessor Ojcius' research interests include the study of Chlamydia, whose species represent the world's leading cause of preventable blindness and is a common cause of respiratory and sexually-transmitted infections in humans. Current projects focus on how the bacteria modify signal-transduction pathways that affect programmed cell death (apoptosis) and metabolism of the host cell.
Molecular Cell BiologyRudyOrtizAssociate Professorfaculty.ucmerced.edu/rortizProfessor Ortiz's research interests include the role of aldosterone in hypertension and cardiovascular disease, specifically, looking at signaling mechanisms of inflammation and mechanisms of renal electrolyte handling. We also study the role of angiotensin ll in hypertension, obesity and diabetes.
Molecular Cell BiologyNestorOviedoAssistant Professor faculty.ucmerced.edu/noviedo2Professor Oviedo's research interests include understanding the mechanisms of stem cell regulation related to tissue regeneration, cancer,  and degenerative diseases, using the remarkably versatile planarian animal model.
Molecular Cell BiologyRamenSahaAssistant ProfessorNAProfessor Saha's research interests include epigenetic mechanisms of neuronal gene transcription and their role in mental health.
Molecular Cell BiologyFredWolfAssistant Professor faculty2.ucmerced.edu/fwolf/Professor Wolf's research interests include genetic and neural circuit coding mechanisms of simple behaviors in drosophila, and how animals filter sensory information from their environment and integrate it with their past experience and  internal states to produce an appropriate behavioral response.
PhysicsSayantaniGhoshAssociate Professor http://faculty1.ucmerced.edu/sghosh/ Professor Ghosh's research interests span traditional topics in condensed matter physics such as correlated magnetic phases and coupled quantum systems, as well as emerging multi-disciplinary themes such as hybrid solar cells and plasmonics-based opto-electronic devices. Her group focuses on the physics of new materials and using ultra-fast time resolved spectroscopy, develops techniques and protocols to manipulate their properties for applications in energy storage and information processing devices. The current research topics in her group include cooperative energy transfer dynamics in self-assembled nanostructured materials, directed assembly of metallic, magnetic and semiconducting nanostructures using liquid crystal based electro-optically active matrices, hybrid photovoltaic devices including solar cells and luminescent solar concentrators, and exotic magnetic phases originating from geometric frustration in doped and undoped systems.
PhysicsAjay GopinathanAssociate Professorfaculty1.ucmerced.edu/agopinathan/Professor Gopinathan's research interests include problems in biophysics, soft condensed matter physics and the interface between the two fields. Theoretical and computational methods from statistical mechanics and polymer physics are used to address issues such as cell motility, including force generationa nd membrane dynamics, macromolecule transport across membrane pores, cytoskeletal network dynamics, structure of biopolymer aggregates, intracellular transport, chemotaxis and drug design.
PhysicsLindaHirst Associate Professorfaculty.ucmerced.edu/lhirstProfessor Hirsts' research interests include experimental soft condensed matter physics, with interests in both biophysics and liquid crystal material.
PhysicsBinLiuAssistant Professorhttp://www.binliulab.com/Professor Liu's research interests include biofluid dynamics, geo-inspired fluid-structure interactions, nonewtonian flows, computational fluid dynamics with mobile boundaries and simple models of nonlinear systems.

PhysicsKevinMitchellAssociate Professorhttp://campillos.ucmerced.edu/~kmitchell/index.html Professor Mitchell's research interests include nonlinear dynamics and classical/quantum chaos, with applications to atomic and molecular physics, semi-classical phase-space techniques, topological and geometric methods for low-dimensional systems, and geometric/Berry phase and gauge theory.
PhysicsMichael ScheibnerAssistant Professor http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/mscheibner/ Professor Scheibner's research interests include light-matter interactions, nanostructured materials, coupled quantum systems, and quantum information.
PhysicsJaySharpingAssociate Professorhttp://faculty.ucmerced.edu/jsharping/Site/Home.html Professor Sharping's research involves building a fundamental understanding of -  and developing technology and applications for -  ultrafast laser technology. These lasers have the potential to capture extremely short snapshots in time, as well as measure frequencies with unprecedented precision and accuracy. The applications are numerous in the areas of environmental science, biotechnology and national security.
PhysicsLinTianAssociate Professor http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/ltian/ Professor Tian's research interests include quantum phenomena, quantum information processing, and quantum simulation in nano-scale condensed matter systems and AMO systems with quantum optics theory. Research in this area has been driven both by the urge to understand smaller, better, and more coherent quantum mechanical systems and by the rapid progress in nanotechnology. Recent research efforts include cavity QED for quantum many-body system, quantum engineering with Kerr nonlinearity, hybrid quantum system, optomechanical light-matter interface and entanglement.
PhysicsRolandWinstonProfessor http://faculty1.ucmerced.edu/rwinston/ Professor Winston's research interests include solar power and renewable energy, elementary particle physics, and non-imaging optics.
PhysicsJingXuAssistant Professor faculty.ucmerced.edu/jxuProfessor Xu's research interests include experimental biophysics, quantitative biology, optical trapping, single-molecule and small-ensemble experiments and molecular motors.
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