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USC Dornsife College
 
Biological Sciences, Human and Evolutionary Biology

 

Jill_McNittGray_2012_thumbnail.jpg Jill McNitt-Gray, Professor, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
Office: PED B9
Contact: (213) 740-7902, mcnitt@rcf.usc.edu 
Research: Mechanisms organisms use to control and distribute mechanical load during goal-directed multijoint movements involving external loading.

 

Lorraine_Turcotte.jpg Lorraine Turcotte, Professor, Biological Sciences
Office: PED 107
Contact: (213) 740-8527, turcotte@usc.edu 
Research: Hormones, fatty acids, muscle cells, skeletal muscle, obesity, insulin resistance, metabolism, signal transduction. 

 


Biological Sciences, Marine Environmental Biology

 

Suzanne_Edmands.jpg Suzanne Edmands, Professor, Biological Sciences
Office: AHF 316
Contact: (213) 740-5548, sedmands@usc.edu
Research Interests: Conservation, evolution, population genetics, breeding, genetic structure, marine populatons, copepod. 

 

Katrina_Edwards.jpg Katrina Edwards, Professor, Biological Sciences, & Earth Sciences
Office: AHF 107
Contact: (213) 821-4390, kje@usc.edu
Research Interests: Iron oxidation, subsurface biosphere, rock alteration, hydrothermal systems, chemoautotrophy, biofilms, endolithic.

 

Naomi_Levine_2012.jpgNaomi Marcil Levine, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciencesand WiSE Jr. Gabilan Chair 
Office: AHF M225
Contact: (213) 821 – 0745, n.levine@usc.edu
Research Interests: Interactions between climate and ecosystem composition and function over a variety of temporal and spatial scales. 

 

Wiebke_Ziebis.jpg Wiebke Ziebis, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Office: AHF 334
Contact: (213) 821-1198, wziebis@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Biogeochemistry and microbial ecology of the ocean floor. 


Biological Sciences, Molecular & Computational Biology

 

Liang_Chen2 Liang Chen, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Office: RRI 416E
Contact: (213) 740-2143, liang.chen@usc.edu 
Research Interests: mRNA alternative splicing, Microarray expression data analysis, High-throughput sequencing data analysis, Expression Quantitative Trait Loci (eQTL) mapping, Genetic linkage and association studies. 

 

Chiolo_thumbnail_1.jpg Irene Chiolo, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences and WiSE Jr. Gabilan Chair
Office: RRI 201
Contact: (213) 740-5557, chiolo@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Mechanisms of DNA repair in heterochromatin. 

 

Susan_Forsburg.jpgSusan Forsburg, Professor, Biological Sciences 
Office: RRI 104C
Contact: (213) 740-7342, forsburg@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Genome integrity, replication, recombination, chromosomes, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, fission yeast, genetics, model system, cell cycle, cancer, cell biology, molecular biology, MCM proteins. 

 

Carolyn Phillips 2 thumbnailCarolyn Phillips, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences and WiSE Jr. Gabilan Chair
Office: TBD
Contact: TBD
Research Interests: understanding how RNA silencing pathways modulate gene expression and maintain genome integrity.

 

Xianghong_Zhou.jpgXianghong “Jasmine” Zhou, Professor, Biological Sciences and Computer Science
Office: RRI 403H 
Contact: (213) 740-7055, xjzhou@usc.edu 
Research Interests: computational and statistical methods for the integrative analysis of diverse genomic sources.

 


Biological Sciences, Neurobiology

 

Sarah_Bottjer.jpg Sarah Bottjer, Professor, Biological Sciences and Psychology
Office: HNB 218
Contact: (213) 740-9183, bottjer@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Learning and memory, neural development and plasticity, vocal learning, electrophysiology, synaptic plasticity. 

 

Judith_Hirsch.jpg Judith Hirsch, Professor, Biological Sciences
Office: HNB 328
Contact: (213) 821-2210, jhirsch@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Early stage visual cortical processing. Specifically, how thalamocortical connections and circuits within the striate cortex itself resolve basic features of the visual scene. 

 

Emily Liman Recent Emily Liman, Professor, Biological Sciences
Office: HNB 301
Contact: (213) 821-1454, liman@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Sensory transduction, ion channels, pheromone, olfactory system, molecular neurobiology, TRP channel, taste, pain. 

 


Chemistry

 

Anna_Krylov.jpgAnna Krylov, Professor, Chemistry

Office: SSC 409
Contact: (213) 740-4929, krylov@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Electronic structure methods and software, coupled-cluster and equation-of-motion methods, computational chemistry, radicals, opens shell and electronically excited species, spectroscopy, fluorescent proteins, DNA. 

 

Smaranda_Marinescu.jpg Smaranda Marinescu, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and WiSE Jr. Gabilan Chair
Office: SGM 414
Contact: (213) 740-0452, smarines@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Inorganic chemistry

 

reisler.jpgHanna Reisler, Professor, Chemistry and Lloyd Armstrong Jr. Chair in Science and Engineering
Office: SSC 622 
Contact: (213) 740-7071, reisler@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Detailed mechanisms of chemical reactions in the gas and condensed phases by using laser and molecular beam techniques. 

 


Earth Sciences

 

Sarah_Feakins1.jpg Sarah Feakins, Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences
Office: ZHS 223F
Contact: (213) 740-7168, feakins@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Compound-specific hydrogen and carbon isotopic analysis; Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment, Paleoecology; Isotope Biogeochemistry; Organic Geochemistry. 

 

Miller.jpg Meghan Miller, Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences
Office: ZHS 103
Contact: (213) 740-6308, msmiller@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Structural and observational seismology, tectonophysics, geodynamics, and plate tectonics. 

 


Mathematics

 

Sami_Assaf.jpg Sami Assaf, Assistant Professor, Mathematics and WiSE Jr. Gabilan Chair
Office: KAP 438C
Contact: (213) 740-2440, shassaf@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Combinatorics and its interrelation with Representation Theory and Algebraic Geometry. 

 

Susan_Friedlander.jpg Susan Friedlander, Professor, Mathematics
Office: KAP 416D, susanfri@usc.edu 
Contact: (213) 821-2449
Research Interests: Partial differential equations that describe the motion of fluids. 

 

Susan_Montgomery.jpg Susan Montgomery, Professor, Mathematics
Office: DRB 240
Contact: (213) 740-2419, smontgom@math.usc.edu 
Research Interests: Non-commutative algebras: in particular, Hopf algebras, their structure and representations, and their actions on other algebras. 


Physics and Astronomy

 

Grace_Lu.jpg Grace Lu, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy and Electrical Engineering
Office: SSC 215B
Contact: (213) 821-4328, jialu@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Nanoelectronics, mesoscopic physics, charge and spin transport in low dimensional systems. 

Elena_Pierpaoli.jpgElena Pierpaoli, Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Office: SSC 371 
Contact: (213) 740-1117, pierpaol@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Cosmology, large scale strucutre, cosmic microwave background, early Universe, dark matter, data analysis. 


USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

 

VEliasson.jpg Veronica Eliasson, Assistant Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Office: RRB 220
Contact: (213) 740-7182, eliasson@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Shock wave behavior in gases and liquids, shock wave focusing, fluid-solid interactions. 

 

Andrea_Hodge.jpg Andrea Hodge, Associate Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Philip and Cayley MacDonald Early Career Chair
Office: RTH 503
Contact: (213) 740-4225, ahodge@usc.edu
Research Interests: Metallic materials, nanomechanics, nanocrystalline materials processing, high temperature mechanics, thin and thick film coatings. 

 

Eva_Kanso.jpg Eva Kanso, Associate Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Office: RRB 214
Contact: (213) 740-5788, kanso@usc.edu
Research Interests: Mechanics, dynamical systems, fluid-structure interactions and aquatic locomotion. 

 


Biomedical Engineering

 

Stacey_Finley_thumbnail_2.jpgStacey Finley, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and WiSE Jr. Gabilan Chair 
Office: DRB 172
Contact: (213) 740 – 8788, sfinley@usc.edu
Research Interests: Developing pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic model to predict the transport and kinetics of key angiogenic factors, including vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). 

 

megan_mccain_thumbnail.png Megan McCain, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and WiSE Jr. Gabilan Chair
Office: DRB 318
Contact: (213) 821 – 0791, mlmccain@usc.edu
Research Interests: Cell biology, materials science, and microfabrication techniques.

 

Jill_McNittGray_2012_thumbnail.jpg Jill McNitt-Gray, Professor, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
Office: PED B9
Contact: (213) 740-7902, mcnitt@rcf.usc.edu
Research Interests: Mechanisms organisms use to control and distribute mechanical load during goal-directed multijoint movements involving external loading. 

 

Ellis_Meng.jpg Ellis Meng, Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Office: DRB 159
Contact: (213) 740-0343, ellis.meng@usc.edu
Research Interests: BioMEMS, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, microsystem integration and packaging, world-to-chip interfacing, cell-to-chip interfacing, implantable biomedical microdevices.

 


Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

 

Armani_Headshot_75x90.jpg Andrea Armani, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Electrical Engineering and Fluor Early Career Chair in Engineering
Office: VHE 712
Contact: (213) 740-4428, armani@usc.edu
Research Interests: Optical biological and chemical sensors, Integration of microfluidics. 

 

Malancha_Upta.jpg Malancha Gupta, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Jack Munushian Early Career Chair in Engineering
Office: HED 208
Contact: (213) 740-2067, malanchg@usc.edu
Research Interests: Functional Polymer Films and Coatings, Chemical Vapor Deposition, Surface Modification and Patterning. 

 

Kathy_Shing.jpg Kathy Shing, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Office: HED 209
Contact: (213) 740-2068, shing@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Classical and statistical thermodynamics, Computer simulation, Fluid phase equilibria. 

 


Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

 

Becerik.jpg Burcin Becerik-Gerber, Assistant Professor, Stephen Schrank Early Career Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office: KAP 224C
Contact: (213) 740-4383, becerik@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Building Information and Construction Management, Information Management and Technology, Infrastructure and Urbanization, Sustainable Practices, Integrated Practice Management. 

 

Amy_Childress_thumbnail.jpg Amy Childress, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office: KAP 268B
Contact: (213) 740-6304, amyec@usc.edu
Research Interests: Membrane Contractor Processes, Pressure-Driven Membrane Processes Membrane Bioreactor Technology, Colloidal and Interfacial Aspects of Membrane Processes, Solar Ponds for Brine Reduction and Energy Recovery. 

 

Kelly_Sanders_thumbnail.jpg Kelly Sanders, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office: KAP 200B
Contact: (213) 821- 0095, ktsanders@usc.edu  
Research Interests: Conducting system-level analyses to resolve issues with technical, political, and societal significance to inform better decision making in regards to energy and water resource management. 

 


Computer Science

 

Nora_Ayanian_thumbnail.jpgNora Ayanian, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and WiSE Jr. Gabilan Chair
Office: RTH 505
Contact: (213) 740 – 5377, nora.ayanian@usc.edu
Research Interests: Robotics, multi-robot coordination, human-robot interaction.

 

Leana_Golubchik_EE_Site.jpgLeana Golubchik, Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, WiSE Program Director
Office: SAL 226 
Contact: (213) 740-4524, leana@cs.usc.edu
Research Interests: Internet-based computing, multimedia systems, and computer systems modeling and performance evaluation. 

 

 Aleksandra Korolova thumbnailAleksandra Korolova, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and WiSE Jr. Gabilan Chair
**Professor Korolova will be joining USC in Fall 2015.**
Office: TBD
Contact: TBD, korolova@cs.stanford.edu
Research Interests: privacy-preserving algorithms, technologies, & policies, human-centric privacy & security, big data applications algorithms, and large-scale data mining of social & information networks.

 

yanliu.jpg Yan Liu, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Office: PHE336
Contact: (213) 740-4371,  yanliu.cs@usc.edu
Research Interests: Developing machine learning and data mining algorithms for solving problems involving structured data, time-series and spatial time-series data, and relational data. 

 

Maja_Mataric.jpg Maja Mataric, Professor, Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics, inaugural holder of the Chan Soon-Shiong Chair, Vice Dean for Research
Office: RTH 407
Contact: (213) 740-4520, mataric@usc.edu
Research Interests: Human-machine interaction (in particular human-robot interaction, HRI), socially assistive robotics. 

 

Minlan_Yu.jpg Minlan Yu, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Office: SAL 228
Contact: (213) 740 6416, minlanyu@usc.edu  
Research Interests: data networking, distributed systems, cloud computing, data center networks, software-defined networks, network virtualization. 

 


Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

 

Grace_Lu.jpg Grace Lu, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy and Electrical Engineering
Office: SSC 215B
Contact: (213) 821-4328, jialu@usc.edu
Research Interests: Nanoelectronics, mesoscopic physics, charge and spin transport in low dimensional systems. 

 

ubli_vidar.jpg Urbashi Mitra, Professor, Electrical Engineering
Office: EEB 540
Contact: (213) 740-4667, ubli@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Cognitive radio, sensor networks, acoustic communications, collaborative communication, sparse estimation methods, wireless body area sensing networks, and ultra-wideband communications. 

 

Mahta_Moghaddam_thumbnail.jpg Mahta Moghaddam, Professor, Electrical Engineering
Office: PHE 634
Contact: (213) 740-4712, mahta@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Applied Electromagnetics, radar remote sensing, medical imaging, scattering from random media, inverse scattering, subsurface sensing and imaging. 

 

Alice_Parker.jpg Alice Parker, Professor, Electrical Engineering
Office: EEB 348
Contact: (213) 740-4476, parker@eve.usc.edu
Research Interests: Biomimetic Real-Time Cortex, neuromorphic circuits, bionanotechnology, artificial retina, carbon nanotube neural circuits. 

 

Michelle_Povinelli_2012_thumbnsil.jpg Michelle Povinelli, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
Office: PHE 614
Contact: (213) 740-8682,  povinell@usc.edu
Research Interests: Nanophotonics, photonic crystals, metamaterials, nano-optomechanics. 

 

Maryam Shanechi thumbnailMaryam Shanechi, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering 
Office: TBD
Contact: TBD, shanechi@cornell.edu
Research Interests: applying information theory, control theory, and statistical signal processing to developing effective solutions for basic and clinical neuroscience problems that involve the collection and manipulation of neural signals and information. 

 


Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

 

Julie_Higle_thumbnail.jpgJulie Higle, Professor and Chair, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Office: GER 240B
Contact: (213) 740-6785, higle@usc.edu 
Research Interests: Development of models and solution methods for decision making under uncertainty; stochastic programming models and algorithmic methods for their solution; stochastic modeling for health-care applications.