Violet R. Syrotiuk earned her Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo (Canada). She joined Arizona State University in 2002 and is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. Her research has been supported by grants from NSF, ONR, DSTO (Australia) and contracts with LANL, Raytheon, General Dynamics, and ATC. She enjoys teaching courses in systems (e.g., operating systems, computer networks, future internet architectures).
Dr. Evan Scannapieco is an assistant professor in arizona State university’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. Before joining aSu, he received his phD in astrophysics from the university of california, Berkeley in 2001; worked as an NSf Distinguished international postdoctoral research fellow at arcetri observatory in italy; and worked as a postdoctoral Member of the Kavli institute for theoretical physics in Santa Barbara. His group carries out large numerical simulations that further our understanding of cosmic structure formation and the cosmological evolution of the elements. His current focus areas include the study of supernovae and active back holes in a cosmological context, the search for the first generation of stars, and the numerical modeling of turbulent mixing during the cosmic rise of the elements.
Dr. S. Banu Ozkan completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Bogazici University in Turkey, continued her postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and later worked as a fellow in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of California, San Francisco. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at ASU. She has developed a broad range of methods, including modified versions of elastic-network methods, and all-atom physics-based computer simulations to understand the physical principles of bio-molecular interactions at different length and time scales. As a trained theoretician, she believes her role is to provide guidance and assistance to experimentalists with whom she collaborates to develop hypothesis-driven science in biological physics. Therefore, a key aspect in all her work has been to have a close connection with experimentalists in order to understand the otherwise puzzling data on biological systems. Dr. Ozkan is a member of the Center for Biological Physics and the Center for Evolutionary Medicine & Informatics at ASU and her main goal is to provide structural insights to genomics and disease-associated mutations. She also works modeling membrane proteins for the Center for Membrane Proteins in Infectious Diseases and organized a meeting on protein folding in 2010 at ASU.
Dr. Alex Mahalov earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University in 1991. After completing a postdoc in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley, he joined Arizona State University where he was promoted to the Wilhoit Foundation Dean’s Distinguished Professor in 2008. Dr. Mahalov has over one hundred peer reviewed publications. Most recently, his research efforts have focused on problems at the interface of high performance computing, multiscale atmospheric physics, predictive modeling and environmental forecasting. Dr. Mahalov’s research has been supported by grants from NSF, AFOSR, NASA, LANL, and contracts from industry.
Dr. Matei Georgescu received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from Rutgers University in 2008. His academic training was broadened considerably by joining the Program on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, where he began focusing on issues related to renewable energy and food security. Since his arrival to Arizona State University, his work has appeared in the Journal of Geophysical Research, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Science. He currently holds the title of Assistant Research Professor, but is joining the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning as a full-time tenure-track faculty, beginning in the fall of 2012.
Dr. Andrew Bordner is an Assistant Professor at the Mayo Clinic in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at ASU. He earned a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has previously held research positions at The Scripps Research Institute and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His primary research interests are developing new bioinformatics and molecular modeling methods to predict protein structure and interactions and applying these methods to biomedical problems. His recent research has appeared in peer-reviewed publications in various journals including BMC Bioinformatics and the Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design.
Dr. Carlos Eduardo Santos is an Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University’s School of Social & Family Dynamics. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Developmental Psychology from New York University, and his master’s degree in Education from Harvard University. His primary substantive interest lies in understanding the intersections of personal and social identities (e.g., racial, ethnic and gender identity) during adolescence, with an emphasis on dynamic processes (e.g., situational, contextual and longitudinal changes), mental health and academic achievement. His research has appeared in various publications, including Latina and Latino Children’s Mental Health, and peer reviewed journals, including Global Public Health. He is also a member of the governing council of the Society for Research in Child Development.
Dr. Oliver Beckstein, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Biological Physics in the Department of Physics at Arizona State University. He received his DPhil in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford in 2005. He held a Junior Research Fellowship at Merton College, Oxford, and carried out postdoctoral work at Johns Hopkins University and in Oxford. His group uses computer simulations in order to study molecular mechanisms in biological processes. The current focus of research is on understanding the role of large conformational changes of macromolecules in transmembrane transport, enzyme catalysis, and DNA repair.