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Full NameCollegeDepartmentDisciplinePhoneRoomE-mailTopic InterestsSkills needed
Alexander AgoulnikHerbert Wertheim College of MedicineHuman and Molecular GeneticsHuman Molecular Genetics305-348-0570AHC1 419Baagoulni@fiu.eduRelaxant hormone signaling Hormonal effects in reproduction.Transgenic manipulations of mouse genome. Prerequisites are: basic molecular-genetic techniques mouse handling. Bench work in the lab and research experiments.
Irina AgoulnikHerbert Wertheim College of MedicineHuman and Molecular GeneticsEndocrine Cancers305-348-1481AHC1 419Ciagoulni@fiu.eduProstate cancer. Breast cancer. Steroid receptor signaling steroid receptor co-regulators. General biology, genetics, organic chemistry, and prior participation in journal club. Some prior mouse husbandry experience.Conducting research experiments, maintaining records of experiments in the lab note book, attending lab meetings, presenting obtained research data, and reading relevant research literature.
Iqbal AkhtarSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsReligious StudiesReligious Studies305-348-2186DM 359Biakhtar@fiu.eduKhoja history, Islamic political thought, Indian and East African HistoryTranslation, Field work, library research, etc.
Alliete Rodriguez AlfanoNicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health SciencesCommunication Sciences and DisordersBilingualism, speech development, hearing loss, assessment of speech-language disorders305-348-0362AHC3 437aalfano@fiu.eduMy main research interests involve bilingual speech and language development in children, both with and without hearing loss, auditory rehabilitation for people with hearing loss, and Spanish assessment development and/or adaptations.Ability to attend weekly Zoom meetings CITI training completed or able to complete Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus but not required Strong writing skills and the ability to write independently within specified topics.
Timothy AllenArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyNeuroscience and Behavior305-348-8425AHC4 314tallen@fiu.eduSee for up to date information. The Neurocircuitry & Cognition Lab contributes to understanding how the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex give rise to cognition and behavior using the latest anatomical, surgical, neurophysiological, pharmacological, viral, opto- and chemo-genetic approaches. My emphasis is on the circuitry of agranular medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), the hippocampus (HC), and mPFC-HC interactions involving the nucleus reuniens of the thalamus (RE) and perirhinal cortex (PER). Dysfunction in this system has been linked to the cognitive symptoms in several disorders including but not limited to frontotemporal dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and epilepsy. The lab is unique by innovating a cross-species neurobehavioral research platform for greater translational value that runs experiments in rodents (small animals), pigs, and humans (target species). Our goal with all this is to help understand the brain, and benefit medical diagnostics and therapeutics.Strong academic record in STEM courses buffered with a broad liberal arts education. Working toward graduate school in a related discipline (e.g., neuroscience, biomedical engineering, biochemistry, psychology, etc.) and/or medical school. Bench experience and MATLAB or Python experience helpful but not required.
Jose R. AlmirallArts, Sciences and EducationChemistry and BiochemistryAnalytical Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry305-348-3917AHC4 361almirall@fiu.eduMaterials analysis with Laser Ablation ICP-MS for provenance and sourcing Explosives analysis with SPME/GCMS and SPME/IMS.Laboratory experiments.
M. Hadi AminiEngineering and ComputingSchool of Computing and Information SciencesOptimization, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Distributed Computing and Intelligence, Distributed Sensing, Critical Infrastructure Resilience, Smart Cities305-348-9936CASE 238Amoamini@fiu.eduTheory: theoretical optimization and learning algorithms, distributed algorithms, sensor networks, interdependent networks, and cyberphysical resilience. Application: healthcare, social network, energy systems, transportation electrification. Research Directions: Optimization, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Distributed Computing and Intelligence, Distributed Sensing, Critical Infrastructure Resilience, Smart Cities.Please see lab website and email the mentor for more information:
Astrid ArrarasSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsPolitics and International RelationsPolitical Science305-348-1692SIPA 408arrarasa@fiu.eduDemocratization, human rights, social movements, and political violence and revolutions.Library research.
Daniel BagnerArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyClinical Child Psychology305-348-7548DM 142dbagner@fiu.eduChild externalizing behavior problems, parent-training interventions, and infant development.Library research, participant recruitment, and coding videotapes of parent-child interactions.
Lorraine BahrickArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyDevelopmental Psychology305-348-3380DM 263bahrickl@fiu.eduInfant perceptual and cognitive development, face perception inter-sensory perception autism memory development.Library, running subjects, recruiting subjects, data tabulation, research lab meetings and clerical (photocopying).
Manuel Alejandro BarbieriArts, Sciences and EducationBiological SciencesCellular and Molecular Biology305-348-7535AHC1 318Cbarbieri@fiu.eduCellular and molecular biology; biochemistryExperience will include lab research and hands-on experiments.
Abhijit BaruaBusinessSchool of AccountingAccounting305-348-3404MANGO 342baruaa@fiu.eduEarnings management. Corporate governanceRead related chapters from his textbook and accounting standards; Collect data by searching SEC websites; Do statistical analysis; Write up a paper
Janki BhimaniEngineering and ComputingSchool of Computing and Information SciencesComputer Science305-348-9934CASE 238Bjbhimani@fiu.eduPrimary research focus - Flash-Based Storage Systems, Big Data Processing, Cloud Computing, High-Performance Computing, Parallel and Distributed Computing, Performance Modeling, Resource Management, and Capacity Planning for various emerging inter-disciplinary research domains. will provide more information about our on-going projects. Please email for more information.
Charles BiggerArts, Sciences and EducationBiological SciencesBiology/Immunology305-348-3100MARC 278biggerc@fiu.eduVarious immune defenses of marine invertebrates, environmental influences on immune defenses, and invertebrate genetics.Running experiments on campus or library research.
Heather BlattArts, Sciences and EducationEnglishMedieval literature305-348-4583DM 467Bhblatt@fiu.eduMedieval English literature and language; book and reading history; medieval food cultureLibrary research, language work, and writing.
Werner U. BoeglinArts, Sciences and EducationPhysicsPhysics305-348-1711CP 236boeglinw@fiu.eduExperimental Nuclear and Plasma PhysicsN/A
Richard BoneArts, Sciences and EducationPhysicsPhysics305-348-3082CP 213boner@fiu.eduPhysics of human vision Macular pigment and age-related macular degeneration.Running experiments and data analysis.
Alicia Boymelgreen (Aron)Engineering and ComputingMechanical and Materials EngineeringMicrofluidics, Soft Matter, Active matter, Micro/nanoplastics305-348-3696EC Impact of Micro and Nanoplastics on early stage development of marine species: In this project, we expose fish embryos and larvae to micro/nanoplastics and examine how the plastics accumulate in the fish and the impact on their development. The project will involve learning fabrication of microfluidic systems, optical microscopy, programming in MATLAB including image anaylsis. #2 Individual and collective behavior of active colloids Active colloids are small particles ( usually 3-15um in diameter) which draw energy from their surroundings and convert it into mechanical energy. Single particles will move in random paths while concentrated systems with many particles will exhibit collective behavior often observed in nature like swarming and clustering. In this project, we explore the motion of metallodielectric Janus particles (comprised of one dielectric (insulating) and one metallic (conducting) hemisphere under applied electric fields and measure the mobility of single particles and collective systems as a function of electric field frequency, particle size, concentration.Students should possess at least some of the following skills and have a willingness to learn other skills listed Technical Skills: Knowledge of Partial differential equations, Fluid dynamics (not compulsory but helpful), Programming (MATLAB/Mathematica/Python). Soft skills: Critical analysis, strong writing and communication skills - including preparation of scientific reports and oral presentations using PPT, team player, shows initiative and responsibility for work.
Pip BrantCommunication, Architecture + The ArtsArt And Art HistoryVisual Arts305-348-2897VH 216brantp@fiu.eduInter-media projects that involve art and other disciplines.Help with installation and art production as well as research in latest computer applications to fibers projects.
Anna BrickerEngineering and ComputingCivil and Environmental EngineeringAir quality monitoring, air pollution dispersion, chemical transformation of pollutants in the environment, analytical chemistry.305-348-3825EC 3746abernard@fiu.eduDispersion and chemical transformation of pollutants in ambient air. Indoor air pollution. Molecular markers to trace pollutants in the environment. Applications of chemistry principles in environmental engineering analysis and remediation processes.Persistence, organization, creativity, judgment. Basic wet analysis laboratory skills.
Jeremy ChambersRobert Stempel College of Public Health and Social WorkEnvironmental Health SciencesMitochondria-Cell Communication305-348-4648AHC4 232jwchambe@fiu.eduMitochondrial signaling cascades that control cancer cell metabolism. Mitochondrial signaling events that promote aging and Parkinson's disease. Constructing methods to detect protein-protein interactions in real-time.There is no pre-requisite course work that I require for a student to join my lab. I only expect students to be motivated to perform biomedical research. My lab personnel and I will provide them with all of the training they require to perform research in my lab. Literature based research, running experiments in biochemistry and cell biology, attending seminars related to research, and potentially attending meetings and seminars at the mentor's discretion.
Hitendra S ChandHerbert Wertheim College of MedicineImmunology and NanomedicineImmunology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Respiratory Diseases, COVID-19, E-Cig305-348-1472AHC1 418Chchand@fiu.eduThe Chand lab’s primary research involves understanding the mechanisms of pulmonary and systemic inflammation and tissue remodeling in respiratory and aging-associated diseases. The lab primarily studies Gene-Environment interactions by investigating the interplay of host genetic factors with the environmental toxicants and microbial pathogens under following high-priority projects: - Coding and Noncoding Transcripts in Inflammatory Responses - Mitochondrial Dynamics, Tobacco Products (E-Cigs),and Nanomedicine -Interaction of HIV, Tobacco Smoke, and Opioids at the Lung-Brain Axis -Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Innate Mucosal Immunity -Pathophysiology of HIV, COPD, and Alzheimer’s DiseaseInterest and passion to learn cell and molecular biology of human diseases and work with the like-minded team of researchers/scholars.
Maria ChartersEngineering and ComputingSchool of Computing and Information SciencesComputer Science305-348-7981CASE 333mcharter@fiu.eduNanotechnology applications in medicine Nanotechnology applications in making a smart city Nanotechnology applications in the homeI like topics having to do with the application of technology in daily life, and I believe a student with a major in Computer Science would be better able to research and apply his/her course work to "real world" applications. I would like the student to be at least in a sophomore year of studies at FIU, so that he/she will have completed at least up to the 2nd year of computer science courses. Researching online databases of current results involving nanotechnology, contacting via email or phone the direct researchers of this technology, and perhaps asking to observe any experiments being conducted or read experiment results in this field. I would expect the student to read the latest journals on nanotechnology, as well as network to make contact with the most current and advanced researchers in this field, within the U.S. and abroad.
Shu-Ching ChenEngineering and ComputingSchool of Computing and Information SciencesComputer Science305-348-3480CASE 257chens@cs.fiu.eduMultimedia, databases, and network.Programming and running experiments.
Peter J. ClarkeEngineering and ComputingSchool of Computing and Information SciencesSoftware Engineering/Software Testing305-348-2440CASE 212Aclarkep@cis.fiu.eduModel-Driven Software Engineering, testing in CS1-CS3, and prediction of faulty software components.Completion of the following courses: Software Engineering I and Introduction to Software Testing.
Erika ColesArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyClinical Child Psychology305-348-4087AHC1 139ecoles@fiu.eduBehavioral treatments for ADHD.Interested in collaborating with a student on a project utilizing our Saturday Treatment Program. Library research, direct treatment delivery as a paraprofessional, and data collection.
Helen Z CornelyNicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health SciencesPhysical TherapyPhysical Therapy and Gerontology305-348-1968AHC3 538Acornelyh@fiu.eduFall preventions and balance interventions for older adults, health promotion through physical activity in older adults with or without chronic disease, and self-management programs.Literature reviews, getting research articles, field work with exercise or health promotion programs, data collection, and data entry.
Elizabeth CramerArts, Sciences and EducationTeaching and LearningSpecial Education305-348-2425ZEB 345Acramere@fiu.eduOverrepresentation of minority students in special education; inclusion of diverse students with exceptionalities; general education teacher preparation to effectively instruct students with disabilities.Library research, school based observations and interviews, and data analysis.
Debra DavisEngineering and ComputingSchool of Computing and Information SciencesHuman-Computer Interaction, Computer Science Education305-348-1219CASE 342Adledavis@fiu.eduHuman-Computer Interaction, User Experience Research, Computer Science Education, Online Learning, and Cognitive DevelopmentLibrary research, running experiments, data analysis, possibly user experience design (if appropriate for the project)
Matthew DeGennaroArts, Sciences and EducationBiological SciencesMosquito and Coral genetics305-348-2201AHC1 319Amdegenna@fiu.eduI am a neurogeneticist with over 25 years of experience in biomedical research. Throughout my scientific career, I have used molecular genetics to address biological questions. My graduate training at NYU Medical Center was with Ruth Lehmann, one of the founders of developmental genetics, who has made fundamental contributions to the fields of germ cell and RNA biology. My postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University was with Leslie Vosshall, a leader in the field of olfaction who initially identified the insect olfactory receptors and determined their unique mechanism of action. During my post-doc, I created the first mosquito mutant using zinc-finger nucleases to initiate the molecular genetic analysis of olfactory receptor function in Aedes aegypti. My work revealed new knowledge about the integration of host cues, mosquito host-preference, mosquito nectar-seeking, and the mechanism of DEET repellency. My laboratory at Florida International University’s seeks to understand how mosquitoes find their human hosts by understanding the salient cues that attract and repel mosquitoes. We are also conducting functional studies to understand coral bleaching using sea anemone and jellyfish models. My results have appeared in a number of peer-review publications including Nature, Developmental Cell, Current Biology, PLOS Genetics, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.Working in my lab requires 10 to 20 hours per week and at least a 1 year commitment. Prior research experience is welcomed.
Andrea Denise RaymondHerbert Wertheim College of MedicineImmunology and NanomedicineImmunology; Virology; Neurobiology; Substance abuse (Opiates and Marijuana) ; Biomarkers of HIV-associated diseases; Exosome Biology954-270-6964AHC1 446adraymon@fiu.eduResearch interests lay in understanding how exosomes contribute to antiviral innate immunity and HIV-associated pathologies in the context of substance abuse. Student project: Study how immune activation modulates the content and functional effects of exosomes derived from B-cells and/or brain cells.Skills needed to join the lab include an understanding of molecular biology techniques and using web-based Bioinformatic databases(web-gestalt, DIANA, etc.) to analyze data. Computer, math skills, and an understanding of basic lab techniques and procedures are needed. Graduate students will train the student in cell culture, SDS/PAGE, Western blots, and digital droplet PCR(ddPCR). The student project should ideally be completed within a 1-year time frame.
Maria De Los SantosNicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health SciencesNursing and Health SciencesNursing305-348-7703AHC3 322Adelossan@fiu.eduMotivation for behavior change for improved health outcomes; health promotion; illness preventionLiterature review, development of a data collection instrument, development of theoretical
framework, determining methodology to be utilized, data collection, interpretation of data, IRB application and manuscript development for publication.
George S. DulikravichEngineering and ComputingMechanical and Materials EngineeringEngineering and Computing305-348-7016EC 2710dulikrav@fiu.edu1. Computational fluid dynamics 2. Inverse design methods 3. Evolutionary design optimizationProgramming new software and/modifying existing software.
Juan Carlos EspinosaSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsThe Honors CollegeComparative Politics305-348-6795DM 233espinosj@fiu.eduPolitical culture and politics and the artsStudents with an interest in the intersection of politics and culture. They should have well-developed research skills, be inquisitive, creative, and open to interdisciplinary approaches to their chosen topic. Students must be capable of library and online research, and will attend occasional field trips to sites in the South Florida area.
Scott H. FingerhutLawLaw and Honors CollegeCriminal Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Judicial Process And Policy, Trial Practice, Pretrial Litigation And Advocacy305-348-7541RDB 1021fingerhut@fiu.eduApplication of the scientific method to law enforcement determinations of reasonable suspicion to detain and probable cause to arrest.The project is limited only by the student's imagination. At a minimum, though, it will require legal research and writing, along with oral presentations.
Leslie FrazierArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyDevelopmental Health Psychology305-348-2045DM 260frazier@fiu.eduAny topic having to do with psychosocial influences on health, well-being, and quality of lifeFor an Honors research project, I would expect a student to generate a research idea and develop it into a feasible research study which they would then conduct, analyze, and write up as a scientific conference presentation or publication
Jose GabilondoCommunication, Architecture + The ArtsLawLaw305-348-5943RDB 2042gabilond@fiu.eduCorporate and international finance and Cuban legal studies.The full range of research and writing activities. Organization, strong writing skills, personal maturity, and quantitative skills are desired.
Trudy GaillardNicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health SciencesUndergraduate NursingResearch, Older adults, community based participatory research305-348-7818AHC3 240tgaillar@fiu.eduI currently have a grant from the NIA to explore barriers, facilitators and motivators to research participation of older adults. We will be conducting focus groups with participants and a family members to explore these issues.I would like bilingual persons to assist in recruiting African Americans, Haitian Creole and Hispanic/Latino/Latinax older adults and a family member to the above research project. In addition, they should be willing to provide reports, be a part of a research team. They will server as focus group facilators, be able to assist with zoom meetings, be friendly and professional. Finally, they will be involved in assisting older adults in completing online survey about healthy aging.
Ruben GarroteSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsThe Honors CollegeReligious Studies305-348-1620DM 246garroter@fiu.eduClassical and Religs of Mythology, Church and StateN/A
Bernard GerstmanArts, Sciences and EducationPhysics and Honors CollegeBio Physics305-348-3115CP 232gerstman@fiu.eduProtein folding, protein aggregation, and protein engineeringComputer modeling.
Anuradha GodavartyEngineering and ComputingBiomedical EngineeringNear-Infrared Optical Imaging, Cancer imaging, Diabetic foot ulcers & wound monitoring305-348-7340EC 2675godavart@fiu.eduOur Optical Imaging Laboratory focuses on various clinical applications of near-infrared optical imaging technology. Some of the key ongoing projects include: Development of hand-held and smartphone based optical devices for non-contact imaging of tissues. Development of potential biomarkers for assessing diabetic foot ulcers via physiological imaging for tissue oxygenation changes (in collaboration with Univ of Miami Wound Care Center) Correlation of radiation dermatitis and tissue oxygenation changes in radiation-therapy treated cancer subjects (in collaboration with Miami Cancer Institute)One or more of the following: * Hands-on experimental skills * Data management * Programming skills - Matlab, Python/C-Sharp, App development * Clinical coordination * Electrical circuits * Fundamentals of biomedical optics * Writing/Presentation skills * Team work ability And more important than all - self-motivation and interest to learn any of the above skills (even if you have none).
Juan GomezLawLawImmigration and Human Rights305-348-7541RDB 1010jcagomez@fiu.eduPopluations being persecuted in Refugee/Migrant Producing Countries.

Causes of Systemic Dysfunctions in Countries that Produce Refugees/Migrants.

Possible Solutions to Causes of Outward Migration in Refugee/Migrant Producing Countries.
Interest in Human Rights, Immigration/Migration, Willingness to Work Hard
Liana GonzalezArts, Sciences and EducationTeaching and LearningSpecial Education305-348-6667ZEB 248Blgonzal@fiu.eduInclusion of students with disabilities, teacher preparation/retention, and teaching in multicultural, urban settingsLibrary research.
Paulo GrazianoArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyClinical Psychology305-348-4007AHC4 459pgrazian@fiu.eduPediatric Obesity; Early intervention for children with disruptive behavior problems; various research topics within the context of my lab researchNeed to be familiar with research methods; data entry/checking; coding of videos; literature review
Abderrachid HamraniEngineering and ComputingMechanical and Materials EngineeringComputational mechanicsN/AN/Ahamrani.abderrachid@gmail.comPhysics Based Machine Learning: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are revolutionizing problem solving across several domains, including computational mechanics. We have already seen preliminary successes in the use of machine learning techniques within the computational sciences, such as the use of surrogate models for fast evaluation, improved accuracy in reduced-order modeling, and simplifications of workflows. The initial promise of machine learning techniques in better and faster solutions for physics problems offer the hope for future many possible technical advances.- Self-motivated, focused and hard-working individuals with an ability for creative and innovative thinking. - Applicants with good academic backgrounds from Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Mechanical engineering.
Jin HeArts, Sciences and EducationPhysicsBiophysics/nanoscience/nanobiotechnology305-348-4376CP 227jinhe@fiu.eduStudy molecular interaction and reaction in a confined nanospace. Develop single-entity detection methods Apply nanobiotechnology to cellular biology and tissue engineering.N/A
Xudong HeEngineering and ComputingSchool of Computing and Information SciencesComputer Science305-348-1831CASE 364hex@cs.fiu.eduSoftware system modeling, analysis, and developmentA student needs to have solid computer science background, strong analytic ability, and wants to pursue a graduate degree in computer science. Performing formal model modeling and analysis of software systems; and building software systems.
Michael HeithausArts, Sciences and EducationBiological SciencesMarine Biology/Ecology305-348-2864CASE 453heithaus@fiu.eduPredator-Prey Interactions; Trophic Structure; Animal BehaviorField work, Lab work, Literature Search, Data Analysis, Manuscript Preparation
Kenneth R. HenryBusinessSchool of AccountingAccounting Information Systems305-348-4210MANGO 330henryk@fiu.eduInter-Organizational systems pattern matching case-based reasoning.Library research.
Rosemary Hickey-VargasArts, Sciences and EducationEarth and EnvironmentGeoscience305-348-3471PC 315Bhickey@fiu.eduI have opportunities for students to work on volcanic processes, magma formation, and volcanic hazards.Students would have to know how to use a binocular microscope and ideally a polarized light microscope. Microscopy and chemical analysis.
Gail HollanderSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsGlobal and Sociocultural StudiesGeography305-348-2593SIPA 319hollande@fiu.eduAgriculture and food studies; climate change and urban studies.Library research; archival document research; interviews and field work
Joshua HutchesonEngineering and ComputingBiomedical EngineeringCardiovascular disease mechanisms and diagnostics305-348-0157EC 2612jhutches@fiu.eduOur research goals are to understand the mechanisms through which cells maintain and remodel tissues in order to diagnose, prevent, and treat cardiovascular disease.Curiosity
Krish JayachandranArts, Sciences and EducationSchool of Environment, Arts and Society / SERCEnvironmental Microbiology/Soils305-348-6553CASE 137jayachan@fiu.eduBio-control of Invasive Species in South Florida Everglades Soils, Nutrient Cycling Microbial Structural, Functional Diversity Conservation of Endangered plant species in South Florida Pesticides Fate, and Transport - Biodegradation/Bioremediation.Conducting field, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments. Apply statistical analysis to interpret the results.
Ranu JungEngineering and ComputingBiomedical EngineeringNeural Engineering; Computational and Experimental Neuroscience305-348-3722EC 2602rjung@fiu.eduUnderstanding and improving sensorimotor control in people with neurological disabilities or limb-loss (such as spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, amputation); Neuroprostheses; Neural engineering devices for interfacing with the nervous systemLibrary research; running experiments; data analysis; writing reports; presenting their work in journal clubs, local and national conferences
Suman KakarSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsCriminal JusticeCriminal Justice305-348-5992PCA 352Bkakars@fiu.eduLaw, medicine, crime, juvenile justice, domestic violence, and police.Library research field research and phone/in-person surveys/interviews.
Sakhrat KhizroevEngineering and ComputingElectrical and Computer EngineeringNanotechnology305-348-3724EC 3955khizroev@fiu.eduNano magneto-electronic Information. Processing quantum computing nano devices. Molecular electronics nano devices for Spintronics nano medicine.Nano magneto-electronic information processing molecular electronics nano medicine.
Lou KimArts, Sciences and EducationBiological SciencesArt And Science305-348-7315AHC1 218Ckiml@fiu.eduMechanism of directional sensing of eukaryotic cells signal transduction pathways regulating cell fate decision.Running experiments, preparing a power point presentation, and documentation of the results.
Janine KingCommunication, Architecture + The ArtsSchool of ArchitectureInterior Design305-348-6630PCA 387Bjking@fiu.eduRelationship between workplace environmental characteristics and worker productivity, relationship between privacy and worker productivity, and the relationship between worker communication and worker productivity.Library literature review, small field experiment, and data gathering and analysis.
Nagesh KolishettiHerbert Wertheim College of MedicineImmunology and NanomedicineDrug delivery, polymers, nanomedicine, formulations305-348-0458AHC1 417Bnkolishe@fiu.eduNagesh Kolishetti, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Immunology and Nano-Medince at the College of Medicine, FIU. Kolishetti completed his Masters in Chemistry and Ph.D in the area of Polymer Science. Kolishetti's postdoctoral training was focused in the areas of Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery. Before joining FIU, Kolishetti was leading the chemistry division at Partikula LLC, a startup company focused in developing mitochondria targeted therapeutics, platinum prodrugs and metabolic modulators. Kolishetti's current research focus is in the areas of drug delivery and nanomedicine using polymeric and metallic nanoparticles with applications in cancer and HIV therapies.Motivation to learn and don't leave things in between once started. Research experience in lab is a plus.
Suzanne KopturArts, Sciences and EducationBiological SciencesPlant Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology305-348-3103OE 232kopturs@fiu.eduInteractions between ants and caterpillars on plants with extra floral nectarines, nectar secretion under different environmental conditions, pollination herbivores improving urban habitats with wildlife gardening.Field work and greenhouse and lab experiments.
Lidia KosArts, Sciences and EducationBiological SciencesMolecular and Cell Biology305-348-2135AHC1 219Akosl@fiu.eduDevelopment of neural crest derived lineages: melanocytes and Schwann cells Development of the mammalian cardiac conduction system.Running experiments with genetic database searches.
Jason KostrnaArts, Sciences and EducationSchool of Education and Human DevelopmentKinesiology and Exercise Science, Psychology305-919-4074AC1 320jkostrna@fiu.eduDr. Kostrna’s research focuses on understanding how attention influences decision-making and emotion in sport and exercise. In sport, attention and anticipation are essential elements for emotion management and decision-making. Dr. Kostrna's research attempts to gain insight into human attention, emotion, and decision-making through sport psychology. In exercise, manipulation of attention improves affective response and may increase adherence rates. Dr. Kostnra's research attempts to improve exercise adherence through testing various attentional, motivational, and emotional strategies on a wide variety of populations. The research laboratory is located at the Biscayne Bay Campus and while daily attendance at BBC is not required, frequent (typically twice a week) attendance is required. Potential students are encouraged to complete the CITI training program for ethical conduct in Human Subjects Research (HSR), the Social-Behavioral-Educational (SBE) track, as soon as possible. CITI is partnered with FIU and should be no cost to the student. Experience with sport and exercise populations, CPR, and/or first-aid training is preferred but not required.
George J. KyparisisBusinessInformation Systems and Business AnalyticsInformation Systems and Business Analytics305-348-3403RB 204Bkyparis@fiu.eduResearch in the area of mathematical scheduling.Computer programming in Excel/Basic etc.
Fenfei LengArts, Sciences and EducationChemistry and BiochemistryBiochemistry305-348-3277AHC4 222lengf@fiu.eduTranscription-coupled DNA supercoiling and Protein-DNA interaction.N/A
Arturo S. LeonEngineering and ComputingCivil and Environmental EngineeringFlood Control, Stormwater management, Extreme events Modeling305-348-1370EC 3361arleon@fiu.eduSmart and resilient flood control, mitigation of violent geysers (air-water flows), optimal reservoir operation under uncertainty, sustainable stormwater management, computational hydraulics (CFD) and physical modeling of hydraulic structures. More at: Highly-motivated students (2) MATLAB experience is desirable but not necessary
Cesar LevyEngineering and ComputingMechanical And Materials EngineeringMechanical Engineering305-348-3643EC 3442levyez@fiu.eduFracture mechanics and fatigue analysis sensors using carbon nanotubes.Learning a finite element (FEM) package, modifying an existing FEM program, using the modified FEM package to extract data based on certain parameters, and running multiple cases to evaluate effect of parameters. Students should be able to conduct library research, reading, and run test cases.
Robert LickliterArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyDevelopmental Psychobiology305-348-3441DM 249licklite@fiu.eduDevelopment of perception fetal learning and memory (animal).Completed research methods and statistics course.
Cheng-Xian LinEngineering and ComputingMechanical And Materials EngineeringThermal/Fluid and Energy305-348-0537EC 3445lincx@fiu.eduSolar energy, energy efficiency, HVAC, electronic cooling, and heat exchanger technologiesN/A
Wei-Chiang LinEngineering and ComputingBiomedical EngineeringBiomedical Engineering305-348-6112EC 2673wclin@fiu.eduOptical diagnosis Pediatric brain tumors Pediatric epilepsy.Optical diagnosis; students should take BME 4562, Biomedical Optics, to enhance their knowledge about optical engineering. Literature search, design, and build prototype instrument (with other graduate students), and discuss research findings with the group.
Yuan LiuArts, Sciences and EducationChemistry and BiochemistryBiochemistry, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, and Toxicology305-348-3628CP 338Byualiu@fiu.eduStudy on trinucleotide repeat instability via DNA damage and repair that is associated with human neurodegenerative disease and cancer.Students are expected to do their work on the bench.
Tara LoughreyArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyBehavior Analysis305-546-7797N/Atloughre@fiu.eduBehavior analysis applications for parent training, telehealth behavioral health treatment modalities, as well as applications of Skinner's verbal behavior.Familiarity with single case design and applied research.
Peter MachonisSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsModern Languages and Honors CollegeFrench and Linguistics305-348-2379DM English Phrasal Verbs and Idiomatic Expressions; (2) Lexicon-Grammar, i.e., syntactic analysis of some aspect of student's native language; (3) Quebec French as spoken in Hollywood, FLDictionary work, web-based research, and analyzing large collections of idioms or other expressions in one's native language. Involvement in the Quebec French project, a field research project in Hollywood, FL.
Todd MakseSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsPolitics and International RelationsPolitical Science305-348-8451SIPA 405tmakse@fiu.eduElections and voting behavior, legislative politics, public opinionI would expect the student to have taken American Government (POS 2041), one or more upper-level courses in the area relevant to the research project (e.g. POS 3424, 3443, 4122, 4233). Methods of Political Analysis (POS 3703) would be desirable but not necessary. Library research, online research, data entry using Excel.
Kalai MatheeHerbert Wertheim College of MedicineHuman and Molecular GeneticsMolecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases305-348-0628AHC4 223matheek@fiu.eduMolecular Genetic Studies of Bacterial Pathogenicity Using Pseudomonas aeruginosa as the Model Organism. She also works on bioinformatics, comparative genomics and microbial metagenomic profilingN/A
Bruce Mc CordArts, Sciences and EducationChemistry and BiochemistryAnalytical/Forensic Chemistry305-348-7543CP 313mccordb@fiu.eduGenetic typing of nucleic acids, microfluidic detection of drugs in body fluids, electrospray mass spectrometry, and nanomolecular devices.Running experiments under the supervision of myself and advanced graduate students.
Adriana G. McEachernArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyCounseling Psychology and Counselor Education305-348-3391ZEB 326mceacher@fiu.eduChild and sexual abuse, emotional maltreatment in the classroom, and cross cultural and multicultural issues in counseling exceptional student education.Library research, assisting in conducting experiments, and collecting data.
Anthony McgoronEngineering and ComputingBiomedical EngineeringImage Guided Therapy for Cancer305-348-1352EC 2442mcgorona@fiu.edu1. Image Guided Therapy: Drug delivery/drug development for cancer imaging and therapy 2. Molecular Imaging: Nuclear Medicine and Optical Imaging 3. NanotechnologyNanoparticle based drug development for simultaneous imaging and therapy. Students will learn cell culture techniques. Should know how to use Excel, PowerPoint, and Matlab. Students would assist graduate students in the laboratory with their experiments. This may be theoretical (computational modeling, computer algorithms, etc.), wet lab (simple chemistry, cell culture, drug dosing, cell toxicity assays). Mechanically building or assembling devices or instruments necessary for the research. Ordering materials in the lab. Keeping inventory. Helping to keep the laboratory maintained. Students will do literature search, compile data, and learn to present data.
Assefa MelesseArts, Sciences and EducationEarth and EnvironmentEnvironmental Studies305-348-6518CASE 168melessea@fiu.eduSpatially distributed watershed modeling, geospatial applications to hydrology, wetland restoration evaluation, vegetation pattern, and hydraulic response modeling.Library research, field experimenting, and modeling.
Mohiaddin MesbahiSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsPolitics and International RelationsInternational Relations305-348-1857SIPA 435mesbahim@fiu.eduCulture and religion in int'L relations, Islam and world politics, int'L relations of Central Asia, and Middle East national security studies.Library research.
Eric MessersmithSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsAsian StudiesAsian Studies305-348-2186DM 342Cmesserse@fiu.eduZen Buddhism, tea Ceremony, and martial arts.Library research and field work
Jaroslava MiksovskaArts, Sciences and EducationChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry305-348-7406OE 318miksovsk@fiu.eduConformational dynamics in proteins. Functinalization of zelite-like metal organic framework.General chemistry, organic chemistry coursework and laboratory completed. Student must also be capable of running experiments.
Audrey MillerNicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health SciencesNursing and Health SciencesNursing305-348-4570AHC3 525Aapemille@fiu.eduPreventive health care for Children. Oral health care for Children nutrition. Sickle Cell Anemia.Preventive health care for Children. The student must have a working knowledge on literature review and search and an interest in children's health. Library research, literature review, and data collection.
De Etta MillsArts, Sciences and EducationBiological SciencesBiology/IFRI305-348-7410OE 118millsd@fiu.eduMolecular DNA profiling of soil microbial communities, non-human DNA profiling for equine, bovine and avian forensics.Running experiments.
Matthew C. MirowLawLawLaw, Legal History, Latin American Law305-348-8347RDB 2063mirowm@fiu.eduLatin American constitutional law, and legal history.Running experiments.
Anthony MiyazakiBusinessMarketing and LogisticsMarketing 305-348-2571RB 333miyazaki@fiu.eduCommunication of risk information for products and services; privacy issues in online marketing; pricing practices of service firms.Assist in development of research scope; conduct some library research; help in collecting, coding, and analyzing data; assist in writing research paper.
Rebecca MojicaNicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health SciencesOccupational TherapyOccupational Therapy Adult Rehabilitation , Management305-348-8122AHC3 421remoji@fiu.eduCulture & Diversity Occupation Based Interventions Mental Health Aging in PlaceN/A
Michaela Moura-KocogluArts, Sciences and EducationCenter for Women's and Gender StudiesFeminist Theory; Gender Violence; Gender Dimension of Genocide; Indigenous Feminism and Literature305-348-1201DM 210mmoura@fiu.eduWomen and Genocide Global Online Gender Violence Indigenous FeminismIdeal candidates have taken at least one Women's and Gender Studies course, and an interest in gender/ social justice issues. Expectations: Well-developed research skills (library and online); conduct interviews or surveys; solid writing skills.
Rajamani NarayananArts, Sciences and EducationPhysicsTheoretical Nuclear Physics305-348-1012ASTRO 204narayanr@fiu.eduTheory of elementary particles (quarks, electrons etc.) and the evolution of the universe close to the big-bang era.Use visualization techniques on the computer to understand some properties of elementary particles in nature.
Jai NavlakhaEngineering and ComputingSchool of Computing and Information SciencesComputer Science305-348-2744CASE 384navlakha@cs.fiu.eduComputer applications, programming data structures and algorithms.Library/Internet research, good writing, and communication skills.
Marilys NepomechieCommunication, Architecture + The ArtsSchool of ArchitectureArchitecture305-348-1887PCA 283Bnepomech@fiu.eduMid-century architecture and Miami and Havana hotel architecture housingLibrary research, Digital model building, and Interviews/ filming.
William NewburryBusinessBusinessManagement and International Business305-348-1103MANGO 446newburry@fiu.eduFactors influencing corporate reputations of emerging market multinationals and operational difficulties of emerging market multinationals (e.g., Multilatinas) when they invest in developed countries.Either of the topics above. Student would need the ability and motivation to conduct secondary research, along with some basic exposure to the process of questionnaire development. Student must be able to perform library research, questionnaire development and administration.
Diann NewmanChaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism ManagementSchool of Hospitality and Tourism ManagementHuman Relations/Organizational Behavior305-919-4523HM 214newmand@fiu.eduEmotional Intelligence leadership.Library research and data collection.
Fernando Gabrielo NoriegaArts, Sciences and EducationBiological SciencesMolecular Biology, Physiology of mosquitoes. Vector Biology.305-348-6632AHC1 304Bnoriegaf@fiu.edu1. Regulation of synthesis of hormones in mosquitoes. 2. Genomics and Proteomics of the neuroendocrine system in mosquitoes. 3. Nutritional regulation of gene expression in mosquitoes.I would like them to have their own projects. Design their own experiments and manage every step involved in scientific research.
Kevin O'SheaArts, Sciences and EducationChemistry and BiochemistryOrganic Chemistry305-348-3968CP 310osheak@fiu.eduPhotochemistry and environmental chemistry.Literature search and laboratory work.
Olatokunbo OsibogunRobert Stempel College of Public Health and Social WorkEpidemiologyPublic Health, Epidemiology305-348-7826AHC5 481oosibogu@fiu.eduCardiovascular health, Tobacco control, Women's healthStatistical skills, literature review
Nezih PalaEngineering and ComputingElectrical and Computer EngineeringEngineering305-348-3016EC3975npala@fiu.eduIndoor localization for smart building applications. Portable biosensors. Portable THZ cameras for security imaging.Designing and implementing circuits, programming.
Justin ParentArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyCenter for Children and Families305-348-3232AHC-1 236jparent@fiu.eduThe Child and Family Well-being Clinic and Lab develops, and tests family-based prevention and intervention programs focused on how families influence child adaptive and maladaptive development.Library services, Microsoft Office proficiency
Amy Paul-WardNicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health SciencesOccupational TherapyOccupational Therapy And Medical Anthropology305-348-3104AHC3 424Apaulward@fiu.eduUnderstanding the experience of adolescents in foster care and improving the transitional outcomes of adolescents leaving the foster care system.Literature reviews, questionnaire development, one on one interviews with participants, and data entry.
Frederick PerryBusinessSchool of AccountingLegal Environment of Business305-348-2581MANGO 328fvperry@fiu.eduThe International Law of TerrorismN/A
Jeremy PettitArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyClinical Psychology305-348-1671AHC1 249Ajpettit@fiu.eduDepression and suicide-related behaviorsMust have some prior research experience in psychology and depends on the nature of the project.
Garrett PiermanSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsPolitical SciencePolitical Theory, International Relations, Philosophy, Contemporary Political Theory, Philosophy of TechnologyN/AN/Agpier018@fiu.eduMy current project focuses on the ways in which the internet has become a space in which democratic politics is increasingly difficult. I am also interested in the politics of race, class, and gender and the theorization of world-altering events.Strong analytical skills, critical thinking, library research, and commitment to learning.
Vladimir A. PozdinEngineering and ComputingElectrical and Computer EngineeringWearable health monitoring devices, organic electronics, and microphysiological systems.305-348-7788EC 3982vpozdin@fiu.eduFlexible electronics and novel optical sensors for wearable health monitoring devices. Instrumented microphysiological system for directed cell growth.Micro/nanofabrication for flexible circuit boards, PCB layout, Silicon Labs firmware development, Wi-Fi security protocols, flexible antenna design, optical device fabrication and characterization, cell culture, chemical synthesis. Mostly importantly, willingness to learn new topics and skills.
Nagarajan PrabakarEngineering and ComputingSchool of Computing and Information SciencesCollege of Engineering305-348-2033CASE 382prabakar@cis.fiu.edudatabase applications; telepresence robotics; Software design for robot navigation; Coordination of swarm of telepresence robots; Educational game design for school childrenI would expect a very rigorous system development work
Nipesh PradhanangaEngineering and ComputingMoss School of Construction, Infrastructure and SustainabilityConstruction Technology and Visualization305-348-0224EC 2983npradhan@fiu.eduInterested in application of virtual reality, 3d modeling, real-time sensors and data analysis in construction engineering problemsPrepare for, design and conduct experiments; analyze data from the experiments
Jean RahierSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsGlobal and Sociocultural StudiesSocial and Cultural Anthropology305-348-0224SIPA 328jrahier@fiu.eduCultures and performances of the African diaspora black immigrants to the United States race relations in Latin America.Project dependent. If the project is an anthropological one, library research and fieldwork (at the very least) would be necessary.
Sharan RamaswamyEngineering and ComputingBiomedical EngineeringStem Cell Mechanobiology, cardiovascular mechanics, heart valve tissue engineering305-348-2532EC 2361sramaswa@fiu.eduPlatelet adhesion studies, Heart valve substitute developmentsLiterature searches, experiments, and scientific writing
Jessica Ramella-RomanEngineering and ComputingBiomedical EngineeringOptics305-348-3015AHC4 330jramella@fiu.eduThe Medical Photonics Laboratory (MPL) conducts research in bio-photonics and focuses on the investigation of non-invasive methodologies for diagnosis of disease based on light-tissue interaction. We are developing new imaging methodologies combining polarization sensitive techniques and non-linear microscopy to investigate anomalous organization of the extracellular matrix in several biological environments. We are utilizing these methodologies to investigate preterm labor a condition that affects 10 to 15 % of all pregnancies with severe consequences to mother and child. We are also researching early signs of Diabetic Retinopathy through the combination of imaging spectroscopy and Two-photon excitation phosphorescence lifetime imaging. We are working with TAMU, UCLA, and RICE on a new NSF funded ERC: PATHS-UP. This cross-institutional academy-industry partnership is aimed at developing affordable health devices and systems for underserved communities, with an emphasis on diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.Desire to learn and good attitude. Desired are matlab skills and desire to conduct experimental work.
Raju RangaswamiEngineering and ComputingSchool of Computing and Information SciencesComputer Science305-348-6230CASE 386raju@cis.fiu.eduOperating systems, storage systems, and multimedia security.Student will typically work on formulating a new problem, create a solution, implement the solution, and evaluate it with experiments.
Raphael RaptisArts, Sciences and EducationChemistry and BiochemistryInorganic Chemistry, X-ray Crystallography305-348-7529VH 203rraptis@fiu.eduSynthesis and study of redox-active multinuclear transition metal complexes. Study of electron transfer, charge localization/delocalization, catalysis, MRI contrast agents, radiochemistry.General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and labs, interest in a research career.
Kathleen ReinArts, Sciences and EducationChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry305-348-6682CP 323Areink@fiu.eduIsolation and characterization of natural products from algae and identification of genes related to natural product biosynthesisN/A
Joerg ReinholdArts, Sciences and EducationPhysicsPhysics305-348-6422CP208reinhold@fiu.eduResearch and development on new detectors for particle and nuclear physics. Data analysis and Monte Carlo simulations for nuclear physics experiments. Monte Carlo simulations for Medical Physics problems.Research and development on new detectors for particle and nuclear physics. Data analysis and Monte Carlo simulations for nuclear physics experiments. Monte Carlo simulations for Medical Physics problems. Students should have taken the introductory sequence Physics w/Calculus and at a minimum currently be enrolled in Modern Physics. Knowledge of a programing language, especially C or C++ is desirable.Testing detectors, analyzing data, running computer simulations.
James RiachArts, Sciences and EducationEarth and EnvironmentAnthropology305-348-1209AHC5 366riachj@fiu.edu1. Community-based resource management in rural Amazonian populations. 2. Creative approaches to integrated health, development, and conservation strategies in rainforest environments. 3. Ethnoecology/ethnobotanyLibrary research and first hand field work involving interviews and possibly sampling of any of the following: plants, animals, water, or soil.
Jennifer RichardsArts, Sciences and EducationBiological SciencesBotany and Wetlands Ecology305-348-3102OE 233richards@fiu.eduWetland plant ecology, especially how plants respond to the hydrologic and nutrient challenges presented by the aquatic environment, and the landscape and community ecology of south Florida vegetation. Biology of invasive plant species with an emphasis on understanding vegetative and sexual reproduction in these species and how these processes affect invasiveness.N/A
Jorge Riera DiazEngineering and ComputingBiomedical EngineeringNeuroscience, Brain Imaging, Computation/Modeling305-348-4948EC 2671jrieradi@fiu.eduThe primary research interest of the Neuronal Mass Dynamics (NMD) laboratory is the development of methods for the integration of different brain imaging modalities. These methods will found direct translations into clinical practice, for instance in the diagnosis and intervention of a variety of brain disorders. Although epilepsy and migraine constitute our primary focuses of attention, other brain disorders (e.g., Alzheimer Disease and Autism) will be included later on in our portfolio. For each disorder, our research focused on three major areas: a) abnormalities of the cortical microcircuits, b) the biophysics of the neurovascular decoupling and c) genetic imprints by inflammatory processes. These three areas of interest are linked via Biophysical Models developed in the lab. Members from the NMD lab evaluate their methods using pre-clinical models (i.e. rodents) of each brain disorder and, in collaborations with local hospitals, translate them into the clinical field. In the NMD lab, two groundbreaking techniques have been developed. The first one is a high-resolution 3D silicon-based probe (Neuronexus Tech) and the second one is an EEG mini-cap both for electrophysiological recordings at different brain scales (Cortech Solutions). These techniques are combined with both standard observation modalities and computational models for mesoscopic phenomena in the cerebral cortex. MATLAB programming, willing to perform neurosurgery in rodents, or data mining
Tonette S. RoccoArts, Sciences and EducationEducational Leadership and Policy StudiesAdult Education and Human Resource Development305-348-6151ZEB 361Aroccot@fiu.eduDisability studies, disclosure, older workers, equity issues, and social justice.Since I have never worked with an undergraduate student, it would depend on the student.
Mark RossiNicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health SciencesPhysical TherapyPhysical Therapy305-348-3478AHC3 431rossim@fiu.eduPhysical performance after knee replacement. Driving safety after right knee replacement.Library research. Using Equipment in Lab. Organizing data on spreadsheets.
Masoud SadjadiEngineering and ComputingSchool of Computing and Information SciencesCollege Of Engineering And Computing305-348-1835CASE 212Esadjadi@cis.fiu.eduAutonomic Computing, Pervasive Computing, Mobile Computing, Distributed Computing, Software Engineering, Adaptive Software, and Adaptive Middleware.Developing research programs, running experiments, writing technical paper, developing software documentation, and reviewing technical papers.
Nadja Schreiber CompoArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyLegal Psychology305-348-3384DM 165schreibe@fiu.eduInvestigative Interviewing and witness memory.N/A
Bennett SchwartzArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyPsychology305-348-4025DM 283schwartb@fiu.eduPrimate behavior, animal cognition, and human memory.N/A
Laura SerbusArts, Sciences and EducationBiological SciencesCell Biology305-348-2201AHC1 219Blserbus@fiu.eduThe cellular and molecular basis for Wolbachia-host interactions. How host environmental conditions affect intracellular Wolbachia proliferation.Handling and rearing of fruit flies, mass dissections of fruit fly tissues, usage of excel to organize the resulting proteomic data, and mining of online databases/pubmed to further understand and interpret the data.
Margaret SibleyArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyClinical Child Psychology305-348-3005AHC1 246msibley@fiu.eduBehavioral Interventions for Teenagers with ADHD Understanding the Symptom Expression and Impairment of Adolescents with ADHDStudent must demonstrate excellent performance as an undergraduate research assistant in our lab for at least one semester prior to beginning an Honors Thesis.
Althea (Vicki) SilveraFIU LibraryLibrary/EnglishCaribbean Literature, History And Art305-348-3136GL 422silverav@fiu.eduCaribbean literature and Caribbean art.Library research, community activities, and interviews.
Fabian SotoArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyComputational Cognitive Neuroscience305-348-8423AHC4 460fasoto@fiu.edu1) How people represent faces, and how learning and cognitive factors influence how people represent faces. For example, how categorizing people by sex or race might influence how we perceive their faces. 2) How people represent information that is newly-learned. For example, how learning an association between a face and an outcome (positive or negative) is encoded in the brain, and how it influences the sensory encoding of the face. We perform purely-empirical research on these topics (behavioral studies on face perception and learning), which could interest students without a quantitative background, and also purely-computational research (simulations with neurocomputational models), which could interest students with a quantitative background.For empirical research: 1) Proficient programming experience (any language) and willingness to learn new programming languages (python, JavaScript, R) 2) Good performance in stats and research methods courses. For computational research: 1) Intermediate to advanced experience (any language) and willingness to learn new programming languages (python, JavaScript, R). 2) Strong quantitative skills, as demonstrated by excellent performance in courses covering two or more of the following topics: calculus, matrix algebra, probability, statistics, machine learning, computer vision.
Neptune SrimalArts, Sciences and EducationEarth and EnvironmentEarth Sciences305-919-5969AC1 380Asrimal@fiu.eduThermo-barometric studies of metamorphic terrains. Dating of Monazites using Electron Microprobe. I would need some time to think of other suitable research topics more focused to the skill level of the student.Library research and lab work.
Dionne StephensArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyPsychology and African Diaspora Studies305-348-1809DM 203stephens@fiu.eduSexual risk taking, health disparities, racial/ ethnic minority women, sexual/ dating scripts, and identity development.Library research, running experiments, entering data, transcription, preparing conference presentations, and recruitment of research sites.
Philip StoddardArts, Sciences and EducationBiological SciencesBiology305-348-0378AHC1 219Cstoddard@fiu.eduAnimal behavior endocrinology. Electric fish, tiny cousins of the formidable electric eel that communicate with electric signals. Explore communication at every level, from the ecological forces that drive natural selection, to behavioral signaling and mate choice, to neurochemistry and endocrinology of signal contorl, to metabolic partitioning and physiological trade-offs, to the proteins that move ionic charge.Summarize literature design, run experiments, analyze data, and write a research paper.
Alexandra Coso StrongEngineering and ComputingSchool of Universal Computing, Construction, and Engineering EducationEngineering Design Education, Systems Design, Faculty Development305-348-2480EC 1269alexandra.strong@fiu.eduCurrently, my research team, ReDes, (a.k.a. researching engineering, design, and educational systems) includes a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students. We collaborate on a range of projects in areas such as • engineering design education: Through this work, my team and I are trying to understand how to improve design education for engineers both by understanding what happens in the classroom now and what engineers experience in industry. • educational change at Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Many of the projects we work on focus on students and instructors at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, like FIU. One project, for instance, is exploring how to better support lecturers within engineering departments at HSIs who are trying to improve student learning and the student experience in their courses. • graduate engineering education: Graduate students are often an underrepresented group within educational research. Given that some will become faculty members, they are also a critical part of how we might bring about educational change within engineering. Thus, I have a few upcoming projects that are examining the experiences of graduate students in engineering.Enthusiasm for exploring and enhancing engineering education. Passion and patience for learning new research methods. Desire to collaborate with others to learn and conduct research. Researchers in this group use both qualitative (e.g., interviews, analysis of documents/text) and quantitative (e.g., surveys, statistical analysis) research methods. In addition, we do a lot of reading of research articles to learn more about previous research and to help us better explore our areas of interest.
Jacob David SudolCommunication, Architecture + The ArtsSchool of MusicMusic Technology and composition305-348-0109WPAC 145Bjsudol@fiu.eduMusic technology, psychoacoustics, and music composition.Library and online research, and developing hardware, software, creative projects, and cultural studies (particularly East Asian culture).
Michael SukopArts, Sciences and EducationEarth and EnvironmentHydrogeology305-348-3117PC 326sukopm@fiu.eduComputer modeling of fluids, chemicals, and heat; developing graphical user interfaces for computer models; laboratory measurements of effective porosity in carbonate rocks.Library research, computer modeling, computer code development, laboratory and field work.
Krishnamurthy SurysekarBusinessSchool of AccountingAccounting305-348-3259MANGO 341suryseka@fiu.eduThe ethical dimensions of executive compensation, what can we learn from the Enron and other accounting scandals?, and is more regulation of the accounting profession needed?Library research and writing.
James SuttonArts, Sciences and EducationEnglishEnglish (Renaissance Studies)305-348-1270DM 452suttonj@fiu.eduShakespeare related topics; Renaissance literature; Renaissance cultural studies.A lot of library and internet research on their topic in first semester, and a carefully plotted and planned writing schedule in the second, resulting in a first rate thesis of 40-50 pages with a substantial bibliography.
Ibrahim N. TanselEngineering and ComputingMechanical And Materials EngineeringEngineering305-348-3304EC 3474tanseli@fiu.edu1) Modeling and interpretation 2) Development of health monitoring systems1) Literature survey 2) Performing experiments 3) Writing paper.
Kimberly TaylorBusinessMarketing and LogisticsMarketing305-348-3318RB 341Ataylork@fiu.eduConsumer behavior and consumer satisfaction; Negotiations and impact of personal factors on outcomes Families and culture, particularly inter-racial and inter-cultural families.Library research, assist with running experiments, data entry and tabulation, and the possibility to design and run own study.
Jamie TheobaldArts, Sciences and EducationBiological SciencesNeurobiology305-348-7319CASE 110theobald@fiu.eduInsect neurobiology and behavior mathematical modeling of neurobiology and behaviorDepending on the project, lab work with insects, data collection, and possibly field collecting and filming. Also for some types of projects, programming, mathematical modeling, and simulation.
Markus ThielSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsPolitics and International RelationsPolitical Science305-348-2323SIPA 403thielm@fiu.eduEuropean Politics, international relations and regionalism/regional Integration.Library and online research, and possible field work (depending on the subject).
M.O. ThirunarayananArts, Sciences and EducationTeaching and LearningLearning Technologies305-348-2085ZEB 344Athiru@fiu.eduImpact of Technology on Education and Society; Training Teachers to Use Technology to Facilitate Teaching and Learning; Creativity; Entrepreneurship.They should complete human subjects training. Students should be able to search library and other databases to locate and retrieve scholarly papers, develop surveys, collect data, and computerize the data for analysis. Knowledge of SPSS will be helpful.
Fereshteh ToosiArts, Sciences and EducationArt and Art HistoryArt and Digital Media305-348-2897VH236fhamidit@fiu.eduPublic art, performance art, environmental art, socially-engaged art, activism, digital art, documentary, VR, AR, environmental studies, nature contact, non-human communication, climate change, ecology, emergent strategy, Anthropocene studies, horticultural therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, walking and pilgrimage, mindfulness, mental health, complementary medicine, herbalism. The Nature Connection Arts Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory dedicated to exploring the connection between non-human and human health through contemplative art and creative research. By engaging the mutual benefits of nature connection, our projects support a creative culture to resist climate crisis and ecological devastation. Read more on the website and email me if you have any questions:, enthusiasm, and experience with documentary, video, and performing arts will be very helpful. An interdisciplinary interest in both nature and culture is a must. Students may be involved with many different activities, from grant writing, documentation, phone calls, marketing, library and internet research. Assisting with studio projects may involve occasional field trips around South Florida.
Andres TremanteEngineering and ComputingMechanical and Materials EngineeringThermo Fluids305-348-0149EC 3362tremante@fiu.eduRenewable energy power systems, biofuels, thermodynamics, fluid Mechanics, and heat transfer.Library research.
Nikolaos TsoukiasEngineering and ComputingBiomedical EngineeringBiomedical Engineering305-348-7291EC 2674tsoukias@fiu.eduCell electrophysiology and Calcium dynamics Vasoreactive signaling in microcirculation Ion channel expression in hypertensionN/A
Victor M. UribeSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsHistoryHistory305-348-2961DM 398uribev@fiu.eduColombian migration to the United States (recent), domestic violence (history of), and legislation on money laundering evaluation.Library research; conducting electronic survey; gathering database.
Walter Van HammeArts, Sciences and EducationPhysicsAstronomy305-348-3670CASE 461vanhamme@fiu.eduModeling binary star light and velocity curves, interacting binary stars, and extrasolar planets.Literature search, learning how to use certain computer programs, data entering, and computer experiments.
Enrique VillamorArts, Sciences and EducationMathematics and StatisticsMathematics305-348-2056DM 414Bvillamor@fiu.eduDifferential equations Applied calculus Numerical analysis.Read books and papers.
Eric WagnerRobert Stempel College of Public Health and Social WorkSchool of Social WorkClinical Psychology305-348-5612AHC5 536wagnere@fiu.eduMy research group has four ongoing NIH-funded clinical research projects, all of which involve the evaluation and testing of intervention approaches for teenagers with substance use and related problems (e.g., interpersonal aggression, HIV risk).Library research, phoning subjects, and running experiments are all possibilities
Lufan WangEngineering and ComputingMoss Department of Construction ManagementConstruction Management305-348-3172EC Smart, sustainable, and resilient buildings, infrastructure systems, and cities - Big data analytics and machine learning - Building energy and water efficiency - Energy-water nexus - Human-centered analysis - Digital twin- Programming (e.g., Python, R) - Automation and AI (e.g., Machine learning, deep learning, computer vision)
Marcie WashingtonSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsPolitics and International RelationsInternational Relations305-348-3754SIPA 414mrwashin@fiu.eduCollective action and conflict; State security and migration; memory,time,space, identity, and conflict; and peace and conflict studiesDepending on the subject, students will engage in either library and online research or field work.
James WebbArts, Sciences and EducationPhysicsAstronomy/Astrophysics305-348-3964ASTRO 201webbj@fiu.eduExtragalactic astrophysics - specializing in quasars, supermassive black holes theory and observations. Life in the universe Physics of musicBasic grounding in physics and/or astronomy
Stephen WinkleArts, Sciences and EducationChemistry and BiochemistryBiophysical Chemistry305-348-2855CP 309winkles@fiu.eduProtein binding to DNAs, carcinogen binding to DNAs, and unusual protein structuresConducting experiments and analyzing their results.
Stanislaw F. WnukArts, Sciences and EducationChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry305-348-6195CP 352wnuk@fiu.eduOrganic chemistry of nucleosides with applications in biochemistry and in anticancer and antiviral medicine. Research involving invention of mechanism-based inhibitors of enzymes vital to cancer cell and/or virus proliferation.Running experiments and analyzing spectroscopic data. Literature research.
Kirsten E. WoodSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsHistoryHistory305-348-2803DM 396woodk@fiu.eduTaverns, hotels, bars, and restaurants in the United States and the Caribbean, 1780-1900 travel narratives in the United States and the Caribbean, and 1780-1860 comparative gender roles in the United States and Great Britain.Library/archival research.
Mehmet YavasArts, Sciences and EducationEnglishLinguistics305-348-2992DM 468Ayavasm@fiu.eduAcquisition of first language sound system; Acquisition of sound systems in bilingual children.Data collection and transcription.
Michael YawneyCommunication, Architecture + The ArtsTheatre and Honors CollegeTheatre305-348-7545WPAC 139Amyawney@fiu.eduDramaturgy-devised and verbatim theaterThe activity would depend upon the project. However, almost all theater work starts with research, either in the library or in the field. This is usually followed by extensive notes, rehearsals or sketches looking for an approach to the projects artistic needs using the research. The final stage assembles the actual project.
Changwon YooRobert Stempel College of Public Health and Social WorkBiostatisticsMachine Learning, Big Data Analytics, Statistical Genomics, Bioinformatics305-348-4906AHC5 472cyoo@fiu.eduStatistical Machine Learning Group (SMLG) is led by Dr. Changwon Yoo. We mainly analyze big and complex data using Big Data Analytics (BDA), e.g., statistical and machine learning methods. Projects of SMLG ranges from clinical translational models to gene-gene and gene-environmental interactions in chronic diseases using BDA. We are currently supported by national and international grant funds from agencies such as NIH and SNUH. Visit for more information.Quantitative, analytical, and programming skills. Above all, love to learn new skills.
Mirroslav YotovArts, Sciences and EducationMathematics and StatisticsAlgebra, Algebraic Geometry305-348-3170DM 413Ayotovm@fiu.eduHomological Mirror Symmetry Singularities of function on toric spaces Topology of Lefschetz fibrations.The student will definitely need to work with a lot of books (library)and with preprints online as well.
Jinlin ZhaoChaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism ManagementSchool of Hospitality and Tourism ManagementStrategic Management305-919-4540HM 356zhaoj@fiu.eduEnvironmental scanning of hospitality and tourism industry; strategic management in the hospitality and tourism management; competitive analysis of hospitality and tourism companiesLibrary research, running experiments, or field work.

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