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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.
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.
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
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.
Fred BlevensCommunication, Architecture + The ArtsJournalismJournalism and Broadcasting305-919-4430AC2 311Bblevensf@fiu.eduAny area of news literacy. Any area of news coverage. Any area of global information literacy.Library research, interviews, surveys, and experiments.
Werner U. BoeglinArts, Sciences and EducationPhysicsPhysics305-348-1711CP 236boeglinw@fiu.eduExperimental Nuclear and Plasma Physics
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marcus CookeRobert Stempel College of Public Health and Social WorkEnvironmental and Occupational HealthEnvironmental and Occupational Health305-348-7775AHC5 354mcooke@fiu.eduThe role of genotoxicity in the pathogenesis of human disease, focused primarily upon oxidative stress-induced DNA damage and repair, and the discovery of novel interventions;Understanding the source and significance of urinary biomarkers of oxidative stress.
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.
Jone CorralesArts, Sciences and EducationSoutheast Environmental Research CenterMarine Biology305-919-4123AC1 211jocorral@fiu.eduMy research field in general focuses on the study of adverse effects of environmental stressors on aquatic animals. More specifically, I am interested in studying how environmental contaminants and toxicants affect the immune system in fish and in turn alter susceptibility to infection and disease. My goal is to work with ecologically relevant fish species in addition to working with fish models such as zebrafish, which serves as both an ecologically relevant model and human health model. Key words that describe my work: impacts of contaminants and environmental stressors on aquatic organisms, ecotoxicology, aquatic animal health, fish toxicology, immunotoxicology, coastal ecosystem health, fish models for human health and disease.Undergraduate students that are Biology majors or Environmental Studies majors will be most suitable to be research students or research assistants. Preferably, students in sophomore or junior status in order to train them thoroughly before they graduate. Moreover, an ideal candidate would be an honors student that has taken 'Discovery Education Courses' offered by the Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment. A minimum GPA of 3.0 will be a requirement.
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)
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.
Ruben GarroteSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsThe Honors CollegeReligious Studies305-348-1620DM 246garroter@fiu.eduClassical and Religs of Mythology, Church and State
Bernard GerstmanArts, Sciences and EducationPhysics and Honors CollegeBio Physics305-348-3115CP 232gerstman@fiu.eduProtein folding, protein aggregation, and protein engineeringComputer modeling.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Chengxian LinEngineering and ComputingMechanical And Materials EngineeringMechanical Engineering305-348-0537EC 3329lincx@fiu.edu1. Gas flow in micronozzles for application in micro satellites 2. Heat transfer in microchannels for application in electronic cooling 3. Aerosol dispersion during decontamination activities.Literature research, running experiments in laboratories, and analyzing collected data.
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.
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 profiling
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.
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.
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 Terrorism
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.
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
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.
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 biosynthesis
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.
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.
Joanne Sanders-ReioArts, Sciences and EducationSEHD Leadership and Professional StudiesEducational/Developmental Psychology305-348-0124ZEB 244Ajsanders@fiu.eduExpertise, writing, self-efficacy, and beliefs about various academic domains.Pre-requisite: educational psychology.
Nadja Schreiber CompoArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyLegal Psychology305-348-3384DM 165schreibe@fiu.eduInvestigative Interviewing and witness memory.
Bennett SchwartzArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyPsychology305-348-4025DM 283schwartb@fiu.eduPrimate behavior, animal cognition, and human memory.
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.
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.
Judith StiehmSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsPolitics and International RelationsPolitical Science305-348-2199SIPA 403stiehmj@fiu.eduWomen in politics , Women and globalization, and Women and the Military.
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.
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.
Bethany SutherlandArts, Sciences and EducationPsychologyDevelopmental Science305-348-4895DM 201Bbesuther@fiu.eduIndividual Differences, Learning and Memory in Infants and Children at-risk populations(anxiety autism) brain measures (EEG/ERP)Library research, scheduling participants, collecting and processing data
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.
Helen TempestHerbert Wertheim College of MedicineMedicineHuman and Molecular Genetics305-348-1484AHC1 418Bhtempest@fiu.eduThe genetic basis of human infertility.Completion of lower division general biology courses and accompanying laboratory components, and preferably by taking or having completed upper division genetics lectures. Previous knowledge of or experience in a research lab would be desirale but not essential. Literature searches, Wet lab experiments, data collection and analysis, and research writing.
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 hypertension
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
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.
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.
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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