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Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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  • Role Assistant Professor Physical & Theoretical Chemistry
  • Phone (657) 278-3886
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  • Department Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Bio/Interests

     

    My research interests are broadly focused on using theoretical chemistry and high performance computing to answer fundamental questions about how molecules and materials interact with light. One aspect of the research involves modeling the new and interesting properties that molecules develop after absorbing light and becoming excited. For example, excited molecules can emit light, become chemically reactive, protect living organisms from being damaged by ultraviolet light, and transform energy from light into electrical current. Applications of this research involve developing better dyes, sunscreens, solar cells, and photocatalysts.

    I am also interested in modeling the specific frequencies of light that molecules absorb and emit. This can provide a wealth of information about the properties of individual molecules as well as the local environment around a molecule in a liquid or solid. Following how these frequencies vary with time while a chemical reaction is underway or after a molecule has become excited allow us to develop molecular movies with which we can directly observe chemical dynamics taking place.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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  • Role Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Phone (657) 278-2760
  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Department Department of Mathematics
  • Bio/Interests

     

    Dr. Nicholas Brubaker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics. Before coming to CSUF, he received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Delaware and then spent time in Tucson, AZ where he held a National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Arizona. Broadly speaking, Dr. Brubaker's research interests lie in using mathematical modeling and the tools of applied analysis to characterize novel phenomena arising in micro-scale systems, especially those involving an interplay of fluids, electrostatics and elasticity. Recently, he has been focused on using to techniques from variational calculus and partial differential equations to elucidate the behavior of surface tension driven folding, an area of study that has applications to micro-fabrication and self-assembly.

Assistant Professor of Biological Science

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  • Role Assistant Professor of Biological Science
  • Phone (657)-278-2477
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  • Department Department of Biological Science
  • Bio/Interests

     

    Role of ion channels in sensing and adaptation to environmental conditions in protozoan parasites and characterization of biophysical properties of ion channels in protozoans.

    Protozoan parasites have a significant impact in global health, infecting millions of people around the word. The research in my laboratory is focused in studying the role that ion channels play in sensing and adaptation to environmental conditions in protozoan parasites like Trypanosoma cruzi, causing agent of Chagas disease, and Trypanosoma brucei, the human parasite responsible for sleeping sickness.

    During its life cycle, T. cruzi, the causing agent of Chagas disease, is exposed to changing external conditions and different host. Successful transmission of the parasite depends on the ability of the cells to trigger adaptive responses and cope with stressors while regulating proliferation and transition to different life stages. Ion channels are key components of the sensing machinery in all types of cells and could play an important role in adaptive responses against environmental stressors.

    Our approach integrates cellular and molecular biology, parasitology and biophysics and will welcome students with different skills and interests. Our goal is to understand the role of adaptation mechanisms for the parasite survival and infectivity and use that information for developing new therapeutic tools against tropical neglected diseases.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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  • Role Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Phone 657-278-4662
  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Department Department of Mathematics
  • Bio/Interests

     

    Dr. Jessica Jaynes is an assistant professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Cal State Fullerton. Prior to joining CSUF, she taught statistics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Jaynes is a first-generation college graduate and received her bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Cal State Fullerton and her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her primary research interests include statistical methods and applications, experimental design, and discrete choice experiments. Her recent projects include, the development of a new class of designs that provide higher efficiency, more in-depth analyses, and require a shorter time to run; applications of fractional factorial designs for Herpes Simplex Virus Type-1 and lipid accumulation for algae growth. Most recently, she has worked on the design of a discrete choice experiment for health care studies.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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  • Role Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Phone (657)-278-7018
  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Department Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Bio/Interests

     

    Development of machine learning algorithims in order to theoretically determine the structure of chemically relevant nanoparticles and surfaces; computationally determine the chemical reactivity of surfaces in applications ranging from energy generation and storage to pharmaceutical synthesis in collaboration with experimentalists.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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  • Role Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Phone 657-278-5829
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  • Department Department of Mathematics
  • Bio/Interests

     

    Dr. Anael Verdugo is an Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and the CSUF NSF GRAM Co-PI. Dr. Verdugo is currently collaborating with biologists to build, analyze, and validate dynamic models of cellular pathways, which are then used to predict novel physiological behavior. He is also working on mathematical questions inspired by biological systems. Some of his current and previous projects include the use and study of nonlinear differential equations, dynamical systems and bifurcation theory.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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  • Role Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Phone (657) 278-2699
  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Department Department of Mathematics
  • Bio/Interests

     

    I am, by training, a statistician, and my research focus is, predominantly, in statistical/computational neuroscience. I am interested in modeling neural spike trains, which are a sequence of electrochemical waves generated by nerve cells through changes in ion concentrations across membranes of neurons. I study multiscale and multivariate properties of spike train data, and generally, am interested in neural coding and decoding problems. Studying neural ensembles, I develop multivariate point processes to model simultaneously recorded neural ensembles. The models I develop usually focus on how the choice of time scale affects the interpretation of neural spiking activities.

Assistant Professor of Physics

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  • Role Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Phone (657) 278-2188
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  • Department Department of Physics
  • Bio/Interests

     

    Dr. Wylie Ahmed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics here at CSUF where he leads the laboratory for Soft, Living, and Active Matter.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and spent time as a Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Fellow at the Institut Curie in Paris, France. His main research interests are in biophysics and involve investigating the nonequilibrium mechanics and viscoelastic properties of living cells.

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