Dr. Phillip Tran (Department of Otolaryngology) investigates non-invasive methods for the treatment of neurological disorders. He works with Dr. Fan-Gang Zeng in the UCI Center for Hearing Research on transcranial electric stimulation of deep structures within the head. Phillip is developing a computational model to optimize the stimulation parameters to target the auditory nerve and cortex to suppress tinnitus. He is also working with surgeons to evaluate at the effectiveness of using novel electrode designs and placement.
Phillip received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Sydney where he developed a finite element model of the human head to study the current conduction pathways resulting from cochlear implant stimulation. Phillip is an active board member of the UCI Postdoctoral Scholar Association, recently updating the PDA website and adding valuable information for incoming postdocs about living in Irvine. He also contributes his graphic design skills to creating PDA materials.
Dr. Sandra Harvey researches the production of race and gender through surveillance technologies originating in colonialism and chattel slavery. She has been awarded as a 2017-18 UCI Chancellor’s Advance Postdoctoral Fellow in Criminology, Law and Society. Her book manuscript, Passing for Free, Passing for Sovereign: Blackness and the Formation of the Nation, traces narratives of race/gender passing within science, settler colonial law, conceptual art, and Enlightenment philosophy. It contextualizes accusations of race/gender passing in the U.S. as rooted in 19th-century surveillance of fugitive slaves. In this way, she asks after the assumptions about blackness that emerge in the passing regime and how these might influence contemporary notions of freedom, sovereignty, the nation, and the citizen.
Sandra received her Ph.D. in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her research has been supported by the UC Consortium for Black Studies in California and the UCSC Center for Science and Justice. Her UCI mentors are Dr. Sora Han (Criminology, Law and Society) and Dr. Jared Sexton (African American Studies).
Dr. Carey Y. L. Huh works with A. Prof Sunil Sandhi in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior. She is studying how circuits in the brain are affected by sensory challenges such as visual deprivation during development, and how neural dysfunctions can be restored in adulthood. A better understanding of this topic is key to finding a cure for visual disorders such as amblyopia. To study neural responses at various levels of the visual system, she is currently employing in vivo two-photon calcium imaging, a powerful technique that allows monitoring of activity in hundreds of neurons simultaneously.
Carey was recently awarded a Pediatric Ophthalmology Career Starter Grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, “A Masonic Charity”, sponsored by Grand Encampment of Knights Templar. Before UCI, she held postdoc positions at UC Berkeley with Prof. Dennis Levi and Stanford University with Prof. Shaul Hestrin. Carey’s goal is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the link between neural activity and behavior to gain insights into both how a normal brain works and what goes awry when disease strikes.
Dr. Aude Segaliny works with A. Prof Weian Zhao in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She uses emerging bioengineered technologies, stem cell based therapy, and immunotherapy to address unmet needs for cancer treatment. Specifically, she is developing a stem cell based therapy to target and treat breast cancer bone metastases. Her goal is to improve current therapies by making them more specific, and therefore less toxic for the patient. Aude is also developing a microfluidic-based platform for high-throughput screen in immunotherapy.
Aude received a postdoctoral fellowship from the French association “Fondation ARC pour la recherche sur le cancer”. Her Ph.D., from the University of Nantes in France, focused on understanding the biology of interleukin-34, a cytokine, and its role in the pathogenesis of osteosarcoma.
Dr. Roderic Crooks is a recipient of the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. He is currently working with Prof. Geoffrey C. Bowker’s EVOKE Lab in the Department of Informatics. Roderic works with a team of data scientists to investigate how data science itself is applied to public education in the heavily segregated schools of Southern California. His goals are to gather evidence about how data scientists make predictions and how these predictions shape organizational behavior, and to build theories that can explain how data science is becoming a mode of management of risk, complexity, and value.
Roderic received his Ph.D. from the Department of Information Studies at UCLA where he conducted an ethnographic study of a one-to-one tablet computer program in South Central Los Angeles. He is keen on biking and running around the Irvine area.