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.
Dr. Shupeng Zhu works with Prof. Donald Dabdub in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering on modeling aerosol dynamics and chemistry. He is currently working on an EPA funded project to investigate the role of ammonia NH4 in secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. This work is important because the emission of NH4 is significant (largely from anthropogenic activities), and laboratory findings suggest NH4 actively participates in the formation of SOA (a major and harmful pollutant). Both NH4 and SOA precursors are expected to increase in the future due to global warming so improving the understanding of relationship between NH4 and SOA would help both air quality model performance and policy makers’ decision.
Shupeng received his Ph.D. from the University of Paris-Est, France, in 2015. During this time, he developed a size-composition resolved aerosol model (SCRAM) to simulate the mixing processes of multiple aerosol populations, and investigated the influence of mixing state on particle properties through simulations over Greater Paris. Shupeng received the Bricard Award 2016 from the French Association for Studies and Research on Aerosols.
Meet Dr. Guadalupe Diaz, a postdoc in the School of Education who works with A/Prof. Stephanie Reich. Guadalupe’s research is focused on understanding and improving the individual and ecological factors (e.g. parenting) that influence the school readiness and educational experiences of children and families from diverse backgrounds. Specifically, she is interested in addressing the inequalities in achievement and services received by children and families from ethnically-diverse backgrounds and children who are English Language Learners.
Guadalupe received her Ph.D. in Human Development Family Sciences at Oregon State University. She will be presenting her postdoc research at the Society for Research in Child Development in April.