Shupeng Zhu

April 19, 2017

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.



Guadalupe Diaz

March 29, 2017

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.


Markus Kowalewski

March 22, 2017

Meet Dr. Markus Kowalewski, a current recipient of the Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. He is working with Prof. Shaul Mukamel in the Department of Chemistry.

Markus is investigating novel X-ray and quantum light sources, such as ultra short laser pulses and ultrafast electron sources, for molecular spectroscopy and the control of photochemical reactions. The development of such novel light sources can provide insight into the dynamics of electrons, and can allow the capture the nuclear dynamics of molecules in time and space with interesting outcomes such as the ‘molecular movie’.

Markus received his Ph.D. from Ludwigs Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. He is currently on the Social Events Team of the PDA Board.




Adam MacLean

March 15, 2017

Dr. Adam MacLean works with Prof. Qing Nie in the Department of Mathematics. His research focuses on developing mathematical and statistical models to study molecular signaling pathways, particularly those that control stem cell dynamics and cell fate decisions. Adam collaborates closely with cell and molecular biologists at UCI, where they are investigating how robust epithelial phenotypes (such as skin/hair regeneration) are maintained, and how the stem cell pathways responsible become misregulated when cancers arise.

Adam received his Ph.D. from Imperial College London where he developed dynamical models and methods for statistical inference to study the importance of ecological interactions as drivers of leukemia in hematopoietic stem cell niche. He recently presented his work at the 2016 UCI Research Symposium with a poster presentation.

Adam’s Website | ResearchGate


Jessica Bolton

March 8, 2017

Meet Dr. Jessica Bolton, a neuroscientist who works with Dr. Tallie Z. Baram in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, School of Medicine. Jessica is particularly interested in developmental programming, or how early‐life events, such as stress, can program offspring for altered physiological or behavioral outcomes in adulthood, and the role microglia (the innate immune cells of the brain) play in this phenomenon. She believes the integration of neuroscience with immunology can show us how to improve health.

Jessica earned her B.S. from Southwestern University. While completing her Ph.D. at Duke University, she was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring. She received the Hewitt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue her research at UC Irvine. Jessica is an active member of the PDA and was the MC for our first UCI Postdoc Research Symposium last September. Next week, she will be traveling to the annual National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) meeting in San Francisco where she will meet Postdocs from all over the country. She will return with new ideas, and update us with a presentation this Spring.