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.


Jacob Lau

March 1, 2017

Dr. Jacob R. Lau is a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Film and Media Studies working with Professor Fatimah Tobing Rony. His work theorizes transgender through postcolonial, queer of color, and historical materialist theorizations of time and historicism that push against and suggest alternatives to purely linear temporalities, situating trans within traditions of temporal critique, and affective histories of non-normative embodiment.

Jacob received his Ph.D. in Gender Studies from UCLA and holds a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, as well as a M.T.S. in Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion from Harvard Divinity School. Along with Cameron Partridge, he is the editor of Dr. Laurence Michael Dillon/Lobzang Jivaka’s 1962 memoir Out of the Ordinary: A Life of Gender and Spiritual Transitions (Fordham University Press, 2016) for which he also co-authored an introduction. While at UCI, Jacob was interviewed by PRI’s The World for his work on Dillon/Jivaka’s memoir, which aired during January 2017.


Leonel Malacrida

February 15, 2017

Dr. Leonel Malacrida works with Prof. Enrico Gratton in the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Leonel’s research focuses on the implementation of new fluorescence microscopy methods to study various complex biological processes. Some of these include water activity in a cellular nucleus, identifying lung pathologies in imaging, and evaluating complex fluorescent species.

Leonel received his Ph.D. in biophysics from the School of Medicine, Universidad de la República, Uruguay. His work on the effects of volatile anesthetics on the lung and pulmonary surfactants earned him the best Ph.D. thesis of the year by the Basic Science Development Program (PEDECBA). Leonel is a member of the American Biophysical Society and part of the Executive Committee in the Uruguay Biophysical Society.