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.



Andrew Marshall

February 9, 2017

Meet Dr. Andrew Marshall, a postdoc working with Dr. Sean Ostlund in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care.

Andrew’s research interest is in the psychological and neurobiological correlates of decision-making. He is trying to find out how cues from the environment can result in individuals’ making decisions they may not normally make. Decision-making is a fundamental cognitive phenomenon across all species, and if we gather a better understanding of what drives individual differences in decision-making, then it should provide an incredible insight to why we all behave the way we do.

Andrew recently presented his work at the 2016 UCI Research Symposium with a poster presentation. He won the SEAB Basic Behavior Analysis Dissertation Award for his Ph.D. work at Kansas State University. Andrew is currently on the Career and Professional Development Team of the PDA Board, where he has co-organized the Strategies for Success in Academia: A Three Part Series.



Lisa Olshansky

January 19, 2017

Dr. Lisa Olshansky is an American Chemistry Society Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral fellow. She works with Prof. Andrew Borovik in the Department of Chemistry. Lisa is constructing multinuclear artificial metalloproteins in which a synthetic metallocofactor is inserted into a protein host, which can be further modified through mutagenesis. With this, the effects of secondary sphere interactions on modulating the molecular and electronic structures of multinuclear metal complexes are explored. These artificial active sites mimic important natural metalloenzymes such as that responsible for driving oxygenic photosynthesis.

Lisa received her Ph.D. from MIT, where she focused on understanding the kinetics and dynamics driving long-range proton-coupled electron transfer in ribonucleotide reductase.


Phu Nguyen

January 11, 2017

Dr. Phu Nguyen is a recently appointed Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He worked as a postdoc at UCI with Distinguished Prof. Soroosh Sorooshian.

Phu’s research focuses on flood modeling and forecasting, and the development of various global precipitation products observed by satellites including: event-based large scale rainfall systems using bject-oriented approaches (CONNECT); integrated system for satellite precipitation and information (RainSphere); real-time high-resolution satellite and crowdsourced rainfall observations for hydrologic and natural disaster management applications (iRain); and an on-demand data processing system for CHRS’s satellite precipitation products (DataPortal). In particular, Phu’s iRain app was selected and launched at the United Nations 22nd Conference of the Parties.

Phu recently presented his work at the 2016 UCI Research Symposium with both an oral presentation and a poster presentation. He is the current President of the Association of Vietnamese Students and Professionals in the United States (AVSPUS).

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