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Participating Faculty Mentors

Virginia Tech faculty who have expressed interest in mentoring a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow are listed below. Note, however, that any faculty member at Virginia Tech can host a fellow as part of this program. Postdoctoral associates interested in applying for a fellowship should contact a potential faculty mentor directly to enquire about overall alignment with this program.

The search box above the faculty mentors table provides the ability to search the list by the fellowship track the faculty are participating in (Research Frontiers, Cybersecurity, Innovation), the relevant Research Frontier area of their work, department, faculty name, as well as research areas of particular interest for the fellow. Using this box can help refine your search for faculty mentors relevant to your research training and goals.  


Virginia Tech faculty who would like to appear on this page as a potential Virginia Tech Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow mentor in the academic year 2022-23,  should submit this form.

Check back frequently, as more mentors will be added to this list.

MentorTrackEmailTopics
Luo, Xin
Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailImmunology; preferably mucosal immunology
Santos, Webster
Chemistry
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailDrug discovery; Medicinal Chemistry; Organic Synthesis; Multiple Sclerosis; Fatty Liver Disease; Kidney Fibrosis; Obesity
Yu, Jia-Ray
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailEpigenetics, Cancer, Chromatin, Pediatric Brain Tumor
Xiao, Shuhai
Geosciences
Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailGeobiology, Astrobiology, Paleobiology, Earth System History
Quan, Lina
Chemistry
Research Frontiers - QuantumEmailSpin-manipulation in hybrid semiconductors for spintronic and circular polarized optical related applications.
Gao, Peng
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailSecurity, privacy, systems, networking, AI
Escobar, Luis
Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailDisease biogeography; Ecological niche modeling; Global Health Security; Ecology; Biodiversity; Disease Mapping; Global Change; Climate Change;
Murali, T. M.
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - HealthEmailprotein interaction networks, pandemic prevention, host-pathogen interactions, deep learning, single-cell genomics
Shi, Yi
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailWireless networks; wireless communications; network security; optimization; machine learning
Li, Liwu
Biological Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailInnate immunity, inflammation, heart disease, sepsis, immune cells
Marston, Landon
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailwater security; human-water systems; water scarcity; climate change; water use; interdependent infrastructure; water governance; food-energy-water nexus
Marr, Linsey
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailairborne transmission of viruses; pathogen detection in air
Jarome, Timothy
Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences and the School of Neuroscience
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailNeurobiology of Learning and Memory; Epigenetics; Ubiquitin-Proteasome Signaling; Sex Differences
Auguste, Albert
Entomology
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailVaccine development; Flavivirus; Orthobunyavirus; Arbovirus pathogenesis and animal model development; Virus-virus and host-virus interactions; Correlates of protection.
Deng, Xinwei
Statistics
Research Frontiers - Artificial IntelligenceEmailmachine learning; statistical modeling; design of experiments
Lee, Sang Won
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - HealthEmailHCI; AI-mediated Communication; Mixed-initiative systems; Hybrid Intelligence
Lim, Theodore
School of Public and International Affairs
Research Frontiers - Artificial IntelligenceEmailUrban and environmental analytics, resilience to climate change, urban infrastructure (especially water infrastructures)
Mehrizi-Sani, Ali
ECE
Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailPower system cybersecurity, 5G for integration of renewables
Lou, Wenjing
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailFor this position, the applicant must have experience and knowledge in two or more areas of the following: wireless security related to spectrum research, 5G/B5G wireless network architecture and protocol security, security and privacy of IoT systems, security and privacy in connected and autonomous vehicles, trustworthy machine learning systems, privacy protection technologies, blockchain and decentralized systems. In addition, the applicant must have excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in English, and have completed a Ph.D. degree in CS, CE, EE or other closely related disciplines by the time of employment.
Couvillon, Margaret
Entomology
Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailPollinator Biology and Ecology; Honey Bee Foraging and Recruitment; Honey Bee Communication
Davy, Kevin
Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailCardiometabolic dysfunction in obesity and aging
Doan, Thinh
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailCybersecurity, Reinforcement Learning, Machine Learning, Game Theory, Optimization, Control Theory, Multi-Agent Systems
Sikora, Jamie
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - Security, Research Frontiers - QuantumEmailQuantum Cryptography; Quantum Information; Quantum Computing
Luther, Kurt
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailhuman-computer interaction; social computing; crowdsourcing; human-AI collaboration; open source intelligence; misinformation; digital humanities
Czuba, Jonathan
Biological Systems Engineering
Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailEcological Restoration; Environmental Modeling and Simulation; Environmental Data Analysis and Visualization; Pollution in Freshwater Systems; Watersheds, Lake, and Reservoir Management; Climate Change; Disaster Resilience
Bai, Xianming (David)
Materials Science and Engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - QuantumEmailAtomistic-level modeling the properties of functional materials such as semiconductors, battery materials, and solar cell materials
Whitehead, Susan
Biological Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailplant evolutionary ecology; chemical ecology; agroecology
Rakha, Hesham
CEE
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailAI-based traffic state prediction; transportation cyber security; AI-based driver behavior modeling
Morrison, Travis
Mathematics
Research Frontiers - Security, Research Frontiers - QuantumEmailNumber theory; cryptography; post-quantum cryptography;
Hou, Tom
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailAI/ML or cybersecurity for 5G/next-G
Nussbaum, Maury
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailRemote healthcare; rehabilitation; aging; adaptive physical training
Muller Vasconcelos, Marcos
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailMy research interests are in the general area of multi-agent systems (both natural and artificial) and designing robust intelligent devices that can learn and adapt to make provably optimal distributed decisions with applications in robotics and sensor networks.
Lim, Sol
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailWearable sensing technology to improve human health and well-being; inclusive design; multimodal feedback
Easton, Zachary
BSE
Research Frontiers - Artificial IntelligenceEmailUse inspired AI; climate smart agriculture; analytics; hybrid AI modeling; decision making; climate risk
Nain, Amrinder
Mechanical Engineering
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailbiomechanics, cell forces, cell motility, mitosis, cell death, nucleus and chromatin biology, focal adhesions, organoid biology, contact inhibition of locomotion
King-Casas, Brooks
Psychology
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailcomputational psychiatry; decision-making; functional neuroimaging
Sun, Wujin
Biological Systems Engineering
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailBiomaterials; Drug delivery; Synthetic Biology
Cheng, Jiangtao
Mechanical Engineering
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailMicro/Nano-fluidics, Optofluidics, Heat transfer, Sustainable energy, Biosensing
Childs, Lauren
Mathematics
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailMulti-scale modeling of infectious disease; Incorporation of heterogeneity in infectious disease dynamics.
Bansal, Manish
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailStochastic and Distributionally Robust Optimization; Homeland Security; Logistics; Telerobotics; Integer Programming; Game Theory; Network Interdiction; Operations Research
Cohen, Alasdair
Population Health Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailEnvironmental Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Drinking Water, Wastewater, Rural Health, Rural Poverty, Indicators
Duraj-Thatte, Anna
Biological Systems Engineering
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailEngineered Living Materials; Biomaterials; Synthetic Biology; Protein Engineering; Sustainable Materials
Zhang, Mike
Biological Systems Engineering
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailDevelopment of nano-vaccines against psychoactive compounds.
Bertke, Andrea
Population Health Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailNeurovirology; emerging viruses; viral pathogenesis in animal models; neuronal regulation of virus infections.
Weger, James
Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailmosquito-borne viruses; SARS-CoV-2; host-virus-environment interactions; virus evolution; virus transmission; vaccines; antivirals
Chung, Tijay
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailinternet security; internet measurement; internet privacy
Pruden, Amy
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - HealthEmailAntibiotic Resistance, Opportunistic Pathogens, Sustainable Water Systems, Environmental Monitoring, Metagenomics, Bioinformatics,
Hawley, Dana
Biological Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailinfectious disease ecology and evolution; wildlife disease
Arena, Christopher
Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailPostdoctoral Engineer and Surgical Resident Biodesign training program with Carilion Clinic, Preparation for entrepreneurial careers in the medical device industry, Co-PI David Salzberg, Director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Tuohy, Joanne
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailComparative oncology; osteosarcoma; tumor immunology; tumor ablation; focused ultrasound; high-frequency irreversible electroporation
Biase, Fernando
Animal and Poultry Sciences
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - HealthEmailinfertility; machine learning; embryo development; genomics
Bartlett, Michael
Mechanical Engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial IntelligenceEmailSoft robotics; Multifunctional materials; Wearables
Matson, John
Chemistry
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailPolymer synthesis; drug delivery
Savla, J. Tina
Center for Gerontology & Dept. of Human Development
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailStress, Health, and Well-Being in Mid and Late Life; Family Relationships, Support Networks, and Caregiving; Chronic Disease Management (e.g., Dementia); Longitudinal Designs and Daily Diary Methods
Kekatos, Vassilis
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Frontiers - QuantumEmailQuantum computing for electric power systems problems; Quantum computing for statistical signal processing
Barrett, John
Biological Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailClimate change, polar ecology, ecological resilience
Shortridge, Julie
Biological Systems Engineering
Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailClimate change; environmental security; integrated systems modeling; data analytics
Chandel, Abhilash
Biological Systems Engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial IntelligenceEmailThe successful candidate will work in the Precision Agriculture Technologies and Data Management program. The broad research areas include but are not limited to: Remote sensing and GIS (Ground, Aerial and Satellite-based), Internet-of-Things, Cloud computing, Edge-computing, smartphone applications, Data and AI-driven crop production management, Big-data acquisition and management in agricultural cropping systems, crop water use modeling and mapping, non-destructive sensing and management of abiotic/biotic crop stress through machine/deep learning, and advanced data science. The successful candidate is expected to be creative, self-motivated, possess good research attitude, encompass dynamic problem solving skills and have a strong desire to learn and collaborate in a multidisciplinary environment. The candidate is expected to communicate research results through high quality peer-reviewed journal and conference publications and deliver presentations at national/international professional meetings.
Behkam, Bahareh
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, MII, TBMH, GBCB)
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - HealthEmail"Engineering bacterial therapeutics with synthetic biology", "Biophysics of bacterial interstitial and intravascular transport", "Machine learning-guided design of biomaterials"
Wright, Clay
Biological Systems Engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - HealthEmailplant synthetic biology; protein engineering; directed evolution; ubiquitin-proteasome system; hormone signaling; quantitative biology; flow cytometry; biosensors
Kibilda, Jacek
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Frontiers - SecurityEmail6G security
Ferretti, Francesco
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Research Frontiers - Artificial IntelligenceEmailThe postdoc will work on projects involving the use of machine learning and AI to promote transparency in global fisheries and combat illegal fishing
Yang, Chin-Cheng Scotty
Department of Entomology
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailVirus evolution; Virus spillover; Arthropod-microbe pathogen interactions; Ecology, evolution and management of invasive species
Matthews, Gretchen
Mathematics
Research Frontiers - Security, Research Frontiers - QuantumEmaildata storage, protection, and security, especially coding theory and cryptography
Dhillon, Harpreet
Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - Security, Research Frontiers - QuantumEmailWireless networks, communication theory, stochastic geometry, statistical machine learning
Lemkul, Justin
Biochemistry
Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - QuantumEmailMolecular dynamics simulations, polarizable force field development, computer-aided drug design
Ovissipour, Reza
Food Science and Technology
Research Frontiers - Artificial IntelligenceEmailI am working on using AI for developing serum free media for cell based meat.
Mims, Meryl
Biological Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailBiodiversity; Environmental Modeling and Simulation; Invasive Species; Watershed Management
VandeVord, Pamela
BEAM
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailTraumatic Brain Injury; prevention, diagnosis and treatment
Davalos, Rafael
Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailMy research interests are in microfluidics for personalized medicine and developing technologies for cancer therapy.
Robert, Michael
Mathematics
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailmathematical biology; infectious disease; disease emergence; climate change and infectious diseases; mosquito-borne disease; mosquito control; Argentina; Dominican Republic; Latin America; dengue
Sorice, Michael
Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailConservation Biology Social Science
Hopkins, William
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailConservation physiology; ecotoxicology; biodiversity conservation; physiological ecology
Edgar, Kevin
SBIO
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailCreation of novel block copolymers from natural polysaccharides; novel condensation, displacement, and metathesis chemistries; enabling high performance, biodegradable plastics to supplant non-biodegradable petroleum based plastics; eliminating the environmental issues caused by such persistent non-degradable plastics.
Strahm, Brian
Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailforest and soil biogeochemistry ecosystem ecology global change ecosystem services carbon and nutrient cycling environmental quality soil health
Sharakhov, Igor
Entomology
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailmalaria mosquitoes, epigenetics, chromatin, three-dimensional genome organization, topologically-associating domains, vector-borne diseases
Liao, Jingqiu
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailfoodborne pathogens; antimicrobial resistance; microbial ecology and evolution
Kelly, Marcella
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailEcological data analysis and modeling; parameter estimation for wildlife species; capture mark recapture; occupancy estimation
Woolsey, Craig
Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailModeling and control of ocean and atmospheric vehicles, particularly nonlinear, Lyapunov-based methods that leverage the mechanical system structure of the dynamic equations.
Coates, Adam
FREC
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailWildland fire ecology and management, forest management
Gray, Austin
Biological Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailResearch priorities are focused on addressing questions related to environmental toxicology, primarily using physiological and ecological approaches to examine the impacts of legacy and emerging contaminants (PAHs, POPs, microplastics, nanoplastics, and pharmaceuticals) from anthropogenic influence and assessing their risk to a variety of freshwater and marine organisms.
Li, Ling
Mechanical Engineering
Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailMaterials, Bio-inspired Materials, Biomineralization, Light Weight Materials
Munson, Jennifer
Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailBrain biotransport, tissue engineered models of disease, in vivo imaging, cancer, Alzheimer's Disease
Yao, Danfeng (Daphne)
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailMy goal is to develop translational and deployable machine learning solutions for challenging problems, including digital health and cyber defenses, with a shared focus on accuracy, trustworthiness, and discovering new insights.
Viswanath, Bimal
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailMachine learning and security; Adversarial machine learning; Defending AI-powered threats; Data-driven security
Lu, Chang
Chemical Engineering
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailMicrofluidic genomic technology, epigenomics, brain neuroscience
Howell, Brittany
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, and Human Development and Family Science
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailImpact of maternal contexts on early nutrition (e.g., feeding practices and milk composition) and brain development, with a focus on community engagement
Pan, Yuchin
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailStress neurobiology; developmental biology;
Chiu, Pearl
Psychology
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - HealthEmailhuman cognitive neuroscience; decision-making; clinical psychology; motivated behavior
Legon, Wynn
School of Neuroscience
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailEEG; MRI; Neuromodulation; Focused ultrasound; Pain; Addiction; Mental Health; Human;
Wynne, Randolph
Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Research Frontiers - Artificial IntelligenceEmailmonitoring and modeling climate adaptation and mitigation in terrestrial forest ecosystems
Iliescu, Traian
Mathematics
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - HealthEmaildata-driven modeling; turbulence
Ciupe, Stanca
Mathematics
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailMathematical modeling of within-host viral infections, theoretical immunology and multi-scale infectious diseases.
Hoang, Thang
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailapplied cryptography; privacy-enhancing technologies; secure computation; blockchain; secure and trustworthy machine learning
Jiao, Yan
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailPopulation dynamics modeling and fisheries management under climate changing
Huang, Haibo
Food Science and Technology
Research Frontiers - HealthEmail"Food Engineering", "Sustainable Food Processing", "Analytical Food Chemistry", "Data Science"
Yin, Yun
Food Science and Technology
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - HealthEmailflavor; quality; volatile; secondary metabolites
Deshmukh, Sanket
Chemical Engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - HealthEmailArtificial Intelligence, Data Science, Multi-scale Modeling, Health, Energy, Biomedical
Socha, Jake
Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailComparative biomechanics; bio-inspired engineering
Liu, Lingjia
Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailNextG, AI/ML for Wireless Networks, O-RAN
Bell, Martha Ann
Psychology
Research Frontiers - HealthEmaildevelopmental cognitive neuroscience; infant and toddler executive function
Zhou, Dawei
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - Artificial IntelligenceEmailTrustworthy Machine Learning for Graphs; Domain Adaptive Knowledge Transfer; Open Knowledge Network Mining
Kindsvater, Holly
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailFisheries, Food security, climate change
Jin, Ming
Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailMachine learning, reinforcement learning, cybersecurity, optimization theory, control theory
Devenport, William
Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
TBDEmailExperimental Aeroacoustics and Aerodynamics
Xia, Kang
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Research Frontiers - Artificial IntelligenceEmailenvironmental chemistry in organic contaminants
Gregus, Ann
School of Neuroscience
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailEarly-stage drug discovery of non-opioid mediated therapeutics for pain
Reid, Leighton
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailEnvironmental restoration in tropical forests and temperate grasslands and woodlands
Volpe, Stella
Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailMy areas of research include using nutrition/diet and exercise to prevent diabetes and obesity. Some of my research includes mineral supplementation (magnesium, zinc, iron), some includes changing the environment to increase physical activity and improve dietary intake. I also study sports nutrition.
Serrano, Elena
Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise
Research Frontiers - HealthEmaildevelopment and testing of interventions to promote nutrition security and physical activity among economically vulnerable youth and adults
Davy, Brenda
Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailThe postdoctoral fellow that I propose to do-mentor with Dr. Elena Serrano is Basheerah Enahora, who is currently finishing up her doctoral degree at UNC-Greensboro. I am able to provide mentoring in clinical nutrition research, health behavior change, intervention design and implementation, and dietary assessment.
Basso, Julia
Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailDr. Julia Basso and The Embodied Brain Laboratory at Virginia Tech study the effects of mind-body-movement practices on brain function and physiology. Terms: neuroscience; dance; body-brain connection
Cimini, Daniela
Biological Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailChromosome number alterations; cell division; cells size and tumorigenic cell behavior
Kapania, Rakesh
Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailComputational Structural Mechanics; Fluid-Structure Interaction; Artificial Intelligence; Blast Response of Lungs; Composite Materials; Multi-disciplinary Analysis and Design Optimization.
Pilot, Guillaume
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailThe Pilot lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms regulating amino acid metabolism and uptake in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, and applying this research to crops, to get more resilient and nutritious cultivars. The goal of the research would be to explore the relationship between the TOR kinase, a master regulator of metabolism, and the activity of amino acid transporters controlling the translocation of amino acids between organs of the plant.
Stevens, Ann
Biological Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailmolecular microbiology; host-microbe interactions; microbiome; gene regulation
Melville, Stephen
Biological Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailHost-pathogen interactions, bacterial pathogenesis, microbial genetics
Schmale, David
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailBiological Transport; Uncrewed (unmanned) Systems; Robotics; Environmental Sensing; Aerobiology; Pandemic Prevention and Intelligence; Toxicology; Cyberbiosecurity
Popham, David
Biological Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailBacterial spore germination; Membrane biophysics; Protein superstructure
Zhu, Qin
Engineering Education
Research Frontiers - Artificial IntelligenceEmailHuman-Robot Interaction; Social Robotics; Cross-cultural Studies of AI and Robotics; Ethics of Robotics and AI; Science and Engineering Education in the Age of AI
Wang, Vincent
BEAM
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - HealthEmailtissue biomechanics; machine learning; clinical imaging; regenerative medicine
Morris, Amanda
Chemistry
Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailMetal Organic Frameworks; Photocatalysis; Photophysics; Catalysis; Electrocatalysis; Drug Delivery
Thomas, Quinn
Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation & Biological Sciences
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailenvironmental modeling, prediction, and forecasting; ecological dynamics; global change
Schreiber, Madeline
Geosciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailwater quality, environmental health, contaminant transport
Elgart, Alexander
Mathematics
Research Frontiers - QuantumEmailMathematical physics (quantum mechanics, many-body systems), Spectral theory, analysis
Yu, Hang
Materials science and engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial IntelligenceEmailArtificial intelligence-guided clean manufacturing for supply chain development
Ji, Bo
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailNext-Generation Networks; Online Learning; Bayesian Optimization; Network Security; Security and Privacy in AV/VR Systems
Cheng, Rachel
Food Science and Technology
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailFood Safety; Infectious Disease; Applied Microbiology; Salmonella typhoid toxin
Vaissier Welborn, Valerie
Chemistry
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailmolecular dynamics, macromolecules, enzyme, polymer, water dynamics and interaction, ab-initio modeling, polarizable force field, electric field
Porter, Nathaniel
University Libraries & Sociology
Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailcomputational social science; data education; open science; reproducibility
Batra, Romesh
Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM)
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailBlast mitigating lightweight structures with novel architectures for infrastructure security
Seyyedhasani, Hasan
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Research Frontiers - Artificial IntelligenceEmailRobotic, automation, and control for agricultural applications
Tian, Zhenhua
Mechanical Engineering
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailTissue Engineering, Bioprinting, Gene Delivery, Ultrasonic Imaging
Warren, Junco
HNFE
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailMy laboratory focuses on understanding of the mechanisms that lead to energy dysfunction in heart failure. The heart undergoes metabolic remodeling under pathological stress, such as a high blood pressure or loss of heart muscle due to myocardial infarction. The conceptual mechanisms of this pivotal event remain largely unknown. We recently identified Perm1 as a new regulator of energy metabolism in the heart. Perm1 is downregulated in human and mouse failing hearts. Perm1-knockout mice exhibit reduced cardiac function and energy reserve. However, it remains unclear how Perm1 regulates contractile function and energetics in the heart. A postdoc fellow will be responsible for characterizing our newly synthesized cardiac-specific Perm1-knockout mice and determine how Perm1 regulates cardiac function and energy metabolism using multi-disciplinary techniques, including echocardiography, histology, expression study, chromatin immune-precipitation, and -omics analyses and bioinformatics. My laboratory operates the gas-chromatography/mass-spectrometry (GCMS) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) systems to perform untargeted and targeted metabolomic analysis of tissue and plasm samples. Metabolomic is a powerful technique to screen metabolites in biological samples and has contributed to discover metabolic pathways involved in cardiac diseases and identify biomarkers to predict various human diseases. Completion of this project may lead to the development of new therapeutic strategy to treat heart failure patients.
Lowell, Andrew
Chemistry
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailAntibiotics; Organic Chemistry; Biosynthesis; Natural Products
Hsu, Bryan
Biological Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailGut microbiome; bacteriophages; microbial ecology; synthetic biology
Mayhall, Nicholas
Chemistry
Research Frontiers - QuantumEmailquantum computing; quantum information; quantum chemistry
Ealy, Alan
School of Animal Sciences
Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailembryology, recurrent pregnancy loss, bovine reproduction
Lin, Feng
Chemistry
Research Frontiers - Security, InnovationEmailenergy storage, batteries, energy security, materials science, chemistry
Theus, Michelle
Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailWe interrogate Eph signaling biology using conditional gene targeted approaches in murine models of stroke, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic epilepsy. We use a variety of cellular, molecular and advanced imaging tools to further our investigations with an emphasis on neurovascular and neuroimmune health.
Yang, Yalong
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, InnovationEmaildata science; data visualization; human-computer interaction; virtual reality; augmented reality; AR/VR
McGuire, Kevin
Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation and Virginia Water Resources Research Center
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailhydrology; water resources; biogeochemistry
Chen, Juhong
Biological Systems Engineering
Research Frontiers - Health, InnovationEmail 
Bowman, Doug
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, InnovationEmailaugmented reality; virtual reality; user experience; human-computer interaction
Kehn-Hall, Kylene
Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - Health, InnovationEmailEncephalitic alphaviruses, Rift Valley fever virus, and SARS-CoV-2; Identifying critical host factors that are necessary for viral replication and/or pathogenesis; Evaluating small molecule inhibitors that target essential host-based events for their therapeutic potential
Saad, Walid
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - Security, Research Frontiers - Quantum, Cybersecurity, InnovationEmailmachine learning; wireless systems; cybersecurity; drones; smart cities; quantum networks; quantum learning; applied AI; connected autonomy; federated learning; distributed AI; edge computing
Sheng, Zhi
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailCancer biology with a focus on the development of new therapeutics and diagnostics
Stewart, Ryan
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, InnovationEmailhydrology; soil properties; agriculture; sensing; environmental science; greenhouse gases
Eastwood, Gillian
Entomology
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailVector-borne disease ecology; Arbovirology; One Health; Field & Lab-based investigations
Carey, Cayelan
Biological Sciences
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailEcological forecasting; Freshwater ecosystems; Drinking water; Greenhouse gas emissions; Biogeochemistry; Lake and reservoir modeling; Phytoplankton blooms; Environmental data science
Williams, Mark
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Research Frontiers - Health, InnovationEmailDescribe the plant growth promoting potential of novel species of bacteria in legume nodules: Develop high throughput methods for production of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi
Zhang, Bo
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailsoybean breeding, genome editing
Zeng, Yuan
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Research Frontiers - Health, InnovationEmailAgricultural IoT; Plant disease epidemiology; Plant & soil microbiome; Plant-pathogen interactions
Bhattacharya, Debswapna
Computer Science
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - HealthEmailMachine Learning; Computational Biology
Drape, Tiffany
Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education
CybersecurityEmailLooking for postdoctoral associate to work in the field of workforce development and education for cyberbiosecurity. Development of curriculum, experiential learning internships, and collaborations with technical cyber related professionals to design and implement training.
Samtani, Jayesh
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Research Frontiers - Health, Research Frontiers - SecurityEmailUnderstanding impacts of climate change on berry crop production, sustainable practices in berry crop production for improved impact on environment and human health
LeGrow, Jason
Mathematics
Research Frontiers - Quantum, CybersecurityEmailIsogeny-based cryptography
Morris, John
Chemistry
Research Frontiers - Security, InnovationEmail"national security" "chemical warfare agent" "catalysis" "soldier protection"
Scarpa, Angela
Psychology; VT Center for Autism Research
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - HealthEmailImproving access to evidence-based practices for underserved populations through research on innovative delivery models, such as our mobile autism clinic and technology-based tools; facilitating neurodiversity in the workplace through AI technology
Sewall, Kendra
Biological Sciences and School of Neuroscience
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailbehavioral endocrinology, urbanization, ecotoxicology, one health, neurodevelopment
Batarseh, Feras
Biological Systems Engineering/CCI Hub
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, Research Frontiers - Security, CybersecurityEmailAI for Water Systems; Cyberbiosecurity; AI for Agricultural Policy; Smart Farms
Chen, Jing
Biological Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailbiophysics, mathematical biology, systems biology, mathematical modeling, cellular mechanics, bacterial motility, gene expression control
Calder, Ryan
Population Health Sciences
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailEnvironmental policy; simulation; decision support; environmental health;
Aning, Alex
Materials Science and Engineering
InnovationEmailMitigation of the global shortage of sand for construction, green engineering solutions, carbonization of organic waste.
Olsen, Michelle
School of Neuroscience
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailmolecular mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegenerative disease
Akanmu, Abiola
Construction Engineering and Management
Research Frontiers - Artificial Intelligence, InnovationEmailPreparing the future construction workforce to interact with robots using artificial intelligence and data science.
Misyak, Sarah
Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise
Research Frontiers - HealthEmailhealth disparities, health behaviors, food access, food security

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