New Faculty Biographies 2017-18


Aftab Merchant

Medicine

Aftab Merchant joined the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford as Visiting Research Professor and the Course Director for Anatomy & Embryology. Dr. Merchant earned MBBS from Liaquat Medical College and is a Fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has practiced Internal Medicine and taught Anatomy for many years. In the classroom, he strives to teach anatomy with a clinical perspective. His scholarly interests include diabetic nephropathy and Helicobacter pylori associated disorders.


Ahmet Cetin

Engineering

Ahmet Cetin’s current research areas are computer aided digital pathology and microscopic image processing, computer vision and sensor signal processing based wildfire detection and environment monitoring, and sensors and sensor signal processing for ambient assisted living.


Aileen Eviota

Applied Health Sciences

Aileen Eviota works with populations across all medical settings including inpatient hospital, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient services. As a neurological specialist, she enjoys working with populations that have a neurologic involvement such as stroke and brain injury. She is also an active participant in the stroke support group here at UI Health. Aileen Eviota teaches acute care management and stroke management in the UIC Doctor of Physical Therapy program.


Aisha Griffith

Education

Aisha N. Griffith’s research focuses on the development and function of supportive relationships between adolescents and non-parental adults within contexts serving youth. She is particularly interested in the critical role of trust within youth-adult relationships. She is especially committed to connecting research and practice around positive youth development.


Alyssa Christensen

Pharmacy

Alyssa Christensen recently completed an Infectious Diseases PGY2 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital/Rosalind Franklin University. Her interests include antimicrobial stewardship, gram negative drug resistance, and clinical application of pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic properties.


Ameer Al Baroudi

Dentistry

Ameer Al Baroudi received his Master of Science in Dentistry at Nova Southeastern University. He has also completed the Post-Graduate Operative Dentistry program at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. His interest is in Esthetic Dentistry and Smile Design.


Amelia Brunskill

Library

Amelia Brunskill is a visiting assistant professor and information services librarian and the liaison librarian for the College of Applied Health Sciences at the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago. Her emerging research interests include how to optimize the use and effectiveness of asynchronous instruction tools, and the impact and use of data visualization tools to communicate information about library resources and services.


 Anastasios Sidiropoulos

Engineering

Anastasios Sidiropoulos works on the area of theoretical computer science. His research focuses on the design of algorithms for the analysis of geometric and graphical data.


Andrea McGinley

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Andrea McGinley teaches an Embryology course and leads the Cell Biology and Microbiology Lab courses in Biological Sciences. She is a developmental biologist interested in teaching best practices and creating engaging lab experiences for students.


Andrew Trotter

Medicine

Andrew Trotter is an infectious disease specialist and internal medicine physician with a clinical interest in HIV care, tuberculosis and general infectious disease especially in the setting of marginalized and underserved populations both in urban centers in the US and in resource limited setting abroad. He has previously been involved in public health projects in India, Namibia and most recently in Nepal where he lived, worked and taught in a medical school for three years. His research interests include medical education, HIV, tuberculosis, infection control especially in resource limited settings.


Angela Fietko

Pharmacy

Angela Fietko is a Clinical Instructor and Clinical Pharmacist with a strong interest in diabetes management and infectious diseases management, including high risk and IDOC patients. Being a preceptor for both pharmacy students and residents has given her the opportunity to show future pharmacists the impact that we can make on a patient’s life.


Annah Browning

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Annah Browning is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of English and the Honors College. She holds a Ph.D. from University of Illinois-Chicago’s Program for Writers and an M.F.A. in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, and she is poetry editor for Grimoire, a gothic-focused literary magazine. Her research interests include Romanticism, the Gothic, and lyric theory, and she has done work on the history of persona poetry, literary representations of “madness,” and Emily Dickinson.


Anthony Felder

Engineering

Anthony’s current focus is on engineering education and its restructuring to better meet the diverse needs of students and industries. Anthony is also active in ophthalmology research for the multimodal imaging of retinal oxygenation and novel medical device design.”


Antonio Guerrero

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Antonio Guerrero is a UIC alumni, having most recently worked as an instructor in DePaul University’s department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse. Mr. Guerrero’s areas of interest include multimodal writing, exploring writing strategies with non-native English speakers, and writing as a platform for social justice.”


Antonio Torres

Architecture, Design and the Arts

Antonio Torres is a Mexican-American artist, architect, and educator who explores expressions and sensations through various media and architecture. He co-founded The Bittertang Farm as a place to experiment with the physics, biology, behaviors, and emotions of our surroundings. Recently, he has built 3 inflatable pavilions, a pregnant sugar oozing piñata, a plush toy collection, a sagging birdcage, a room of wax, an edible environment, and a giant living amphitheater.


Apostolis Sambanis

School of Public Health

Apostolis Sambanis’ academic accomplishments includes being a GIS, Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance (SADA), and HAZUS expert, which, in combination with his strong quantitative background, creates the ideal profile for his current research involving risk visualization and decision support content for managing disasters or measuring resilience. His past research includes evaluation of a geospatial health risk SADA computer program funded by the USEPA, implementing the CDC BRACE climate change adaptation framework for the state of Illinois, and developing a Private Sector Integration Plan for the creation of logistical inventory software to be used during a disaster response event.


Ashley Hughes

Applied Health Sciences

Ashley Hughes leverages her background in human factors and simulation as she seeks to optimize team workflow, technology fit, training, and the influence of sociotechnical characteristics related to team functioning in healthcare. She intends to influence quality of care and understand factors contributing to patient safety in primary care, surgery, and related care settings.


Atef Said

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Atef Said’s research interests include sociological theory, political sociology, sociology of social movements and revolutions and sociology of the Middle East. Said published articles appearing in International Sociology, Social Research, Humanity and Contemporary Sociology as well as Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled “The Tahrir Effect: Protest, Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Contemporary Egypt.


Carla Tozer

Nursing

Carla Tozer’s clinical experience as a board certified adult and geriatric nurse practitioner has included acute care, primary care, sub-acute care and long-term care. Her doctoral project was on the impact of an inter-professional immersion experience on nursing and medical students. She has presented this project nationally and regionally.


Carmen Graves

Dentistry

Carmen Graves’ research is focused on occlusion and its role in peri-implant diseases. She has published a number of articles in this topic. Her goal is to help identify occlusal and biomechanical factors that might contribute to the initiation or progression of peri-implant diseases. “


Catherine Wheatley

Medicine

Catherine Wheatley, Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, provides expert obstetrical care for low and moderate risk pregnancies. She also provides skilled gynecologic care, including contraception, management of complex gynecological conditions, and benign gynecological surgery, including vaginal hysterectomy and in-office procedures. Dr. Wheatley is also passionate about medical student and OBGYN resident education and is a 2016 recipient of the National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education from the ACOG Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology.


Catherine Yonkaitis

Nursing

Cathy Yonkaitis is a nationally certified school nurse and director of the UIC College of Nursing School Nurse Certification Program. Her academic interests center around how to engage school nurses in evidence-based practice.


Christina Denard

Jane Addams College of Social Work

Christina Denard is passionate about improving service provision in child welfare agencies in hopes of providing children and families with the tools that they need to be successful. Before beginning her research career, she worked in the child welfare system, specifically stabilizing placements for children who were exiting foster care. These experiences led to her current research interests, which include the implementation of evidence-based practices within child welfare settings, child welfare policy and practice, and child welfare reform.


Claudia Fernandez

Liberal Arts And Sciences

Claudia R. Fernández (Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago) research interests are in the learning of Spanish as a second language in classroom contexts, language learning and technology, assessment and curriculum design.


Danko Adrovic

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Danko Adrovic is a mathematician who specializes in polyhedral methods in algebraic geometry, tropical algebraic geometry and computer algebra. The aim of his research is the generalization of polyhedral homotopies.


 David Dominguese

Medicine

David Dominguese is a Research Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Director of Anatomy at the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria with an extensive clinical and educational experience and interest in biomechanics, orthopedics, and sports medicine. His research interests are investigating risk factors associated with lower extremity injury and using technology to teach clinical anatomy.


Deana Lewis

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Deana G. Lewis’s research interests include Black girlhood studies, the school/prison nexus, and youth incarceration.  More specifically, Deana is interested in Black girls’ experiences within the school to prison pipeline and how their experiences have been left out of discourses about youth incarceration in general. She is the Assistant Director and Clinical Lecturer of Gender and Women’s Studies and a doctoral candidate in educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Douglas Sheldon

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Douglas Sheldon is Lecturer in the Department of English at UIC. His research interests include literary linguistics, modernism, and second language acquisition/curricular development.


Edmundo Cortez

Medicine

Edmundo Cortez has been a pediatric critical care physician for close to 20 years with major clinical interests in pediatric cardiology and pulmonary physiology. His academic interests are in medical student and resident education and simulation training. His administrative interests are in program development.


Elena Zheleva

Engineering

Elena Zheleva’s research spans different aspects of data science, including machine learning, causal inference, graph mining, network science, and privacy. She is especially interested in algorithms for graphs and networks.


Elizabeth Papautsky

Applied Health Sciences

Elizabeth Lerner Papautsky holds a PhD in human factors psychology from Wright State University and is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical & Health Information Sciences at University of Illinois at Chicago. She transitioned to academia to focus her research on applying human factors principles and approaches to improve patient safety and quality. She is particularly interested in the role of patient and caregiver in healthcare decision making.


Eric Wenzler

Pharmacy

Eric Wenzler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. He recently completed a 3-year Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago in June 2017. He graduated from Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy in 2012 and completed his Postgraduate Year 1 training in 2013 and Postgraduate Year 2 in Infectious Diseases in 2014 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Wenzler’s research interests include pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, antimicrobial stewardship, and clinical microbiology.


Erik Wissner

Medicine

Dr. Erik Wissner, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago serves as the Director of Electrophysiology in the Division of Cardiology. He has a particular interest in complex arrhythmia management and special expertise in catheter ablation of complex atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. His research interests relate to the clinical assessment of novel mapping and ablation technologies.


Frank González

Medicine

Frank González is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a board certified subspecialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is a nationally recognized expert on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), the most common hormonal imbalance in premenopausal women. Dr. González is a formally trained physician-scientist and his lab is an integral part of his translational research program. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is focused on studying how inflammation caused by nutrients promotes ovarian dysfunction, insulin resistance, pancreatic b-cell dysfunction and atherogenesis in PCOS.


Gabriela Baeza

Medicine

As a family physician, Gabriela Baeza is dedicated to delivering compassionate medical care to patients of all ages and backgrounds. She is passionate about adolescent health, women’s health and the importance of family planning and it’s impact on the safety and emotional health of individuals as they consider the role of parenting in their life. She also cares greatly about promoting lifestyle activities that increase the overall health of patients and their coping abilities in today’s stressful environments


Gonzalo Bello

Engineering

Gonzalo Bello’s primary areas of interest are data mining and algorithms. His current research focuses on multi-objective algorithms for community detection in complex networks and their application in social network analysis and climate informatics. As an instructor, he strongly believes in the importance of promoting active participation in the classroom and emphasizing the relevance of the material through real-world problem solving.


Gwyneth Milbrath

Nursing

Gwyneth Milbrath is a new Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Health Systems Sciences in the College of Nursing. Dr. Milbrath recently completed her dissertation from the University of Virginia in Nursing, which analyzed the role and experiences of the military nurses during the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Her research interests include nursing history, disaster nursing, and geographic health disparities.


Hossein Ataei

Engineering

Dr. Ataei is a registered Professional Engineer in Canada and in the United States. He has the industry experience in the fields of structural design of civil infrastructure systems; business administration of heavy civil projects and project controls of large-scale civil infrastructure. He is a Certified International Project Manager (CIPM) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Project Management (AAPM). He has a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering from University of Southern California and holds three Masters degrees in: MS in Civil Engineering; Master of Construction Management (MCM); and Master of Business Administration (MBA). His areas of research interest include Design of Structures and Civil Infrastructure for Dynamic Loads and Manmade Threats; Forensic Structural Engineering; Methodologies in Integrated Construction Project Management; Construction Project Controls and Strategic Planning and Administration of the Engineering Enterprise; Ethics and Professionalism in Engineering Education


 Howard Nuer

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Howard Nuer is working in a field of mathematics known as algebraic geometry. He studies and develops some of the purely mathematical techniques surrounding string theory or more specifically, mirror symmetry. His research is focused on finding and analyzing hidden symmetries on, and dualities between seemingly unrelated geometric spaces known as algebraic varieties. One of his particular interests is applying these modern, cutting-edge techniques to the study of classical problems in algebraic geometry, both to reprove known results in modern, novel ways as well as to solve long-standing, unresolved problems.


Jasjot Sahni

Denistry

Jasjot Sahni provides diagnosis and treatment related to TMD disorders, facial pain and headaches, neuralgias, bruxism, sleep disordered breathing, oral mucosal lesions and oral cancer detection using reversible and conservative measures.


Jason Salisbury

Education

Jason Salisbury’s research focuses on understanding how school leadership practices promote anti-oppressive learning spaces for youth of color and other marginalized students. Specifically, he focuses on how instructional leaders support teachers in using culturally relevant or culturally sustaining pedagogies, and how leaders center the voices of marginalized youth in the school improvement process through creating spaces for youth to engage in legitimized leadership activities.


Jenna Boznos

Pharmacy

Jenna Boznos is an alumna of UIC, having completed both undergraduate and PharmD degrees at UIC, she is excited to return and join this group of esteemed faculty. Her academic interests currently include precepting and mentoring pharmacy students and residents. She also plans on becoming more involved in clinical trial research occurring at the Eye and Ear Infirmary.


Jennifer Chaplin

Dentistry

Jennifer Chaplin’s areas of interest include: genetics and malocclusion, oral hygiene, and facial growth.


Jennifer Jackson

Library

Jennifer Jackson’s academic interests include exploring topics relevant to student engagement and student success, with a specific focus on under-represented populations. She also enjoys investigating ways to incorporate active learning techniques into library instruction sessions.


Jessie Chin

Applied Health Sciences

Jessie Chin has conducted both use-inspired basic and applied research in the areas of cognitive science, human factors and human-computer interaction with a focus on health care. Her research interests include information foraging, learning, comprehension, cognitive aging, health literacy and human-information interaction in various health information technologies.


Jaiqi Liang

Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Jaiqi Liang’s research interests encompass public management, administrative politics, public policy process, policy analysis, social equity, environmental and energy policy, and comparative public administration and policy. Her teaching expertise and experiences cover undergraduate- and graduate-level courses on topics of public sector management, organization theory, bureaucracy and democracy, and environmental policy.


Jinsong Chen

Applied Health Sciences

Jinsong Chen has been involved in statistical research in both methodology and medical collaboration, including semi-parametric models, longitudinal data, high-dimensional data, clinical trials, and epidemiological studies.


Julius Ross

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Julius Ross works in pure mathematics, specifically an area of geometry in which we study what it means for an object to have a “best shape” of some kind. For instance, one could consider the surface of a basketball to have a better shape than that of a golf ball as it is simpler to describe. His work involves techniques from both algebra and analysis, and he recently discovered a connection between this problem and a piece of fluid mechanics called the Hele-Shaw flow.


Karen Leick

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Karen Leick is the author of Gertrude Stein and the Making of an American Celebrity (Routledge, 2009), co-editor of Modernism on File: Modern Writers, Artists, and the FBI: 1920-1950 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), and has published articles about Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, and Little Magazines. She is working on a digital humanities project about literary anthologies and modernism.


Karyn Sandlos

Architecture, Design and the Arts

Karyn Sandlos is Associate Professor of Education and the Arts, and Program Coordinator for the undergraduate degree in Art Education. Her research interests include teacher education and film; psychoanalysis, adolescence and sexuality education; curriculum theory and the arts. Sandlos works in collaboration with the youth literacy and film organization Scenarios USA and The Museum of Dreams Project.


Katherine Caldwell

Applied Health Sciences

A theorist, methodologist, and empirical researcher, Katherine Caldwell received her Doctorate in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Having also received a Masters’ degree from the University of Chicago in interdisciplinary social sciences, she brings this expertise to approaching complex issues where various fields intersect and facilitating dialogue across disciplines.


Kelly Perez

Nursing

Kelly Perez has been the Advanced Practice Nurse on the inpatient pediatric unit at Advocate Children’s Hospital- Park Ridge since March 2016. In her position she has been enjoying the opportunity to continue to learn and gain exposure to a variety of pediatric diagnoses.


Koren Ganas

Medicine

Koren Ganas’ academic work and interests include teaching brain and behavior content to phase 1 medical students and the identification and promotion of factors that promote medical student, resident and physician well-being and resiliency.


Ksenija Glusac

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Ksenija Glusac studies conceptually new catalytic approaches for solar fuel-forming and energy storage reactions. Specifcally she investigates the mechanisms of metal-free catalysts that serve as models for graphene-based electrode materials using the following experimental tools: chemical synthesis, electrochemistry and time-resolved laser spectroscopy. The long-term goal of her research is to discover inexpensive and environmentally friendly materials for energy storage applications.


Laura Koppen

Pharmacy

Laura Koppen is a practicing clinical pharmacist in the UIC Drug Information Group. Her areas of interest include drug information and the scholarship of teaching and learning in pharmacy.


Laura Shandonay

Pharmacy

Laura Shandonay’s academic areas of interest are in hematology and oncology. She has a strong interest in patient safety and outcomes.


Leah Finkel

Medicine

Leah Finkel’s academic focus is in medical education of pediatric emergency medicine. She is also interested in the use of ultrasound in pediatric emergency medicine and family centered care in pediatric emergency medicine.


Leonard Arguelles

Applied Health Sciences

Leonard D. Arguelles is as Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor in UIC’s PT department. Leo graduated from the same department in 2008 and began working as an acute care physical therapist at Swedish Covenant Hospital, specializing in critical care and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. He is a board certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist through the APTA, and enjoys marathon running, Brazilian Jiujistu, and MMA.


Liang Hong

Medicine

Liang Hong is currently a research assistant professor at the Division of Cardiology at UIC. He is an ion channel scientist and is interested in ion channel pharmacology, biophysics, and channel related diseases.


Lindsey Strieter

Applied Health Sciences

Lindsey Strieter is a Visiting Clinical Instructor in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her scholarship focuses on The UIC Health and Wellness Academy and effective medical education practices where she teaches a course offered through the Department of Physical Therapy that brings kinesiology, nutrition, and physical therapy students together in a collaborative, experiential, community outreach setting. She also teaches an elective course on Teaching Approaches and Strategies for Physical Therapists, where the class explores modern pedagogy that focuses on the engagement of the learner and mastery of the content.


Luke Hansen

Medicine

Luke Hansen is interested in clinical and financial models of care that increase value through better patient and provider experience, better quality of healthcare, and appropriate cost and utilization. His work supports these goals as a clinical and operational leader at AMITA Health, where he is the Chief Medical Officer for Population Health.


Matthew Gimbar

Pharmacy

Matthew Gimbar is an Assistant Director in the Hospital Pharmacy department with a focus on the OR, procedural areas, and Investigational Drug Service. His focus is on pharmacy operations and he also enjoys teaching and mentoring the pharmacists of the future.


Matthew Lucas

Nursing

Matthew S. Lucas is an academic bioethicist and pediatric nurse focusing on health inequities and currently conducting research on implicit racial bias in the clinical encounter. His research investigates conflicts within and between the two sets of interactions of (a) autonomy and agency and (b) autonomy/agency and (social) justice. Dr. Lucas has collaborated with others across the health, biomedical, and social sciences, as well as the humanities, and looks forward to establishing new collaborations here at UIC.


Matthew Sagun

Denistry

After graduating from UIC College of Dentistry, Matthew Sagun completed a general practice residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Then, after a few years of practicing general dentistry in the north suburbs, he attended the UIC orthodontic residency, where he studied growth prediction for his thesis, which was later published in an international orthodontic journal. He is currently practicing in the north suburbs and enjoys teaching the orthodontic residents on Fridays.


Mika Obana Changet

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mika Obana Changet has been teaching Japanese to non-native learners for more than twenty years. She has taught in Japan, Taiwan and the U.S. Her interests include second language acquisition, language pedagogy, and heritage language education.


Myron Elliott

Architecture, Design, and the Arts

Myron Elliott is a freelance costume designer, technician, and educator. For the past 10 years he has been working as a designer and technician in Chicago, most recently serving as the Costume Shop Manager for The Theatre School at DePaul University; other work includes collaborations with Steppenwolf Theatre and A Red Orchid Theatre.


Nermeen Mouftah

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Nermeen Mouftah’s research explores how Muslim practices of philanthropy and development have shifted over time and in interaction with political power. She draws on anthropological and historical research methods to show how Islamic reformers’ social interventions translate among activists and everyday people as they debate how to perform “the good.” Currently she is at work on her first book-length manuscript, Read in the Name of Your Lord: Islamic Literacy Activism Between Reform and Revolution, which examines the role of literacy as a way to reform Islam and “continue the revolution” in Egypt. She is also conducting research for Guardians of the Faith: Orphans and the Remaking of the Muslim American Family, which asks how Islam shapes the legal, biological, and affective negotiations of Muslim Americans involved in the care and abandonment of vulnerable children both domestically and internationally. Together these projects seek to understand transformations in religious education, constructions of community and kinship, and the politics of giving.


Nicholas Tilipman

School of Public Health

Nicholas Tilipman is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration at the School of Public Health. He received his PhD in Economics from Cornell University. His research focuses on the intersection of health policy, health economics, and industrial organization. He is particularly interested in the effects of competition and regulation on the behavior of employers, insurers, and providers.


Pamela Gampetro

Nursing

Pamela Gampetro is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner who specialized her practice within the pediatric care milieu. She published studies in two peer-reviewed journals that focused on evaluating and improving the quality of patient care. She is currently a PhD candidate at Loyola University in Chicago where she is completing her research on the safety culture of US pediatric hospitals and specialty units. This research is funded by the Versant Center for the Advancement of Nursing (VCAN) at East Carolina University’s College of Nursing.


Patrick Baude

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Patrick Baude’s main areas of interest are labor economics and the economics of education. He completed his PhD here at UIC, and worked at the University of Toronto before returning to help start the new MA in Applied Economics.


Patrick Thornton

Nursing

Patrick Thornton has been a practicing nurse midwife for almost 30 years. His dissertation compared cesarean and other outcomes among women in hospital and birth centers.He is interested in working with existing data to evaluate models and quality of perinatal care.


Philip Hayek

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Philip Hayek studies US Army Doctrine Publications as both objects of discourse and rhetorical artifacts in an effort to better understand one of the oldest American institutions. His research is interested in analyzing how the motives inherent in US military doctrine translate and register in and among foreign military doctrines.


Quetzal Class

Medicine

Quetzal A. Class explores the causes and consequences of preconception, prenatal, and family-planning risk factors on offspring and maternal physical and psychological well-being. Her research focuses on preconception stress, adverse birth outcomes, interpregnancy interval, maternal infection during pregnancy, and cannabis use during pregnancy. Primarily in large, longitudinal datasets, Dr. Class uses several advanced statistical and epidemiological methods, such as quasi-experimental approaches, family-based designs (e.g., the comparison of differentially exposed siblings or cousins), and structural equation modeling to pull-apart co-occurring risk mechanisms and test competing hypotheses.


Renea Solis

Applied Health Sciences

Renea Solis is a culinary instructor within the University’s nutrition department. She teaches a class that emphasizes the science of cooking and helps students to grasp food preparation techniques used by professional cooks. She also teaches a class that examines ingredients from all over the globe as they are available in our city and demonstrates a variety of cooking techniques that are appropriate to the culture and region of focus each week. Renea manages the UIC Nutrition Teaching garden which is an outdoor classroom space that helps students understand where their food comes from, how it is grown and cared for, and provides the students with a hands-on growing and harvesting experience. The produce that is grown in the garden is then used in her cooking classes, and food and garden waste is composted and returned to our soil to enhance the soil’s nutrient content for next year’s crops. This outdoor classroom provides a model for more sustainable food production and provides insight in regards to the work of farmers and food producers.


Robert Gould

Applied Health Sciences

Robert Gould is based in the Department of Disability and Human Development and is the Director of Research for the Great Lakes ADA Center. He also is a co-investigator of the ADA National Network Knowledge Translation Center. His broader scholarship and interests include both domestic and international social policy and evaluation, employment and vocational rehabilitation, knowledge translation, and issues of rights and social justice as they pertain to people with disabilities. He received his PhD in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago where his dissertation explored the influence of the Americans with Disabilities Act on changing attitudes towards people with disabilities. He is currently the Associate Editor of the forthcoming volume Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Policies, Concepts, and Controversies published by ABC-CLIO. He teaches courses related to the ADA, disability and work, law and policy, and world cultures.


Robert Sargis

Medicine

Robert Sargis focuses on understanding the role environmental contaminants play in the development of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity.  A central area of interest is how endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) impair insulin secretion and/or insulin action to promote metabolic dysregulation.  Because exposures to many pollutants are higher in African-American, Latino, and low-income neighborhoods, a goal of his lab is to determine how addressing environmental injustice may reduce metabolic health disparities in these communities.


Robin Hofstetter

Library

Robin Hofstetter is a Metadata and Electronic Resources Librarian at the Richard J Daley library. Her work involves providing access to library material of all types through description using metadata schemas and structured data, as well as acquiring and managing collections of electronic resources.


Ron Chacko

Medicine

Ron Chacko is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine. His academic interests include the impacts of primary care interventions on health disparities as well as HIV prevention and the impact of care in community settings. He also focuses on team based approaches to complex care.


Sarah Reed

Jane Addams College of Social Work

Sarah Reed’s past research has focused on adolescent health and health behaviors associated with parental military deployment and reintegration. Her current research interests include psychosocial concerns and their effects on health service use among cancer survivors.


Sarai Coba-Rodriguez

Education

Sarai Coba-Rodriguez uses a family-resilience framework to explore how ethnic-racial families promote children’s successful transition to kindergarten. To enhance child competencies upon kindergarten entry, she considers how to enrich the home-school partnership. Dr. Coba-Rodriguez’s qualitative research offers a first-person perspective that values participant voices, recognizes cultural variation, and documents heterogeneity.


Shao-Chiu Juan

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Shao-Chiu (Joe) Juan focuses his research on youth violence, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. He received his MD from Taiwan, MPH from Harvard School of Public Health, and MA from the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany. He will be teaching statistics and the criminal justice system at UIC in the department of Criminology, Law, & Justice.


Sharif Mohammad

Dentistry

After earning his DDS from Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland, Sharif Mohammad went on to complete his GPR training in Youngstown, Ohio (The Forum Western Reserve). Later, he completed a two-year Geriatric Dentistry fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Mohammad then received his Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) and certificate in Prosthodontics from University of Louisville.


Shayna Oshita

Applied Health Sciences

Shayna Oshita, is a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Oshita has developed an outpatient education and training program for students pursuing degrees in Nutrition and teaches in their core coursework. She also provides nutrition and diabetes self-management education to patients and caregivers within UI Health. Dr. Oshita is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator.


Sirimon Reutrakul

Medicine

Sirimon Reutrakul’s research interest is in the field of sleep and circadian disruption and their impact on glucose metabolism.


Som Ale

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Som Ale is a field ecologist interested in basic principles of evolutionary ecology. His research revolves around large mammals of the Himalayas focusing on the snow leopard and its prey.


Stephanie Flowers

Pharmacy

Stephanie Flowers’ current research investigates the contribution of gut microorganisms to medication associated metabolic disease in the mental health community.


Stephen Kleinschmit

Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Stephen Kleinschmit joins the UIC Department of Public Administration as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Kleinschmit was an assistant professor at Western Michigan University. He is known in his field as the founder and president of the Midwest Public Affairs Conference, and for his service to the American Society for Public Administration. His research focuses on administrative processes, government ethics and technology.


Steven Savoy

Business Administration

Steven Savoy obtained his PhD in Accounting at the University of Iowa. His research interests include corporate taxation and financial reporting. Prior to entering academia, Steven worked in the Federal Tax Practice of the PwC Houston office.


Sunyoung Kim

Education

Sunyoung (Sunny) Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Special Education department. She received her Ph.D in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include social skills interventions for young children with autism and cultural responsiveness of evidence-based interventions for children with disabilities and their families, including those from diverse racial/ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.


Susan Hong

Medicine

Susan Hong was recently recruited from the University of Chicago where she served as director of breast cancer survivorship. At UIC she serves as Director of Cancer Survivorship within the Cancer Center. In her role, she will oversee the research, clinical, and academic missions of adult cancer survivorship activities. Her clinical and research interests include understanding how competing causes of mortality among minority and underserved cancer survivors impact cancer and non-cancer outcomes, the long-term negative impacts of cancer and cancer treatments, and how medical silos impede the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered care.


Tareisha Dunlap

Pharmacy

Tareisha Dunlap works in the UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements. Her research uses phytochemical, biological, and analytical techniques to evaluate the safety and efficacy of botanical dietary supplements that are used to alleviate women’s health issues. Additionally, she investigates modulation of estrogen chemical carcinogenesis and other chemopreventive mechanisms of these popular botanical dietary supplements.


Theja Tulabandhula

Business Administration

Theja Thulabandhula is broadly interested in artificial intelligence, operations research and their applications to multiple scientific and business domains. Some of his research topics include online and reinforcement learning, supervised learning, and their applications to transportation and retail settings.


Theresa Rushing

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Fannie Theresa Rushing has traveled, lived, studied throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. She studied with the late Dr. Otto Pikaza , who introduced her to the study of the African prescence in Latin America. Since that time, she has consistently continued to further her research of this area of Latin American studies, including doing post graduate study at the University of Havana in Cuba. For the last twenty-five years, she has taught classes on the African Diaspora in Latin America, organized panels, participated in symposiums and written about this subject.

Dr. Rushing’s current research interests are in research interests are the study of racism, race, nationalism and identity. She has a book, Breaking the Chains, Making the Nation: The AfroCuban Struggle for Equality, 1810-1910, under consideration by Louisiana State University Press on the anniversaries of the Aponte Rebellion in Cuba and the massacre of the Partido Indepediente de Color in Cuba. She is also working on a textbook on the African Diaspora in Latin America.


Tiana Kieso

Applied Health Sciences

Tiana Kieso is a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Applied Health Sciences at UIC. Currently, she teaches the “ Introduction to Integrated Health Sciences” Course sharing her knowledge and practice in medicine, public health and her experience in working with diverse populations and settings globally and nationally. She is familiarizing students with the holistic approach and helping them envision realistic, practical and comprehensive integrated healthcare strategies, concepts and quality.


Tina Griffin

Library

Tina Griffin is a faculty member in the University Library and liaison to the entire College of Pharmacy and the basic science departments of the College of Medicine. Leveraging her background in basic science, she is developing curriculum and workshops on data management; chemical and drug resources; and subject specific databases and resources. Her research interests include data management implementation and the intersection between library resources and biological and health informatics.


Ting Dai

Education

Ting Dai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at UIC. Her research, at the intersection of educational psychology, measurement and methodology, and the learning sciences, focuses on changes in motivation and achievement in science and math, cognitive processes in math and science learning, and educational measurement and quantitative methodology. She teaches courses on statistical modeling, educational assessment and measurement.


Toni Rouka

Dentistry

Toni M. Roucka is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at UIC College of Dentistry. She is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and has an MA in Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She obtained her DDS from the University Of Illinois at Chicago College Of Dentistry.


Tor-Erik Bakke

Business Administration

Tor-Erik Bakke received his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009). He has a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2001) and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Oslo (2003). His research articles have been published in the Review for Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Finance. His research interests include empirical corporate finance, corporate investment and financial econometrics.


Vijay Kamble

Business Administration

We are currently witnessing a tremendous rise of on-demand services in the form of platforms like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, etc. The two-sided nature of these platforms, coupled with the inherent uncertainty in demand, availability, quality, etc., bring in unique challenges in attaining operational efficiency in these businesses. Vijay Kamble’s work focuses on algorithmic research at the intersection of matching, learning, and reputation that tackles these challenges.


William Parkinson

Liberal Arts and Sciences

William Parkinson is a specialist in European and Eastern Mediterranean Prehistory. His anthropological research explores the social dynamics of early village societies and the emergence of early states.


Yichao Wu

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Yichao Wu is working in the area of high dimensional statistical learning. His research has been primarily focused on machine learning, variable selection, dimension reduction and longitudinal/functional data analysis. He likes to establish collaboration in any related application area.


Yingda Lu

Business administration

Dr Lu’s research interests focus on understanding the mechanism of individual behavior on social media platforms using large-scale data sets. He is also interested in policy implications which help improve the design of these platforms.


Zach McDowell

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Zach McDowell’s academic work and interests focus on questions of access and agency as they change due to the influence of digital media. His work intersects with a variety of technological issues, from gaming, to surveillance, to social media, information policy, data-representations, education, and emerging media trends, always with a focus on the transformative nature of digital media.