Participating Faculty

Participating Faculty

CSU REU Faculty

From left to right: Kiril Streletzky, Nolan Holland, Jessica Bickel, Miron Kaufman, Petru Fodor, Andrew Resnick, Chris Wirth, Geyou Ao, Not Pictured: Chandra Kothapalli. Not Pictured: Jorge Gatica, Shawn Ryan, and Xue-Ling Sun.

Dr. Geyou Ao joined CSU in fall 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 2012 from Auburn University. Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Ao was a NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate at NIST. Dr. Ao studies the structure-processing-property relationships in nanomaterials, with a special interest in structure selection, self-assembly, and application development of 1D tubular nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes and boron nitride nanotubes. 

Dr. Jessica Bickel (Co-PI) is an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at CSU. Following completion of her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, Dr. Bickel worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hamburg (Germany) and Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts). Dr. Bickel’s research interests are in nanoscale surfaces and interfaces. Specifically, she is interested in how the arrangement of atoms at a surface affects how new atoms incorporate into the surface. This is applicable in organic electronic devices as a method to crystallize the organic material and thus increase the conductivity within the material to make it more competitive with traditional silicon devices.

Dr. Jorge Gatica is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Cleveland State University. His current research focuses on reaction engineering, transport phenomena and chemical kinetics, computational fluid dynamics, tribology, and combustion and process control. He has systematically hosted undergraduate students in his Laboratory for more than 20 years. Dr. Gatica has hosted URM High-School students, ACS SEED Scholars, Gilmour Academy Catalyst Scholars, OSGC Scholars and Fellows, University Scholars, and Honors students. Since joining CSU, more than 40 students have graduated under Dr. Gatica’s supervision.

Dr. Nolan Holland has been a member of the Chemical & Biomedical Engineering faculty for 13 years.  He currently holds a rank of an Associate Professor. His formal education is in Polymer Science and Engineering and his research at CSU is in the area of protein-based materials, particularly for biomedical applications.

Dr. Petru S. Fodor joined CSU in 2006 and is currently and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics. His research is focused on applied physics with projects ranging from the use of self-assembly methods for the fabrication of metal – semiconductor heterostructures and magnetic arrays, to the design and characterization of microfluidic components. His interest in applied physics extends to his classes, where he has developed courses in optoelectronics, applied solid state physics, and energy and environmental physics. He has also been involved with various high school teacher education and curriculum review programs.

Dr. Miron Kaufman is a Professor in the Department of Physics at CSU. His research in statistical physics and fluid mechanics covers topics in: superconductivity, magnetism, liquids, polymers, hierarchical lattices and mixing in microchannel flows. Several of the undergraduate students who have worked with Dr. Kaufman on research projects have gone on to PhD programs such as the University of California at Berkeley and Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Chandra Kothapalli is an Associate Professor in the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering department at CSU. Undergraduate and graduate students in his lab investigate a wide range of topics including, cell and tissue biomechanics, stem cell applications in regenerative medicine, cancer cell biology, microfluidics and 3D bioprinting. His research is funded by grants from federal agencies (NSF, NIH, USDA) and CSU internal funds.

Dr. Andrew Resnick is an Associate Professor in the department of physics at CSU. He applies optical techniques to the study of soft matter systems, focusing on the primary cilium, a biological flow sensor.   Dr. Resnick uses optical traps and fluid flow to better understand how ciliated cells within your kidneys regulate salt and water balance, and how changes in flow through a ‘healthy’ tubule can promote the progression of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease.  He is now studying the detailed mechanical properties of the primary cilium and how the cilium base could mechanistically act as a gate to distinguish between mechanical stimulation of the cilium through flow-induced bending and chemical stimulation of membrane-inserted receptors.  Dr. Resnick’s long term goal is to bridge the gap between Biology and Physics to better understand how: 1) solute and water absorption along the nephron is regulated by fluid flow; 2) stimulation of the primary cilium connects with intact tissue response; and 3) these processes contribute to homeostatic kidney function and injury recovery.

Dr. Shawn Ryan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Cleveland State University. His current research focuses on the modeling, analysis, and simulations of problems in collective motion in biology, material science, and physics; with specific topics involving bacterial contamination in food processes with D. Munther (Math), Atmospheric Physics with T. Heus (Physics) and Synthetic Janus Particles with C. Wirth (Chem. and Bio. Engineering). He is the co-Director/founder of the Applied & Computational Mathematics Lab that builds interdisciplinary teams of researchers & students to solve challenging Physics/Biology/Material Science problems. He supervised 37 undergraduates (17 women) in applied math with 6 publications[111–116] and 6 manuscripts. 10 students went to graduate programs (e.g. Colorado State, John Hopkins, Penn State).

Dr. Kiril A Streletzky (PI) is an Associate Professor in the department of physics at CSU. His research focuses on studying fundamental properties and applications of multiscale, multistate, and multiphase complex fluid systems (such as bio-polymer mixtures, protein solutions, smart polymeric nanoparticles – microgels and protein-based micelles, surfactant micelles, liposomes, etc). The program focuses on experimentally probing with light structure, dynamics, composition, and critical behavior of these systems, and also on developing specific applications for these systems (such as targeted drug delivery, controlled encapsulation and release of biologically active molecules, development of bio-sensors and shear-thinning dispersions, extraction of biological proteins, etc).

Dr. Streletzky has received $684k to mentor undergraduates in 7 year-long theses, one McNair project (URM), 48 independent studies, and 56 summer research projects (~50% female). Student results were presented at national and international conferences and included in 10 publications (15 undergrad coauthors). Many undergraduates continued into research including PhD students: Blatnik (Caltech), Naquin (Duke), Dee (UT), Mohieddine (UCLA); postdoc: Freeman (Pitt); medical physicist: McKenna (Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Hospital); NASA GRC scientist: McDonough; US Census Bureau statistician Majercik; assistant professor: Benmerzouga (West Verginia School of Medicine).)

Dr. Xue-Long Sun is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Cleveland State University. His current research focuses on pharmaceutical chemistry, chemical biology, biopharmaceutical chemistry, cellular chemistry, glyco-engineering, antithrombtic and antiviral drugs, and immunomodulation. He has supervised 2 undergraduate honors theses, mentored 7 undergraduate summer research projects, and hosted 3 high school students during summers. The efforts were funded by USRA, NIH. The student research has resulted in presentations and in peer-reviewed publications, helped students to secure positions in chemical/biomedical companies and admission to graduate programs.



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