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

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. 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. 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 been at CSU for 12 years and has established a reputation for providing quality research experiences for two-four undergraduate students each summer. Over the past decade, he had supervised five year-long honors thesis projects, 28 semester-long independent studies, and 41 summer-long undergraduate research projects. Most of the projects resulted in professional presentations by students at a state, national, or international level. Five projects led to peer-reviewed publications with undergraduate coauthors.

Dr. Chris Wirth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at CSU. Following completion of his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Dr. Wirth was a research associate at PPG Industries, in conjunction with the Center for Complex Fluids Engineering at CMU. Dr. Wirth then joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at KU Leuven, Belgium, as a postdoctoral scholar in the Soft Matter, Rheology and Technology Laboratory (SMaRT). His lab’s research falls within the broad areas of Colloid and Interface Science, Nanomaterials, and Electrokinetics. Dr. Wirth is specifically interested in the measurement and control of the forces acting between nanoparticles, which govern the microstructure and, ultimately, macroscale performance of materials.


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