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Introducing new members of the faculty for 2016-17

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

new faculty Agriculture and Life Sciences

Jawad M. Addoum, assistant professor of finance, Robert R. Dyson Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Academic focus: portfolio choice, empirical asset pricing, behavioral finance, household finance
Previous positions: assistant professor of finance, University of Miami, School of Business Administration, 2012-16
Academic background: B.S., mathematics, University of Waterloo, Canada, 2007; B.B.A., finance, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, 2007; Ph.D., finance, Duke University, 2012
Last books read: “Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics” by Richard H. Thaler and “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth
In his own time: spending time with my wife and two daughters, playing basketball, weightlifting

Sam Alcaine, assistant professor, food science
Academic focus: dairy fermentations
Previous positions: principal food safety microbiologist, Unilever, 2009-12; process and product innovation manager, Miller Brewing Co., 2005-09
Academic background: B.S., cell, molecular biology and genetics, University of Maryland, College Park, 2001; M.S., food science, Cornell University, 2005; Ph.D., food science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2015
Last book read: “The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell
In his own time: keeping up with my two kids, reading and brewing when I can

Sumanta Basu, assistant professor and Shayegani Bruno Family Faculty Fellow, biological statistics and computational biology
Academic focus: learning dynamics of complex systems from high-dimensional data; applications in genomics and financial economics
Previous positions: postdoctoral scholar, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2014-16
Academic background: B.Stat, 2006, and M.Stat., 2008, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata; Ph.D. statistics, University of Michigan, 2014
Last book read: “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman
In his own time: reading, cycling and traveling

Tobias Döerr, assistant professor, microbiology
Academic focus: bacterial growth mechanisms
Academic background: M.Sc., biology, University of Hannover, 2006; Ph.D., biology, Northeastern University, 2011
Previous positions: postdoctoral research fellow, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 2011-16
Last book read: “Bach: Music in the Castles of Heaven” by J.E. Gardiner
In his own time: playing the guitar, spider taxonomy, comparative linguistics and learning new languages

Brooke Erin Duffy, assistant professor, communication
Academic focus: digital media and society, creative labor/cultural production, gender and feminist media studies
Previous positions: assistant professor, School of Media and Communication, Temple University, 2011-16
Academic background: B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2002; M.A., 2008, and Ph.D., 2011, University of Pennsylvania
Last book read: “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” by Whitney Phillips
In her own time: running, hiking, detective stories, home renovation, and exploring the trails, wineries and farms of the Finger Lakes with my husband

Chris Forman, Peter and Stephanie Nolan Professor of Strategy, Innovation and Technology, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Academic focus: innovation related to either the use of information technology (IT) in business or to the creation of new IT products and services; particular interest in the interrelationship between IT investment and the organization of firms and the platform strategies of independent software vendors
Previous positions: professor (2013-16), associate professor (2009-13) and assistant professor (2007-09), Georgia Institute of Technology; assistant professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002-07
Academic background: B.A., economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1994; Ph.D., managerial economics and strategy, Northwestern University, 2002
Last book read: “Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry” by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff
In his own time: spending time with family, enjoying a good cup of tea and working out

Julie Goddard, associate professor, food science
Academic focus: biomaterials and biointerfaces in food and agriculture
Previous positions: associate professor (2015-16), assistant professor (2009-15),  University of Massachusetts, Amherst; research engineer, Kraft Foods, 1999-2003
Academic background: B.S. chemical engineering, 1999, Ph.D., food science, 2008, Postdoc Mechanical engineering, 2007-09, Cornell University
Last book read: “Daniel Goes to the Potty” by Maggie Testa
In her own time: exploring local agritainment, hiking and creek stomping with the family

Fenghua Hu, assistant professor, molecular biology and genetics
Academic focus: molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, lysosome biology
Previous positions: research scientist, Cornell University, 2008-16; postdoctoral associate, Yale University, 2002-08
Academic background: B.S., Peking University, China, 1997; Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 2002
Last book read: “At the Helm” by Kathy Barker
In her own time: hiking and reading

Awais Khan, associate professor, School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
Academic focus: disease resistance mechanisms in rosaceous fruit
Previous positions: senior scientist, International Potato Center, Lima, Peru, 2012-16; postdoctoral researcher, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2010-12; postdoctoral researcher, University of York, England, 2008-10
Academic background: B.Sc., plant breeding and genetics, University College of Agriculture Rawalakot-Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, 2001; M.Sc., tropical and international agriculture, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany, 2003; Ph.D., molecular plant breeding and quantitative genetics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland, 2007
Last book read: “The Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan
In his own time: travel, spending time with family, being in nature

Sam Nugen, associate professor, food science
Academic focus: rapid detection of food and waterborne pathogens to improve food safety and animal health
Previous positions: assistant/associate professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2009-16; postdoctoral associate, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University; research engineer at Kraft Foods, 1999-2003
Academic background: B.S., animal science, University of Vermont, 1997; M.S., food engineering, 1999; Ph.D., food science, 2008, Cornell University
Last book read: “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site” by Sherri Duskey Rinker
In his own time: family stuff

Greg Peck, assistant professor, School of Integrative Plant Science, Horticulture Section
Academic focus: sustainable fruit production
Previous positions: interim director, Cornell Nutrient Analysis Lab, 2010-11; assistant professor of horticulture, Virginia Tech, 2011-15
Academic background: B.A., comparative religion, University of Vermont, 1994; M.S., horticulture, Washington State University, 2004; Ph.D., horticulture, Cornell University, 2009
Last book read: “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman
In his own time: Family is a big part of what I do outside of work. Despite our busy schedules, we have dinner together almost every night. I also like to downhill ski (I’m hoping it’ll get cold soon) and I run, bike and swim for exercise and stress reduction

Marcos Simões-Costa, assistant professor, molecular biology and genetics
Academic focus: cell differentiation, control of gene expression, gene regulatory networks
Previous positions: postdoctoral scholar, California Institute of Technology, 2009-16;
Academic background: B.A., biology, Federal University of Santa Catarina, 2004; Ph.D., cell biology, University of Sao Paulo, 2009
Last book read: “Consider the Lobster” by David Foster Wallace
In his own time: swimming, running in circles

Scott Steinschneider, assistant professor, biological and environmental engineering
Academic focus: the intersection of water resources engineering and climate across time scales
Previous positions: postdoctoral research fellow, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Climate and Global Change Program, 2014-16
Academic background: B.A., mathematics, Tufts University, 2009; M.S. and Ph.D., civil engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2014
Last book read: “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse
In his own time: running, gardening, never-ending house projects

Ying Sun, assistant professor, School of Integrative Plant Science, Soil and Crop Sciences Section
Academic focus: remote sensing of terrestrial biosphere, land-surface modeling, crop yield prediction, drought impact, plant ecophysiology
Previous positions: distinguished joint postdoctoral fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Jackson School of Geosciences, 2016; postdoctoral fellow, University of Texas at Austin, 2013-15
Academic background: B.S., geographic information systems and remote sensing, Beijing Normal University, China, 2008; Ph.D., climate science, University of Texas at Austin, 2013
Last book read: “Zero to One” by Peter Thiel
In her own time: reading, cooking and calligraphy

Nina Therkildsen, assistant professor, natural resources
Academic focus: population genomics of marine organisms
Previous positions: postdoc, Stanford University, 2012-16
Academic background: B.A., College of the Atlantic, 2005; M.Sc., University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009; Ph.D. Technical University of Denmark, 2012
Last book read: “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation” by Michael Pollan
In her own time: cooking, yoga, enjoying the outdoors

Maren Vitousek, assistant professor, ecology and evolutionary biology
Academic focus: evolutionary physiology, behavioral ecology
Previous positions: senior research associate, Cornell Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, 2013-15; postdoctoral researcher and Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado, 2008-12; International Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute, 2008-09
Academic background: B.A., Amherst College, 2002; M.A., 2004, and Ph.D., 2008, Princeton University
Last book read: “Your Inner Fish: A journey into the 3.5-billion-year history of the human body” by Neil Shubin
In her own time: traveling, being outdoors, playing with my two daughters

Sarah Wolfolds, assistant professor, Andrew Paul Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Academic focus: nonprofit strategy, with a focus on industries where for-profits and nonprofits overlap and compete, including microfinance in developing countries; employee incentives within nonprofit and mission-based organizations
Previous positions: research assistant, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, 2009-10
Academic background: B.A., economics and mathematics, Swarthmore College, 2009; D.B.A., strategy, Harvard Business School, 2016
Last book read: “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae
In her own time: playing tennis, walking my dog and reading to my 1-year-old son, Parker

Andrea Stevenson Won, assistant professor, communication
Academic focus: embodiment in virtual and augmented/mixed reality
Previous positions: doctoral candidate at Stanford University
Academic background: BFA, sculpture, University of Kansas, 1996; M.S., biomedical visualization, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005; Ph.D., communication, Stanford University, 2016
Last book read: “The Dark Forest” by Cixin Liu
In her own time: being outside with my family and dog, or ignoring them by reading science fiction

John Zinda, assistant professor, development sociology
Academic focus: environmental and development policy implementation, community affairs, rural livelihoods, land use, and environmental change, with a focus on China
Previous positions: postdoctoral research associate, Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University, 2013-16
Academic background: B.A., sociology, Vanderbilt University, 2003; certificate, Chinese studies, Johns Hopkins University – Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, 2005; M.S., natural resources (resource policy and behavior), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007; Ph.D., sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
Last books read: “A Short History of Tompkins County” by Jane M. Dieckmann and “How to Shit in the Woods” by Kathleen Meyer
In his own time: strumming guitars, cooking Chinese and other cuisines, coaxing vegetables out of East Hill clays, humoring my daughter’s whims


College of Architecture, Art and Planning

Luben Dimcheff, Richard Meier Assistant Professor of Architecture, Department of Architecture
Academic focus: architectural design, drawing and visualization
Previous positions: founder, Dimcheff Smith Studio, 2012; adjunct assistant professor, Parsons School of Design, 2009-16; senior associate, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, 1999-2009
Academic background: A.A., Art Institute of Seattle, 1994; B.Arch., Cornell University, 1999
Last book read: “The Language of Architecture” by Simitch/Warke
In his own time: practice of architecture, drawing of future paintings, travel

Sasa Zivkovic, assistant professor, Department of Architecture
Academic focus: automated building construction, archaic form and post-digital practice in the Anthropocene age
Previous positions: visiting assistant professor (2015-16) and visiting critic (2014-15), Cornell University; co-principal of HANNAH Architecture & Design, 2012-current
Academic background: M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012; Vordiplom, Stuttgart University, Germany, 2008
Last book read: “The Martian” by Andy Wair
In his own time: hiking, cooking, playing with cats


College of Arts and Sciences

new faculty Arts and Sciences

Carol Edelman Warrior, assistant professor, English
Academic focus: Native American, First Nations and Alaska Native literatures; indigenous critical theory; indigenous philosophies; indigenous futurisms, ecocriticism, activism, film, music, material culture and sovereignty
Previous position: instructor, Departments of English and American Indian Studies, University of Washington, 2009-15
Academic background: B.A., English and American Indian studies, 2008; M.A., English language and literature, 2010; Ph.D., English language and literature, 2015, University of Washington
Last book read: Godless But Loyal to Heaven,” by Richard Van Camp
In her own time: making things (clothing, quilts, jewelry, paintings ceremonial items and the like); being outdoors with my family and hiking with our goofy dog

Filiz Garip, professor of sociology
Academic focus: migration, social networks, economic sociology and inequality
Previous positions: professor (2016), associate professor (2011-15), assistant professor (2007-11), Department of Sociology, Harvard University
Academic background: B.Sc., industrial engineering, Bosphorus University, Turkey, 2000; M.Sc., operations research and financial engineering, 2002, and Ph.D., sociology, Princeton University, 2007
Last book read: “The Lost Daughter” by Elena Ferrante
In her own time: reading, snowboarding, cooking

Natasha Grace Holmes, assistant professor, physics
Academic focus: physics education research
Current research project: evaluating student learning in lab courses, designing methods to assess such learning, and developing curricula and pedagogy for lab courses, especially to develop critical thinking and experimentation skills
Previous positions: post-doctoral researcher, Department of Physics, Stanford University, 2015-16
Academic background: B.Sc., physics, University of Guelph, Canada, 2009; M.Sc., physics, 2011, and Ph.D., physics, 2015, University of British Columbia, Canada
Last book read: “Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins” by Amanda Vaill
In her own time: attending concerts and shows, hiking, singing in choir, dancing ballet

Jean-François Houde, associate professor of economics
Academic focus: microeconomics and econometrics applied to the study of markets and firms
Previous positions: assistant professor, Business Economics and Public Policy, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2012-16; assistant professor, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006-12
Academic background: B.Sc., managerial economics, University of Quebec, Trois-Rivières, Canada, 1998; M.Sc., applied economics, HEC Montreal (École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal), Canada, 2000; Ph.D., economics, Queen’s University, Canada, 2006
Last book read: “Dear Committee Members: A novel,” by Julie Schumacher
In his own time: cooking, listening to music, watching movies, hiding out in coffee shops

Amy R. Krosch, assistant professor, psychology
Academic focus: social and economic factors that amplify discrimination, and the basic psychological processes through which our goals and motivations influence behavior toward members of our own and other groups
Previous positions: postdoctoral fellow, Psychology Department, Harvard University, 2015-16; assistant director (2007-09) and research associate, (2006-07), Center for the Decision Sciences, Columbia University
Academic background: B.S., psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005; M.A., social psychology, 2012, and Ph.D., social psychology, 2015, New York University
Last books read: “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates and “The Argonauts” by Maggie Nelson
In her own time: tinkering with bicycles and an old moped; fixing up my 1930s Craftsman bungalow; exploring gorges with my wife and bulldog

Caroline Levine, the David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of the Humanities, English
Academic focus: 19th-century literature, the relations between art and politics, literary and cultural theory, world literature
Previous positions: professor and chair (2013-16), professor (2007-13), associate professor (2004-07), assistant professor (2002-04), English Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison; assistant professor, English Department, Rutgers University, Camden, 1998-2002; visiting assistant professor, English Department, Wake Forest University, 1997-98
Academic background: A.B., comparative literature, Princeton University, 1992; Ph.D., English, University of London: Birkbeck College, 1996
Last book read: What is a World?” by Peng Cheah
In her own time: reading Cornell English professor Helena Viramontes’ “Their Dogs Came With Them,” which is brilliant

Song Lin, assistant professor, chemistry and chemical biology
Academic focus: organic chemistry, catalysis, organic materials
Previous positions: postdoctoral fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2013-16
Academic background: B.S., chemistry, Peking University, 2008; M.A., chemistry, 2010, and Ph.D., chemistry, 2013, Harvard University
Last book read: “Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty” by Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
In his own time: biking, swimming, walking the dog

Rebekah Maggor, assistant professor, performing and media arts
Academic focus: acting, directing, dramatic translation, voice, speech and dialects, contemporary drama from the Middle East, changing styles of Shakespearean acting, particularly women performers on the American stage
Previous positions: affiliated scholar, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, 2015-16; Faculty Scholar, Fulbright Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program, 2013-14
Academic background: B.A., drama and theater arts, Columbia University, 2001; M.F.A., acting, Moscow Art Theater School, 2004; Certificate in Advanced Theatre Studies, American Repertory Theater, Harvard University, 2004; Certificate in Voice and Speech Pedagogy, Fitzmaurice Institute, 2004
Last book read: “The Crab Cannery Ship and Other Novels of Struggle”by Kobayashi Takiji (translated by Zeljko Cipris)
In her own time: watching Charlie Chaplin films with my son, attending flamenco classes with my daughter, cooking, power-watching well-written television dramas

Vida Maralani, associate professor, sociology
Academic focus: social inequality, demography, gender, education, health
Previous positions: assistant professor, associate professor, sociology, Yale University, 2008-16
Academic background: B.A., history, University of California, Berkeley, 1991; M.A., history, San Francisco State University, 1994; Ph.D., sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
Last book read: “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace” by Jeff Hobbs
In her own time: having fun with my family, hiking, bird watching

Shawn McDaniel, assistant professor, Romance studies
Academic focus: Latin American and Latina/o literature, philosophy and culture; Cuban and Dominican Modernism in the United States and Europe; U.S. imperialism in Latin America; race; critical theory; queer studies; Scottish Gaelic oral traditions, dialectology and revitalization
Previous positions: postdoctoral associate, Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University, 2013-16
Academic background: B.A., Celtic studies, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada, 2002; M.A., Spanish, University of Oklahoma, 2007; M.Phil, Hispanic literatures, 2011, and Ph.D., Latin American literature, 2013, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Last book read: “Seanchaidh na Coille/The Memory-Keeper of the Forest: Anthology of Scottish Gaelic Literature of Canada” by Michael Newton
In his own time: walking my dog, cooking, traveling, playing guitar, painting

Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, assistant professor, music
Academic focus: composition, sound art, performance, kinetic art; visual art; instrument building; the borderlines of sound art, musical composition, visual objects and performance
Previous positions: International Fellow, Interdisciplinary Laboratory Image Knowledge Gestaltung, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 2015; Artist-in-Residence, Academy Schloss Solitude, Germany, 2011-12
Academic background: B.Mus., 1999, and M.Mus. in Composition, 2000, University of London, Goldsmiths College, U.K.; postgraduate studies in composition, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria, 2008; Ph.D., music composition, University of California, San Diego, 2008
Last book read: “Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian” by Brandon LaBelle
In her own time: helping my partner to build his kinetic sculptures, visiting museums and art galleries, traveling and spending time with friends and family

Brad Ramshaw, assistant professor, physics
Academic focus: experimental condensed matter physics; quantum materials; correlated electron systems; topological states of matter; high-temperature superconductivity; high magnetic fields
Previous positions: staff scientist (2015-16) and Director's Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-15), National High Magnetic Field Lab, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Academic background: B.Sc., physics, 2007, and Ph.D., condensed matter physics, 2012, University of British Columbia, Canada
Last book read: “Little Big” by John Crowley
In his own time: mountain biking, skiing, cooking, piano, brewing beer

Jessica Ratcliff, assistant professor, science and technology studies
Academic focus: the history of science and technology, specializing in Britain and the British Empire. My overall aim is to clarify the historical relationship between the growth of modern forms of science and modern forms of state.
Previous positions: assistant professor, humanities (history), Yale-NUS College, Singapore, 2012-16; postdoctoral research associate, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, 2009-12
Academic background: M.Sc., history of science, 2001, and D.Phil, history, 2006, University of Oxford
Last book read: “Wyrd Sisters” by Terry Pratchett
In her own time: hanging out with family and friends, walking the hills, fostering dogs for Cayuga Dog Rescue, mediocre crafting and gardening, and entrepreneurial daydreaming (want to invest in a startup sturgeon farm on Cayuga Lake)

Dehanza Rogers, assistant professor, performing and media arts
Academic focus: film and culture; social justice and filmmaking; critical race theory; intersectionality in cinema; interactive storytelling; independent filmmaking; blackness in film; film festivals; film production culture
Previous position: filmmaker
Academic background: B.A, anthropology, California State University, 2010; MFA, film production/directing and MFA, cinematography, University of California, Los Angeles, 2014
Last books read: “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond” by Marc Lamont Hill and “Daytripper” by Gabriel Ba (author), Fabio Moon (illustrator)
In her own time: watching films, conversation, cooking, drinking great coffee and looking forward to learning to play the cello

Alex Townsend, assistant professor, mathematics 
Academic focus: numerical analysis and scientific computing
Previous positions: applied math instructor, mathematics department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014-16
Academic background: M.Math., mathematics, 2010; D.Phil., numerical analysis, University of Oxford, 2014
Last book read: “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren
In his own time: squash, learning Chinese, reading popular science

Astrid Van Oyen, assistant professor, classics
Academic focus: Roman archaeology
Previous positions: Junior research fellow, Homerton College, University of Cambridge, U.K., 2013-16
Academic background: B.A., archaeology, 2009, and M.A., archaeology, 2010, University of Leuven, Belgium; Ph.D., classics, University of Cambridge, U.K., 2013
Last book read: “Two Years, Eight Months, Twenty-Eight Nights,” by Salman Rushdie
In her own time: hiking, running, traveling, concerts, museums

Nilay Yapici, assistant professor, Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator, neurobiology and behavior
Academic focus: neural basis of decision making
Previous positions: postdoctoral fellow, The Rockefeller University, 2009-16
Academic background: B.Sc., molecular biology and genetics, Bogazici University, Turkey, 2004; Ph.D., molecular biology, Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria, 2009
Last book read: “The Study of Instinct” by Nikolaas Tinbergen
In her own time: watching cult science-fiction movies, playing with my PS4, cooking, spending time with my two schnauzers and taking pictures

Inna Zakharevich, assistant professor, mathematics
Academic focus: algebraic topology; algebraic K-theory
Previous positions: L.E. Dickson instructor, mathematics, University of Chicago, 2012-16
Academic background: A.B., mathematics, Harvard University, 2002; CASM, mathematics, Cambridge University, U.K., 2007; Ph.D., mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
Last book read: “Mistborn” series by Brandon Sanderson
In her own time: reading, knitting, playing video games


Computing and Information Science

new faculty computer and informational sciences

Rachit Agarwal, assistant professor, computer science
Academic focus: systems and networking, with a focus on big data analytics, cloud computing and datacenter networking
Previous positions: postdoc, University of California, Berkeley, 2014-15
Academic background: B.Tech., electrical engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India; Ph.D., electrical and computer engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lorenzo Alvisi, professor, computer science
Academic focus: theory and practice of dependable distributed computing
Previous positions: University Distinguished Teaching Professor (2016); Endowed Professorship No. 5 in Computer Science (2014); professor of computer science (2007); associate professor of computer science (2002), assistant professor of computer science (1996), University of Texas at Austin
Academic background: laurea summa cum laude in physics, University of Bologna, Italy, 1987; M.S., 1994, and Ph.D., 1996, in computer science, Cornell University
Last book read: “Complete short stories” by Graham Greene
In his own time: motorcycling, classical music, hiking

Anil Damle, assistant professor, computer science
Academic focus: development of fast algorithms in applied and computational mathematics that exploit structure in the underlying physical and statistical models
Previous positions: National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, 2016-17
Academic background: B.S. and M.S, in applied mathematics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, 2011; Ph.D. in computational and mathematical engineering, Stanford University, 2016
Last book read: “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right” by Jane Mayer
In his own time: cooking, finding good food and coffee, reading (fiction and nonfiction) and hiking

Yang Ning, assistant professor, statistical science
Academic focus: high dimensional statistics, machine learning, mathematical statistics with applications to genomics, neuroscience and epidemiology
Previous positions: postdoctoral fellow, Deptartment of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton University, 2014-16
Academic background: B.S., mathematics, Fudan University, 2007; Ph.D., biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University, 2012
Last book read: “Journey Under the Midnight Sun” by Keigo Higshino
In his own time: reading novels

Tapan Parikh, associate professor, information science
Academic focus: human-computer interaction, information and communication technologies for development, computer science education, learning sciences, educational technology, agriculture, governance, financial services, health
Previous positions: assistant professor (2008-14) and associate professor (2014-16), information, University of California, Berkeley
Academic background: Sc.B., molecular modeling, Brown University, 1996; M.S., 1999, and Ph.D., 2007, computer science, University of Washington.
Last book read: “Debt” by David Graeber
In his own time: walking, reading, playing video games and fighting with my kids

Immanuel Trummer, assistant professor, computer science
Academic focus: databases, data mining, data science, optimization
Academic background: diploma in computer science, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 2010; Diplôme d'ingénieur généraliste, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France, 2010; Ph.D. in computer science, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, 2016
Last book read: “Quantum Computing Since Democritus” by Scott Aaronson
In his own time: playing violin, reading, cinema


College of Engineering

new faculty Engineering

Gregory Bewley, assistant professor, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Academic focus: turbulence, its intrinsic properties as well as its role in various environmental settings; experimental approaches in fluid mechanics
Previous positions: group leader (2010-16) and postdoctoral fellow (2007-10), Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany; faculty research assistant, University of Maryland, College Park, 2003-07; design engineer, Boeing, fall 1998 and summer 1999
Academic background: B.S., mechanical and aerospace engineering, Cornell University, 2000; M.S., Ph.D., mechanical engineering, Yale University, 2006
Last book read: “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough
In his own time: piano, running, gardening

Ilana Brito, Mong Family Sesquicentennial Faculty Scholar, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, Meinig School of Bioengineering
Academic focus: transmission of components of the human microbiome; horizontal gene transfer, including transfer of antibiotic resistance genes; differences between the microbiomes and associated health effects of developed and developing world populations
Previous positions: postdoctoral fellow, Earth Institute of Columbia University, 2009-11; postdoctoral researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011-16
Academic background: B.A., biology and government, Harvard University, 2003; Ph.D., biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
Last book read: “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck
In her own time: trail running, home improvement

Damek Davis, assistant professor, optimization, operations research and information engineering
Academic focus: everyday judgment and decision making, with a focus on the situational factors that influence beliefs, attitudes and opinions related to the environment and health; the interplay of personal identity and ethics-related messages; visual and verbal framing effects in marketing communications
Previous positions: National Science Foundation mathematics postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015-16; assistant professor of psychology, California State University, Northridge, 2011-12
Academic background: B.S., natural resources and applied economics and management, Cornell University, 2004; M.S., 2008, and Ph.D., 2011, social psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Last book read: “Roughing It” by Mark Twain
In his own time: reading, writing, playing with my dog, playing guitar and hiking

Christina Delimitrou, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering
Academic focus: computer architecture and distributed systems, specifically focusing on the design and management of large-scale datacenters that host interactive online services, using scalable machine learning and data mining techniques.
Previous positions: postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University, 2015-16
Academic background: Diploma, electrical and computer engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 2009; M.S., 2011, and Ph.D., 2015, electrical engineering, Stanford University
Last book read: “All Cry Chaos” by Leonard Rosen
In her own time: playing music, painting (mostly miniatures, and of late canvases) and enjoying long walks

Itai Gurvich, associate professor, operations research and information engineering and Cornell Tech
Academic focus: performance analysis and optimization of human-operated processing networks; the theory of stochastic-process approximation and the application of operations research and statistical tools to healthcare processes
Previous positions: associate professor of managerial economics and decision sciences, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Academic background: B.Sc., industrial engineering, 2002, and M.Sc., operations research, 2004, Technion Israel Institute of Technology; Ph.D., decision, risk and operations, Columbia University, 2008
Last book read: “Zeno’s Conscience” by Italo Svevo
In his own time: reading, running (a bit), vegan cooking

Nathan Kallus, assistant professor, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering
Academic focus: data-driven optimization under uncertainty; machine learning; causal inference; personalization; optimization in statistics; online decision making; decision making and operations in healthcare; operations management and revenue management applications
Previous positions: postdoctoral associate, operations research and statistics, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015-16; visiting scholar, data sciences and operations, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, 2015-16
Academic background: B.A., mathematics and computer science and engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2009; Ph.D., operations research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015
Last book read: “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole
In his own time: biking, yoga, eating good food

Vikram Krishnamurthy, professor, electrical and computer engineering and Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Cornell Tech
Academic focus: statistical signal processing and stochastic optimization with applications in social/sensor networks and biosensors
Previous positions: professor and Canada Research Chair, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2002-16
Academic background: Ph.D., Australian National University, 1992
Last book read: “Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy” by William Barrett
In his own time: long-distance swimming and playing endless games of chess

Guillaume Lambert, assistant professor, School of Applied and Engineering Physics
Academic focus: biological physics; microfluidics; quantitative single-cell microscopy; antibiotic resistance in bacteria; development and characterization of programmable biomolecular components
Previous positions: Visiting scholar, Wyss Institute, Harvard University, 2015-16; Chicago Fellow in Biology, University of Chicago, 2012-15; postdoctoral researcher, New York University, 2011-12
Academic background: B.S., physics, McGill University, Canada, 2007; Ph.D. physics, Princeton University, 2011
Last book read: “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance
In his own time: traveling, running, dancing, playing Kerbal Space Program

Kirstin Hagelskjaer Petersen, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering
Academic focus: design of multi-robot systems inspired by social insects in nature, with distributed control and simple individuals to collectively achieve complex goals. My research is especially motivated by the goal of autonomous robot swarms able to construct large-scale user-specified structures in the real world.
Previous positions: fellow, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany, and the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems, Germany
Academic background: B.S., electro-technical engineering, Odense University College of Engineering, Denmark, 2006; M.S., modern artificial intelligence, University of Southern Denmark, 2008; Ph.D., computer science, Harvard University, 2014
Last book read: “Cambrian Intelligence: The Early History of the New AI” by Rodney A. Brooks
In her own time: hiking, kayaking and various art projects

Matthew Reid, assistant professor, civil and environmental engineering
Academic focus: how coupled biological and physical-chemical processes control contaminant fate and transport in the environment, with a focus on arsenic, nitrogen and carbon; how to engineer and manage ecosystems to enhance natural processes that improve water quality
Previous position: postdoctoral scientist, Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, 2014-16
Academic background: B.A., chemistry, University of Chicago, 2004; Ph.D., civil and environmental engineering, Princeton University, 2014
Last book read: “And the Band Played On” by Randy Shilts
In his own time: reading, hiking, cooking, preferably in the company of my wife and daughter

Samitha Samaranayake, assistant professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Academic focus: modeling, analysis and control of networked cyber-physical systems with a focus on transportation systems and developing computationally efficient solution techniques that enable practical applications.
Previous positions: postdoctoral associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014-15
Academic background: B.S., computer science, 2002, and M.Eng., electrical engineering and computer science, 2003, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.Sc., management science and engineering, Stanford University, 2009; Ph.D., systems engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2014
Last book read: “Surrounded by Reality: 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Ithaca, N.Y.” by Michael Turback
In his own time: rugby, softball, badminton, learning to play the acoustic guitar, hiking, traveling and exploring

Gennady Shvets, professor, School of Applied and Engineering Physics
Academic focus: optics, nanophotonics and metamaterials; topological effects in photonics; advanced particle accelerators and laser-plasma interactions, nano-bio interface and its applications to biological sensing and spectroscopic cytology
Previous positions: professor of physics (2011-16), associate professor (2006-11), assistant professor (2004-06), University of Texas at Austin; associate professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2002-04; associate scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, 2002-04; research physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, 1997-2002; Department of Energy Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, 1995-97.
Academic background: B.S., molecular and chemical physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 1989; Ph.D. in physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995
Last book read: “A Spy in the Archives” by Sheila Fitzpatrick
In his own time: reading, exploring this new-to-us region of the country with my family, coaching my kids for math and science competitions, watching films

Madeleine Udell, assistant professor of operations research and information engineering, Richard and Sybil Smith Sesquicentennial Fellow
Academic focus: optimization and machine learning for large-scale data analysis and control, driven by applications in marketing, demographic modeling, medical informatics and engineering system design
Previous positions: postdoctoral fellow, Center for the Mathematics of Information, California Institute of Technology, 2015-16
Academic background: B.S., mathematics and physics, Yale University, 2009; Ph.D., computational and mathematical engineering, Stanford University, 2015
Last book read: “On the Run” by Alice Goffman
In her own time: playing harp, backpacking and hiking, running, cooking, foraging, ergonomics

Fengqi You, Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor, chemical and biomolecular engineering
Academic focus: advanced computational models, optimization algorithms and system analysis tools for practically important and fundamental problems on process engineering/manufacturing, energy systems and sustainability
Previous positions: assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering and (by courtesy) industrial engineering and management sciences, Northwestern University, 2011-16; Argonne Scholar, Argonne National Laboratory, 2009-11
Academic background: B.Eng., chemical engineering, Tsinghua University, 2005; Ph.D., chemical engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009


School of Hotel Administration

Hotel faculty

Michael T. Paz, assistant professor, accounting
Academic focus: managerial accounting with a focus on financial incentives and compensation, managerial control, performance management and cost management
Academic background: B.A., music, Rhode Island College, 2008; M.S. in accounting, University of Rhode Island, 2010; Ph.D., business administration, Drexel University 2016
Last book read: “Zone One” by Colson Whitehead
In his own time: I enjoy singing, classical music concerts and the occasional video game

Vince Slaugh, assistant professor, services operations management
Academic focus: service operations management with applications to online rental businesses, healthcare staffing and child welfare systems
Previous positions: visiting assistant professor of supply chain management, Smeal College of Business, Penn State University, 2015-16
Academic background: B.A., history, B.S., industrial engineering, and M.S., industrial engineering and operations research at Penn State University, 2009; Ph.D., operations management, Carnegie Mellon University, 2015
Last book read: “Vanity Fair” by William Makepeace Thackeray
In his own time: history-related adventures, including visiting museums and local history research; making a home out of my 160-year-old house in Genoa; playing squash, racquetball and disc golf

Eva Steiner, assistant professor, real estate
Academic focus: real estate
Previous positions: assistant professor, University of Cambridge, U.K., 2014-16
Academic background: B.A., business administration, University of Heilbronn, Germany, 2006; M.Phil. in real estate finance, 2008, and Ph.D. in land economy, 2014, University of Cambridge, U.K.
Last book read: “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond
In her own time: rock climbing, yoga


College of Human Ecology

new faculty Human Ecology

Keith Evan Green, professor, design and environmental analysis; mechanical and aerospace engineering
Academic focus: designing, prototyping and evaluating cyber-physical environments that support and augment an increasingly digital society
Previous positions: Professor and Mickel Endowed Chair in Architecture, cross-appointed in electrical and computer engineering, Clemson University, 1999-2016
Academic background: B.A., psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 1985; M. Arch., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1990; M.S., 1993, and Ph.D., 1998, architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Last book read: “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” by Walter Isaacson
In his own time: listening to and playing jazz (drums), practicing yoga, traveling and laughing with my family.

Doug Miller, professor, policy analysis and management
Academic focus: social policy, especially policies that impact demographically and economically vulnerable populations; the relationship between the economic environment and health outcomes.
Previous positions: professor, Department of Economics, University of California, Davis, 2002-16.
Academic background: B.A., economics and mathematics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1995; M.A., 1997, and Ph.D., 2000, economics, Princeton University
Last book read: “The Gene: An Intimate History” by Siddhartha Mukherjee
In my own time: spending time with my children and active play outdoors

Peter Rich, assistant professor, policy analysis and management; courtesy appointment in Department of Sociology
Academic focus: segregation, inequality, education, demography and public policy
Previous positions: Fellow, New York University Institute of Education Sciences Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Training Program, 2015-16.
Academic background: B.A., sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 2004; M.A., 2013, and Ph.D., 2016, sociology, New York University.
Last book read: “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson
In his own time: spending time with my wife, sharing meals with friends, cooking, hiking, camping and baseball

Jooyoung Shin, assistant professor, fiber science and apparel design
Academic focus: apparel design, fashion history, contemporary fashion trends with a focus on the concept of beauty and different cultural perspectives on dress
Previous positions: research assistant professor (2014-15) and lecturer (2010-14), Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; visiting lecturer at various universities in Korea, 2003-09; storage assistant, Antonio Ratti Textile Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000-01.
Academic background: B.H.E., home economics, Ewha Womans University, 1989; B.F.A., apparel design, Rhode Island School of Design, 1996; M.A., museum studies: costume and textiles, Fashion Institute of Technology, 2000; Ph.D., dressaesthetics, Seoul National University, 2007.
Last books read: “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert and “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari
In my own time: cooking, hanging out with friends, watching TV dramas and movies, and reading


School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Ariel Avgar

Ariel Avgar, associate professor, labor relations, law and history
Academic focus: employment relations in the health care industry, with a focus on workplace innovations and their effects on patients, frontline workers and health care organizations. Conflict and its management in organizations, with a focus on the consequences for employees and their employers and on the adoption and implementation of organizational-level conflict management practices and systems
Previous positions: associate professor (2014-16) and assistant professor (2008-14), School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Academic background: B.A., sociology and LL.B. in law, Hebrew University, 2001; Ph.D. in industrial relations, Cornell University, 2008
Last book read: “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson
In his own time: spending time with family and friends, listening to music and obsessively following politics and current events


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

JGSM faculty

Elizabeth Berger, assistant professor of finance
Academic focus: effects of financial institutions on labor market outcomes, entrepreneurship decisions, stock price efficiency and product market competition
Previous positions: chartered retirement plans specialist, Citi Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, 2006-09; cash portfolio analyst, Western & Southern Financial Group, 2005-06
Academic background: BFA, vocal performance and B.A., economics, Tulane University, 2005; Ph.D. finance, Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University, 2016
Last book read: “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren
In her own time: all things music, hiking, reading and tending to finicky tropical plants and a green parrot named Maggie

Angus Hildreth, assistant professor of management and organizations
Academic focus: top team functioning and performance; loyalty and ethical decision making; the fundamental nature of social status
Previous positions: senior manager, Office of the Global CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2005-07; senior manager, manager, consultant and actuary, Global Human Resource Services, 2001-05, PricewaterhouseCoopers; consultant, assistant consultant and actuarial student, Aon Consulting, 1997-2000.
Academic background: B.A., 1996, and M.A., 2000, mathematics, University of Cambridge, U.K.; MBA, 2010, M.S., 2012, Ph.D., organizational behavior, University of California, Berkeley
Last book read: “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman
In his own time: any combination of friends, footie, cricket and beer

Thomas Jungbauer, assistant professor of economics
Academic focus: market design, high-skill labor markets, bargaining, economics of organization, entrepreneurship
Previous positions: research and teaching assistant, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2012-16
Academic background: B.Sc., social sciences, economics and business administration, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, 2009; M.Sc., economics, Vienna Institute of Advanced Studies and Vienna University of Technology, 2011; M.S., managerial economics, 2013, and Ph.D., managerial economics and strategy, 2016, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Last book read: “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote
In his own time: basketball, soccer, swimming, coffee, food, wine, movies and socializing

Mani Sethuraman, assistant professor of accounting
Academic focus: corporate disclosures; management communications; information intermediaries; security regulations
Previous positions: business program manager, IBM Corp., 2008-11; associate consultant, Citibank, 1988-2000
Academic background: M.S., physics and B.E., electrical engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India, 1998; M.S., electrical and computer engineering, University of Florida, 2002; MBA finance and accounting, Duke University, 2008; Ph.D., accounting, Duke University, 2016
Last book read: “The Big Short” by Michael Lewis
In his own time: trekking/cycling, watching sci-fi, reading books on science and history, biographies


Law School and Cornell Tech

James Grimmelmann

James Grimmelmann, professor of law, Cornell Tech
Academic focus: internet law
Previous positions: professor of law (2013-16) and visiting professor of law (2012), the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; visiting professor of law, Georgetown University Law Center, 2013; professor of law (2012-13), associate professor of law (2007-12), adjunct professor of law (2006-07), New York Law School; affiliated fellow (2007), resident fellow (2006-07), Information Society Project, Yale Law school; law clerk, Maryanne Trump Barry, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, 2005-06; software design engineer, Microsoft, 1991-2001
Academic background: A.B. Harvard College, 1999; J.D., Yale Law School, 2005
Last book read: “Farnsworth’s Classical English Metaphor” by Ward Farnsworth
In his own time: playing video games a little, but mostly running around trying to keep up with my 3-year-old daughter


College of Veterinary Medicine

Vet School faculty

Carolyn Adler, research assistant professor, molecular medicine
Academic focus: Stem cells and regeneration in planarian flatworms; organ regeneration in adult animals; transcriptional regulation in stem cells
Academic background: B.S., Wesleyan University, 1996; Ph.D. in biochemistry and cell biology, University of California, San Francisco, 2005; postdoctoral training at the University of Utah and Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Last Books Read:Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren and “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell
In her own time: camping and snorkeling

Pamela Chang, assistant professor of immunology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Academic focus: immunology, chemical biology, microbiology
Previous positions: Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Immunobiology, Yale School of Medicine, 2010-15
Academic background: B.S., chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004; Ph.D., chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
Last book read: “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” by Elizabeth Kolbert
In her own time: music, art

Jon Cheetham, associate professor, clinical sciences
Academic focus: understanding the role of macrophages in the early immune response to nerve injury and applying this knowledge to improve functional outcomes after nerve repair. Sports medicine and upper airway cases
Last book read: “Tribe” by Sebastian Junger
In his own time: biking the wonderfully quiet roads surrounding Ithaca.

Sara Childs-Sanford, assistant professor, zoological medicine
Academic focus: medicine and surgery of nondomestic species including captive zoo animals and native wildlife; improvement of zoo animal welfare through investigation of disease conditions resulting from captivity, with an emphasis on identification and prevention of diseases related to nutrition; vitamin D/calcium and taurine metabolism in nondomestic animals; clinical research of native wildlife
Previous positions: clinical instructor, Department of Clinical Sciences, Cornell University, 2014-16; veterinary specialist in companion exotic animal medicine, private practice, 2008-14; adjunct assistant professor, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland at College Park, 2008-11; resident in wildlife and zoological medicine, Cornell University, 2002-05; emergency veterinarian, Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Annapolis, Maryland, 2000-2002; Rotating small animal intern, Regional Veterinary Referral Center, Springfield, Virginia, 1999-2000
Academic background: B.A., biology, Hamilton College, 1995; D.V.M., Cornell University, 1999, M.S., animal nutrition, University of Maryland at College Park, 2005
Last book read: “How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years” by Julie A. Ross
In her own time: spending time with my children, especially exploring and learning about nature

Gunther Hollopeter, assistant professor, molecular medicine
Academic focus: elucidating molecular mechanisms of membrane trafficking in multicellular systems. My lab uses a combination of biochemistry, imaging and genetics in the nematode C. elegans to reveal the inner workings of cellular machines that engulf tiny packets of the plasma membrane.
Previous positions: visiting scholar, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, 2011-15; postdoctoral fellow, University of Utah, 2006-15
Academic background: Ph.D., neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco, 2005; B.S., cell and molecular biology, University of Washington, 1996
Last book read: “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren
In his own time: biking, running, backpacking, skate skiing

Renata Ivanek, associate professor, epidemiology, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Academic focus: epidemiology of infectious and foodborne diseases; mathematical modeling, evolutionary ecology and spatial epidemiology of infectious diseases; sustainable ‘One Health’ and agriculture.
Previous positions: assistant (2009-14) and associate (2014-15) professor of epidemiology, Texas A&M University
Academic background: D.V.M., veterinary medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1997; M.S., veterinary epidemiology, University of London, U.K., 2001; Ph.D., comparative biomedical sciences, Cornell University, 2008
Last book read: “The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living” by Martin Clark
In her own time: enjoying time with family, reading, animals, food and dance

Steven Osofsky, Jay Hyman Professor of Wildlife Health and Health Policy, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Academic focus: the conservation of free-ranging wildlife; the deeply intertwined relationships among sustainable conservation, system resilience, economic development, and human health and well-being; developing and helping to apply science-based policy guidance to address challenges at the interface of wildlife, agriculture and other types of land use, and people.
Previous positions: executive director, wildlife health and health policy, Wildlife Conservation Society, 2013-16; director of field support, Species Conservation Program, World Wildlife Fund, 2000-02
Academic background: A.B., biology, Harvard University, 1984; D.V.M, Cornell University, 1989
Last book read: “Our Only World” by Wendell Berry
In his own time: enjoying nature, not being on email

Romain Pariaut, associate professor of cardiology and section chief of cardiology
Academic focus: cardiac electrophysiology and arrhythmias
Previous positions: associate professor, Louisiana State University
Academic background: D.V.M., National Veterinary School, Lyon, France, 1999; cardiology residency, Cornell University, 2002-05

Heidi Reesink, assistant professor, large animal surgery, clinical sciences
Academic focus: orthopedic surgery and translational musculoskeletal research, with special interests in osteoarthritis and fracture pathophysiology; joint lubrication and the roles of lubricin, hyaluronic acid and glycans in joint physiology; regenerative medicine, including stem-cell therapy and secreted molecules for the treatment of orthopedic disease
Previous positions: large animal emergency surgeon, Cornell University, 2012-16
Academic background B.S., zoology, Iowa State University, 2003; V.M.D., veterinary medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 2007; DACVS-LA, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Large Animal, 2012; Ph.D., comparative biomedical sciences, Cornell University, 2016
Last book read: “A Planet of Viruses” by Carl Zimmer
In her own time: running and cycling around Ithaca; kayaking/swimming in Cayuga Lake; and chasing after my hound, Petey

Luis M. Schang, director, Baker Institute for Animal Health and Feline Health Center
Academic focus: chemical virology to study virus replication and pathogenesis and develop novel antivirals
Previous positions: assistant, associate and full professor, University of Alberta, Canada; director, ProPhysis; coordinator, Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative, Infectious Disease Research
Academic background: Médico Veterinary (MV), Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1987; Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1995; Postdoctoral training, University of Pennsylvania, 2000
Last book read: “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller (read it in English for the first time)
In his own time: sailing, running, playing soccer, having a nice time with friends, hiking, reading under a nice tree, barbecuing with friends (I do the cooking!), listening to music, theater, a good movie, eating out

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