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Candidate Statements EECAC 2014

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Tavi Bhatt Michael Federle Mitchel Hendrickson   Neil Smalheiser
Ugo Buy Jonna Frasor Antonia Kolokythas  Monsheel Sodhi       
Michael Colvard           Lisa Frohmann Silvia Malagrino Sultan Tepe
Danilo Erricolo Jesus Garcia-Martinez Dianna Niebylski Duncan Wardrop
Claire Decoteau  Richard Gemeinhart Pamela Popielarz Kishore Wary
Tom Driver Ilene Harris Miljan Simonovic Christine Wu

Executive Committee Candidates

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Pamela Popielarz
Associate Professor, Sociolology

Pamela A. Popielarz, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology. In recent years I’ve served on the Graduate College Awards Committee and UIC Senate. In the Department of Sociology, I’ve held positions as Associate Head & Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies, coordinated the Ph.D. concentration in Work, Organizations & the Economy, and chaired/served on various faculty recruitment committees. I’ve chaired Ph.D. committees for six students, one of whom won a UIC Outstanding Dissertation Award, and serve/d on two dozen other dissertation committees in sociology and other departments. My research areas are organizational sociology and social networks. Currently I am working on a book about nineteenth-century fraternal orders, focusing on their business practices and construction of gender/racial boundaries. I also teach graduate and undergraduate courses on the sociology of organizations and work.

Sultan Tepe
Associate Professor, Political Science

Sultan Tepe is Associate Professor of Political Science. I have served as the department of Political Science's associate Director of Graduate Studies from 2007 to 2009 and Director of Graduate Studies  from 2009 to 2013. I am currently a Humanities Institute Fellow (2013-2014); and was previously a Great Cities Fellow(2011-2012). I received this year's graduate mentoring award.  I am an active member of many national and international professional organizations,including the International Studies Association, International Metropolis and Third Sector. I have served as the chair of the American Political Science Association's best dissertation and best book awards committees in comparative politics, religion and politics. I am the associate editor of the Review of Middle East Affairs and the Journal of Religion and Politics; served on the award committees of several national and international organizations including  Fulbright, ARIT-National Endowment for Humanities -Mellon  and National Science foundation. I am  directing and have directed several dissertations on a variety of comparative politics topics such sovereignty, failed states, judicial reforms, immigrant woman identities in Europe.

Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences

Danilo Erricolo
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Danilo Erricolo is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, and the Director of the Andrew Electromagnetics Laboratory.  Dr. Erricolo is an accomplished researcher and the recipient of two College of Engineering research awards and the UIC Teaching Recognition Program.  A significant percentage of his research funding has been in collaboration with professors in other universities and/or other disciplines.  He has collaborated with professors in the College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Education and in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of the College of Engineering.  In addition to his graduate students, Dr. Erricolo involves undergraduate students in his research and he has been successful in encouraging a number of them to pursue graduate degrees.

Dr. Erricolo has held leadership positions within international and national scientific organizations, including being elected to the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, chairing the largest international scientific conference in his field and chairing since 2008 an annual national graduate student paper competition for USNC-URSI, a committee of the National Academies. At the University, he has served as a member of the Senate Committee on Educational Policy, the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and the Executive Committee of the College of Engineering.  He currently serves as a member of the advisory committee of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a member of the Executive Committee of the UIC Faculty Senate, and a member of the University Senates Conference.  In 2014, he will complete his first term as member of the Executive Committee of the Graduate College.

Duncan Wardrop
Associate Professor, Chemistry

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, where I also serve as the ADGS. I joined UIC in 1997 after receiving my undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Glasgow and conducting post-doctoral research at Oregon State University. The primary focal points of my research group are a) the development of new strategies for the efficient construction of complex natural products and b) the discovery and development of small molecules with antiviral and antibacterial properties.  Efforts towards these ends are steered by a long-term interest in the chemistry of electron-deficient, reactive intermediates including nitrenium ions and alkylidenecarbenes. Since joining UIC and the Graduate College, I have trained 21 doctoral and 6 students and received funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a number of internal sources, including UICentre. My research group is involved in active collaborations with research groups in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics and the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. I have served on a wide range of UIC committees, including the Graduate College Awards Committee and the Executive Board of the Honors College. If elected to the Graduate College Executive Board, I will strive to support and further develop excellence in graduate education across the university.

Fine Arts and Humanities

Silvia Malagrino
Professor, Art

Silvia Malagrino is an international artist and filmmaker and Professor at the School of Art and Art History. Malagrino’s artistic practice is fluid, and essentially interdisciplinary. She works with different mediums —photography, digital video, language, light and sound to represent not only issues of historical and cultural interest but also to explore in depth the fancies, the intricacies, and the idiosyncrasies of the personal imagination. In 2010 Malagrino received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 2012 she was awarded with the State of Illinois Distinguished Artist award for her contributions to Art and Society.

Over the years at UIC, she received several Campus Research Board Grants (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999), the Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996, the Council of Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award (CETL) in 1998, the Great Cities Institute Scholars’ Fellowship in 2000 and in 2012 she received a Council of Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award (CETL) in the Teaching Recognition Program. Currently she serves in the University P&T Committee.

Dianna Niebylski
Professor, Hispanic and Italian Studies

Dianna Niebylski (Ph.D., Comparative Literature and Literary Studies, Brandeis University) is Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies.  She has been active an active member of the Graduate School at UIC since 2005 and previously served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kentucky. She served as Head of the former Department of Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese from 2005-2008.  She is and has been a grant evaluator for several national grant organizations and has served on Departmental awards and fellowships committees. She serves on several editorial boards and has just been elected editor-in-chief of LF (Letras femeninas), the foremost journal on gender studies in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literatures and cultures. She is directing and has directed several dissertations on a variety of Latin American literary and cultural topics. Her most recent books include Latin American Icons: Fame Across Borders (Vanderbilt, 2014); Sergio Chejfec: Trayectorias de una escritura (IILI, 2012); Humoring Resistance: Laughter, Bodies and Excess in Latin American Women's Fictions (SUNY, 2004) Her current research focuses on displaced and disposable bodies in contemporary Latin American literature and film.  

Life Sciences

Michael Colvard
Associate Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Michael Colvard serves as (tenured) Associate Professor in Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. Dr. Colvard has additional appointments in the Departments of Periodontics and Pediatric Dentistry and the Department of Biomedical Health Information Systems, within the College of Applied Health Sciences. Dr. Colvard is the Director of the Oral Medicine and Pharmacology Laboratory (OMPL) and the Dental Medicine Responder and Technology (DMRT) Office, within the College of Dentistry. He is associated with the Security Management Office (SMO), within the Office of the Vice President for Research, UIUC, in Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Colvard created, secured Department and UIC Graduate College approval, and serves as the Director of  the multiple UIC college listed ANTH-OSCI-PMPG534 course titled: "Dental and Medical Anthropology Within Human Evolution". This course is a required course for dental residents pursuing MS/PhD degrees and is a suggested elective for MS/ PhD students in Anthropology, Forensic Sciences, Pharmacognosy, and Public Health. Dr. Colvard hopes to continue to contribute to the vision of the Graduate College.

Jesus Garcia-Martinez
Associate Professor, Physiology and Biophysics

Jesús García-Martínez is an Associate Professor of Physiology and Biophysics in the College of Medicine. He has an affiliate appointment in the Department of Bioengineering and is also a Faculty Fellow of the Honors College. His research interests relate to mechanisms of signal transduction in skeletal and cardiac muscles. Since joining UIC in 1996, he has been involved in graduate and professional education. He has served as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics for several years. He has also served on 20 PhD thesis committees (chaired 10 of them), 4 MSc thesis committees (chaired 3), and 33 PhD candidacy exam committees (chaired 11). He has served as the Coordinator of Sigma Xi Graduate Student Research Forum, faculty advisor and member of the Summer Research Opportunities Program for Minority Students Advisory Committee, and member of the University Fellowship and Abraham Lincoln Award Committees of the Graduate College. He has also served in the Graduate College Executive Committee for the last two years. In the College of Medicine, he has served on the College Committee on Instruction and Appraisal, Scholarships and Awards Committee, and as a member of the Admissions Committee of the MD/PhD program. At the national level, he has served as a reviewer in multiple panels from NIH, NSF, NASA, and other funding agencies. He would like to contribute to the mission of the Graduate College to bring talented students to UIC, and support excellence in graduate education and research.

Richard Gemeinhart
Associate Professor, Biopharmaceutical Sciences

I am currently an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics and Bioengineering with a primary appointment in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences of the College of Pharmacy. I’ve been a member of the UIC and the Graduate College since 2001 and am very dedicated to graduate education. I have mentored 5 PhD and 9 MS students in the past with 4 current PhD students, including one MD/PhD and one PharmD/PhD candidate. Several of these students have benefited from Graduate College Awards, including University Fellowships, Provost’s Award for Graduate Research, W.C. and May Preble Deiss Award for Biomedical Research, University of Illinois at Chicago Image of Research Competition, and UIC Outstanding Dissertation Award (co-advisor). My students have also received a number of external awards.  I have served on NIH (F30, F31, and F32) and NSF (GRFP) fellowship review committees. I was the Director of the Biopharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program for 5 years and am now the Director of Graduate Education for the College of Pharmacy. My research is highly interdisciplinary in nature bridging engineering, chemistry, biology, physics applying these disciplines to medical therapy. As a member of the graduate college executive committee, I will strive to support excellence in graduate education across the campus and encourage cooperation among the programs where possible.

Ilene Harris
Professor, Medical Education

I am Professor, Head and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Medical Education (DME)  and Professor in the Department of Pathology, the College of Medicine, and also Departmental Affiliate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education (COE). In DME, I am Director of the Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) leadership programIn DME amd and also Director of a collaborative doctoral program with the COE, in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Curriculum Studies concentration,with an emphasis on health professions education.  At the all-University level, I have been a member of the Senate Committee on Education Policy (SCEP) for seven years, and Chair of SCEP for the past three years.

Antonia Kolokythas
Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

I have been a full time faculty in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dentistry, since August 2008, and I have served as the Director of Research for the Department since August 2009.  I have served as the Associate Program Director since August 2010.  In August 2013, I was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure.  During my time as Director of Research, I have supervised all research activities within the Department; I have mentored all Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residents, as well as Dental students, pre-doctoral students, and international candidates in their research activities.  Several of these research projects have been presented in national and international meetings, and have received awards and led to publications.  I am currently a member of the Clinical Research Committee in the College of Dentistry that is charged with the development of high quality research in the Clinical Research center of the College.  I strongly believe in the promotion of high quality research and education, and my goal is to continue my contributions to the Department, the College of Dentistry, and the University.

Neil Smalheiser
Associate Professor, Psychiaty

Dr. Smalheiser has almost 30 years of experience pursuing basic wet-lab research in neuroscience, most recently studying synaptic plasticity and the genomics of small RNAs.  He has also directed multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional consortia dedicated to text mining and bioinformatics research, which have created new theoretical models, databases, open source software, and web-based services. Regardless of the subject matter, one common thread in his research is to link and synthesize different datasets, approaches and apparently disparate scientific problems to form new concepts and paradigms.  Another common thread is to identify scientific frontier areas that have fundamental and strategic importance, yet are currently under-studied, particularly because they fall “between the cracks” of existing disciplines.

Interests: neuroscience, RNA biology, synaptic plasticity, pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric disorders, medical informatics, text mining

Project website: http://arrowsmith.psych.uic.edu

Kishore Wary
Associate Professor, Pharmacolgy

I am an Associate Professor at the department of pharmacology for over 7 years now. I have served on University Faculty Senate Support Service and currently a member of Chicago Students Promotion Committee.

In the past I have served on Faculty Senate as a regular member (Texas A&M University). I have also been involved in recruiting faculty members, interviewing students (MD, PhD). I have trained several fellows and trainees. I have an active research laboratory funded by NIH and AHA. I am an ad hoc member of NIH study sections, regular reviewer of AHA.

I am a class room teacher, involved in teaching M1 and M2, and graduate students, and I also direct a graduate level course (PCOL530).

Outside of this University, I also act as a volunteer for Illinois Science Olympiad for middle and high school students, which give me opportunity to meet with middle and high school students.

Christine Wu
Professor, Pediatric Dentistry

Christine D. Wu currently is Professor and Director of Cariology Research at the UIC Department of Pediatric Dentistry. She served as the Associate Dean for Research at the College from 2002 to 2007. She is a member of the UIC Graduate College and a Fellow of the Honor’s College. As a trained oral microbiologist, Christine Wu’s main research interest involves the exploration and identification of antimicrobial and antiplaque compounds against oral pathogens and biofilms from natural sources including higher plants, foods, and phytomedicines. With current interests in oral/systemic link and the pursuit of natural therapies for oral health, her research is most timely and unique using a multidisciplinary approach combining expertise in dentistry, oral microbiology and natural products chemistry to translate bench side data to chair site application.  Her research has contributed greatly to the field of nutrition and functional foods that benefit oral health.  She has been especially active in mentoring dental students and residents in the Oral Sciences MS program, and is enthusiastic in promoting the welfare and status of the Asian and Asian American Post-doctoral researchers. At UIC, she has served as member of the CCTS Clinical Interface Core, and the Regulatory Support, Advocacy and Bioethics Core; and member of the Advisory Committee for the Office of Technology Transfer. She currently serves on the Conflict of Interest Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, and the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans (CCSAA).

Christine Wu has served as ad-hoc grant reviewer for the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research/NIH, the NIH Alternative Medicine study section; and for the NIH Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) panel.  She has served as a member of the Dental Products Panel, Medical Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Dental Drug Products Panel Plaque Subcommittee of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Christine Wu has been active in various professional organizations and has played a leadership role in many of them. She was the Vice President and President of many Chinese American Professional associations; President of the Nutrition Group, American Association for Dental Research (AADR); President of the AADR Chicago Chapter; and Co-Chair, UIC CCSAA; Christine Wu was honored by the Chicago Foundation of Women and the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, as one of the four outstanding Asian American Women in Science and Technology in the state of Illinois, 2008. She was named Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year, UIC College of Dentistry 2009. She currently serves as a consultant for the American Dental Association (ADA) Council for Scientific Affairs; member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Breath Research Unit, Austrian Academy of Science; member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Breath Research; and as the President of Mid-America Chinese American Professional Association.

Awards Committee Candidates

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Claire Decoteau
Assistant Professor, Sociology

Claire Decoteau is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology.  She has an affiliate position in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, and a research associate position in the Department of Sociology at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.  Broadly, her research focuses on the social construction of health and disease, the politics of knowledge production, and peoples’ grounded experiences with healing and health care systems.  Her book, Ancestors and Antiretrovirals: The Biopolitics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa (2013, University of Chicago Press) is a history of HIV/AIDS treatment policy in post-apartheid South Africa, and she has recently begun a new research project on the high rates of autism in Somali immigrant communities in Minneapolis and Toronto.  Decoteau is very dedicated to graduate education.  She is currently the Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology.  She also has reviewed for the IIE Fulbright Scholarship and the Chancellor’s Supplemental Graduate Research Fellowship.  She has also served as faculty liaison for coordinating two graduate student conferences: the 14th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference (2012) and Engendering Change (2013).  She sits on the Faculty Senate and the Executive Committee of the UIC’s Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Women’s Health.  She also participated in the writing of several cluster hire proposals and sits on the committees of the Racialized Bodies and Social Justice and Human Rights Cluster Initiatives.  And she has also served on the LAS Election Committee (2010-2012), and currently co-organizes the Health and Society working group at the Institute for the Humanities. 

Lisa Frohman
Professor, Criminology

Lisa Frohmann is Associate Professor and Department Head in Criminology, Law and Justice.  She has served on numerous university and college committees including the UIC Senate, the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of LGBTQ People and Allies and the LAS Executive Committee.  She is also a mediator for the Office of Access and Equity Dispute Resolution Service.  Lisa’s areas of specialization include violence against women, qualitative methods,  legal processes and popular culture.  Her current research and activism integrates participant photography and narrative to explore issues of battering.   Her work has been published in Violence Against Women,  Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry and Social Problems.   Exhibits of participant photography and narrative have appeared at Chicago areas galleries, the Mexican Consulate, community centers and academic and activist conferences.

Mitchel Hendrickson
Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Mitch Hendrickson is Assistant Professor in the department of Anthropology. He is an archaeologist working with undergraduate and graduate students in mainland Southeast Asia focusing on issues of transportation, iron production and the role of ethnic minorities within the medieval Angkorian Khmer Empire (9th to 15th century) in Cambodia. Over the past six years, he has successfully held grants from the Australian Research Council (equivalent to the NSF), National Geographic, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and American Council of Learned Societies/Luce Foundation, and has recently applied for major grants from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche and ACLS. He sits on the review committee for the Australian Research Council and continues to act as a reviewer for National Geographic CRE grants.

Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences

Ugo Buy
Associate Professor, Computer Science

Ugo Buy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He obtained his PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1990.  His research interests are in software engineering, with emphasis on formal modeling and analysis of concurrent and real-time software.  He has been involved in various federally-sponsored projects seeking to define techniques and tools for formal verification of these systems, using a variety of program representations.  In addition, he has held various positions serving the student community in the Department of Computer Science and the and the College of Engineering, including Director of Undergraduate Students, Director of Graduate Students, and departmental representative in the college’s educational policies committee and the college’s awards committee.  Finally, Ugo Buy is the recipient of several teaching awards including the UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Tom Driver
Associate Professor, Chemistry

The goal of my research program is to develop new catalytic transformations that unlock and harness the reactivity embedded in azides to enable the synthesis of challenging N-heterocycles. Because N-heterocycles are ubiquitous in bioactive molecules and electronic materials, simplifying access to them is essential for the advancement of biological and medicinal studies. During my independent career at the University of Illinois at Chicago, my research group has established aryl- and vinyl azides as useful nitrene precursors in metalcatalyzed N-atom transfer processes, and our discoveries of new reactivity patterns unique to metal N-aryl nitrenes have positioned us to develop novel reactions that exploit these reactive intermediates to streamline the synthesis of complex, functionalized N-heterocycles. In addition to directing the development of new efficient processes that access these important scaffolds, I will use the research ideas proposed herein to inspire, teach and mentor students in their professional development in chemistry. Our research program is a proven fertile training ground: three students have received their PhDs, and currently 6 students are actively involved on this project; five are women and of these, one is an African-American. In addition to PhD students, seven undergraduates were co-authors on publications originating from this project, and five are currently pursuing their PhDs in chemistry at R1 universities. Of these, three are women, and two are current NSF- or NIH pre-doctoral fellows. The accomplishments of these co-workers illustrate that this project is not only producing high impact papers, but it is also training students who are successfully advancing in their scientific
careers.

Fine Arts and Humanities

(No vacancy for this division this year)

Life Sciences

Tavi Bhatt
Assistant Professor, Physical Tharapy

(Statement not received)

Michael Federly
Assistant Professor, Pharmacognosy

(Statement not received)

Jonna Frasor
Associate Professor, Physiology and Biophysics

I have over 15 years of experience conducting research in the estrogen receptor field, with particular interest in mechanisms underlying estrogen-dependent breast cancer biology. Recent studies in my lab have focused on the roles of the growth hormone/IGF-I pathway, hormonal regulation of lipid metabolism, and inflammation in breast cancer progression. I currently have two graduate students conducting their thesis research in my lab. My past trainees include a PhD student who went on to a postdoctoral position at NIH, a MS student who went on to successfully obtain a PhD degree, and numerous  undergrads who went on to nursing, medical, or graduate schools. In addition, I have trained four postdoctoral fellows, two of whom have remained in scientific research at other institutions, and one who recently obtained a postdoctoral fellowship from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation to conduct breast cancer research in my lab. Most recently I have worked closely with a new assistant professor in Ophthalmology on a successful K08 award application. In addition, I have mentored or trained 10 undergraduates from UIC’s Honor’s College and SROP programs and served on more than 35 thesis and preliminary exam committees for UIC graduate students. For three years I served on the FASEB Trainee and Career Development Subcommittee, an organization committed to improving mentoring for postdoctoral fellows. During this time, the Subcommittee was responsible for updating FASEB’s Individual Development Plan, an experience that taught me the value of this planning tool in helping trainees advance their careers.

Antonia Kolokythas
Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

I have been a full time faculty in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dentistry, since August 2008, and I have served as the Director of Research for the Department since August 2009.  I have served as the Associate Program Director since August 2010.  In August 2013, I was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure.  During my time as Director of Research, I have supervised all research activities within the Department; I have mentored all Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residents, as well as Dental students, pre-doctoral students, and international candidates in their research activities.  Several of these research projects have been presented in national and international meetings, and have received awards and led to publications.  I am currently a member of the Clinical Research Committee in the College of Dentistry that is charged with the development of high quality research in the Clinical Research center of the College.  I strongly believe in the promotion of high quality research and education, and my goal is to continue my contributions to the Department, the College of Dentistry, and the University.

Mijan Simonovic
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

I have been a Faculty member of the Graduate College since 2008. I am mentoring 3 PhD students and I have been serving on 10 PhD thesis committees. Moreover, 11 graduate, 6 undergraduate, and 3 high-school students performed research in my laboratory since 2008. I have been the Course Director of Biochemistry (GCLS501) since 2009 and I teach “Principles of Structure Determination and Analysis” (GCLS513), “Methods” (GCLS504), and “Medical Biochemistry” (BMS648). I am also actively involved in the recruitment of PhD and MD/PhD students. My research, which is funded by NIGMS, is focused on studying how interactions between enzymes and transfer RNAs coordinate the faithful translation of human genes into functional proteins. I am deeply committed to training and teaching the future generations of scientists, and I am looking forward to serving on the Awards Committee.

Neil Smalheiser
Associate Professor, Psychiaty

Dr. Smalheiser has almost 30 years of experience pursuing basic wet-lab research in neuroscience, most recently studying synaptic plasticity and the genomics of small RNAs.  He has also directed multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional consortia dedicated to text mining and bioinformatics research, which have created new theoretical models, databases, open source software, and web-based services. Regardless of the subject matter, one common thread in his research is to link and synthesize different datasets, approaches and apparently disparate scientific problems to form new concepts and paradigms.  Another common thread is to identify scientific frontier areas that have fundamental and strategic importance, yet are currently under-studied, particularly because they fall “between the cracks” of existing disciplines.

Interests: neuroscience, RNA biology, synaptic plasticity, pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric disorders, medical informatics, text mining

Project website: http://arrowsmith.psych.uic.edu

Monsheel Sodhi
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Sodhi received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Kings College in London and her postdoctoral training was completed at the University of Oxford followed by a fellowship at the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Sodhi  joined the faculty of UIC in 2011 as an Assistant Professor in the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She also has a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Sodhi has received several awards during her career, including Young Investigator awards from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and more recently, she was named a Hans W. Vahlteich Research Scholar.  Dr. Sodhi has mentored several graduate students, undergraduate students, medical students and residents from UIC and UAB. Her research focuses on the molecular genetic  basis of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and major depression.

Kishore Wary
Associate Professor, Pharmacolgy

I am an Associate Professor at the department of pharmacology for over 7 years now. I have served on University Faculty Senate Support Service and currently a member of Chicago Students Promotion Committee.

In the past I have served on Faculty Senate as a regular member (Texas A&M University). I have also been involved in recruiting faculty members, interviewing students (MD, PhD). I have trained several fellows and trainees. I have an active research laboratory funded by NIH and AHA. I am an ad hoc member of NIH study sections, regular reviewer of AHA.

I am a class room teacher, involved in teaching M1 and M2, and graduate students, and I also direct a graduate level course (PCOL530).

Outside of this University, I also act as a volunteer for Illinois Science Olympiad for middle and high school students, which give me opportunity to meet with middle and high school students.