New faculty members bring a wealth of expertise
In its campaign to help UT Arlington attain Tier I research university status, attracting and retaining top-level faculty is one of the College of Science's top priorities. The College hired seven new faculty members for Fall 2012, and three more are joining the ranks in Spring 2013.
The new faculty members bring with them a wealth of expertise and experience in research and teaching, including serving as principal or co-investigators on research grants and authoring or co-authoring papers published in various top professional journals.
"These newest members of our College of Science faculty are extremely impressive and accomplished in their fields and bring with them an abundance of energy and good ideas," said Pamela Jansma, dean of the College of Science. "We couldn't be happier to welcome them all to UT Arlington."
New faculty members include:
Alejandro Bugarin, assistant professor of chemistry/ biochemistry. His research interests are in the development of new organic and organometallic reactions, or more specifically, the efficient construction of carbon-nitrogen bonds, redox economy, synergistic catalysis, and their application in total synthesis, materials, and bioactive molecules.
Todd Castoe, assistant professor of biology. Castoe's research interests are driven by his interest in understanding how genomic changes result in the extraordinary biological diversity of vertebrates, and in leveraging evolutionary variation to better understand the relationships between an organism's ecology, phenotype, and genotype.
Saiful Chowdhury, assistant professor of chemistry/biochemistry. Chowdhury is a bio-analytical chemist and his research focuses in the area of mass spectrometry-based proteomics. He develops mass spectrometry- based quantitative and chemical proteomics methods and probes for large-scale identification of protein- protein interactions and protein posttranslational modifications.
Matthew Fujita, assistant professor of biology. Fujita's research interests are in molecular evolution, evolutionary genomics, systematics and herpetology.
Joseph Ngai, assistant professor of physics. Ngai has been pursuing fundamental and applied research on complex oxide thin films grown using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE).
Matthew Walsh, assistant professor of biology. Walsh is an evolutionary ecologist and his research unites field and laboratory components. His work has focused on three research areas: (1) the evolutionary consequences of harvesting in marine fishes; (2) the influence of the direct and indirect effects of predators on life history evolution in a killifish on the island of Trinidad; and (3) the cascading ecological and evolutionary consequences of phenotypic diversification in a fish predator in lakes.
Melissa Walsh, lecturer in biology. Walsh has years of teaching experience, most recently as a visiting instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University. She has also worked as an adjunct instructor and lecturer at Quinnipiac and Naugatuck Valley Community College, as a lab manager at the University of California, Riverside, and an ecologist with a consulting firm.
Asish Basu, professor and department chairman of earth and environmental science. Basu became the new department chair in January, replacing John Wickham, who had served in that capacity for 20 years.
Basu's research interests are diverse and are primarily based on petrological, mineralogical and geochemical approaches in understanding aspects of Earth's evolution.
Elizabeth Griffith, assistant professor of earth and environmental science. She specializes in environmental geochemistry and her research interests include stable isotope geochemistry, paleoceanography and biogeochemistry.
W. Ashley Griffith, assistant professor of earth and environmental science. His research focuses on structural geology and geomechanics, with an emphasis on the behavior of fractures in the earth's crust.