Dr. Pushkar Lele
Professor Chemical Engineering
Texas A & M
Dr. Pushkar Lele joined the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2015. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Howard Berg’s group at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. His research interests are in Biological and Soft-Matter Physics. He uses single-molecule fluorescence methods and sensitive force-spectroscopy techniques to study self-assembly, cell-mechanics and motility.
Dr. Tamar Schlick
Professor of Chemistry and Mathematics
New York University
Tamar Schlick, professor of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Computer Science at New York University, received her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Courant Institute of Science and, after a postdoc fellowship at the Weizmann Institute working with a grand pioneer of molecular mechanics, the late Shneior Lifson, she joined the faculty of NYU.
She is recognized for developing innovative mathematical and computational tools for biomolecular modeling and simulation and applying them to important biological problems including DNA polymerase mechanisms, chromatin folding, and RNA structure and function. While the methods include long-timestep integrators, mulit-variate minimization algorithms, and coarse grained models, the varied applications have led to atomic-level insights into fundamental regulatory processes involving DNA, RNA, and proteins.
She has published about 200 papers, is a member of several editorial boards and advisory committees in mathematics, computational biology and chemistry, and is highly active in the community by organizing conferences and new educational programs. She has trained about 35 postdoctoralfellows and 35 research students, as well as a dozen of undergraduate and high school students.
Among Schlick's honors are Fellow of SIAM, Biophysical Society, APS and AAAS; John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow; Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Associate Investigator; and NSF Presidential Young Investigator. Her modeling textbook (second edition, 2010) is widely used
in biophysics courses worldwide.
Dr. James Booth
City College of New York
James (Jimmy) Booth is an assistant professor at City College of New York (CCNY). He has been at CCNY since Fall 2013. He teaches atmospheric science and climate science courses to undergraduates and graduates students. Jimmy is a meteorologist who specializes in studying weather and climate in the midlatitudes. His work examines the role of extratropical cyclones (also called frontal storms) in the climate system. He also studies the impact of the storms, with a focus on storm surge, and wind and ice events. For his research, Jimmy analyzes data from satellites as well as outputs from general circulation models (GCMs). Jimmy work closely with the developers of the GCM at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) to improve the models’s representation of clouds and atmospheric circulation. Prior to becoming a teacher at CCNY, Jimmy received Phd from the University of Washington. He then worked at NASA GISS as a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellow.
Eric is a visiting fellow at Peking University’s Institute of Theoretical Physics and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics China (KITPC) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Previously, he held research fellowships at Harvard’s Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature and MIT’s Center for Theoretical Physics. His research interests are quantum gravity, string theory, black holes, and various other topics within theoretical/mathematical physics. Currently, his work involves using gauge/gravity duality to understand spacetime, black holes, and the myriad non-perturbative aspects of string/M-theory. Eric completed his schooling at MIT.
Dr. Maribel Vazquez
City College of New York
Dr. Maribel Vazquez is a professor of Biomedical Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY).
She is a Mechanical Engineer by training, having obtained Doctorate and Masters degrees from MIT, and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University. She began her career as a microfabrication engineer at Intel Corporation, and has used her background in micro and nanotechnology as a faculty member to develop microfluidic devices that examine the migration of progenitor cells in the brain. Her research interests include glial tumors, the neuromuscular junction, and photoreceptor transplantation.
Dr. Rong Fan
Asociate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Rong Fan is Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. After completing his doctorate he joined the NanoSystems Biology Cancer Center at Caltech as a postdoctoral associate where he developed microdevices for multiplexed proteomic assays of small quantities of blood or single cells. In 2010, he joined the faculty of Department of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. His current interest is centered on the development of an array of single-cell analysis technologies that are then combined with systems biology principles to investigate cellular heterogeneity in human cancers and the immune system. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Howard Temin Pathway to Independence award (K99/R00) from National Cancer Institute, the NSF Early Stage Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award and the Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.
Dr. Tim Byrnes
New York University
Tim Byrnes completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia in the fields of condensed matter physics and high energy physics under the supervision of Prof. Chris Hamer. During this time he worked on applications of DMRG (Density Matrix Renomalization Group), a powerful method for solving 1D quantum many-body problems, to lattice gauge theories. He then moved to Tokyo, Japan to commence a postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Yoshihisa Yamamoto in the field of quantum information at the National Institute of Informatics and the University of Tokyo. There he worked on topics related to quantum simulation, such as methods of solving lattice gauge theories on a quantum computer, and semiconductor implementations of a quantum simulator. He has worked on the theory of Bose-Einstein condensation in exciton-polariton systems, such as the BEC-BCS crossover and applications to the generation of non-classical light. He is now Assistant Professor at New York University (Shanghai campus), where he examines Bose-Einstein condensates for various applications in quantum information technology.
Education stable ATTITUTION
Imran Khan is a Jozi-native, born and bred in the East Johannesburg suburb of Bruma. At 27 he is an accomplished businessman and decorated writer. A King Edward VII School Alum and Wits University Graduate, he has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science but is an entrepreneur at heart.
He is the Co-Founder of education stable ATTITUTION with branches in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Brisbane, Australia. He is also the founder of bespoke men's fashion brand. ALKEMY. In his spare time Khan flexes his writing muscle in his column for GQ Magazine South Africa.
In 2012, he was nominated as 1 of 4 finalists for the Sanlam Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and was one of the esteemed speakers at 2012’s TEDx Event at Wits University. He is also a Senior Adjudicator for the National Speech and Drama College of South Africa and one of the founding members of the iKhono Forum which is aimed at leadership development in business through mentorship. When he is not tending to business, or writing his column, he spends his time mentoring and coaching high school learners.
Imran Khan is passionate about the power of being young and believes in living an authentic life - no matter what.
Dr. Barry S Johnston
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Barry S Johnston Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. Following an industrial career with Eastman Chemicals, DuPont, and Westinghouse, he joined MIT as a Station Director in the Practice School, and subsequently as a member of academic staff in chemical engineering. His experience includes process design and troubleshooting, research in boiling heat transfer and two-phase flow, and directing student projects during their Practice School internship. At MIT he teaches material and energy balances, project laboratory, process control, and capstone design. His degrees in chemical engineering are from Alabama, Clarkson, and Northwestern.