New Tenure-Track Faculty: 2014

Tenure-track faculty | Non-tenure track faculty

Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Eilaf Ahmed
Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering
Eilaf Ahmed completed her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Washington (2011). Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ahmed's research seeks to integrate creative tools from synthetic organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, and biology to develop novel, functional and well-defined macromolecular structures. Her articles have been published in journals including Advanced Materials, Chemistry of Materials, Macromolecules, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. She will also hold a joint appointment with the School of Medicine.

Jinho Choi
Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
Jinho Choi completed his PhD in Computer Science and Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder (2012). Previously, he held a research associate position at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Choi's primary research focus is on the optimization of natural language processing for robustness on various data and scalability on large data. His articles have been published in journals including Association for Computational Linguistics, Journal of Informatics in Health, Biomedicine, and BMC Bioinformatics.

Ryan Cook
Assistant Professor, Film and Media Studies
Ryan Cook completed his PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures and Film Studies at Yale University (2013). Previously, he held a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. Cooks primary research focus explores 1960s Japanese film culture placed cinema at the center of various social liberation movements then flourishing in the country; he does so by analyzing films but also audience groups, exhibition venues, Japanese literature and film reviews. His articles have been published in journals including Film Quarterly, The Review of Japanese Culture and Society, and the online publication Screening the Past, as well as groundbreaking anthologies on film theory and Japanese cinema.

Christina DePasquale
Assistant Professor, Economics
Christina DePasquale completed her PhD in Business Economics at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (2014). DePasquale's research interests are in industrial organization and labor economics with applications in health and an emphasis on policy implications. Her articles have been published in journals including Review of Industrial Organization, Managerial and Decisions Economics, and The Journal of Law and Economics.

Adam Glynn
Associate Professor, Political Science
Adam Glynn completed his PhD in Statistics at the University of Washington (2006). Previously, he held positions as Assistant and Associate Professor at Harvard University. Glynn's research focuses on causal inference and sampling/survey design for political science applications. His articles have been published in journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Political Analysis, and Public Opinion Quarterly.

Hank Harutyunyan
Assistant Professor, Physics
Hayk Harutyunyan completed his PhD in Applied Physics at the University of Pisa, Italy (2009). Previously, he held positions at the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester and Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory. Harutyunyan's primary research focus is experimental condensed matter physics, nanoscience and optics. His articles have been published in journals including Nature Physics, Physical Review Letters, and Nano Letters.

Meleah Hickman
Assistant Professor, Biology
Meleah Hickman completed her PhD in Genetics at Duke University (2010). Previously, she held a postdoctoral position at The University of Minnesota. Hickman's primary research focus is in understanding how yeast species generate variation to facilitate adaptation, with particular interest in the genomic plasticity of Candida albicans, the leading fungal pathogen of humans to rapidly acquire resistance to antifungal drugs. Her articles have been published in journals including Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), and PLoS Genetics.

Paul Hooper
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Paul Hooper completed his PhD in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico (2011). Previously, Hooper held positions at University of New Mexico and Sante Fe Institute as a post-doctoral fellow. Hooper's primary research focus is on human behavioral ecology specializing in evolution of human life history, economics and social behavior. His articles have been published in journals including Current Anthropology and Journal of Theoretical Biology.

Nathan Jui
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Nathan Jui completed his PhD in Chemistry at Princeton University (2011). Previously, Jui was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to developing valuable chemical methods, Jui's primary research focus is applying the power of synthetic chemistry to the study and treatment of cancer. His articles have been published in journals including Science, Organic Letters, Chemical Communications, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Daniel LaChance
Assistant Professor, History
Daniel LaChance earned his PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. LaChance's work examines the sources, meaning, and efforts of the "punitive turn" in the United States, the ratcheting up of incarceration and other forms of harsh punishment in the late 20th century. His articles have been published in the journals Law and Social Inquiry and Punishment and Society; he is also revising a book for publication that examines the decline of the American death penalty.

Lisa Lee
Assistant Professor, Art History
Lisa Lee completed her PhD in Art History at Princeton University (2012). Previously, Lee was a Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities, Department of Art History, and Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago. Lee's primary research focus is postwar and contemporary artistic practice, with an emphasis on sculpture and questions of publicness. Her essays have appeared in journals including October and Texte zur Kunst, and in numerous exhibition catalogues. She has edited two scholarly volumes for MIT Press.

Zhongjian Lin
Assistant Professor, Economics
Zhongjian Lin completed his PhD in Economics at Texas A&M University (2014). Lin's primary research interests are Econometrics and Empirical Game. His articles have been published in journals including the Journal of Econometrics and Econometric Reviews and Empirical Economics.

Ian McCarthy
Assistant Professor, Economics
Ian McCarthy completed his PhD in Economics at Indiana University (2008). Previously, he was a director in the economic consulting practice at FTI Consulting and a director of health economics with Baylor Scott & White Health. McCarthy's research relates primarily to the fields of health economics, policy, and economic evaluation of health care programs. Within these areas, he is interested in patient choice, hospital and insurance market structure, and empirical methodologies in cost and comparative effectiveness research. He has work published or forthcoming in Journal of Human Resources, Health Economics, Health Services Research, the Stata Journal, and Computational Economics, along with several other clinical publications in the field of spine surgery.

Levi Morran
Assistant Professor, Biology
Levi Morran completed his PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Oregon (2009). Previously, Morran was a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University. Morran's primary research focus is host-pathogen coevolution and the evolution of sexual reproduction. His articles have been published in journals including Nature, Science, Evolution, and The American Naturalist.

Miguel R. Rueda
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Miguel R. Rueda completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of Rochester (2014). Previously, Rueda held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. Rueda's current work focuses on electoral manipulation and the mechanics of clientelism and patronage in developing democracies. He has published in the Journal of Theoretical Politics.

Lars Ruthotto
Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
Lars Ruthotto completed his PhD degree in Mathematics at the University of Münster, Germany (2012). Previously, Ruthotto held positions at the University of British Columbia, the University of Lübeck and the University of Münster. Ruthotto's primary research focus is scientific computing for inverse problems arising in medical and geophysical imaging. His articles have been published in journals including SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, and Geophysical Journal International.

Abigail Sewell
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Abigail A. Sewell completed her PhD in Sociology at Indiana University (2013). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2014, Sewell held a position as a Vice Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania. Sewell's primary research focus is Race and Ethnicity, Medical Sociology, and Social Psychology. Her research has been published in journals such as International Journal of Intercultural Relations and the Journal of Negro Education as well as in topical edited volumes.

Ymir Vigfusson
Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
Ymir Vigfusson completed his PhD in Computer Science at Cornell University (2010). Previously, Vigfusson held positions at Reykjavik University and IBM Research. Vigfusson's primary research focus is on distributed data replication and security. His articles have been published in venues including VLDB, EuroSys, SOCC, and the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing.

Vivian Zhanwei Yue
Associate Professor (Acting), Economics
Vivian Zhanwei Yue completed her PhD in Economics at University of Pennsylvania (2005). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2014, Yue held positions at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and New York University. Yue's primary research focus is international economics and macroeconomics. Her articles have been published in a number of leading journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Econometrics, and Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

Oxford College

Jennifer Juergensen McGee
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Jennifer Juergensen McGee completed her PhD in Psychology at Emory University (2014). McGee's primary research focus includes the scholarship of teaching and learning as well as how community engagement can enhance the classroom experience.

Margaret McGehee
Associate Professor, American Studies
Margaret McGehee completed her PhD in American Studies at Emory University (2007). Previously, McGehee was associate professor at Presbyterian College. McGehee's primary research focus is the U.S. South in literature, history, and film, with a focus on racial, gender, and class politics, and African American literature. Her articles have been published in journals including Cinema Journal, Southern Spaces, and Studies in American Culture, and in the volume, Pearl Cleage and Free Womanhood.

Goizueta Business School

Erica V. Hall
Assistant Professor, Organization and Management
Erika Hall completed her PhD in Management and Organizations at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (2014). Previously, she held positions at Harvard Business School and Kellogg. Hall's primary research focus is on implicit perceptions of masculinity and femininity in the workplace. Further, Hall looks at how leaders with multiple minority identities are perceived in teams and organizations. Her articles have been published in journals such as Psychological Science and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Edward Owens
Assistant Professor, Accounting
Edward Owens completed his PhD in Accounting at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2010). Previously, he held positions at the University of Rochester's Simon Business School, General Motors Acceptance Corporation Financial Services, and American Financial Group. Owens' research interests include the debt and equity market consequences of financial accounting information, the effects of financial distress on the production and use of accounting information and international accounting issues. He has been published in Review of Accounting Studies.

School of Medicine

Shipra Arya
Assistant Professor, Surgery
Shipra Arya received her MD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (2004). Her postgraduate medical training included a residency in Categorical General Surgery at Creighton University Medical Center and a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the University of Michigan. She will be working primarily at the Veterans Administration Medical Center as a vascular surgeon.

James M. Blum
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
James Blum received his MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2003). His postgraduate medical training included an internship at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital and a residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan. He will be working at Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown providing cardiothoracic critical care and surgical specialties. He will also be the Medical Director of the ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) program.

Michael Borich
Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine
Michael Robert Borich received his PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Minnesota (2010). His research interests focus on neurobiology of (re)learning in healthy individuals and patients with stroke using advanced multimodal neuroimaging to maximize rehabilitation outcomes aimed at restoring function and improving quality of life.

Gari D. Clifford
Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics
Gari Clifford received his PhD in Neural Networks and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Oxford (2002). Previously, he held positions at the University of Oxford. His articles have been published in journals including Critical Care Medicine, Physiological Measurement, and Biomedical Engineering Online.

Paul A. Dawson
Professor (Acting), Pediatrics
Paul Dawson received his PhD in Pharmacological Sciences from State University of New York at Stony Brook (1986). Previously, he held positions at Wake Forest School of Medicine. His research interests focus on bile formation and its role in metabolism and pathobiology with a focus on developing new therapeutics for chronic liver disease and obesity.

Michael J. Gambello
Associate Professor, Human Genetics | Tenured
Michael Gambello received his MD and PhD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (1993). His postgraduate medical training included a residency in Pediatrics at St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine. He will oversee a research program, provide leadership and oversight as section chief, and serve as Director of ACGME Medical Genetics Residency Program.

Eldon E. Geisert Jr.
Professor (Acting), Ophthalmology
Eldon Geisert Jr. received his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1978). Previously, he held positions at the University of Wisconsin, the Medical School University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. His research interests involve the response of the nervous system to injury focusing on the retina, using genetics with systems biology approach. His articles have been published in journals including Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Journal of Neuroscience, and Genetics.

Ihab M. Hajjar
Associate Professor, Medicine
Ihab Hajjar received his MD from the American University of Beirut (1994). Previously, he held positions at Hebrew SeniorLife and University of Southern California.

Chadwick McKinley Hales
Assistant Professor, Neurology
Chadwick McKinley Hales received his MD and PhD from the Medical College of Georgia (2005). His postgraduate medical training included an internship in Internal Medicine, a residency in Neurology, and a Cognitive Behavioral fellowship at Emory. His research interests focus on cognitive neurology. He will be working at the Emory Clinic and Wesley Woods Health Center with patients with Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative conditions.

R. Paul Johnson
Professor (Acting), Medicine
Paul Johnson received his MD from Harvard Medical School (1984). Previously, he held positions at University of Massachusetts Medical School and Harvard University. His research interests focus on the immunology of HIV and SIV infection. He will also serve as Director of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. His articles have been published in journals including the Journal of Immunological Methods, Neuroscience, and the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

Yonggang Ke
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Yonggang Ke received his PhD in Chemistry from Arizona State University (2009). He has significant training in chemistry and biochemistry and expertise in biomolecular programming/engineering. His postgraduate medical training included a fellowship in Cancer Biology at Harvard University. His research interests focus on bio-inspired programmable nanomaterial self-assembly and its applications for molecular biophysics, therapeutics, and material science.

Jun Kong
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics
Jun Kong received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University (2008). He has significant training in biomedical image analysis and expertise in machine learning and signal processing for large-scale biomedical translational research. His research interests focus on computer-aid diagnosis, whole-slide microscopy image processing, bioimage informatics, and translational integrative research.

Changwon Park
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Changwon Park received his PhD in Developmental Biology from Washington University (2005). Previously, he held positions at the University of Illinois. His research interests focus on FLK1 (VEGFR2), a receptor tyrosine kinase. His articles have been published in journals including Circulation Research and Molecular Cells.

Brian G. Petrich
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Brian Petrich received his PhD in Physiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (2003). Previously, he held positions at the University of California, San Diego and University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests focus on hemostasis and thrombosis.

Cheng-Kui Qu
Professor (Acting), Pediatrics
Cheng-Kui Qu received his MD from Anhui Medical University (1987) and PhD in Experimental Hematology from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (1993). Previously, he held positions at Case Western Reserve University, University of Maryland, and George Washington University. His research interests focus on juvenile myelomonocyctic leukemia, phosphatase function, and cancer stem cell metabolism. He will be working at the Aflac Cancer Center Leukemia, where he will focus on multidisciplinary collaborative translational research in the field of pediatric leukemia and lymphoma. His articles have been published in journals including Oncogene, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Blood.

Cassandra Leah Quave
Assistant Professor, Dermatology
Cassandra Quave received her PhD in Ethno Botany and Ethno Pharmacology from Florida International University (2008). She has significant training in medical ethno botany and expertise in complementary and alternative medical practices of the Mediterranean. Her research interests focus on botanical remedies used in the treatment of infectious disease. She will also hold a joint appointment with Emory College.

Malathy Shanmugam
Assistant Professor, Hematology and Medical Oncology
Malathy Shanmugam received her PhD in Tumor Cell Biology from Northwestern University School of Medicine (1997). Previously, she held positions at Northwestern University Medical Center, Loyola University of Chicago Medical Center, and PAREXEL International. Her research interests focus on cancer metabolism in myeloma and GLUT-4-dependent malignancies. Her articles have been published in journals including Blood, Oncogene, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Dmitry Shayakhmetov
Professor (Acting), Pediatrics
Dmitry Shayakhmetov received his PhD in Molecular Biology from National Institute of Applied Biotechnology (1996). His postgraduate medical training included a fellowship in Medical Genetics at the University of Washington. His research interests focus on immune, inflammatory, and infectious diseases. His articles have been published in journals  including the Journal of Virology, Cancer Research, and the Journal of Immunology.

Sarah Shultz
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Sarah Shultz received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Yale University (2013). Her postgraduate training included a pediatrics fellowship at Emory. She will be working at the Marcus Autism Center on neuroimaging and multi-method studies of infants and school-age children with and without autism.

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Kate Yeager
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Kate Yeager completed her PhD in Nursing at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (2012). Previously, she was research assistant professor at Emory and held positions at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory. Yeager's primary research focus is in health disparities and pain management. Her articles have been published in journals including Applied Nursing Research, Journal of Palliative Medicine, and Health Education Research.

Rollins School of Public Health

Robert A. Bednarczyk
Assistant Professor, Global Health
Robert Bednarczyk completed his PhD degree in Epidemiology at the State University of New York at Albany (2010). Previously, Bednarczyk was jointly appointed as a member of the research staff of Emory's Hubert Department of Global Health and as clinical investigator at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research-Southeast. Bednarczyk's primary research focus is infectious disease and the delivery of vaccines. His articles have been published in journals including New England Journal of Medicine, Vaccine, Pediatrics, and Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Suprateek Kundu
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Suprateek Kundu completed his PhD degree in Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012). Previously, Kundu was a postdoctoral research associate at Texas A&M University. Kundu's primary research focus is Baysian networks, non- and semi-parametric Bayes, computing and high dimensional data. His articles have been published in journals including Journal of the American Statistical Association, Biometrika, and Statistics in Medicine.

Felipe Lobelo
Associate Professor, Global Health
Felipe Lobelo completed his PhD in Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina (2008) and his MD at Universidad del Rosario (2002). Previously, Lobelo was an epidemic intelligence service officer at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lobelo's primary research focus is physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, obesity, and diabetes prevention and control. His articles have been published in journals including British Medical Journal, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics, and Journal of Adolescent Health.

Colleen McBride
Professor (Acting) and Chair, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education | Rollins Chair in Public Health
Colleen McBride completed her PhD in Behavioral Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota (1990). Previously, McBride was chief and senior investigator of the Social and Behavioral Research Branch, National Human Genome Institute, National Institutes of Health. McBride's primary research focus is genetic testing, tobacco use and cessation, and behavioral and social cancer risk factors. Her articles have been published in journals including Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Cancer, and Public Health Genomics.

Candler School of Theology

Kevin Watson
Assistant Professor, Wesleyan and Methodist Studies
Kevin Watson completed his PhD in the History of the Christian Tradition at Southern Methodist University (2012). Previously, Watson taught at Seattle Pacific University. Watson's primary research interest is in the history of British and American Methodism. His articles have been published in journals including Methodist History and the Wesleyan Theological Journal.