Andrey Sarantsev

I did my PhD at the University of Washington, Seattle, in the area of Stochastic Processes. After that, I worked at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as a Visiting Assistant Professor. From 2018, I worked as a permanent faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Mathematics & Statistics.

Lazaro Perez

My work seeks to identify and understand the coupling between physical heterogeneity and biochemical processes that control environmental biogeochemical reactions, energy, and mass transfer processes in the environment. We design and implement multiscale laboratory experiments visualization and numerical modeling.
My research is highly collaborative and multidisciplinary that provides domain expertise in scale biogeochemistry, reactive transport processes, multiphase flow systems, lab-to-field-scale hydrogeology, and computational geochemistry.

Monika Gulia-Nuss

The long-term interest of my research program is to understand the biology of disease vectors to identify novel strategies for vector control and pathogen transmission. My lab focuses on two arthropod vectors of human diseases: mosquitoes and ticks. Our research spans multiple disciplines, including ecology, biochemistry and physiology, genetics, genomics, and computational biology, to investigate questions related to arthropod biology. We employ techniques that encompass molecular, cellular, and organismal levels of studies. Since setting up my lab at UNR in 2016, the most significant research contributions of my program have been 1) pioneering an embryo injection protocol for ticks, 2) the first successful use of CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing in ticks, 3) producing the first chromosome-level genome assembly for a tick species, and 4) adapting and optimizing a RADseq protocol (Rapture) for genome-wide markers to understand population genetic structure of mosquitoes and ticks. In addition, we have recently initiated a project for the identification of biomarkers for early diagnostics of Lyme disease.

Tom Kozubowski

Following a graduate study of applied mathematics at the University of Warsaw, Poland, Dr. Tomasz J. Kozubowski received MS in Statistics from the University of Texas, El Paso, and Ph.D. in Statistics and Applied Probability from University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Dr. Kozubowski works in the general area of stochastic modeling of natural phenomena in variety of fields, including climate research, geosciences, finance, and economics. His research interests include distribution theory, Laplace distribution and its generalizations, limit theory for random sums, heavy tailed distributions, extremes, mathematical statistics, financial and insurance mathematics, stochastic models for hydro-climatic phenomena, and fractal scaling processes. He has co-authored 120 research publications in probability and statistics, including two monographs.

Dr. Kozubowski is currently an editorial board member of several academic journals and an active reviewer, having refereed for over 100 different academic journals. With the 2016 Sentinel of Science Reward, he was recognized by Publons as one of the top researchers contributing to the peer review in the field of mathematics.

Pradeep Menezes

Dr. Menezes is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. Before joining the University, he worked as an adjunct assistant professor in the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and post-doctoral research associate in the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh.

Tin-Yau Tam

Professor Tin-Yau Tam received his B.Sc. in 1982 and Ph.D. (Mathematics) in 1986, both from the University of Hong Kong in 1986. He currently serves as the Department Mathematics and Statistics Chair & Professor, and Seneca C. and Mary B. Weeks Chair of Mathematics at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He was selected as Lloyd and Sandra Nix Endowed Professor (2012-2015) at Auburn University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics Chair (2012-2018), Director of Assessment and Planning (2000-2012) for the College of Sciences and Mathematics (2020-2012) before he joined UNR. Tam’s areas of specialization are Matrix Theory, Multilinear Algebra, Numerical Ranges, Differential Geometry, Lie Theory, and their applications. To date, Tam has authored or coauthored about 115 research papers (35 are single-authored papers) and a research monograph Matrix Inequalities and their Extensions to Lie Groups, CRC/Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. He serves on the editorial boards of three peer-reviewed math journals: Linear and Multilinear Algebra, Electronic Linear Algebra, and Special Matrices. He has delivered more than 250 talks and a few of them were keynote lectures and plenary talks. He has organized many international math workshops and conferences. Tam has graduated 10 Ph.D. students. He served on the Board of Director (2009-2013) and the Advisory Committee (2020-2022) of the International Linear Algebra Society. He currently serves on the Scientific Committee of the International Research Center on Tensor and Matrix Theory at Shanghai University (since 2016) and the Board of Governors of Pacific Journal of Mathematics (since 2021).

John Louie

Dr. John N. Louie, Professor at the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno, has over forty years of university teaching and research experience in geophysics and seismology. He has published with students several well-cited papers on innovations in seismic imaging of earthquake faults in California, Nevada, and New Zealand. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Louie has developed a faster and more efficient site-assessment survey technique for earthquake-hazard evaluation, Refraction Microtremor. Research on this technology continues, measuring thousands of sites in California, Nevada, and New Zealand; and on using geological and geotechnical measurements to predict earthquake shaking from 3D wave physics, and improve communities’ resilience to disasters.

Scott Morrison

Scott has served as WNC’s Accreditation Liaison Officer with NWCCU since 2017 and as an NWCCU evaluator since 2015. Scott’s recent accomplishments include partnering with colleagues and communities on dual credit to build WNC’s Jump Start College Program, expanding cohorts to support underserved populations, revising WNC’s learning outcomes and assessment practices to align with institutional goals, and helping to lead a full revision of the Western’s strategic plan.

Paul Kwon

Dr. Kwon’s research investigates the role of resilience variables in how stigmatized individuals, particularly LGBTQ and ethnic minority individuals, cope with environmental stressors. His work examines the ways in which people can thrive and succeed despite prejudice and stigma, leading to interventions and prevention efforts to foster resilience in these populations.

M. Rashed Khan

Khan Lab@UNR aims to study, design, and develop soft materials, unconventional processes, and reconfigurable micro/nanodevices that can be harnessed and optimized further for advanced biochemical, biomedical, and physicochemical applications. The lab is also keen to establish a multidisciplinary smart-manufacturing research group, including researchers from various backgrounds. Through short and long-term active collaboration, Khan Lab@UNR would like to address fundamental challenges associated with soft micro-device fabrication, 3D/4D (bio)printing, and patterning, advanced hybrid sensor manufacturing, biomedical device development – which are still unnoticed and under-explored, and need further investigation.

Additionally, our group also focuses on computational neuroscience and neurobioengineering. Under this research direction, we study human brain, brain functions, brain structure so that the established knowledge can be broadly applicable to general biomecical science and knowledge of the brain and brain-diseases.