Faculty Research Awards

October 2021

Jianwei Sun, Ph.D.Jianwei Sun, Ph.D., Tulane University, 2010

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics
Dr. Sun’s research interests include Materials Theory and Computation/Density Functional Theory.

NSF CAREER Award, CAREER: Visualization, Interpretation, and Modeling of Exchange-Correlation Hole for Density Functional Theory, $500,000.00, July 1, 2021- June 30, 2026


Julie Albert, Ph.D.Julie Albert, Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2011

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Dr. Albert’s research interests include Nanostructured Polymeric Materials, Stimuli-responsive Materials, Thin Film Morphologies, Surface Science, Combinatorial Methods, Solar Energy, Cancer MetastasisJulie

Albert (Principal Investigator), Ehab Meselhe (Co-Principal Investigator), Kejun Wen (Co-Principal Investigator), Katie Russell (Co-Principal Investigator), Franziska Trautmann (Co-Principal Investigator)

NSF Convergence Accelerator Track E: Using Recycled Glass Sand to Promote Resilience and the Blue Economy in Coastal Communities
$716,823.00, October 1, 2021-September 30, 2022


Carolyn Bayer, Ph.D.Carolyn Bayer, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 2009

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Bayer’s research interests include Ultrasound, Photoacoustic Imaging, and Imaging Contrast Agents

Scialog: Advancing Bioimaging, a new three-year initiative supported by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation. $100,000


Ehab Meselhe, Ph.D.Ehab Meselhe, Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1994

Professor, Department of River Coastal Science and Engineering
Dr. Meselhe’s research interests include Coastal wetland hydrology, sediment transport, and computer modeling of coastal wetland, estuarine, and riverine systems

Louisiana Watershed Initiative, $147,882, September 1, 2021-December 31, 2021


Nicole M. Gasparini, Ph.D.Nicole M. Gasparini, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Gasparini’s research interests include Fluvial geomorphology, Landscape evolution, Sediment delivery from hillslopes to rivers, Interactions between climate and tectonics through erosion, Impacts of climate change on river networks

NSF, Collaborative Research: CyberTraining: Pilot: A Cybertraining Program to Advance Knowledge and Equity in the Geosciences, $173,323.00, October 1, 2021- September 30, 2023

NSF, Collaborative Research: Frameworks: OpenEarthscape - Transformative Cyberinfrastructure for Modeling and Simulation in the Earth-Surface Science Communities, $86,286.00, October 1, 2021- September 30, 2026

Nicole Gasparini, 2021 Marguerite T. Williams Award, given annually by the American Geophysical Union’s Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Section.


Marie Dahleh, Ph.D.Marie Dahleh, Ph.D., Princeton University, 1990

Associate Dean for Strategic Innovation and Program Development
Senior Professor of Practice, Department of Mathematics

National Academy of Science, Gulf Scholars Program, $525,000 over 5 years


Caroline (Caz) Taylor, Ph.D.Caroline (Caz) Taylor, Ph.D., University of California Davis, 2004

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dr. Taylor’s research interests include Population Biology of Migratory and Invasive Species, Wetlands Ecology

NSF, GCR: Collaborative Research: Designing a Sustainable Agricultural Production System through Convergence Research Using a Multi-Scale Ecosystems Approach, $2,097,057.00, January 1, 2022-December 31, 2026


August 2021

YiPing Chen, Ph.D.YiPing Chen, Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1993

Professor and Chair, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
The John L. and Mary Wright Ebaugh Chair in Science and Engineering

Dr. Chen’s research interests include Molecular mechanisms and genetic control of vertebrate organogenesis

New NIH R01 NIH R01: Characterization and functional assessment of a novel population of Wnt/beta-catenin driven adipocytes, $2M for four years


Michael Naguib, Ph.D.Michael Naguib, Ph.D., Drexel University, 2014

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics
Ken & Ruth Arnold Early Career Professor in Science and Engineering

Dr. Naguib's research interests include Novel Energy Materials. See more »

NSF CAREER Award, CAREER: Synthesis of Novel Two-Dimensional Materials from Metastable Layered Materials, $607,788.00, July 1, 2021


Lisa J. Fauci, Ph.D.Lisa J. Fauci, Ph.D., New York University, 1986

Professor, Department of Mathematics
Nola Lee Haynes Professor in Mathematics

Dr. Fauci’s research interests include Numerical Analysis, Scientific Computing, Fluid Dynamics, Mathematical Biology. See more »


Ricardo Cortez, Ph.D.Ricardo Cortez, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1995

Professor, Department of Mathematics
William Larkin Duren Professor in Mathematics
Director, Center for Computational Science

Dr. Cortez’s research interests include Computational Fluid Dynamics, Numerical Methods and Scientific Computing, Biological Fluid Flow Applications. See more »

Lisa Fauci PI, and Ricardo Cortez co-I, NSF, Collaborative Research: DMS/NIGMS2: Computational and Experimental Analysis of Choanoflagellate Hydrodynamic Performance - Selective Factors in the Evolution of Multicellularity, $561,284.00, July 1, 2021- June 30, 2024


Sunshine Van Bael, Ph.D.Sunshine Van Bael, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003

Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dr. Van Bael’s research interest include: Tropical ecology, plant-insect-fungal interactions, agroecology, coastal and wetland ecology

NSF, RAPID: From microbes to new tropical forests: an experimental test of fungal specialization on host tree genotypes in the context of a reforestation experiment, $199,898.00, May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022


Stacy Overstreet, Ph.D.Stacy Overstreet, Ph.D., Tulane University, 1995

Professor, Department of Psychology
Dr. Overstreet’s research interests include the impact of trauma on youth and the effectiveness of interventions to address the needs of trauma-exposed youth

LoveTruth Society, Trauma Informed Schools, $109,000


Torbjörn E. Törnqvist, Ph.D.Torbjörn E. Törnqvist, Ph.D., Utrecht University, 1993

Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Vokes Geology Professor

Dr. Törnqvist’s research interests include Quaternary geology, Fluvial and deltaic sedimentology, Sequence stratigraphy, Sea-level change, Applied geochronology, Paleoclimatology

New grants NOAA Restore Act


Jennifer Whitten, Ph.D.Jennifer Whitten, Ph.D., Brown University, 2014

Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ken and Ruth Arnold Early Career Professor in Earth and Ecological Sciences

Dr. Whitten’s research interests include Planetary Science, Volcanism, Impact Cratering, Geomorphology, Radar

NASA space mission funded See more »


Michael Moore, Ph.D.Michael Moore, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 2005

Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Moore’s research interest include Tissue engineering, Biomaterials, Central nervous system regeneration

Named chairperson of a National Institutes for Health study section See more »