New Faculty



Mathematics & College of Creative Studies, Lecturer

Ph.D., Caltech (Mathematics)

Research Interests:  Mathematics instruction, completions of partial latin squares, graph decompositions, and quasirandom colorings of graphs.



Mathematics, Professor & Microsoft Station Q, Director

Ph.D., Princeton University (Mathematics)

Research Interests: Low dimensional topology, quantum computation, quantum topology.


JACKSON, Matthew

Earth Science, Associate Professor

Ph.D., MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program (Geology and Geophysics)

Research Interests:  Geochemistry and Igneous Petrology.


JONES, Charles

Geography, Associate Professor

Ph.D., UC Davis (Atmospheric Sciences)

Research Interests:  Precipitation variability, extreme events, weather forecasts, predictability studies, regional modeling, monsoon systems, and climate change.


KITAEV, Alexei

Physics/Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Professor/Permanent Member

Ph.D., L.D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Moscow (Physics)

Research Interests: Topological quantum phases and related mathematics (unitary tensor category, etc.), protected qubits, quantum algorithms.


KUHN, Werner

Geography, Professor

Ph.D., Vienna University of Technology (Geographic Information Science)

Research Interests:  How to communicate the intended meaning of geospatial information across contexts (relevant contexts are human activities, professional disciplines, natural languages, and information communities).



Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University (Biology)

Research Interests:  Community and ecosystem ecology, focused upon understanding how human alteration of wildlife communities (particularly large wildlife) affects the ecology of whole ecosystems.


OONO, Ryoko

Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Minnesota (Plant Biology)

Research Interests:  Ecology and evolution of plant-microbial interactions, nitrogen fixation, evolution of mutualism, phylogenetics, population & community genetics of symbiotic networks, legume-rhizobia, fungal endophytes, lichens, mycorrhizae. 


YOUNG, Hillary

Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Stanford (Biology)

Research Interests:  Disease ecology, ecology, population and community ecology, zoology.




Physics & College of Creative Studies, Lecturer

Ph.D.,  Tbilisi State University, Republic of Georgia (Mathematical Physics)

Research Interests: Physics instruction.

CHEN, Irene

Chemistry & Biochemistry & BMSE, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Harvard University (Biophysics)

Research Interests:  Prebiotic chemistry of nucleic acid replication and function.


ICHIBA, Tomoyuki

Statistics & Applied Probability, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Columbia University (Statistics)

Research Interests: Probability, stochastic processes, stochastic differential equations, collisions of Brownian particles, local time of semimartingales, mathematical economics & finance (stochastic portfolio theory), and statistics in finance, molecular biology & sports.



Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Professor

Ph.D., Swansea University (Phytoplankton carbon physiology)

Research Interests:  Evolution of phytoplankton and global biogeochemistry, interactions between climate change and ocean biota, ocean acidification, physiological ecology of phytoplankton, marine calcification, adaptation of ecinoderm larvae to ocean acificiation, shotgun proteomics, functional genomics. 



Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (Microbiology)

Research Interests:  Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channels, sensory signaling, animal behavior.



Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University (Neuroscience)

Research InterestsDrosophila genetics to investigate the molecular mechanisms of cell motility.


WANG, Zhengan

Mathematics, Professor & Microsoft Station Q

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego (Mathematics)

Research Interests:  Low dimensional topology, quantum topology/algebra, quantum computation.



Mathematics, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (Mathematics)

Research Interests:  Applied analysis and numerical computation of scientific problems arising from geophysical fluid, seismology, material science and biology.


JANOWICZ, Krzysztof

Geography, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Münster, Germany (Geography)

Research Interests: GIScience, geospatial semantics, mobile computing, and geographic information retrieval.


JUANG, Linda

Psychological and Brain Sciences, Lecturer

Ph.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing (Developmental Psychology)

Research Interests: Issues of acculturation, ethnic identity, and racial/ethnic discrimination among adolescents of immigrant families.


WELD, David

Physics, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University (Physics)

Research Interests: Experimental ultracold atomic physics, quantum simulation, optical lattices, trapping of alkali and alkaline earth atoms, novel quantum phases, nonequilibrium dynamics, new cooling techniques, analogies between condensed matter and atomic physics, quantum metrology, micron-scale force sensing.