New Hires Fall 2014

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Padmini Das

Post-doctoral Research Associate
PhD Program in Environmental Management

Dr. Das has conducted research in the area of remediation of lead contaminated soils for the past eight years, first as a masters student and then as a Ph.D. student in our doctoral program in Environmental Management. She was the recipient of a Graduate Student Research Grant from the Geological Society of America and the 2012 CSAM Awards of Excellence. She won three First Prize and two Second Prize for presentations at regional and scientific conferences. Dr. Das has authored or co-authored 8 peer reviewed journal articles in some of the most prestigious journals in the environmental science and 20 technical abstracts.

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Jinsahn Gao

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Gao’s most recent appointment was that of a post-doctoral fellow at Purdue University. Prior to that, he served as a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. His research interest lies in the investigation of free radical activities by employing mass spectrometry and the development of a new ionization source.

As a graduate student, he served as teaching assistant for an undergraduate chemistry course. He has authored or co-authored 12 original research papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals that have either been accepted or in preparation, six poster presentations at professional conferences, and an additional four oral presentations. He holds a patent for Laser-Induced Acoustic Desorption/Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry and a provisional patent pending for Compositions and Methods of Glycan Sequencing. He joins the department as a member of the new Center for Quantitative Obesity Research. Before commencing his doctoral studies, Dr. Gao worked as a Research Associate at the Institute of Applied Chemistry for Agriculture in Beijing, China.

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Amir Golnabi

Assistant Professor
Department Mathematical Sciences

Dr. Golnabi studied Mathematics and Computer Engineering at the University of Salamanca in Spain. After completing 4 years of coursework, he transferred to Montclair State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2007. Thereafter, he started his graduate studies at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, and worked on the "Computational Aspect of Microwave Imaging for Biomedical Applications." In June 2012, he completed his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering, and joined the Pulmonary Imaging and Bioengineering Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School. During his postdoctoral research fellow training, he worked on "Complex Systems Approach to Bronchoconstriction in Asthma." He has a track record of peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, and awards, including the Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award for the Best Paper Published in Medical Physics, 2013. He was also the recipient of the prestigious IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Graduate Fellowship for Medical Applications in 2010. Dr. Golnabi's research interest includes mathematical modeling, numerical methods, inverse problems, medical image processing, and image reconstruction algorithms. He holds a patent in System and Method for Collection and Use of Magnetic Resonance Data and Microwave Data to Identify Boundaries of Interest with two colleagues. He has six authored papers and presented 19 conference papers.

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Andrada E. Ivanescu

Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Dr. Ivanescu research interests concentrate on statistical inference and computational statistics. Just prior to joining Montclair State University she gained experience in biostatistics as an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University in the Department of Biostatistics. And, while a graduate student at Florida State University, she served as a research assistant in Biostatistics and a teaching assistant. She has authored or co-authored 10 scientific articles and presented posters and workshops at regional and national conferences. She is co-Investigator on a National Institute of Health research grant for the study of NADPH oxidase activity and muscle microvascular endothelial function in obesity. She joins the department as a member of the new Center for Quantitative Obesity Research.

Jorge Lorenzo-Trueba

Assistant Professor
Department of and Environmental Studies

Dr. Trueba comes to MSU from Rice University Earth Sciences Department where he is serving as Post-doctoral Fellow. Prior to that he served as Postdoctoral Investigator at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in Woods Hole Massachusetts, focusing on the response of coastal barriers to sea-level rise, climate change and human activities. His doctoral research focused on modeling the dynamics of fluvial deltas coupled with biogeochemical processes. As a graduate assistant he taught undergraduate courses in Fluid Mechanics and Stream Restoration. Dr. Lorenzo-Trueba is credited, as first author, with five refereed articles, a host of invited talks, and eight conference presentations.

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Eileen C. Murray

Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Dr. Murray recently completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she served a member of the research team for APEC Promising Practices in Secondary Mathematics and Science Teacher Education. She completed her dissertation in mathematics education at the University of Georgia where she worked as a math coach in the local district. She was also a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Georgia where she provided classroom support, workshops on mathematics content and pedagogy. Her dissertation, Implementing Higher Order Thinking in Middle School Mathematics Classrooms, identified and documented how two middle school teachers choose and implement mathematical tasks that have the potential to develop students’ higher-order thinking skills. Prior to enrolling in a doctoral program, she taught high school mathematics in Atlanta, GA.

Mitchell Sitnick

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology and Molecular Biology

Dr. Sitnick comes from the University of Pittsburgh where he completed a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism. He joins the department as a member of the new Center for Quantitative Obesity Research where he brings his expertise in the use of animal models of obesity and aging to help expand current and create new research opportunities. His research focuses on the interaction between lipids and skeletal muscle and its impact skeletal muscle growth and performance. After graduating from The College of New Jersey, Dr. Sitncik spent several years in the pharmacutical industry working in both the Immunology and Biologics departments. During Ph.D. studies his primary research focused on understanding the molecular mechnaisms by which skeletal muscle modulates its mass or metabolism under the chronic dysregulation of obesity and aging. Dr. Sitnick’s resume highlights 8 published articles in professional jpurnals and 7 abstracts presented at research conferences. As a graduate assistant, he taught upper level undergrduate lab courses.