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New Faculty

A new year brings new faces. These are the faculty and staff joining us in CSAM this year.

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Dr. Vaibhav Kumar Anu
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department

  • B.E. Visvesvaraya Technological University, India
  • M.S. North Dakota State University
  • Ph.D. North Dakota University

Dr. Anu works at the intersection of Cognitive Psychology and Software Engineering. His research explores how the failures of human cognition (or simply, human errors) that occur during the software development process affect the quality of software. A particular theme of his research is developing human error based approaches for improving the quality of software requirements. Dr. Anu received a Ph.D. in Software Engineering from the Department of Computer Science at North Dakota State University in May 2018, advised by Dr. Gursimran Singh Walia. He also received an M.S. from the Department of Computer Science, North Dakota State University in May 2013.

Dr. Magnus Bebbington
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

  • M.S. University of Durham, United Kingdom
  • Ph.D. University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Dr. Bebbington holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Pennsylvania State University and held the Marie Curie Intra-European Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France. Before coming to MSU, Dr. Bebbington was an Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. His main interest is to facilitate the synthesis of natural product-like molecules that are biologically active with potential for use as cancer therapies, antiviral and antibiotic drugs.

Dr. Bong Jae Chung
Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences Department

  • B.S.Kyung Hee University, South Korea
  • M.S. University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Chung received his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in 2004. Before joining MSU, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Bioengineering at the George Mason University. Dr. Chung’s research is in the areas of computational fluid mechanics and fluid/structure interactions with applications to biological problems and vortex dynamics. His focus is on the computational and mathematical modeling of problems in biophysics including the analysis of blood flow in the Circle of Willis, the material properties of arterial walls and fluid dynamics of the eye. He is also interested in problems of flow past rigid and flexible bodies in geophysics and biophysics.

Dr. Ying Cui
Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies Department

  • B.E. China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China
  • M.S. Peking University, Beijing, China
  • M.S. Pennsylvania State University
  • Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Cui describes herself as a geologist and biogeochemist. She studies the interplay of the biosphere and the geosphere of the Earth system, the climate history of our planet, and the evolution of the biosphere. She grew up in NE China and studied geology in China University of Geosciences and Peking University. Dr. Cui received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, where she developed modeling tools based on biogeochemical cycle of carbon to reconstruct past climate. Before joining Montclair State University, she spent time as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Louisiana and Dartmouth College. Dr. Cui’s other interests include swimming, playing Ping-Pong, and reading.

Dr. Joseph DiNapoli
Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences Department

  • B.S. Millersville University
  • M.Ed. Millersville University
  • Ph.D. University of Delaware

Dr. DiNapoli received a Ph.D. is in Mathematics Education from the University of Delaware in 2018. His research primarily involves the learning of mathematics and ways to support students’ perseverance during problem-solving, especially at moments of perceived impasse. He loves mathematics and is fascinated by the ways in which it is taught and learned. He is thrilled to be joining the wonderful scholars in the College of Science and Mathematics.

Dr. Robert O’Hagan
Assistant Professor, Biology Department

  • B.A. Wesleyan University
  • Ph.D. Columbia University

Dr. O’Hagan uses the nematode C. elegans to study the regulation of intracellular transport and cytoskeletal structure by the post-translational addition of the amino acid glutamate to microtubules. Microtubules are the “highways” of the cell; these added glutamates can act like “signposts” to control kinesins, which are the “cargo trucks” inside cells. Cargo transport and cytoskeletal stability are involved in neurodegeneration as well as regeneration of injured neurons; therefore, this work should have important therapeutic implications. Dr. O’Hagan received his B.A. in film studies at Wesleyan University, and was awarded his Ph.D. with distinction at Columbia University for his work on the transduction of touch sensation by a DEG/ENaC ion channel. Dr. O’Hagan is also an avid musician and cyclist.

Dr. Kazi Zakia Sultana
Assistant Professor, Computer Science

  • B.Sc. Bangladesh University of Eng. and Technology, Bangladesh
  • M.S. Wayne State University
  • Ph.D. Mississippi State University

Dr. Sultana received her Ph.D. from the department of Computer Science and Engineering of Mississippi State University. She completed B.Sc. Degree in Computer Science and Engineering of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2006. She received MS degree in Computer Science from Wayne State University, USA in 2011. Dr. Sultana’s research interests are in software engineering focusing on software security, software metrics, software quality, and empirical software engineering.

Ms. Tanya Sulikowski
Environmental Educator/Researcher, School of Conservation

  • B.S. Rutgers University
  • M.S. Montclair State University

Ms. Sulikowski was trained as a field ecologist and has continued to work with a variety of species throughout her career. She was recently selected as a Grosvenor Teaching Fellow by National Geographic and awarded the “Women in Wildlife” Award for Education by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. Ms. Sulikowski earned her B.S in Conservation and Applied Ecology from Rutgers University and M.S. in Ecology and Evolution from Montclair State University. Her thesis research focused on how land use impacts macroinvertebrate communities and she had the privilege of using the Flat Brook at the School of Conservation as her benchmark research site. During her off hours, she is an avid native plant and organic vegetable gardener and loves to hike, paddle, and explore the planet’s wildest places.

Ms. Suzanne Deshchidn
Program Assistant, School of Conservation

  • M.F.A. Pine Manor College
  • M.A. Union Institute & University

Ms. Deshchidn is the program assistant for the NJ School of Conservation. She earned her MFA from Solstice Creative Writing Program and her MA in Creativity Studies from Union Institute. Formerly an English professor, Suzanne enjoys editing projects and discussing her creativity theory. Presently, she is earning her MSW at Rutgers University. Her daughter is currently a Performance major at Montclair.