Faculty Spotlight

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Terence Tao:
Mathematics

Terence Tao was a seven year-old high school student when he began taking calculus classes. By age 20 he had received a Ph.D. from Princeton and joined the UCLA faculty. He has won the Fields Medal in Mathematics, a MacArthur "genius" grant, and the Crafoord Prize for Mathematics. Watch Tao talk about how he approaches problem-solving.
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Suzanne Paulson:
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences

Suzanne Paulson travels across Los Angeles in her Toyota RAV 4 electric vehicle measuring air quality. Her study found that neighborhoods downwind of Santa Monica airport have elevated levels of pollutants. Suzanne's research into the atmospheric chemistry of aerosols continues to illustrate the effect of pollutants on our health and our climate here in Los Angeles.
 
 

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Song-Chun Zhu: Statistics

Song-Chun Zhu conducts computer vision research using image parsing, video parsing, and statistical modeling. His work presents exciting applications for machine learning and artificial intelligence including: surveillance, human body modeling and simulation, aerial imaging, visual arts, and intelligent vehicle design.
 
 

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Sabeeha Merchant: Chemistry & Biochemistry

Sabeeha Merchant uses a combination of classical genetics, genomics, and biochemistry to discover how a single-celled green alga, Chlamydomona, uses metal ions to create energy for biosynthesis. Sabeeha is a lead researcher on the gene sequencing of the Chlamydomona, which has wide-reaching implications for the study of how cells work and the study of human diseases.

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Richard Kaner:
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Richard Kaner has synthesized novel superconductors, developed membranes that separate gases from air, and produced new high tempertaure materials. The Kaner Group's discoveries have extraordinary industrial implications which should lead to more pure and effective pharmaceuticals. Richard is also renowned for his exceptional teaching, which focuses on how chemistry impacts our daily lives. The Academic Senate has selected Richard as a Faculty Research Lecturer for 2013-2014.   

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Neil Garg:
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Neil Garg has been recognized for his exceptional research with the Glenn T. Seaborg Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Reseach Fellowship, and the Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award. The Garg Laboratory develops synthetic strategies and methods that enable the synthesis of complex bioactive molecules. Garg is also beloved by UCLA students for his famous Organic Chemistry course, in which students create music videos about chemical reactions.

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T. Mark Harrison:
Earth, Planetary, & Space Sciences

T. Mark Harrison is a leading specialist on early earth. His analysis of rocks on Akilia Island in Greenland suggests that life existed on Earth at least 3.8 billion years ago - 400 million years earlier than previously thought. "We don't know when life began on Earth yet," says T. Mark Harrison, "but it potentially could have emerged as early as 4.3 billion years ago because we infer that all three required conditions for life existed then."

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Ken Houk: Chemistry & Biochemistry

Ken Houk is one of the most prolific chemists in the world. He is a leading authority on theoretical and computational organic chemistry, which he uses to predict chemical and biological reactivity. The Houk Group has explained the molecular dynamics of the Diels-Alder reaction, the most important reaction in synthesis. 

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Juli Feigon:
Chemistry & Biochemistry

The Feigon laboratory studies the structure and function of DNA and RNA primarily using multidimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Feigon's work mapping the p65 protein in the single-celled protozoan Tetrahymena sheds light on how the enzyme telomerase is assembled in cells. Feigon's work may lead to a way to turn off telomerase in cancer cells, effectively preventing cancer cells from multiplying.

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Joseph Teran:
Mathematics

Joseph Teran, a professor of Applied Mathematics at UCLA, was named one of the "brightest people alive" by Discover Magazine. Follow him around UCLA's campus as he discusses virtual surgery and the power of applied math studies with Dr. Carmack Holmes of the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT).
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Jianwei Miao:
Physics & Astronomy

Jianwei Maio's experiments using electron tomography has allowed scientists to view the interior structure of an atom for the first time. The Miao group has created three dimensional models of these nanoparticles, which provides major insights on the atomic structure of non-crystalline materials, a major unsolved problem in the physical sciences.
 
 

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James McWilliams: 
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

James McWilliams, the Louis B. Slichter Professor of Earth Sciences, researches the natural fluid dynamics of the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. His three-dimensional simulation model of the U.S. West Coast is an important tool for interpreting coastal data and predicting future coastal changes.

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Glen MacDonald: IoES

Glen MacDonald, Director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, processes and analyzes macrofossils, fossil pollen, and tree rings. His lab's investigations shed light on how vegetation responded to climate change at various elevation and temperatures thousands of years ago. The group is active in field research in the northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, the North American subarctic, Russia and Siberia.
 
 

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Edward Wright:
Physics & Astronomy

Edward L. Wright is the Principal Investigator on the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which has completed its first coverage of the whole sky. He also is renowned for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), and on the Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe (WMAP), the follow-up to COBE's discoveries of fluctuations in the early Universe. 

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David Jewitt: 
Earth, Planetary, & Space Sciences

David Jewitt, Director of iPLEX, researches the primitive bodies of the Solar System, particularly comets, and their role in the evolution of the protoplanetary disk. In 2012, Jewitt won the Shaw Prize and the Kavli Prize for astrophysics, each worth $1 million, for discovering and characterizing the Kuiper Belt.

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Aradhna Tripati:
Earth, Planetary, & Space Sciences

Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences

Aradhna Tripati's research group uses the sedimentary record to address fundamental questions about the dynamics of climate change, both past and future. The principal aim of their research is to understand the role of the carbon cycle in changing seawater chemistry and climate.

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Andrea Ghez:
Physics & Astronomy

Andrea Ghez, the Lauren B. and Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine Chair in Astrophysics, researches the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy. Ghez is also the winner of the MacArthur "genius" grant and the Crafoord Prize in astronomy. UCLA enables her to access to the Keck telescope, the largest telescope in the world.
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Andrea Bertozzi:
Mathematics

Andrea Bertozzi applies mathematics to social problems that affect people's lives. The Bertozzi group's swarm models have been used to analyze crime patterns and solve violent gang crimes. The group is currently working of modeling fluid interfaces and thin film slurry, modeling biological and artificial swarms, and image processing.