Below are the participants in the 2021 New Faculty Research Symposium:

Waseem Abbas

ECS, Systems Engineering

I work in the areas of networked control systems, cyber-physical systems, resilience and robustness in networked systems, distributed optimization, graph machine learning, and graph-theoretic methods for multiagent systems. 

Shuang Chi

ECS, Mechanical Engineering

My research focuses on both the fundamental study of nanoscale heat transfer and energy conversion and advanced materials development spanning from intelligent soft materials and devices for moisture control and phase change materials for thermal energy storage in buildings.

Anne Burton

EPPS, Economics

My research is primarily concerned with the spillover effects of risky health behaviors and crime. My work lies at the intersection of health economics, public economics, and the economics of crime.

Jessica Hanson-Defusco

EPPS, Public Policy and Political Economy

Global health policy, international development policy and practice, and human development theory

Purni Joshi

NSM, Biological Sciences

My research investigates the fate, function and regulation of immature cell types, referred to as stem cells and progenitors, in epithelial tissues during development, regeneration and cancer. I have expertise in mouse models, cell-fate mapping, confocal imaging, organoid systems, stem/progenitor cell assays and single cell analyses. An overarching goal is to identify immature cell lineages and molecular mechanisms that can be harnessed to develop unique cancer prevention/treatment interventions and regenerative therapies.

Gu Eon Kang

ECS, Bioengineering

My research program at UT Dallas is directed towards developing a comprehensive evaluation and rehabilitation techniques of balance and mobility in individuals with neuromuscular or musculoskeletal diseases. To this end, my research training has been focusing on gait analysis and biomechanical analysis using motion analysis systems such as wearable technology and camera-based motion capture technology.

Jerillyn Kent

BBS, Psychology

I study motor abnormalities in psychopathology, with a particular interest in cerebellar abnormalities in psychotic disorders.  In many cases the neural substrates associated with motor abnormalities have been hypothesized to also contribute to clinical symptoms, and may pose novel and potentially very potent treatment targets. 

Laura Kim

A&H, Visual and Performing Arts

My multimedia practice-based research in art investigates on/offline (non)human interactions and feelosophical experiences of the body. Spanning from video art, digital art, new media art to writing, I center the body as a medium to perform moments of incomprehension: when language loses its coherence, necessitates absurd leaps in logic, and reroutes into intuitive and improvisational sense-making forms of expression. As an avid cross-disciplinary pollinator, collaborator, and storyteller, my ongoing projects thematically focus on blobology, feelolosophy, emotions, social robots, artificial intelligence, social media, networked and digital technologies.

Andrew Krajewski

EPPS, Criminology / Criminal Justice

My research focuses on aggressive and violent behavior at the incident level. I examine the individual and situational factors that precipitate and escalate interpersonal conflicts. I am primarily interested in the influence of social norms and other factors that may affect the decision-making process. My research also uses social network analysis to explore how deviant and criminal behavior (and the opportunities for them) vary across different social settings.  

Kyle McCall

ECS, Materials Science and Engineering

My research covers the full range of materials chemistry, focusing on semiconductors for optoelectronic applications such as solar cells, light emitters, and radiation detectors. I specialize in the synthesis and characterization of bulk metal halides, utilizing both solution chemistry and high-temperature solid-state chemistry as well as crystal growth techniques.

Lauren Pinson

EPPS, Public Policy and Political Economy

My primary research focuses on the government responses to cross-border trafficking, particularly of drugs and small arms. My broader work focuses on the politics of cross-border issues including foreign aid, illicit trafficking, border security, and migration. I use mixed methods approaches including quantitative analysis of original data, qualitative interviews with decision makers, and survey experiments.

Darshan Sapkota

NSM, Biological Sciences

We have discovered novel protein variants and begun to show their function in the brain. For eg, deleting one of the variants exacerbates the level of a toxic peptide that causes Alzheimer’s disease whereas enhancing it expedites the removal of that pathogenic peptide from the mouse brain. We use molecular biology, mouse genetics, MRI, and cognitive tests and aim to illuminate brain function and neurological disease from the lens of new protein variants.

Anton Sobolev

EPPS, Economic Political and Policy

My research studies questions of cyber policy and politics using text analysis, machine learning, and causal inference. My recent projects focus on misinformation, cybersecurity, and mass protest. More broadly, I study how digital technology shapes behavior.

Ren Songyao

A&H, Philosophy and History of Ideas

I work primarily in ethics, moral psychology, and Chinese philosophy. My research adopts a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach to study what the good life consists in.

Yunan Wu

NSM, Mathematical Sciences

My main research interests are causal inference in precision medicine, non-parametric and semi-parametric analysis, and high dimensional analysis. I am also interested studying incorrupted data, Mendelian randomization, and machine learning techniques.