College of Sciences

The UMass Lowell College of Sciences
fosters critical and creative thinking for a technical world. 

We do this through small lecture sections, interdisciplinary degree combinations and experiential learning opportunities far and
wide including service-learning and co-op programs. Our world-class facilities for
learning and research are enhanced by a
faculty committed to making every effort
to put your success first.

Meet Our Faculty

Melisenda Jean McDonald, Ph.D.Professor Emeritus, Chemistry, Biocheminformatics, Nanomanufacturing Center of ExcellenceBiochemistry
Kunnat Sebastian, Ph.D.Professor, PhysicsParticle physics theory, theoretical atomic physics
Hwai-Chen Guo, Ph.D.Professor, Biological SciencesStructural Biology; Macromolecular Crystallography; Enzymology; Immune Responses, Rare Disease
Alexander OlsenProfessorStatistics
Michael Graves, Ph.D.Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Biology Molecular Biology and Virology
Yongwoo Lee, Ph.D.Research Professor, ChemistryOrganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Decontamination Chemistry, Reactive Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF), and Protective fabrics
Yu Cao, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Computer ScienceBig Data Analytics, Computational Intelligence, Multimedia Computing, and Biomedical Informatics
Jeffrey R. Moore, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, BMEBTMolecular Motors, Cellular Motility & Muscle Contraction
Samuel Sawan, Ph.D.Professor, ChemistryPolymer Chemistry
Carol Myers, Ph.D.Lecturer, Biological SciencesDevelopmental Biology, Genetics, Biology Education
John LahoudLecturer, Mathematical Sciences 
Juliette Rooney-Varga, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Director, Biological Sciences, Climate Change Initiative, Center for Complex Environmental SystemsClimate Change and Sustainability, Microbial Ecology, Biogeochemistry
Jayant Kumar, Ph.D.Professor, Physics & Applied Physics, Center for Advanced Materials, Nanomanufacturing Center of Excellence, HEROESMaterial Science, Optical & electronic properties of materials, Optical Spectroscopy, Devices
Jessica Garb, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Biological ScienceMolecular Evolution & Systematic Biology
Theresa SchilleLecturer, Mathematical Sciences 
Ezequiel Rivera, Ph.D.Professor, Biological SciencesPlant Biology & Cell Biology
Guy DeMartinis, D.EngSenior Engineer, Adjunct Faculty, Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory, Physics & Applied PhysicsMillimeter and terahertz wave systems design and applications.
Rida M. MirieAssociate ProfessorApplied mathematics, fluids
Robert Caret, Ph.D.Professor, Chemistry Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Education, Higher education.
Nikolay LepeshkinLecturer, Undergraduate Coordinator, Physics 
Enrique Gonzalez VelascoProfessor, Mathematical SciencesHistory of mathematics
Clayton S. French, Jr., Ph.D.Professor, Physics & Applied Physics, Biomedical EngineeringRadiological science & protection
Byung Guk Kim, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Computer ScienceNetwork Performance, High-speed Networks, Multimedia Communications
Zahra Fardmanesh-KarimyLecturer, Mathematical Sciences 
Mingdi Yan, Ph.D.Professor, ChemistryOrganic / Materials Chemistry
Kenneth M. LevasseurProfessor, Department Chair, Mathematical SciencesDiscrete mathematics, abstract algebra, computing with Mathematica
Richard W. Stimets, Ph.D.Professor, PhysicsSolid state physics, astronomy, image processing
Mark Tries, Ph.D.Associate Professor, PhysicsRadiological sciences and protection
Charles Ormsby, Ph.D.Lecturer, Mathematical Sciences 
Jerome Hojnacki, Ph.D.Professor, Graduate Coordinator, Biological Sciences, Biomedical EngineeringAtherosclerosis, Lipid Biochemistry, Lipoprotein Metabolism & Nutrition
Leslie Farris, Ph.D.Lecturer, Chemistry, Climate Change InitiativeChemistry
Viktor A. Podolskiy, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Assistant Chair, Physics 
Andrew Gatesman, Ph.D.Assistant Director, Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory 
Garth Hall, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering 
Partha Chowdhury, Ph.D.Professor, Graduate Coordinator, Physics & Applied Physics, Radiation Laboratory 
James Canning, Ph.D.Dean, Honors College, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Honors College, Computer Science 
Lee K. JonesProfessor, Mathematical SciencesProbability, mathematical statistics, neural networks & pattern recognition
Peter Gaines, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Biological Science, Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology Program Molecular and Developmental Biology
Jie Wang, Ph.D.Director, Department Chair, Professor, Computer Science, Center for Network and Information SecurityAlgorithms, Computational Complexity, Complex Networks, Wireless & Sensor Networks, Network Security, Mathematical Modeling
Alexander Kheifets, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Mathematical SciencesHarmonic & complex analysis, operator theory
Mark Hines, Ph.D.Acting Dean - College of Sciences, Professor, Biological Sciences Microbial Biogeochemistry
Dimitris M. Christodoulou, Ph.D.Lecturer, Mathematical SciencesNonlinear Differential Equations, Linear Stability Analysis, Galaxy Dynamics, MHD, Numerical Multidimensional Simulations
Ann Marie HurleyProfessor, Co-Director, Mathematical Sciences, Center for Irish PartnershipsStatistics, bioinformatics
Marina Ruths, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Chemistry, Nanomanufacturing Center of ExcellenceSurface & Colloid Chemistry
Johanna Choo, Ph.D.Lecturer, Biological SciencesAvian Biology, Fruit Nutrient Chemistry, Plant Ecology
William BannisterProfessor Emeritus, Chemistry 
Thao TranLecturer, Mathematical Sciences 
Arthur Mittler, Ph.D.Professor, PhysicsExperimental nuclear physics, physics education
Thomas Goyette, Ph.D.Laser Systems Manager, Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory 
Stephen A. Pennell, Ph.D.Professor, Mathematical Sciences, Center for Wind EnergyMathematical modeling, fluid mechanics
Tingjian Ge, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Computer ScienceData Management Systems
Victor ShubovProfessorPartial differential equations, control of distributed parameter systems, hydrodynamics
Kate M. Swanger, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Climate Change InitiativeEarth Surface processes & paleoclimatology, with an emphasis on glacial geology, permafrost processes & high-latitude climate change
Frank P. Colby, Jr., Ph.D.Professor, Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Center for Wind EnergyWeather modeling, analysis and forecasting, boundary layer meteorology
Christopher Lister, Ph.D.Professor, Physics, Radiation Laboratory 
James Propp Professor Combinatorics, probability and dynamical systems
Silas Laycock, Ph.DLecturer, Physics, UMass Lowell Astronomical Observatory 
David Ryan, Ph.D.Professor, ChemistryAnalytical & Environmental Chemistry
Olga Lepsky, Ph.D.Lecturer, Computer ScienceComputer Science Education, Algorithms, CAD, Computer Vision, Numerical Methods for PDE.
Mengyan Shen, Ph.D.Associate Professor, PhysicsNanoscience and technology, condensed matters and optics
Fred Martin, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Director of Student Success - College of Sciences, Computer Science, College of Sciences, HEROESMobile Robotics, K-12 Science and Mathematics Learning, Embedded Sensing and Control, Engineering Design
Supriya Chakrabarti, Ph.D.Professor, Physics and Applied Physics, HEROESSpace experiments, Hyperspectral imaging from UV to near IR, Lidar.
Wilfred NgwaAssistant Professor, Physics & Applied Physics 
Jin Xu, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Chemistry 
Xinwen Fu, Ph.D.Co-Director, Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Computer ScienceNetwork Security and Privacy
Edwin Jahngen, Ph.D.Professor, Chemistry 
Indi Sriprisan, Ph.D.Senior Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist Nuclear Engineering Program Chemical Engineering DepartmentRadiation transport methods and shielding analysis, radiation protection and risk analysis, radiation detection measurement
Jong Soo Lee, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Mathematical SciencesStatistics, Applications of statistics
Wesley SavageLecturer, Biological Sciences, Climate Change Initiative 
Rudolf Faust, Ph.D.Professor, Chemistry, Nanomanufacturing Center of ExcellencePolymer Chemistry
Jennifer FishAssistant Professor, Biological SciencesCraniofacial Development and Evolution
Valeri Barsegov, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Chemistry 
Mathew Barlow, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Climate Change Initiative, Wind Energy Rsearch GroupClimate variability and change
James E. Whitten, Ph.D.Chairman, Professor, Chemistry, Center for Advanced Materials, Nanomanufacturing Center of Excellence, HEROESPhysical & materials chemistry at surfaces & interfaces
Haim Levkowitz, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Computer ScienceVisualization, Graphics, Vision, Imaging, User Interfaces, Sound
Eugene Mellican, Ph.D.Professor, PhilosophyApplied Ethics, Engineering Ethics, Ethics and Technology
Jerry Waldman, Ph.D.Professor Emeritus, Science Advisor, Physics, Submillimeter-Wave Technology LaboratoryExperimental laser physics, infrared spectroscopy
Hung Phan, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Mathematical SciencesOptimization, Mathematical Programming, Variational Analysis
Benyuan Liu, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Computer ScienceData and Computer Communication Networks, Mobile and Wireless Networks, Internet Technologies & Applications
William Moloney, M.S.Associate Professor, Computer ScienceOperating Systems
Erno Sajo, Ph.D.Professor, Director - Medical Physics, Physics, Medical Physics Medical Physics & Radiological Science; External Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Paul Song, Ph.D.Professor, Physics, Center for Atmospheric Research Geophysics, Space Physics, Space Plasma Physics
Jesse M. Heines, Ed.D.Professor, Computer ScienceGraphical User Interfaces, Web Technologies, Music+Computing, & Interdisciplinary Computer Science Education
Shaina Roy, Ph.D.Lecturer, Biological SciencesBiochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
Anna Rumshisky, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Computer ScienceNatural Language Processing
Holly Yanco, Ph.D.Professor, Computer ScienceRobotics, Assistive Technology, Artificial Intelligence
Karen Daniels, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Computer ScienceApplied Computational Geometry and Visualization
Wei GuoAssistant Professor, PhysicsNanomaterial growth and optoelectronic device applications
Andrew M. RogersAssistant Professor, Physics 
Charles ByrneProfessor, Mathematical Science, Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology ProgramAlgorithms for medical imaging
Guanling Chen, Ph.D.Associate Professor   , Computer ScienceMobile computing, cloud computing, wireless networks, experimental systems research
Rick Hochberg, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Graduate Admissions Coordinator, Biological SciencesInvertebrate Zoology
Nancy DeLuca, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Chemistry 
Tibor Beke, Ph.D.Associate Professor , Mathematical SciencesAlgebraic topology, model theory, image processing
David Eberiel, Ph.D.Professor Emeritus, University Pre-Health Professions Advisor, Faculty Advisor, Biological Sciences, Emergency Medical ServicesOver 35 years as an EMT
Marvin E. StickProfessorMathematics education, integration of technology for teachers and students
Thomas B. Shea, Ph.D.Professor, Director, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Center for Cellular Neurobiology & Neurodegeneration Research, Nanomanufacturing Center of ExcellenceCell Biology
Ravi Montenegro, Ph.D.Associate Professor , Mathematical SciencesConvergence rate of markov chains, combinatorics, isoperimetric inequalities
Ronald Brent, Ph.D.Professor, Mathematical SciencesAcoustic and electromagnetic wave propagation in terrestrial environments, numerical solution of PDE's, parabolic approximation methods
Matthew Nugent, Ph.D.Professor and Chair, Biological Sciences, BMEBTCell Biology & Biochemistry; Extracellular Matrix; Growth Factors; Proteoglycans; Vascular Biology
Daniel Sandman, Ph.D.Professor, Associate Director, Chemistry, Center for Advanced Materials, Nanomanufacturing Center of ExcellenceOrganic & materials chemistry; synthesis & physico-chemical study of organic & polymeric conjugated materials; solid state polymerization
Lori Weeden, M.S.Lecturer, Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Science education, water & soil chemistry
Vidhu Prasad, Ph.D.Professor, Mathematical SciencesErgodic theory, dynamical systems, information theory, coding, stochastic processes
James Graham-EagleProfessor, Mathematical Science, Center for Wind EnergyApplied mathematics, combustion theory
Jian-Hua Qian, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric SciencesWeather & Climate, Non-hydrostatic Atmospheric Dynamics, Climate Dynamics, Regional Climate Modeling, Downscaling & Prediction
Long Chiang, Ph.D.Professor, Chemistry, Center for Advanced Materials 
Cindy Chen, Ph.D.Associate Professor  , Computer Science, IVPR, Biocheminformatics, Biomedical EngineeringDatabase Systems and XML
Kwok-Fan Chow, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Chemistry, HEROESAnalytical Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Nanomaterials
Alan DoerrProfessor, Mathematical ScienceDiscrete mathematics
Christopher Baird, Ph.D.Adjunct Faculty, CEM Codes Manager, Physics & Applied Physics, Submillimeter-Wave Technology LaboratoryElectromagnetic Scattering & Quantum Structures
Georges G. Grinstein, Ph.D.Professor, C.S., IVPR, Biomolecular & Medical InformaticsData & information visualization, data analysis, computer-human interaction, sonification, cognition, design & bioinformatics
Susan J. Braunhut, Ph.D.Professor, Biological Sciences, Biocheminformatics, Biomedical Engineering, Nanomanufacturing Center for Excellence, Center For Irish PartnershipsRadiation Therapy and Medical Countermeasures for Radiological Terrorism; Development of Novel Cancer Treatments and Biosensors for Toxicity Testing and Cancer Diagnosis
Shelley L. Rasmussen, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences, Center for Wind EnergyExperimental design, statistical modeling, data analysis, mathematics of weaving
Robert H. Giles, Ph.D.Professor, Chair, Physics & Applied Physics, Submillimeter Wave Technology LabExperimental laser physics, optics
Nelson Eby, Ph.D.Professor & Chair, Environmental Earth & Atmospheric SciencesGeochemical processes, undergraduate and graduate programs
Ashot A ShahinianAssociate Professor 
Naomi Wernick, Ph.D.Lecturer, Biological SciencesMolecular Biology, Cellular Biology & Biology Education
Andriy Danylov, Ph.D.Lecturer, Physics 
Richard KarpelesInstructor, Chemistry 
Jennifer Gonzalez-ZugastiLecturer, Mathematical Sciences 
Robert Gamache, Ph.D.Professor, School of Marine Sciences, Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Theoretical molecular spectroscopy with emphasis on the spectral line shape problem
Konstantin RybnikovAssociate ProfessorDiscrete and Computational Geometry, Geometry of Numbers, Combinatorics, Stochastic Geometry
David Adams, Ph.D.Lecturer, Computer ScienceScientific Computing and Computer Science Education
Anna N. Yaroslavsky, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Physics 
Kate Saenko, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Computer ScienceComputer Vision and Machine Learning
Kenneth Marx, Ph.D.Professor, Chemistry, Nanomanufacturing Center of Excellence, Biocheminformatics, Biomedical Engineering, Institute for Visualization & Perception ResearchBiochemistry, Physical Biochemistry, Data Mining, & Cheminformatics
Khalilah Reddie, Ph.D.Lecturer, ChemistryOrganic Chemistry
Matthew J. Gage, Ph.D.Associate Professor, ChemistryProtein Structure/Function Relationships
Janet Schrenk, Ph.D.Lecturer, ChemistryChemistry
Daniel Klain, Ph.D.Professor, Mathematical SciencesConvex geometry, geometric tomography, integral geometry, combinatorics
Timothy Cook, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, PhysicsVisible & ultraviolet instrumentation, Sounding rockets, Small satellites, Tomography & other novel data analysis techniques
Yuyu SunAssociate Professor, Chemistry, Polymer Science/Biomaterials, HEROESPolymers and Biopolymers in Biomedicine; Antimicrobial and Biofilm-Controlling Systems, Drug Delivery and Biomedical Devices.

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