Participating Faculty

The Applied Science Graduate Program is an applied, interdisciplinary research program. Faculty specialize in various areas and provide guidance for students through teaching, mentoring, and graduate assistantships.

Biosciences

Dr.Nawab Ali
Professor
Department of Biology
Signal transduction and intracellular signaling mechanisms regulating subcellular compartmentation, membrane biogenesis, vesicular transport, endo/exocytosis, protein sorting and targeting, and protein-protein interactions. Emphasis is placed on G-proteins and G-protein coupled receptors, and their second messenger systems such as inositol polyphosphates, cAMP, cGMP, intracellular calcium, protein kinases etc. Biomedical engineering interests are related to development of biocompatible cardiovascular devices.
https://ualr.edu/cals/profile/nawab-ali/

Dr. William H. Baltosser
Professor
Department of Biology
Avian ecology; molecular systematics
https://ualr.edu/biology/william-h-baltosser-phd/

Dr. Alexandru Biris
Professor, Chief Scientist, and Director
Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences
Nanotechnology, Nanoparticle and Carbon Nanotubes Generation, Nanocomposites, Materials Science and Engineering, Coating Technology, Hydrogen Interaction with metals, Alloys, and Carbon Nanostructures, Ni-MH Batteries, Planetary Instrumentation (Mars Dust Analyzer), Surface Science, Particulate Science.
https://ualr.edu/nanotechnology/about-us/researchers-and-staff/biris/

Dr. John Bush
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Research interests: Analysis of Vesicular Transport in Eukaryotic Cells; Bioinformatics and Molecular Analysis of Avian Systematics
https://ualr.edu/biology/john-m-bush-phd/

Dr. Stephen Grace
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Research interests: Biochemistry of active oxygens and antioxidants; plant bioenergetics; oxidant signaling mechanisms; physiological ecology of secondary plant metabolites
https://ualr.edu/cals/profile/stephen-grace/

Dr. Qiangfang He
Professor
Department of Biology
Biofuel, Biomaterial & nutraceutical, Molecular genetics of cyanobacteria & plants, Photosynthesis, Plant secondary metabolites, Phytoremediation & algal control.
https://ualr.edu/qfhe

Dr. Mariya V. Khodakovskaya
Professor
Department of Biology
Functional Genomics, Genetic Engineering of Ornamental Plants, Plant Stress Signaling, Plant Metabolic Engineering, Nanobitechnology, Secondary Metabolism
https://ualr.edu/cals/profile/mariya-khodakovskaya/

Dr. Robert Sikes
Professor
Department of Biology
Behavioral and evolutionary ecology
https://ualr.edu/cals/profile/robert-sikes/

Dr. Fusheng Tang
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Molecular biology of aging. Research focuses on the aged-dependent alterations of organelle membranes
https://ualr.edu/cals/profile/fusheng-tang/

Dr. Hong Li Wang
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Plant molecular biology
https://ualr.edu/cals/profile/hong-liwang/

Chemistry

Dr. Robert E. Belford
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Interface of cognition and information technologies as related to chemical education in the digital age. Research also involves information literacy technologies like the WikiHyperGlossary, and how Cheminformatics is generating new types of digital cognitive artifacts that can impact both the learning and the practice of chemistry.
https://ualr.edu/rebelford/

Dr. Brian C. Berry
Vice Provost of Research and Dean of the Graduate School
Graduate School
Self assembly of polymeric materials, block co-polymer synthesis, renewable energy, sensor development.
https://ualr.edu/gradschool/graduate-school-staff/

Dr. Anindya Ghosh
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry
Catalysts development for small molecule activation and functionalizations, green synthesis and catalysis, involving renewable reagents, applications of nanomaterials in sensory, catalysis and biomedical uses.
https://sites.google.com/a/ualr.edu/ghoshgroup/

Dr. Keith Hudson
Professor and Director of Arkansas Space Grant Consortium and NASA EPSCoR
Department of Chemistry
Analytical chemistry and instrumentation; liquid and gas chromatography; atomic and molecular spectroscopy; combustion; simulation of combustion phenomenon; solid and hybrid rockets; propellant and fuel formulation; rocket ground testing; propellant testing.
https://ualr.edu/mkhudson/

Dr. Tito Viswanathan
Professor
Department of Chemistry
Novel material, nanomaterials synthesis using renewable resources. The materials have broad ranges of applications in fuel cell catalyst development, supercapacitor development, water purification, pollutant removal.
https://ualr.edu/chemistry/faculty/

Dr. Wei Zhao
Professor
Department of Chemistry
Analytical and physical chemistry; materials science; synthesis and studies of novel nanomaterials and soluble nanomaterials for broad range of sensing, photovoltaic conversions, photo catalysis etc.; application of nonlinear laser spectroscopy multi-resonant four wave mixing for structure and interaction studies on complex systems; two-dimensional infrared correlation spectroscopy.
https://ualr.edu/wxzhao/

Physics

Dr. Haydar Al-Shukri
Professor of Geophysics and Director of Arkansas Earthquake Center
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Seismology; applied geophysics; 3-dimensional topography; digital signal processing; infrasonic studies; nuclear monitoring; fault monitoring; earthquake awareness and education.

Dr. Alexandru Biris
Professor, Chief Scientist, and Director
Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences
Nanotechnology, Nanoparticle and Carbon Nanotubes Generation, Nanocomposites, Materials Science and Engineering, Coating Technology, Hydrogen Interaction with metals, Alloys, and Carbon Nanostructures, Ni-MH Batteries, Planetary Instrumentation (Mars Dust Analyzer), Surface Science, Particulate Science.
https://ualr.edu/nanotechnology/about-us/researchers-and-staff/biris/

Dr. Gregory Guisbiers
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Nanothermodynamics, Nanoalloys, Colloids, Quantum dots, Laser Materials Processing
https://gregoryguisbiers.wixsite.com/physics

Dr. Tony A. Hall
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Gamma-rays; x-rays; pulsars; supernova remnants; high mass x-ray binaries; eclipsing binaries; Cherenkov radiation astronomy

Dr. Tansel Karabacak
Professor of Physics and Chair
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Nanostructure and thin film growth; properties and applications of 3D nanostructures by oblique angle deposition; dynamics of thin film and nanostructure growth.
https://ualr.edu/txkarabacak/

Dr. John Nichols
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Epitaxial thin film and atomically resolved artificial heterostructure synthesis; Pulsed Laser Deposition; X-ray diffraction; X-ray photoemission spectroscopy; X-ray absorption; Neutron reflectivity; Strain induced properties; Reduced dimensionality; Metastable phases; Interfacial phenomena; Strong spin-orbit coupling; Novel magnetism; Exotic electronic properties.

Computational Sciences

Dr. Nitin Agarwal
Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor
Department of Information Science
Director
Collaboratorium for Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS)
Social computing, knowledge extraction in social media, behavioral modeling, group dynamics, complex systems, influence, trust, collective action,
collective wisdom; Data mining and machine learning; Semantic web mining; and Privacy
https://ualr.edu/nxagarwal/Homepage/Projects.html

Dr. Hassan Elsalloukh
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Distributional theory; multivariate analysis; bayes inference, and linear models.
https://ualr.edu/hxelsalloukh/

Dr. Lakeshia Jones
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
https://ualr.edu/mathtest/faculty-and-staff/lakeshia-jones/

Dr. Eric R. Kaufmann
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Boundary value problems; Green’s functions for ordinary differential and difference equations; finite difference equations; integral transforms; measure chains
https://ualr.edu/mathematics/faculty-and-staff/

Dr. Nickolai Kosmatov
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Ordinary Differential Equations
https://ualr.edu/mathematics/faculty-and-staff/

Dr. Minh Nguyen
Professor and Chair
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Asymptotic Behavior of Solutions of Differential Equations and Applications
https://ngvminh.wixsite.com/mysite

Dr. Xiaoshen Wang
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Numerical analysis with concentration on solving polynomial systems.
https://ualr.edu/mathematics/faculty-and-staff/

Dr. Xiu Ye
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Numerical Analysis
https://ualr.edu/xxye/xxye.htm

Dr. Wei Zhang
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Biostatistics and Computational Statistics
https://ualr.edu/mathematics/faculty-and-staff/

Earth Sciences

Dr. Michael T. DeAngelis
Associate Professor
Department of Earth Sciences
Mineralogy, Petrology, Experimental Geochemistry, Sustainability
https://ualr.edu/earthsciences/michael-t-deangelis/

Dr. Margaret E. (Beth) McMillan
Professor and Chair
Department of Earth Sciences
Landscape evolution; Application of multidisciplinary techniques including GIS, Remote Sensing, and traditional field methods
https://ualr.edu/earthsciences/margaret-e-beth-mcmillan/

Dr. Laura S. Ruhl
Associate Professor
Department of Earth Sciences
Environmental Geochemistry, Hydrogeology
https://ualr.edu/earthsciences/laura-s-ruhl/

Dr. René A. Shroat-Lewis
Assistant Professor
Department of Earth Sciences
Paleontology, Geosciences Education
https://ualr.edu/earthsciences/rene-a-lewis/