49 OSU Faculty Earn Tenure

An outstanding faculty defines Oregon State University. Our talented and dedicated faculty advances research and creative work prepares undergraduate and graduate students for lifelong success and improves society. Decisions to promote and award tenure are among the most important made by the University, as they determine the quality of the institution for decades to come. We’re deeply proud of these 49 faculty members and wish them warm congratulations on their achievement.


Massimo Bionaz, Associate Professor
Animal and Rangeland Sciences

Massimo Bionaz graduated and got a Ph.D. from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy) with a major in Zootechnics. In 2004, he moved to Penn State for a post-doctorate with Prof. Gabriella Varga where he pioneered research in nutrigenomics in dairy cows. From 2006 until 2012 he was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked in nutriphysiogenomics in livestock with Prof. Juan Loor and in the use of mesenchymal stem cells for maxillofacial bone regeneration with Prof. Matthew Wheeler. Professor Bionaz's main research areas at OSU are: 1) nutrigenomics in cattle; 2) milk and human health; 3) dairy cow’s welfare; 4) systems biology.

Lauren Gwin, Associate Professor
Crop and Soil Science

Dr. Lauren Gwin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Crop & Soil Science, Extension Community Food Systems Specialist, and Associate Director of the Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems at Oregon State University. Her work focuses on public policy and regulations, local and regional food systems infrastructure, small farm viability, and sustainable, community-driven food system development. She was a founding member and served on the Leadership Committee of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network. She also directs the national Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network.

Taal Levi, Associate Professor
Fisheries and Wildlife

Taal Levi was trained in physics and biology at UC Berkeley; he went on to receive a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz. He then worked at the University of Florida and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Dr. Levi has diverse research interests in wildlife ecology, conservation biology, and disease ecology in tropical, temperate and boreal ecosystems. A consistent theme of his research is the implementation of quantitative and molecular methods to applied ecology and conservation issues.

Lesley Morris, Associate Professor
Animal and Rangeland Sciences

Dr. Lesley Morris joined the OSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Program at Eastern Oregon University as an Assistant Professor of Rangeland Sciences in July of 2013. She received her Ph.D. in Ecology from Utah State University and then served as a Post-doctoral Research Associate with the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Dr. Morris specializes in Historical Ecology, particularly how land-use legacies from cultivation and rangeland re-seeding projects affect recovery and restoration in rangelands. Dr. Morris was given an Early Career Undergraduate Teaching in 2018 for her work teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduates in their courses, in research, and the Range Club.

Carlos Ochoa, Associate Professor
Animal and Rangeland Sciences

Carlos Ochoa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Range Science with an emphasis in hydrology, and his MS in Agricultural Economics with an emphasis in range economics, from New Mexico State University. He obtained his BS in Animal and Range Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua in Mexico. His research and teaching interests include ecohydrology, socioecological systems, landscape hydrologic connectivity, surface water, and groundwater interactions, and watershed and riparian systems management.

Vidyasagar Sathuvalli, Associate Professor
Crop and Soil Science

Vidyasagar (Sagar) Sathuvalli, holds the Oregon Potato Research/Extension Endowed Professorship at OSU, stationed at Hermiston OR. He seeks to collaboratively develop russet potatoes with improved resistance to biotic and abiotic stressors and contribute genetic and genomic resources for potato breeding. He is author/co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, has released six potato cultivars through OSU and is named on another five releases through the Tri-State potato breeding partnership. He has secured or been a sharer in more than $2.7 M in competitive grants, gifts, and cooperative agreements. He is a sought-after speaker by industry, growers, and the international plant-breeding community.

Monique Udell, Associate Professor
Animal and Rangeland Sciences

Dr. Monique Udell, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, directs the Human-Animal Interactions Lab and teaches courses on animal behavior, cognition and learning. Her research focuses on the development of cross-species interactions and bonds, and the cognition and behavior of non-human animals, including domestic dogs, cats, and captive wolves. Recent areas of study include the behavioral outcomes of domestication, human-animal bonds, new approaches to animal-assisted therapy, cat training, and behavioral approaches to improving animal welfare.

Manuela Hoehn-Weiss, Associate Professor
College of Business

Manuela N. Hoehn-Weiss is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the College of Business. Her research focuses on resource acquisition by firms, including alliances and alliance portfolios, resource configurations, and resource acquisition by new ventures. Her work has been published in the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and Strategic Organization, among others. She is an editorial board member of the Strategic Management Journal and the Journal of Management Studies. She teaches entrepreneurship and strategic management in undergraduate, MBA, and Executive Education programs. Before earning her doctorate in Strategy and Policy at Boston University, she worked in the internetworking industry in Silicon Valley, California.

Charles Murnieks, Associate Professor
College of Business

Charles Murnieks is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Oregon State University. He received his Ph.D. in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2007.  He also received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He has served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, and as an instructor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.  His research interests surround entrepreneurs and their passion, emotions and cognitive processes concerning opportunity discovery and evaluation.

Robert Kennedy, Associate Professor
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

As an ecologically-trained geographer, Robert Kennedy studies how natural and human-caused processes affect the landscapes on which we all depend.  He mixes satellite imagery and other large-area geospatial data with innovative computational algorithms to characterize landscape change and collaborates with ecological and social scientists to understand the mechanisms and impacts of that change. Supported by agencies such as NASA, the US National Park Service, and others, his work touches systems from Alaska through the continental U.S. to Europe.  Robert serves on national committees focusing on carbon, data management, and remote sensing, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in spatial technology and analysis.

Soria Colomer, Associate Professor
College of Education

Dr. Soria Elizabeth Colomer is an Associate Professor of Bilingual Education. Broadly, her research considers the negotiation of languages, identities, and cultures in emerging Latinx schooling communities. Her work details the (re)positioning of minoritized teachers and their new roles in multilingual and multicultural contexts.
Additionally, Dr. Colomer explores the development of biliteracy among K-12 learners and examines notions of equity across dual-language programs. Dr. Colomer’s work has been recognized with numerous national awards. Among others, she has been named a STAR Scholar by the Literacy Research Association and a Faculty Fellow by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. 

Líney Árnadóttir, Associate Professor
Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering

Líney Árnadóttir’s research interests include catalysis and atomic understanding of surface interactions and reaction mechanisms. Since joining Oregon State, she has published 18 journal papers and given over 20 invited talks. She has served on association boards and panels, chaired sections of international conferences, and organized two regional conferences on campus. She currently mentors five doctoral students, a master’s student, and two honors students. She has received several awards, including COE’s Engelbrecht Young Faculty Award (2018) and Phi Kappa Phi’s Emerging Scholar Award. She was recently invited to join the editorial board of Surface Science Reports.

David Blunck, Associate Professor
Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Before joining the School of MIME, he worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Turbine Engine Division, in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Blunck was the lead investigator for fundamental combustion research efforts related to gas turbine combustors and pollutant formation. He helped to lead a team of engineers in designing and testing the world’s smallest combustor for use in advanced gas turbine engines. Dr. Blunck is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Welty Faculty Fellow, the AIAA Pacific Northwest Section Young Engineer of the Year (2014 – 2015), and the outstanding graduate student from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University (2010). He has been at Oregon State since 2013.

Li-Jing Cheng, Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Li-Jing (Larry) Cheng is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the University of Michigan. His research aims to explore the unique physical and chemical properties associated with nanoscale materials and structures to develop devices for applications, such as point-of-care diagnostics, wearable sensors, and printed electronics. Recent projects include hybrid bioelectronic nanocomposites and wearable biosensors for real-time, continuous biosensing; development of point-of-care diagnostic tools and new bioassays; advanced photonic devices and sensors based on light-matter interactions on the nanoscales.

Byrony DuPont, Associate Professor
Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Dr. DuPont received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2013 and MS in mechanical engineering in 2010 from Carnegie Mellon University. She received a BS in mechanical engineering in 2008 from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. DuPont’s research focuses on the fundamental science of engineering design—specifically design automation methods such as systems optimization, data-driven design and machine learning. Her research goals center on using these methods in offshore renewable energy systems and in understanding the environmental impact of products and systems. This field, and its potential for impact is expanding as ocean energy continues to drive new technology along with new research questions. Dr. DuPont joined OSU in September 2013.

Elain Fu, Associate Professor
Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering

Professor Elain Fu’s research program includes investigation of molecular interactions and fluid transport in porous microfluidic systems, development of tools and methods for use in high-performance microfluidic assays, and implementation of microfluidic assays for clinically relevant analytes. The overall goal of her lab is to advance the development of novel field-use microfluidic devices for precision health applications. Her work is supported by multiple funding mechanisms, including a National Institutes of Health R01 Award. In addition to teaching in the CBEE undergraduate core, she has developed and taught two new courses, a humanitarian engineering course for undergraduates and a core bioengineering graduate course.

Sal Hernandez, Associate Professor
Civil and Construction Engineering

In his research, Salvador Hernandez, associate professor of transportation engineering, derives knowledge from social sciences and computational sciences to create meaningful solutions for problems in transportation safety, freight logistics, transportation systems modeling, and disaster management. He blends the development of new science-based approaches with practical applications and implementation. His current areas of research interest are: Transportation safety modeling of all modes encompassing crash countermeasures, crash and safety analysis, and statistical modeling; and use of large scale disaggregate data sets for developing strategic, tactical, and operational models and solution methods for problems that arise in the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary areas of transportation systems.

Geoff Hollinger, Associate Professor
Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Dr. Hollinger received his Ph.D. in 2010 and MS in 2007 from Carnegie Mellon University. He received a BS and BA in 2005 from Swarthmore College. After earning his Ph.D., he worked for three years as a postdoctoral research associate in the computer science department at the University of Southern California. Dr. Hollinger's research focus is on unifying information optimization and physical motion planning for robotics systems which has shown that efficient mobile data gathering methods are possible for problems such as autonomous search, underwater data collection, and robotic inspection. Dr. Hollinger joined OSU in September 2013.

Devlin Montfort, Associate Professor
Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering

Devlin Montfort conducts qualitative research in the interpretivist paradigm, broadly investigating the links between experience, cognition, and identity in engineering education and practice. Primarily utilizing qualitative, interpretive and phenomenological methods, his recent projects focus on conceptual change and understanding of statics, solid and fluid mechanics, and environmental chemistry; epistemic practices and the personal epistemologies of practicing engineers, students, and faculty; social justice, power and discrimination in engineering education. He teaches in the undergraduate program of the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, with an emphasis on conceptual understanding in process engineering.

Camille Palmer, Associate Professor
Nuclear Science and Engineering

Camille Palmer is an associate professor in the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering at Oregon State University. Her professional interests emphasize international nuclear security and nonproliferation, where she enjoys interdisciplinary collaborations in robotics and public policy.  Before academics, she was a staff member in the Thermonuclear Applications and Foreign and Improvised Nuclear Design groups at Los Alamos National Lab. She has also supported the nuclear survivability of the Minuteman III delivery systems as an engineer with Northrop Grumman Corporation. Dr. Palmer holds a Ph.D. in nuclear and radiological engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Tyler Radniecki, Associate Professor
Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering

Tyler Radniecki’s research interests revolve around sustainable wastewater and stormwater treatment, with a particular emphasis on biological treatment processes. He is co-director of the OGSIR stormwater research center and has been funded by the NSF, DOD, USDA, state agencies, and municipalities. In addition to teaching environmental engineering courses, he has mentored 16 graduate, 32 undergraduate, and 11 high school researchers. He is vice-chair of an NSF-funded REU and a member of the Provost’s Faculty-Student Mentorship Program. Externally, he has served in professional associations and on government panels. He has won several national awards, most recently an NSF CAREER Award.

Michael Rosulek, Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Mike Rosulek is an associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Computer Science from Iowa State University. Before coming to Oregon State University in 2013, he was an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Montana. Professor Rosulek's research interests are in the theory and practice of cryptography, especially protocols for computing on private data. His work in this area has been recognized with an NSF CAREER award and faculty research awards from Google and Visa Research.

Julie Tucker, Associate Professor
Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Dr. Tucker received her Ph.D. in 2008 and MS in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She received a BS in 2003 from the University of Missouri, Rolla. Before pursuing her Ph.D., she worked for five years as principal scientist for Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. Dr. Tucker’s research is centered on material behavior in extreme environments. Her efforts focus on nuclear materials, metallurgy, and addresses a combination of modeling with larger-scale experimental work on corrosion testing and welding. Dr. Tucker joined OSU in September 2013

Hector Vergara, Associate Professor
Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Dr. Vergara received his Ph.D. in industrial engineering in 2012 from the University of Arkansas; MS in industrial engineering in 2005 from Oregon State University; and BS in industrial engineering in 2002 from Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Dr. Vergara’s research primarily involves the modeling, analysis, and optimization of integrated planning problems for systems formed by networks with applications in logistics and freight transportation. Dr. Vergara joined OSU in September 2012.

Seri Robinson, Associate Professor
Wood Science and Engineering

Dr. Robinson joined the Department of Wood Science & Engineering in January 2013. They push the evolution of spalted wood art towards new applications through a better understanding of biological processes. As an artist conducting hard science, Dr. Robinson is a truly transdisciplinary researcher who is leading the field. The unique challenges that they have addressed in the application of art to wood anatomy are groundbreaking work merging fundamental chemistry with social and wood sciences. This field is inspiring and enticing a new cohort of broad thinkers into the field, especially those marginalized voices whom Dr. Robinson especially engages.

Dana Warren, Associate Professor
Forest Ecosystems and Society/Fisheries and Wildlife

Dr. Warren joined OSU in fall 2010 in the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife where he served in a non-tenure-track position until January 2015 when he was appointed to an assistant professor position via a dual appointment between F&W and the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society. Dr. Warren continually demonstrates excellence in teaching and takes care to create opportunities for students, especially those who are underrepresented and/or first-generation students new to science and in need of additional mentoring. His ability to translate science to all stakeholders in novel and engaging ways is especially apparent to his students, colleagues, and audiences.

Bradley Boovy, Associate Professor
School of Language, Culture and Society

Bradley Boovy is an associate professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society where he teaches courses on German language, literature, and culture; masculinity studies; and queer theory. His research has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, and he is currently completing a monograph on gay magazines in post-WWII Germany and an edited volume (with Dr. Nana Osei-Kofi) on OSU’s nationally recognized DPD program. Additionally, he is co-PI on a research project funded by Oregon Sea Grant that examines community resilience in Oregon's seafood processing industry. He is also co-founder of the Oregon State Queer Archives.

Tim Jensen, Associate Professor
School of Writing, Literature and Film

Tim Jensen researches and teaches rhetorical theory, environmental communication, and composition pedagogy. His book, Ecologies of Guilt in Environmental Rhetorics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), illuminates how environmental guilt is provoked, perpetuated, and framed through everyday discourse. As Director of Writing, he oversees foundational writing courses at OSU and mentors Graduate Teaching Assistants in developing their pedagogical skills. Alongside his academic research, he is actively involved in wild salmon advocacy and other ecological restoration projects. He hopes to one day grow up on a farm.



Joshua Reeves, Associate Professor
School of Arts and Communication

Joshua Reeves is an associate professor in the New Media Communications and Speech Communication programs. An associate editor of Surveillance and Society, Dr. Reeves is the author of 2017’s Citizen Spies: The Long Rise of America’s Surveillance Society (New York University Press) and the coauthor of Killer Apps: War, Media, Machine, forthcoming in February 2020 from Duke University Press. He teaches courses in media theory, media history, rhetorical theory, and propaganda, and he works with FIRST!, OSU’s first-generation student organization.

Elizabeth Sheehan, Associate Professor
School of Writing, Literature and Film

Elizabeth Sheehan’s research interests are in late-nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. and British literature, modernism, visual and material culture, fashion theory, affect studies, studies of race and ethnicity, and feminist theory. She is the author of Modernism à la Mode: Fashion and the Ends of Literature (Cornell University Press, 2018) and co-editor of the essay collection Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion (University of New Hampshire Press, 2011). Her essays on black internationalism and beauty culture, fashion magazines and periodicity, avant-garde dress design, and modernist writers have been published in Modern Fiction Studies and the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies and numerous edited collections. Her current book project examines affective, aesthetic, and legal conceptions of peace.

Christoper Stout, Associate Professor
School of Public Policy

Christopher Stout is an associate professor in the OSU School of Public Policy. His research interests include Racial and Ethnic Politics, Gender and Politics, Political Behavior, Representation, and Congress. He is the author of the book "Bringing Race Back In: Black Politicians, Deracialization, and Voting Behavior in the Age of Obama" which demonstrates that black candidates who make positive racial appeals not only perform better among black voters, but they also improve their standing among Latino and white voters. 

Beth Filar-Williams, Associate Professor
OSU Libraries and Press

Beth Filar Williams is the Head of the Library Experience and Access Department at Oregon State University Libraries and Press and has been since early 2015. Overseeing the public service desks and building, her focus is a holistic approach to understanding user’s experience in both physical and virtual spaces, applying service design thinking methods, and creating student-centered spaces for learning, discovery, and engagement. Previously, Beth was a coordinator of Library Services for Distance Learning at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, which included overseeing a new Digital Media Commons space and serving as a Technology Fellow for the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center on campus. She has dedicated much of her library career to integrating sustainability principles, hosting numerous interns, creating user-focused services, and seeking out international collaborations.  Beth earned a Master's of Library Science from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of the Arts in Geography from the Johns Hopkins University.

Benjamin Philmus, Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Benjamin Philmus, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sci received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawai’i, Honolulu. Dr. Philmus’ research focuses on the discovery and heterologous production of natural products from microbial sources as well as characterizing biosynthetic reactions.  The overarching goal of his research is to identify new drug leads for the development of anti-infective and anticancer drugs from microorganisms. His research has been supported by the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon and is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Dr. Philmus has an active collaboration with Dr. Molly Megraw that has recently received funding from the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon for the development of plant genome mining methodologies for the discovery of natural product biosynthetic pathways.

John Geldhof, Associate Professor
Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Dr. Geldhof received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Kansas and worked as a Research Assistant Professor at Tufts University’s Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development before coming to OSU. His research focuses on the development of self-regulation across the lifespan and the relationship between intentional self-regulation and positive developmental outcomes (especially Positive Youth Development). He is also interested in quantitative methodology, both as a research domain and as a tool for optimizing his empirical research. As a substantive topic, his quantitative research focuses on latent variable and multilevel modeling techniques.

Bridget Hatfield, Associate Professor

Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Dr. Bridget E. Hatfield received her bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University, her masters at the University of Tennessee in child and family studies, and her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies in 2010 from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Hatfield was an IES postdoctoral research associate at the University of Virginia’s Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning.  She came to Oregon State in 2013 as an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. 

Perry Hystad, Associate Professor
Biological and Population Health Sciences

Dr. Hystad conducts research related to health and place. He seeks to apply new technologies and data science approaches to understand how environmental conditions influence human health and translate this information into effective policy and prevention activities. He is conducting a global study on air pollution and cardiovascular disease in 800 communities across 27 countries and has several ongoing projects to determine amenable characteristics of cities, communities, and neighborhoods that influence health-related behaviors and health outcomes. He leads the Spatial Health Lab within the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

David Rothwell, Associate Professor
Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

David Rothwell received his Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and MSW from Tulane University School of Social Work. He is an associate professor in the Human Development and Family Sciences program at Oregon State University and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Social Work at McGill University (Canada). Rothwell studies inequalities in the economic well-being of families and children and how these patterns are shaped by social policies. His hobbies include flyfishing and cooking. 

Rob Stawski, Associate Professor
Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Robert’s research broadly focuses on links between stressful experiences, mental, physical, and cognitive health. More specifically, he aims to understand how stress in everyday life has proximal and cumulative impacts on health and wellbeing, as well as the social and psychological determinants of normal and pathological cognitive aging. Together, Robert is leveraging this research to inform who, what and when to intervene on for promoting health throughout midlife and aging.

Elizabeth Gire, Associate Professor
Department of Physics

Professor Gire's research interests are in physics education, specifically undergraduate physics students and their (1) sense-making and metacognitive practices, and (2) ability to coordinate multiple representations of physics ideas and problems (representational fluency). She is particularly interested in how these aspects of physics learning develop during undergraduate study and over the physics major. These skills are critical to success in physics and other STEM disciplines, and helping more students master these skills will improve STEM education for all and hopefully lead to greater participation of underrepresented groups in physics and STEM more broadly.

Matthew Graham, Associate Professor
Department of Physics

Matt Graham is an associate professor of Physics at Oregon State University.  He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley Labs.  He was then a Kavli Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University until moving to Oregon State where he started the Micro-Femto Energetics Lab in 2014.  Matt studies the energetics and spectroscopy of electrons in 2D materials, thin films, and other low-dimensional materials and devices.  Matt currently represents the Optical Society(OSA) as one of their global Ambassadors.

David Hendrix, Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science/Biochemistry and Biophysics

I grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta and attended public schools. Both my parents were teachers in the public school system of Georgia. After one term of college at Mercer University, where I was on the debate team, I transferred to Georgia Tech and studied math and physics. I then went to graduate school in physics at Berkeley, where I studied parallels between statistical physics and statistical genomics. I later did a postdoc at Berkeley studying early development in Drosophila and Ciona intestinalis, covering a broad range of research including enhancers and small RNAs. I did a second postdoc at MIT in the computer science department, studying machine learning and noncoding RNAs. I have been at OSU for 5.5 years. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, drawing comics, and blogging.

Dipankar Koley, Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry

Dr. Dipankar Koley joined the department of chemistry as an assistant professor in September 2013.  Dr. Koley obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 under the guidance of Dr. Allen J Bard. Later, Dr. Koley moved to the University of Michigan as a postdoctoral fellow to work under Dr. Mark E Meyerhoff. His research interest lies at the intersection of electrochemistry, biology, and bioengineering. In OSU, Dr. Koley and his team are interested in developing new electrochemical tools to study bacterial metabolic interactions among bacterial species, biomaterials, mammalian cells, or immediate microenvironment surrounding the bacteria. Koley lab uses their expertise in designing and fabricating electrochemical sensors to assist life scientists and restorative dentists in studying, diagnosing, and intervening with preventive measures of various human diseases.

David Koslicki, Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics

Dr. Koslicki received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Penn State University and held subsequent postdoctoral positions in the math department at Drexel University and the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at Ohio State University before joining OSU in the Fall of 2013. His research involves developing mathematically rigorous analysis methods for the area of computational biology, emphasizing applications in metagenomics and other sequencing-based *-omics areas.


Sandra Loesgen, Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry

Sandra Loesgen is now an Associate Professor and the Terence Bradshaw Chemistry Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University, Corvallis Oregon. She obtained her Ph.D. summa cum laude in Organic Chemistry and Pharmacology at Georg-August Universität Göttingen in 2007. Sandra was hired in the Department of Chemistry at OSU in 2013 and since 2015, is adjunct faculty to Pharmaceutical Sciences at OSU. Her research focuses on natural products chemistry, specifically fungal and bacterial natural products, metabolomics, and in vitro assay development. One of her currently NSF supported research projects explores new ways of combining gene activation with metabolomics to quickly identify new, fungal natural products. The Loesgen Lab is also working to understand the pharmacology of bioactive compounds.

Weihong Qiu, Associate Professor
Department of Physics

Weihong Qiu is from Yancheng (Jiangsu, China) and received his BsC in Physics in 1999 from the Nankai University (Tianjian, China) in 1999 and his Ph.D. in Biophysics under the supervision of Prof. Dongping Zhong from The Ohio State University (Columbus, USA) in 2008. From 09/2008-09/2013, Weihong performed his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School under the supervision of Prof. Samara Reck-Peterson to study the mechanism and regulation of the microtubule motor protein dynein using single-molecule light microscopy. Upon completion of his postdoctoral training, Weihong joined Oregon State as an Assistant Professor of Physics to lead a single-molecule biophysics lab that focuses on revealing the mechanism and regulation of kinesin motor proteins. Since joining Oregon State University, Weihong has supervised successful completion of two doctoral dissertations, trained one postdoctoral scholar and numerous undergraduates, and led his group to make several significant contributions to the field of molecular motors, including two published in Nature Communications and one published in Current Biology.

Thomas Sharpton, Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology

Dr. Thomas Sharpton’s research is broadly directed towards ascertaining how commensal microbiota and their genomic characteristics (i.e., the microbiome) relate to health. His laboratory specializes in the development and application of high-throughput computational and statistical tools that characterize microbiome biology and investigates how microbiomes are distributed across space, time, and host physiology. The Sharpton lab aims to develop testable hypotheses about how hosts and their microbiome interact and strives to understand the evolutionary and ecological processes that influence community assembly, maintenance, and function within a host. Ultimately, this knowledge will be used to discover disease mechanisms, identify predicative and diagnostic biomarkers of disease, and develop tools to treat disease through manipulation of the microbiome. All of the data resources and software that his lab develops are freely available.

Bo Sun, Associate Professor
Department of Physics

Bo Sun obtained his undergraduate physics degree from Tsinghua University in China. After spending three years studying theoretical high energy physics at the Chinese Academy of Science, he moved to New York University to pursue his Ph. D degree. From 2006 to 2010, he worked with Prof. David Grier at NYU to develop holographic optical tweezers and holographic microscopy. In 2010, soon after graduated from NYU, he joined Princeton University for his postdoc training. In 2013, he joined the faculties of Oregon State University and started his lab of cell biophysics.

Mark Ackermann, Professor
Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Mark Ackermann is the Director of the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his Ph.D. and DVM from Iowa State University.  His research has emphasized respiratory disease and most notably infections of human strains of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in newborn lambs as a model for human infants. There are no fully effective treatments for RSV, and Ackermann’s laboratory is currently testing promising drugs against RSV that have also entered or are entering human clinical trials. 

Stephen Ramsey, Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences/Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Stephen originally trained in physics and mathematics at Brown University and the University of Maryland followed by a postdoc in computational genomics at the University of Washington. As a scientist at the Institute for Systems Biology and the Center for Infectious Disease Research, Stephen worked on computational methods for mapping gene regulatory networks. At OSU, Stephen holds a dual appointment in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Stephen's work has been recognized by multiple awards including an NIH Career Development Award, a PhRMA New Investigator Award, and an NSF CAREER award.