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The Academic Minute for 2023.06.05-2023.06.09

The Academic Minute from 6.05 – 6.09

Saurabh Chatterjee University of California, Irvine
How Blue-Green Algae Can Increase Severity of Liver Disease
Dr. Chatterjee is a human physiologist with specialized training in immunology. After completing his PhD in inflammation biology, he pursued his postdoctoral work at NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Later he continued his specialized research in chronic liver disease at Duke University’s division of gastroenterology under the K99 portion of his NIH Pathway to Independence Award. He has made significant contributions to the field of host-microbiome interactions with redox biology, neuroimmune pathology, and gut-brain interactions in pro-inflammatory disease processes, including Gulf War illness, chronic multi-symptom illnesses and brain manifestations of liver diseases, drug discovery, and gut-brain directed therapeutics. In addition to his UCI appointments, he is a research health scientist with Department of Veterans Affairs at the Long Beach VA Medical Center.

Jung In Park – University of California, Irvine
Survival Machine Learning for Breast Cancer Patients
Dr. Jung In Park is an assistant professor at UCI’s school of nursing since joining in 2019. Her research area focuses on biomedical informatics using large datasets and AI/machine learning approaches to provide scientific evidence for predicting patient outcomes. Prior to UCI, Dr. Park was a postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University in Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Park received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Nursing Informatics and her B.S. from Seoul National University in Nursing.

Regina Ragan – University of California, Irvine
Using E. coli to Detect Water Contamination
Ragan is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER Award and a Fulbright Fellow. She is co-Director of the Institute for Design and Manufacturing Innovation and Education Director for the Center for Complex Active Materials (CCAM – an NSF MRSEC). She received her B.S. summa cum laude in Material Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology where she was awarded as a NSF, Bell Laboratories, and Intel Fellow. As postdoctoral scholar in the Information & Quantum Systems Laboratory at Hewlett Packard, Ragan worked on emerging technologies including molecular electronics that provided fundamental understanding leading to memristors, a resistive RAM technology. Since joining the Faculty at UC Irvine, she began a research effort in self-assembly as she foresaw this would play a vital role in (nano) manufacturing of nanoscale devices and pioneered methods for assembling colloidal metal nanoparticles into photonic devices, a nascent research area a decade ago. Her activities include investigating and gaining fundamental understanding material platforms capable of assembling at scale, integration in device architectures, and connecting architecture design with device performance.

Keri Hurley-Kim – University of California, Irvine
Identifying Disparities to Improve Vaccine Rates
Dr. Hurley is a pharmacy educator and has worked with PharmD students and residents at all levels of didactic and clinical education since 2014. Outside of teaching Dr. Hurley practices as a clinical pharmacist in primary care at a Federally Qualified Health Center and serves as steering committee vice chair for the Immunization Coalition of LA County. She is board certified in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (BCACP) and holds the international certificate of travel health (CTH) from the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Candelaria Bergero – University of California, Irvine
How our Airplanes can Achieve Net-Zero Emissions
Candelaria Bergero is a Ph.D. student in Earth System science at the University of California, Irvine. She was born in Córdoba, Argentina. Her passion for the environment led her to study both International Relations and Political Science at the Universidad Católica Argentina. She then decided to pursue a master’s in Environmental Sciences at Emory University, followed by a Ph.D in Earth System Science. Her goal is to understand how we can achieve net-zero emissions world and what are the implications for people.


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