Theodore R. Cummins
Professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biology
Theodore R. Cummins, Ph.D., joins the Department of Biology as a professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biology.
An internationally recognized researcher and educator, Cummins joins the School from the IU School of Medicine where he was a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Previous academic appointments include director of the Pain Basic Science Research Group at the Stark Neuroscience Research Institute and assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Yale University School of Medicine.
“I strongly believe that in addition to learning the fundamentals of science, it is crucially important that we help students learn how to think critically and train them to communicate effectively,” Cummins said. “Teaching takes time and effort, but I view it as is a privilege.”
Cummins’ research on the role of ion channels in disorders of excitability has been published in top journals—such as Nature Communications, Science, Journal of Clinical Investigation, PNAS, Pain and Journal of Neuroscience—and has been highly cited. His research program has received grant funding from the National Institute of Health, private foundations and pharmaceutical companies.
Cummins earned his Ph.D. and master’s degree in neuroscience from Yale University. He also earned a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Hartford Graduate Center. His bachelor’s degree in chemistry was awarded by Swarthmore College. (full announcement)
George Mohler joins the Department of Computer and Information Science as an associate professor. His previous appointments include assistant professor at Santa Clara University and assistant adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
His research interests include computational statistics, inference for spatial and network point processes, variational methods, predictive modeling, usage-based insurance and predictive policing.
Mohler co-founded PredPol, a cloud software company that provides predictive analytics tools for law enforcement. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Popular Science, TIME and several national television and international new outlets.
“I believe my experiences as a data science researcher and educator will allow me to make meaningful contributions to both the research profile and educational programs of the School of Science,” he said.
Mohler earned his Ph.D. and master’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. While at UC, he was an NSF IGERT Fellow in Computational Science and Engineering. Mohler also earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Partha Basu, Ph.D., joins the School of Science as Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology. Before joining IUPUI, Basu spent the last 22 years in education, research, service and administration at University of Arizona, University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University. Additionally, he worked with nonprofit organizations such as the Society for the Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh in a variety of roles including serving as Chair of the grants committees.
“As the Chair of Chemistry & Chemical Biology I wish to involve, encourage and mentor the next generation of citizenry and help colleagues achieve their goals,” Basu said. “With my experience I hope to play a critical role in education and securing research funding.”
With more than 100 publications, Basu’s research has encompassed areas such as inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry. His research has been supported by a number of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Education (DOE), with the NIH continuously supporting his research since 2000. Basu also holds three patents and has two additional patents pending.
Basu earned his Ph.D. in chemistry—specializing in aspects of transition metal chemistry of oximes and related species—from the Jadavpur University in 1991 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona and the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science. His experience in higher education continued at Duquesne University where he became a full professor in 2010, and an endowed Chair of Scholarly Excellence in 2015. (full announcement)
Sébastien Laulhé joins the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology as an assistant professor. For the last three years, he has served as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemistry at Duke University.
Establishing a research program at IUPUI, Laulhé’s group will develop strategies to induce selectivity in radical-based bond-forming reactions.
“We aim to apply our novel synthetic technologies to harness the untapped reactivity of readily available starting materials (bench stable organometallic reagents, haloalkanes) and chemical feedstocks (sugars, CO2) to generate highly functionalized value-added products such as pharmaceuticals, biofuels and materials,” he explained.
Laulhé earned a Ph.D. and master’s degree in organic and analytical chemistry from the University of Louisville. He also holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering and B.S. in chemistry from the National Engineering Graduate School of Chemistry (ENSCM) in Montpellier, France.
Jared Barber joins the Department of Mathematical Sciences as an assistant professor. Since 2012, Barber had worked as a process modeling engineer at Alcoa where he applied numerical techniques to solve problems in aluminum production.
“My broad background in multiple fields and methods and my strengths in interdisciplinary collaboration will prove invaluable as I continue my past work and as I continue solving new problems, using new methods and exploring new fields,” he said. “I especially look forward to the opportunity to work again at the interface of mathematics and medicine.”
His past publication credentials include Mathematical Biosciences, Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology, Journal of Theoretical Biology and Canadian Applied Math Quarterly.
Barber earned his Ph.D. and master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Arizona. He also earned an undergraduate degree from Montana State University-Bozeman.
Natalia ShkilerNatalia Shkiler joins the Department of Mathematical Sciences as a lecturer. Shkiler previously served as a visiting lecturer for the School and an adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech Community College.
From 2002-2007, Shkiler completed research as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her research focus for many years has been associated with metabolic changes and function of cell membranes in pathogenesis of cardio-vascular diseases and diabetes using a combination of molecular techniques and magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
“I realize that math is a difficult and time-consuming subject to learn, and many students experience apprehension and anxiety dealing with the problems,” she said. “For that reason I try to reduce the stress of my students when they come to my class and strive to find ways to explain how knowledge of mathematics can be applied in everyday life.”
Shkiler earned a Ph.D. in biology from the Kazan Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Russian Academy of Science in Kazan, Russia. She also earned a master’s degree in physics from Kazan State University.
Meghan Tooman joins the Department of Mathematical Sciences as a lecturer. She taught undergraduate statistics courses at Purdue University for five years before joining IUPUI. She will continue teaching statistics at IUPUI.
“I take pride in communicating technical topics to students with varied backgrounds and find it gratifying to see a student’s ‘a-ha’ moment,” she said.
Tooman’s interests are focused on undergraduate statistics education and statistical consulting. As a statistical consultant, Tooman has experience working on projects with clients in fields ranging from veterinary practice to healthcare. She has also volunteered her analytic services to the Butler University men’s basketball team recording play-by-play data and providing line-up analysis.
Tooman earned her master’s degree in applied statistics from Purdue University. She also holds an undergraduate degree in statistics and actuarial mathematics from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind.
Alex Lindsey joins the Department of Psychology as an assistant professor.
“My research investigates fair and equitable solutions to mitigate diversity-related challenges such as prejudice and discrimination in the workplace,” he said. “Because seemingly trivial instances of disadvantage can create substantial inequity over time in the workplace, it represents a ripe context in which to study manifestations of disadvantage and potential solutions to these serious problems.”
His past publication credentials include Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology and Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Lindsey earned his Ph.D. and master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from George Mason University. This is a return to IUPUI for Lindsey as he earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from the School of Science.