Six New Faculty Appointments in the Department of Mathematics at IUPUI

Release Date: 
Sep 6 2011

The School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) announces the appointment of five assistant professors and a full-time lecturer to the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

“These appointments reflect our department's commitment to excellence in teaching and our strength in integrable systems, mathematical statistics, biomathematics, and computational neuroscience,” said Zhongmin Shen, Ph.D., chair of the mathematics department.  

Julia Arciero, Assistant Professor

Julia Arciero, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics at IUPUI

Karol Kozlowski, Assistant Professor

Karol Kozlowski, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics at IUPUI

Yaroslav Molkov, Assistant Professor

Yaroslav Molkov, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics at IUPUI

Mamunur Rashid, Full-Time Lecturer

Mamunur Rashid, Full-Time Lecturer, Department of Mathematics at IUPUI

Wei Zheng, Assistant Professor

Wei Zheng, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics at IUPUI

Jian “Frank” Zou, Assistant Professor

Jian “Frank” Zou, Assistant Professor

Julia Arciero, Ph.D., joins the department as an assistant professor after completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the Complex Biological Systems Group at the University of Pittsburgh.

Arciero’s current research includes developing mathematical models to investigate numerous topics in physiology, including the inflammatory response, cell migration, wound healing, blood flow, oxygen transport, and tumor-immune dynamics. In addition to working closely with surgery faculty, she collaborated with the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to explore treatment options for an inflammatory disease of the gut called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which affects premature infants.

“Through these experiences I have gained a great appreciation for the application of mathematics to many disciplines, especially biology and medicine,” said Arciero. “Successful research at the interface of mathematics and biology requires strong interdisciplinary collaborations, and I was excited to see that a Center for Mathematical Biosciences has been established at IUPUI.”

Dr. Arciero earned her B.S. in mathematics from the University of Michigan and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied mathematics from the University of Arizona.

Karol Kozlowski, Ph.D., joins the department as an assistant professor after completing his post-doc as a Marie-Curie Fellow at the Deutsches Elektron Synchrotron, Hamburg.

Kozlowski’s research efforts have been dedicated to the resolution of major open problems in quantum integrable systems, leading to fundamental solutions in mathematics as well as potential applications in the domain of condensed matter physics. The techniques he developed to solve these problems are the first step towards producing a unifying framework that will drastically reduce the complexity of the computation and analysis of the correlation functions of quantum integrable models as well as allow many models to be treated systematically.

Kozlowski has taught classes at both the undergraduate and graduate-level on topics such as integrable models, nuclear physics, quantum mechanics and mathematical methods for physicists.

“The interaction with interested students has been very stimulating for me,” said Kozlowski. “I believe that teaching is an extension of research and hope to link my scientific interests to the class material.”

Dr. Kozlowski earned his bachelor’s degree, his M.S. in theoretical physics, and Ph.D. degree from ENS-Lyon in France.

Yaroslav Molkov, Ph.D., joins the department as an assistant professor after completing postdoctoral training in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Molkov’s research uses the methods of the qualitative theory of differential equations, dynamical systems theory and statistical approaches to model a wide range of physical and biological systems. His study of the neurophysiology of respiration has significantly contributed to the development of several novel models of the brainstem respiratory network.  With a strong background in mathematics, physics and computational neuroscience, he plans to collaborate closely with researchers in biology and the School of Medicine.

“I believe that the best way to learn mathematics is when its presentation includes examples from real life,” said Molkov. “I hope that the diversity of my research interests across biology and physical disciplines will stimulate students’ interest in applied mathematics.”

Prior to earning his doctorate in physics and mathematics at the Institute of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Molkov earned his M.S. in theoretical and mathematical physics at the Nizhniy Novgorod State University in Russia

Mamunur Rashid, Ph.D., has been appointed as a full-time lecturer in the department, where he began teaching statistics as a visiting lecturer in 2010.

After receiving his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in statistics at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh, Rashid worked as a statistician at an international non-profit organization where he provided statistical support to medical doctors and social scientists to facilitate health and population research.

“Since deciding to change my career, my main objective has been to teach,” said Rashid. “My drive to teach is based on a desire to continue learning, to be a good counselor and advisor, and to develop an exciting learning environment for students.”

Rashid earned his doctorate in statistics from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his M.A. in mathematical statistics from Ball State University.  Prior to joining IUPUI, he taught undergraduate courses as a visiting assistant professor at Ohio Northern University.

Wei Zheng, Ph.D., joins the Department of Mathematical Sciences at IUPUI as an assistant professor after completing his Ph.D. in statistics at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC).

Zheng’s research has focused on identifying optimal or efficient crossover designs, which are widely used in clinical trials, pharmaceutical studies, psychological experiments, agriculture field trails, animal feeding experiments and many other branches of science.  His interest falls in optimal designs for both parameter estimation and hypothesis testing for different types of models both linear and nonlinear.

Zheng’s was working on the limiting distributions of sample covariance of a long memory time series. He will continue to be interested in asymptotic theory for statistics from dependent observations. Using the expertise in both design and  time series, he would like to explore areas of adaptive designs where optimal designs depend on the unknown parameter to be estimated, as well as spatio-temporal modeling in topics of image processing, environmental and geographical sciences in which the design aspect has merely been touched.

Dr.  Zheng received his B.S. in mathematics specialized in statistics from Zhejiang University in China.

Jian “Frank” Zou, Ph.D., joins the department as an assistant professor after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences and Duke University.

Zou’s research focuses on financial time series and spatial statistics with applications to epidemiology, public health and climate change. His most recent research on statistical theory and methodology addressed a wide range of challenges including high dimensionality, complex dependencies, and space and time variations. His research in high-frequency financial data tackled problems with high dimensionality, which is currently a hot topic in statistics.  At NISS, Zou’s team developed a spatio-temporal model that provides early and accurate detection of disease outbreaks using syndrome (collection of clinical symptoms) data that are monitored as indicators of potential disease outbreaks. The model can also be applied to threats such as biological weapon attacks.

Zou plans to continue to focus on these two areas of research at IUPUI. “I plan to develop a formal procedure for asset allocation and risk analysis using our proposed estimator and evaluate its performance based on high frequency financial data,” Zou said.  “I anticipate that the applications of my research on models that handle patterns of space-time correlation will be numerous and diverse because a more accurate statistical model for large data sets has immediate relevance to many problems in finance, epidemiology and public health.

“I would like to explore opportunities of collaborations with scientists from different areas such as physical sciences, biological and clinical research. I believe that combining all the talented mind of different expertise, we can make our lives much better.”

Dr. Zou earned his B.S. in mathematics and M.S. in computer science from Shandong University in China. He earned his M.S. in mathematics and Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Connecticut.

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