Dr. Assaf Abdelghani

Professor, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Dr. Abdelghani, professor of Global Environmental Health Sciences at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has worked for national and international health organizations and ministries of health in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico. While Dr. Abdelghani has previously occupied the position of senior public health officer in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, his current research and teaching focuses on national and international environmental public health concerns, including the assessment of biological and chemical contaminants impacting human health, food safety, water quality and the environment in developing countries. Dr. Abdelghani serves on the editorial board of six international public health journals including the Journal of Environmental Toxicology, Reviews On Environmental Health, and the Journal of International Environmental Research and Public Health. Dr. Abdelghani has delivered over 120 scientific, national, and international presentations.


Dr. Jeffrey Agnew

Professor of Practice, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research interests: geoscience education, paleobiology, paleoecology, taphonomy, taxonomy



 Dr. Alina Alb 

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Research interests: polymer physics, biophysics



Dr. Mead Allison 

Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Program Director, The Water Institute of the Gulf

Research interests: sediment dynamics of lowland river, deltaic, wetland, estuarine and continental shelf settings; examination of the late holocene sediment record in coastal settings


Dr. Henry Ashbaugh

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Research interests: the folding of proteins and spontaneous assembly of intracellular components

Making nanotechnology practical is a key research challenge, and self-assembly is an essential tool to realize practical and economical nanoscale structures. One of the primary challenges in modeling self-assembly is the multiple length and time scales involved, from those associated with electronic degrees of freedom and molecular motions, to aggregate formation and shape fluctuations, to the macroscopic continuum/hydrodynamic response.

Dr. Henry Bart 

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research in Dr. Bart's lab deals broadly with the diversity of North American fishes in areas such as taxonomic diversity, ecological diversity, and diversity of environmental adaptation. Dr. Bart studies taxonomy, morphology, life history, and ecology of freshwater fishes, gathering information by collecting fishes in the field, working with specimens archived in museums, and using molecular techniques to study the relationships of fishes based on DNA sequences. Dr. Henry Bart's ongoing work includes the studies of systematics, taxonomy, community ecology, and the life history of stream fishes, particularly darters (Percidae: Etheostomatinae) and suckers (Catostomidae) and the responses of these and other fishes to environmental degradation.


Dr. Diane Blake

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Tulane University School of Medicine

Dr. Blake has published over 50 papers in the areas of glycoprotein/proteoglycan biochemistry and protein-ligand interactions. After serving for five years as a member of the advisory panel for cell biology at the National Science Foundation, Dr. Blake was recently a panel member for the foundation's biocomplexity initiative. Blake also served on Review Panels of the Environmental Protection Agency and has written Ad Hoc reviews for the National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust (UK), and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. Blake now reviews for Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Analytical Chemistry. Dr. Blake's research focuses on a study of extracellular matrix and cell-matrix interactions, but her most recent projects include signal transduction via extracellular matrix receptors and research on the effects of extracellular molecules on cell migration and proliferation. Blake has concentrated upon the extracellular matrix molecules that influence the behavior of vascular endothelial cells. Her efforts have supported the development of new drugs based on extracellular matrix molecules that inhibit the process of angiogenesis, the inhibitors of which have applications in the control of both cancer and ocular disease. Blake's laboratory is also currently conducting the development of antibody reagents that can be used to assess human exposure to heavy metals; some of the antibodies she has developed for this project also have applications in cancer prognosis and therapy.


Dr. Michael Blum 

Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Eugenie Schwartz Professor of River and Coastal Studies

Director, Tulane / Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research

Dr. Blum's early work examined how land use and landscape change destabilize hybrid zones and how unstable hybrid zones relate to models of evolutionary diversification, focusing on Neotropical butterflies that serve as model systems for the study of hybridization, speciation, and adaptive radiations. Dr. Blum's current research applies his understanding of hybridization and adaptive evolution to the study of land use, invasive species, and the effects of climate change on aquatic ecosystems. Although previously involved in research that encompasses a range of freshwater and estuarine biota, he currently studies freshwater fishes and coastal marsh plants.


Dr. James Bollinger

Assistant Professor, Instrumentation Specialist

Department of Chemistry




Richard Campanella 

Geographer and Senior Professor of Practice, Tulane School of Architecture

Tulane School of Architecture geographer Richard Campanella is the author of six critically acclaimed books on the physical and human geography of New Orleans, as well as numerous journal articles and studies on New Orleans, historical geography, GIS, and remote sensing. The only two-time winner of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award, Campanella has also received the Williams Prize for Louisiana History, the Mortar Board Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, and the Monroe Fellowship from Tulane’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South.


Dr. Ricardo Cortez 

Pendergraft William Larkin Duren Professor

Director, Tulane University Center for Computational Science

Department of Mathematics

Research interests: computational fluid dynamics, numerical methods and scientific computing, biological fluid flow applications

Mark Davis 

Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy

Tulane University Law School

Mr. Davis joined the law school as senior research fellow and founding director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy in January 2007. Davis served as executive director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana for 14 years, shaping programs and policies at the state and federal level to improve the stewardship of the wetlands and waters of coastal Louisiana, one of the world's greatest coastal and estuarine resources. Mr. Davis has practiced law in Indianapolis, Chicago, and the District of Columbia, teaching at the Indiana University (Indianapolis) School of Business and the IIT-Chicago Kent School of Law. Mr. Davis has lectured widely on the topic of water resource management and stewardship, even testifying before Congress on many occasions to emphasize the need for focused and effective commitment to the viability of coastal Louisiana and other natural treasures.


Dr. Daniel De Kee 

Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Director, Tulane Institute for Macromolecular Engineering and Science (TIMES)

In the area of mass transport, Dr. De Kee is currently studying the non-Fickian diffusion of organic materials and gases through nanocomposite polymeric membranes, finding the effect of mechanical deformation on the diffusion process. In recent Ph.D. dissertations, students considered the effects of imposed deformations on the barrier properties of polymers used in the protective clothing, geomembrane and packaging industries. This work involved developing mathematical models relating mass flux to time via mesoscopic as well as continuum mechanics theories, performing tests using representative organic chemicals and mixtures thereof and comparing data with model predictions.


Dr. James Donahue 

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: development of a general synthetic route to dithiolene ligands, synthesis of novel multiuclear dithiolene complexes as new materials, design of new, sterically hindered thiolates to support mononuclear late transition metal complexes, development of new multidentate chiral ligands for enantioselective oxo and imido group transfer reactions to organic substrates


Michael Drenski 

Associate Director for Instrumentation

Department of Physics and Engineering Physics


Dr. Andrew Englande

Professor, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences 

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Research interests: industrial waste management, wastewater and water treatment, bioremediation

Dr. Lisa Fauci 

Pendergraft Nola Lee Haynes Professor of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

Research interests: fluid dynamics, mathematical biology, scientific computing, neuromechanics of locomotion, phytoplankton dynamics


Dr. Mark Fink 

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: synthesis of multiply-bonded silicon compounds; effects of silicon p-conjugation related to the concepts of aromaticity and anti-aromaticity; mechanistic investigations of transition-metal silicon chemistry; synthesis of novel precursors to technologically important ceramic fibers and thin films; organosilicon photochemistry and reactive intermediates in fluid solution, matrices, and molecular beams


Dr. George Flowers

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research interests: theoretical geochemistry sedimentary geochemistry environmental geology and geochemistry fate and transport of heavy metals



Dr. Nicole Gasparini

Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research interests: evolution of alluvial and bedrock river networks, interactions among climate, tectonics and erosion, human influences on erosion, management and sustainability of riverine environments



Dr. Kevin Gothan 

Professor, Department of Sociology

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Research interests: social theory, urban sociology, historical sociology, economic sociology, sociology of culture, political sociology, sociology of law and public policy


Dr. Scott Grayson 

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: macromolecular architecture, material applications, medical applications



Associate Professor, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Research interests: occupational hygiene, indoor air quality, exposure assessment, bioaerosols


Dr. Günther Handl

Eberhard Deutsch Professor of Public International Law

Tulane University Law School

Research interests: public international law, comparative law, international environmental law, transnational litigation, law of the sea, and the intersection of law, science, and technology.

Professor Handl joined the Tulane faculty as holder of an endowed chair in January 1996. An expert in international law, he has taught at law schools in Canada, Europe and Japan. Professor Handl has published extensively in U.S. and European journals, and he received the 1997 Elisabeth Haub Prize for exceptional accomplishments in the field of international environmental law. The founder and former editor-in-chief of the Yearbook of International Environmental Law, Professor Handl has also served as consultant to various international organizations and governmental agencies. In 1998, Dr. Handl was a special adviser in the Legal Adviser's Office of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and he currently teaches a basic course in international law as well as courses in international environmental law and law of the sea.

Dr. David Heins

Professor and Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research interests: life histories and evolutionary ecologies of fishes in North America

Dr. Heins' investigations involve the testing of hypotheses using quantitative data derived from both field and laboratory research and a combination of modeling and statistical methods. Dr. Heins conducts his field work in the northern Gulf Coastal Plain from Texas to Florida, the southwestern United States, and the south-central region of Alaska including the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and the Kenai Peninsula. Dr. Heins' studies along the Gulf Coastal Plain focus on the populations of minnows and darters inhabiting the steams that drain the landscapes there. In addition, Dr. Heins researches host-parasite relationships of killifishes from estuaries of the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Heins' research in the southwestern United States focuses on pupfishes while his work in Alaska explores populations of the threespine stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus that live in lakes of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and the Kenai Peninsula.


 Dr. Andy Horowitz

Assistant Professor, Department of History

Research interests: history of disaster



Oliver Houck 

Professor, Tulane University Law School

Research interests: environmental resources, natural resources, and criminal law

Professor Houck has served as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. and as general counsel member and vice president of the National Wildlife Federation. Recently, Professor Houck served on the Boards of Directors of the Defenders of Wildlife and the Environmental Law Institute, the Litigation Review Board of the Environmental Defense Fund, and two committees of the National Science Foundation. Professor Houck is active in legal proceedings involving wildlife, biological diversity, coastal, and water pollution control problems, and he publishes regularly on these issues. Consultant on the development of environmental law in Cuba and other Latin American countries, Professor Houck's classes emphasize relationships between ecology and law, and he regularly takes students on field trips into coastal ecosystems such as the Pearl swamp, the Atchafalaya swamp, and other natural areas. Houck has received awards as Louisiana's Conservationist of the Year, Gambit magazine's New Orleanian of the Year, the New Orleans Young Leadership Council's Role Model of the Year, and the Law School's Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teacher. A recipient of the Sumter Marks Award in both 2000 and 2002 for his recent publications, Professor Houck was also honored by Tulane University at the 2002 unified graduation ceremony with the Graduate Teaching Award, and, in 2005, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Environmental Section of the American Bar Association.


Dr. James (Mac) Hyman

Evelyn and John G. Phillips Distinguished Chair in Mathematics

Research interests: building a solid mathematical foundation for difference approximations to partial differential equations and using mathematical models to better understand and predict the spread of epidemics



Dr. Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: discipline bio-organic chemistry, nanobiotechnology, molecular recognition

Exquisitely controlled self-assembly in water is a key modality used by nature to build highly functional biological systems. Research in the Jayawickramarajah group involves a highly interdisciplinary effort to develop bio-inspired functional molecules capable of undergoing specific molecular recognition events. Dr. Jayawickramarajah studies water compatible, self-assembling, synthetically functionalized oligomers that address contemporary problems. His laboratory is currently focused on the development of stimuli responsive protein-binders based on DNA small molecule chimeras and the development of well-defined porphyrin arrays in water towards photonic nanostructures.


Dr. Vijay John

Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Leo S. Weil Professor in Engineering

Research interests: lipid self-assembly, drug and vaccine delivery, development of nanostructured materials

The self-organization of amphiphilic molecules (such as biological lipids and synthetic surfactants) is essential in technologies as mundane as consumer detergent products and those of the future as in the development of structured, responsive nanomaterials. Biological  membranes are ubiquitous examples of lipid-self assembly that impact the entire function of a cell. Dr. John is currently investigating the exploitation of lipid self-assembly to induce transcutaneous vaccine delivery. Funding for Dr. John's research comes from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health.


Dr. Jordan Karubian

Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research interests: sexual selection, seed dispersal, conservation biology  



Dr. Eamon Kelly

Professor and President Emeritus

The Payson Center for International Development

Eamon Michael Kelly, former executive director and current professor of international development and technology transfer at the Payson Center of Tulane University, was the first social scientist to be elected chairman of the board of the National Science Foundation. Kelly is the president emeritus of Tulane University, having served as its president for seventeen years. During his tenure, Tulane was noted for its academic growth, its financial growth, and for having the highest percentage of African American students of any major private research university in the United States. He is the former chairman of the Association of American Universities comprised of the 60 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Kelly is the original chairman of the Satellite Working Group, which established the first nation wide private satellite system in the United States, for the benefit of the Public Broadcasting Service; a by-product was the creation of the National Captioning Institute providing closed captioning for the hard of hearing. His current teaching, research, and service interests focus on sustainable human development and organizational leadership and management in the developing world. His recent project management responsibilities include being principal investigator on a contract with UNAIDS as the primary technical consultant on its Global Monitoring and Evaluation projects, and a USAID funded project establishing an Academy for Leadership in Disaster Management. He is also the principal investigator on a Uganda Trust Fund contract, funded principally by the MacArthur Foundation, to provide technical assistance to camp residents for community development in Northern Uganda.

Dr. Damir Khismatullin

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research interests: mechanical and transport properties of biomedical systems

Using both computational and experimental approaches, Dr. Khismatullin studies the interactions of blood cells and circulating tumor cells with vascular endothelium, explores the cavitation effects on the ablation of biological tissues, and develops advanced methods for rheological characterization of living cells and tissues. Clinical applications of Dr. Khismatullin's basic research include pathophysiology and the treatment of cancer and inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases.


 John Klingman

Favrot Professor of Architecture

Tulane School of Architecture

John P. Klingman currently holds a Favorite Professorship in Architecture at Tulane University where he has been a faculty member since 1983. He has long been interested in issues of infrastructure in relation to architecture. In conjunction with the post-Katrina international Dutch Dialogues initiative spearheaded by the New Orleans architectural firm Waggonner and Ball Architects, his current upper level design studio focus relates architectural design to issues of water engagement in the city, from individual buildings to urban design proposals.


Dr. Barry Kohl 

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: tertiary foraminiferal biostratigraphy, applied micropaleontology, global sea level change, and holocene/pleistocene shelf-slope instabilities



Dr. Alexander Kolker

Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research interests: natural, climatic, and anthropogenic processes that govern coastal systems during times of stasis and change

Specific interests: determining the balance between subsidence and sedimentation in Barataria Bay, understanding how sedimentary and biogeochemical processes govern patterns of marsh development and loss, the role of atmospheric variability in short-term sea level dynamics, radioisotope geochemistry, coastal biogeochemistry


Dr. Rafal Komendarczyk

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

Research interests: geometric topology, geometric analysis, contact and symplectic geometry, topological hydrodynamics



Dr. Victor Law


AICHE Fellow, ICHEME Fellow, Chartered Engineer, UK and Europe, Registered Professional Engineer, Louisiana

Research interests: thermochemical cycles for hydrogen via water splitting, parameter estimation in complex systems, butanol as an alternative fuel

Through collaboration with researchers at Penn State University, South Carolina University and Argonne National Labs, Dr. Law and his colleagues are developing processes for several thermochemical cycles that have the potential for efficiencies higher than those obtained through direct electrolysis of water. This work focuses specifically on electrochemical processes and technologies common to cycles of interest (in particular the copper-chloride and the calcium-bromide cycles). The process modeling and flowsheet construction and analysis expertise provided by Tulane researchers (and supported by a three-year grant from DOE) will be used to guide the experimental work performed at collaborating institutions.


Dr. Maureen Lichtveld 

Freeport McMoRan Chair of Environmental Policy

Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Research interests: environmental health policy, community-based participatory health disparities research, disaster preparedness


Dr. Laura McKinney

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Research interests: environmental sociology, global social change and development, global and local sustainability, rural and community development, quantitative methodologies



Dr. John McLachlan

Professor of Pharmacology

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Celia Scott Weatherhead and Albert J Weatherhead III Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies

Research interests: developmental pharmacology, toxicology and endocrinology, estrogen action and environmental estrogens, signaling, gene regulation, and gynecologic cancers


Dr. Gary McPherson

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: characterization of self-organizing systems, environmental fate and transport of heavy material

Dr. McPherson's lab is currently researching two areas. The first involves the spectroscopic characterization of selforganizing systems such as reversed micelles and organogels and the utilization of these systems for the synthesis of nanoparticles, polymers, and novel composite materials. Their spectroscopic techniques include IR, NMR, EPR, and fluorescence under steady state and time resolved conditions. The second research topic involves the environment fate and transport of heavy metals, particularly Pb. Dr. McPherson's research will provide a basic understanding of the chemical principals that control the absorption and release of heavy metals in a contaminated environment. The analytical methods of his lab include AA, ICP, X-ray fluorescence, and ICP mass spectrometry.


Dr. Howard Mielke

Research Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Research interests: environmental signaling and human health

Recognizing the increasing importance of cities as the habitation for humanity, Dr. Howard Mielke is currently researching and evaluating the status of the urban environment and its chemical impact on human health and disease.


Dr. Charles Miller

Professor, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Research interests: toxicity mediated through nuclear receptor signaling pathways, chaperone proteins and environmental stresses induced by xenobiotic compounds, mutagenesis,  carcinogenesis, DNA damage and repair


Dr. Brian Mitchell

Professor and Associate Provost, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Research interests: nanostructured materials, fiber technology, materials processing, composites

Nanostructured materials are those materials that have some critical dimension on the order of 100 nanometers or less. In some cases this is crystallite size, in other cases it is particle size. Our current work focuses on the use of mechano- and sonochemistry to form functionalized silicon nanoparticles with interesting optical and electronic properties. Through manipulation of the particle size, surface functionality, and defect structures, the optoelectronic properties of these nanoparticles can be controlled and tuned.


Grover Mouton

Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture

Director of Tulane Regional Urban Design Center

Grover Mouton has served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture for 25 years, and is the founder and director of the Tulane Regional Urban Design Center (TRUDC), housed within the School of Architecture. The TRUDC conducts community outreach design initiatives for cities and towns throughout the Gulf South Region. Under Grover’s direction, the center has provided disaster recovery planning, cultural interpretation design, public park and landscape planning, and many other urban design-based services. The center engages community leaders, city officials, and neighborhood groups in an effort to create integrated, public supported, and implementable design solutions. The center also collaborates with the American Planning Association on large-scale urban design projects throughout China. These projects allow staff and student interns to experience architecture and planning in the world’s top growth market, including interaction with government clients, travel to China, collaborative design experience, and rapid project implementation.


Dr. Stephen Nelson

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research interests: volcanology, igneous petrology, the Mexican Volcanic Belt, geological hazards, thermodynamics.



Dr. Richard Oberhelman

Professor, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Research interests: probiotic strategies for treatment and control of pediatric diarrhea in developing countries, pediatric tuberculosis in developing countries



Chris Oliver

Professor of Practice, Department of Sociology




Dr. Kyriakos Papadopoulos 

Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Research interests: transport and stability in liquid-emulsion membranes, transport of multiphase systems through porous media

Dr. Papadopoulos' research focuses on the separation, transport, and reaction processes of particulate systems, with an emphasis on environmental, drug delivery, and lubricant-technology applications. In a mixed-waste suspension, colloids may aggregate and form particles that are large enough to settle (coagulation), or resist aggregation, thus averting solid-liquid separation (colloid stability). The process of coagulation is routinely used for concentrating waste in industrial water effluents. Dr. Papadopoulos has proposed theoretical models to explain coagulation processes in concentrated suspensions and has conducted experiments to confront the theory. His laboratory has also studied suspension and emulsion flows through sand-packed beds to determine the conditions that favor particle aggregation and droplet coalescence and entrapment, or conversely, their free passage through the porous network of the soil.


Dr. Noshir Pesika

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Robert and Gayle Longmire Early Career Professor in Chemical Engineering

Research interests: nanomaterial synthesis and characterization, surface functionalization and rheology, bio-inspired materials, surface science, electrochemistry


Dr. Lawrence Pratt

Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Herman and George R. Brown Chair in Chemical Engineering

Research interests: statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, theory of liquids and solutions, molecular biology, electrochemical capacitors and electrical energy storage systems, statistical methods in computational science


Dr. Wayne Reed


Murchison-Mallory Professor of Physics

Undergraduate Advisor

Research interests: fundamental and applied aspects of polymer science with an emphasis on private sector liaison, polymer physics and biophysics, polymer reaction kinetics and mechanisms, conformations, interactions and hydrodynamics with a special focus on polyelectrolytes

Reed's lab studies biological and synthetic polymers, discovering basic physical principals involved in their interactions, as well as solving practical problems of immediate interest to industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food, paints, adhesives, resins, coating, and water purification. To aid with their research, Reed's lab is developing new characterization techniques and instrumentation for polymers, especially those involving light scattering. Dr. Reed explores innovative monitoring processes for polymer solutions in real time, making extensive use of optical methods such as viscometry, size exclusion chromatography, and other auxiliary techniques.


Dr. Robert Reimers

Professor, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Research interests: biosolids treatment, disinfection, stabilization and reuse, industrial residual product development, innovative process development, usage of applied-fields to enhance existing processes


Dr. Corinne Richards-Zawacki

Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research interests: ecological and evolutionary processes, conservation of amphibian diversity

Dr. Richards-Zawacki applies her knowledge of ecological and evolutionary processes to the conservation of amphibian diversity. Her research explores both micro- and macro-evolutionary patterns of variation and spans a wide range of spatial and temporal scales.  


Dr. Russell Schmehl

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Discipline: photochemistry, materials, transition metal chemistry

Research interests: light harvesting, photocatalysts, materials

Dr. Jeffrey Sigler

Professor of Practice, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research interests: micrometeorology, biometeorology, emission of mercury (Hg) from anthropogenic sources, soil Hg emission, biomass burning, ozone dynamics



Dr. Kyle Straub

Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Ken and Ruth Arnold Early Career Endowed Professorship

Research interests: experimental sedimentology, quantitative stratigraphy, submarine morphodynamics, seismic geomorphology


Dr. Erik Svendsen

Associate Professor, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Research interests: environmental and disaster epidemiology of environmentally induced pulmonary illnesses


Dr. Caroline (Caz) Taylor

Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research interests: how movements of species that are spatially distributed affect their population dynamics

Dr. Taylor combines mathematical and computational methods with field experiments to investigate the dynamics of species. Dr. Taylor works on theoretical investigations using network models to describe migratory avian species and larval dispersal in marine species.


Dr. Torbjörn Törnqvist

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research interests: quaternary geology, sea-level change, fluvial and deltaic sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, applied geochronology, paleoclimatology



Dr. LuAnn White

Professor and Director, Tulane Center for Applied Environmental Public Health

Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Research interests: children's health, environmental assessments of disasters

LuAnn E. White, Ph.D., DABT, is the director of the Tulane Center for Applied Environmental Health (CAEPH) at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. White is a toxicologist and professor in the Department of Environmental Health, and she directs the Academic Partners of Excellence for the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. White also directs the New Orleans Study Center for the NIH National Children's Study. Dr. White's research focuses on environmental factors that impact children's health, particularly childhood lead poisoning and environmental triggers of asthma. Dr. White also studies other vulnerable populations, including the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the elderly. Dr. White has been a leader in developing models for environmental health training and education programs, having initiated the first master's degree programs in environmental and occupational health using distance learning technologies in 1994. Currently, CAEPH offers four master's degree programs by distance learning to build capacity among environmental and occupational health professionals.


Dr. Jeffrey Wickliffe

Assistant Professor, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Research interests: environmental and molecular toxicology; mechanisms of genetic damage and mutagenesis; gene-environment interactions in environmental disease


Dr. Mark Wiser 

Associate Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Research interests: molecular and cellular biology of protozoan parasites and their interactions with host cells, host-parasite interactions

Dr. Wiser's research accomplishments include his description of proteins synthesized by the malaria parasite and exported to the host cell, a proposed novel secretory pathway of the malarial parasite which functions to target proteins to the host erythrocyte, as well as a characterization of protein kinases and chaperones of the malarial parasite. Dr. Wiser currently teaches a Medical Protozoology course and has written a textbook (Protozoa and Human Disease) on the topic.


Dr. Brendon Yuill

Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research interests: geomorphology and watershed hydrology, sediment transport mechanics and management, landscape evolution modeling at engineering timescales, physical processes relating to delta restoration



Dr. Bryan Bilyeu

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Director of Dual Degree Engineering Program

Executive Director of Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program

Dr. Bilyeu earned both his B.S. in chemistry (1995) and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (2003) from the University of North Texas. His Ph.D. research involved thermal phase transitions and mechanical properties in polymers, which led to later work in materials and methods for water and wastewater treatment. He served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University (2004-05) and Texas Woman's University (2005-06), before coming to Xavier as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2006. In addition to teaching and research, he serves as the director of the Dual Degree Engineering Program and the Executive Director of the Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program for K-12 outreach. He has co-authored eight book chapters, 28 peer-reviewed journal articles, 33 conference presentation preprints, and has two U.S. patents.


Dr. Robert Blake

Professor, College of Pharmacy

Research interests: fundamental aspects of protein-ligand binding interactions

Dr. Blake's projects include studies on cooperative antibody-antigen binding interactions, the development of portable immunoassays for metal ions, and the biochemistry and enzymology of bacterial growth at the expense of insoluble inorganic substrates.


Dr. Syed Muniruzzaman

Associate Professor, Department of Biology




Dr. Claire Norris

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Claire Norris joined the Department of Sociology at Xavier University in the fall of 2009 after completing her dissertation at Louisiana State University. Dr. Norris' primary research interests are stratification and health inequalities, asking how social networks affect mental health outcomes across social groups through the provision of social support.


Dr. Harish Ratnayaka

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology


Dr. Guangdi Wang

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests: design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of selective estrogen receptor modulators for breast cancer; anti-metastasis and vascular disrupting agents for cancer therapeutic development; proteomics for target and biomarker identication in cancer; environmental studies that track the pollution levels of endocrine disruptors and carcinogens


Dr. Thomas Wiese

Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy

Research interests: molecular mechanisms involved in nuclear receptor mediated endocrine disruption

Dr. Wiese's current projects involve the characterizations of gene, receptor, and tissue specific effects of hormone active environmental chemicals and dietary supplements. Dr. Wiese will use his results to define the endocrine disruption of these substances as primary molecular level events.