New Faculty Members
AgBioResearch is pleased to welcome five new faculty members.
Alison Bauer, assistant professor of pathobiology and diagnostic investigation and a member of the Center for Integrative Toxicology, became affiliated with the MAES in August. Her research focuses on environmental toxins that can affect the respiratory system, specifically particulate matter and ozone. Bauer is investigating a component of particulate matter called vanadium pentoxide as a lung tumor promoter. She is also studying the role of the natural immune system in ozone-induced lung injury and inflammation.
Before coming to MSU in 2006, Bauer served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology Centers for Health Research from 2000 to 2002 and as a National Institutes of Health intramural training fellow from 2002 to 2006 at Research Triangle Park, N.C. She received her doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2000 and her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1994.
Sophan Chhin was named assistant professor of forestry in July. Chhin specializes in silviculture and forest ecosystem productivity. His research examines fundamental environmental and human controls of forest stand productivity and their efficacy related to the sustainable management of forest resources. Chhin is studying how silvicultural management practices affect changes in physical (e.g., ring width, density) and chemical (e.g., cellulose and lignin content) wood properties within a given year.
He also is interested in exploring possible relationships between wood properties and past climate and their application in projecting wood properties under various future climate change scenarios. Chhin believes this research will have implications for optimizing silvicultural practices and the production of bioenergy and biofuels in Michigan’s developing bioeconomy.
Chhin received his doctorate in forest biology and management from the University of Alberta in 2008, his master’s degree in ecology from the University of Manitoba in 2003 and his bachelor’s degree in biology and biochemistry from the University of Winnipeg in 2001.
Amirpouyan Nejadhashemi was named assistant professor of biosystems and agricultural engineering in August. His research focuses on the description, analysis and prevention of non-point source pollution at laboratory, field, watershed and regional scales. Nejadhashemi’s research interests also include watershed/water quality modeling and analysis, surface water-groundwater interactions, artificial intelligence, geographic information systems, decision support tools and object-oriented programming.
Before coming to MSU, Nejadhashemi worked at Kansas State University from 2007 to 2008 as a member of an interdepartmental, interagency watershed management team, providing technical support and overseeing various modeling tools to track pollutant load reduction activities. He received his doctorate in biological resources engineering from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2006 and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in agricultural engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, in 1997 and 1994, respectively.
James G. Wagner, assistant professor of pathobiology and diagnostic investigation, became affiliated with the MAES in August. His research focus is respiratory toxicology and pathobiology as it relates to the mechanisms of inflammation and immunology. Wagner’s research activities include investigating the health effects of environmental and occupational exposures to airborne toxins, biogenic dusts (material produced by the action of living organisms) and particulate matter, especially during the aggravation of asthma by these pollutants, and evaluating the effects of anti-inflammatory and nutritional therapies for allergic airway disease. His other research interests include cardiopulmonary responses after exposure to environmental pollutants and the role of diet, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases as a risk factor for asthma and adverse airway responses.
After serving a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences postdoctoral fellowship studying the molecular mechanisms of ozone-induced pulmonary injury from 2000 to 2001, Wagner joined the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation at MSU. He is currently a councilor of the Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section of the National Society of Toxicology (SOT), a former councilor of Michigan SOT (2002-04) and an active member of the American Thoracic Society. Wagner received his doctorate in pharmacology/toxicology, his master’s degree in logistics management and his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Michigan State University in 1998, 1992 and 1984, respectively.
April Zeoli was named assistant professor of criminal justice in August. Her research focuses on public policies to prevent intimate partner and youth violence. Zeoli is currently investigating whether laws designed to limit minors’ access to alcohol affect the youth homicide perpetration rate. Her research interests also include the effects of public policies designed to keep firearms out of the hands of perpetrators of intimate partner violence and policies that affect the availability of alcohol on the state or local level.
Zeoli received her doctorate in health and public policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2007, and her master’s degree in public health policy and her bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from the University of Michigan in 2000 and 1998, respectively.
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