New Faculty at the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Nine new faculty members join CNAS this year

Emma Aronson, assistant professor of plant pathology and microbiology

Emma Aronson

Emma Aronson

Aronson earned her  Ph.D. in ecology and evolution from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Irvine. Aronson’s lab has two primary research goals: to investigate whether and when microorganisms act as invasive species into novel habitats, and to scale up from microbial diversity, abundance, and activity measurements to ecosystem-scale processes, particularly ecosystem fluxes of greenhouse gases.

Christopher Clark, assistant professor of biology

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Christopher Clark

Clark earned his Ph.D. in integrative biology from UC Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University. He studies the sounds that animals make when they fly. He also studies why animals perform physically demanding courtship displays.


Jeffrey Diez, assistant professor of botany and plant sciences

Jeffrey Diez

Jeffrey Diez

Diez earned his Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Georgia and was a postdoctoral fellow at  Lincoln University (New Zealand); University of Michigan; and Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich (Switzerland). Diez’s research addresses two of the most pressing challenges presented by global environmental change: predicting ecological responses to climate change,  and forecasting the success and impacts of introduced species.

Nathaniel Gabor, assistant professor of physics and astronomy

Nathaniel Gabor

Nathaniel Gabor

Gabor earned his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is interested in the discovery of new quantum phenomena in atomically thin electronic materials, such as graphene, boron nitride, and tungsten diselenide.


W. Hill Harman, assistant professor of chemistry

W. Hill Harman

W. Hill Harman

Harman earned his degree in inorganic chemistry from UC Berkeley, and was a postdoctoral fellow at  the California Institute of Technology. The global need for carbon-neutral energy and chemical technologies of reduced environmental impact insure that catalysis will remain at the forefront of chemical research for the foreseeable future. Harman studies the fundamental reactivity of inorganic complexes towards the development of new catalysts to meet these challenges.

Bangti Jin, assistant professor of mathematics

Jin, Bangti colorJin received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bremen in Germany and Texas A&M University. He works in the area of applied and computational mathematics. His main research interest lies in inverse problems and numerical analysis for partial differential equations.

Fedor Karginov, assistant professor of cell biology and neuroscience

Karginov Fedor colorKarginov received his Ph.D. in chemistry/biochemistry from the University of Colorado, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Karginov’s research focuses on gene expression, and understanding the overall mapping and principles of its interactions.

Erin Wilson Rankin, assistant professor of entomology

Wilson Erin colorRankin received her Ph.D. in biological sciences from UC San Diego; she was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Davis and the University of Maryland, College Park. Wilson Rankin’s research focuses on investigating species interactions and their effects on trophic dynamics and ecosystem services.

Hai-Bo Yu, assistant professor of physics and astronomy

Hai-Bo Yu

Hai-Bo Yu

Yu received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan and UC Irvine. Yu, a theorist, works at the interface of particle physics with cosmology and astrophysics. His current research is focused on dark matter and new physics signatures at the Large Hadron Collider.


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