ILS Fellows

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Dr. Kathryn (Kate) Monzo  (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 2009)

Dr. Monzo's graduate research focused on the cell biology of early animal development. Using the fruit fly as a model system, she investigated the function of Fragile X mental retardation protein during the early cleavage stage and identified a novel role for the protein during cell division. In graduate school, she was also a teaching assistant for an upper division cell biology course and organized a popular graduate student-lead journal club. She completed her postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health in the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development studying blood vessel development in zebrafish. 

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Dr. Jonathan Z. Simon (Ph.D. UC Santa Barbara, 1990) 
Professor, Biology and of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and of The Institute for Systems Research. 

Dr. Simon received his Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in theoretical physics before he switched his research program to theoretical and applied neuroscience. His current research investigates how the auditory cortex in the human brain perceives, analyzes, and memorizes complex sounds such as speech and other natural sounds.
 

Dr. Jason D. Kahn (Ph.D. UC Berkeley, 1990)
Associate Professor, UMD Chemistry and Biochemistry  

Dr. Kahn is a biophysical chemist who studies DNA structure, flexibility, looping, and topology using a variety of physical and biochemical methods.  His work has applications to diagnostics and to protein-DNA nanostructures.  At Maryland since 1994, he has mentored a Gemstone team that tried to improve conditions for algal growth for biofuel production, and he has mentored the UMaryland iGEM synthetic biology team since its 2014 inception.  He teaches general chemistry, biochemistry, and graduate nucleic acids and regulation classes.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Biophysics Journal.

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Dr. Louisa Wu (Ph.D. UC San Diego, 1995)
Associate Professor, UMD Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Fellow, Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research
louisa@umd.edu

Dr. Wu is a molecular geneticist who studies innate immunity in Drosophila melanogaster. She loves genetic screens and finding new genes important for any interesting biological process. Recent work from the lab has uncovered a role for redox in regulating phagocytosis, and demonstrated that fly phagocytes can distinguish between different microbial cargoes during phagosome maturation. At UMD, she teaches genetics and directs the undergraduate departmental honors program for Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics. She lives with her husband, a naval hydrodynamicist, and her pre-college younger daughter. 

Dr. Edward Eisenstein (Ph.D. Georgetown University, 1985)
Associate Professor, Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Fellow, Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research

Dr. Eisenstein’s research is focused on engineering biological systems to understand molecular mechanisms and to make them more useful for a range of applications in health, energy and biomanufacturing.  Synthetic biology as well as structural, biophysical and molecular genetic approaches are being used to develop next-gen plants with enhanced immune and stress response systems.  He has been an advisor to the University of Maryland’s award-winning iGEM team since its inception in 2014.  

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Dr. John P. Fisher (Ph.D. Rice University, 2003)
Department Chair and Fischell Family Distinguished Professor, UMD Engineering

As Director of the Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Laboratory, he investigates biomaterials, 3D printing, stem cells, and bioreactors for the regeneration of lost tissues, particularly bone, cartilage, vasculature, and skeletal muscle. In 2012 Dr. Fisher was elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and in 2015 Dr. Fisher visited the National University of Ireland, Galway as a Fulbright Fellow.  Dr. Fisher is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Tissue Engineering, Part B: Reviews, and Continental Chair Elect of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society International - Americas Chapter.

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Dr. Daniel M. Levin (Ph.D. University of Maryland, 2008)
Assistant Professor, UMD Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership

Dr. Levin specializes in science pedagogy and teacher inquiry. He has taught high school science and held positions as a research biologist at the National Institutes of Health and Harvard University. Currently, he is Co-principle investigator on a Maryland State Department of Education grant funding the design of a certification program in elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

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Dr. Joe Redish (Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1968) 
Professor, UMD Department of Physics

Dr. Redish is a world-renowned theoretical nuclear physicist who almost twenty years ago started doing physics education research on how to reform physics teaching for biology majors. For the past five years, he has been collaborating with biologists to build a discipline-based biology education research group. Among his many awards are: the Robert A. Millikan Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers in 1998, the NSF Director's Award as a Distinguished Teaching Scholar in 2005, and a campus Distinguished Scholar Teacher Award in 2006.