# People

**Faculty**

**Boyce Griffith
**Professor, Departments of Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering

Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Physical Sciences

Associate Chair for Research, Department of Mathematics

Member, Carolina Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics, Computational Medicine Program, and McAllister Heart Institute

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Curriculum Vitae (updated October 8, 2018)

Citations (Google Scholar)

PhD, Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, 2005

BS, Computer Science, Rice University, 2000

BA, Computational and Applied Mathematics and Mathematics, Rice University, 2000

**Research Scientist**

**David Wells**

PhD, Mathematics, Virginia Tech, 2015

MS, Applied Mathematics, Virginia Tech, 2013

BS, Applied Mathematics, Virginia Tech, 2011

BS, Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2011

**Postdoctoral Research Associates**

**Marshall Davey**

PhD, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2024

MPhysiol, North Carolina State University, 2016

BS, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2014

**Lianxia (Michael) Li**

PhD, University of Wyoming, University of Wyoming, 2023

MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming, 2021

PhD, Hydraulics and River Engineering, Sichuan University, 2007

BEng, Water Conservancy and Hydro-Power Engineering, Zhengzhou University, 2002

**Qi Sun**

PhD, Mathematics, University of Houston, 2022

MS, Applied Mathematics, University of Houston, 2018

BS, Computational Mathematics, University of Jinan, 2015

**Graduate Students**

**Laryssa Abdala**

PhD student, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill

**Bryn Barker**

PhD student, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill

**Michael Facci**

PhD student, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill

**Cole Gruninger**

PhD student, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill

**Masod Sadipour**

PhD student, Biomedical Engineering, UNC-Chapel Hill

**Charles Talbot**

PhD student, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill

**Edward Terrell**

PhD student, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill

**Undergraduate Students**

**Paul Ahern**

BA student, Exercise and Sports Science, UNC-Chapel Hill

**Akash Bhowmik**

BS student, Mathematics and BSPH student, Biostatistics, UNC-Chapel Hill

**Sophie Liu
**BS student, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill

**Nicholas Mann**

BS student, Mathematics and Statistics and Analytics, UNC-Chapel Hill

**Anh Nguyen**

BS student, Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill

**Preetam Tanikella**

BS student, Biostatistics and Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill

**Alumni
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**Postdoctoral Research Associates**

**Simone Rossi**, 2016-2022

First position: 3D Software Engineer, Align Technology, Inc.

**Ebrahim (Amin) Kolahdouz**, 2015-2021

First position: Associate Research Scientist, Center for Computational Biology, Flatiron Institute, Simons Foundation

**Saad Qadeer**, 2018-2020

First position: Distinguished Fellow in Scientific Computing, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

**Charles Puelz**, 2017-2018

First position: Courant Instructor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

Present: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Cardiology, Baylor College of Medicine and Lecturer, Department of Computational Applied Mathematics and Operations Research, Rice University

**Amneet Bhalla**, 2014-2016

First position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Applied Numerical Algorithms Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Present: Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, San Diego State University

**Vittoria Flamini**, 2011-2014

First position: Industry Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, New York University Tandon School of Engineering

Present: Models Architect, European Food Safety Authority and Visiting Research Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, New York University

**Jordan Fisher**, 2011-2012

First position: Project Manager, U.S. Security and Exchange Commission

Present: Co-founder and CEO, Standard AI

**Paul Hand**, 2009-2010

First position: Instructor, Applied Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Present: Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Northeastern University

**Graduate Students**

**Kirsten Giesbrecht**

PhD, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2024

First position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, UNC School of Medicine

**Marshall Davey**

PhD, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2024

First position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill

**Jordan Brown**

PhD, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2023

First position: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Belmont University

**Keon Kim**

PhD, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2023

First position: Peter O’Donnell, Jr., Postdoctoral Fellow, Oden Institute, University of Texas at Austin

**Robert Hunt** (jointly advised by R. Camassa and R.M. McLaughlin)

PhD, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2021

First position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Engineering, Brown University

**Benjamin Vadala-Roth****
**PhD, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2020

First position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory

**Fuhui Fang **(jointly advised by M. G. Forest)

PhD, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2020

First position: Microsoft

**Jae Ho (Mike) Lee
**PhD, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2020

First position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute for Computational Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

**Yanni Lai**

PhD, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2019

First position: Amazon

**Aaron Barrett****
**PhD, Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2019

First position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Mathematics, University of Utah

**Donald Duo Zhao** (jointly advised by J. F. Prins)

MS, Computer Science and Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2015

First position: Google

**Undergraduate Students**

**Thomas Whitehead**, 2019-2020

BS, Mathematics and Statistics and Analytics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2020 (honor thesis advisee)

First position: PhD student, Statistics and Data Science, Cornell University

**Ryan Armstrong**, 2019-2020

BS, Physics and Computer Science, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2020 (honor thesis advisee)

First position: Epic Systems

**Marc Rovner**, 2018-2019**
**BS, Applied Mathematics and Statistics and Analytics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2019

First position: LexisNexis

**Raveena Kshatriya**, 2017-2018

BA, Computer Science and Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2018

First position: AIG

**Elijah DeLee**, 2016-2018

BS, Applied Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2018 (honors thesis advisee)

First position: RedHat, Inc.

**Ali Hasan**, 2015-2017

BS, Applied Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2017 (honors thesis advisee)

First position: IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

**Skyler Jones**, 2014-2016

BS, Mathematics and BA, Communication Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2017

First position: MD student, University of Alabama School of Medicine

**Visiting Faculty**

**Dan Yang**, 2019-2020

Associate Professor, School of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

**Visiting Graduate Students**

**Jianhua Qin**, 2019-2020

PhD student, Mechanical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology

**Research Rotation Students**

**Mikaela Pabon**, 2019

BS student, Department of Physics, University of West Florida

**Michael Chambers**, 2017-2018

MD student, UNC School of Medicine