Meet Our Researchers

Mariah D.R. Evans , Ph.D.

has identified the best times of day for college-age students to learn.

Mariah D.R. Evans is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Coordinator of the Applied Statistics Program. She has published widely in social statistics, survey design and methods, social psychology and culture, social stratification (with special reference to home and school influences on education), comparative methods, and demography. Her 2017 study in partnership with The Open University in the UK on the best times of day for college-age students to learn in class received nationwide media coverage through National Public Radio and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

Eric Rasmussen, Ph.D.

is a world-renowned Shakespeare expert who has verified rare First Folios in Europe.

Eric Rasmussen, a Foundation Professor and chair of the English department at the University of Nevada, has been called "the Robert Langdon of the Shakespearean world" by the Washington Post. He received the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespearean Book of the Year from in 2007, 2012, and again in 2013. He is currently a general editor of the MLA's New Variorum Shakespeare and of the Internet Shakespeare Editions Project, and serves as the U.S. representative on the advisory board for the 2016 World Shakespeare Exhibition at the British Library in London.

Trudy Larson, M.D.

successfully treats HIV-positive mothers to prevent passing on HIV/AIDS to children at birth.

Zong Tian, Ph.D.

engineers traffic control systems to reduce congestion, fuel consumption, and emissions.

Dr. Tian’s research focuses on various aspects of traffic engineering and intelligent transportation systems, including traffic signal system and operations, freeway ramp metering, integrated freeway/surface street system operations, highway capacity, video image system, and large-scale transportation network modeling.

Dave Croasdell, Ph.D.

helps students develop innovative solutions to business challenges, fostering entrepreneurship and opportunity.

Christine Aramburu Alegria, Ph.D.

works to educate nurses and doctors about the special healthcare needs of transgender and obese individuals.

Following a career in nursing, Christine became a professor to further her understanding of the healthcare issues facing minority populations. Her research interests include identity, relationships, and health promotion in marginalized populations, in particular the transgender and obese populations; as well as qualitative research, global health and nursing, and the role and potential of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in today’s dynamic healthcare environment.

Brad Ferguson, Ph.D.

is screening chemical compounds from plants to identify those that protect the heart — for a healthier Nevada.

Adrian Harpold, Ph.D.

explores the science of water’s flow from snow on a mountain top to the consumer’s tap — for secure water supplies for Nevada’s future.

Adrian’s resaerch interests include quantifying catchment and basin-scale water and solute budgets and the linkages between hydrology, hydrochemistry, geomorphology, and ecology in montane forested systems. Mountain ecosystems are the major water source and carbon sink in western North America, and they are subject to changes in climate and other disturbances. Better understanding these complex ecohydrological processeses has the potential to improve water resource management in Nevada and worldwide.

Craig Vincze, Ph.D.

earned a doctorate in biomedical engineering and went on to found a successful bioscience startup, Clickbio®.

Krishna Pagilla, Ph.D.

works to maximize sustainable water resources to benefit the economy, environment and social well-being.

Dr. Krishna Pagilla is a professor and director of the environmental engineering program at the University of Nevada, Reno. He works with other environmental engineers to develop economic and management policies to maintain the sustainability of the Truckee River watershed. He is also involved in water treatment, environmental biotechnology, the water-economy nexus, resource recovery and sustainability.

Mehmet Tosun, Ph.D.

researches public finance, particularly state and local fiscal policies and taxation.

Blane Harding

works to foster a sense of community on campus so all feel welcome, valued and empowered to succeed.

Blane Harding, director of The Center – Every Student. Every Story. is committed to increasing student success, retention and graduation rates through cultural competency. His studies find students leave school for a variety of reasons, and not all are academic.

If students do not feel welcome and accepted they might be compelled to remain enrolled. His focus is to build relationships across the University and weave diversity, multiculturalism and social justice into a wider range of employee, student and faculty programs.

Dave Au Coin, Ph.D.

developed a test to quickly diagnose melioidosis, a tropical disease that kills an estimated 100,000 people every year.

Dave Au Coin is an associate professor and chair of microbiology & immunology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. His research focuses on developing rapid ways to diagnose infectious diseases, particularly those that affect underserved areas of the world.

His laboratory has developed a novel platform technology termed "In vivo Microbial Antigen Discovery" or InMAD, to identify such secreted antigens. InMAD is currently being utilized to identify candidate diagnostic antigens secreted during infection with Burkholderia pseudomallei (melioidosis), Aspergillus fumigatus (invasive aspergillosis) and Francisella tularensis (tularemia). 


Peter Sebaaly, Ph.D.

studies ways to recycle used tires and pavements into new engineered asphalt.

Bridget Walsh, Ph.D.

works to empower parents with tools and techniques to be their child’s first teacher.

Wei Yan, Ph.D.

targets gene mutation in the treatment of infertility and adult onset diseases.

Steven Hayes, Ph.D.

developed ACT therapy to help people move beyond suffering toward a promising life.

Heather Holmes, Ph.D.

uses satellites and weather models to study air pollution, so all Nevadans can breathe a little easier.

Amilton de Mello, Ph.D.

saves lives by reducing Salmonella in ground meat and poultry.

Mehdi "Saiid" Saiidi, Ph.D

is keeping cities and people moving after devastating earthquakes.

Teruni Lamberg, Ph.D.

works with teachers across Nevada to help kids be better at math and problem-solving.

Shamik Sengupta, Ph.D.

works to create intelligent, secure networks to keep you and your information safe.

Dan Ruby, M.S.

helps kids build space rovers and inspires their love for science, technology, engineering and math.

John Cushman, Ph.D.

grows solutions for climate change to transform the future of dryland agriculture.

Ian Buckle, Ph.D.

saves lives by engineering buildings to withstand devastating earthquakes.

Zeb Hogan, Ph.D.

is saving the last river giants and protecting river and aquatic life worldwide.

David Sanders, Ph.D.

works to make bridges more resilient so earthquakes don't destroy economies. 

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