2013-2014 ReDI Cohort


Rebecca Carrier

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Professor Carrier earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The overall theme of her research interests is the interaction between biological systems and materials, with specific applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine. Research areas include: Modeling of Drug Delivery, Enhancement of Drug Solubility and Absorption, Characterizing and Controlling Mucus Barrier Transport Properties, Tissue Engineering of Intestine and Retina.

Current Activities: Associate Chair of Research for Chemical Engineering, 2015 recipient for the Dove Press International Journal of Nanomedicine Outstanding Researcher Award, 2014 College of Engineering Faculty Fellow, Provost Tenure and Promotion Committee


Jack Dennerlein

Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences

Professor Dennerlein received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He specializes in Occupational Ergonomics, Safety, and Health research with the overarching research goal of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and injury prevention as well as improved worker health. Prior to coming to Northeastern in 2012, Professor Dennerlein was with the Harvard School of Public Health for 15 years.

Current Activities: Director of Research, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences; Faculty Council for Bouve College of Health Sciences; Project Panel Member for Transportation Research Board of the National Academies; Provost Tenure and Promotion Committee


Magy Seif El-Nasr

Associate Professor of Computer Science
Director of Game Educational Programs and Research

Professor Seif El-Nasr earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Computer Science and her M.S. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. She currently directs the Game User Experience and Design Research Lab. Her research focuses on enhancing game designs by developing tools and methods for evaluating and adapting game experiences. Magy received multiple grants to support her research. Notably, she received Best Paper Award at the International Conference of Virtual Storytelling 2003. Her work is internationally known and cited in several game industry books. Magy has also received Leadership Excellence Award and Research Excellence Award from Texas A&M University.

Current Activities: Director of the Game Design Program, Director of Game Educational Programs and Research at Northeastern, Provost Tenure and Promotion Committee


Natasha Frost

Associate Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Professor Frost holds a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the City University of New York’s Graduate School and University Center and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northeastern University. Professor Frost serves as Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice with primary responsibility for the administration of the graduate programs. In her role as Associate Dean, she also coordinates the administration of internship programs for both the undergraduate and graduate students. Professor Frost is also an Associate Professor in the School with primary research and teaching interests in the area of punishment and social control. Specifically, she is interested in punitiveness (both individual and state level), formal and informal social control, and the effects of incarceration and reentry on individuals, families, and communities.

Current Activities: Elected to the national board of the American Society of Criminology, serving as an Executive Counselor, 2014-2017; Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Chair of Graduate Committee, 2013-2014; Executive Counselor of the Division on Corrections and Sentencing for the American Society of Criminology; 2013-2014 Secretary for the Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice


April Gu

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Gu received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington, and a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University. Her areas of expertise include: Application of biotechnology for water quality improvement, Biological treatment processes and bioremediation, Ecotoxicology and toxicity assessment, Biosensors for water quality monitoring.

Current Activities: 2014 College of Engineering Faculty Fellow


Matthew Hunt

Professor of Sociology
Chair of Sociology and Anthropology

Professor Hunt earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Indiana University and a B.S. in Sociology from Miami University.  He is a Non-Resident Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.  His primary research interests involve intersections of race/ethnicity, social psychology, and inequality in the United States.   His current work examines the relationship between race/ethnicity and a variety of outcomes including: stratification beliefs, social class identification, racial attitudes, and patterns of inter-regional migration within the United States.

Current Activities: Chair of Sociology and Anthropology

Ying-Yee Kong

Associate Professor of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

Professor Kong earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, a M.A. in Audiology from the University of Minnesota, a M.A. in linguistics from the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature.  She directs the Auditory Prostheses and Communication Laboratory.  Her research focus is auditory perception in hearing-impaired and cochlear-implant listeners. She is currently investigating how cochlear-implant listeners are able to benefit from additional low-frequency residual hearing.

Current Activities: Affiliated faculty, Bioengineering


Latika Menon

Associate Professor of Physics

Professor Menon earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, India.  Her research program is interdisciplinary at the interface of Nanomaterials, Physics, Engineering and Biology. The main focus is on the development of nanomaterials for applications in nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, spintronics, energy applications and biology. Current research interests are in the area of nanoporous alumina templates for synthesis of nanowire arrays, titania nanotubes for energy applications and spintronics, GaN and related nanowires for electronic and spintronic applications and Au nanowires for neuronal interfacing.

Current Activities: Fellow of the Institute of Physics


Guevara Noubir

Professor of Computer Science

Professor Noubir holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. His research covers both theoretical and practical aspects of privacy, security, and robustness in networked systems. Prior to joining Northeastern University, he was a senior researcher at CSEM SA (1997-2000) where he led the design and development of the data protocol-stack of the third generation Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS) and its world first 3G prototype. His research led to a wide range of mechanisms and algorithms for scalable, secure, private and robust wireless and mobile communications. He led the winning team of the 2013 DARPA Spectrum Cooperative Challenge against 90 academic and industry teams. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2005), the ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec) best paper award in 2011 and runner-up best paper in 2013. His research was featured in the NSF CISE/CNS Highlights in 2009 and 2012. Professor Noubir held visiting research positions at Eurecom, MIT, and UNL.

Current Activities: Winner of the DARPA Spectrum Challenge; program co-chair of several conferences in his areas of expertise such as the ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security, and IEEE WoWMoM; co-chaired two NSF Workshop on bio-computation and communications; member of the editorial board of the ACM Transaction on Information and Systems Security, IEEE Transaction on Mobile Computing, and the Elsevier Journal on Computer Networks


Sandra Shefelbine

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Shefelbine received her Ph.D. from Stanford University, an M.Phil from Cambridge University, and a B.S. from Princeton. She spent eight years at Impe­rial Col­lege London.  Her research interests include computational modeling, animal experiments, and clinical studies to examine bone biomechanics; particularly how mechanical loads influence bone growth, shape, and healing

Current Activities: Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering


Michael Tolley

Associate Professor of Political Science

Professor Tolley earned a Ph.D and M.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Political Science from Swarthmore College.  He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, Law School, University of California, Berkeley and at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies University of Oxford, Wolfson College. His areas of research include Public Law, Judicial Process, Comparative Constitutionalism, Comparative Judicial Studies.

Current Activities: Completed book manuscript titled Law’s Ascendancy: The Growth and Expansion of Judicial Power in the United Kingdom; collaborative research project with European law scholars on rights protection in Europe


Steve Vollmer

Associate Professor of Biology

Professor Vollmer earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, a M.S. in Biology from California State University, Northridge, CA and a B.S. in Biology and Zoology from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.  He was a Hoch Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, (2006 – 2007).  His current research in the lab is focused on identifying the genetic bases of coral innate immunity, pathogen recognition, and host resistance, and furthering knowledge about the WBD pathogen and the ecological factors driving WBD outbreaks.

Current Activities: Director of Bioinformatics Program, Associate Director of the Northeastern Marine Science Center