2016-2017 ReDI Cohort



Nicole (Niki) Boyson

Associate Professor of Finance

Professor Boyson received her Ph.D. in finance from the Ohio State University and an MBA in finance from Case Western Reserve University. Her primary research interest is in the area of investments with an emphasis on understanding the risk and return characteristics of hedge funds. Specifically, she is examining the evolution of managerial risk-taking behavior as well as studying persistence in performance and the determinants and implications of hedge fund fraud. Her teaching interests include investments, fixed income securities, financial institutions, and portfolio management. Professor Boyson has been a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) for eighteen years.


Özlem Ergun

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Professor Ergun received her Ph.D. in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on the design and management of large-scale networks. She has applied her work on network design, management and collaboration to problems arising in the airline, ocean cargo and trucking industries. Recently, Dr. Ergun’s work has been focused on the use of systems thinking and mathematical modeling in applications with societal impact. She has worked with organizations that respond to humanitarian crisis around the world, including: UN WFP, IFRC, CARE USA, FEMA, USACE, CDC, AFCEMA, and MedShare International.



Lori Gardinier

Director and Associate Teaching Professor of the Human Services Program

Professor Gardinier received her Ph.D. from Northeastern University and her master’s degree in social work from Boston University. She is the founder and director of the Campus Center on Violence Against Women (now VISION) with funding from the Department of Justice: Office of Violence Against Women. She has practiced in the area of antipoverty/social justice work in community-based settings and as a counselor in organizations addressing intimate partner violence. She has developed partnerships with many of Boston’s nonprofit organizations through her own practice and her continued implementation of service-learning partnerships. Professor Gardinier has also established project-based service-learning capacity building programs with nonprofits in Benin, Costa Rica, India and Mexico.



Laura Green

Professor of English

Professor Green received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California-Berkeley. She specializes in Victorian literature and culture, history and theory of the novel, particularly the Anglophone realist novel, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. Prior to Northeastern, Professor Green taught at Yale University and at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is a member of the executive committee of the Northeastern Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.




Stephen Intille

Associate Professor of Computer & Information Science; Health Sciences

Professor Intille received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the development of novel healthcare technologies that incorporate ideas from ubiquitous computing, user-interface design, pattern recognition, behavioral science, and preventive medicine. Areas of special interest include technologies for measuring and motivating health-related behaviors, technologies that support healthy aging and well-being in the home setting, and mobile technologies that permit longitudinal measurement of health behaviors for research, especially the type, duration, intensity, and location of physical activity. He has published research on computational stereo depth recovery, real-time and multi-agent tracking, activity recognition, perceptually-based interactive environments, and technology for healthcare.



Carolyn Lee-Parsons

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering; Chemistry & Chemical Biology

Professor Lee-Parsons received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. Her research is in biochemical engineering, specifically the area of metabolic engineering. Her main research focus is the production of valuable pharmaceutical compounds from plant cell cultures, specifically the production of important anti-cancer drug molecules from cell cultures of Catharanthus roseus. The overall vision of Professor Lee-Parsons’s research is to meet the needs and demands of important and cost-prohibitive plant-derived pharmaceuticals using plant cell culture, applying metabolic engineering strategies and ultimately developing an economically viable process using plant cell culture.




Carla Mattos

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Professor Mattos received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her areas of expertise include chemical biology, biochemistry of signaling proteins, structural biology. Her research interests include GTPases of the ras family; protein interactions; protein X-ray crystallography; solvent mapping of protein surfaces; structure based ligand discovery.




Shan Mohammed

Associate Clinical Professor of Health Services

Professor Mohammed received an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a M.P.H. from the School of Public Health, Boston University. He directs the Master of Public Health Program in Urban Health and oversees the program in areas of educational policy development, curricular design, public health workforce development and recruitment/outreach to public health professionals. Professor Mohammed also directs Interprofessional Research, Education and Practice Initiatives for Bouvé College of Health Sciences. He is a board-certified family medicine physician and fellow of the American Association of Family Physicians who has been involved in competency-based curricular design, implementation and evaluation for the past 11 years.




Mark Niedre

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor Niedre received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. His research interests include biomedical optics and non-invasive imaging, rare cell detection and tracking in the body, ultrafast time-domain diffuse optical imaging, image reconstruction and biomedical signal processing.




Mehrdad Sasani

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Sasani received his Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and his M.S. in structural engineering from Tehran Polytechnic. His research interests include concrete structures; progressive collapse of structures; earthquake engineering; structural reliability




Jennie C. Stephens

Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Professor Stephens earned her Ph.D. from Caltech in environmental science and engineering. Professor Stephens’s research, teaching, and community engagement focus on socio-political aspects of energy technology innovation, electricity system change, climate change communication, and facilitating social learning in the transition from fossil-fuel to renewables based energy systems. She has contributed to understanding the social dynamics of wind power, carbon capture and storage, and smart grid, and brings experience in stakeholder engagement and communication among experts, practitioners, academics, and the public.




Eugene (Gene) Tunik

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Movement & Rehabilitation Science

Professor Tunik received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Rutgers University. His primary research interest is in the study of brain mechanisms involved in human motor control, motor learning, and motor recovery from disease.




Jade Zee

Assistant Teaching Professor and Associate Director, Behavioral Neuroscience

Professor Zee received her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Oregon. Her area of expertise is behavioral neuroendocrinology. Her research interests include understanding the mechanisms and functional consequences of steroid hormones in the nervous system, especially as it relates to behavior. Professor Zee’s teaching interests are focused around behavioral neuroscience and draw from previous research expertise, which include courses in biological psychology, neurobiology, animal behavior and behavioral endocrinology.