6 records found
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Kambiz Hamadani, Ph.D.
Associate chemistry and biochemistry professor, College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CSTEM)
Hamadani’s areas of expertise are protein folding, dynamics and function; single molecule fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy; genetic code reprogramming; purified and reconstituted in-vitro translation systems; directed evolution; and virtual and augmented reality educational technology. He earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from UCLA.
Rika Yoshii, Ph.D.
Computer science and information systems professor, College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CSTEM)
Yoshii served as the faculty director of CSUSM’s Master of Science in cybersecurity program, and her areas of expertise include developing adaptive intelligent tutoring software and tutoring systems for languages. Before joining the Cal State San Marcos faculty in 1993, she worked as a project leader at Rockwell and a researcher for the Northrop Research and Technology Center. She earned a doctoral degree in computer science from the University of California, Irvine.
Environmental science and biology lecturer, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Simokat’s areas of expertise include pollinators, Southern California native plants, fire management in San Diego, the effects of sea-level rise in San Diego and open space habitat management at local levels. She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Cal State San Marcos and a master’s in conflict management and environmental policy from Cal State Dominguez Hills. science, environment, environmental science, conflict management, environmental policy, pollination, Southern California native plants, fire management, sea-level rise, habitat management
Bianca Mothé, Ph.D.
Biology professor, College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CSTEM)
Mothe’s areas of specialization are immunology and virology, with research interests in designing novel vaccines for rapidly mutating pathogens, including HIV and SIV. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and theater arts from Beloit College and a doctorate in immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Keith Trujillo, Ph.D.
Director, Office for Training, Research and Education in the Sciences (OTRES) , College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Trujillo is a neuroscientist and psychopharmacologist with a longstanding interest in the neural basis of drug abuse and addiction. As the director of OTRES, he oversees programs aimed at helping students from underrepresented groups succeed in the sciences and as professional researchers. He performed research on the brain and behavior for several years at the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at CSUSM. He earned bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences, psychology and chemistry from Chico State and a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of California, Irvine.
Jim Means, Ph.D.
Physics lecturer, College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CSTEM)
Means’ areas of expertise are Santa Ana winds and fire weather, Southern California climate, forensic meteorology and San Diego County gem mining. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from San Diego State, a master’s in physics from the University of California, Irvine and a doctorate in earth science (climate dynamics specialization) from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.