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Office of Research Honors 2018 Breakthrough Award Recipients

Each spring, the Office of the Vice President for Research honors a group of the most outstanding researchers and scholars working at every career level throughout the USC System. The Breakthrough family of awards has been carefully designed to recognize the best and brightest faculty and graduate students with three specially tailored awards programs. The Breakthrough Leadership in Research award recognizes USC’s distinguished senior faculty, the Breakthrough Star award honors outstanding early-career faculty and the Breakthrough Graduate Scholar award celebrates exceptional graduate students.

“It is so exciting to see the ranks of distinguished Breakthrough award recipients grow each year,” said USC Vice President for Research Prakash Nagarkatti. “My office is privileged to honor our tried-and-true research leaders, our most promising early-career faculty and the best and brightest graduate student researchers working in every discipline throughout the USC System. Our goal in developing this award program was to find the most outstanding scholars and researchers in our community and give them the recognition they deserve. But, the truth is that they honor their students and colleagues far more every day, with their hard work and dedication. Congratulations to all of the exceptional 2018 Breakthrough award winners.”

The 2018 Breakthrough recipients will be honored in April with a booklet featuring their outstanding work, a special dinner celebration and other tokens of the USC research community’s appreciation for their contributions.

 

2018 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Awards

Subrahmanyam Bulusu, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Satellite Oceanography Laboratory, School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment, College of Arts and Sciences

Bert Ely, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the USC Center for Science Education, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

Kevin Huang, Ph.D., Professor and SmartState Chair for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

Yiming Ji, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computational Science, USC Beaufort School of Sciences and Mathematics

Mitzi Nagarkatti, Ph.D., Carolina Distinguished Professor, SmartState Endowed Chair of Center for Cancer Drug Discovery and Chair, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, USC School of Medicine

Janice Probst, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, Department of Health Services Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health

 

2018 Breakthrough Stars

Mohammed Baalousha, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health

Matthew Ballard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences

Ryan Carlson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Counselor Education, Department of Educational Studies, College of Education

Parastoo Hashemi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Eli Jelly-Schapiro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences

Addis Kidane, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

Susan Lang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment, College of Arts and Sciences

Thomas Makris, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Karen McDonnell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Dmitry Peryshkov, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Ioannis Rekleitis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

Morgan Stefik, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Brie Turner-McGrievy, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health

Susan Wood, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, USC School of Medicine

 

2018 Breakthrough Scholars

Fahd Ebna Alam, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

Firas Alhasson, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health

Derek Bedenbaugh, Ph.D. Candindate in the Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences

Doug Bell, Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment, College of Arts and Sciences

Sara Donevant, Ph.D. Candidate in the College of Nursing

Julie Finnell, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, USC School of Medicine

Min Jee Lee, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health

Wenming Li, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

Victoria Macht, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

Kristen McLaurin, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

Daniela Negraia, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences

Suraj Ravindran, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

Sally Taunton, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Physical Education, College of Education

 

8 January 2018