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Assistant Professor Dr. Saurabh Chatterjee joined the Department of Environment Health Sciences and is the Director of the Environmental Health and Disease Laboratory. Dr. Chatterjee comes to USC after a five year appointment as both a Research Fellow and Postdoctoral visiting Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. The NIH grant that came to USC with Dr. Chatterjee allows him to research the effects of environmental factors, particularly chemicals used for drinking water purification, and their role in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (fatty liver disease).
Assistant Professor Dr. Carole Oskeritzian's NIH funded research focuses on finding therapeutic strategies targeting allergic airway and skin inflammatory diseases such as asthma and atopic dermatitis. Dr. Oskeritzian joins the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology in the School of Medicine from Virginia Commonwealth University.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry recently hired Associate Professor Dr. Maksymilian Chruszcz, bringing with him an NIH grant to look at the structures of food allergens with a process called X-Ray crystallography. These models will improve knowledge of allergens and their impact on human health.
Assistant Professor Dr. David Melamed joins the Deparment of Sociology from the University of Arizona. With his NSF funded grant, Dr. Melamed does research on small group inequalities, focusing on status organizing processes and issues of distributive justice. He also does research on quantitative methods, including statistical models and social network analysis.
Associate Professor Dr. Rutvik Desai is the Director of DeLab, which uses functional MRI and other methods to study language and meaning in the brain. Specifically, he looks at how meanings are represented in the brain, and determining if conceptual and perceptual thinking are separate systems in the brain. Dr. Desai's research is funded by a grant from the NIH.
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