Research Ambassadors Profiles

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  • Aftab Ahmed

    Aftab Ahmed

    Research Associate Professor, Chapman University School of Pharmacy – Irvine, California

    Research Interests: Protein purification and characterization (Proteomics)
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried

    E-mail: aahmed [at] chapman.edu

  • Richard S. Ascough

    Richard S. Ascough

    Professor, School of Religion– Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada

    Research Interests: Religious Studies – Origins of Christianity
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Mϋnster

    E-mail: rsa [at] queensu.ca

  • Thomas Baumgarte

    Thomas Baumgarte

    William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Physics, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, USA

    Research Interests: General Relativity
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; MPI Astrophysik, Garching

    E-mail: tbaumgar [at] bowdoin.edu

  • Mark Beirn

    Mark Beirn

    Global Risk Manager - University of California, Irvine - Ph.D. Candidate in History - Washington University in St. Louis

    Research Interests: History, Environmental & Urban Humanities, STS, Global Risk, International Education

    University/Research Institution in Germany: FU Berlin, TU Berlin, Berlin Public Library

    E-mail: mbeirn [at] uci.edu

  • Jürgen F. Brune

    Jürgen F. Brune

    Research Professor – Mining Engineering, College of Earth - Resource Sciences and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

    Research Interests: Mine Ventilation, Mine Safety and Health, Coal Mining, Mine Fire and Explosion Prevention
    University/Research Institution in Germany: TU Clausthal

    E-mail: jbrune [at] mines.edu

  • Markus Chmielus

    Markus Chmielus

    Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Program Director, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science – University of Pittsburgh

    Research Interests: Advanced and Additive Manufacturing of Bulk, Porous, and Thin Films Metals, Carbides, and Multifunctional Magnetic Materials
    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Stuttgart/Technical University Berlin/Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy

    E-mail: chmielus [at] pitt.edu

  • Albrecht Classen

    Albrecht Classen

    University Distinguished Professor of German Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson

    Research Interests: medieval and early modern German and European literature, cultural history, history of mentality, everyday culture, interdisciplinary research, gender studies, and comparative literature
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Universities in Freiburg, Marburg, Frankfurt a. M., Leipzig, Halle, Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel

    E-mail: aclassen [at] email.arizona.edu

  • John F. Corrigan

    John F. Corrigan

    Professor and Chair Department of Chemistry University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

    Research Interests: Inorganic and Nanomaterials Chemistry
    Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

    E-mail: johnc [at] uwaterloo.ca

  • Carol Anne Costabile-Heming

    Carol Anne Costabile-Heming

    Professor of German – University of North Texas, Denton

    Research Interests: German literature and culture, German film, memory studies
    Universities/Research Institutes in Germany: Zentrum für zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam, Humboldt Universität, Berlin; Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach

    E-mail: carolanne.costabile-heming [at] unt.edu

  • James Coulton

    James Coulton

    Professor Emeritus - McGill University

    Research Interests: Biomedical sciences; Molecular microbiology

    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Tuebingen, University of Konstanz, University of Freiburg

    E-mail: james.coulton [at] mcgill.ca

  • Carla Damiano

    Carla Damiano

    Professor of German - Eastern Michigan University

    Research Interests: German Literature - 20th century to present

    University Research Institution in Germany: Walter Kempowski Archiv, Berlin; University of Bielefeld

    E-mail: cdamiano [at] emich.edu

  • Jonathan Fine

    Jonathan Fine

    Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies – Brown University

    Research Interests: German literature and intellectual history
    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Potsdam; FU Berlin

    E-mail: jonathan_fine [at] brown.edu

  • Thian Yew Gan

    Thian Yew Gan

    Research Interests: Hydrologic processes and modeling, climatology, remote sensing, climate change, water resources management and planning, and snow hydrology.
    Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Technical University Munich, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich

    E-mail: tgan [at] ualberta.ca

  • Heidi Gottfried

    Heidi Gottfried

    Associate Professor, Department of Sociology – Wayne State University

    Research Interests: Work Transformation, social policy, gender and inequality
    Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Institute fuer Soziologie, University of Hamburg

    E-mail: heidi.gottfried [at] wayne.edu

  • George Heffernan

    George Heffernan

    Professor, Department of Philosophy – Merrimack College, Massachusetts

    Research Interests: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Ethics (esp. Contemporary Moral Problems,e.g. environmental, medical, technological issues)
    Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Cologne (PhD 1981, sabbatical research 1998); Freie Universitaet Berlin (sabbatical research 2003)

    E-mail: George.Heffernan [at] merrimack.edu

  • Boerge Hemmerling

    Boerge Hemmerling

    Assistant Professor of Physics – University of California, Riverside

    Research Interests: Atomic, molecular and optical physics
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Leibniz University of Hannover; Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig; University of Heidelberg

    E-mail: E-mail: boergeh [at] ucr.edu

  • Matthias Hofferberth

    Matthias Hofferberth

    Assistant Professor, Political Science & Geography – University of Texas at San Antonio, TX, USA

    Research Interests: International relations and globalizationUniversity/Research Institution in Germany: Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main; Westfällische Wilhelms-Universität, Mϋnster

    E-mail: matthias.hofferberth [at] utsa.edu

  • Babak Vajdi Hokmabad

    Babak Vajdi Hokmabad

    Postdoctoral Research Associate – Princeton University

    Research Interests: Active Matter, Soft Matter    

    University/Research Institution in Germany: Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

    E-mail: hokmabad [at] princeton.edu

  • Kristopher Imbrigotta

    Kristopher Imbrigotta

    Visiting Assistant Professor of German – University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

    Research Interests: 18th-20th century German literature and culture, Visual Culture studies, Theater and Performance, Historiography, Narratology
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Hamburg; Akademie der Künste / Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv, Berlin

    E-mail: kimbrigotta [at] pugetsound.edu

  • Ivan Korendovych

    Ivan Korendovych

    Associate Professor, Chemistry – Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

    Research Interests: Biochemistry, biophysics, protein design and engineering
    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Marburg; University of Greifswald

    E-mail: ikorendo [at] syr.edu

  • Julia Lalande

    Julia Lalande

    Manager, High Hazards Unit, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Government of Ontario

    Research Interests: Eastern European Migration to Canada
    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Hamburg

    E-mail: Julia.lalande [at] ontario.ca

  • Ann Lemke

    Ann Lemke

    Oboe Instructor – Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Visiting Scholar – Germanic Languages & Literatures, The University of Michigan

    Research Interests: German literature and music, women composers & writers, musicology, Goethe
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Karl-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

    E-mail: lemkestudio [at] gmail.com

  • Alexander Lerch

    Alexander Lerch

    Assistant Professor, Center for Music Technology – Georgia Institute of Technology

    Research Interests: Music Information Retrieval & Music Technology
    Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Technische Universitaet Berlin

    E-mail: alexander.lerch [at] gatech.edu

  • Sebastian Luft

    Sebastian Luft

    Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy – Marquette University

    Research Interests: 19th and 20th century European philosophy, philosophy of culture.
    Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Universität Würzburg, Universität Freiburg i.Br. (Husserl-Archiv)

    E-mail: Sebastian.Luft [at] marquette.edu

  • Karsten Lunze

    Karsten Lunze

    Assistant Professor – School of Medicine, Boston University

    Research Interests: Maternal and newborn health, HIV prevention among key populations
    Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Charité Medical School, Berlin

    E-mail: karsten.lunze [at] post.harvard.edu

  • Pierre Mertiny

    Pierre Mertiny

    Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) in the Faculty of Engineering – University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

    Research Interests: Polymer composite materials, composite pressure vessels and piping, nanocomposites, composite energy storage flywheel rotors
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Hannover, Technische Universität München

    E-mail: pmertiny [at] ualberta.ca

  • Brian S. Mitchell

    Brian S. Mitchell

    Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – Tulane University

    Research Interests: Nanostructured Materials Processing
    Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Bergakademie Freiberg/BAM; DLR; Max Planck Inst. F. Kolloids

    E-mail: brian [at] tulane.edu

  • Gerhard Multhaup

    Gerhard Multhaup

    Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) – Tier 1 Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences McGill University

    Research Interests: Biomedical pharmacology; neurodegeneration and amyloid toxicity
    Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Freie Universitaet of Berlin (FUB) and the University of Heidelberg (ZMBH)

    E-mail: gerhard.multhaup [at] mcgill.ca

  • Janine Murphy

    Janine Murphy

    Faculty Researcher - College of the North Atlantic

    Research Interests: 19th-century Germany; migration and settler colonialism; reconciliation through education

    University/Research Institution in Germany: Friedrich Schiller University Jena; Justus Liebig University of Giessen; Goethe University Frankfurt; Carl Duisberg Centrum Dortmund

    E-mail: janine.murphy [at] cna.nl.ca

  • John L. Plews

    John L. Plews

    Associate Professor of Modern Languages (German) – Saint Mary’s University

    Research Interests: Second Language Education, Study Abroad for Second Languages
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Canadian Summer School in Germany (Kassel); Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

    E-mail: jlplews [at] daad-ambassadors.org

  • Morgan Rich

    Morgan Rich

    Assistant Director of the Center for European Studies - University of Florida

    Research Interests: Historical Musicology

    University/Research Institution in Germany: Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung, Berlin; Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno Archive, Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Theodor W. Adorno Archive, Uni. Frankfurt

    E-mail: morganmrich [at] gmail.com

  • Christoph Schaal

    Christoph Schaal

    Assistant Professor – California State University, Northridge

    Research Interests: Ultrasonics and applied mechanics
    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Stuttgart

    E-mail: christoph.schaal [at] csun.edu

  • Charlotte Schallie

    Charlotte Schallie

    Professor of Germanic Studies and Chair – University of Victoria

    Research Interests: Post-1945 diasporic and transcultural writing/filmmaking, memory studies, Jewish identity in contemporary cultural discourse; Holocaust studies; genocide and human rights education; arts-based action research

    University/Research Institution in Germany:  Zentrum fuer Antisemitismusforschung (TU Berlin); Stadtmuseum Erlangen

    E-mail: schallie [at] uvic.ca

  • Ingo Schlupp

    Ingo Schlupp

    Presidential Professor of Biology CAS, University of Oklahoma

    Research Interests: Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes
    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Potsdam, Brandenburg

    E-mail: E-mail: schlupp [at] ou.edu

  • Simone Seym

    Simone Seym

    Goethe-Institut – Washington, D.C.

    Research Interests: German and European Cultural Studies, Sustainable Film and Performing Arts
    Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Karlsruhe; University of Mannheim

    E-mail: s.seym [at] me.com

  • Renu Singh

    Renu Singh

    Ph.D. Candidate – Georgetown University

    Research Interests: Political science
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Hertie School of Governance, Berlin; Helmholtz Zentrum, Muenchen; LMU and MPI for Social Law and Social Policy, Muenchen

    E-mail: renu.singh.87 [at] gmail.com

  • Christa Spreizer

    Christa Spreizer

    Associate Professor – Queens College/CUNY

    Research Interests: German studies
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin; Landesarchiv Berlin; Akademie der Künste, Berlin

    E-mail: christine.spreizer [at] qc.cuny.edu

  • Swen Steinberg

    Swen Steinberg

    Postdoctoral Researcher and Assistant Professor – Queen’s University

    Research Interests: History of knowledge/knowledge and migration/knowledge and young immigrants; environmental knowledge; refugees and borderlands; economic history and corporate cultures 19th/20th century
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Technische Universitaet Dresden

    E-mail: Swen.Steinberg [at] queensu.ca

  • Tricia Striano

    Tricia Striano

    Professor, Hunter College  &Tricia Striano Inc. | TriciaStriano.com

    Research Interests: Infant development, neuroscience, design, real estate
    University/Research Institution in Germany: MPI-EVA, Leipzig; MPI-CBS, Leipzig; University of Leipzig, University Osnabrueck

    E-mail: triciastrianoa [at] gmail.com

  • Alanna Tierno

    Alanna Tierno

    International Programs Coordinator/Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music History - Shenandoah University

    Research Interests: Musicology

    University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Augsburg; Herzog August Bibliothek

    E-mail: alanna.tierno [at] gmail.com

  • William E. Uspal

    William E. Uspal

    Assistant Professor - University of Hawai’i at Manoa

    Research Interests: Microhydrodynamics, colloids, microswimmers
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart

    E-mail: uspal [at] hawaii.edu

  • Brian Van Wyck

    Brian Van Wyck

    Assistant Professor - University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    Research Interests:  German History; Turkish History; Migration History

    University/Research Institution in Germany: Humboldt University, Berlin; Free University, Berlin

    E-mail: E-mail: bvanwyck [at] umbc.edu

  • Jonathan Veinot

    Jonathan Veinot

    Professor, Department of Chemistry – University of Alberta

    Research Interests: Materials Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Hybrid Functional Materials
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Technische Universitaet Muenchen

    E-mail: jveinot [at] ualberta.ca

  • Gabi N. Waite

    Gabi N. Waite

    Associate Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Indiana University School of Medicine

    Research Interests: CTraumatic brain injury, hypoxia, oxidative stress, medical and health education
    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Hohenheim, University of Heidelberg (sabbatical)

    E-mail: gnindl [at] iupui.edu

  • David J. Westenberg

    David J. Westenberg

    Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemical and Biochemical Engineering – Missouri University of Science and Technology

    Research Interests: Plant-microbe interactions, antibacterial materials and science education
    University/Research Institution in Germany: Institute for Microbiology, Göttingen, Department of Cell Biology and Applied Botany, Marburg

    E-mail: djwesten [at] mst.edu

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