Research

Women in STEM

Arts, Sciences and Engineering at the University of Rochester is committed to supporting women researchers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Danielle Benoit

Danielle Benoit
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Danielle Benoit and her team are working at the intersection of engineering and medicine. One area of her research explores the use of hydrogels—Jell-O-like polymers—to maximize graft healing and integration.

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Carolina Caetano

Carolina Caetano
Assistant Professor of Economics

Although her primary research is in econometric theory (especially in issues of endogeneity and misspecification in causal models), Carolina Caetano is also interested in health-related questions. She’s applied her research to study the effects of smoking during pregnancy and of breastfeeding in child development.

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Jessica Cantlon

Jessica Cantlon
Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Jessica Cantlon is focused on finding the building blocks of cognition. Her research provides insights into the origins and foundations of our human mathematical capabilities as well as logical reasoning.

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Gloria Culver

Gloria Culver
Professor of Biology

Gloria Culver's research focuses on the assembly of the E. coli 30s ribosomal subunit. Her goal is to understand how E. coli ribosomes are formed and how the biogenesis pathway is linked to function. These efforts could result in the identification of novel targets for antimicrobials. 

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Sandhya Dwarkadas

Sandhya Dwarkadas
Professor of Computer Science

Sandhya Dwarkadas works at the interface of hardware and software. One focus of her research is scalable support for parallelism—developing communication and coordination mechanisms that allow computational tasks to be executed simultaneously in an efficient manner.

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Cindy Ebinger

Cindy Ebinger
Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Cindy Ebinger studies the active movement of global tectonic plates to learn about the processes that reshape Earth. She places sophisticated equipment around the world and then collects information, classifies signals, and finds patterns that lead to discoveries in her field.

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Carmala Garzione

Carmala Garzione
Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Carmala Garzione studies the interactions between tectonics and climate in sedimentary basins associated with large mountain belts, such as the Andean plateau and Tibetan plateau. Her research addresses questions related to growth and unroofing of mountain belts and their elevation/climate histories.

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Vera Gorbunova

Vera Gorbunova
Professor of Biology

Vera Gorbunova studies the mechanisms of aging, DNA repair, and cancer. Her team’s pioneering research includes the causes of cancer resistance in naked mole rats. She is currently leading a NIA-sponsored, five-year project to explore the factors responsible for longevity in various rodent species, with the goal of developing treatments to improve the aging process in people.

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Wendi Heinzelman

Wendi Heinzelman
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Wendi Heinzelman and her research group develop and implement cutting-edge networking, communication, and signal processing techniques for a wide array of applications. These include surveillance, environmental monitoring, family behavioral analysis, emotional classification, and even protein structure prediction.

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Lynda Powell

Lynda Powell
Professor of Political Science

Lynda Powell’s research focuses on the influence of campaign contributions in state legislatures. In her most recent book, she seeks to identify the less observable influences of contributions on legislation—from killing bills quietly to writing them to favor donor interests. 

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Jannick Rolland

Jannick Rolland
Professor of Optics and Biomedical Engineering

Jannick Rolland is a leader in optical design and engineering. As part of her research, she developed an optical technology that provides unprecedented images under the skin’s surface, enabling noninvasive, optical biopsies.

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Sema Salur

Sema Salur
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Sema Salur’s research interests include differential geometry, geometric analysis, and mathematical physics. She studies the geometric structures on manifolds with special holonomy.

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Sheree Toth

Sheree Toth
Professor of Psychology

For more than 25 years, Sheree Toth has contributed to research on child development and the consequences of child maltreatment. As the Mt. Hope Family Center’s executive director, she helped it achieve national recognition in the treatment of childhood trauma, maternal depression, and attachment disorders.

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