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Dr. Sutherland’s research focuses on understanding the impact of drug abuse on human brain function. With emphasis on cigarette smoking, cannabis use, and HIV infection his research employs multiple neuroimaging tools (e.g., pharmacological, task-based and “resting-state” functional magnetic resonance imaging). Dr. Sutherland has a broad background in cognitive neuroscience and specific training in drug abuse. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Ohio University (2002) and his Ph.D. in Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of New Mexico (2007). He earned an Intramural Research Training Award to conduct postdoctoral research involving a cognitive neuroscience perspective on drug abuse in the Neuroimaging Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA/NIH). He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at FIU. His research is currently funded by NIDA.
Dr. Ahmad is currently affiliated with the Food & Agriculture Biotechnology Lab., Florida International University (Miami, FL) as a resident Research Scientist. He conducts research in the area of Food Science, Technology and Engineering. He is a core member of Food Science Initiative Team of Chaplin and working towards the establishement of a Professional Masters Program in Food Science.
Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Ahmad served as an affiliated faculty member at the Biosystems Engineering Program, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand) where he lectured and developed new courses:
Food Analysis and Quality Assurance, Engineering Properties of Food and Bio-materials Biosystems Engineering Applications, General Chemistry and Workshop Techniques During the years 2008-2015, Ahmad served as instructor at the Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology (FEBT) program, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand) and co-lectured 3 graduate laboratory courses per year (Food Processing Laboratory, Engineering Properties of Foods, Bioprocess Practica). In addition, he spearheaded Graduate Research Laboratories (i) Food Processing Lab., and (ii) Bioprocess Lab. for 8 years.
Dr. Ahmad has a total 16 years of experience of food industry and graduate level academic research. He has served as a Project Manager (manufacturing) in Dutch Mill Group – Thailand’s largest dairy company. His core areas of research interests are quality management in fresh produce, agri-food supply chain management, application of artificial intelligence in food industry, predictive modelling etc. He has co-supervised a number of research projects in the areas of postharvest of cereals, fruits and vegetables, dairy and value-added food production. He has authored 9 original research papers published in high impact (ISI) journals, 7 conference papers and co-authored 5 book chapters and served as one of the Editors of the text book ‘Functional Foods, Dietary Supplements: Processing Effects and Health Benefits’ published by Wiley-Blackwell (UK). He has provided professional services in Thailand, Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Laos PDR, Vietnam and Cambodia through AIT outreach activities, sponsored research and training projects.
Chunhui Chen received his B.S. degree (2008) in material chemistry from Central South University, China and Ph. D. degree (2016) in material science engineering from Florida International University, USA. His research interests are focused on design and synthesis of nanostructured electrode materials for electrochemical energy storage devices.
Dr. Sharan Ramaswamy received his Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering from Arizona State University in 1994. He obtained his Master’s degree in Biomaterials with an emphasis on fabric reinforced flexible composites in 1998 from the National University of Singapore. He then pursued further training as a French Government scholar in the area of Biomechanics of total joint replacement at École Centrale de Lyon, France, before commencing his PhD studies at the University of Iowa, focusing on cardiovascular mechanics under the direction of Professor KB Chandran. After completing his PhD in 2003, Dr. Ramaswamy engaged in research in cartilage tissue engineering and the use of MRI as a means to assess tissue development non-invasively. In early 2007, Dr. Ramaswamy took up a research faculty appointment in the department of Bioengineering/McGowan Institute of Regenerative medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. In December 2009, he started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL. His primary research goal is to integrate the various areas of his training into the synthesis of viable tissue engineered heart valves (TEHV). This goal fragments into multiple areas of study that raises several scientific questions that he and his laboratory are trying to answer, again in the context of TEHVs. These include: progenitor cell mechanobiology through experimental and multi-scale computational approaches, noninvasive monitoring of engineered tissues using MRI-based methodologies, and cardiovascular biomechanics of TEHVs, such as governing leaflet dynamics of scaffold assembled valve constructs. In 2013, Dr. Ramaswamy was selected as a top scholar at FIU for being inducted a Fellow of the American Heart Association and its council on basic cardiovascular sciences and for his overall activities in cardiovascular research. He recently was awarded University-wide faculty excellence awards at FIU in advising/mentorship (2016), and research (2017). He was also awarded the prestigious Hind-Rattan award in recognition of his scientific accomplishments by the Indian Government in 2017. Also in 2017, Dr. Ramaswamy was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure at FIU.
Dr. Tomitaka received Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan in 2011. She was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral fellow at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan from 2011 to 2012, and a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad at University of Washington, WA, USA from 2012 to 2014. She is currently a Postdoctral Associate in the Department of Immunology, Florida International University (FIU), Miami, Florida, USA. Her expertise is magnetic engineering and nanotechnology for biomedical applications. Her thesis was focused on characterization of magnetic and heating properties and cytotoxicity of magnetic nanoparticles for hyperthermia (thermal treatment). She had postdoctoral trainings in the field of Biomaterials and Materials Science specifically in synthesis and functionalization of magnetic nanoparticles.
Masood Moghaddami received the B.S. degree from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2009, the M.S. degree from Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2012. He is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, Florida. From 2011 to 2014, he worked in the industry as an engineer to design optimization of large power transformers. His research interests include finite element analysis, power electronics, contactless power transfer, and renewable energy systems.
Elisa Trucco is a Clinical Psychologist. Her work examines the etiology of adolescent substance use from a social ecological perspective. This involves delineating risk and protective factors for the development of adolescent problem behavior and substance use across multiple levels of analysis, including biological factors (genetics), social environments (peers, parents, neighborhoods), and individual characteristics (temperament, personality).