Wiess School of Natural Sciences
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Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Earth Science
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Physics & Astronomy

New faculty join Natural Sciences

EganScott Egan
Scott Egan is a new assistant professor of BioSciences at Rice; he was previously a Huxley Faculty Fellow. Egan’s research focuses on the processes that promote or constrain the evolution of new biological species. Examples of his research include understanding the role of adaptation via natural selection in the speciation process, and exploring the genomic architecture associated with and mediating the evolution of new species. This work requires a multidisciplinary approach integrating natural history, manipulative field experiments, behavioral observations, and population genetics and genomics.

SaltzJulia Saltz
Julia Saltz, assistant professor in the Department of BioSciences, comes to Rice from USC. There she was a postdoc, working on the evolution and development of social behavior, using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model. Saltz’s interest in social behavior, in particular, represents an exciting opportunity to study developmental and evolutionary feedback because the environment itself (i.e., interacting individuals) can change and evolve. The complex interplay between genetic variation and social experience is also relevant to human mental illness. Thus she draws inspiration from (and works to integrate) animal behavior, psychology, evolutionary ecology, and genetics.

KiselevAlexander Kiselev
Professor Alexander Kiselev, previously at the University of Wisconsin, joined the Mathematics Department in July 2014. Kiselev is a distinguished analyst who has made important contributions to the field of spectral theory, fluid dynamics, and reaction-diffusion equations. He earned his doctorate from Caltech.

HazzardKaden Hazzard 
Kaden Hazzard is a new assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Kaden received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2010. The Hazzard research group develops theoretical descriptions of the creation, measurement, and understanding of new, strongly-correlated phases of ultracold matter and their analogies to real materials; novel far-from-equilibrium behavior; and resources for quantum metrology, communication, and computation.

IsellaAndrea Isella
Assistant professor Andrea Isella is one of the newest members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He received his Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, and applied physics from Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Italy in 2006. Before coming to Rice, Andrea was a senior research fellow at Caltech. His research group investigates a wide range of topics related to the formation of stars and planets, such as the large-scale structure and kinematics of nearby star-forming regions, the structure and evolution of proto-planetary disks, and the interaction between newborn planetary systems and the surrounding circumstellar material.