Faculty Highlights

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Eva Chi

With her background in Chemical Engineering, Prof. Chi’s research focuses on the structure, dynamics, and stability of proteins—in particular, how they relate to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson's disease. Prof. Chi has funding from the Alzheimer’s Association, the Office of Naval Research, and the NSF CAREER Award program. She was awarded tenure in June 2014, and will be spending part of her sabbatical in China. 


Heather Canavan

A New Mexico native born on Kirtland Air Force Base, Prof. Canavan returned to Albuquerque in 2005 to join UNM’s faculty in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering. With funding from Sandia National Laboratories, the National Science Foundation, and 3M Corporation, Canavan has established her laboratory on one the forefront of using biomaterials to study cell/surface interactions—particularly through the use of “smart” and bioactive polymers.  Prof. Canavan was appointed the BME Graduate Program Director in 2014, and teaches two courses in the program.


Jeremy Edwards

Prof. Edwards' research has two primary foci.  First, Prof. Edwards' is an internationally known leader in systems biology.  He is the director of mathematical modeling within the UNM Spatial Temporal Modeling Center, which is an NIGMS Center for Systems Biology.  He currently has one active R01 focused on the spatial modeling of receptor dynamics.  Secondly, Prof. Edwards has been a leader in the development of Next Generation Sequencing technology since 2000.  He is PI or co-I on three active R01 grants that are developing novel sequencing technology for studying cancer genomes and transcriptomes.  He has published over 80 papers which have been cited nearly 7,000 times.


Plamen Atanassov

Prof. Atanassov specializes in electrochemical engineering and materials for energy technologies with a specific emphasis on biological and bio-inspired energy harvesting technologies. His research group is involved in several projects funded by the NSF, DOD, DOE, LANL, SNL and industrial partners. He received the 2014 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award in recognition of his achievements as one of the University of New Mexico's leading innovators. His UNM technologies are focused on the development of a non-platinum electrocatalyst for fuel cells, materials and technologies for micro-power sources, biological fuel cells and energy harvesting systems design.


James Freyer

With his background in tumor biology and flow cytometry, Dr. Freyer's research is focused on understanding how the biochemical microenvironment in a solid tumor affects tumor cell proliferation and viability. He achieves this through the use of three-dimensional, in vitro cell culture models. His primary model is the multicellular spheroid: we are developing methods for production of large numbers of uniform spheroids as well as flow cytometry methods for analysis of intact spheroids. He is also developing a new perfusion-based model system for spatially-correlated measurements of gradients in biochemicals, cellular metabolism and cellular physiology.