2019 Partnerships

Partnerships between USF faculty and their collaborators at other global or national universities, national laboratories or research centers are at the heart of the USF Nexus Initiative. Through joint research and scholarship, our faculty and their partners are shaping the future of their local communities, their countries and the world enabled by interdisciplinary projects dispersed around the globe.

Redwan Alqasemi
Achieving full robotic autonomy through human demonstration, robot observation, and deep learning
Witaya Wannasuphoprasit, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
Gridsada Phanomchoeng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
Ratchatin Chancharoen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)

Dario Arena
Exploring ultrafast spin dynamics in ferrimagnets with a university-based laser system
Olof Karis, Ph.D., Professor, Uppsala University (Sweden)
Olle Eriksson, Ph.D., Professor, Uppsala University (Sweden)

Venkat Bhethanabotla
Printing of electronic and optical components on flexible substrates
Ravinder Dahia, Ph.D., Professor, University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)

Tiffany Chenneville
US-South Africa pediatric and adolescent HIV research collaborative
Janan Dietrich, Ph.D., Director, Perinatal HIV Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
Stefanie Hornschuh, M.A., Senior Researcher, Perinatal HIV Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)

Michael Decker
Health in history database
Didier Raoult, Ph.D., Professor, Aix-Marseilles University (France)

Dmitry Goldgof
Automated assessment of pain in neonates
Mark Last, Ph.D., Professor, Ben-Gurian University (Israel)

Amanda Huensch
Intelligibility, comprehensibility, and accentedness in second language Spanish
Charlie Nagle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Iowa State University (Iowa)

David Jacobson
Multi-scale and integrated analysis for predicting the risk of urban violence
Subhrajit Guhathakurta, Ph.D., Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia)
Haesun Park, Ph.D., Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia)
Barry Drake, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia)
Torkel Brekke, Ph.D., Professor, University of Oslo (Norway)
Evrim Acar Ataman, Ph.D., Chief Research Scientist, SIMULA (Norway)

Jean Kabongo & Thomas Becker
The resilience of entrepreneurs in developing economies: Implications for organizational and regional effectiveness
James Abugre Baba, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana (Ghana)
Janatti Kyogabiirwe Bagorogoza, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Makerere University (Uganda)
Shepherd Dhliwayo, Ph.D., Professor, University of Johannesburg (South Africa)

Changhyun Kwon
Market design approaches for fashion goods distribution
Young Jae Jang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (South Korea)

Maria Leite
Unraveling the logic governing neural control of breathing with a novel boolean framework
Alona Ben-Tal, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Massey University (New Zealand)
Yunjiao Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Texas Southern University (Texas)

Jody McBrien
Interventions for successful refugee integration: Welcoming America in New Zealand (Welcoming Communities)
Fred Bemak, Ph.D., Professor, George Mason University (Virginia)

Jill McCracken
Adolescent Sexual Health Education and Research (ASHER) in Liberia
Mosoka Fallah, Ph.D., Deputy Director General, National Public Health Institute of Liberia (Liberia)
Daniel Gray, M.S., Lecturer and Department Head, African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (Liberia)
Jermoh Kamara, M.P.H., CHES, Adjunct Faculty, Clark University (Massachusetts)

David Merkler
Production of recombinant and semi-synthetic forms of human glycine N-Acyltransferase Like-2
Philip Cole, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts)

Lon Mitchell
Study of the behavior of Colin de Verdière’s matrix-based graph invariant m under joins of graphs
Shaun Fallat, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head, University of Regina (Canada)

Mehran Mozaffari Kermani
Active side-channel attacks and countermeasures for lightweight cryptography
Erkay Savas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sabanci University (Turkey)

Fawn Ngo
A cross-national comparative study on the effectiveness of formal and informal responses to the crime of stalking
Jose Agustina, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UIC Barcelona (Spain)

Ivan Oleynik
Mineral physics of the lunar core
Anatoly Belonoshko, Ph.D., Professor, Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

Beatriz Padilla
The Venezuelan humanitarian crisis: Migration, trauma and resilience
Cecilia Melella, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Magdalena Lopez, Ph.D., Research Professor, University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) (Portugal)

Roger Peters
Examining treatment needs and alternatives to incarceration among substance-involved women in the justice system
Diane Lesme Romero, Ph.D., Professor, Catholic University of Asunción (Paraguay)
Graciela Barreto Castro, Ph.D., Professor, Catholic University of Asunción (Paraguay)
Cecilia Munoz, Ph.D., Professor, Catholic University of Asunción (Paraguay)

Joan Reid
Detecting predictors for sexual assault lethality using computational techniques
Eric Beauregard, Ph.D., Professor, Simon Fraser University (Canada)

Lindsey Rodriguez
Problematic alcohol and other substance use among women and links to mental, physical, and relational health
Sherry Stewart, Ph.D., Professor, Dalhousie University (Canada)

Wendy Rote
Cross-cultural equivalence of overparenting behaviors among adolescent youth
Skyler Thomas Hawk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong (China)

Taryn Sabia
Hillsborough community vulnerability study: Peril of Flood 2100
Steffen Nijhuis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)

Ehsan Sheybani & Giti Javidi
Modeling of blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), and 5th generation (5G) wireless technologies for Smart Cities development
Stavros Kotsopoulos, Ph.D., Professor, University of Patras (Greece)
Dmitrios D. Vergados, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Piraeus (Greece)

Shivendu Shivendu
Impact of multi-platform strategies on effectiveness of targeted online advertising
Yue Wei Thoo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong (China)
Alan Ran Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong (China)

Brian Space
An iterative design process for functional porous materials: Modeling meets the laboratory
Bu Xian-He, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Nankai University (China)

Elias Stefanakos
Development of stable, microencapsulated thermochromic matericals for energy efficient buildings
Mattheos Santamouris, Ph.D., Professor, University of New South Wales (Australia)

Arash Takshi
Rapid electrochemical copper deposition for integration of electronics into fabrics
Javad Foroughi, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong (Australia)

Kimberly Walker
Development of an online HPV vaccination decision making tool for parents of children ages 9-18
Gregory Zimet, Ph.D., Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington (Indiana)

Michael Cai Wang
Elastocaloric/thermoelastic effects via strain-induced phase transitions in nanoscale 2D materials for next generation solid-state cooling and refrigeration technologies
Chandra Veer Singh, Ph.D., Professor, University of Toronto (Canada)

Christian Wells
Improving water and sanitation infrastructure in marginalized communities
Matthew E. Verbyla, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, San Diego State University (California)

Jack Wilkins
The saxophone legacy project
Jeremy Brown, Ph.D., Professor, University of Calgary (Canada)

Libin Ye
Deciphering tamoxifen-resistant breast cancer signaling
Maofu Liao, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts)