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Core Faculty

Luis Amaral (Co-director)

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
HHMI Early Career Scientist
Associate Professor of Medicine
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phone: 847-491-7850

Complex networks in nature; system-level modeling of biological processes. Integrative modeling of gene and protein interaction-networks, complex fluctuations in healthy physiologic systems.

Brian Uzzi (Co-director)

Richard L. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Leadership
Professor of Sociology
Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Science
Kellogg School of Management

Phone: 847-491-8072

Social network analysis and complexity theory focused on understanding outstanding human achievement in finance, consulting science and the arts.

Adam Pah (Associate Director)

Clinical Assistant Professor, Management and Organizations
Kellogg School of Management

Phone: 847-467-1395

Research Interests: Innovation adoption in professional networks; Predicting social dynamics with missing network information; Healthcare networks and decision support; Social policy

Danny Abrams

Assistant Professor, Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phone: 847-491-5346

Dynamics of networked oscillators; synchronization; mathematical models of consensus in social systems; dynamics of geophysical networks

Erik Andersen

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biosciences
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Phone: 847-467-4382

Humans differ in their susceptibilities to cancer, diabetes, and other common diseases because of each individual's unique genetic makeup and the effects of their particular environment. The Andersen laboratory uses classical, quantitative, and molecular genetics in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans to identify the genes that vary within populations to cause differences in disease susceptibilities.

Neda Bagheri

Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phone: 847-491-2716

Integration of experimental data with computational analysis to investigate dynamic regulation of complex biological systems. Specific applications to cancer and immunology.

Michelle Birkett

Research Assistant Professor, Medical Social Sciences
Director, CONNECT Research Program
Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing
Feinberg School of Medicine

Social and contextual drivers of health disparities; Social marginalization; HIV; Network Analysis; Methods for social and contextual data capture; Transdisciplinary collaborations

Rosemary Braun

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Preventive Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine

Phone: 312-503-3644

Computational biology; inference and modeling of regulatory networks; cancer genomics; bioinformatics/biostatistical methods.

Fabián Bustamante

Professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phone: 847-491-2745

I am interested in large-scale, longitudinal experimental research on computer networks and distributed systems.

Bruce Carruthers

John D. MacArthur Chair and Professor of Sociology
Director, Buffett Institute for Global Studies
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Phone: 847-467-1251

Comparative Sociology, Economy and Society, Sociology of Law, Sociology of Organizations

Sunil Chopra

IBM Distinguished Professor of Operations Management
Senior Associate Dean: Curriculum and Teaching
Kellogg School of Management

Phone: 847-491-8169

Operations management, logistics and distribution management, design of communication networks and design of distribution networks, combinational optimization, supply chain risk.

Jeannette Colyvas

Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy, Learning Sciences, School of Education & Social Policy
Associate Professor, Management and Organizations (by Courtesy)
Kellogg School of Management

Phone: 847-467-5020

Organizations and entrepreneurship; institutions and networks; comparing public, private, and non-profit forms of organizing; university-industry interfaces; public and private science.

Noshir Contractor

Jane S. and William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences
Director of the Science of Networks in Communities Research Group
School of Communication
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phone: 847-491-3669

Social and knowledge networks: theories, statistical and computational methods: organizational theory.

Randy Freeman

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phone: 847-467-2606

Nonlinear systems and control theory; robust, adaptive and optimal control theory; stability and performance of interconnected systems;decentralized control and estimation

Seyed Iravani

Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phone: 847-491-5538

Stochastic modeling and its applications in production, service operations systems, management of health care access operations, manufacturing and supply chain management.

Michael Jewett

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phone: 847-467-5007

Our research aims to engineer biological systems for compelling applications in medicine and biotechnology. We focus on cell-free systems, with particular emphasis on protein synthesis and metabolism. Engineering cell-free systems both tests our understanding of how life works and generates useful, cost-effective factories for manufacturing human therapeutics and valuable biochemicals that are difficult to make in vivo. Our approach is to integrate fundamental research and engineering design principles with technology development.

William Kath

Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phone: 847-491-3345

Computational neuroscience, fiber optics, wave propagation, nonlinear dynamics, complex systems.

Konrad Kording

Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Physiology
Feinberg School of Medicine

Phone: 857-928-5370

Biostatistics; Computational Biology; Computational Neuroscience; Electrophysiology; Neuroscience; Psychology; Rehabilitation/Therapy; Simulation

Kevin Lynch

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phone: 847-467-5451

Robotics, mechanics, planning, and control of robotic manipulation; self-organized systems, particularly decentralized control of mobile sensor networks; motion planning and control for underactuated dynamic systems; physical human/robot interaction, industrial applications.

Malcolm MacIver

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Neurobiology (by Courtesy)
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phone: 847-491-3540

Professor MacIver believes that the body’s mechanical intelligence can be just as important, if not more important, than what’s going on in your head. His primary scientific efforts are in understanding how animal mechanics and sensory abilities fit together, and he pursues that problem using approaches from neuroscience, animal behavior studies, robotics, mathematical modeling, and computer simulations. In engineering, he has pioneered the development of a new sensor inspired by the ability of certain fish to sense using a self-generated electric field, and highly maneuverable propulsion systems based on fish locomotion.

Adilson Motter

Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Phone: 847-491-4611

Professor Motter's research is focused on the dynamical behavior of complex systems and complex networks. In particular, in recent work Motter and his collaborators have established conditions for the synchronization of power grids and other complex networks, have developed the concept of synthetic rescue in network biology, have designed the first class of metamaterials that exhibit longitudinal negative compressibility, have developed methods for the control the nonlinear dynamics of complex networks, including cascade failures in distributed systems, and have investigated implications of these methods for the recovery of lost function in biological, ecological, and physical networks.

Milan Mrksich

Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phone: 847-467-0472

My group’s interests overlap chemistry, biology, and engineering, with an emphasis on the design and synthesis of materials that are biologically active and in applications of the materials to relevant problems in the biological and medical sciences.

Todd Murphey

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Phone: 847-467-1041

Professor Murphey's research focuses on computational methods in dynamics and control. The group focuses on computational models of embedded control, biomechanical simulation, dynamic exploration, and hybrid control. Much of the work uses structured integration (numerical techniques specifically suited to mechanical systems) to ensure stability and robustness of the numerical technique.

Julio Ottino

Dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Distinguished Robert R. McCormick Institute Professor Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Phone: 847-491-5220

Complex systems, dynamics of granular matter, mixing and segregation.

Edward (Ned) Smith

Associate Professor of Management & Organizations
Kellogg School of Management

Phone: 847-467-4907

Decision Making, Social Networks, Status, and Identity, Organizational and Group Structure and Relationships, Market Emergence, Creativity and Innovation, Social Structure of Organizations and Markets; Business Strategy and Implementation.

Igal Szleifer

Christina Enroth-Cugell Professor of Biomedical Engineering
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Specific systems of interest include: protein adsorption and biocompatible materials, lipid layers and model cell membranes, drug delivery systems, ligand-receptor binding and smart (reponsive) materials.

Dashun Wang

Associate Professor of Management & Organizations
Kellogg School of Management

Phone: 847-491-8070

Professor Wang leads a group of highly interdisciplinary researchers who are extremely passionate about data. His research takes a multidisciplinary approach - combining computational social science, statistical physics, and computer science - to exploit the opportunities and promises offered by Big Data. 

Uri Wilensky

Professor of Learning Sciences and Computer Sciences
School of Education and Social Policy

Phone: 847-467-3818

Mathematics and science education in the context of computation, connected learning, constructionism, computer-based modeling, agent-based modeling and complex systems and education.

Teresa Woodruff

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology
Feinberg School of Medicine

Phone: 312-503-2503

Reproductive endocrinology, female reproductive health and infertility, oncofertility

Hyejin Youn

Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations
Kellogg School of Management

Dr. Youn's research interests are in Innovation and technological change, urban scaling and dynamics, historical and computational linguistics, transportation network, and network theory.

Florian Zettelmeyer

Nancy L. Ertle Professor of Marketing
Director, Program on Data Analytics at Kellogg
Kellogg School of Management

Marketing implications of consumer search and uncertainty, industrial organization, pricing, the internet

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