Faculty Accomplishments



Xiaoping Hu

Elected 2021 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Xiaoping Hu, Professor and Chair

AAAS Fellows represent some of the most distinguished leaders in science, engineering, and innovation. The honor is considered one of the highlights of a recipient’s career and recognizes efforts on behalf of the advancement of science, or its applications, that are scientifically or socially distinguished. 

Hu has been named for “seminal contributions to the development of magnetic resonance imaging, particularly in the imaging and understanding of brain function and connectivity.” He has worked on the development and application of magnetic resonance imaging, with a focus on imaging and understanding the brain, for 30 years. 



Giulia Palermo

Department of Energy-NERSC Innovative Use of High-Performance Computing Award

American Chemical Society OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry 

National Science Foundation CAREER Award 

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award, UC Riverside

Giulia Palermo, Associate Professor



2022 Regents Faculty Development Award, UC Riverside Academic Senate

Joshua Morgan, Assistant Professor

Provides selected junior faculty an opportunity for educational enrichment through significant research, advanced or independent study, or improvement of teaching effectiveness

jia guo

2022 Regents Faculty Development Award, UC Riverside Academic Senate

Jia Guo, Assistant Professor

Provides selected junior faculty an opportunity for educational enrichment through significant research, advanced or independent study, or improvement of teaching effectiveness

Vasileios N. Christopoulos

2022-2023 Hellman Fellowship

Vasileios N. Christopoulos, Assistant Professor

Provides support to junior faculty who show capacity for great distinction in their research



Bahman Anvari

Editor-in-Chief, Biological and Bio-Materials Section, Biomolecules 

Bahman Anvari, Professor

Xiaoping Hu

Chair of the Publication Committee, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 

Xiaoping Hu, Professor and Chair



victor rodgers

Associate Editor, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Biomechanics 

Victor Rodgers, Professor


Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering

Huinan Liu, Professor

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    Principal Investigator (Contact-PI), “Erythrocyte-derived particles for near infrared phototherapy of port wine stains,” National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (2R01-AR068067-05A1), $2,045,601.

    B. Anvari, C. De Angelis, S. Huang, N. Litchinitser, T. -C. Poon, G. Scalari, B. S. Richards, and M. Peccianti, “Frontiers in Photonics Spot Light,” Frontiers in Photonics, 3, 853456, 2022.

    J. T. Mac, R. Vankayala, C. -H. Lee, and B. Anvari, “Erythrocyte-derived nanoparticles with folate functionalization for near infrared pulsed laser-mediated photo-chemotherapy of tumors,” International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 23, 10296, doi: 10.3390/ilms231810295, 2022.

    T. Lu, C. -H. Lee, and B. Anvari, “Morphological characteristics, hemoglobin content, and membrane mechanical properties of red blood cell delivery systems,” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 14, 18219-18232, 2022.

    J. C. Tang*, C. -H. Lee*, T. Lu, R. Vankayala, T. Hanley, C. Azubuogu, J. Li, M. Nair, W. Jia, and B. Anvari, “Membrane cholesterol enrichment of red blood cell-derived microparticles results in prolonged circulation,” ACS Applied Bio Materials, 5, 650-660, 2022 (*equally contributed)

    Appointed as Editor-in-Chief, Biological and Bio- Materials Section, Biomolecules


    2022-2027 RFA-NS-19-001: U01 BRAIN Initiative: Research Opportunities Using Invasive Neural Recording and Stimulating Technologies in the Human Brain: Title: Sensory motor transformations in human cortex. Role: UCR Principal Investigator (Contact PI: Richard Andersen, Caltech)

    2022-2025 RFA-NS-18-020: R01 BRAIN Initiative: New Technologies and Novel Approaches for Large-Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System : Title: Minimally Invasive Ultrasonic Brain-Machine Interface. Role: UCR Principal Investigator (Contact PI: Richard Andersen, Caltech)

    2/13 2022-2023 RFA-HD-20-004: NIH Center for Smart Use of Technologies to Assess Real-World Outcomes (C-STAR) - Pilot grant: Title: Detection and characterization of motor activity in behaving infants through the use of novel ultrasonic brain imaging technology. Role: Principal Investigator
    • Agyeman K, Lee DJ, Russin J, Kreydin EI, Choi W, AbediA , Edgerton VR, Liu C, Christopoulos VN Functional Ultrasound Imaging of the Human Spinal Cord, bioRxiv 2022.08.06.503044 – (Nature Communications. Under Review)
    • ZhongS, Choi JW, Hashoush NG, Malekmohammadi M, Pouratian N, Christopoulos VN (2022) A neurocomputational model of action regula[1]tion predicts motor behavior in neurotypical individuals and patients with Parkinson’s disease PLoS Comput Biol (In press)
    • Hellman Fellowship

    NIH R21:  Single Molecule Protein Sequencing using Nanopores and Deep-UV Raman Spectroscopy

    • YMNDY Bandara, N Farajpour, KJ Freedman, Nanopore Current Enhancements Lack Protein Charge Dependence and Elucidate Maximum Unfolding at Protein’s Isoelectric Point, Journal of the American Chemical Society 144 (7), 3063-3073.
    • LS Lastra, YM Bandara, M Nguyen, N Farajpour, KJ Freedman, On the origins of conductive pulse sensing inside a nanopore, Nature Communications 13 (1), 1-11.
    • LS Lastra, YMNDY Bandara, V Sharma, KJ Freedman, Protein and DNA Yield Current Enhancements, Slow Translocations, and an Enhanced Signal-to-Noise Ratio under a Salt Imbalance, ACS Sensors 7 (7), 1883-1893.
    • YMNDY Bandara, KJ Freedman, Enhanced Signal to Noise Ratio Enables High Bandwidth Nanopore Recordings and Molecular Weight Profiling of Proteins, ACS Nano 16 (9), 14111-14120.

    "Ultra-fast blood flow imaging for functional brain mapping using velocity-selective arterial spin labeling” - National Institutes of Health, R01 Brain Initiative R01EB033210

    J. Guo. Robust dual-module velocity-selective arterial spin labeling (dm-VSASL) with velocity-selective saturation and inversion. Magn Reson Med. 2022. doi: 10.1002/mrm.29513

    L. Hernandez-Garcia, V. Aramendia, D. Bolar, MA. Fernandez-Seara, J. Guo, AJ. Madhuranthakam, H. Mutsaerts, J. Petr, Q. Qin, J. Schollenberger, Y. Suzuki, M. Taso, DL. Thomas, MJP. van Osch, Z. Wang, J. Woods, MY. Zhao, L. Yan, L. Zhao, TW. Okell. Recent technical developments in ASL: a review of the state of the art. Magn Reson Med. 2022;88(5):2021-42. doi: 10.1002/mrm.29381.

    Q. Qin, DC. Alsop, DS. Bolar, L, Hernandez-Garcia, J. Meakin, D. Liu, KS. Nayak, S. Schmid, MJP. Van Osch, EC. Wong, J. Woods, G. Zaharchuk, MY. Zhao, Z. Zun, J. Guo. Velocity Selective Arterial Spin Labeling Perfusion MRI: A Review of the State of the Art and Recommendations for Clinical Implementation. Magn Reson Med. 2022;88(4):1528-47. doi: 10.1002/mrm.29371.

    AP. Fan; G. Zaharchuk, O. Henriksen, H. An, D. Chen, J. Guo. Cerebral blood flow imaging in the era of PET/MRI and machine learning. JCBFM. 2022;42(1_suppl): 276-276. doi: 10.1177/0271678X221096358

    R. Hussein, M. Zhao, D. Shin, J. Guo, K. Chen, R. Armindo, G. Davidzon, M. Moseley, G. Zaharchuk. Multi-task deep learning for cerebrovascular disease classification and MRI-to-PET translation. ICPR 2022. 625.

    Faculty Development Award, Academic Senate, University of California, Riverside

    Langley J, Hussain S, Huddleston DE, Bennett IJ, and Hu X. Locus coeruleus and its projections impact on age-related cognitive decline. Brain Connect (2021).

    Langley J, Hussain S, Huddleston DE, and Hu X. Nigral diffusivity, but not free water, correlates with iron content in Parkinson’s disease. Brain Communications 3.4 (2021): fcab251.

    Reardon AM, Li K, and Hu X. Improving between-group effect size for multi-site functional connectivity data via site-wise de-meaning. Frontiers Comput Neurosci 111, 2021.


    • Named Chair of the Publication Committee, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
    • Elected Fellow of AAAS

    NIAID/NIH. NCEA # 2018-085. SRF # 2018-085-014. Drug Dose-Range Finding Study for Efficacy. (PI: Jiayu Liao)

    NIAID/NIH. NCEA # 2018-085. SRF # 2018-085-015. Efficacy of Siponimod for treating influenza A/Viet/1203/2004 (H5N1) virus infection in BALB/c mice (RDB-In Vivo - Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza Therapeutics (PI:Jiayu Liao)

    NIAID/NIH. NCEA # 2018-085. SRF # 2018-085-016. Siponimod treatment on lung viral titers and cytokines on days 3 and 6 post-2009 (H1N1pdm) infection (RDB-In Vivo - Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza Therapeutics). (PI: Jiayu Liao)

    NIAID/NIH. NCEA # 2018-085. SRF # 2018-085-017. Siponimod Testing (OBRRTR-DMID COVID-19). (PI: Jiayu Liao)

    Dang,R., Rodgers,R.J., Garcia-Sastre,A., and Liao,J. Human SUMOylation Pathway Is Critical for Influenza B Virus. Viruses 2022, 14, 34

    Madahar,V., Rodgers,V.G.J.,  Liao,J. SUMOylation of SARS-CoV-2 Nucleocapsid protein enhances its interaction affinity and plays a critical role for its nuclear translocation. 2022. bioRxiv. June,1.

    Way,G., Xiong,Z., Zheng,S.,Liao,J. 2022. A Novel SUMOylation Site in the Influenza A Virus NS1 Protein Identified with a Highly Sensitive and Quantitative FRET Assay. International Journal of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Volume 8 Issue 2, October 2022. 19-21.

    Liu,C., Dang,R., Liao,J. 2022. Dissecting Human and Influenza Virus Interaction with qFRET Technology. UCR Undergraduate Research Journal. 9-17

    Jiayu Liao, Zhehao Xiong, George Way, Yang Song, Vipul Madahar, Runrui Dang, Hilda Wiryawan Chan. Sumoylation Inhibitors and Methods of Use Thereof. US Provisional Patent Application. No.63/406,154.



    Schwan J, Alva TR, Nava G, Rodriguez CB, Dunn Z, Chartron JW, Morgan JT, Wang P, Mangolini L. (2021) Efficient Facemask Decontamination via Forced Ozone Convection. Scientific Reports. In Press.

    Preprint: Schwan J, Alva TR, Nava G, Rodriguez CB, Dunn Z, Chartron JW,Morgan JT, Wang P, Mangolini L. (2021) Efficient Facemask Decontamination via Forced Ozone Convection. arXiv:2007.09280

    Sanchez MM, Morgan JT (2021) Generation of self-assembled vascularized human skin equivalents. Journal of Visual Experiments. 168. PMID: 33645584 DOI: 10.3791/62125

    UC Riverside Academic Senate – 2022 Regents’ Faculty Development (7/2022-6/2024


    K. Ma, X. Xiong, W. Li, J. Nam, M. Qu, S. Kay (2022) The actin cytoskeleton-MRTF/SRF cascade transduces cellular physical niche cues to entrain circadian clock. Journal of Cell Science 135(19): jcs260094.

    A. Banerjee, Y. Tai, N.V. Myung, J. Nam (2022) Non-destructive characterization of bone mineral content by machine learning-assisted electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 10:961108.

    S. Yu, Y. Tai, J. Milam-Guerrero, J. Nam, N.V. Myung (2022) Electrospun organic piezoelectric nanofibers and their energy and bio applications. Nano Energy 107174.

    S. Yu, J. Milam-Guerrero, Y. Tai, S. Yang, Y. Choi, J. Nam, and N.V. Myung (2021) Maximizing polyacrylonitrile nanofiber piezoelectric properties through optimization of electrospinning and post thermal treatment processes. ACS Applied Polymer Materials 4(1): 635-644.

    Y. Tai, A. Banerjee, R. Goodrich, L. Jin, and J. Nam (2021) Development and Utilization of Multifunctional Polymeric Scaffolds for the regulation of Physical Cellular Microenvironments. Polymers 13(22): 3880.


    NSF-(2022-2023); In situ, handheld, 3D bioprinting of hydrogel sealant for corneal tissue repair and regeneration.; Role: PI

    NSF-APEX-(2022-2023); Development of Highly Adhesive Hydrogel for Cornea Tissue Regeneration; Role: PI

    Azim, S. M., Sharma, A., Noshadi, I., Shatabda, S., & Dehzangi, I. (2022). A convolutional neural network-based tool for predicting protein AMPylation sites from binary profile representation. Scientific Reports, 12(1).

    Baghdasarian, S., Saleh, B., Baidya, A., Kim, H., Ghovvati, M., Sani, E. S., Haghniaz, R., Madhu, S., Kanelli, M., Noshadi, I., & Annabi, N. (2022). Engineering a naturally derived hemostatic sealant for sealing internal organs. Materials Today Bio, 13, 100199. 

    Kanjilal, B., Sharifi, N., Masoumi, A., & Noshadi, I. (2022). Bionanofluids and mass transfer characteristics. Nanofluids and Mass Transfer, 217–244

    Iman Noshadi. Biocompatible oxygen gas generating devices for tissue engineering. US11389583B2


    Ł. Nierzwicki, K. W. East, J. Binz, R. V. Hsu, M. Ahsan, P. R. Arantes, E. Skeens, M. Pacesa, M. Jinek, G. P. Lisi* and G. Palermo.* Principles of Target DNA Cleavage and Role of Mg2+ in the Catalysis of CRISPR-Cas9. Nature Catalysis 2022, 5, 912–922.

    M. Pacesa, C-H. Lin, A. Cléry, A. Saha, P. R. Arantes, K. Bargsten, M. J. Irby, F. H.T. Allain, G. Palermo, P. Cameron, P. D. Donohoue and M. Jinek. Structural basis for Cas9 off-target activity. Cell 2022, 185, 4067–4081.

    M. Rossetti, R. Merlo, N. Bagheri, D. Moscone, A. Valenti, A. Saha, P.R. Arantes, R. Ippodrino, F. Ricci, I. Treglia, E. Delibato, J. van der Oost, G. Palermo,* G. Perugino* and A. Porchetta.* Enhancement of CRISPR/Cas12a trans-cleavage Activity Using Hairpin DNA Reporters. Nucleic Acids Res. 2022, gkac578.

    A. Saha, P. R. Arantes and G. Palermo.* Dynamics and Mechanism of CRISPR-Cas9 Visualized through Computational Methods. Curr. Opin. Struct. Biol. 2022, 75, 102400.

    J. Wang, E. Skeens, P. R. Arantes, F. Maschietto, B. Allen, G. Kyro, G. P. Lisi* and G. Palermo,* V. S. Batista.* Structural Basis for Reduced Dynamics of Three Engineered HNH Endonuclease Lys-to-Ala Mutants of the Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat-Associated 9 Enzyme. Biochemistry 2022, 61, 785–794.

    P. R. Arantes, A. C. Patel and G. Palermo.* Emerging Methods and Applications to Decrypt Allostery in Proteins and Nucleic Acids. J. Mol. Biol. 2022, 167518.

    H. B. Belato, A. M. D’Ordine, L. Nierzwicki, G. Jogl, G. Palermo* and G. P. Lisi.* Structural and Dynamic Insights into the HNH Nuclease of Divergent Cas9 Species. J. Struct. Biol. 2022, 214, 107814.

    2022/10 - DOE-NERSC Innovative Use of High-Performance Computing Award
    2022/05 - Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award, UCR
    2022/03 - ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry
    2022/01 - NSF CAREER Award


    “Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program at University of California, Riverside (PI: Rodgers V, transferred from B. Ford) - National Institutes of Health, $1,437,280

    Development of a fieldable direct osmotherapy device for the point-of-injury reduction of cerebral edema following penetrating traumatic brain injury - Department of Defense, UCR subaward $711,428

    Device to Treat Acute Edema in Spinal Cord Injury - UCR Proof of Concept Program $50,000


    Terry TL, Givens BE, Adamcakova-Dodd A, Thorne PS, Rodgers VGJ, Salem AK (2021) Encapsulating polyethyleneimine-DNA nanoplexes into PEGylated biodegradable microparticles increases transgene expression in vitro and reduces inflammatory responses in vivo. AAPS PharmSciTech, 2021 Feb 9;22(2):69. doi: 10.1208/s12249-021-01932-z.

    Hale CS, Yonan JM, Batarseh R, Chaar R, Jonak CR, Binder DK, Rodgers VGJ (2020) Implantable Osmotic Transport Device Can Reduce Edema After Severe Contusion Spinal Cord Injury, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology: Biomechanics, Vol. 8, Page 806, DOI

    Erudaitius DT, Buettner GR, Rodgers VGJ (2020) The latency of peroxisomal catalase in terms of effectiveness factor for pancreatic and glioblastoma cancer cell lines in the presence of high concentrations of H2O2: Implications for the use of pharmacological ascorbate in cancer therapy, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Volume 156,Pages 20-25, ISSN 0891-5849,

    • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Biomechanics (2022 - )
    • Advisory Board, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis (2015 - ) 
    • Reviewer, Ford Foundation Science Panel on Engineering (2014-2018, 2021)
    • Charter Member, NIH Study Section Biomaterials and Biointerfaces (2015-2021)
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