Faculty

We innovate across disciplines and industries in order to develop advanced technologies for aerospace, energy, biomedical, nuclear, environmental, defense and advanced manufacturing applications.

 


Leadership

1_ Graeve, Olivia
Olivia A. Graeve

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
Director, CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials & Systems , Nanomaterials manufacturing; fundamental principles of materials processing with special focus in aerospace materials (i.e., ultra-high temperature materials) and electromagnetic materials for sensors and energy applications; materials processing using techniques such as combustion synthesis, colloidal techniques, spark plasma sintering, and high-energy milling operations; design of amorphous metal materials.

1_Ortiz-Torres, Rubén
Rubén Ortiz-Torres

Visual Arts, UC San Diego
Co-Director, CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials & Systems, Mexican postmodernism; issues of globalization central to the current 'New World Order' and the various, sometimes conflicted, responses to this newest form of Euro-American dominance.

1_Vazquez-Duhalt, Rafael
Rafael Vazquez-Duhalt

Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología, CNyN-UNAM
Co-Director, CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials & Systems , Environmental biotechnology, enzymatic transformation of pollutants and recalcitrant compounds, bionanotechnology, chemical modification of enzymes for harsh and non-conventional environments.


New Materials and Devices

2_Bandaru, Prabhakar
Prabhakar R. Bandaru

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Control of thermal energy and fluid flow at the nanoscale, applications that include information processing and storage and sensors.

2_Barreiro Guerrero, Julio
Julio T. Barreiro Guerrero

Physics 
Experimental atomic and optical physics, ultra-cold atoms, degenerate quantum gases, quantum information and simulations. 

2_Cai, Shengqiang
Shengqiang Cai

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Formulation and modeling of large deformation of soft materials. Mechanical instabilities, damage and fracture in soft materials such as hydrogels and electroactive polymers.

2_Continetti, Robert
Robert E. Continetti

Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Experimental studies of transient species in the gas phase, with interests ranging from isolated small radicals and ions to mass-selected nanoparticles and aerosols; three-dimensional imaging techniques and time-of-flight and charge detection mass spectrometric techniques. 

2_Garay, Javier
Javier E. Garay

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Design and manufacturing of new materials with novel and advanced properties, including nanomaterials, composites and intermetallics.

2_Grinstein, Benjamin
Benjamin Grinstein

Physics 
Weak sub-atomic interactions, and, in particular, decays of "strange," "charm" and "bottom" quarks. 

2_Luo, Jian
Jian Luo

NanoEngineering
Research on interfaces in metals and ceramics, advanced materials for energy-related applications, high-entropy ceramics, alloys and ceramics for applications at high temperatures and in extreme environments, and flash sintering and other innovative ceramic fabrication and processing methods, amongst other areas of structural and functional materials.

2_Meyers, Marc
Marc A. Meyers

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Ultrafine grained and nanocrystalline metals for high strength and controlled bioresorption applications in the biomedical field.  

2_Talke, Frank
Frank E. Talke

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Wear of diamond-like carbon under extreme conditions of load and speed; behavior of SiN in bio-medical devices (glaucoma sensor); lubricant transfer and hydrocarbon contamination in magnetic hard disk drives.  

2_Tynan, George
George R. Tynan

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Development of novel nanoengineered materials for use in extreme environments of nuclear fusion reactors.

2_Vazquez, Oscar
Oscar Vazquez

NanoEngineering 
Novel photovoltaic devices based on nanomaterials, scanning probe analysis of proteins, efficient nanopatterning methods, plasmonic biosensors.

2_Villa, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Villa

Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Macromolecular imaging using transmission electron microscopy at cryogenic temperature. Molecular modeling integrating data from various sources. Multiscale simulations of biomolecules. 

2_Xu, Sheng
Sheng Xu

NanoEngineering
Research includes developing soft wearable electronics for health monitoring and human-machine interfaces.

2_Yuen-Zhou, Joel
Joel Yuen-Zhou

Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Theoretical descriptions of novel quantum and semi-classical phenomena at the interface of chemical, condensed matter, and materials physics. 


Medicine and Environment

3_Aburto-Oropeza, Octavio
M. Octavio Aburto-Oropeza

Scripps Institution of Oceanography 
Marine ecology, conservation biology, fisheries ecology, marine reserves and long-term marine life monitoring programs. 

3_Grassian, Vicki
Vicki H. Grassian

Chemistry and Biochemistry 
NanoEngineering 
Scripps Institution of Oceanography 
Surface chemistry and transformations of metal-based nanomaterials in different biological and environmental milieu. 

4_Villarreal, F
Francisco J. Villarreal

Medicine 
Cardiac structure and function as well as therapeutic strategies to protect tissues and organs from diseases that adversely impact cellular bioenergetics. 


Social Sciences, Arts and Culture

4_Parra, Max
Max Parra

Literature
Literature of Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border region. Narratives of border conflict and border integration in the San Diego-Tijuana region.

4_Trevino, Isabel
Isabel Trevino

Economics 
Economic modeling and experiments on strategic interactions under incomplete and asymmetric information with applications to macroeconomics and finance; behavioral economics.


International Collaborators

5_Cadena-Nava, Rubén
Rubén D. Cadena-Nava

Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México(CNyN-UNAM) 
Virus-like particles (VLPs) as nanovehicles for biomedical applications, bionanotechnology, chemical functionalization of VLPs for tissue targeting.

5_Camacho López, Santiago
Santiago Camacho López

Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE)
Processing of materials using ultrashort pulse laser irradiation.

5_Cruz, Ma de la Paz
Ma. de la Paz Cruz Jáuregui

Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Thin films and nanomaterials of piezo-ferroelectrics and multiferroics for sensors, actuators and information storage. Solar cells based on photovoltaic perovskites. Micro Ti-TiO2 scaffolds.

5_Díaz Castañeda, Victoria
Victoria Díaz Castañeda

Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE)
Effects of ocean acidification on marine organisms, macrofauna and use of species as environmental indicators, environmental monitoring.

5_Díaz de León, Noé
J. Noé Díaz de Léon Hernández

Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (CNyN-UNAM)
Design of catalytic nanomaterials and nanostructures for environmental applications. Production of ultra-clean fuels via hydrodesulfurization and hydrodenitrogenation catalysts. Use of CO2 for obtaining hydrocarbons and mitigating the greenhouse effect through hydrogenation and derived reactions as the water-gas shift.

5_Herrera Zaldivar, Manuel
Manuel Herrera Zaldivar

Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (CNyN-UNAM) 
Microscopy techniques: Scanning electron microscopy (cathodoluminescence), transmission electron microscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, atomic force microscopy.

5_Huerta-Saquero, Alejandro
Alejandro Huerta-Saquero

Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (CNyN-UNAM)
Nanotoxicology, effect of nanoparticles and nanostructured materials on microbial physiology, bionanotechnology.

5_Juarez-Moreno, Karla
Karla O. Juarez-Moreno

Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (CNyN-UNAM) 
Nanotoxicology studies on animal cells: Aiming to understand and correlate the responses of cells subjected to acute and chronic exposures of nanomaterials with their physicochemical properties.  

5_Lago Lestón, Asunción
Asunción Lago Lestón

Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE)
Metagenomes and metatranscriptomes of microorganisms in extreme environments for biomedical technologies. Characterization of metagenomes of organisms of deep water and sediments of the Gulf of Mexico.

5_Sánchez Saavedra, M. del Pilar
M. del Pilar Sánchez Saavedra

Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE)
Extreme environmental factors on the physiology of aquatic organisms (algae and mollusks) and effects on their exostructures/exoskeletons. Production of metabolites from microalgae cultures to uses in biotechnology, pharmacology, and aquaculture.

5_Tentori, Monica
Monica Tentori

Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE)
Human-computer interaction, ubiquitous and pervasive computing, assistive and educational technologies, computer-supported cooperative work and medical informatics.

5_Vázquez Meza, Roberto
Roberto Vázquez Meza

Instituto de Astronomía – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Effects of extreme environments (temperature, pressure, pH, radiation) on pollen, fungi, and other microorganisms.