Beckman Scholar Program Mentors

A passion for research is embodied by our faculty and coupled with a commitment to teaching and mentoring students in the classroom, laboratory, and beyond.

Our Beckman Scholar mentors were specifically selected based on criteria that included:

  • A track record of mentoring undergraduate researchers for an extended period of time with substantive projects.
  • Evidence of co-authored articles with undergraduate researchers as well as mentees who present both on-campus and off-campus at regional and national conferences.
  • Undergraduate researchers who go on to PhD, MD or MD/PhD programs.

Applicants to the Beckman Scholars Program must have a Beckman Scholars Program Mentor to apply. Previous Beckman Scholars Mentors include:

  • Radhika Atit, Professor, Department of Biology; Skull bone and skin development disease.
  • Carlos Crespo-Hern√°ndez, Professor, Department of Chemistry; Photochemistry and excited-state dynamics of DNA and RNA biomolecules and thionated analogues for photodynamic therapy applications.
  • Nicole Crown, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology; Molecular mechanisms of meiotic recombination.
  • Christine E. Duval, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Separation materials, membranes, radiochemistry.
  • Jessica Fox, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology; Neuroethology.
  • Burcu Gurkan, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Deep eutectics solvents, ionic liquids, carbon capture, separations, energy storage.
  • Hung-Ying Kao, Professor, Department of Biochemistry; Breast cancer cell signaling and therapeutics.
  • Efstathios Karathanasis, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Cancer nanotechnology and immunology.
  • Alan D. Levine, Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology; Immunology, cell biology and molecular biology.
  • Fu-Sen Liang, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry; Chemical biology.
  • Julie Renner, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Biomolecular engineering.
  • Anirban Sen Gupta, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Biomedical sciences, engineering, pathology and pharmacology.
  • Paul Tesar, Professor, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences; Stem cell biology and developmental neuroscience.
  • Focco van den Akker, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry; Structural biology and inhibitor discovery approaches for antibiotic resistance.
  • Horst von Recum, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; New materials for drug delivery, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.