New Faculty Members | Department of Mathematics

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September 3, 2020

New Faculty Members

We are glad to welcome four new faculty colleagues:

Serdar Bozdag received his BS degree in Computer Engineering at Marmara University and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at the University of California, Riverside. After a postdoctoral fellowship in National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, in 2012, he joined Marquette University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. In 2015, he received the Way Klingler Young Scholar Award. In 2019, he received the NIH's prestigious Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA), a 5-year single-PI research grant. In 2020, he joined UNT as an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Department of Mathematics with an affiliation with the BioDiscovery Institute. Dr. Bozdag's research goal is to develop open source integrative computational tools to analyze high dimensional biological, clinical and environmental exposure datasets to infer context-specific gene regulatory interactions and modules, and to predict disease associated genes and patient-specific drug response.

Yangqing Deng joined the department in Fall 2020 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Deng graduated from the University of Minnesota with a PhD in biostatistics. Besides methodology research in statistical genetics, he also enjoys collaborating with people from different fields on medical and biological problems using statistical methods.

Helen Elwood joined the department in Fall 2020 as a Lecturer. She received her PhD in mathematics from the University of Houston and has been teaching as an adjunct lecturer for UNT Math since 2014. She enjoys teaching many different classes across the undergraduate curriculum, especially Survey of Math, the Calculus sequence, and Linear Algebra. Some of her favorite parts of teaching are surprising students with new interesting concepts, and showing them areas of applications of mathematics.

Joseph Zielinksi joined the department in Fall 2020 as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He earned BS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before coming to UNT he was the Zeev Nehari Visiting Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. His research interests are in descriptive set theory, especially in the complexity of analytic equivalence relations and the dynamics and geometry of Polish groups.