New Science Professors Tackle Research in Microbiology, Physics

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Nov. 15, 2018

Dr. Bruce Novak

The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at UT Dallas added two tenure-track faculty members this year, with research interests in microbiology and quantum physics.
Dr. Nicole De Nisco joined the Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Michael Kolodrubetz joined the Department of Physics, both as assistant professors.
“The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is going after the very small and the very large,” said Dr. Bruce Novak, dean of the school and Distinguished Chair in Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “Dr. Kolodrubetz adds to our faculty members who are studying materials at the atomic level and their bizarre behavior. We also have very robust research efforts in microbiology and infectious diseases, and Dr. De Nisco brings expertise in those areas, including studying disease-causing bacteria and new approaches to controlling their populations.”
Novak said the school also is in the planning stages of a new academic program that combines environmental sciences and energy.
“We envision a program that tackles large-scale issues and prepares students to address topics from planetwide water resources to atmospheric science to energy exploration,” he said.
In addition, construction continues on the 186,000-square-foot, multistory Science Building, which is expected to be completed in spring 2020. It will house the Department of Physics, the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences, and several classrooms, offices, and teaching and research labs.
The school comprises six departments: biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, geosciences, mathematical sciences, physics, and science and math education. 

New Tenure-Track Faculty
Dr. Nicole De Nisco

Dr. Nicole De Nisco, assistant professor of biological sciences
Previously: postdoctoral fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Research interests: microbiology, cell biology, immunology, infectious disease, antibiotic resistance, recurrent urinary tract infections, molecular basis of microbial pathogenesis
Quote: “I study host-pathogen interactions, with my current research focusing on recurrent urinary tract infections in post-menopausal …

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