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Distinguished Doctoral Awards: Student Profiles

STONY BROOK, NY – The five recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Doctoral Student Award represent the breadth and depth of the research Stony Brook University students undertake. From improving the energy density of rechargeable batteries to understanding why cancer patients with the same diagnosis have different responses to identical treatment, their work promises to change the way we live, and the way we see and understand the world.    

In the following profiles, Matthew Gilbert (English), Luisa Escobar Hoyos (Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology), Jue Liu (Chemistry), Wolfger Peelaers (Physics), and Mao Zeng (Physics) discuss their work and research – and how their time at Stony Brook has prepared them for their next steps.   



Matthew J. Gilbert , Department of English 
The Music of Romantic Poetry and the Mediation of Romanticism

Matthew J. Gilbert recently defended his doctoral dissertation, entitled, "The Music of Romantic Poetry and the Mediation of Romanticism." His research and teaching interests involve the literature and history of British Romanticism, poetry and poetics, and relationships among different art forms and differing media.

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Luisa Escobar Hoyos , Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Keratin 17: A Prognostic Marker and Nuclear Oncoprotein in Cancer

Luisa Escobar Hoyos completed her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology in December 2015. Her research focuses on understanding why cancer patients diagnosed with the exact same cancer respond differently to identical treatment. By identifying crucial biological processes of lethal tumors researchers can improve targeted approaches to optimize qualify of life and survival. She currently holds a postdoctoral research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as well as a part-time faculty appointment in Stony Brook’s Department of Pathology

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Jue Liu , Department of Chemistry
Nitrogen-containing Cubicon Ceramics and Their Applications for Rechargeable Batteries

Jue Liu received his PhD in Chemistry in December 2015. He is now a postdoctoral researcher in the Chemical and Engineering Materials Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. His dissertation work focuses on exploring novel cathode/solid state electrolyte materials for rechargeable Li/Na-ion batteries, with specific attention paid to understand the relationship of structure/battery functionality.

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Wolfger Peelaers , Department of Physics and Astronomy
Exact Results in Supersymmetric and Superconformal Quantum Field Theories

Wolfger Peelaers completed his PhD in Stony Brook’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, where he was part of the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, in August 2015. His area of research is theoretical high energy physics, and more specifically the study of supersymmetric and superconformal quantum field theories.

He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Rutgers University.

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Mao Zeng , Department of Physics and Astronomy
QCD Factorization and Effective Field Theories at the LHC

Mao Zeng completed his PhD in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in August 2015. His dissertation research explores using quantum chromdynamics (QCD) to make precise predictions for high-energy particle collisions, for example at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). He is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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