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From the Departments

Catch up on the latest news from our academic departments.

Cathrine Hoyo

Biological Sciences

Cathrine Hoyo, Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Chair and director of the Epidemiology and Environmental Epigenomics Laboratory at NC State, talks more about her $17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to follow 16,000 people in North Carolina and Georgia for up to five years to explore the link between liver cancer and environmental contaminants, such as cadmium.

Ann Ross, a professor of biological sciences, is the corresponding author of a study that supports the hypothesis that interbreeding between humans and Neandertals took place in the region ranging from North Africa to Iraq.


Caroline Proulx, an assistant professor of chemistry, and her graduate students were recognized for their innovative research at the 2022 American Peptide Symposium.

The Department of Chemistry mourned the loss of William “Bill” Tucker, who served as a faculty member and held various leadership positions throughout his career at NC State.

Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Geologist Karl Wegmann, an associate professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, used a light detection and ranging instrument to predict landslides.

Volcanologist Ariana Soldati, an assistant professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, collaborated with a group of artists to study how the viscosity of obsidian changes with temperature and how that compares to glass.


William Anderson, an applied mathematics Ph.D. candidate, won the 2022 SIAM Student Paper Prize, which is only awarded to three students worldwide each year.

Julian Sass, a biomathematics and statistics Ph.D. candidate who maintains a free database of more than 200 sunscreens, talked to the Washington Post about the importance of applying sunscreen correctly and frequently.


Rongmon Bordoloi, an assistant professor of physics, is studying the origins and evolution of galaxies as part of a James Webb Space Telescope research program.

Lex Kemper, an associate professor of physics, was part of an international team that studied the connection between superconductivity and charge density waves in a material called yttrium barium copper oxide.


Since earning a Master of Statistics degree from NC State last year, Mana Azizsoltani has grown his math tutoring business and been accepted to the Hospitality Administration Ph.D. program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jeff Thorne, a professor of statistics and biological sciences, was the co-corresponding author of research showing that the “gaps” within DNA protein and sequence alignments commonly used in evolutionary biology can provide important information about nucleotide and amino acid substitutions over time.