Science & Research Experts

The George Washington University has faculty scholars available to discuss a wide range of science and health topics. Not sure where to begin? We can help you:



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Antwan Jones

Antwan Jones

Antwan Jones, an associate professor of sociology, africana studies and epidemiology, is an expert on urban neighborhoods, population health and racial/ethnic relations. His research focuses on the residential housing and neighborhood context in which individuals live as a way to understand health disparities among marginalized populations. He is particularly interested in child obesity and adult cardiovascular outcomes.

Lisa Benton-Short

Lisa Benton-Short

Lisa Benton-Short, associate professor of geography, is an expert on monuments, memorials and public space; national parks in cities; environmental issues in cities; and urban sustainability. Her research focuses on the dynamics of the urban environment from many angles, including: planning and public space, urban sustainability, globalization and immigration.

Christopher Cahill

Christopher Cahill

Christopher Cahill, professor of chemistry and international affairs, is an expert on hybrid materials, f-element chemistry, nuclear fuel cycle, X-ray crystallography and luminescent materials. Cahill’s research focuses on the X-ray structural characterization of both novel and naturally occurring solid-state compounds.

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James Clark

James Clark is the Ronald B. Weintraub Professor of Biology. Dr Clark’s areas of expertise include dinosaurs, fossil vertebrates from the Age of Dinosaurs and fossils and morphology in evolutionary studies. His research focuses on the evolution of extinct land vertebrates (tetrapods), especially those from fossil deposits of the Age of Dinosaurs (the Mesozoic).

Richard Cooter

Richard Cooter

Richard Cooter, associate professor of forensic psychology, is an expert on forensic psychology, the psychology behind mass shootings and assassination attempts, the motivation for attacking political leaders, psychological court evaluations and involuntary commitment proceedings. Cooter performs psychological evaluations for courts, and he regularly represents individuals who are the subject of involuntary commitment proceedings.

Robert Glicksman

Robert Glicksman

Robert Glicksman, the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, is an expert in environmental, energy and administrative law. Glicksman has numerous publications in his areas of expertise including law school casebooks, book chapters and articles.

Lynn Goldman

Lynn Goldman

Lynn Goldman, the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the Milken Institute of Public Health, has extensive experience addressing global change caused by the impact of human activities. She is an expert in children’s health, environmental and occupation health, environmental health policy, emergency preparedness, and public health preparedness.

Harald Griesshammer

Harald Griesshammer

Harald Griesshammer is an associate professor of physics. He is an expert in theoretical nuclear and particle physics. Griesshammer’s research focuses on strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions in one- and few-nucleon systems at low energy in Effective Field Theory.

Henry Hertzfeld

Henry Hertzfeld

Henry Hertzfeld, research professor of space policy and international affairs, is an expert on space policy, including the economic and legal issues of space policy and commercial uses of space technologies. His research projects have included studies on the privatization of the Space Shuttle, the economic benefits of NASA R&D expenditures and the socioeconomic impacts of earth observation technologies.

Marcus King

Marcus King

Marcus King is the John O. Rankin Associate Professor of International Affairs. His areas of expertise include environmental security, energy security and climate change. He has conducted research on security, resilience and adaptation aspects of climate change, specifically identifying ties between water scarcity and large-scale violence.

Peter LaPuma

Peter LaPuma

Peter LaPuma is an associate professor of environmental and occupational health. LaPuma’s expertise includes climate change, environmental health policy, environmental and occupational health, industrial hygiene, and sustainable energy. He is able to discuss sustainable energy strategies such as electric vehicles, wind turbines and the potential of geothermal energy and can also about plans to cut carbon emissions as a way to reduce the impact of global warming.

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Megan Leftwich

Megan Leftwich, assistant professor of engineering and applied science, is an expert in biomedical and mechanical engineering, propulsion and fluid mechanics and thermal science. Her research investigates the natural fluid dynamics phenomena and applies the findings to engineering problems. She is currently studying how sea lions glide through the water and how this motion, which leaves no wake, may be used in the intelligence community.

Zhenyu Li

Zhenyu Li

Zhenyu Li, associate professor of engineering and applied science, focuses on the innovation of novel biosensors and medical devices using micro and nanotechnology. His current projects include a handheld automated blood analyzer using microliter blood samples, a wearable ECG sensor on a finger ring and soft robotics with embedded medical sensors and actuators for automated health care delivery.

John Lill

John Lill

John Lill, associate professor of biology, specializes in the biological impacts of climate change, plant-insect interactions and insect ecology and evolution. Lill's research interests are primarily focused on the ecology and evolution of plant-herbivore interactions. 

Peter Linquiti

Peter Linquiti

Peter Linquiti, associate professor of environmental resource policy, is an expert on technology and environmental policy, climate change, risk management and policy analysis methods. His research focuses on developing and validating an interdisciplinary framework for environmental policy analysis, assessing alternative methods for valuing government investments in the research and development of new energy technologies and measuring the flexibility in investments to adapt to climate change.

John Logsdon

John Logsdon

John Logsdon, professor emeritus of political science and international affairs, is an expert on space policy and history, NASA and private space travel. Logsdon's research interests focus on the policy and historical aspects of U.S. and international space activities.

Michael Mann

Michael Mann

Michael Mann, assistant professor of geography, specializes in geography based climate research, wildfires, spatial modeling, econometrics and remote sensing. His research focuses on the application of spatial data and econometric techniques to forecasting of human/natural systems interactions. Most notably, Mann has created a model that can forecast the likelihood of wildfires throughout California from now until the year 2050 based on climate variations, indicators of tree and plant growth, population density and potential ignition sources. 

Sabrina McCormick

Sabrina McCormick

Sabrina McCormick, associate professor of environmental and occupational health, investigates how to motivate climate mitigation and adaptation. She can discuss the public health consequences of climate change, how American cities are adapting or preparing for the extreme weather related to global warming and the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations.

Houston Miller

Houston Miller

Houston Miller, professor of chemistry, specializes in greenhouse gas measurements, permafrost and melting permafrost, measuring carbon emissions, combustion chemistry and optical sensor development. His research centers on the development of laser diagnostics for application to problems in biotechnology, atmospheric and combustion chemistries.

Chung Park

Chung Park

Chung Park, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is an expert in robotics, simulation, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities. Park studies the collaborative innovation between human intelligence and robotic technology, integrating machine learning, computer vision, haptics and telepresence robotics. Park’s current research focuses on multi-modal human-robot interaction and robotic assistance for individuals with disabilities or special needs. He has designed a robot to help autistic children build social skills.

Melissa Perry

Melissa Perry

Melissa Perry, professor of environmental and occupational health, can discuss the impact of climate change on occupational health and the critical importance of training more climate change experts to develop solutions for the future.

Marie Price

Marie Price

Marie Price, professor of geography and international affairs, is an expert on global cities and immigration, migration and development, cultural and environmental geography and Latin America. Her studies have explored human migration, natural resource use, environmental conservation and regional development.

Rumana Riffat

Rumana Riffat

Rumana Riffat, professor of civil engineering, focuses her research on wastewater treatment, specifically anaerobic treatment of wastewater and biosolids, nutrient removal and wastewater reuse. Her current research projects include evaluation of high rate and annamox processes for carbon and nitrogen removal as well as the development of a small scale sewage treatment and wastewater reuse system for a developing country.

Joost Santos

Joost Santos

Joost Santos, associate chair of the Department of Engineering and Systems Engineering, is an expert in disaster policymaking and extreme event preparedness. His research interests lie at the intersection of systems engineering, disaster risk analysis, and economics. His current projects include modeling the efficacy of inventory for extreme event preparedness, decision making in interdependent systems and collaborative disaster policymaking across critical infrastructure and key resources.

Scott Pace

Scott Pace

Scott Pace is director of the GW Space Policy Institute and professor of the practice of international affairs. He is an expert in civil, commercial, and national security space policy; analysis and assessment of space projects and programs; and international space cooperation and competition.

Chet Sherwood

Chet Sherwood

Chet Sherwood, professor of anthropology, is an expert in the evolution of the primate brain; biological bases of human cognitive abilities; and primatology. Sherwood’s research focuses on brain evolution in humans and other mammals, brain asymmetry and behavioral lateralization and evolutionary changes in human language area homologues.

Nikolay Shiklomanov

Nikolay Shiklomanov

Nikolay Shiklomanov is an associate professor of geography. Professor Shiklomanov is an expert on the Arctic climate and climate change impacts on Arctic natural and human systems. His research examines the socio-economic problems associated with development in Arctic regions. 

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Danmeng Shuai

Danmeng Shuai, assistant professor of civil engineering, specializes in water treatment, environmental chemistry, catalysis, and nanotechnology. He is focused on advanced treatment technologies (including oxidation, reduction and separation) for water purification with reduced energy footprint, production of renewable energy and resource recovery from the waste.

Pedro Silva

Pedro Silva

Pedro Silva, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, specializes in seismic and blast design of civil infrastructures. Silva’s research focuses on the development of innovative procedures for the design of civil structures to resist man made as well as natural hazards.

Michael Svoboda

Michael Svoboda

Michael Svoboda is an expert on climate change and politics, climate change and popular culture and communication about climate change. His research examines how climate change is treated—or neglected—in advertising, movies, news media, political cartoons, political speeches and television dramas.

Zoe Szajnfarber

Zoe Szajnfarber

Zoe Szajnfarber, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering and of international affairs, is an expert on innovation and technology in the space sector. Dr. Szajnfarber has done extensive empirical work with NASA, the European Space Agency and the Department of Defense.

Bernard Wood

Bernard Wood

Bernard Wood is the University Professor of Human Origins specializing in human paleobiology and human evolution. Wood's current research interests are phylogeny reconstruction, hominin systematics, dental evolution, evolvability within the hominin clade and diet reconstruction.