Seven new faculty join the college

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Brandon Ashfeld

Brandon Ashfeld
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Area of research interest: Organic synthesis, the design of novel synthetic processes
Teaching: Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Most recent position: Department of Chemistry, Stanford University
Education: B.S., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

"I chose to come to Notre Dame because of the University's commitment to maintaining a reputation of excellence as a world-renowned research institution, as well as the level of quality in the undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate."

Nero Budur

Nero Budur
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

Area of research interest: Algebraic geometry, study of higher-dimensional geometric objects
Teaching: Topics in algebraic geometry; singularies
Most recent position: Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton University
Education: B.S. and Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

“I was attracted to Notre Dame by the quality of the research. I am surrounded by very good mathematicians, and I look forward to collaborating with them.”


Mark Caprio

Mark Caprio
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Area of research interest: Research focuses on the structure of the atomic nucleus and on phenomena which occur in quantum systems consisting of small numbers of particles
Teaching: Electricity and Magnetism
Most recent position: Postdoctoral associate, Yale University
Education: B.S., Oglethorpe University; M.S., Yale University; M.Phil., Yale University; Ph.D., Yale University

"Notre Dame was especially appealing as a place to come to, since it has a vibrant physics research community, with a long history in nuclear physics, and yet it also places a strong emphasis on undergraduate teaching. It therefore combines some of the best aspects of the research and liberal arts worlds."

Antonio Delgado

Antonio Delgado
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Area of research interest: Theoretical particle physics
Teaching: Quantum Field Theory, Spring 2008
Most recent position: Postdoctoral Fellow CERN Geneva Switzerland
Education: B.Sc., Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Ph.D., Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

“I chose Notre Dame because of the good atmosphere I found when I visited, and also the quality of the High Energy group."


David Galvin

David Galvin
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

Area of research interest: discrete probability, combinatorics and graph theory
Teaching: Operations Research
Most recent position: Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania
Education: B.A., Part III of Mathematical Tripos, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge; Ph.D., Rutgers University.

“I am excited to join the Notre Dame family. I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges associated with working alongside a world-class research faculty, and an intellectually curious and socially aware student body.”


Karsten Grove

Karsten Grove
The Rev. Howard J. Kenna, C.S.C. Professor of Mathematics

Area of research interest: Geometry
Teaching: Analysis
Most recent position: Professor of Mathematics, University of Maryland
Education: Cand. Scient., Lic. Scient., University of Aarhus., Denmark.

“I thought it was an exciting opportunity. In my area of research, it’s already a very strong department, and I think I can help make it even stronger.”

Robert A

Robert A. Schulz
Professor and University of Notre Dame Chair in Biological Sciences

Area of research interest: Generate and study genetic models of human disease especially as they relate to abnormalities in heart, blood cell and muscle development.
Teaching: Topics in Developmental Biology, Heart Development and Disease
Most recent position: Ashbel Smith Professor and Deputy Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Education: B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Ph.D., Georgetown University

“I look forward to the challenge of being an educator, scientist, and service contributor at the University of Notre Dame. It is my goal that over time, my contributions will be significant and increase the research profile of this already great university.”