See highlights from the inaugural cohort of Research Fellows.
The Post-Graduation Research Fellowship at NYU Abu Dhabi is designed to support a select cohort of exceptional NYUAD graduating seniors with a demonstrated interest in academia, by providing a competitive opportunity for a prestigious one-year research fellowship at NYUAD. The research fellowship aims to retain outstanding academic talent within the region, and contribute to the growth and development of research in the UAE. It is an excellent opportunity for NYUAD senior students to explore research directions and graduate school possibilities.
Senior students who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to submit a research proposal, outlining details of their intended research project, including anticipated research activities, a timeline, and specific milestones. This must be supported by a cover letter detailing the student’s interest and enthusiasm for a career in academia, as well as a recommendation letter from the supervising faculty.
NYU Abu Dhabi would like to congratulate the following NYUAD seniors, who were successful in securing a place in the Post-Graduation Research Fellowship Program. The positions allow Research Fellows to take part in a year of full-time intensive and independent research, from September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021.
Faculty Supervisor: Kartik K. Sreenivasan
Research Project Description: Working memory (WM) is the indispensable cognitive ability to maintain representations over short periods of time. As such, researchers are interested in identifying its neurobiological bases using the spatially precise and non-invasive brain imaging modality of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). However, the complex design of WM experimental paradigms and the nature of MRI pose methodological challenges for this investigation. AJ employs computer simulations and experimental data to identify methods optimal for overcoming these challenges with the end goal of advancing WM research.
Faculty Supervisor: Marzia Balzani
Hafsa’s research documents and analyzes disability policies and programs in the UAE. Using theory from anthropology of policy and anthropological methods, the research situates disability and inclusion policies as objects of analysis, challenging the notion that policy-making in this realm is a straightforward linear process. It aims to qualitatively answer questions such as what or who is the driving force behind disability policies in the UAE, what are the levels of impact across different sectors of society resulting from these policies, and how effective is executive decision-making in creating positive grassroots change in the everyday lives of people of disabilities?
Faculty Supervisor: Deborah Kapchan
In her research, Nada traces the historical impact of the Sharjah Biennial, an internationally-acclaimed art exhibition taking place every two years across various parts of Sharjah, by creating digital spatial visualizations of artworks and installations at the Biennial from 1993-2019. To do this, she manually inputs hundreds of artworks and related information into spreadsheets which are in turn transformed into digital maps. Nada’s hope is to show how the proliferation of installations around various historically important sites across the emirate help to shape the aesthetic preferences of visitors and residents alike.
Faculty Supervisor: Blaine Robbins
Melisa’s research examines fairness of earnings and attitudes toward negotiation. Focusing on the effects of gender and income inequality, she studies the contextual sources of perceptions and attitudes, as well as the mechanisms through which gender affects decision-making in negotiations. To answer her research questions, Melisa uses survey experiments and behavioral experiments.
Faculty Supervisors: Mazin Magzoub and Andrew D. Hamilton, NYU President
Laura’s research aims to investigate alpha-helix mimetics, a novel group of cancer therapeutics, and their targeted delivery in vitro and in vivo. The small molecules have the potential to target mutant p53 aggregation, which has been associated with gain of function effects such as promotion of tumor growth, metastasis and chemoresistance. To explore the potential of alpha-helix mimetics and their delivery with a pH-sensitive nanocarrier system she will use biophysical assays, mammalian cells (in vitro), and mice models (in vivo).
Faculty Supervisor: Morgan Hardy
In developing economies, small firms often dominate employment. Furthermore, many single-person firms operate out of necessity and prefer a wage job, while a few prefer to grow their business large. In his project, Seongyoon investigates barriers to firm consolidation and firm hiring where the "necessity" entrepreneurs work for the "innate" entrepreneurs. He studies garment makers in a medium-sized rural town called Hohoe, Ghana, employing a series of surveys and a unique experimental design to investigate the possible mechanisms behind the lack of firm growth in the area.
Faculty Supervisor: Kemal Celik
Farah is working on optimizing and characterizing sustainable cement alternatives produced at Advanced Materials and Building Efficiency Research Laboratory (AMBER Lab). Her contribution will also include using life cycle assessment to evaluate the environmental impact of various construction materials developed at AMBER Lab.
Faculty Supervisor: Saif Jabari
Prajna’s research explores the potential of global open datasets in minimizing the impact of the global data divide. Focusing on predicting urban changes, her research bears significance on an international level, for non-governmental organizations, governments, as well as intergovernmental organizations given the increasing rates of urbanization in developing regions.