Professors in U.S.

Law

Urška Velikonja

Professor of Law, Georgetown University


Professor Velikonja teaches at Georgetown University and previously taught at Emory University. She writes primarily about securities regulation and enforcement. Velikonja’s recent scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the California Law Review, the Cornell Law Review and many other journals. Prof. Velikonja’s work has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Financial Times and other media. Prof. Velikonja graduated first in her class at the University of Ljubljana School of Law in 2002 & received her LL.M. at Harvard Law School in 2003. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2009. Prior to entering academia, Velikonja clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit & worked as a banking and finance associate with an Austrian law firm in her native Slovenia.

John Plecnik

Associate Professor of Law, Cleveland State University


John serves as an Associate Professor of Law with Tenure at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. Prior to his current post, John served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. John earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in Accounting from Belmont Abbey College, where he graduated co-valedictorian. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Duke University School of Law. While at Duke, he was one of six inaugural executive board members to co-found the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy. John earned his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. While at NYU, he served as Executive Editor of the NYU Review of Law & Social Change and was the first part-time student to be selected as a member of that review. In addition, John was awarded the Certificate in Business Excellence by Columbia University Graduate School of Business for completing a number of Executive Education programs.

Physics

Andrej Prša

Associate Professor in Department of Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Villanova University


Andrej Prsa graduated from the University of Ljubljana, Department of Astrophysics, under the supervision of Tomaz Zwitter. He specialized in the field of eclipsing binaries and is currently a postdoc at Villanova University, working on artificial intelligence approaches to a fully automated analysis of eclipsing binary light curves. As part of his PhD he wrote a modeling program called PHOEBE (PHysics Of Eclipsing BinariEs) that is built on top of the widely used Wilson-Devinney code.

Uroš Seljak

Professor in Astrophysics, University of California, Berkeley


Uros Seljak joined Berkeley as a faculty in 2008, jointly appointed with LBNL. He received his B.S. in 1989 and M.S. in 1991 from Ljubljana University, Slovenia and his PhD in 1995 from MIT. He was a Smithsonian Fellow at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics from 1995 to 1998. Subsequently he served as a faculty at Princeton University, ICTP Trieste and Zurich University. He is the recipient of the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering (2000), the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (2001), the Helen B. Warner award of American Astronomical Society (2001) and the NSF CAREER award (2002).

Jure Zupan

Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, University of Cincinnati


Jure Zupan is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati, working in theoretical high energy physics. He completed his PhD in 2002 at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Prof. Zupan was a postdoctoral fellow at Technion, Haifa, Israel (2002-2004), Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh,PA (2004-2006), CERN, Geneva, Switzerland (2007-2009). He is also editor in chief of popular science web portal & magazine Kvarkadabra (in Slovenian language), coauthor of four popular science books, and participant in a collective blog.

Kristjan Haule

Professor of Physics, Rutgers University


Kristjan Haule obtained his undergraduate education in Slovenia (University of Ljubljana, BSC 1997) and he has done his PhD (2002) work in Slovenia and in Karlsruhe University (Germany). He was appointed Assistant Professor of Physics at Rutgers in 2005 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and University Professor in 2012. He was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 2008-2010, received NSF Early Career Award in 2008, and The Rutgers Board of Trustees award for Scholarly Excellence in 2009. He is PI on numerous NSF and DOE projects. He received Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in 2013 for theoretical and computational studies of strongly correlated electron systems.

Robert Jeraj

Professor of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin


Robert Jeraj is a Professor of Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Prof. Jeraj received both his undergraduate education and Ph.D in Physics at the University of Ljubljana. His research interests include image guided therapy for cancer, molecular imaging, radiation therapy, optimization, Monte Carlo modeling and dosimetry.

Maruša Bradač

Professor of Physics, University of California, Davis


Maruša Bradač is a Physics professor at University of California, Davis. Before she started to work here, she was a Hubble Fellow at University of California, Santa Barbara, was spending her time as a Postdoctoral Research associate at Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) in Stanford, California. She did her PhD and graduate research at University of Bonn, Germany. She spent her undergraduate years partly in Bonn and partly in her home country Slovenia.

English Literature

Gregory Sadlek

Dean and Professor of U.S. Studies - Literature, Cleveland State University


Gregory M. Sadlek is the founding Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Cleveland State University (CSU) in Cleveland, Ohio. From 1989 to 2005, Sadlek was a member of the Department of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Before coming to UNO, Sadlek taught at Northern Illinois University, Hamilton College, and the Université de Nantes in France. He has been the recipient of two Fulbright Subject Specialist Awards--to Bahcesehir University in Istanbul (2011)and to the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia (2016). Sadlek has presented numerous papers and published widely on medieval literature. Sadlek has held several professional leadership roles. He has served on the Boards of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the Town Hall Lecture Series, and the Cleveland Play House. Before becoming a dean at CSU, he was Chairperson of the UNO English Department from 1994 to 2000. From 1998 to 1999, he served as President of the UNO chapter of the American Association of University Professors. From May 2002 to May 2004, he served two one-year terms as President of the UNO Faculty Senate.

Computer Science

Jure Leskovec

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University


Jure Leskovec is an associate professor of Computer Science at Stanford University where he is a member of the InfoLab and the AI lab. Prof. Leskovec joined the department in September 2009. He is also working as Chief Scientist at Pinterest, where he focuses on machine learning problems. He co-founded a machine learning startup Kosei, which was acquired by Pinterest. In 2008/09, Prof. Leskovec was a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University working with Jon Kleinberg and Dan Huttenlocher. He completed his Ph.D. in Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Christos Faloutsos in 2008. He completed his undergraduate degree in computer science at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2004. Prof. Leskovec also worked with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Sanja Fidler

Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada


Sanja Fidler is an Assistant Professor at University of Toronto. Prior coming to Toronto, in 2012, she was a Research Assistant Professor at Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, an academic institute located in the campus of University of Chicago. Prof. Fidler completed her postdoc with Prof. Sven Dickinson at University of Toronto in 2012. She finished her PhD in 2010 at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia in the group of Prof. Ales Leonardis. In 2010, Sanja was visiting Prof. Trevor Darrell's group at UC Berkeley and ICSI. She received her BSc degree in Applied Math at University of Ljubljana.

Dawn Song

Professor of Computer Science Division, University of California, Berkeley


Dawn Song is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Her research interest lies in deep learning, security, and blockchain. She is the recipient of various awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the NSF CAREER Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the MIT Technology Review TR-35 Award, the George Tallman Ladd Research Award, the Okawa Foundation Research Award, the Li Ka Shing Foundation Women in Science Distinguished Lecture Series Award, the Faculty Research Award from IBM, Google and other major tech companies, and Best Paper Awards from top conferences in Computer Security and Deep Learning. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining UC Berkeley as a faculty, she was a faculty at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2007.

Jernej Barbič

Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles


Jernej Barbic is an associate professor of computer science at USC, working in the field of computer graphics and animation. In 2011, MIT Technology Review named him of the Top 35 Innovators under the age of 35 in the world (TR35). Jernej is the author of Vega FEM, an free C/C++ software physics library for deformable object simulation. He received his Ph.D. from CMU, and did postdoctoral research at MIT CSAIL. His research interests include computer graphics, animation, fast physics, special effects for film, medical simulation, FEM deformable objects, haptics, sound simulation, and model reduction and control of nonlinear systems. Jernej is a NSF CAREER Award winner, a Sloan Research Fellow, and holds a Viterbi Early Career Chair position at USC.

Political and Social Studies

Ana Bračič

Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Oklahoma


Dr. Bračič joined the OU Political Science department in Fall 2014. Her research is predominantly in the field of comparative politics, and focuses on questions of human rights, discrimination, the persistence of social exclusion, and ground-level effectiveness of human rights institutions, such as NGOs. Most of her research relies on lab-in-field & survey experiments. In order to gather data from severely underrepresented populations, such as the Roma in Central Europe, Dr. Bračič uses innovative approaches to measurement, like video games. Her research was recently published in the American Political Science Review. Dr. Bračič is a co-founder of Community Engagement + Experiments Lab and serves on its faculty advisory board. Dr. Bračič earned her PhD from the Politics Department at NYU in 2013.

Peter Verovšek

Assistant Professor in Politics/International Relations, Sheffield University, UK


Dr. Peter J. Verovšek is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics/International relations. He studied Government (high honors) and German as a undergraduate at Dartmouth College (AB 2006, summa cum laude). He then conducted research on the continuing effects of the memories of World War II in the politics of the former Yugoslavia as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2006-07), before receiving his MA (2008), MPhil (2010) and PhD (2013) in Political Science from Yale University. After completing his doctorate, he spent three years as Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University (2013-16), where he also served as co-founder and co-chair of the European Union Study Group at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He has also held appointments as a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Bad Homburg, Germany, at the Jean Monnet Foundation in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at the Normative Orders Cluster of Excellence at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Marine and Environmental Affairs

Nives Dolšak

Professor & Associate Director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle


Nives Dolšak is professor and associate director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Between 2012 and 2018, she served as a visiting professor at Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She received her Joint Ph.D. from School of Public & Environmental Affairs and the Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington. Professor Dolšak serves on the Science Panel of the Puget Sound Partnership. She is the recipient of the University of Washington's College of the Environment Outstanding Community Impact (2018) and the Outstanding Teaching Faculty (2013) awards. Her co-authored paper, "Factors impacting investments in energy efficiency and clean technologies: empirical evidence from Slovenian manufacturing firms", published by Journal of Cleaner Production, was recognized among "The Ten Most Resounding Research Achievements of the University of Ljubljana in 2016".

Evolutionary Biology

Andrej Šali

Associate Dean of Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, University of California San Francisco


As Associate Dean of Research, Andrej Šali advises the Dean and School leaders on research issues and opportunities and represent the School to campus research decision makers and on research-related campus committees. Dr. Andrej Šali is interested in using computation grounded in the laws of physics and the theory of evolution to study the structure and function of proteins. His lab aims to improve and apply methods for predicting the structures of proteins, determining the structures of macromolecular assemblies, and annotating the functions of proteins using their structures. This research contributes to structure-based functional annotation of proteins and thus enhances the impact of genome sequencing, structural genomics, and functional genomics on biology and medicine.

Biochemistry

Jernej Murn

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, University of California, Riverside


Jernej Murn is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at University of California, Riverside. He believes that how gene expression is controlled at the RNA level to support cellular function is arguably the most important unsolved problem in molecular biology. Prof. Murn received his bachelor’s degree at University of Ljubljana (2001) and later his Ph.D at the CEA Laboratory for Functional Genomics, France and University of Ljubljana (2006). After completing his R.ph at Slovene Chamber of Pharmacy and his postdoctoral training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Prof. Murn worked at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital from 2009 to 2017.

Dentistry

Janina Golob Deeb

Associate Professor of Periodontics, Virginia Commonwealth University


Dr. Janina Golob Deeb received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1996. Following graduation she completed a year of internship at the University of Ljubljana. She continued her education at Oregon Health Sciences University graduating with a certificate in Periodontology in 2000 and a Master in Science degree in Oral Molecular Biology in 2001. Before moving to Richmond and joining VCU in 2013, she practiced as a periodontist in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Golob Deeb has been teaching in undergraduate and graduate clinics in Departments of General Practice and Periodontics. Dr. Golob Deeb is a board certified periodontist and holds dental licenses in Virginia, Arizona, Oregon and her native Slovenia. She continues to practice part-time in the Faculty intramural practice at the Virginia Commonwealth University. In her free time, Dr. Golob Deeb enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures and languages.

Medicine

Matija Peterlin

Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology, University of California San Francisco


B. Matija Peterlin, MD, was educated at Duke University and Harvard Medical School. Following clinical training at Stanford U.Medical Center, he became Assistant Professor at U.California, SF.He rose through the ranks to full professor and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He defined the mechanism of action of several HIV proteins and discovered how elongation of transcription is controlled in eukaryotic systems. He was also among the first investigators to focus on the latency of HIV and its impact on the persistence of this infection. Dr. Peterlin is also a clinician and treats patients with autoimmune diseases.

David Križaj

Adjunct Professor in Neurobiology & Anatomy and Professor in Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences, University of Utah


David Krizaj did graduate training at New York University with Paul Witkovsky focusing on synaptic signaling between retinal cells and postdoctoral work with David Copenhagen at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, working on intracellular signaling in photoreceptors. He spent six years as faculty at the UCSF Dept. of Ophthalmology before joining the Moran Eye Center at University of Utah Health in 2007.

Mihaela Pavličev

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital


Dr. Pavlicev received a PhD in ecology from the University of Vienna in 2003. After PhD she trained in molecular phylogenetics at the Natural History Museum in Vienna, primarily working on phylogenetics of lizards and birds. During subsequent postdoctoral training in quantitative genetics, she worked on the structure and evolution of the genotype-to-phenotype map, first at Washington University in St. Louis, and later at the Center for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis at the University of Oslo, Norway. She subsequently spent a year at Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition in Altenberg near Vienna and combined writing with teaching at the Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna. She joined faculty at Cincinnati Children’s in the summer of 2013. Dr. Pavlicev`s work focuses on understanding the patterns of phenotypic variation and its underlying genetics in the context of past evolution. These approaches have fairly recently become used to understand human detrimental variation, i.e., disease, in a field commonly referred to as evolutionary medicine. Dr. Pavlicev`s lab focuses on the evolution of female reproduction and specifically pregnancy, in order to address the causes for the prevalence of premature births in human population.

Engineering

Andrej Košmrlj

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University


Andrej Košmrlj is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a member of the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials at Princeton University. His research interests are in Mechanics, Soft Matter and Biological Physics. From 2011 to 2015, Prof. Košmrlj was postdoc with David R. Nelson at Harvard University. In 2011, he received a Ph.D. in Physics at MIT, where he was co-advised by Arup K. Chakraborty and Mehran Kardar. Before coming to MIT, Prof. Košmrlj obtained a B. Sc. (2006) in Mathematical Physics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, under the supervision of Primož Ziherl.

Domen Novak

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming


Domen Novak received his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in August 2014 at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Novak's main research area is human-robot interaction, particularly rehabilitation robotics. To achieve his goals in this area, he makes use of expertise in robotics, biomedical signal processing, sensor fusion and virtual reality.

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