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Tuskegee’s Nayak selected as Kavli Institute physics scholar

January 03, 2019

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Dr. Chitra Nayak

Dr. Chitra Nayak, an assistant professor in Tuskegee University’s Department of Physics, has been selected as a 2019-21 Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics Scholar.

As a scholar, Nayak will focus her research on the computational models of the interconnected cell signaling pathways which form regulatory networks. Participating in the program will fund her visits to the institute, based at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she will extend her research efforts and engage with the institute’s permanent members and researchers.

Since joining the Tuskegee faculty in 2014, Nayak’s teaching focus has been on general and applied physics. Her research interests include biophysics, fluid mechanics, STEM education research and curriculum development. After earning a doctorate in physics from the Cochin University of Science and Technology in India, she completed postdoctoral fellowships at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and the University of Toronto. She also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Kerala University and Cochin University of Science and Technology, respectively.

Founded in 1979, the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics became part of the Kavli institutes in 2002. Its research encompasses astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics. It hosts 50 to 60 distinguished visiting scientists in residence at any one time (more than 1,000 annually), as well as five permanent members, 12 to 15 postdoctoral fellows, four graduate fellows, and several Kavli scholars and general members.

The institute is one of 20 research institutes at leading academic and research institutions worldwide operating under the auspices of the Kavli Foundation. The foundation, based in Los Angeles, California, is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity, promoting public understanding of scientific research, and supporting scientists and their work.

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