School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

New School Faculty

The School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics is proud to announce the addition of three new members to our faculty:

Mihaela C. (Stefan) Iovu
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Mihaela C. (Stefan) Iovu received her Bachelor’s in Chemistry, her Master’s in Chemistry and her PhD in Polymer Science from the Politechnica University in Romania. Her research has taken her to South Africa’s University of the Western Cape, and to Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a postdoctoral associate and later a visiting assistant professor and research scientist prior to joining UT Dallas. Her research interests focus on the development of advanced materials for organic electronics and medicine. Her research projects include:

  • Nanostructured materials for organic electronics
  • Tailoring of organic/inorganic interfaces in organic field effect transistors (OFETs) and photovoltaic devices
  • Block-copolymers containing semiconducting polymers and liquid crystalline polymers as electronic materials with tunable opto-electronic properties
  • Biodegradable polymers with tunable rates of degradation for applications in localized and controlled drug delivery

The listed research projects are interdisciplinary thus allowing the students to gain experience in organic/polymer chemistry and physics or biology.


Anton V. Malko
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Anton Malko received a diploma from the Russian Science and Technology Ministry in the competition for young scientists of Russia (for BS diploma work) and received his PhD in Physics/Electrical Engineering minor from New Mexico State University/Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 2001 he received the Los Alamos National Laboratory Achievement Award for the discovery of optical gain in quantum-dot solids. His professional experience includes a postdoctoral research associate position with the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Material Science and Technology Division and Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT). His areas of interest include:

  • Molecular/cell science, sorting in microfluidic environments, using optical tweezers
  • Photoluminescence spectroscopy of single semiconductor quantum dots
  • Single photon sources and single photon correlation spectroscopy
  • Femotosecond spectroscopy
  • Non-linear optics and spectroscopy of quantum dots and other semiconductor materials
  • Optical limiting devices, Nano-optics
  • Solid state physics, Laser physics
  • Fiber optics (hi-power fiber lasers & amplifiers)
  • Optical engineering

Li Zhang
Head, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology
Cecil H. and Ida Green Distinguished Chair in Systems Biology Science

Li Zhang received a BS in Chemistry from Zhongshan University in Guangzhou, China, and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California Los Angeles in the laboratory of Dr. Jay D. Gralla. She did her postdoctoral training at MIT in the Department of Biology, in the laboratory of Dr. Leonard Guarente. Her previous academic appointments include Associate Professor of Biochemistry at The NYU School of Medicine, and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Dr. Li Zhang’s research focuses on oxygen sensing, heme signaling and the molecular actions of environmental neurotoxicants. Her research goal is to decipher the molecular events underlying numerous diseases associated with oxygen sensing, heme signaling, and environmental neurotoxicants. She has published many original high-quality research articles in diverse areas of biological sciences ranging from molecular biology to genomics. She is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Microbiology, The Genetic Society of America, The American Association of Science, The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and The Society of Toxicology.

Awards & Honors:

  • 1985 – 1986 P.R. China Fellowship
  • 1985 – 1990 UCLA Non-resident Tuition Fellowship
  • 1991 – 1993 The Jane Coffin Childs Fellowship for Medical Research
  • 1999 – 2003 The Monique Weill-Caulier Medical Scholarship
  • 2006 Madison Who’s Who
  • Updated: December 19, 2007