Research Team

Primary Investigators

Glaire Anderson (Art History) is Associate Professor of Islamic Art History at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a specialist in the art and architecture of the early Islamic lands, with a focus on the court culture of Córdoba, capital of early Islamic Spain.  Her current book project focuses on the ninth-century Cordoban polymath ‘Abbas Ibn Firnas, visual culture, and the natural sciences during the caliphal era.

Jan Chambers (Dramatic Art) is Associate Professor of Design at UNC-Chapel Hill and resident set and costume designer for PlayMakers Repertory Company. She also has designed with The Folger Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Archipelago Theatre, an avant garde company with whom she has created devised new works for nearly twenty years.

Laura Miller (CAP/REU Mentor) is Associate Professor in Biology and Mathematics. Her research interests include Mathematical Biology, Comparative Biomechanics, and Computational and Experimental Fluid Dynamics

Julia S. Kimbell (CAP/REU Co-Mentor) is Associate Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Adjunct Research Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on biomathematical modeling, rehabilitation engineering and computational fluid dynamics in nasal passages


Undergraduate Research Associates


Pearman Award Recipient

Claire Drysdale (Biology and Studio Art) Is a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She majors in studio art and biology, and she is interested in the intersection of art and science throughout history and in contemporary society. Claire is also passionate about the role of the arts in social change, serving on the Town of Chapel Hill’s Public Arts Commission and volunteering as an art history teacher with the organization Art&Life.


Bridging Science and Visual Arts Undergraduate Research Award Recipients

Jesse Hall (Biology) is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He majors in biology and minors in dramatic design.  As a participant of the UNC – Baccalaureate Education in Science and Teaching Program (BEST), Jesse also pursues his interests in science education.  He is particularly interested in medieval Islamic technological and theatrical design.

Sarah Molina (Art History) is a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She majors in art history and minors in philosophy, politics, and economics. Her research interests include cartographic manuscripts, the arts of medieval Sicily and Spain, and contemporary art markets. Sarah is also interested in arts education and teaches local middle school students with a volunteer organization, Art&Life.

Kevin Simpson (Biomedical Engineering) is a senior biomedical engineering student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the co-chair of the design committee for the Biomedical Engineering Club at UNC where he is involved in designing and building assisted living devices for people with disabilities. His current research interests include electrophysiology and bioinstrumentation.

Computational Physics & Astronomy Summer REU Program

Aaron Scheets is a senior at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, majoring in Physics with minors in Math, Studio Art, and Computer Science. His interests include computational physics, creating sculptures, and ultimate frisbee

Joseph P. Smith is a senior at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, majoring in Physics and minoring in Mathematics. At SIUE he works as a student researcher studying non-linear optics using laser techniques. Joseph is interested in cosmology, aerodynamics, and plans to pursue a career in sustainable “green” technology