2018-2019 SPA Post-Doctoral Research Scholars

Mahendra Hidau - SPA Post Doc

Mahendra Kumar Hidau
Post-Doctoral Research Scholar, Communication Sciences and Disorders


Mahendra Kumar Hidau, PhD is a post-doctoral research scholar at Northern Arizona University in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. Dr. Hidau completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree at Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal (M.P), India. He completed a Master of Pharmacy degree at Indian Institute of Technology-Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (U.P.) India, where he worked on development, evaluation and in vitro–in vivo correlation of paliperidone loaded polymeric nanoparticles. Dr. Hidau completed his PhD degree at the Pharmacokinetics & Metabolism Division, CSIR- Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India, where he worked on Pharmacokinetics, Metabolite Profiling and Drug-Drug Interaction Studies of Anti-Malarial and Anti-Tubercular molecules. Prior to coming to NAU, he was a Post‐Doctoral Research Associate at Texas A & M Health Science Center, where he worked on the pharmacokinetics and bioequivalence methods of topical ophthalmic emulsions (US-FDA Grant-1U01FD005184‐01) and formulation aspects of these dosages forms.

Currently he is working with the Cell and Molecular Pathology Laboratory lead by Dr. O’neil W. Guthrie, and his current research interests include exploring the advancement of pharmacokinetic techniques like PK/PD, PBPK, IVIVE etc., and correlating it with different hearing loss disorders for translational drug discovery and treatment, as well as understanding the electrophysiology and mechanism of hearing loss for improved treatment.

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Amir Torabi
Post-Doctoral Research Scholar, Mechanical Engineering

Amir Torabi, PhD is a post-doctoral research scholar at Northern Arizona University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Torabi received his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, in 2011 and his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, in 2016. Currently, he is with the Dynamic and Active Systems Lab lead by Dr. Michael Shafer at Northern Arizona University to develop advanced capability UAV-mounted telemetry systems that allow researchers to locate, track, and obtain data from low-power radio telemetry tags mounted to wildlife. His research interests include wireless transceiver design and digital communication systems engineering with software-defined radio.

Keehoon Lee
Post-Doctoral Research Scholar, Pathogen and Microbiome Institute

Keehoon Lee, PhD is a post-doctoral research scholar at Northern Arizona University in the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute. Dr. Lee received his M.S. in Biology at Northern Arizona University in 2006. He then served the Republic of Korea Army (R.O.K.A.) as a research specialist. After his honorable discharge, he worked as a quality control staff for a vaccine production plant, Janssen Korea. He then went back to school and earned his PhD in Immunology and Microbiology under the mentorship of Sang Sun Yoon at the Yonsei University, South Korea in 2017. His research was mostly focused on the virulence management of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm.

As a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar under Dr. Emily Cope, his research will be mainly focused on the characterization of the upper airway microbiome in healthy and chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) patients to determine the mechanisms of bacterial-fungal and fungal-host interactions that cause airway inflammation in collaboration with Drs. Andrew Goldberg and Steven Pletcher at the University of California San Francisco and Dr. Devyani Lal at Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona for clinical samples. This study will help understand the role of fungi and bacteria in CRS disease pathogenesis and will contribute to develop the therapeutic targets for CRS and other related airway inflammation.

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Michael Erb
Post-Doctoral Research Scholar, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability

Michael Erb is a postdoctoral scholar at Northern Arizona University in the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability. He received his doctoral degree from Rutgers University, where he worked with Dr. Tony Broccoli to understand the response of climate feedbacks, equatorial Pacific seasonality, and wetlands to past changes in the earth’s orbit. Currently, Michael works with Dr. Nicholas McKay on the climate of the past ten thousand years. Using a data assimilation technique, he plans to leverage the strengths of general circulation model output and data from proxy records to better quantify climate variations over this time period. His research interests include hydroclimate topics such as monsoons and drought, which affect people across the world.