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Assistant Professor

Dr. Xie joined the faculty in the department of Physics and Astronomy in July 2023. Prior to joining the Rice faculty, he was a Harvard Quantum Initiative Prize Postdoctoral Fellow working in Amir Yacoby’s group at Harvard in close collaboration with Pablo Jarillo-Herrero’s group at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2019 under the supervision of Ali Yazdani at Princeton University and holds an M.S. from Ecole Normale Supéreure in Paris.


Dr. Melia Bonomo joined the department of Physics and Astronomy as a lecturer in July 2023. Melia received a Ph.D. in applied physics from Rice and followed that with a postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice as well as a fellowship with the NIH National Library of Medicine Biomedical Informatics and Data Science. Her research interests lie at the intersection of the creative arts, science and healthcare. She has developed computational and theoretical methods to quantify brain activity, with application to studying the impact of music engagement on cognitive health in older adults, and to model sound encoding in the inner ear, with application to improving music processing in cochlear implants.


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