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Francesca Casadio

PhD, Co-Director

Francesca Casadio joined the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) in July 2003 as the Museum's first A. W. Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist. At the AIC, she founded the scientific research laboratory and has been in charge of planning and carrying out scientific research on the collection. Her background is in Chemistry.

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Marc S. Walton

PhD, Co-Director

Marc Walton joined the Northwestern University / Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts in 2013 as its inaugural Senior Scientist and as a Research Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. Walton's background is in archaeological science, art history, and conservation science.

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Emeline Pouyet

PhD, Research Scientist

Emeline Pouyet is the Associate Scientist at the Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts at the University of Northwestern, Chicago, where she coordinates the external project program that supports worldwide cultural institutions and scientists that do not have access to a state-of-the-art scientific research facility.

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Lindsay Oakley

PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Lindsay Oakley brings her background in material science to the Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts. Her research interests include using combinations of experimental and computational techniques to understand degradation phenomena in a variety of material systems for the purpose of determining how the museum environment or treatment could impact object stability and longevity.

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Annette Ortiz Miranda

PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Annette S. Ortiz Miranda completed her PhD in Science and Conservation of Historic and Cultural Heritage at the Institute for the Heritage Restoration of the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. She received her MA degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage in 2011 and her research interest are focused on the characterization of chemical and morphological changes in paint materials.

 

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Stephanie Zaleski

PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Stephanie Zaleski is a postdoctoral researcher studying the nanoscale chemistry of metal soap formation in oil-based paint films. Her research interests include: the application of spectroscopic and imaging techniques applied to the study of degradation processes in works of art, electrochemical methods for studying transport processes, and the ability to correlate chemical information on multiple length and time scales.

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Amra Aksamija

PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Amra Aksamija received her M.A. degree in Organic chemistry at the University of Avignon and Pays of Vaucluse in France, in Laboratory of Bioorganic chemistry and Molecular Vectorial Systems, Equipe of Chemistry applied to Art and Archaeology in 2007. She completed her Ph.D studies in Organic chemistry, speciality analytical chemistry at the University of Avignon and Pays of Vaucluse in 2012.

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Pengxiao Hao

PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Pengxiao Hao completed her PhD study in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her graduate research focused on modifying supported metal catalysts using organic self-assembled monolayers for the conversion of oxygenates.

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Victoria Cooley

Graduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering

Victoria Cooley is a PhD student in Materials Science & Engineering at Northwestern University. Her research is focused on combining microstructural and chemical information on antimonate crystal systems in Bronze Age glasses to understand ancient glassmaking techniques and raw materials.

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Olivia Dill

Graduate Student, Art History (co-supervised with Claudia Swan)

Olivia Dill is a PhD student in art history at Northwestern University. She received her BA in Art History and Physics from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Northwestern, she worked to establish, build, and run daily operations for a project using confocal microscopy to image, playback, and digitize the audio on several thousand archival wax cylinders.

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Bingjie Xu

Graduate Student, Computer Science

Bingjie Xu is a Computer Science PhD student working in the Computational Photography Lab at Northwestern University. She received her bachelor's degree in Remote Sensing from Beihang University. During her bachelor studies, she spent six months at the Technical University of Munich, studying Artificial Intelligence and Electrical Engineering.

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Chia-Kai Yeh

Graduate Student, Computer Science (co-supervised with Oliver Cossairt)

Chia-Kai Yeh is a PhD student in the EECS Department working in the Computational Photography Lab at Northwestern University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Chang Gung University in Taiwan, after which he worked in the computational camera industry. His current research interests include light field and reflectance field acquisition, and appearance measurement and modeling.

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Henry Chopp

Graduate Student, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Henry Chopp is an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science PhD student in the Image and Video Processing Lab at Northwestern University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering also at Northwestern University. His research interests are in compressed sensing and data fusion using machine learning techniques.

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Pitawat Mahawattanangul

Undergraduate Student

Hannah Gaertner

Undergraduate Student

AnnElise Hardy

Undergraduate Student
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