Leadership Team

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Nathan Morehouse

Biological Sciences, Director


Dr. Morehouse's research group studies how animals see the world and make decisions based on what they can see about who to mate with, what to eat, and where to go. He is also interested in biomimicry and collaborations between science and the arts.

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Holly Bante

Biological Sciences, Office of Research


Dr. Bante works in Research Security and Ethics in the Office of Research. She supports faculty who engage in secure projects and ensures compliance with sponsors. She teaches biomedical and research ethics in the COM.

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Elke Buschbeck

Biological Sciences, Working Group Lead


Dr. Buschbeck’s research focuses on the development and evolution of arthropod visual systems. Insights from her work have inspired engineers to design micro-cameras and night-vision gear that are fundamentally different from conventional models.

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Tony Chemero

Philosophy & Psychology, Interdisciplinary Research Lead


Dr. Chemero is a member of the Center for Cognition, Action, and Perception and the Strange Tools Research Lab. He focuses on questions related to nonlinear dynamical modeling, ecological psychology, complex systems, phenomenology & social cognition.

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Neşe Devenot

Comparative Literature, Postdoctoral Associate & Program Manager

Dr. Devenot studies bioethical perspectives on the nascent field of psychedelic medicine. Additionally, her research explores the function of metaphor and other literary devices in narrative accounts of psychedelic experiences.

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Ali Minai

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Dr. Minai's research areas are AI, complex systems, computational neuroscience, and computational models of cognition, with a recent focus on natural language processing, human creativity, and bio-inspired models of place learning and navigation.

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Audrey Pumford

Chemistry, Graduate Assistant

Audrey studies single molecule interactions that occur at biosensor surfaces in Dr. White’s lab. Using novel electroanalytical techniques, the group has developed a new sensing paradigm to understand DNA-based sensors with extraordinary resolution.

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Ming Tang

Architecture and Interior Design, Emerging Technologies & Partnerships Lead


Ming Tang’s work focuses on developing immersive technologies for human perception, interaction, and behavior study toward the built environment. He leads the Extended Reality (XR) Lab and supports XR applications in design, education, & healthcare.

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Dominique Tanner

Biomedical Engineering, Fellow-at-Large

Dominique Tanner is a PhD candidate studying Biomedical Engineering at UC. Her current research focuses on optimizing seizure diaries, as well as quantitative and machine learning strategies, to predict seizures in advance for patients with epilepsy.

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Cynthia Treacy

A&S Grants Office, Grant Programs Lead


Treacy leads college-wide efforts for administering pre-award services for all 26 A&S departments, and has deep expertise in managing grant portfolios, program coordination, and proposal development support systems.

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Ryan White

Chemistry, Graduate Programs Lead


Dr. White's research lies at the intersection of nanoscience, electrochemistry & the biological interface. His research group develops (bio)analytical methods to probe chemical & biological systems with unprecedented spatial & temporal resolutions.

Vision Statement

The Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS) unites disciplines at UC and beyond to design, create, and integrate the sensors of tomorrow, while deepening our fundamental understanding of how the many sensors—natural and engineered—shape life.  In broadening the sphere of what can be sensed, and thereby known, IRiS is also guided by questions of what ought to be known, and how such information should be used.

Mission Statement

The Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS) will move beyond traditional boundaries by 1) fostering interdisciplinary crosstalk on sensing research through innovative intellectual exchanges and social events, 2) transforming education on sensing across all career stages by cultivating transdisciplinary coursework and immersive training fellowships, 3) incubating avant-garde research teams to solve challenging problems in sensing via purposeful integration of science, engineering, the humanities, and the arts, and 4) enhancing public understanding of the science of sensing and the impact of sensors in daily life through community engagement and outreach.

IRiS Partner Organizations

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Former Leadership Team Members

  • Cassandra Jones, Africana Studies
  • Peter Langland-Hassan, Philosophy
  • Tamara Lorenz, Psychology

Former Industry Partners

  • P&G (2021-22)