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Director of BEYOND Center, Director of the Center for the Convergence of Physial Science and Cancer Biology, co-Director of Cosmology initiative and Regents' Professor at ASU

Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and best-selling author. His research ranges from the origin of the universe to the origin of life, and includes the properties of black holes, the nature of time and quantum field theory. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1995 Templeton Prize, the 2002 Michael Faraday Prize from the Royal Society and the 2011 Robinson prize in Cosmology.

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Associate Director of BEYOND, Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics, and Director of ASU's Origins Initiative

Lawrence M. Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics. He is the author of many scientific publications as well as several acclaimed popular books.

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Director of Cosmology initiative; Affiliate Professor, BEYOND Center; Professor, Department of Physics and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Tanmay Vachaspati is a highly regarded theoretical physicist working at the intersections of particle physics, astrophysics, general relativity, and cosmology. He is the author of over 150 publications on cosmic strings, magnetic monopoles, black holes, and cosmological magnetic fields. He was a Rosenbaum Fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute, Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

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Associate Professor, BEYOND Center, Department of Physics and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Maulik Parikh is a theoretical physicist. His research focuses on the classical and quantum nature of gravity. He has done research on black holes, theoretical cosmology, gravitational aspects of string theory, and other foundational areas in physics.

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Affiliate Professor, BEYOND Center and Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Damien Easson is a theoretical physicist researching topics such as the interface of fundamental particle physics and cosmology.He received his Ph.D. from Brown University and has worked at McGill University, Syracuse University, Durham University and Tokyo University. His research interests include the very early universe, inflation, dark energy, modified gravity, black hole physics and connections between string theory, quantum gravity and cosmology.

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Affiliate Professor, BEYOND Center and Associate Professor jointly appointed in the School of Earth & Space Exploration and Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at ASU

Ariel Anbar has received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1989 and completed his Ph.D. in Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. His topic of research uses chemical concepts and apporaches to study geological, chemical and biological processes that shape the Earth's surface environment and how they have changed through time.

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Assistant Professor, BEYOND Center, School of Earth and Space Exploration

Sara Imari Walker is a theoretical physicist and astrobiologist. She received her PhD in Physics from Dartmouth College and has held postdoctoral appointments in the Center for Chemical Evolution at the Georgia Institute of Technology and as a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow. Her research focuses on the emergence of life, but she is broadly interested in topics as diverse as the structure of information hierarchies in biological systems, astrobiological searches for life elsewhere in the cosmos, the dynamics underlying major evolutionary transitions, cancer biology, quantum mechanics and space exploration.

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Post Doctoral Research Associate, BEYOND Center

Luis Cisneros is a physicists interested in bio-fluid dynamics and collective phenomena of complex systems. He received his PhD in physics from the University of Arizona. His work has concentrated in the characterization of the collective behavior of suspensions of motile bacteria, including experimental research, theoretical modeling and simulations. Luis is currently working on general theoretical bio-complexity problems, including population dynamics and colonization of metastatic cancer cells, the evolution of multicellularity and its connection to cancer, information processing and emergence in self organized structures, and urban socio-ecological models of household dynamics as influenced by developmental policies. 

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Post Doctoral Research Associate, BEYOND Center

Hyunju Kim is a physicist interested in the evolution of complex systems. She received her PhD in physics from the University of Notre Dame. She has worked on the construction of graph ensemble with a given topological constraint, studying spontaneously emergent structure of neural networks under optimization and modeling social communication networks based on cell phone records data set. Currently, she is interested in the relationship between informational architecture of biological networks and transition from non-living being to living being. Her interests also expand to various problems on complex systems such as collective intelligence, multi-level evolution and regeneration etc.    

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Affiliate Professor, BEYOND Center

Theodore (Ted) Pavlic uses mathematical, computational, and empirical methods to study the decentralized behaviors found in natural and artificial complex systems. He received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University, and he has had advanced postdoctoral training in computer science, behavioral ecology, and evolutionary biology. His broad range of interests include bio-inspired algorithms, intelligent transportation systems, and the individual-level mechanisms that allow eusocial insects (e.g., ants) to solve complex colony-level problems. With colleagues in the BEYOND Center, Ted uses his insights into engineering and biology to help better understand the role of information in major evolutionary transitions, including the transition from non-life to life itself.

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