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Luis A.N. Amaral

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Contact

2145 Sheridan Road
Tech E150
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-7850Email Luis Amaral

Website

Amaral Lab


Departments

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Education

Ph.D. Physics, Boston University, Boston, MA

M.S. Physics, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

B.S. Physics, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal


Research Interests

Amaral conducts and directs research that provides insight into the emergence, evolution, and stability of complex social and biological systems.  His research aims to address some of the most pressing challenges facing human societies and the world's ecosystems, including the mitigation of errors in healthcare settings, the characterization of the conditions fostering innovation and creativity, or the growth limits imposed by sustainability. Professor Amaral has published over a hundred scientific peer-reviewed papers in leading scientific journals.  Those papers have been cited in excess of 14 thousand times. His research has been featured in numerous media sources, both in the US and abroad.

Professor Amaral has received a CAREER award from the National Institutes of Health in 2003, was named to the 2006 class of Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research by the W. M. Keck Foundation, and has been selected as an Earlier Career Scientist by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society. 


Selected Publications

  • Nicols Pelez, Arnau Gavalda-Miralles, Bao Wang, Heliodoro Tejedor Navarro, Herman Gudjonson, Ilaria Rebay, Aaron R. Dinner, Aggelos K. Katsaggelos, Lus A N Amaral, Richard W. Carthew, “Dynamics and heterogeneity of a fate determinant during transition towards cell differentiation”, eLife, (2015)
  • Joo A G Moreira, Xiao Han T Zeng, Lus A. Nunes Amaral, “The distribution of the asymptotic number of citations to sets of publications by a researcher or from an academic department are consistent with a discrete lognormal model”, PLoS One, (2015)
  • Wilensky, Uri; Sirer, M. Irmak; Amaral, Lu_s A. Nunes; Maroulis, Spiro; Guimer, Roger, “The currents beneath the "rising tide" of school choice: An analysis of student enrollment flows in the chicago public schools”, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, (2015)
  • et al.; Spring, Bonnie; Poncela-Casasnovas, Julia; McClary, Daniel; Moller, Arlen C., “Social embeddedness in an online weight management programme is linked to greater weight loss”, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, (2015)
  • Amaral, Lu_s A. Nunes; Wasserman, Max; Zeng, Xiao Han T., “Cross-evaluation of metrics to estimate the significance of creative works”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, (2015)
  • Otto, John S.; Bustamante, Fabin E.; Choffnes, David R.; Amaral, Lu_s A. N.; Guimer, Roger, “Impact of heterogeneity and socioeconomic factors on individual behavior in decentralized sharing ecosystems”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, (2014)
  • Hockenberry, Adam J.; Sirer, M. Irmak; Amaral, Lu_s A. Nunes; Jewett, Michael C., “Quantifying position-dependent codon usage bias”, Molecular Biology and Evolution, (2014)
  • Qi, Jin; Wang, B.; Pelaez, N.; Rebay, L.; Carthew, R.W., “Drosophila eye nuclei segmentation based on graph cut and convex shape prior”, 2013 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2013 - Proceedings, (2013)
  • Weiss, Curtis H.; Nunes Amaral, Lu_s A., “Envisioning sophisticated electronic health records through the lens of health care reform”, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, (2013)
  • Amaral, Lu_s A. Nunes; Diermeier, Daniel; Melo, Hygor Piaget M.; Franks, Alexander; Moreira, Andr? A., “A solution to the challenge of optimization on "golf-course"-like fitness landscapes”, PLoS ONE, (2013)
  • Pah, A.R.; Guimer, R.; Mustoe, A.M.; Amaral, L.A.N., “Use of a global metabolic network to curate organismal metabolic networks”, Scientific Reports, (2013)
  • Sales-Pardo, Marta; Amaral, Lus A. Nunes; Seaver, Samuel M. D.; Guimer, Roger, “Phenomenological Model for Predicting the Catabolic Potential of an Arbitrary Nutrient”, PLoS Computational Biology, (2012)
  • Sales-Pardo, Marta; Radicchi, Filippo; Duch, Jordi; Zeng, Xiao Han T.; Otis, Shayna, “The Possible Role of Resource Requirements and Academic Career-Choice Risk on Gender Differences in Publication Rate and Impact”, PLoS ONE, (2012)
  • Amaral, L. A. N.; McMullen, P. D.; Aprison, E. Z.; Winter, P. B.; Morimoto, R. I., “Macro-level Modeling of the Response of C. elegans Reproduction to Chronic Heat Stress”, PLoS computational biology, (2012)
  • others; Szleifer, I.; Weiss, C. H; Moazed, F.; Amaral, L. A.N, “Prompting Physicians to Address a Daily Checklist and Process of Care and Clinical Outcomes: A Single-Site Study”, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, (2011)
  • Amaral, L. A.N; Guimera, R.; Choffnes, D.; Duch, J.; Malmgren, D., “Strange bedfellows: community identification in bittorrent”, Proceedings of the 9th international conference on Peer-to-peer systems, (2010)
  • MJ Stringer;M Sales-Pardo;LAN Amaral, “Statistical Validation of a Global Model for the Distribution of the Ultimate Number of Citations Accrued by Papers Published in a Scientific Journal”, Journal of the American Society For Information Science and Technology, (2010)
  • RD MALMGREN;JM OTTINO;LAN AMARAL, “The role of mentorship in protege performance”, Nature, (2010)
  • J Duch;JS Waitzman;LAN Amaral, “Quantifying the Performance of Individual Players in a Team Activity”, Plos One, (2010)
  • PD McMullen;RI Morimoto;LAN Amaral, “Physically grounded approach for estimating gene expression from microarray data”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, (2010)
  • RD MALMGREN;DB STOUFFER;ASLO CAMPANHARO;LAN AMARAL, “On Universality in Human Correspondence Activity”, Science, (2009)
  • SR MAJUMDER, D DIERMEIER, TA RIETZ, LAN AMARAL, “Price dynamics in political prediction markets”, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, (2009)
  • DB STOUFFER, CA NG, LAN AMARAL, “Ecological Engineering and Sustainabitity: A New Opportunity for Chemical Engineering”, AICHE JOURNAL, (2008)
  • CA NG, MB BERG, DJ JUDE, J JANSSEN, PM CHARLEBOIS, LAN AMARAL, KA GRAY, “Chemical amplification in an invaded food web: Seasonality and ontogeny in a high-biomass, low-diversity ecosystem”, ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY, (2008)
  • RD MALMGREN, DB STOUFFER, AE MOTTER, LAN AMARAL, “A Poissonian explanation for heavy tails in e-mail communication”, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, (2008)
  • AG SMART, LAN AMARAL, JM OTTINO, “Cascading failure and robustness in metabolic networks”, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, (2008)
  • Amaral, L. A. N., “A truer measure of our ignorance.”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, (2008)
  • Sales-Pardo, M.; Guimera, R.; Moreira, A. A.; Amaral, L. A. N., “Extracting the hierarchical organization of complex systems.”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, (2007)