Cristine Villagonzalo

Cristine's research interests in theoretical solid state physics include (1) thermoelectric properties, (2) transport characteristics and (3) the magnetic behavior in low dimensional materials. For example, she studies the heat capacity behavior of two dimensional electron systems in the quantum Hall regime. She collaborates with Ronald Banzon in the field of percolation, modeling of quantum well states and optimization of quantum search algorithms.

She has been involved in the study of thermoelectric properties in disordered systems.

Cristine has been the program coordinator of SanD from its inception in 2003 until 2013. She has also served as the Director of the UP Diliman Office of Extension Coordination from 2011-2014 and as a Project Development Associate (PDA) for the UP Diliman Office of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Ronald Banzon

Ronald's research interests include: (1) studies on population dynamics via the Penna model, a bit-string model to account for the influence of aging/inheritance of genes and possible mutations, (2) molecular dynamics through formation of composite particles, (3) percolation, (4) quantum well states modeling, and (5) the investigation of circular polymers in solution for the possible conformations that they may exhibit as those found in supercoiled plasmid DNA.

He has been involved in the study of small angle x-ray scattering of plasmid DNA.

Ronald has served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UP Diliman from 2011 to 2014. 

Francis Paraan

Francis' research interests in condensed matter physics and statistical physics include entanglement in many-body systems and parallel computing. In particular, he is interested in the relationship between entanglement entropy and the entropy of effective thermal models. He is also working with his students to develop low-cost high-performance computing capabilities in a heterogeneous cluster for small- and medium-scale numerical tasks.

He is currently the program coordinator of SanD.