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Research Services Staff

The Research Services staff provides consultation, training, and tutorials to support computing and research at Boston College.   For more information, contact one of the staff members, or Barry Schaudt ( or 617-552-0242).  The staff consists of the following people:

Constantin Andronache



Senior Research Associate 
Matlab, Mathematica, and GIS

Constantin joined Boston College in 2001 as a GIS specialist and research consultant for scientific software and scientific computing. He has extensive experience in GIS management and technical support. He has expertise in Applied Mathematics, numerical methods, data analysis and visualization. He is proficient in Mathematica, Matlab and ArcGIS and provides consultations for faculty and research staff on computing solutions, and GIS.

Research Interests:
  • Scientific computing
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Data analysis and visualization
Selected Publications
  • Phillips, V.T.J., Sherwood, S., Andronache, C., Bansemer, A. Conant, W.C., DeMott, P.J., Flagan, R.C., Heymsfield, A., Jonsson, H., Poellot, M., Rissman, T.A., Seinfeld, J.H., Vanreken, T., Varutbangkul, V. and J.C. Wilson. Anvil glaciation in a deep cumulus updraft over Florida simulated with an Explicit Microphysics Model. I: The impact of various nucleation processes. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 131(609), 2019-2046, 2005.
  • Andronache, C., Estimates of sulfate aerosol wet scavenging coefficient for locations in the Eastern United States, Atmospheric Environment, 38, 795-804, 2004.
  • Andronache, C., Estimated variability of below-cloud aerosol removal by rainfall for observed aerosol size distributions, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics ,3, 2003
  • Andronache, C., L. J. Donner, C. J. Seman, and R. S. Hemler, A study of the impact of ITCZ on aerosols during INDOEX, J. Geophys. Res., 10.1029/2001JD900248 11, 2002.

    Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
    M.S. in Physics, University of Bucharest, Romania.

Rani Dalgin



Senior Statistical Consultant and Manager Graduate Student Assistants 

Rani has over 25 years experience as a clinician and statistical research consultant in the public, private, and government sectors. Rani has been a consultant at Boston College since 1998 and has customized discipline specific and general statistics courses for faculty and graduate students on a variety of statistical topics including introductions to SPSS, Stata, and SAS, Regression, Survival Analysis, HLM, AMOS, and in conjunction with the O'Neill Library Staff: "Access to Dataset Repositories for Social Science Research."

Rani's current research interest include Gerontology, Measures of Psychological Resiliency in Adolescents and Adults, Quantifying Success Predictors in Hospital Based Social Work Practice, and Quantifying Success Predictors for Homeschooling and Distance Learning in K through 12 students.

Selected Publication:

"Case Management as Management" with Dr. Nancy Veeder, Journal of Social Service Research, St. Louis, MO, January 2005.


    A.B., M.S.W.,  and M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis

Antonia Diaz-Valdes

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Graduate Student Assistant

Antonia Diaz-Valdes is a PhD candidate in the school of social work at Boston College. She has worked as a data analyst in Chile. At Boston College, she has been a research assistant and teacher assistant of master and doctoral level courses related to research methods and statistics. Her own research focuses on retirement, older adults’ well-being, productive aging, life course and school feeding programs in Central American countries. She has knowledge of SPSS and  Stata

Nicholas Diebel

Graduate Student Assistant

Nicholas Diebel is a PhD student in economics.  He has been a TA for both of the introductory economics courses at BC and has taught EC132. His research interests include Microeconomic Theory and Industrial Organization.  He is currently studying advertising in television broadcasting and market structure in the field of health care.  He is proficient in R, MATLAB, STATA and python.

    M.A. Economics, Boston College
    B.S. Mathematics, University of Nevada Reno

Bogdan Genchev

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Bogdan Genchev
Graduate Student Assistant

Bogdan Genchev is a PhD candidate in economics. Before starting his doctoral studies, he worked as an economic consultant at Berkeley Research Group’s Boston office for three years. At Boston College, he has been a teaching assistant for Econometric Methods and has taught the Stata lab for the same course. He is interested in industrial organization and health economics. Bogdan’s current research studies how TV advertisements for antidepressants affect the choice of depression treatment. He has knowledge of SAS, Stata, R, Matlab, and Mathematica.

    M.A. in Economics, Boston College
    B.A. in Economics and Mathematics, Colgate University

Simo Goshev

Senior Research Statistician

Simo Goshev holds a PhD in Economics from McMaster University, Canada and before coming to Boston College he led a team of research consultants at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. Simo has interests in the areas of theoretical and applied statistics and econometrics, research programming and computing, and organizational design.

    Ph.D. in Economics, McMaster University
    M.A. in Economics, McMaster University
    M.Sc. in Statistics, McMaster University

Matt Gregas



Senior Research Statistician

Matt Gregas has twelve years of experience as a biostatisitican.  Upon receiving his doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota, where his research focused on statistical methods for estimating the firing rate of a single neuron, he spent two years as a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.  There he continued his work on statistical analysis of neural data.  In addition we was part of a research team studying the natural history of Alzhiemer's disease.  In 2007 he joined Children's Hospital Boston as a Senior Biostatistician and an Instructor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Gregas has extensive experience in Biomedical research.  He has served as the project biostatistician on several clinical trials.  The focus of these trials were new interventions for autism spectrum disorders and neo-natal seizures.  He has collaborated with scientists primarily in pediatric neurology.  He has published articles on epilespy, autism, treatment of neonatal seizures, muscular dystrophies, and stroke.  His statistical interests are semiparametric regression and curve-fitting, non-linear regression, and longitudinal data analysis.

Selected Publications
  • Peters JM, Sahin M, Vogel-Farley VK, Jeste SS, Nelson CA 3rd, Gregas MC, Prabhu SP, Scherrer B, Warfield SK: (2012) Loss of white matter microstructural integrity is associated with adverse neurological outcome in tuberous sclerosis complex:  Acad Radiol. 2012 Jan 19(1):  17-25.
  • Rutkove SB, Shefner JM, Gregas M, Butler H, Caracciolo J, Lin C, Fogerson PM, Mongiovi P, Darras BT (2010):  Characterizing spinal muscular atrophy with electrical impedance myography.Muscle Nerve. 2010 Dec; 42(6):  915-21.
  • Krishnan ML, Commowick O, Jeste SS, Weisenfeld N, Hans A, Gregas MC, Sahin M, Warfield SK. (2010): Diffusion features of white matter in tuberous sclerosis with tractograph:  . Pediatr Neurol. 2010 Feb;42(2):101-6.
  • O'Leary H, Gregas MC, Limperopoulos C, Zaretskaya I, Bassan H, Soul JS, Di Salvo DN, du Plessis AJ (2009): Elevated cerebral pressure passivity is associated with prematurity-related intracranial hemorrhage:    Pediatrics. 2009 Jul; 124(1):  302-9

    Ph.D. Statistics.  University of Minnesota
    B.S. Mathematical Sciences.  Michigan Technological University

Deeksha Kale




Graduate Student Assistant

Deeksha is a Ph.D. student in Economics. Before joining Boston College in 2012, she worked as a research analyst at McKinsey & Company in New Delhi and later pursued a Masters degree in Quantitative Economics at the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi. At BC, she has instructed Statistics and Econometrics Labs for four semesters. She also taught the Principles of Microeconomics course at Woods College of Advancing Studies. Her research interests are in applied macroeconomics and development economics with a focus on the effect of credit supply on economic activity. She has expertise with Stata.

    M.A. Economics, Boston College
    M.Sc. Quantitative Economics, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India
    B.A. Economics, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, India

Wei Lucy QiU



Scientific Computing Consultant

Wei has experience as a Scientific Researcher and Scientific Software Engineer in both academic setting and industry. Prior to joining Boston College in 2009, she worked for Meteorological Services of Canada, Mass General Hospital, Hospira Inc and Weather Services International, where she invented scientific algorithms, developed software tools and created real-time embedded applications. 

Wei has expertise in open source and commercial software engineering, cross platform computing, algorithm development, real-time embedded system, data acquisition and information visualization. She is skilled in programming with C/C++, MATLAB, PERL and other languages.


    M.S. in Computer Science, University of Western Ontario in Canada.  
    B.S. in Applied Chemistry, Jiangxi Science & Technology Normal University

Research Interests:
  • Scientific computing
  • Algorithm development
  • Software engineering
  • Data acquisition and analysis
  • Information visualization
Selected Publications:
  • Kuo, B., Itzhak, A., Qiu, W., Urma, D., Kwong, K., Mao, J., Rosen, B. Dynamic Imaging of the Brain Activity During Feeding and Epigastria Discomfort/Pain with a Physiological Gastric Stimulus. Gastroenterology, 2005; 128, 4 (Suppl. 2): A-372.
  • W. Qiu, R.E. Mercer, J.L. Barron (2001), 3D Storm Tracking in 3D Doppler Precipitation Reflectivity Datasets. Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing conference (IMVIP2001), pp79-86 (best paper award).

Barry Schaudt



Director of Research Services

Barry Schaudt has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.  Before arriving at Boston College, he taught Computer Science at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and was at the forefront of building the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.  At the University of Minnesota, he led the transition from a small Institute that leased time on supercomputers and purchased research support to an Institute that purchased and managed its own computer systems, and provided user support to a broad range of researchers.   In addition, Barry has a background in Scientific Visualization, and has expertise in C/C++, MySQL, web technologies such as Ruby/Ruby on Rails, Java and Perl, as well as a wide range of software tools.

Areas of Interest:
  • Building a group at Boston College to support research
  • High Performance Computing
  • Desktop computing
  • Scientific and data visualization

    Ph.D. in Computer Science (Computational Geometry), Dartmouth College 
    M.S. in Mathematics, University of Michigan
    B.S. in Mathematics, University of Michigan

Bo Wang

Graduate Student Assistant

Bo Wang is a PhD student in Economics at Boston College.
 He has been a research assistant working on simulation. His own research focuses on time series econometrics.
He has knowledge of Matlab, Mathematica, and ArcGIS.


    M.A. in Economics, Renmin University of China
    B.A in Economics (minor in Math), Renmin University of China

Penlong Zhang

Graduate Student Assistant

Penglong Zhang is a PhD student in economics at Boston College. He has been a teaching assistant for Statistics and Econometrics. His main research interest is international economics. He has knowledge of Matlab, Stata, Mathematica and ArcGIS.


    M.A. in Economics, Boston College       
    M.A. in International Economics, Renmin University of China
    B.A. in Economics, Renmin University of China
    B.S. in Mathematics, Renmin University of China