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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.

Rossella Calvi

Graduate Student Assistant

Rossella is a PhD student in Economics. Before joining Boston College in 2011, she worked as research analyst at the European Central Bank. At BC, she teaches EC132, Principles of Macroeconomics. For two semesters, she taught the Stata discussion groups for EC228, Econometric Methods. Her research interests are in applied microeconomics and development economics. Her research is focused on health economics and gender discrimination in developing countries. She has expertise with Stata.


    M.A. Economics, Boston College
    M.Sc. Economic and Social Sciences, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
    B.A. Economic and Social Sciences, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

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

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

Sarah Dow-Fleisner

Graduate Student Assistant

Sarah Dow-Fleisner is a PhD student in the School of Social Work. She earned a BA in Psychology and a BS in Child Development from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH and a MA in Child Development with a focus in Clinical Developmental Psychology from Tufts University in Medford, MA. She has practical experience working in the addiction field and with families involved in the child welfare system. Sarah is interested in the developmental trajectories and outcomes of children and families experiencing difficult contexts. Her primary research focus is exploring the risk and protective factors that support resilient functioning. She has tutored and been a teaching assistance for a variety of statistical and non-statistical courses. She has knowledge of STATA, SPSS, LISREL, and Qualtrics.

   MA Child Development, Tufts University
   BS  Child Development, Colby-Sawyer College

Krastina Dzhambova




 Graduate Student Assistant

Krastina Dzhambova is a PhD student in Economics at Boston College. She has worked as a financial analyst in New York. At Boston College she has been a research assistant and has taught Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Her own research focuses on international macroeconomics and trade. She has knowledge of ArcGIS, Matlab and Stata.

    M.A. in Economics, Boston College
    B.A in Economics (minor in Math), Mount Holyoke College

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

Ying Jia


Senior Statistical Programmer

Ying has expertise in statistical programming and analysis using SAS. She has extensive experience in relational database systems, large administrative claims data, and Medicare/ Medicaid data, especially integrating and manipulating data from various sources and across different platforms. In addition to SAS, Ying is proficient in SQL, Stata, R, VBA and other languages and tools.

Prior to joining Boston College, Ying was a Statistical Research Analyst at The Dartmouth Institute at Dartmouth College, where she conducted analyses in health economics research on health care spending for Medicare/Medicaid population. Previously, Ying worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, as well as other health care organizations, focusing on quality measurement, cost and utilization of health care services.


    M.S. in Biostatistics, University of Michigan
    M.S. in Business (Management Information System), University of Kansas
    B.S. in Management, Peking University

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

Tao Yang




Graduate Student Assistant

Tao Yang is a PhD student in economics at Boston College. He has been a teaching assistant for Econometrics Methods. His main research interest is econometric theory and applied econometrics. He has knowledge of Matlab.


    M.A. in Economics, Boston College       
    M.S. in Economics, Peking University     
    B.S. in Mathematics,  Jilin University

Wei Zhang




Graduate Student Assistant

Wei Zhang is a PhD student in economics at Boston College. He has been a teaching fellow for Statistics and Econometrics. Wei also worked as a research assistant in the Center for Retirement Research. His main research interest is Financial Econometrics. He has knowledge of Matlab and Stata.


M.A. in Economics, Boston College       
M.S. in Mathematics, Indiana University-Bloomington      
B.S. in Mathematics, University of Science and Technology of China