Chair: Joseph Barranco
Associate Chair: Huizhong Xu
Graduate Admissions Coordinator: Jeff Greensite
Graduate Advisors: Maarten Golterman (Physics), Adrienne Cool (Astronomy)
Undergraduate Major Advisors: John Brewer, Jeff Greensite, Weining Man, Charli Sakari, Huizhong Xu
Advisor for K12 Teacher Preparation: Kim Coble

Tenured & Tenure Track Faculty

Joe Barranco
Joseph Barranco (He/Him/His)
Professor, Department Chair
Astrophysical and geophysical fluid dynamics.
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John Brewer
John Brewer (He/Him/His)
Associate Professor
Exoplanetary science.
Kim Coble
Kim Coble (She/Her/Hers)
Physics and astronomy education research.
Adrienne Cool
Adrienne Cool (She/Her/Hers)
Professor, Director of SF State Observatory and Hagar Planetarium, Graduate Astronomy Advisor
Galactic astronomy, globular clusters.
Maarten Golterman
Maarten Golterman (He/Him/His)
Professor, Graduate Physics Advisor
Theoretical high-energy physics.
Eileen Gonzales
Eileen Gonzales (She/Her/Hers)
Assistant Professor
Low mass stars, brown dwarfs, and giant exoplanets.
Jeff Greensite
Jeff Greensite (He/Him/His)
Theoretical high-energy physics.
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Oscar Macias (He/Him/His)
Assistant Professor
High energy astrophysics and cosmic ray astronomy
Weining Man
Weining Man (She/Her/Hers)
Quantum optics and photonics.
Ron Marzke
Ron Marzke (He/Him/His)
Associate Dean of College of Science and Engineering
Extragalactic astronomy.
Charli Sakari
Charli Sakari (She/Her/Hers)
Associate Professor
Extragalactic astronomy, galactic archaeology.
Huizhong Xu
Huizhong Xu (He/Him/His)
Professor, Associate Chair
Nano-optics and biophysical imaging.

Lecturer Faculty & Adjunct Faculty

Salma Begum
Salma Begum (She/Her/Hers)
Lecturer Faculty
Jeanne Digel
Jeanne Digel (She/Her/Hers)
Lecturer Faculty
PHYS 122 Lab Coordinator
Jessica Fielder
Jessica Fielder (She/Her/Hers)
Lecturer Faculty
Supplemental Instruction Program Director
Violeta Grigorescu
Violeta Grigorescu (She/Her/Hers)
Lecturer Faculty
Arefa Hossain
Arefa Hossain (She/Her/Hers)
Lecturer Faculty
PHYS 112 Lab Coordinator
Katie Kooistra
Katie Kooistra (She/Her/Hers)
Lecturer Faculty
PHYS 222 & 242 Lab Coordinator
Chris McCarthy
Chris McCarthy (He/Him/His)
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Exoplanetary science.
Elaine Tennant
Elaine Tennant (She/Her/Hers)
Lecturer Faculty
PHYS 232 Lab Coordinator
Aaron White
Aaron White (He/Him/His)
Lecturer Faculty
ASTR 116 & PHYS 102 Lab Coordinator
Polin Yadak
Polin Yadak (She/Her/Hers)
Lecturer Faculty
Instructor for Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

Faculty Emeriti

Roger Bland
Roger Bland (He/Him/His)
Professor Emeritus
Experimental Physics, Underwater Acoustics.
Zhigang Chen
Zhigang Chen (He/Him/His)
Professor Emeritus
Quantum optics and photonics.
Gerald Fisher
Gerald Fisher (He/Him/His)
Professor Emeritus
Oliver Johns
Oliver Johns (He/Him/His)
Professor Emeritus
Susan Lea
Susan Lea (She/Her/Hers)
Professor Emerita
Theoretical astrophysics.
Jim Lockhart
Jim Lockhart (He/Him/His)
Professor Emeritus
Experimental General Relativity.
Barbara Neuhauser
Barbara Neuhauser (She/Her/Hers)
Professor Emerita
Solid state physics & cryogenic electronics.
Jim Peters
Jim Peters (He/Him/His)
Professor Emeritus
Jeffrey Royer (He/Him/His)
Professor Emeritus
Charles Shapiro
Charles Shapiro (He/Him/His)
Professor Emeritus

In Memorium

Akm Newaz
AKM Newaz (He/Him/His)
Associate Professor
Quantum materials and nanodevices.