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Dr. Grigory Rogachev has been appointed as head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University, effective May 1, announced Dr. Meigan Aronson, dean of the College of Science.

Rogachev, a professor of physics and astronomy who is widely respected for his teaching and research expertise in low energy experimental nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics, has been interim head of the department since December 1. He replaces Dr. Peter McIntyre, who previously served as head of the department from June 2016 to November 2017 and has returned to teaching and research-related duties.

Rogachev, a member of both the Cyclotron Institute and Nuclear Solutions Institute, joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2013 after being recruited from Florida State University under Texas A&M's Initial University Multidisciplinary Research Initiatives (IUMRI) as one of a handful of multidisciplinary senior faculty poised to make national and global impacts in pioneering areas ranging from nuclear and quantum science to neuroscience and renewable energy. Prior to that, he had spent a decade at Florida State University.

At Texas A&M, Rogachev's research is focused primarily on structure of light and medium mass nuclei -- in particular, structure of exotic neutron-rich and neutron-deficient isotopes, clustering phenomena in nuclei, mechanisms of nuclear reactions and applications of nuclear physics methods for determining rates of nuclear reactions that drive nucleosynthesis and energy generation in stellar environment.

Rogachev received his master's of science degree in experimental nuclear physics in 1996 from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (State University) and a doctorate in experimental nuclear physics in 1999 at the National Research Center Kurchatov Institute, where he also served as a research assistant and received the 1998 Kurchatov Prize. He spent four years at the University of Notre Dame, first as a postdoctoral research associate (2000-2003) and later as a research assistant professor (2003-2004). Rogachev began his independent career in the summer of 2004 as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at Florida State, where he had earned tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2010.

For more information about Rogachev, visit http://physics.tamu.edu/people/rogachev/.

To learn more about the Texas A&M Department of Physics and Astronomy, go to http://physics.tamu.edu.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Grigory Rogachev, (979) 845-7717 or rogachev@physics.tamu.edu

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