Maria Gherasimova, Ph.D.

Director, Chair of Physics
College of Science and Society, Natural Science and Mathematics
(203) 576-4259
Dana Hall, Room 149

Maria Gherasimova joined the University of Bridgeport faculty in 2010. Previously, she held a faculty position at Southern Connecticut State University, postdoctoral appointments at University of Virginia and Yale University, and a visiting scientist position at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. Prof. Gherasimova’s research expertise includes semiconductor materials science, nanoscale synthesis and advanced in situ electron microscopy. Her teaching and course development portfolio includes undergraduate courses in physics and introductory engineering, and graduate courses in nanoscale materials science and nanotechnology. Prof. Gherasimova holds a Ph.D. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University, and a B.S. degree in Physics from Southern Connecticut State University.

Ph.D in Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University

PHYS 103 Basic Concepts of Physics
PHYS 201 General Physics I
PHYS 202 General Physics II
PHYS 207 Principles of Physics I
PHYS 208 Principles of Physics II


  • M. Gherasimova, S. W. Chee, R. Hull, M. C. Reuter. F. M. Ross, Controlled Nucleation of Ge Islands on Si and Self-Assembly of Nanoscale Island Clusters, International Journal of High Speed Electronics and Systems, v. 23, 2014, p. 1420003.
  • R. Hull, J. A. Floro, M. Gherasimova, J. F. Graham, J. L. Gray, A. Portavoce, F. M. Ross, J. Thorp, Bridging the Length Scales between Lithographic Patterning and Self Assembly Mechanisms in Fabrication of Semiconductor Nanostructure Arrays, Journal of Physics: Conference Series (invited paper), v.209, 2010, p.012003.
  • B. M. Niedzielski, J. S. DaPonte, C. Broadbridge, M. Gherasimova, Comparison of the Ability of Quantitative Parameters to Differentiate Surface Texture of Atomic Force Microscope Images, Proc. of SPIE-IS&T Electronic Imaging, v. 7538, 2010, p. 75380B.
  • R. Hull, J. Floro, J. Graham, J. Gray, M. Gherasimova, A. Portavoce, F. M. Ross, Synthesis and Functionalization of Epitaxial Quantum Dot Nanostructures for Nanoelectronic Architectures, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, v.11, December, 2008, p.160.
  • M. Gherasimova, R. Hull, M. C. Reuter, F. M. Ross, Pattern Level Assembly of Ge Quantum Dots on Si with Focused Ion Beam Templating, Applied Physics Letters, v.93, July, 2008, p.023106.


  • Helmsley Foundation “Partnership to Advance STEM Education Transformation” (co-PI, 2015-2018)
  • NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Capacity Building Grant (Co-PI, 2014-2015)
  • University of Bridgeport Faculty Research Council Seed Money Grant (PI, 2012-2013)
  • Connecticut State University System (CSUS) Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Curriculum Development Support Grant (PI, 2009-2010)