Maria Ioana Niculescu






3822 Shutterlee Mill Rd.
Staunton, VA 24401

JMU, MSC 4502
Harrisonburg, VA 22807




May 1999

Ph.D. degree:   Hampton University
Inclusive Resonance Electroproduction Data from Hydrogen and Deuterium and Studies of Bloom--Gilman Duality

May 1991

Engineer Physicist (M.S. equivalent) degree:   Bucharest University
Detectors for High Energy Physics: Multiwire Proportional Chambers and Drift Chambers



2014 – present: Professor, James Madison University  

2008 – 2014: Associate Professor, James Madison University

2002 – 2008: Assistant Professor, James Madison University

2001 – 2002: Adjoint Professor, Hampton University



 2003 –  2006: Co-PI on NSF grant “Detectors to Explore Quarks and Leptons

 2006 –  2007: PI on NSF grant “Probing Subatomic Physics Via Lepton Interactions”

 2007 –  2010: PI on NSF grant “Probing Subatomic Physics Via Lepton Interactions

 2007 – 2010: PI on NSF grant “MRI: Collaborative Research: Development of the Detector Package for the Super HMS in Hall C at JLab

2010 –  2013: PI on NSF grant “Probing Subatomic Physics Via Lepton Interactions

2013 – 2017: PI on NSF grant “Probing Subatomic Physics Via Lepton Interactions


1988 Honorable Mention, Students’ Communications Session, Bucharest University

1999 CEBAF-SURA PhD. Thesis Prize

2011 Provost Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship

2014 Madison Scholar, College of Science and Mathematics








  1. I. Niculescu et al., Calibration of a Neutron Polarimeter to Measure the Electric Form Factor of the Neutron, IEEE, Trans. Nucl. Sci. 45 (1998) 68
  2. G. Niculescu et al., Longitudinal and Transverse Cross Sections in p(e,e'K+)L, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81 (1998) 1805    
  3. I.Niculescu et al., Extraction of Higher Twists from Electron-Proton Inclusive Data at Large Bjorken x, Phys. Rev. D60 (1999) 94001
  4. I.Niculescu et al., Evidence for Valence Quark – Hadron Duality, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85 (2000) 1182
  5. I.Niculescu et al., Experimental Verification of Quark – Hadron Duality, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85 (2000) 1186
  6. R. Ent, C.E. Keppel, and I. Niculescu, Nucleon Elastic Form Factors and Local Duality, Phys. Rev. D62 (2000) 073008
  7. C. Armstrong et al., Moments of the Proton Structure Function at Low Q2, Phys. Rev. D63 (2001) 094008J.
  8. Arrington et al., x- and x Scaling of the Nuclear Structure Function at Large x, Phys. Rev. C64 (2001) 014602
  9. R. Ent, C. E. Keppel, I. Niculescu, Reply to comment on nucleon elastic form factors and local duality, Phys. Rev. D64 (2001) 038302.
  10. S. Liuti, R. Ent, C.E. Keppel, I. Niculescu, Perturbative QCD Analysis of Local Duality in a Fixed W2 Framework, Phys.Rev.Lett. 89 (2002) 162001
  11. M. E. Christy et al Measurements of Electron Proton Elastic Cross-Section for 0.4<Q2<5.5 (GeV/c)2. Phys.Rev.C70 (2004) 015206
  12. D. Naples et al. MINERvA: High statistics neutrino scattering using a fine-grained detector. Int.J.Mod.Phys.A20 (2005) 3078
  13. I. Niculescu, J. Arrington, R. Ent, C.E. Keppel Moments of nuclear and nucleon structure functions at low Q2 and the momentum sum rule. Phys.Rev.C73 (2006) 045206
  14. J. Arrington, R. Ent, C.E. Keppel, J. Mammei, I. Niculescu Low Q scaling, duality, and the EMC effect. Phys.Rev.C73 (2006) 035205
  15. Peter E. Bosted et al. Quark-hadron duality in spin structure functions g(1)p and g(1)d.Phys.Rev.C75 (2007) 035203


16. V. Tvaskis et al. Longitudinal-transverse separations of structure functions at low Q2 for hydrogen and deuterium. Phys.Rev.Lett.98 (2007) 142301


17. Howard C. Fenker et al. BoNuS: Development and Use of a Radial TPC using Cylindrical GEMs. Nucl.Instrum.Meth. A592 (2008) 273

18. M. Nozar et al. Search for the photo-excitation of exotic mesons in the pi+ pi+ pi- system. Phys.Rev.Lett. 102 (2009) 102002

19. S.A. Morrow et al. Exclusive rho0 electroproduction on the proton at CLAS. Eur.Phys.J.A39 (2009) 5

20. O. Hashimoto et al. Hypernuclear spectroscopy program at JLab Hall C. Nucl.Phys.A804 (2008) 125

21. G.V. Fedotov et al. Electroproduction of p pi+ pi- off protons at 0.2 < Q**2 < 0.6-GeV**2 and 1.3 < W < 1.57-GeV with CLAS.  Phys.Rev.C79 (2009) 015204

22. G.M. Huber et al. Charged pion form-factor between Q**2 = 0.60-GeV**2 and 2.45-GeV**2. II. Determination of, and results for, the pion form-factor. Phys.Rev.C78 (2008) 045203

23. H.P. Blok et al. Charged pion form factor between Q**2 = 0.60-GeV**2 and 2.45-GeV**2. I. Measurements of the cross section for the H-1(e,e-prime pi+)n reaction.  Phys.Rev.C78 (2008) 045202

24. L. Tang et al. The HKS experiment on Lambda-hypernuclear spectroscopy via electroproduction at JLab  Nucl.Phys.A790 (2008) 679C

25. M. Battaglieri et al. First measurement of direct f0(980) photoproduction on the proton.  Phys.Rev.Lett.102 (2009) 102001

26. J. Lachniet et al. A Precise Measurement of the Neutron Magnetic Form Factor G**n(M)in the Few-GeV**2 Region.  Phys.Rev.Lett.102 (2009) 192001

27. S. Malace et al. Applications of quark-hadron duality in F(2) structure function Phys.Rev. C80 (2009) 035207

28. S.Anefalos Pereira et al. Differential cross section of gamma n to K+ Sigma- on bound neutrons with incident photons from 1.1 to 3.6 GeV, Phys.Lett. B688 (2010) 289

29. V. Tvaskis et al. The proton and deuteron F_2 structure function at low Q^2, Phys.Rev. C81 (2010) 055207

  1. Nuruzzaman et al. Nuclear transparency and effective kaon-nucleon cross section from the A(e, e'K+) reaction. Phys.Rev. C84 (2011) 015210


  1. N. Baillie et al. Measurement of the neutron F2 structure function via spectator tagging with CLAS Phys.Rev.Lett. 108 (2012) 199902
  2. I. Niculescu et al.  Direct observation of quark-hadron duality in the free neutron F2 structure function Phys.Rev. C91 (2015)  055206
  3. K.A.Griffioen et al. Measurement of the EMC Effect in the Deuteron Phys.Rev. C92 (2015)  015211