CBE Postdoctoral Fellows

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering postdoctoral fellows at Penn contribute to a an innovative range of investigative efforts in a collaborative research context. New centers for molecular modeling, energy research, nanotechnology, and engineering cells and regeneration, as well as the close proximity of renowned medical school and associated laboratories, provide excellent opportunities for research that spans diverse disciplines. CBE postdoctoral fellows are top contenders for premier academic and research positions.

Postdoctoral Fellow Spotlight:

Sharon Loverde received her B.S. in physics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She then joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University in the group of Monica Olvera de la Cruz—an atmosphere she found both dynamic and inspiring.

After receiving her Ph.D. from Northwestern, Sharon came to the University of Pennsylvania to work with the computational chemistry group of Michael L. Klein. As an NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellow, she had the opportunity to work with the laboratory of Dennis E. Discher. This interactive and unique position, as well as the strong soft materials research environment at University of Pennsylvania, “has truly been inspirational.”

Sharon expects to continue her work on therapeutic drug solubility in degradable polymers. She is also investigating new coarse-grained force fields for more complex biopolymers, such as siRNA, for self-assembly and delivery applications, taking her research “wherever the road takes me.” New and creative delivery techniques, such as targeting and combinatorial drug effects, promise much for her to investigate using molecular simulation.