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:

Dynamic Collaborative Environment

Two great examples of the collaborative focus at Penn are Tagbo Niepa and Laura Bradley. Both are Postdoctoral Fellows for Academic Diversity in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering co-advised by Professors Daeyeon Lee and Kathleen Stebe. Tagbo and Laura came to the University of Pennsylvania specifically to learn about Dr. Lee’s groundbreaking work in Nanotechnology and Microfluidics and to gain a sharper understanding of self-assembly of materials at fluid interfaces from Dr. Stebe.  Tagbo’s current research is creating confinement systems to develop artificial microbial communities. Applications for his research will use microbes to improve remediation of crude oil and culturing new microbial species to use them as a means to acquire new antibiotics or interesting bioproducts.

As part of his collaborative effort, Tagbo has worked closely with the University of Pennsylvania’s Dental School of Medicine and Department of Biology, as well as the Perelman School of Medicine. Specifically, he has been investigating the symbiotic relationship between yeast and fungus which leads to dental disease. Laura’s postdoctoral research has focused on developing scalable synthesis methods for fabricating Janus particles. Janus particles can thus be used for stabilizing soft materials, such as emulsions and foams, which are prevalent in the personal care industry from foodstuffs to cosmetics.

The collaborative and open-door culture at Penn Engineering has produced countless conversations that inspires Tagbo’s and Laura’s work. Ongoing conversations with colleagues focus on applying diverse approaches and finding new applications for the research. Laura conveys, “My experience at Penn has taught me that teams with diverse perspectives have opportunities to devise innovative approaches to engineering challenges”.  She plans to carry this practice to her new position as Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at UMass-Amherst. Tagbo and Laura are currently brainstorming on how to bridge their unique skillsets to tackle problems in biomaterials and delivery.

Tagbo Niepa received his B.S. in Bioengineering and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University He has accepted a faculty position that he will start in Fall 2017 at the University of Pittsburgh in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

Laura Bradley received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California. She has accepted a faculty position that she will start in Fall 2017 with the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.