Recipients: Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity

"A great University, true to its name, must encompass a universe of backgrounds and experiences, ideas and ideologies, theories and perspectives." These are the opening words of Penn's Diversity Action Plan, which evokes a vision of "one university: a wide-ranging, ever-changing community that draws its strength from a multitude of races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, historical traditions, ages, religions, disabilities, veteran statuses, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic backgrounds."

Our Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity are a key element of this commitment to achieve eminence through diversity, as expressed in both the original Action Plan and its recent progress report:

Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence
Progress Report on Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence

Current and Continuing Postdoctoral Fellows

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Current Recipients
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First-Year Postdocs

Josue Baeza

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Josue Baeza

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Education:
2017 PhD Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2010 BS Biology, University of Texas Permian Basin

PhD Dissertation Title:
Mechanism of Protein Acetylation in Mitochondria

PhD Thesis Advisor:
John M. Denu

Postdoc Research Topic:
Biochemical mechanisms of protein turnover

Penn Department:
Biochemistry and Biophysics

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Benjamin A. Garcia

Alexander Bennett

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Alexander Bennett

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Education:
PhD, Mechanical Engineering,
MA, Mechanical Engineering,
BA, Mechanical Engineering
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Thesis Title:
Regular and Irregular Wear of Elastomers in Combined Rolling and Sliding

Thesis Research Advisor:
W. Gregory Sawyer

Postdoc Research Topic:
Interfacial Mechanics of Soft Matter

Penn Department:
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Penn Mentor:
Kevin Turner and Rob. Carpick

Jalil M. Bishop

Higher Education
Jalil M. Bishop

Higher Education

Education:
Ph.D and M.A. in, Higher Education and Organizational Change
University of California-Los Angeles
B.A. in History, Dartmouth College

Thesis Title:
A Critical Case Study on (Anti) Blackness, Geography, and Education Pathways in Twinsburg, Ohio.

Thesis Research Advisor:
Dr. Walter Allen

Penn Department:
Graduate School of Education – Higher Education

Penn Mentor:
Dr. Laura Perna

Erin Bogan

Education Policy
Erin Bogan

Education Policy

Education:
2016, PhD, Education and Psychology,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2016, MA, Psychology,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2010, MS, Education,
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2006, BA, English and Social Welfare,
University of California, Berkeley, CA

PhD Dissertation Title:
Beyond Supportive Parenting: The Mediating and Moderating Role of Preschoolers’ Self-Regulatory Competencies in the Relation Between Supportive Parenting and Academic Readiness Outcomes Among Families Participating in Head Start

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Tabbye Chavous and Jacqueline Mattis

Postdoc Research Topic:
Children’s development and positive family processes in the context of poverty

Penn Department:
Graduate School of Education, Education Policy Division

Penn Faculty Mentor:
John Fantuzzo and Vivian Gadsden

Monica Do

Psychology
Monica Do

Psychology

Education:
Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Southern California, 2018
M.A. Linguistics, University of Southern California, 2014
B.A. Linguistics, University of Southern California, 2011

Thesis Title:
How to Think Before You Speak: Getting from Abstract Thoughts to Sentences

Thesis Research Advisor:
Dr. Elsi Kaiser

Penn Department:
Psychology

Penn Mentor:
Dr. John Trueswell

Meagan Elinski

Mechanical Engineering
Meagan Elinski

Mechanical Engineering

Education:
2018, PhD Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
2013, BS Chemistry, Hope College, Holland, MI

PhD Dissertation Title:
Tailoring Surface Forces to Control the Frictional Properties of Graphene

PhD Thesis Advisor:
James Batteas

Postdoc Research Topic:
Anti-wear (AW) Tribofilm Formation

Penn Department:
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Rob Carpick

 

 

 

Michael Gonzalez

Center for Applied Genomics, Division of Rheumatology, Children's Hospital
Michael Gonzalez

Center for Applied Genomics, Division of Rheumatology, Children's Hospital

Education:
2015, PhD, Immunology and Infectious Disease,
Washington State University, Pullman WA

2011, MS,Forensic Science,
California State University, Fresno, CA

2007, BS, Medical Biology,
California State University, Riverside, CA

Thesis Title:
Identification and Characterization of a Genome-wide Significant Region Associated with Erythrocyte Phenotypes in Domestic Sheep

Thesis Research Advisor:
Stephen White

Postdoc Research Topic:
Genetics of Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain in Pediatric Populations

Penn Department:
Center for Applied Genomics, Division of Rheumatology, Children's Hospital

Penn Mentor:
Hakon Hakonarson, MD PhD and David Sherry, MD

Kathryn Hacker

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics
Kathryn Hacker

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics

Education:
PhD, Public Health,
M Phil, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
California State University, Fresno, CA

BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Thesis Title:
Environmental Heterogeneity, Rodent Population Dynamics, and Leptospirosis in Urban Slum Environments

Thesis Research Advisor:
Dr. Albert Ko

Postdoc Research Topic:
Dynamic Risk Map Modeling in Changing Urban Environments

Penn Department:
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics

Penn Mentor:
Dr. Mike Levy

M. Brielle Harbin

Political Science
M. Brielle Harbin

Political Science

Education:
2016, PhD, Political Science,
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

2013, M. Political Science,
Brown University, Providence, RI

2006, BA, Government,
Smith College, Northampton, MA

PhD Dissertation Title:
Stereotypes and Stories: The Effect of Storytelling in the Political Arena

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Dr. Larry Bartels and Dr. Marc Hetherington (co-chairs)

Penn Department:
Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Daniel Hopkins (Political Science)

Website

Beth Harvey

Cell and Developmental Biology
Beth Harvey

Cell and Developmental Biology

Education:
2016, PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

2010, BS, Chemistry and Animal Science,
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

PhD Dissertation Title:
Mapping Sites of O-Glycosylation on Drosophila Notch and Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of How Drosophila Fringe Modulates Notch-Ligand Binding

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Robert S. Haltiwanger

Postdoc Research Topic:
Optic Nerve Regeneration in Zebrafish

Penn Department:
Cell and Developmental Biology

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Michael Granato

Kevin Jenkins

Social Epidemiology, Medical Sociology
Kevin Jenkins

Social Epidemiology, Medical Sociology

Education:
2015 Ph.D. Sociology and Criminology and Law,
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2009, M.A.S.S., History,
Florida A&M University, Tallhassee, FL

2004, BA, History,
North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC

PhD Dissertation Title:
The Social Construction of Race in Medicine

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Barbara A. Zsembik, Ph.D.

Postdoc Research Topic:
Hue Process: The Quantitative Measurement of Race and Racism in Medicine

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Ezekiel Dixon-Román, Ph.D.

Website

Antonia Kaczkurkin

Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine
Antonia Kaczkurkin

Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Education:
2014, PhD, Clinical Psychology
2011, MA, Clinical Psychology
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2008, BA, Psychology
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

PhD Dissertation Title:
The contribution of fear conditioning to pathological anxiety: an investigation of conditioned fear generalization in OCD Traits and PTSD

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Shmuel Lissek, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

Postdoc Research Topic:
Neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to the etiology of anxiety disorders

Penn Department:
Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Theodore Satterthwaite, MD, Psychiatry Department, Perelman School of Medicine

Website

Brandon King

East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Brandon King

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Education:
2015, PhD, Chinese Studies,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

2012, M.A., Chinese Language and Literature,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

2010, M.A. with distinction, Chinese Law,
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, UK

2005, BA, Economics and Chinese Language and Literature
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

PhD Dissertation Title:
Adapting with the Times: Fajia Law and State Development

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Professor John Lagerwey

Postdoc Research Topic:
Legalism and other Warring States philosophical traditions

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Professor Paul Goldin

Javier G Lavin

Philosophy
Javier G Lavin

Philosophy

Education:
PhD, Philosophy, The Graduate Center, CUNY – 2018
MA, Philosophy, The Graduate Center, CUNY -- 2016
MPhil, Philosophy, The Graduate Center, CUNY -- 2016
BA, Philosophy, The College of Charleston -- 2012
BS, Psychology, The College of Charleston -- 2012

Thesis Title:
The Fragmented Mind: Why working memory cannot implement consciousness.

Thesis Research Advisor:
Jesse Prinz

Penn Department:
Philosophy

Penn Mentor:
Lisa Miracchi

Angel Martinez

Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter
Angel Martinez

Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

Education:
2009 BS Physics
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

2014 PhD Physics,
University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

Thesis Title:
Optical shaping of structural self-organization and topology in soft matter

Thesis Research Advisor:
Ivan I. Smalyukh, PhD
Department of Physics and Liquid Crystal Materials Research Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Penn Department:
Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

Penn Mentor:
Arjun Yodh, PhD, Professor of Physics and Director of The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

Website

Matthew Miller

Urban Planning & Development
Matthew Miller

Urban Planning & Development

Education:
Ph.D in Urban Planning and Development, University of Southern California
Master in City Planning, Environmental Policy and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A. in Urban Studies with Honors, Minor in African & African-American Studies, Stanford University

Thesis Title:
The Geography of Black Commerce and Culture - Los Angeles, California, and Beyond

Thesis Research Advisor:
Lisa Ann Schweitzer

Penn Department:
City and Regional Planning

Penn Mentor:
Vincent Reina

Francis Seuffert

Mathematics
Francis Seuffert

Mathematics

Education:
2016, PhD, Rutgers University,
Camden, NJ

2009, BA, Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

Thesis Title:
An extension of the Bianchi-Egnell stability estimate to Bakry, Gentil, and Ledoux's generalization of the Sobolev inequality to continuous dimensions and applications

Thesis Research Advisor:
Eric Carlen

Postdoc Research Topic:
Functional Analysis and PDEs

Penn Department:
Mathematics

Penn Mentor:
Ryan Hynd

Personal Website: https://web.sas.upenn.edu/seuffert/

Atiya Strothers

Higher Education
Atiya Strothers

Higher Education

Atiya S. Strothers is a Postdoctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. As a servant and social justice advocate, Atiya is passionate about education, spirituality, and civic engagement. She uses history and qualitative inquiry to address the social, political, and institutional influences on educational equity and access. Specifically, her research agenda focuses on leadership, faculty diversity, graduate education, and mentorship. She has presented her work relating to this research at national conferences including AERA, ASHE, and AABHE. She has published her work in Divers Issues in Higher Education, Peabody Journal of Education, and various book chapters. She has also been an invited panelist and presenter discussing topics relating to her research.

Atiya has previous experience as an administrator in student affairs at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Delaware. She received her Ph.D. and Ed.M. in education from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She also obtained a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Atiya is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., alumna of Education Pioneers, and actively involved in her church. She enjoys investing in others and being an agent of change.

Brittany Taylor

Orthopaedic Surgery
Brittany Taylor

Orthopaedic Surgery

Education:
2016, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

2010, BS, Biomedical Engineering
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

PhD Dissertation Title:
The Development and Characterization of an Osteoconductive Pre-Vascularized Scaffold for Bone Regeneration

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Joseph Freeman, Ph. D.

Postdoc Research Topic:
Bilayered Delivery System to Mitigate Inflammation During Rotator Cuff Repair

Penn Department:
Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Louis Soslowsky, Ph.D.

Annabel Torres

Center for Applied Genomics
Annabel Torres

Center for Applied Genomics

Education:
2015, PhD, Immunology and Infectious Disease,
Washington State University, Pullman WA

2011, MS,Forensic Science,
California State University, Fresno, CA

2007, BS, Medical Biology,
California State University, Riverside, CA

Thesis Title:
Identification and Characterization of a Genome-wide Significant Region Associated with Erythrocyte Phenotypes in Domestic Sheep

Thesis Research Advisor:
Stephen White

Postdoc Research Topic:
Genetics of Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain in Pediatric Populations

Penn Department:
Center for Applied Genomics, Division of Rheumatology, Children's Hospital

Penn Mentor:
Hakon Hakonarson, MD PhD and David Sherry, MD

Elizabeth Williams

Earth and Environmental Science
Elizabeth Williams

Earth and Environmental Science

Education:
2014, PhD, Earth & Environmental Sciences,
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

2009, BS Chemistry,
Howard University, Washington DC

PhD Dissertation Title:
Characterizing the stability of coastal wetland and riverine soil and sedimentary organic carbon

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Dr. Brad Rosenheim

Postdoc Research Topic:
The effects of pyrogenic carbon amendment on soil organic matter persistence

Penn Department:
Earth and Environmental Science

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Alain Plante

Jennifer Wilson

Russian & East European Studies
Jennifer Wilson

Russian & East European Studies

Education:
2014, PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

2008, BA, Russian Literature and Culture
Columbia University New York, NY

PhD Dissertation Title:
Radical Chastity: The Politics of Abstinence in Nineteenth-century Russian Literature

Penn Mentor:
Professor Ilya Vinitsky

Postdoc Research Topic:
Slavic Languages and Literatures

Website

Katrina Wisdom

Bioengineering
Katrina Wisdom

Bioengineering

Education:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering; Stanford University
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering; Stanford University
B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Duke University

Thesis Title:
Extracellular matrix mechanical plasticity regulates breast cancer invasion through confining microenvironments

Thesis Research Advisor:
Ovijit Chaudhuri

Penn Department:
Bioengineering

Penn Mentor:
Jason Burdick

Carolyn Yrigollen

Genetics, Children's Hospital
Carolyn Yrigollen

Genetics, Children's Hospital

Education:
December 2014 Ph.D. Genetics
University of California, Davis, Davis CA

May 2004 B.Sc. Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology
Yale University

PhD Dissertation Title:
The structure and function of the human FMR1 gene

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Flora Tassone

Postdoc Research Topic:
Gene-editing of FMR1 using CRISPR/Cas9

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Beverly Davidson

Website

Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Kandis Abdul-Aziz

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Elliot Aguilar

Biology, School of Arts and Sciences

Lisandra Arroyo-Ramírez

BioChemical Engineering

Cacey Bester

Earth and Environmental Science

Laura Bradley

Chemical Engineering

Bridgette Brawner

Nursing

Tonye Briggs

Biomedical Engineering

Jeremy DeLaine Brown

Mechanical Engineering

Rocio Cardona

Chemistry

Roger Caruth

Communications & Mass Media

Madeline Diaz-Serrano

Physics & Astronomy

Janeria A Easley

Sociology, Population Studies Center

 

 

Michelle Estrada

Chemistry

Nahir Otano Gracia

Comparative Literature

Martha Grady

Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Grace LS Johnson

Africana Studies

Kelsey M Jones

Applied Psychology & Human Development Division

Erin M Kerrison

Criminology

Doug Kiel

History

Amy Lavery

Public Health

Lindsey McDougle

Social Policy & Practice

Tagbo Niepa

Chem/Bio Engineering

Ismael Nieto

Chemistry

Sobukwe Odinga

Political Science

Carlos R Pérez

Material Sciences & Engineering

Emigdio Reyes

Pathology

Gabriela T Richard

Educational Comm & Technology

Akira Rodriguez

School of Design, Department of City and Regional Planning

 

 

Matthew Ruby

Psychology

Victoria Sanchez

Pharmacology

Abigail A Sewell

Population Studies

Jasmine Travers

Nursing

Alma Vega

Demography

Chezare A Warren

Policy Studies in Urban Education

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