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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Continuing Fellows
First-Year Fellows

Arwa Abbas

CHOP
Arwa Abbas

CHOP

Education:
B.S - Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 2012
Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania, 2019

Ph.D Dissertation Title:
"The Human Lung Viral Microbiome in Health and Disease"

Ph.D Thesis Advisors:
Frederic D. Bushman, Ph.D.
Ronald G. Collman, M.D.

UPenn Dept:
Not applicable

Penn/CHOP Faculty Mentor:
Joseph Zackular, Ph.D.

Nkemka Anyiwo

Education
Nkemka Anyiwo

Education

Education:

PhD Social Work and Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

MSW Social Work, MS Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

BA African American Studies, BA Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

 

PhD Dissertation Title:"We gon' be alright": Racism, Media and the Sociopolitical Development of
Black Youth

PhD Thesis Advisor:Stephanie Rowley,PhD & Daphne Watkins, PhD

UPENN Department:
Human Development and Quantitative methods

Penn Faculty Mentor:  
Howard Stevenson, PhD

 

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 Eng. & Applied Mechanics
Alexander Bennett

Mechanical Eng. & 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

Daphney Chery

Orthopaedic Surgery
Daphney Chery

Orthopaedic Surgery

Education:
PhD Biomedical Sciences
School of Biomedical Engineering, Sciences and Health Systems at Drexel University

PhD Dissertation Title: 
Biomechanics of the Pericellular Matrix: Roles in Cartilage Development and Osteoarthritis

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Dr. Lin Han

UPENN Department:
Orthopaedic Surgery Department

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Robert L. Mauck

 

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

 

 

 

Rui Fu

Developmental Psychology
Rui Fu

Developmental Psychology

Education

Ph. D., Developmental Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Developmental Psychology, Shanghai Normal University, China
B. A., Psychology, Shanghai Normal University, China

PhD Dissertation Title:
Relations Between Childhood Self-Control And Early Adulthood Outcomes In China: The Contributions Of Social Relationships

PhD Thesis Advisor: Dr. Xinyin Chen, Professor of Education, University of Pennsylvania
UPENN Department: My department at CHOP is “Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences”
Penn Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stephen Leff,
Co-Director, Violence Prevention Initiative at CHOP
Professor of Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics & Psychiatry
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Univ. of Penn School of Med.

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

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

Luis de Jesus Baez

Chemistry
Luis de Jesus Baez

Chemistry

Education:
PhD - Texas A&M University , College Station, TX
BS - University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, Puerto Rico

PhD Dissertation Title: 
The Secret Lives of Battery Materials: Core-level Spectroscopy as a Probe of Compositional and Electronic Structure Inhomogeneities

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Professor Sarbarjit Banerjee

Penn Department:
Chemistry

Penn Faculty Mentor:Professor Thomas E. Mallouk

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

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

Jose Pelliccia

Cell and Developmental Biology
Jose Pelliccia

Cell and Developmental Biology

Education:
2019 PhD Molecular Biology
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

2008 BS Biology
Millersville University

PhD Dissertation Title:
The Role of the Vg1 Zebrafish Ortholog Gdf3 Nodal-Dependent Mesendoderm Formation and Left-Right Patterning

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Rebecca Burdine PhD

UPENN Department:
Cell and Developmental Biology

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Mary Mullins, PhD

Mallory Perry

Nursing/ Pediatrics
Mallory Perry

Nursing/ Pediatrics

Education (Undergrad, grad, doctorate)
• BSN: University of Connecticut (Storrs)
• MS: University of Connecticut (Storrs)
• PhD: University of Connecticut (Storrs)
PhD Dissertation Title
• Understanding Chronic Pain Trajectory in Adolescents Undergoing Spinal Fusion Surgery
PhD Thesis Advisor
• Dr. Angela Starkweather
UPENN Department
• Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (primary), Penn School of Nursing
Penn Faculty Mentor
• Dr. Martha A.Q. Curley, Professor Penn School of Nursing Professor and CHOP Ruth M. Colket Chair in Pediatric Nursing

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.

Michelle G. Thompson

School of Social Policy & Practice
Michelle G. Thompson

School of Social Policy & Practice

Education:
2019 PhD Social Welfare
Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work; Florida International University

2006 MS Psychology
College of Arts, Sciences and Education;School of Integrated Science and Humanities
Florida International University

2002 BA Psychology
College of Arts, Sciences and Education;School of Integrated Science and Humanities
Florida International University

PhD Dissertation Title:
The impact of microaggressions and minority stress on the psychological  well-being of emerging adult
sexual minorities of color

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Eric F. Wagner, PhD

Penn Department:
School of Social Policy & Practice

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Amy Hillier,PhD

 

 

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

Laura Vargas

Penn Injury Science Center
Laura Vargas

Penn Injury Science Center

Laura Vargas, PhD, MSW, MPA
Penn Injury Science Center
School of Nursing

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

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

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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

Erin Bogan

Education Policy

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

Monica Do

Psychology

Janeria A Easley

Sociology, Population Studies Center

Michelle Estrada

Chemistry

Nahir Otano Gracia

Comparative Literature

Martha Grady

Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

M. Brielle Harbin

Political Science

Kevin Jenkins

Social Epidemiology, Medical Sociology

Grace LS Johnson

Africana Studies

Kelsey M Jones

Applied Psychology & Human Development Division

Antonia Kaczkurkin

Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Erin M Kerrison

Criminology

Doug Kiel

History

Brandon King

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Amy Lavery

Public Health

Angel Martinez

Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

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

Jennifer Wilson

Russian & East Euro Studies

Katrina Wisdom

Bioengineering

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