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2016-2017 PostDocs

 

ANDREA BALBAS

 

 

B.S. Queens College CUNY: Geology- 2010
Ph.D. Oregon State University: Chemistry, Geology - 2016

Division: Geological and Planetary Sciences
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kenneth Farley
Hometown: Hollister, CA
Current Research Project: Defining new geochemical proxies for paleomagnetic change
Interests & Hobbies:  

MARCHELLO CAVITT

 

 

 

B.S. University of Louisville: Chemistry; Minor in Mathematics- 2007
M.S. University of Michigan- Chemistry, Chemical Biology- 2009
Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology: Chemistry, Organic Chemistry - 2015

Division: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Brian Stoltz
Hometown:
Murray, KY & Detroit, MI
Current Research Project: Expanding the Synthetic Toolbox: Development of New Methods Using Nickel Catalysis  
Interests & Hobbies: traveling, singing, reading, politics, science policy, and cosmology

BRADLEY DICKERSON

 

 

B.A. Swarthmore College: Biology with High Honors- 2008
Ph.D. University of Washington: Biology - 2015

Division: Biology and Biological Engineering
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Michael Dickinson
Hometown:
Lawrence, NJ
Current Research Project: The neuromechanics of a biological gyroscope
Interests & Hobbies: reading, watching basketball, listening to too many podcasts

MICHAEL FRAZIER

 

 

B.S. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Aerospace Engineering - 2009
M.S. University of Colorado Boulder: Aerospace Engineering Sciences - 2011

Ph.D. University of Colorado Boulder: Aerospace Engineering Sciences - 2015

Division: Graduate Aerospace Laboratories
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Dennis M. Kochmann
Hometown:
Oceanside, CA
Current Research Project: Dynamics of Multistable Structures and Materials
Interests & Hobbies:

JESSICA HINOJOSA

   

B.S. Stanford University: Earth Systems Program - 2010
M.S. Stanford University: Geological and Environmental Sciences - 2012

Ph.D. University of Otago, New Zealand: Geology, Chemistry, Marine Science - 2015

Division: Geological and Planetary Sciences
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Alex Sessions
Hometown:
Dallas, TX
Current Research Project:  Southern Hemisphere climate dynamics during the last deglaciation: Insights from New Zealand lake sediment cores
Interests & Hobbies: cooking, bouldering, anything outdoors, STEM education outreach

BRITTANY KAMAI

 

 

 

B.S. University of Hawaii, Manoa: Physics - 2007
M.A. Fisk University: Physics- 2011

M.S. Vanderbilt University: Physics - 2013
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University: Physics - 2016

Division: Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Rana Adhikari
Hometown:
Honolulu, HI
Current Research Project:  Cryogenic tests of silicon for LIGO Voyager
Interests & Hobbies: being outside, soaking up sunshine, biking, exploring in the mountains, surfing, skateboarding around town, swimming in oceans, lakes or pools, laughing with friends

DANA LEVINE

 

 

B.S. California Institute of Technology: Chemistry - 2009
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley: Chemistry with Designated Emphasis in Nanoscale Science and Engineering - 2016

Division: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Mark E. Davis
Hometown:
San Diego, CA
Current Research Project:  Development of Targeted Nanoparticles for Treatment of Intracranial Cancers
Interests & Hobbies: soccer, drums, singing, dancing, traveling   

OCTAVIO MONDRAGON-PALOMINO

 

 

 

B.S. National Autonomous University of Mexico: Physics - 2004
M.Sc. McGill University: Physics - 2006
Ph.D.University of California, San Diego: Bioengineering - 2012

Division: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Principal Investigator:
Dr Rustem Ismagilov
Hometown:
Mexico City, Mexico
Current Research Project:  Hierarchical Elastic Metamaterials for Impact Attenuation
Interests & Hobbies: Soccer, Drums, Guitar, Mixed Martial Arts, Watching Sports, Beer Tasting 

GUSTAVO RIOS

 

 

B.S. University of California, Irvine: Electrical Engineering - 2009
Ph.D. California Institute of Technology: Bioengineering,  Biodevices - 2016


Division: Biology and Biological Engineering
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Thanos Siapas
Hometown:
Ingelwood, CA
Current Research Project:  Chronic recording of brain activity in the hippocampus of freely-behaving rodents using a state-of-the-art neural probe system.
Interests & Hobbies: running and kickboxing

MARK TORRES

 

 

B.S. Pitzer College: Geology - 2010
Ph.D. Univeristy of Southern California: Geochemistry - 2015


Division: Geological and Planetary Sciences
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Michael Lamb and Dr. Woodward Fischer
Hometown:
San Dimas, CA
Current Research Project:  The role of river floodplain dynamics in the global carbon and oxygen cycles
Interests & Hobbies: playing guitar

JESSICA WATKINS

 

 

B.S. Stanford University: Geological and Environmental Sciences; Minor in African and African American Studies - 2010
Ph.D. Univeristy of California, Los Angeles: Geology - 2015


Division: Geological and Planetary Sciences
Principal Investigator:
Dr. John Grotzinger
Hometown:
Boulder, CO
Current Research Project:  Investigating the stratigraphy and structure of Curiosity rover field site Gale crater, Mars
Interests & Hobbies: coaching basketball, playing rugby, rock climbing, writing short stories