WRF Postdoctoral Fellows will be chosen by our outstanding selection committee, expert in multiple scientific disciplines and assembling strong research teams.
Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI)Read Bio
Chairman, Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Selection Committee
|Organization:||Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI)|
|Scientific Disciplines:||Physics, Genetics, Molecular Biology|
David Galas earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California (Davis-Livermore) and is a Senior Investigator at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute. He has worked in academia, the biotech industry and in government. He was Director for Biological Research at the Department of Energy, heading the DOE's Human Genome Project, on leave from the University of Southern California where he was Professor of Molecular Biology and chairman. His training was in physics at the University of California. His broad research interests include molecular biology and human genetics, and the understanding of complex biological systems. He is the recipient of several awards including the Smithsonian Institution-Computer World Pioneer award, and has served on many academic and government boards, most recently the Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Medicine and is a lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences.
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)Read Bio
|Organization:||Los Alamos National Lab|
|Position:||Deputy Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology and Engineering|
Carol Burns is Deputy Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology, and Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this capacity she helps lead technical organizations across a range of physical sciences and engineering. She is responsible for institutional research investments sustaining capability and oversees the activities of offices responsible for postdoc and student programs, as well as university partnerships. She came to LANL as a J. Robert Oppenheimer Postdoctoral Fellow, and has been employed at the Laboratory since that time as a scientist, then serving in a variety of line and program management roles. She was awarded the LANL Fellows Publication Prize in 2002, and was named a Laboratory Fellow in 2003. Carol served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2003-4, providing technical support in topics relating to homeland and national security, including defense infrastructure and threat preparedness. Carol was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. She is an active advocate for science education and workforce development. Carol holds a BA from Rice University and a PhD (both in chemistry) from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a Hertz Foundation Fellow.
Pacific Northwest Research InstituteRead Bio
|Organization:||Pacific Northwest Research Institute|
|Scientific Disciplines:||Genetics, Genomics, Technology Development|
Aimée Dudley earned her Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard Medical School and her B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was also an Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dudley is currently a Senior Investigator at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute. She is also an Associate Editor at the journals G3: Genes| Genomes| Genetics and PLoS Genetics. The Dudley lab uses genetics, genomics, and technology development in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to address a wide array of biological problems. The lab’s current research interests include improving methods for genetic mapping, using high throughput assays to assess the functional impact of variation in the human genome, and circumventing antifungal drug resistance.
Washington State UniversityRead Bio
|Organization:||Washington State University|
|Position:||Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences; Interim Director of the Gleason Institute for Neuroscience|
Marcos Frank received his PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford University and conducted post-doctoral research in the Department of Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco. He was an Assistant and then Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (Department of Neuroscience) from 2002-2013. In 2014, Dr. Frank joined WSU (now the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine) as Professor and is currently the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Interim Director of the Gleason Institute for Neuroscience. Research in the Frank laboratory is focused on sleep, brain plasticity, neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disorders. This work has appeared in the Journals Neuron, ScienceAdvances, Cerebral Cortex, Current Biology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Neuroscience. Dr. Frank is also the author of several review articles and book chapters on the topics of glia, sleep function and brain plasticity, and is the senior editor of Current Advances in Sleep Biology (Nova Biomedical Books) and Brain Activity in Sleep (Elsevier). Among other institutions, Dr. Frank has given invited talks on his work at Harvard, Oxford, Johns Hopkins and Stanford University and the Royal Society in the United Kingdom. Dr. Frank has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1997 and has led several sponsored research programs with private pharmaceutical companies.
University of WashingtonRead Bio
|Organization:||University of Washington|
|Position:||Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Faculty, Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, Clean Energy Institute|
|Scientific Discipline:||Chemical Engineering|
Vincent Holmberg is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington, where he serves as a faculty member of the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute and the UW Clean Energy Institute. Prior to joining the University of Washington in 2015, he was a Marie Curie ETH Zürich Postdoctoral Fellow in the Optical Materials Engineering Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and earned his PhD in chemical engineering as a Hertz Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. Vincent received the 2012 Hertz Thesis Prize for his doctoral work, as well as a PhD Thesis Award from the International Society for the Advancement of Supercritical Fluids in 2014. His interests include the synthesis and application of nanostructured materials, surface chemistry, self-assembly, supercritical fluids, in situ electron microscopy, plasmonics, photonics, and novel energy conversion and energy storage strategies. His research focuses on the development of advanced new functional nanomaterials that that can be produced at large scale and in a cost-effective manner, with a current emphasis on new types of flexible, high-rate, high-capacity battery materials, as well as magnetic, plasmonic, and photonic nanomaterials for more efficient medical diagnostics and therapies.
Princeton University; Texas A&M UniversityRead Bio
|Organizations:||Princeton University; Texas A&M University|
|Position:||Robert Porter Patterson Professor Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Princeton); TEES Distinguished Research Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering (Texas A&M)|
|Scientific Disciplines:||Aerospace, Physics|
Professor Miles received his B.S. in 1966, M.S. and 1967, and Ph.D. in 1972 all from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering. His thesis was on Nonlinear Optics. While at Stanford he was a Fannie and John Hertz Fellow. He joined the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty at Princeton University in the Fall of 1972. From 1980 to 1996 he served as Chairman of Engineering Physics. He was named Robert Porter Patterson Professor in 2011 and became emeritus on June 30, 2013, but he continues to run his research group as a Senior Scholar. In 2017 he joined Texas A&M University as a TEES Distinguished Research Professor. His research focuses on the use of lasers, electron beams, microwaves and magnetic devices to observe, control, accelerate, extract power and precondition gas flows for supersonic and hypersonic fluid dynamics, combustion, propulsion and homeland defense applications. Prof. Miles is a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the Fannie & John Hertz Foundation, the Board of Directors of Precision Optics Corporation, Inc. and the Board of Trustees of Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR). He was the recipient of the AIAA Aerodynamics Measurement Award and Medal in 2000 and the AIAA Plasma Dynamics and Lasers Award and Medal in 2012. He is a Fellow of the AIAA and the Optical Society of America and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
University of California, BerkeleyRead Bio
|Organizations:||University of California, Berkeley|
|Position:||Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development|
Jasper Rine is a Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development at the University of California, Berkeley. His current research interests include the epigenetic inheritance of transcriptional states in Saccharomyces, the intersection of onco-metabolites with epigenetics, cofactor remedial genetic variation in humans, and the genetic basis of some common birth defects. His past interests include building the dog genetic map, regulation of isoprene biosynthesis and protein prenylation, and fungal pathogens. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Natioinal Academy of Inventors, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, HHMI Professor, past-President of the Genetics Society of America, a former directory of the LBNL Human Genome Center, and a founder of several successful biotech companies. He has taught over ten thousand undergraduates, over a thousand graduate students, and supervised approximately 80 Ph.D. students and postdocs. He serves on numerous editorial boards and scientific and academic advisory committees.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)Read Bio
|Scientific Disciplines:||Physics, Engineering|
Daniel Slichter received his A.B. in physics from Harvard in 2004, and his M.A. (2007) and Ph.D. (2011) in physics from UC Berkeley. He was then an NRC Postdoctoral Fellow at NIST Boulder, where he currently works as a staff physicist. Daniel’s research interests lie in using engineered quantum systems for quantum simulation and quantum computation applications, and to study aspects of quantum measurement and entanglement. He has worked with quantum coherent systems realized using superconducting circuits, as well as systems based on trapped atomic ions in vacuum. Daniel has also conducted research on nanopore-based DNA sequencing, ultra-low-field MRI for cancer screening, and angle-resolved photoemission probes of high-Tc superconductors. Daniel is a Hertz Fellow and a winner of the Hertz Foundation Thesis Prize.
University of IllinoisRead Bio
|Organization:||Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois|
|Position:||Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology|
|Scientific Disciplines:||Genetics, Genomics, Molecular Evolution|
Lisa Stubbs received her B.S. in biology from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to her current position at the University of Illinois, Dr. Stubbs was a Leader of the Genome Biology Division of the Biosciences Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a Senior Scientist in the Life Sciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a Senior Scientist at the Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute. She was also a Member of the DOE Human Genome Program Coordinating Committee and the DOE Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). At the Institute for Genomic Biology at UI, she heads the "Gene Networks in Neural and Developmental Plasticity" cross-disciplinary research theme group. Her lab focuses on conserved and evolving components of gene regulatory machinery, how regulatory mechanisms function in mammals, and how variation in regulatory components impacts phenotypic diversity both within and between species. Her group’s current work leverages mouse genetics and comparative genomics to understand how genetic variation contributes to regulatory variation in brain development and behavior, with special interest in the role of regulatory variation in susceptibility to neurological disease.
California Institute of TechnologyRead Bio
|Organization:||California Institute of Technology|
|Position:||Assistant Professor, Biology and Bioengineering|
|Scientific Disciplines:||Applied physics, Biology, Mathematics, Physics|
David Van Valen is an Assistant Professor in Biology and Bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology. He received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics from MIT in 2003. In 2011, he earned a doctorate in applied physics from Caltech, where he applied single-molecule techniques to study the life cycle of bacterial viruses. He earned a medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 2013. From 2014 to 2018, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, where he worked on using machine learning and genomics to empower a new generation of live-cell imaging experiments.
Dr. Van Valen joined Caltech as a visiting associate in 2017 and became an assistant professor of biology and biological engineering in 2018. His group at Caltech studies how living systems and their respective viruses encode and decode information about their internal state and their environment by combining ideas from cell biology and physics with recent advances in imaging, machine learning, and genomics to make novel measurements.
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