We would like to acknowledge some of the past PDC council members for the their contributions.
Anja Metelmann is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering since September 2015. Anja received her PhD in Physics from the Technical University in Berlin, Germany, and had her first postdoctoral position at the Physics Department of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her current research focuses on the theory of nonreciprocal photon propagation in open quantum systems. If she would have free time, she would spend it with books, b-ball and beautiful people.
Andreas Ritter graduated as Master of Physics at Potsdam University in Germany. He did his PhD in Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University in Australia and had his first postdoc position at National Central University in Taiwan. In 2014 he joined the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. His hobbies include but are not limited to fishing, paragliding, hiking with his 3 dogs, and DJing.
Yan Shvartzshnaider is a visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Yan received his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Sydney, Australia. He is now working on privacy-preserving networked systems, such as Internet of Things and Fog computing. He is also interested in research commercialization, technology in general and the impossible!
Bernhard Buchholz graduated as Diplom-Physiker (similar to Master of Physics) at “Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg” in Germany. He did his PhD “Development, primary validation and field deployment of novel calibration-free laser hygrometer for research aircraft” in the department of engineering at “Technische Universität Darmstadt” in Germany. In Jan 2016, he joined the department of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University. Besides his academia interests in other areas where he graduated as a Bachelor of Science in Business Informatics and as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics, he likes discussions, organizing, traveling, running, hiking and enjoying his life.
Vanisha Lakhina has been a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Lewis Sigler Institute of Integrative Genomics/Molecular Biology department since March, 2012. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied how zebrafish olfactory sensory axons navigate to their correct location in the brain. Vanisha is currently examining the molecular mechanisms of long-term memory and axonal regeneration upon injury in worms. She loves dancing, hiking and food!
Francois Laforge is an Associate Research Chemist. He received his Ph.D. from Queens College, New York in 2007. He is now working in Prof. Rabitz lab doing experimental research on optimal coherent control of quantum systems. Beside science, Francois likes Nature, camping, running, tennis, soccer, amateur electronics, woodworking and riding his awesome Yamaha WR250R motorcycle.
Denys Bondar is an Associate Research Scholar at the Department of Chemistry. Denys received his Ph.D. from University of Waterloo, Canada in 2011. He is currently working on developing novel theoretical and computational frameworks for non-equilibrium quantum statistical mechanics. In his free time, Denys likes to do something such that he does nothing.
Chaevia Clendinen received my Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University. While exploring alternative careers, I remain at Princeton as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. I enjoy the outdoors, video games, and spending time with family.
Laura Kraya was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. She arrived in Princeton in the summer of 2011 where she joined the Department of Electrical Engineering. Her research is in the area of surface and interface science, where her work has been focused on understanding the structure and property relationships in both organic and inorganic materials, with an emphasis on ferroelectric materials. She enjoys pilates, hiking, and theater!
Steph Weber is a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department. She got her PhD in Biochemistry from Stanford, where she studied bacterial chromosome dynamics and polymer physics. Steph arrived at Princeton in Fall 2011 and is currently investigating mechanisms of size control in the nematode C. elegans. She enjoys hiking, running and watching worms grow!
Becky Sanders has been a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geosciences since July, 2011. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University where she used solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to characterize the reactive surface area of clay minerals. She is currently researching changes to the carbon cycle of permafrost soils as the result of thawing conditions. She loves barre classes, watching football, and playing with her Havanese.
Pascal Diévart is an Associate Research Scholar in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Lille (France) where he studied the kinetic aspects of diesel fuel combustion. He joined Princeton University in March 2010. He currently investigates experimentally and theoretically the combustion properties of bio-fuels and jet-fuels. He likes baking and the color green.
Shani Elbaum was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Chemical and Bioengineering Department at Princeton. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University where she studied mechanisms of tau aggregation implicated in neurodegenerative disease. Shani is currently working on identifying the molecular forces underlying cellular phase transitions associated with RNA/protein granule assembly. These days she enjoys yoga, juicing and biking along the canal.