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 Discipline:||Physics, Genetics, & Molecular Biology|
David Galas earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California (Davis-Livermore) and is Principal Scientist at the Pacific Northwest Diabetes 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.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research CenterRead Bio
|Organization:||Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center|
|Position:||Associate Director & Member of the Division of Basic Sciences at Fred Hutch, Investigator with HHMI|
|Scientific Discipline:||Genetics & Biology|
Sue Biggins earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology from Princeton University and her B.S. in biology from Stanford University. She is a Member and the Associate Director of the Division of Basic Sciences at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and is an investigator with The Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Biggins studies the machinery that dividing cells use to ensure their daughter cells receive the correct allotment of chromosomes. Much of Dr. Biggins' work focuses on kinetochores, structures that connect chromosomes to the long, thin microtubules that tug them to the appropriate ends of a dividing cell. In 2015, she was awarded the Novitski Prize by the Genetics Society of America and elected to the National Academy of Sciences for her work in chromosome segregation, in particular her successful isolation of the kinetochore in yeast. She was also a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholar, a Sidney Kimmel Scholar, and was named a Beckman Young Investigator by the Beckman Foundation.
Los Alamos National LabRead 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.
University of WashingtonRead Bio
|Organization:||University of Washington|
|Position:||Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering 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.
Allen Brain InstituteRead Bio
|Organization:||Allen Brain Institute|
|Position:||President and CEO|
|Scientific Discipline:||Genetics, Cell Biology, Neurology|
Allan Jones is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Allen Institute. The Allen Institute currently encompasses three entities (the Allen Institute for Brain Science; the Allen Institute for Cell Science; and The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group) supported by a shared administration group. Jones joined the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003, managing its growth and impact over its first decade. He led the launch of the Allen Institute for Cell Science in 2014 and the launch of The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group in 2016. Jones received a B.S. in biology from Duke University and Ph.D. in genetics and developmental biology from Washington University School of Medicine. After a brief period as a post doc at the University of Pennsylvania, Jones joined Avitech Diagnostics, a small start-up company in Philadelphia. He moved to Seattle to work for Rosetta Inpharmatics, which was later acquired by Merck and Co. After the launch of the Allen Institute for Brain Science 10-yr, $1B plan in 2012, Jones has acted as a key collaborator and organizer with a variety of organizations worldwide. He currently serves on several advisory boards and is the former Chair and current member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Neuroscience and Behavior.
|Position:||Corporate VP, Microsoft Research|
|Scientific Discipline:||Computer Science, AI|
Peter Lee joined Microsoft Corporation in 2010 and is Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research. From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Lee served at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as Director of the Transformational Convergence Technology Office. Prior to that, Dr. Lee served as Professor and Head of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University from 2007 to 2009 and Vice Provost for Research from 2006 to 2007. He served on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University since 1987. Dr. Lee received a B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In addition to his duties at Microsoft, he served on the President’s Cybersecurity Commission.
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 Discipline:||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.
|Scientific Discipline:||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.