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Eberly Postdoctoral Research Fellows

The Penn State Eberly College of Science invites nominees for the Eberly Research Fellowship program.

Eberly Fellowships are designed to attract exceptional early career scientists to Penn State to enhance their career goals in the vibrant, highly collaborative environment of the Eberly College of Science and the broader STEM community at Penn State. The Eberly College of Science—including the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics—ranks in the top 10 universities in the United States and has annual research expenditures exceeding $125 million. Each of these six departments expects to appoint one or more Eberly Fellows. Nominations of early career scientists with exceptional promise in basic research in physics, biology, molecular biology, astronomy, mathematics, and statistics, and/or applied research in health, energy, materials, or the environment, are encouraged. Interdisciplinary as well as traditional disciplinary research is encouraged. Fellows who wish to also gain training and experience in teaching may elect to receive mentored teaching experience. Eberly Fellow advisers must hold their primary appointment in one of the seven departments of the Eberly College of Science. Coadvisers and cross-disciplinary research are also supported.

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Learn more about the program and apply!

Eberly Research Fellows in the Department of Chemistry

Dr. Jane Frandsen 

Dr. Frandsen is a member of the Bevilacqua group, where she will investigate bacterial small RNA (sRNA)-induced structural changes in mRNAs in vivo in collaboration with the Babitzke and Assmann groups in the departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Biology.  In addition to her work in the lab, Frandsen plans to pursue her passion for undergraduate education through teaching and professional development activities. She notes that the Eberly Fellowship will support this important work. “The Eberly fellowship will not only help me to develop my research skills,” she explains, “but will also allow me to develop the teaching skills necessary for my desired career.”

Dr. Shalisa Oburn

Dr. Oburn is a member of the Elacqua group and works to apply concepts in supramolecular chemistry to arrange candidate molecules for synthesis of nanothreads with diverse functionalities, and, consequently, physical properties. She notes that the Eberly Fellowship “provides the resources necessary for me to branch out of supramolecular chemistry into a new and emerging area of research, wherein I can still apply knowledge from the field of supramolecular chemistry to other diverse sets of chemistry, including polymer chemistry.”

Dr. Yubing Liu

Dr. Liu is currently a member of the Benkovic and Zhang groups and plans to investigate the regulation mechanism of nucleotide homeostasis in mammalian cells. “I am particularly interested in studying how nucleotide homeostasis is maintained under physiology condition and how it is compromised under disease condition,” she notes. “I am excited to be here at Penn State, and I am honored to be named an Eberly Fellow,” adds Dr. Liu. She notes that the Eberly Fellowship “supports me and provide the resources to study the nucleotide metabolism combining biological and chemical means.”

Previous Eberly Fellows

Dr. Luis R. De Jesús

Provost Postdoctoral Fellow 

Mallouk Group

University of Pennsylvania


Assistant Professor Emil Hernandez-Pagan

Assistant Professor

University of Delaware