Bioengineering Postdoctoral Fellows

The Bioengineering department at Penn Engineering offers a diverse range of research opportunities for postdoctoral fellows in a highly energized and collaborative environment.  Penn's campus is located in a vibrant part of Philadelphia and includes both the engineering school and medical school within one city block, fostering opportunities for interdisciplinary research that extends from the basic sciences to clinical translation.  Post docs can choose to live near the beautiful campus or live outside the city and commute to campus via the many convenient regional rail lines.  To assist with job placement upon completion of training, Penn's Career Services offers various programs including a series of professional development seminars on topics such as "The Academic Job Search" and "Opportunities Beyond Academia." 

Postdoctoral Fellow Spotlight:

Brittany Coats
PhD 2007, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Injury Biomechanics Laboratory

"I received my bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah and came to Penn as a graduate student in Bioengineering.  Penn was my first choice because the program was well-organized and had research opportunities to collaborate across campus with clinical faculty in the School of Medicine.

"As a PhD student, I joined the Injury Biomechanics Lab led by Susan Margulies, who strongly encouraged me to participate in all activities of academia (e.g., grant writing, teaching, budget planning, etc) in addition to research.  As a result, I received valuable experience and was awarded a pre-doctoral grant for my research predicting skull fracture in infants from low-height falls.

"Our grant-writing collaboration continued with a co-PI proposal to predict the probability of regional skull fracture and intracranial hemorrhage in infants from low-height falls.  Falls are the most common injury in young children, but unfortunately also the most common history provided by caretakers suspected of abuse.  Understanding probabilities of injuries in falls helps clinicians make the differential diagnosis between accidental and abusive head trauma. 

"Having been granted this second award, I continued my research at Penn as a post-doc.  All my pre- and post-doctoral experiences under Dr. Margulies have helped me to achieve my career goals.  I have had the freedom to explore my own ideas, gather preliminary data for future grants, and have been well prepared for my new position as an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Utah.

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Anthony Choo, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Neuroengineering Laboratory

Background
I earned my bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where I graduated from the Engineering Science program.  I then completed my master's degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver where I conducted research in orthopaedic biomechanics.  I remained at UBC's department of mechanical engineering for my doctoral research, but I changed fields and studied the biomechanics of spinal cord injury under the supervision of Dr. Thomas R. Oxland and Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD Laboratories).

Post doc at Penn
The University of Pennsylvania is a renowned research center for traumatic brain injury.  Dr. David F. Meaney is one of the leading bioengineers in the neurotrauma field, and I was fortunate to join his lab in the fall of 2007.  My home department is bioengineering, but through Penn's Center for Brain Injury and Repair, I have also collaborated with investigators from neurosurgery, neuroscience, pharmacology, chemistry, and emergency medicine.

Current Research
My postdoc research has focused on neuroprotective therapies following traumatic brain injury.  We have used myriad strategies ranging from the implantation of salmon-derived fibrin gels to the antagonism of receptors on neurons and astrocytes.   More recently my research has focused on identifying post-traumatic changes in neuronal network activity and developing strategies to repair these injured neural networks.  These diverse, interdisciplinary projects have benefited tremendously from the unique collaborations that exist between faculty, clinicians, and trainees here at Penn's Center for Brain Injury and Repair.

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