Former Postdocs


Moon Son Postdoctoral Researcher (Since July 2017). Moon received his PhD from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Republic of Korea. Moon is working on new membranes for desalination. [Google scholar]  [Personal webpage]


Wulin Yang, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher August 2016- August 2019. . Wulin received his BS from Peking University (China), his MS from Yale University, and his PhD from Penn State (PhD 2012-2016). Wulin’s current research focused on developing advanced cathode materials in MFC (Microbial Fuel Cells) and membranes used for desalination. [Google scholar]

Taeyoung Kim. Postdoc January 2015 – September 2018. Taeyoung obtained his PhD from Seoul National University, School of Chemical and Biological Engineering in January 2015. Taeyoung’s reseach focused is on developing a novel desalination process and harvesting energy from salinity gradients using electrochemical system. He is an Assistant Professor at Clarkson University. [Link to his google site]  [Google scholar]  

Kyoung-Yeol Kim. Postdoc (2014-2018). Kyoung-Yeol worked on microbial fuel cells (MFCs), microbial electrolysis cells (MECs), and anaerobic fluidized bed bioreactors (AFMBRs). He is currently an Assistant Professor at SUNY Albany, in NY. Kyoung-Yeol obtained his PhD from GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology), Korea in 2014. [Google scholar] [webpage].

Jaewook Myung Postdoc (2016-2017) Jaewook worked on cathodes and scaling up MFCs. He is currently an assistant Professor at Southern Methodist University. [google scholar]

Xiuping Zhu Postdoc (2011-2016). Xiuping worked on microbial fuel cells and salinity gradient energy technologies. She is now an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in Environmental Engineering, with expertise in electrochemical systems for wastewater treatment and renewable energy harvest. [Xiuping Google Scholar] [Personal website].
Yasemin Dilsad Yilmazel Postdoc (2014-2016). Yasemin worked on electromethanogenesis and hyperthermophiles. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara Turkey [Yasemin Google scholar]

Jia Liu Postdoc (2013-2015). Jia worked on microbial fuel cells. She is currently a Professor at Tianjin University in China. [google scholar]
Fang Zhang, PhD
Fang Zhang Postdoc (2012-2014). Fang worked on microbial fuel cells, focusing on cathode, and on thermal regenerative ammonia batteries. She is currently an Associate Professor at Tsinghua University, and one of China’s prestigious “Thousand Talents” [google scholar]
Yongtae Ahn Postdoc (2010-2014). Yongtae worked on microbial fuel cells. He is currently an Associate Professor at Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology (GNTech). [google scholar]
Geoffrey Geise, PhD 
Geoff Geisse Postdoc (2012-2014). Geoff worked on membranes for different types of bioelectrochemical and electrochemical systems with the Logan lab and Mike Hickner’s group. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia. [google scholar]
Huijie Hou Postdoc (2012-2014). Huijie worked on microbial electrolysis cells, and looked at using conjugated oligoelectrolytes to reduce hydrogen losses. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Dept of Environmental Science & Engineering, at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, China. [google scholar]

Michael Siegert Postdoc (2012-2014). Michael worked on microbial electrolysis cells converting COinto methane using electricity. He was also involved in industrial wastewater treatment projects.
 Xiaoyuan Zhang, PhD
Xiaoyuan Zhang Postdoc (2012-2014). Xiaoyuan worked on microbial fuel cells. He is currently an Associate Professor, School of the Environment, at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. [google scholar]
Guang Chen Postdoc (2010-2013). Guang is an Assistant Professor at Wenzhou University in Zhejiang China.
Ivan Ivanoff Postdoc (2012-2013). Ivan is currently a Team Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, in Magdeburg, Germany, in the area of bottom-up synthetic biology. [google scholar]
Younggy Kim (2010-2012). Younggy worked on microbial reverse electrodialysis cells. He is currently an Associate Professor at McMaster University in Canada. [google scholar]

  Douglas Call (2011-2012). Doug worked extensively on microbial electrolysis cells and other bioelectrochemical systems. He is currently an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. [google scholar]

Justin Tokash (2010-2012). Justin is a Senior Scientist at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN, since 2018.

Joo-Youn Nam Postdoc (2010-2012). Joo-Youn is currently a Senior Researcher at the Korea Institute of Energy Research working on bioelectrochemical systems, reverse electrodialysis and other water related technologies. [google scholar]

John Pisciotta Postdoc (2010-2012). John is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at West Chester University, in PA. 

Yiying Hong Postdoc (2009 – 2010).Yiying is a Research and Development Engineering for NSL Chemicals, Ltd, in Singapore.

Patrick Keily Postdoc (2008-2010). Pat is the CEO and Founder of Island Water Technologies, [google scholar]

Tomonori Saito Postdoc (2008-2010). Tomonori is in the Research and Development Staff, Soft Materials Group, Chemical Sciences Division, at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) in Tennessee. [google scholar]

Maha Mehanna Maalouf Postdoc (2009-2010). Maha is Manager of Business Development and Sourcing at i3 Pharmaceuticals LLC in Warminster PA.

Shaoan Cheng Postdoc, Research Scientist (2004-2010). Shaoan is a Professor at Zhejiang University in China. [website]

Matthew Merrill Postdoc (2007-2010). Matt most recently worked for Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in CA.

Defeng Xing (2006-2009). Defeng is a Professor at Harbin University of Technology (HIT). [google scholar]

SangEun Oh Postdoc (2002-2006). Sang-Eun worked on biological hydrogen production and MFC at Penn State, but he currently works on a number of other topics now including microbial toxicity monitoring, and chemical and biological treatment of swine wastewater. He is currently a full Professor at the Kangwon National University. [Sang-Eun’s Homepage] [google scholar].

Hulian Ma Postdoc (2005-2006). Huilian worked on bacterial adhesion onto metal oxide-coated substrates at Penn State. She currently works at the University of Utah as a research professor on contaminant transport, groundwater remediation, microbial adhesion. [research gate] [google scholar]

Hong Liu Postdoc (2003-2005). Hong is a Professor at Oregon State University. [webpage] [google scholar]

Virginia Vadillo-Rodriguez Postdoc (2004-2005). Virginia is a Professor at the Virginia is a Professor at the Universidad de Extremadura  in Badajoz, Spain [webpage]

Lichong Xu Postdoc (2004-2005). [google scholar]

John Trimble Postdoc (2001-2004, summers).  John worked on chlorate and perchlorate reduction. He is currently a Professor of Biology at St. Francis University

Jianlin Xu Postdoc (2001-2003). Jianlin worked on microbial perchlorate degradation and biohydrogen production at Penn State. He is a Senior Principal Scientist in both mammalian cell culture and microbial fermentation for biologics drug production at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Devens, MA. (Photo in 2019) [Linked In] [Google Scholar

Baikun Li Postdoc (2002-2003). Baikun worked on bacterial adhesion to metal oxide surfaces at Penn State. She is currently the Centennial Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut (UConn), working on biosensors and bioelectronics, bioenergy production and resource recovery from wastewater, energy-saving water/wastewater treatment, and real-time water monitoring and control methodology.  [Baikun’s homepage] [google scholar]

Glenn Burks Postdoc (2001). Glen worked on bacterial adhesion in packed columns. He currently works for the Group Delta (Irvine office) in the environmental division, as the Irvine Manager and Principal Environmental Engineer. 
Stephanie Velegol Postdoc (2001). Stephanie worked on studying bacterial adhesion using atomic force microsopy techniques. She is currently an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Penn State. (Photo in 2018) [Stephanie’s homepage]

William P. Johnson Postdoc (1994-1995). Bill was the first postdoc to join my lab. He worked on bacterial transport, and taught a course on hazardous waste treatment. Bill is currently a Professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Utah. (Photo in 2017) [Bill’s hompage]  [google scholar]


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