KIC Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Shuolong Yang, PhD Stanford University (Applied Physics)

Shuolong’s research will focus on engineering quantum materials at an atomic scale, and probing their electronic properties. He is specifically interested in realizing novel superconducting states at material interfaces. Prof. Kyle Shen (Physics) and Prof. Darrell Schlom (Materials Science & Engineering) are Shuolong’s faculty sponsors.

Dr. Zeb Rocklin, PhD University of Michigan (Theory/Materials)

zeb-formalZeb Rocklin is a Bethe/KIC Fellow in Theoretical Physics. His research will focus on how materials respond to mechanical stress and deformation, and in particular, the involvement of topological states and critical behavior.  Professor Jim Sethna (Physics), is David’s faculty sponsor.

Dr. Menyoung Lee, PhD Stanford University (Experimental Condensed Matter Physics)

menyoungMenyoung’s research will focus on novel two-dimensional electron systems, and will explore their interactions with the environment and with each other. Professor Paul McEuen (Physics) is Menyoung’s faculty sponsor.


Dr. Marc Miskin, University of Chicago (Experimental Physics-Materials)

Marc’s research will focus on self-folding membranes based on 2D materials, ultimately building folded nanomachines that operate autonomously. His faculty sponsors are Professors Itai Cohen and Paul McEuen (Physics).



Dr. Lei Wang, PhD Columbia University (Physics)

Lei WangLei’s research will explore the electronic transport properties and optical response and 2D layered material heterostructures. Professor Paul McEuen (Physics), Professor Jiwoong Park (Chemistry) and Professor Farhan Rana (Engineering) are Lei’s faculty sponsors.


Dr. Long Ju, PhD University of California, Berkeley (Physics)

Long’s research will combine optical and electrical measurement techniques to explore the Valley Hall effect in bilayer graphene. Professors Paul McEuen, Dan Ralph (Physics) and Jiwoong Park (Chemistry) are Long’s faculty sponsors.


Dr. Samuel Schmidt, PhD Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, The Netherlands (Glycomics)- expected start date October, 2017

Samuel’s research will focus on uncovering the molecular details of how the cell surface gylcan layer (glycocalyx) adheres to nanometer-scale structure, e.g. collagen fibers in the extracellular matrix. Professors Matthew Paszek (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) and  Jan Lammerding (Biomedical Engineering) are Samuel’s faculty sponsors.


Dr. Xiaoxiao Zhang, PhD Columbia University (Physics) – expected start date January, 2018

Xiaoxiao’s research will focus on probing the light-matter interactions in low-dimensional materials, and specifically exploring the excitonic responses of nanomaterials. Her faculty sponsors will be Professors Kin Fai Mak (LASSP) and Jie Shan (AEP), who are also scheduled to join KIC in January, 2018.


KIC Graduate Fellows

nicholas-cothardNicholas Cothard, Webb@KIC Fellow, School of Applied and Engineering Physics (Niemack Research Group)



4042704_08072015Yehou Gnopo, Knight@KIC Fellow, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering (Putman research group)




KIC Alumni

Yi-Fan Chen NCUDr. Yi-Fan Chen, Assistant Professor, National Central University



mat graham oregon stateDr. Matt Graham, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University



MLamont - photoDr. Michael Lamont, Implementation Consultant, Monitor Management Control Systems, Ltd.



Phil King St AndrewsPhil King, Assistant Professor, University of St. Andrews



CU CHEM ENG Zia_Roseanna Portrait REIS_D20121121JR1Matt Paszek, Assistant Professor, Cornell University School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering



Mak photoKin Fai Mak, Assistant Professor, Penn State University



Jason Kawasaki newJason Kawasaki, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison



Chris Evans croppedChristopher Evans, Principle Scientist at Physical Sciences, Inc.


shogo hamada picShogo Hamada, Research Associate, Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, LuoLabs, Cornell University.



Ethan MinotEthan Minot, Associate Professor, Oregon State University (KIC Visiting Faculty Fellow, 2014)



Dr. Marco Aprili, KIC Visiting Faculty FellowMarco Aprili, Researcher, Universite Paris Sud (KIC Visiting Faculty Fellow, 2013)



ShurerCarolyn Shurer, Knight@KIC Graduate Fellow, 2014-15



ZachmanMichael Zachman, Webb@KIC Graduate Fellow, 2014-15


Chengyu Liu, Knight@KIC Fellow, 2015-16

Isaiah Gray, Webb@KIC Fellow, 2015-16



Marcos Guimaraes, Veni Fellow at Eindhoven University of Technology.

  • The Kavli Institute at Cornell (KIC) is devoted to the development and utilization of next-generation tools for exploring the nanoscale world.

    KIC Postdoctoral Fellows Program:

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    KIC postdoctoral fellows are high-profile, two-year postdoctoral positions with significant independence and resources. The KIC Fellows program is designed to attract the best and brightest young researchers in nanoscale science to Cornell. They will have access to the unparalleled resources and faculty available at Cornell in nanoscale science and technology. Fellows will work in partnership with Cornell faculty sponsors on projects consistent with the KIC mission.

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