KIC Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Melody Lim, PhD University of Chicago (Physics)

Melody’s research is focused on the bottom-up design of materials with complex function, by engineering novel directed interactions between assembling particles. Professor Itai Cohen (Physics) is her faculty sponsor.

Dr. Salva Salmani Rezaie, PhD University of California, Santa Barbara (Materials Science & Engineering)

Salva’s research is focused on using different transmission electron microscopy techniques to reveal high-rank multipolar orders in quantum materials and link these hidden orders to the physical properties. Professors David Muller and Lena Kourkoutis (AEP) are her faculty sponsors.

Dr. Suman Gunasekaran, PhD Columbia University (Chemical Physics)

Suman is investigating the dynamics of molecules in the strong light-matter coupling regime using novel ultrafast spectroscopic techniques. Professor Andrew Musser (Chemistry) is his faculty sponsor.


Dr. Yaqiong Li, PhD Princeton University (Physics)

Yaqiong’s research focuses on probing the large-scale properties of the early universe with innovative superconducting detectors arrays. Professors Mike Niemack (Physics) and Terry Herter (Astronomy) are her faculty sponsors.

Dr. Wenjin Zhao, PhD University of Washington (Physics)

Wenjin’s research will focus on strong correlation physics in 2D materials, including creation of periodic environment and manipulation of the correlation strength. Professors Jie Shan (AEP/Physics) and Kin Fai Mak (Physics).

Dr. Shusaku Shoji, PhD Tokyo Institute of Technology (Energy Science & Engineering

Shusaku is currently working on block copolymer derived nanostructured materials for catalysis. He is sponsored by Prof. Uli Wiesner (MSE).

Dr. Gaël Grissonnanche, PhD Université de Sherbrooke (Physics)

Gaël’s research will focus on the development of microstructures to probe the thermal properties of quantum materials at small scales and under extreme conditions. Professor Brad Ramshaw (LASSP/Physics) is his faculty sponsor.


Dr. Kelly Luo, PhD Ohio State University (Physics)

Kelly’s research is focused on imaging ultra-fast dynamics in 2D magnets driven by spin-transfer torque, with the goal of implementing spin-transfer torque method to efficiently read and write 2D magnetic memories and developing ultrafast optic technique to probe the magnetic switching dynamics. Prof. Dan Ralph (LASSP/Physics), Kin Fai Mak (Physics), and Jie Shan (Physics & AEP) are her sponsors.


Dr. Jason Kim, PhD University of Pennsylvania (Bioengineering)

Jason KimJason’s research interest is engineering complex systems such as metamaterials and neural networks to design advanced functions. Itai Cohen (LASSP/Physics) is his faculty sponsor.

Dr. Dan Mao, PhD MIT (Physics)

Dan’s research focuses on strongly correlated quantum matter, especially the intriguing phases of matter that can emerge from correlated electron systems. Eun-Ah Kim (LASSP/Physics), Debanjan Chowdhury (LASSP/Physics), and Chao-Ming Jian (LASSP/Physics) are her faculty sponsors.


Dr. Yuri Lensky, PhD Stanford University (Physics)



KIC Graduate Fellows

Sabyasachi Sen, Knight@KIC Fellow, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering  (Stroock Research Group) 2021 – 2022

Jaehong Choi, Webb@KIC Fellow, Applied and Engineering Physics, (Fuchs Research Group) 2021-2022

Kavli Institute at Cornell Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Takuya Maeda, Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo

Dr. Saien Xie, Assistant Professor, Princeton

Dr. Xiaolong Liu, Assistant Professor, Notre Dame

Dr. Elisabeth Bianco, Development Scientist, Micron Technology

Dr. Samuel Schmidt, Visiting Scientist, Cornell University

Dr. Chenhao Jin, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Barbara

Dr. Xiao-Xiao Zhang, Assistant Professor, University of Florida

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

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

MLamont - photoDr. Michael Lamont, Postdoctoral Associate, Adie Lab, Nancy E. and Peter C. Mening School of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University

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, Associate Professor of Physics, Cornell 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.

Marcos Guimaraes, Assistant Professor, University of Groningen

David Zeb Rocklin (Bethe/KIC Fellow), Assistant Professor of Physics at Georgia Tech

Dr. Marc Miskin, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Lei Wang, Professor, Physics Department, Nanjing University

Dr. Long Ju, Assistant Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Shuolong Yang, Assistant Professor in Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago

Dr. Yi Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and International Center for Quantum Materials, Peking University

menyoungDr. Menyoung Lee, Assistant Research Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University

Dr. Samuel Lederer, Project Scientist, University of California, Berkeley

Visiting Faculty Fellows

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)

Engineering Graduate Fellows

Jenniffer BustillosJenniffer Bustillos, Knight@KIC Fellow, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 2020-2021

Noah SchnitzerNoah Schnitzer, Webb@KIC Fellow, Materials Science and Engineering 2020-2021

Zuit Tao, Webb@KIC Fellow, School of Applied and Engineering Physics 2019-2020

Jinghang Dai, Knight@KIC Fellow, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 2019-2020

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

nicholas-cothardNicholas Cothard, Webb@KIC Fellow, 2016-17

4042704_08072015Yehou Gnopo, Knight@KIC Fellow, 2016-17

Baris Bircan, Webb@KIC Fellow, 2017-18

Antoine Robin, Knight@KIC Fellow, 2017-18

Berit Goodge, Webb@KIC Fellow, School of Applied and Engineering Physics (Kourkoutis Research Group)

Jeremy Keys, Knight@KIC Fellow, School of Biomedical Engineering (Lammerding Lab)