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Postdoctoral Fellows Success Stories

Rebecca AgapovRebecca Agapov

Rebecca Agapov, Ph.D., is investigating the basic science behind light confinement in nanostructures, which can then be used to develop large-scale chemical sensors to aid the fields of chemistry, forensic science, energy harvesting and more.

Michael BellamyMichael Bellamy

Michael Bellamy, Ph.D. had an opportunity to explore the relationship between cancer risk and the energy of photons and electrons while participating in three educational research programs at ORNL.

Davide FarnocchiaDavide Farnocchia

Davide Farnocchia, Ph.D. is a fellow in the NASA Postdoctoral Program, administered by ORAU. He and other research in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Near-Earth Objects program use optical, radio and space telescopes to compute dynamical and physical properties of asteroids.

Jay GaillardJay Gaillard

Postdoctoral scientist Jay Gaillard investigates ways to improve energy storage and power delivery using supercapacitors as part of the Savannah River National Laboratory Postdoctoral Research Associate Program.

Rafael JaramilloRafael Jaramillo

Rafael Jaramillo, Ph.D., researches how to improve the efficiency of solar energy cells, through the use of materials such as tin sulfide and copper zinc tin sulfide.

Dr. David Mebane David Mebane

As some scientists turn to solar and wind energy to combat the rise in harmful greenhouse gases, West Virginia University assistant professor Dr. David Mebane looks to improve current energy technologies to mitigate these harmful fossil fuel emissions.

Dr. Mark Philbrick Mark Philbrick

While DOE and its labs have conducted research in both water and energy for years, DOE had not undertaken a systematic approach to understanding how they are connected prior to the recent formation of the Water-Energy Technology Team (WETT), for which Mark Philbrick, Ph.D. serves as the technical coordinator.

Andrea RochaAndrea Rocha

Andrea Rocha, Ph.D. has studied microoganisms since May 2012 as part of the ORNL Postdoctoral Research Associates Program. When microorganism species decline or disappear, it has tremendous effects on their dependent surrounding environmentsk sometimes necessitating years of restoration and recovery.

Carl StephanCarl Stephan

As part of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Research Participation Program, Dr. Carl Stephan is developing chest x-ray analysis methods to help identify the U.S. soldiers fallen in the Korean War and buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Jamie VernonJamie Vernon

Although his doctoral degree from the Univ. of Texas at Austin is in cell and molecular biology, Jamie Vernon found a way to develop practical experience conducting energy analysis and learning about energy program management through the DOE EERE Research Participation Program.