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Courses: Biotechnology


Faculty Advisor:

Matthew J. LazzaraProfessor Matthew J. Lazzara

Matthew Lazzara received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from MIT. He remained at MIT for his postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biological Engineering. Prof. Lazzara’s research group studies the dynamics of receptor-mediated cell signaling in cancer and in the kidney. His group uses experimental and computational approaches to understand these processes and to develop improved strategies for treating diseases characterized by aberrant cell signaling.


Sean Holleran

Sean HolleranSean P. Holleran received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2007 from the University of Michigan. His undergraduate degree (also in Chemical Engineering) was awarded by Cornell University in 1999. Dr. Holleran's focus at Penn is on undergraduate engineering education – curriculum development, freshmen advising, outreach and enrichment activities. He has taught undergraduate courses in Material Balances, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Senior Operations Lab, and Senior Design. Dr. Holleran received the 2005 College of Engineering Distinguished Leadership Award from the University of Michigan, and several other teaching awards while at Michigan.


Miriam Wattenbarger

Miriam WattenbargerMiriam Wattenbarger is a lecturer in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at the University of Pennsylvania. She teaches a biotechnology and biochemical engineering lecture and lab CBE course for juniors, a biotechnology lab course for Master’s students, and a graduate CBE drug delivery course. She also enjoys working with several different STEM outreach programs including GEMS, MARBLES, and PAGES. Professor Wattenbarger has a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.S and Ph.D. in chemical and biochemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral experience at the University of Minnesota.


Robert Bucki

Robert BuckiRobert Bucki is a Senior Research Investigator at the Institute for Medicine and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania where he studies aspects of lipid biology and the effects of polyelectrolytes on antibacterial agents. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. in physiology from the Medical University of Białystok in Poland and did postdoctoral work at the University Paris-Sud in Orsay, France.