Current Group Members

Group Picnic, summer 2018

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August 2017:

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Most of the group at the summer picnic July 2017


Back row (L to R): Dr. Nuerxida Pulati, Saehyun Choi, Fatma Pir Cakmak, Ally Marianelli, Prof. Chris Keating, Brian Hansel, Charlie Crowe

Middle row (L to R): Andrew Rowland, Alex Grigas, Madeline Yu, Brian Miller, Dr. Erica Frankel, Becky Mapes

Front row (L to R): Dr. Nathan Burrows, Dr. Ramazan Kizil, Jen Miller, Phil Donahue, Nicole Famularo

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Principal Investigator

Chris Keating

Emailkeating *at*

Phone: (814) 863-7832

More about Dr. Keating here.

Research Staff Assistant

Connie Smith

Email: cmf11 *at*

Phone: (814) 863-0119

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Graduate Students

Morgan Gulley

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Email: mlg81 *at*

Hometown: Mascoutah, Illinois

Education: B. S. in Chemistry with minors in Math and Physics, Monmouth College (Monmouth, IL)

Awards: ACS Undergraduate Organic Student of the Year (2016); ACS Undergraduate Analytical Student of the Year (2017)

Research Area: Bioinspired mineralization

Hobbies: Crafting, Reading, Netflix

Albanie Hendrickson-Stives

Email: akh5245 *at*

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Hometown: Portville, NY

Education: B.S. Chemistry/Forensic Science with minor in Psychology (Syracuse University)

Research Area: Electric field-directed particle assembly for reconfigurable optics

Hobbies: Soccer, painting, reading, hiking, camping, snowboarding

Fatma Pir Cakmak

Email: fup110 *at*

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Hometown: Izmir, Turkey

Education: M.Sc., Chemistry, Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey); B.S, Chemistry, Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey).  

Awards: Fulbright Scholarship (2012-2014)

Research Area: Particle assembly at aqueous/aqueous interfaces

Hobbies: Volleyball, biking, photography, cinema, travelling

Saehyun Choi

Email: szc227 *at*


Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Education: M.S., Chemistry, Ewha Womans University (Seoul, South Korea); B.S, Chemistry, minor in Biology, Ewha Womans University (Seoul, South Korea)

Research Area: Liquid-liquid phase separation as a model for biolohical compartmentalization

Hobbies: Skiing, Hiking, Traveling

Allyson Marianelli

Email: amm635 *at*

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Hometown: Old Forge, PA

Education: B.S., Chemistry, minor in Spanish, Lycoming College (Williamsport, PA)

Awards: ACS Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Award (2012), American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award (2013)

Research Area: Towards an artificial nucleus: Encapsulation of coacervates in giant vesicles through microfluidics

Hobbies: Softball, reading, watching football, country music 

Andrew Rowland

Email: atr154*at*

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Hometown: Haddon Township, NJ 

Education: B.S. Chemistry, minor in Math, Lafayette College (Easton, PA)

Research Area: Bioinspired mineralization  in aqueous multiphase systems                                                    

Hobbies: Video games, arts and crafts, poetry 

Favorite Links: xkcd

Charlie Crowe

Email: cdc217*at*

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Hometown: Frankfort, KY

Education: B.S., Chemistry and English, Minor in Math, Georgetown College (Georgetown, KY)

Research Area: Cell-free transcription-translation within aqueous multiphase droplets in water/oil emulsions

Jennifer Miller

Email: jrm575*at*


Hometown: McDonald, OH

Education: B.S. Chemistry, minor in Math, Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH).

Awards: Verne M. WIllamen Distinguished Graduate Fellowship

Research Area: Directed self-assembly of particles  

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, cooking/baking

Greg Mountain

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Email: gam5194*at*

Hometown: Imler, PA

Education: B.S. Chemistry, minor in Physics, Saint Francis University (Loretto, PA)

Research Area: Experimental models for nuclear compartmentalization   

Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Hockey

Nicole Famularo

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Email: nqf5086*at*

Hometown: Toms River, NJ

Education: B.S. Chemistry, Minor in Math, Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ)

Awards: Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2016)

Research Area: Directed self-assembly of nanoparticles   

Hobbies: reading, watching baseball, listening to rock music, playing with my cats

Postdoctoral Scholars

Nathan Burrows, Ph.D.

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Emailnub90 *at*

Hometown: Delavan, WI

Education: B.A. in Chemistry and Theatre, Concordia University (St. Paul, MN)

M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

Postdoc at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne, Urbana, IL

AwardsNextProf Science 2015, Gordon Research Conference Encore Poster Session                                   June 2014, ACS Postdoc to Faculty Workshop Travel Award (2013), MN ACS Travel Grant (2011), UMN Graduate School International Thesis Research Grant (2011), UMN Chemistry Departmental Fellowship (2007 – 2008), Research Experience for Undergraduates at Stony Brook University (2006), Paul W. Stor Chemistry Scholarship (2005 & 2006), Freshmen Chemistry Award (2004), Dean’s Natural Science Scholarship (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)

Research Area: Particle Assembly

HobbiesHis Dog (Beaker), traveling, playing handbells, reading, biking, all manner of games, bowling, and DIY arts and crafting.

Favorite Links: xkcd

Nuerxida Pulati, Ph.D.

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Emailnxp194 *at*

Hometown: Urumqi, China

EducationPhD., M.Sc., Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State (2014, 2011); B.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, ECUST (Shanghai, China, 2008)

Postdoc at Penn State, MATSE Department

Research Area: Bioinspired mineralization in aqueous multiphase systems

Hobbies: Hiking, photography, traveling, reading

Undergraduate Researchers

Madeline Yu

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Phil Donahue, M. S.

Email: ppd117*at*

Hometown: Sicklerville, NJ

Education:  Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ)

Research Area: Directed self-assembly of particles   

Hobbies: computers, playing sports, reading, board games

Erica Frankel, Ph.D. (joint with Bevilacqua lab)


Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Education: B.S. in Chemistry- Drexel University

Little known fact: She can do a mean pikachu impression 

Sarah Boehm, Ph.D.

Emailsjb340 *at*

Hometown: Long Island, NY 

Education: B.A., Chemistry, Minor in Physics College of the Holy Cross (Worchester, MA) 

Awards: ACS Undergrad Analytical Chemistry Award (2010), PSU Roberts Fellowship (2011)

Research Area: Electric field mediated nanowire assembly

Hobbies: Coffee, crochet, skiing, hiking

Bill Aumiller, Ph.D.

Emailwma111 *at*

Hometown: McClure, PA

Education: B.S., Chemistry, Juniata College(Huntingdon, PA)

Awards: PSU Roberts Fellowship (2008-2009), Chemistry Department Travel Award (2011)

Research Area: The study of enzyme kinetics and reaction pathways on particles

Hobbies: Board games, Wii, racquetball

Favorite Links: PostSecretYouTubeWikipedia

Daniel Dewey, Ph.D.

Emaildcd162 *at*

Hometown: New Freedom, PA

Education: B.S., Chemistry, York College of Pennsylvania

Awards: PSU Ruberts Fellowship (2007-2008), Chemistry Department Travel Award (2011)

Research Area: Development of lipid encapsulation methods for siRNA via aqueous two-phase seperation.

Hobbies: Ultimate frisbee, cutlery maintenance, cooking, painting, biking

Favorite Links: SMBC, vladstudio, accuweather

David Kirby, Ph.D.

Emaildjk291 *at*

Hometown: Summerhill, PA

Education: B.S., Chemistry, St. Francis University (Loretto, PA)

Awards: PSU Roberts Fellowship (2009-2010)
NSF GRFP honorable mention (2011) 

Research Area: Assembling vertical and horizontal nanowire arrays using interparticle and particle-surface interactions.

Hobbies: Tennis and archery

Favorite Links: phdcomicsslashdot

Brad Davis, Ph.D.

Emailbwd119 *at*

Hometown: McClellandtown, PA

Education: B.S., Forensic Chemistry, Waynesburg University (Waynesburg, PA)

Awards: PSU Roberts Fellowship (2009-2010)

Research Area: Construction and kinetic characterization of artificial multienzyme complexes.

Hobbies: Hockey, soccer, NASCAR, country music, staying busy --- Lets Go Pens!!!

Favorite Links: The Pensblog,

Dr. Chris Strulson, Ph.D. (joint with Bevilacqua lab)

Email: cas599*at*

Hometown: Yardley, PA

B.S. in Biochemistry- Elizabethtown College

Little known fact: He writes jokes... funny, right? And really enjoys Storage Wars. 

Dr. Kristi Liddell, Ph.D.

Emailklb456 *at*

Hometown: Barker, NY

Education: B.S., Chemistry, with a concentration in biochemistry, St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY)

Awards: PSU Roberts Fellowship (2008-2009), Dan H. Waugh Memorial Teaching Award (2009-2010), Chemistry Department Travel Award (2011), Dow Travel Award (2011)

Research Area: Toward on-chip electrical cancer diagnostics: assembly and integration of bio-probe-coated nanowires

Hobbies: Cooking, softball, traveling, being outdoors

David Cacace, Ph.D.

Emaildnc135 *at*

Hometown: Gulf Breeze, FL

Education: B.S., Chemistry, philosophy minor, University of North Florida (Jacksonville, FL)

Awards: Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Chemistry (2007), PSU Roberts Fellowship (2007-2008), Chemistry Department Travel Award (2011)

Research Area: Aqueous two-phase systems for enzyme compartmentalization and localization of CaCO3 precipitates.

Hobbies: Gaming, reading, cooking, biking

Favorite Links: I Can Has Cheezburger?

Recent undergraduate researchers:

Brian Miller, B.S.

Alex Grigas, B. S. 

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