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Postdoctoral Research Experiences

Scientists who hold a Ph.D. or are currently pursuing one can participate in long-term research appointments at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

For example, these researchers have taken advantage of ORISE opportunities:

Dr. Zaheer Ahmed

Dr. Zaheer Ahmed

At the Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center, Dr. Zaheer Ahmed’s research is helping develop vaccines to limit or stop transmission during outbreaks.

Dr. Clinton Bedick

Dr. Clinton Bedick

Clinton Bedick used his fellowship at the National Energy Technology Laboratory to seek cleaner emissions from fossil-fueled plants.

Charlee Bennett

Dr. Charlee Bennett

Charlee Bennett served as the associate lead from 2009 to 2011 in developing the Center for Advanced Thin Film Systems (CATS) laboratory at ORNL through the Postdoctoral Research Associate Program, managed by ORAU.

Ignacio Fernandez-Sainz

Dr. Ignacio Fernandez-Sainz

Ignacio Fernandez-Sainz, postdoctoral student in veterinary medicine and microbiology, studied classical swine fever during his time at the Department of Homeland Security’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

Jay Gaillard

Dr. Jay 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.

Dr. Matthew Garcia

Dr. Matthew Garcia

Dr. Matthew Garcia serves as a DOE AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in D.C. where he takes part in the Energy 101 initiative: an attempt to create and implement an introductory-level, interdisciplinary, undergraduate energy course in classrooms across the nation.

Dr. Ilana Goldberg

Dr. Ilana Goldberg

Post-doctoral fellow Ilana Goldberg, in the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Laboratory Visiting Scientist Program, hopes to better understand the thermal properties of explosive mixtures to aid in stability predictions.

Dr. Sivaram Harendra

Dr. Sivaram Harendra

Dr. Sivaram Harendra is working to enhance the efficiency of Integrated Pollutant Removal systems, which help decrease carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fueled power plants, by reducing a power plant's water consumption.

Angela Hartsock

Dr. Angela Hartsock

Dr. Angela Hartsock, a posdoctoral research associate at the National Energy Technology Laboratory is searching for ways to use microbes to treat contaminated water.

Angela Hartsock

Dr. 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. Joseph Ranalli

Dr. Joseph Ranalli

Joseph Ranalli, Ph.D., a postdoctoral student with the National Energy Technology Laboratory research fellowship program, is looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of combustion-based power generation systems.

Dr. Carl Stephan

Dr. Carl 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.