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Dr. Angela Brown Joins the Department as Assistant Professor

The Department of Chemical Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Angela Brown joined the department as Assistant Professor on January 1, 2014.

Dr. Brown received her BS in Chemical Engineering in 2000 from Penn State and her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University in 2008. She then started as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in the School of Dental Medicine.

For the past three years, her postdoctoral research has been supported by two highly competitive NIH grants – the NIH Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) grant (2010-2012) and the NIH Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) grant (2012-2013). Dr. Brown will continue the independent phase of her NIH Pathway to Independence grant as she embarks upon her research program at Lehigh.

Her research at UPenn was focused on studying the lipid-protein interactions of a bacterial toxin to determine its mechanisms on membrane disruption and cytotoxicity. In this research, she collaborated closely with faculty from biochemistry and from dental medicine. During her PhD dissertation studies in Chemical Engineering at Drexel University, Dr. Brown studied the development of a FRET-based assay and model to quantify cholesterol-rich lipid raft size, and used this to study the effect of lipid composition on lipid rafts in estrogen-induced formation of gallstones. At Drexel, she won the Provost's Medal for Academic Excellence (2003), the College of Engineering Graduate Research Award (2008) and was the Commencement Speaker in 2008.

Dr. Brown will work closely with faculty from the Bioengineering program at Lehigh.

The Chemical Engineering faculty enthusiastically welcomes Dr. Brown to the department.


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