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HELEN TRAN

INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY FELLOW
AAAS IF/THEN AMBASSADOR

POLYMER CHEMISTRY - soft ELECTRONICS - SELF ASSEMBLY

HELS@STANFORD.EDU

 

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I will be applying for faculty positions in Fall 2019.

CV

I am interested in working at the intersection of chemistry, bioelectronics, and engineering.

My core expertise lies in functional polymer synthesis, and I have been fortunate to collaborate with tissue engineers, solid state physicists, chemical biologists, and electrical engineers. These close interactions have collectively shaped my perspective as a researcher and collaborator. I draw upon these experiences in approaching scientific challenges.


EDUCATION + TRAINING

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Stanford University
Intelligence Community Postdoctoral fellow (2016-present)
Advisor: Zhenan Bao, Chemical Engineering

Columbia University
PhD in Chemistry (2011-16)
Advisor: Luis Campos, Chemistry
First graduate student to receive PhD in Campos group
Thesis: Block copolymer templates for functional nanostructured materials

Lawrence Berkeley National Labs
Post-baccalaureate fellow (2009-11)
Advisor: Ron Zuckermann, Biological Nanostructures, Molecular Foundry

UC Berkeley
BS in Chemistry, minor in Chemical Engineering (2005-09)
Advisor: Tsu-Jae King Liu, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science


 

 

AWARDS

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Helena Anna Henzl-Gabor Young Women in Science Fund (2019)
AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador (2019)
Polymer Chemistry poster award at the US-Japan Polymers Symposium (2019)
Stanford Bio-X Travel Award (2019)
ACS PMSE Future Faculty Scholar (2019)
Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017-now)
George Pegram Award for meritorious achievement in chemical research (2016)
Columbia University Graduate Student Advisory Council travel grant (2016)
International Center for Materials Research Fellowship at KAIST (2015)
Columbia University GSAS travel grant (2013, 2015)
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (declined, 2012)
National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (2012-15)
University of California—Berkeley Scholarship (2007-09)
UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Dept. Award (2008)
Emma G. Hjul Scholarship (2006)


THANK YOU ALL

TEACHING

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I am interested in applying cognitive learning models to my teaching by adopting a partial flipped classroom model, integrating group work, and utilizing technological tools for interactive participation.


Scientific Teaching Institute
Stanford University 2019
Certified completion of 24 hours of professional development in scientific teaching.

Guest Lecturer
Stanford University 2019

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Human Health Research (ChemEng 193)
Soft Matter in Biomedical Devices, Microelectronics, and Everyday Life (ChemEng 160)
Organic and Biological Materials (MatSci 190/210)

Graduate Student Recitation/Laboratory Panel for STAT
Columbia University 2013-16

Led discussions on how to teach a recitation or laboratory course to incoming graduate students.

Teaching assistant
Columbia University 2012

Organic Chemistry (Chem3443), Head teaching assistant
General Chemistry Laboratory (ChemW1500)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

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Peer reviewer for scientific journals
2014-present

Macromolecules, Nature Communications, Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Science, Nano Letters, European Polymer Journal

Stanford Polymer Collective (SPC)
2018-present

Postdoc Liaison. Coordinate Lunch-and-Learn events where postdocs present a polymer-focused topic to engage attendees in an hour-long discussion with the aim of connecting researchers in relevant fields as well as those who are new to the subject.

ACS Poly Division Twitter contributor
2018-19

Regularly post tweets and likes under @POLY_ACS to engage followers and expand member network.

Materials Research Society Fall Meeting
2014

Session chair for symposium Q5: Materials design, morphology, and devices
Symposium assistant for symposium Q: Fundamentals of organic semiconductors

Moments in Materials, Columbia University
2013-15

Founder and coordinator for interdisciplinary summer seminar series hosting undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and professors from the Chemistry, Physics, Applied Materials and Applied Math, and Biology departments.

Columbia Chemistry Department Security Council
2011-12

Graduate representative for safety and security concerns associated with the Chemistry buildings.

 HOBBIES

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Design
Good design has a powerful impact on our world (check out 99% PI).
I enjoy learning about how simple, functional, yet innovative designs are implemented in architecture, products, and service models. I hope to translate these concepts in my scientific work.

Art
I enjoy graphic design, interactive theater, and projection art (check out am-cb). For instance, all the research images on my website were collected during my time at Berkeley, Columbia, and Stanford. Some have been used in publications and some are simply beautiful mistakes. Moreover, I leverage my knowledge of graphic design programs (Illustrator, Cinema 4D, KeyShot) to better communicate my scientific concepts.

Nature
Plants are incredible! I have over 30 species of plants in my home and I particularly like the Fabaceae family. I enjoy hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing (I am an aspiring snow-camper).