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Clemson Research Fellows

The Clemson Research Fellows program expands Clemson University’s research capacity by providing grants to assist regular faculty, academic departments, colleges, centers, and institutes in the hiring and training of qualified new research faculty and postdoctoral researchers. Researchers may be hired to promote collaborative and creative interdisciplinary activities, research and demonstration projects with the goal of pursuing a large funding opportunity, building a major research program or a research center. Clemson Research Fellows grants may run for a maximum of two years in length. At the end of the two-year period, the researcher position is expected to be fully supported by externally funded grants and/or the department(s).

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2018 Clemson Research Fellows Award Winners


Postdoctoral Researcher in Parks and Sustainable Environments

PI: Dr. Robert Powell Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Project Team:
Dr. Matthew Brownlee Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management


CURI Postdoctoral in Visual Computing

PI: Dr. Ioannis Karamouzas School of Computing
Project Team:
Co-PI: Dr. Victory Zordan School of Computing


Enabling Industry 4.0 to Advance Clemson Composites Center

PI: Dr. Srikanth Pilla Campbell Graduate Engineering Program
Project Team:
Dr. Gang Li Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Ardalan Vahidi Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Feng Luo School of Computing
Dr. Huijuan Zhao Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Hongseok Choi Department of Mechanical Engineering


Study of Structural Dynamics and DNA Binding of FoxP Transcription Factors

PI: Dr. Hugo Sanabria Department of Physics and Astronomy
Project Team:
Dr. Weiguo Cao Department of Genetics and Biochemistry
Dr. Emil Alexov Department of Physics and Astronomy


Discovering Biophysical Mechanisms of Pathogenic Parasites

PI: Dr. Joshua Alper Department of Physics and Astronomy
Project Team:
Dr. Kimberly Paul Department of Genetics and Biochemistry
Dr. Lukasz Kosubowski Department of Genetics and Biochemistry


International Industry-Institute Collaboration

PI: Dr. Amy Lawton-Rauh Department of Genetics and Biochemistry


Strengthening Methods for Modeling Sorption at Solid/Water Interfaces

PI: Dr. Rachel Getman
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Project Team:
Dr. Brian Powell Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Dr. Sapna Sarupria Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Dr. Lindsey Shuller-Nickles Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences


Lunar Occultation Explorer Simulations

PI: Dr. Mark Leising Department of Physics and Astronomy
Project Team:
Dr. Marco Ajello Department of Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Dieter Hartmann Department of Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Lih-Sin Department of Physics and Astronomy


Polymersome Delivery of CRISPRBbased Therapies for Brain Diseases: Towards a Center for Nanobiopharmaceutical Systems

PI: Dr. Mark Blenner
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Project Team:
Dr. Angela Alexander-Bryant Department of Bioengineering
Dr. Jessica Kelly Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


A Paradigm Shift in Understanding Plutonium Solubility: Behavior of Pu Under Legacy Nuclear Waste Disposition Conditions

PI: Dr. Brian Powell Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Project Team:
Dr. Rachel Getman Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Dr. Joseph Kolis Department of Chemistry





2017 Clemson Research Fellows Award Winners


Support of Postdoctoral Researcher for Launching the Robotics Institute and Assembly Center

PI: Dr. Laine Mears Department of Automotive Engineering
Project Team:
Dr. Joshua Summers Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Venkat Krovi Department of Automotive Engineering


Anaerobic membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment: Enhanced performance through novel process improvements and low-fouling membranes

PI: Dr. Sudeep Popat Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Project Team:
Dr. David Ladner Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Dr. Gary Amy Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Dr. Scott Husson Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering