Assistant Professor of Physics, Case Western Reserve University
Forbes 30 Under 30, 2017
Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2015-2018
NSF Graduate Research Fellow & Doctor of Philosophy, Rice University, 2015
Bachelor of Science, Wittenberg University, 2010
Lydia was born and raised in the Cleveland area. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Wittenberg University in 2010. During undergrad, she participated in research at Clemson University on silver nanoparticle self-assembly and at the University of Colorado at Boulder on nanofabrication of circuits containing GaN. Lydia then left the great state of Ohio for Texas, where she was a NSF graduate research fellow at Rice University under Prof. Christy Landes. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry in 2015 studying ion-exchange chromatography – an important separation technique in the pharmaceutical industry – at the single molecule level. She then was a Arnold O. Beckman-Theodore “Ted” Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working with Prof. Martin Gruebele, Prof. Deborah Leckband, and Prof. Paul Braun to understand protein folding in polymer environments.
Lydia was recognized as one of the “brightest young… innovators and game changers” by Forbes on the 30 Under 30 list in 2017 for her research developing microscopies that better inform and inspire the design of soft materials. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, straddling the line between physics and chemistry, with aspects of biology, chemical engineering, and materials science mixed in. She enjoys collaborative work with diverse teams and has published with scientists and engineers from around the USA and world (McGill, Harvard, UCLA, Hokkaido, Kansas St., U. Houston, Rice, UIUC, CWRU).
Lydia will start her independent career at CWRU in January 2019. Outside of research she enjoys coffee, running, Mexican cooking, and tries to enjoy Cleveland sports.