ChemBE doctoral students honored by the NSF

April 4, 2018

Natalia Majewska

Natalia Majewska, second-year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has won a 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. ChemBE doctoral candidates PJ Krohl and Josh DiGiacomo won honorable mentions, and alum Weitong Chen (BS ’15) was named a Fellow.

Majewska, a member of Michael Betenbaugh’s lab, studies glycosylation in Chinese hamster ovary cells. She is also a Johns Hopkins-MedImmune Scholar; this program combines traditional graduate school with rigorous training in the biomedical workforce. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Northwestern University, and plans a career in drug discovery.

PJ Krohl


Krohl is a member of Jamie Spangler’s lab, where he designs antibodies that deliver anticancer drugs to cancer cells by targeting the level of expression of a particular cell receptor. He earned his BS in chemical and biological engineering at the University of Buffalo. DiGiacomo is a member of Daniele Gilkes’ lab and earned his BS in the ChemBE department. He studies the gene expression and phenotypic effects of breast cancer adhesion to extracellular matrices deposited under hypoxia. Chen is a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering at William Marsh Rice University.

Josh DiGiacomo

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Along with the prestige and opportunities the fellowship provides, fellows receive a three-year stipend and cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose. NSF Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.

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