Philly Science Spotlight

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


The Franklin Institute
222 N 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Philadelphia Science Festival

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Did you know that the Delaware Valley boasts a diverse array of scientific researchers who are breaking ground in their fields and unlocking the mysteries of our world? Join us for a series of flash talks hosted by The Franklin Institute’s Chief Bioscientist, Dr. Jayatri Das, featuring several of the area’s leading researchers and learn about the cutting-edge discoveries that are happening in the City of Brotherly Love.


Mitchell Fane, Ph.D.

Mitchell Fane is a postdoctoral fellow in the Weeraratna Laboratory at the Wistar Institute. Mitchell earned a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He studies melanoma biology because one person dies from melanoma every hour.

Ronald Kander, Ph.D.

Dr. Ronald Kander is the Dean of Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce and the Associate Provost for Applied Research at Thomas Jefferson University. Ronald earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. He enjoys materials science, materials processing and characterization of materials because it allows him to develop a fundamental understanding of materials.

Kenneth Lacovara, Ph.D.

Kenneth Lacovara is a paleontologist, Dean and Professor at the School of Earth and Environment at Rowan University, and Director of Rowan’s Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park. Kenneth earned his bachelor's degree in geography with minors in biology and anthropology from Rowan University, a master’s degree in coastal geomorphology from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Delaware. He enjoys paleontology because, in a sense, he gets to time travel: he spends part of his week in the present, but part of it occupied with a world that existed 65 million years ago.

Kimberlee Moran, MSc, RPA

Kimberlee Moran is Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Forensics at Rutgers University-Camden. Kimberlee earned a M.Sc. in forensic archaeological science from University College London. She enjoys forensic archaeology because she gets to see dead people.


Kathleen Shelton, Ph.D.

Kathleen Shelton is the Director of FMC’s Agricultural Solutions Research and Development Organization. Kathleen earned a doctorate in microbiology and immunology at Drexel University, and continued her research at a postdoctoral position at the University of Pennsylvania. She is responsible for the global leadership of FMC’s discovery and development efforts, and for ensuring the business has a full and valuable pipeline of new products. She enjoys the field of research and development because every day brings the chance to learn something new, create new products, and bring new ideas to people around the world.

Karl Skjonnemand, Ph.D.

Karl Skjonnemand is the Director and Head of Research and Development for EMD Performance Materials. Karl earned a Ph.D. in molecular electronics from Cranfield University.  He enjoys creating next-generation materials for advanced computer chips because everyone in the world experiences these materials, but no one can see them!


Stefan Zajic, Ph.D.

Stefan Zajic is Principal Research Scientist for the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research. Stefan received a B.S.E. from the  University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He studies the role of genetic information in medicine at Coriell, which houses the gene samples used for the Human Genome Project!


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Participating Partners

  • The Franklin Institute