NBIC Graduate Research Award for Mitchell Lerner

Physics graduate student Mitchell Lerner, a member of the Johnson research group, received the 2012 Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research from the Nano/Bio Interface Center, Penn's NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC).  The award was in recognition of Lerner's research on nano-enabled sensors based on hybrid structures of carbon nanotubes or graphene and biomolecules, such as DNA or proteins.  The award committee noted his creativity and impressive progress towards much less invasive and more effective medical technologies, as well as his work across many different fields, including physics, material science, and biochemistry.  Along with a cash award, Lerner had the opportunity to present his work at the NanoDay@Penn public lecture on Oct. 24, 2012.