Meet the New Postdoctoral Fellows

2020 New Postdocs
Monday, August 10, 2020 

Every year, Carnegie departments conduct international searches for the best early-career scientists to join our research programs. The postdocs bring fresh expertise, ideas, and abundant energy to campus.  In return, we provide them access to the excellent facilities on campus and mentoring that expands their expertise and prepares them for their future careers.

We are pleased to report that this year’s class of postdocs is the first for the combined Earth and Planets Laboratory in which the selection was done by the scientific staff of both the former DTM and Geophysical Laboratory. We will be welcoming this group to campus over the next few months.  While maintaining appropriate PPE and social distancing protocols, we look forward to helping them start on their research programs at EPL.

Let's extend a warm welcome to the ten new postdocs who will be joining us. These scientists are some of the brightest minds in their fields and come from all over the world. We are excited to have them on board and can't wait to see their contributions to the EPL team. 


Jens Barosch

Isotopic measurements of presolar grains in meteorites by NanoSIMS and resonance ionization mass spectrometry

Ph.D.: University of Cologne
Experimental studies of volatile element solubility in planetary interiors

Ph.D.: Arizona State University



Francesca Miozzi

High-pressure experiments on carbon-bearing materials and theoretical modeling with goal of better understanding exoplanets

Ph.D.: IMPMC Paris
Kelsey Prissel

Linking physical processes with chemical redistribution during early planetary differentiation by conducting percolation and element partitioning experiments 

Ph.D.: Washington University


Margo Regier

Mineral inclusions in diamonds and evidence for deep cycling of surface materials

Ph.D.: University of Alberta
Tara Shreve

Relation of surface deformation and the evolution of sub-volcanic magma chambers

Ph.D.: IPGP Paris


Zachary Torrano

Connection of nucleosynthetic anomalies and age in the first formed solids in the Solar System

Ph.D.: Arizona State University
Wenzhong Wang

First-principles calculation of nitrogen isotope fractionation during core and atmosphere formation

Ph.D.: University of Science and Technology of China


Longjian Xie

Experimental investigation of melt properties of Earth's transition zone

Ph.D.: Okayama University
Yan Zhan

Forecasting precursory deformation and seismicity during volcanic unrest

Ph.D.: University of Illinois, Urbana