Program Directors

Hyun (Michel) Koo, DDS, PhD, Co-DirectorHyun (Michel) Koo, DDS, PhD »
Department of Orthodontics, Division of Community Oral Health, Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Penn Dental Medicine

Dr. Koo is a dentist-scientist trained in food engineering, microbiology and cell biology, and an inventor with several US and international patents. His research focuses on understanding how biofilms form and cause oral diseases while seeking new therapeutic strategies by integrating nanotechnology, materials sciences, and robotics. His group has applied engineering concepts and tools to study the oral microbiome and bacterial-fungal biofilms and develop antibiofilm approaches for disease prevention. He is an elected AAAS fellow, the recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award and Innovation in Oral Care Award.

Kathleen Stebe, PhD, Co-DirectorKathleen Stebe, MSE, PhD »
Goodwin Professor of Engineering and Applied Science
Penn Engineering

Dr. Stebe’s primary research interests are in non-equilibrium interfaces, with applications ranging from microfluidics to nanotechnology. One aspect of her research program focuses on interfaces between fluids and how surfactants can be used to influence interfacial flows. Other aspects address tailoring of solid-liquid interfaces with applications ranging from patterned electrodeposition to capillary-driven assembly and ordering of nanomaterials.




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