Brangwynne, Priestley promoted to professor

Friday, Jun 28, 2019
by Scott Lyon

Two faculty members, Clifford P. Brangwynne and Rodney D. Priestley, have each been promoted to professor of chemical and biological engineering, effective July 1, 2019.

Brangwynne joined the Princeton faculty as an assistant professor in 2011, after a stint as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems from 2007 to 2010. He has received a NSF Career Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, a MacArthur Fellowship, and many other awards. He was previously promoted to associate professor in 2017. Since 2018, he has been an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Brangwynne's work combines soft matter physics and cell biology to understand the membraneless organization of proteins and nucleic acids.

Priestley joined the Princeton faculty as an assistant professor in 2009, after a postdoctoral fellowship at the Soft Matter and Chemistry Laboratory of ESPCI Paris. He was promoted to associate professor in 2015, and has served as the director of graduate studies since 2017. He has received a ACS Young Investigator Award, a NSF Career Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, and many other awards. In 2018 he was named a Young Global Scientist by the World Economic Forum. Priestley's work focuses on material properties at the atomic scale, particularly at the interface of unlike materials, leading to advances in everything from drug therapies to environmental remediation.