Martin Iwanicki is a PhD student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. His main interests at PSDG are learning how science can foster and enrich international relations between different nations and exploring how science can be used as a tool to promote development and welfare worldwide.

As a child of Polish immigrants and through his multicultural upbringing and international travels, Martin has a heightened interest in how science can be used to promote development and increase opportunities for people in different countries. Further, Martin believes that scientists play a crucial role as advisors for government leaders and policymakers on topics related to science and technology. He believes effective communication between these parties is crucial to further the advancement of society.

Before joining the Penn community, Martin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. During his undergraduate training, he worked in the Complex Fluids Laboratory of Dr. Piotr Habdas, investigating the vibrational properties and dynamical heterogeneity of dense colloidal suspensions. He also spent a summer as a National Science Foundation REU Fellow at the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research at Baylor University investigating the attractive forces between charged dust particles in plasma.

A native of Mont Clare, PA, Martin is also an accomplished classical pianist and flutist. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and kayaking.  He is excited about the opportunity to learn more about science diplomacy at PSDG and looks forward to the international projects planned for this year.


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