Professor Rae Robertson-Anderson


Rae Anderson received her PhD in physics from the University of California, San Diego in 2007. Her research, supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, focused on understanding molecular transport and intermolecular forces in entangled DNA systems. Following her PhD, Rae spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. David Millar’s lab in the Molecular Biology Department at The Scripps Research Institute.

Anderson joined the Department of Physics and Biophysics at USD in 2009. Here she serves as Program Coordinator for the interdisciplinary Biophysics Major, which she designed and introduced in 2011, and has served as Chair of the department since 2015. Anderson has been awarded several prestigious grants during her time at USD including an NSF CAREER Award and an AFOSR Young Investigator Award. She has also been named a Cottrell Scholar, a Councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research, and USD Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year.


Professor Seth Cohen, University of California San Diego



"Polymer MOF Hybrid Materials"




Prof. Seth Cohen was an undergraduate at Stanford University and received his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley under the mentorship of Ken Raymond.  After completing his Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley, Prof. Cohen moved to Boston, to perform postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Stephen J. Lippard at MIT. 

Cohen’s research contributions have transformed the vast and competitive field of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), while his efforts in the area of metalloprotein inhibitors have provided the medicinal-chemistry community with a new paradigm for the discovery of small-molecule therapeutics. In addition, on both a local and national level, Cohen is recognized as a respected leader in both education and service. He is a Cottrell Scholar, and in 2017 he received the prestigious Cottrell Scholars' TREE award for excellence in research and education. At UCSD he has taught a wide range of courses including freshman chemistry, upper-division organic chemistry and graduate-level bioinorganic chemistry. He has also worked closely with other faculty members to develop advanced instructional material. Cohen is especially noted for his development of the Science Policy Internship Program stemming from his AAAS-sponsored sabbatical at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in Washington, D.C. Through this program, Cohen has provided policy-career opportunities for interested students.