Alumnus of the Month

Dr. Jeffrey Mark Halpern

U.S. Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2012

Host Institution: Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Home Institution: Case Western Reserve University

Field: Engineering

 

“I am grateful for the professional and personal adventure Fulbright provided. Hossam Haick, my Fulbright mentor and host, and the overall Fulbright experience at the Technicon provided me with endless professional opportunities, allowed me to grow as a scientist, engineer, and researcher. In addition, my family’s experience in Israel allowed us to grow in unimaginable ways to become closer as a family, more adventurous, and more open-minded.”

 

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A specialist in biosensor electrode design and testing, Assistant Professor Jeffrey Halpern began his academic training at Case Western Reserve University.  There he earned two degrees in Chemical Engineering: a B.S.E., specializing in electrochemistry, cum laude and with Dean’s High Honors in 2003, and his Ph.D. in 2010. He then moved into industry, working as an Advanced Development Engineer at Momentive Performance Materials in Ohio.

 

In 2011, Jeffrey was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellow at Case Western Reserve University’s Biomedical Engineering Department. The following year, he received a Fulbright CORE Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Lady Davis Trust Fellowship to the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology. Hosted and mentored by Israeli Fulbright Post-doctoral alumnus Professor Hossam Haick, Jeffrey completed research on a project entitled “Affinity-Based Nanosensor for Cancer Detection via Volatile Organic Compounds.”

Upon returning to the US in 2014, Jeffrey began teaching at the University of New Hampshire, in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Bioenginneering Program, where he is currently an Assistant Professor. He also heads a research group based at the university, the Surface Enhanced Electrochemical Diagnostic Sensors (SEEDS) lab.

Jeffrey is also the Founding Project Leader of the Center for Integrated Bioengineering and Biomedical Research (CIBBR) at the University of New Hampshire through a National Institutes of Health P20 award.  A longtime member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Jeffrey currently serves as the institute’s Sensors Topical Area Chair.  In this capacity, he manages AIChE’s Sensors Plenary session and in October 2018, invited Professor Hossam Haick, his Israeli Fulbright host and mentor, to deliver the plenary talk at the AIChE Annual National Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

Read Jeffrey’s blog featuring articles and picture of his time in Israel HERE.

Jeffrey can be contacted at: Jeffrey.Halpern@unh.edu.

 

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On the shores of Akko- Dr. Jeffrey Mark Halpern, with his son Rafi and wife Abby.

On the shores of Akko- Dr. Jeffrey Mark Halpern, with his son Rafi and wife Abby.

 

 

On his Fulbright Israel program, Dr. Jeffrey Mark Halpern (third from right, in back) with his Fulbright host and mentor, Professor Hossam Haick, and his research group at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

On his Fulbright Israel program, Dr. Jeffrey Mark Halpern (third from right, in back) with his Fulbright host and mentor, Professor Hossam Haick (back row, center with glasses) and his research group at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.