Sarah Kiemle

Sarah Kiemle


I am happy to join the Penn State Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL) team as a Staff Scientist. I will be working as a Bio-AFM specialist to lead method development of characterizing soft biological materials.  I look forward to taking on the challenge of using the AFM to merge the material science field with the biological field. 

I have a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Michigan Technological University and conducted my post-doctoral research at Penn State in the Center of Lignocellulose Structure and Formation. After leaving Penn State in 2018, I became the Director of Microscopy at Mount Holyoke College.  In this role, I had the opportunity to work with professors and students from all STEM majors on a variety of microscopes including TEM, SEM, AFM, wide-field fluorescence microscopy, CLSM, and SDCM.  

As the MCL Team’s Bio-AFM Specialist, I am very excited to help students and researchers learn and use advanced microscopy techniques to further their research and scientific questions. AFM is a diverse instrument that can lead to novel scientific advancements as the field evolves to include both topographical images and nanomechanical data. Working with students, faculty, and industry means that I will have an opportunity to work on a wide range of materials and projects. MCL is a top-notch instrumentation facility, which exposes students to state-of-the-art technology and I am looking forward to helping the students explore the application of this technology.  

My skills include biological sciences, microbiology, sample preparation, AFM, SEM, TEM, CLSM, and SDCM. 

Fun Facts: Outside work, I am an avid reader in addition I enjoy playing board games including Settlers of Catan, watching Dr. Who, and gardening.  

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