Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Sonneborn Chair

The William and Karen Sonneborn Chair for Interdisciplinary Collaboration incentivizes interdisciplinary collaboration among Georgetown University faculty, and to expand the ways that students (both undergraduate and graduate) can be meaningfully engaged in their interdisciplinary research processes.

Sonneborn Chair Project Team 2019-2022

Dr Chris Albanese

Dr. Christopher Albanese is a Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Pathology. Dr. Albanese is the founder and Director of the Preclinical Imaging Research Laboratory (PIRL). Dr. Albanese’s research focuses on the role of oncogenes and tumor suppressor proteins in the induction and maintenance of gentinourinary cancers, including malignancies of the GI track and brain.


Sarah Stoll

Dr. Sarah Stoll is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry. Her lab has been interested in magnetic nanomaterials and addressing the challenges of controlling the synthesis of size and shape controlled materials and the effect of these on properties. The two primary directions are the development of MRI contrast agents, and solid- state devices with coupled electronic, magnetic and optical properties. Stoll Research Group


Edward Van Keuren

Dr. Edward Van Keuren is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Georgetown University. After obtaining a Ph.D. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1990, Prof. Van Keuren worked for the German chemical company, BASF AG, in Germany and Japan, and also spent several years at the Japanese National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research. Van Keuren Lab


Olga Rodriguez, MD, PhD

Dr. Rodriguez is the co-founder and co-director of the PIRL and co-founder of the Center for Translational Imaging (CTI). She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Rodriguez directs the daily imaging in the PIRL and has over 20 years of clinical and research experience.

Stanley Fricke, PhD, Professor of Radiology and Director of Medical Physics.

Paid Research Opportunity for Summer 2021

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Duration: 10 weeks full-time summer research, renewable for part-time research during the academic year. 

Students: Priority will be given to underrepresented students who have a strong interest in exploring the development of new materials for biomedical applications. Introductory coursework in chemistry, biology and/or physics (at the high school and college levels) is preferred.

Deadline: April 16th

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This Summer opportunity program seeks to strengthen and support STEM education among underserved and underrepresented students at Georgetown who are interested in a career in science (e.g., research, med school, policy, nonprofits). Its purpose is to support a well-rounded, supervised career development & scientific mentoring experience for promising students who wish to pursue a career in biomedical science. The labs feature multiple levels of mentorship from these professors, PhD students, researchers, and peers. 

The William and Karen Sonneborn Chair for Interdisciplinary Collaboration uniquely connects faculty excellence with institutional and educational transformation. The Chairs represent boundary-crossing activity with faculty who have been working together as a team in integrative ways and building networks across the campus and with the community (locally and globally). For more information, see Georgetown University, Office of the Provost