Kevin Freedman Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Ph.D., Drexel University, Chemical and Biological Engineering, 2014
Whitaker Post-Doctoral Fellow, Imperial College London, Chemical Physics & Bioengineering,
Senior Fellow, Jointly appointed at Global Viral & Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's
Joint Genome Institute, 2017
Dr. Freedman's group at UCR is focused on developing and characterizing micro and
nanotechnology for studying unexplored biological systems and pathways, single cells,
molecular biophysics, and kinetics. As a Whitaker Fellow, he obtained postdoctoral
training at Imperial College London (UK) in the laboratory of Prof. Joshua Edel. At
this position, he worked on single molecule trapping technology harnessing dielectrophoresis
(DEP) as well as integration with nanopipettes for single molecule DNA detection.
Other successful projects included the engineering of nanoscale Raman sensors, single
molecule FRET systems, and microfluidics. After leaving Imperial College London, Dr.
Freedman joined Global Viral and LBNL's Joint Genome Institute to work on single cell
genomics, metagenomics, and bias-free 16S sequencing. In 2014, he earned his Ph.D. in
Chemical and Biological Engineering at Drexel University while in the laboratory of
Prof. MinJun Kim. During his doctoral work, Dr. Freedman worked to show that single
proteins unfold one at a time as they pass through a nanopore per electric field denaturing
forces. Dr. Freedman has also held visiting scientist positions at KAIST (South Korea),
University of Pennsylvania (USA), and Uppsala University (Sweden).
2016-2017, Global Viral Fellows Program Fellowship Recipient, conducted at LBNL's
Joint Genome Institute
2014-2016, Whitaker Post-Doctoral Fellowship, conducted at Imperial College London
(UK), funded by The Institute of International
2015, Whitaker Travel Grant Recipient, conducted at University of Cambridge(UK), funded
by The Institute of International Education
2014, Doctoral Student with the Most Promise Award, Drexel University, Office of Graduate
Studies2013, Transmission electron microscopy Imaging Award, Drexel University, Centralized
Research Facility2010-2013, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship2009-2010, National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship in Nano-Engineering2009, Best Paper Award, ASME's International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition2009, Best Poster Award in Computational Biology, Drexel University2008, Outstanding Poster Award, Drexel University’s College of Medicine