Behind the Scenes: A PhD in MEAM

Meet Julia Radzio, a third year PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) Department. Radzio is co-advised between MEAM Professor Paulo Arratia and Professor David Issadore in Bioengineering with a focus on designing continuous flow and droplet-based microfluidic devices for the design and development of therapeutic drugs. In this quick interview, Radzio walks us through her PhD experience, from what initially drew her to pursue a PhD, balancing work and other commitments, and advice for prospective students.

Prior to Penn, Radzio graduated with her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and worked as a researcher in the Kirby Microfluidics Lab. She was also a NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2021-2023.