Postdoctoral Researcher

Michelle Wurch

Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM)

Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL)


  • Nanostructures and Devices
  • Van der Waals Materials

900 University Ave.

Riverside, CA 92521

Tel: (951) 827-1012



University of California, Riverside

B.S. Bioengineering


University of California, Riverside

Ph.D. Material Science and Engineering


Michelle Wurch received her BS degree in Bioengineering (2016) and PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering (2021) from the University of California at Riverside. During her PhD studies, she traveled to the University of Augsburg in Germany to collaborate with Professor Hubert Krenner’s group as part of the Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) internship program. Currently, she holds a Postdoctoral Researcher appointment in Professor Alexander Balandin’s Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center where she specializes in nanofabrication techniques for electrical characterization of quasi-1D van der Waals materials. This work is supported by a joint NSF DMREF collaborative project, involving the research groups of Professors Alexander Balandin (UCR), Ludwig Bartels (UCR) and Evan Reed (Stanford).