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Paola M. Cereghetti

Teaching Associate Professor

Lewis Lab 410

Ph.D. From the Swiss FederalInstitute of Technology (ETH) in 2000.

M.A. in Chinese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007

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Research Statement

During her doctorate work at the  ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Prof. Cereghetti did theoretical and experimental work on one- and two-dimensional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) methods to investigate spin diffusion, polymer dynamics, and pseudo spin glass system dynamics.

Prof. Cereghetti also conducted research on Chinese Studies at UPenn while obtaining her MA degree in the field. Her research focused on colored Chinese materia medica produced over a period ranging from the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD) to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 AD). 


In addition to physics, Prof. Cereghetti has strong interests in Arts and Humanities. After her PhD in physics at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2000, she obtained a BA in Synology at the department of Asian Studies at the University of Zurich. Then, after moving to the United states, she did graduate work at the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, where she obtained her MA degree in Chinese Studies in 2007. Later in the same year, she started teaching Physics part time at Lehigh University. She then applied to a position as “Professor of Practice” in the department of Physics, to which she was nominated in 2014. In 2022 she became Teaching Associate Professor.


Prof. Cereghetti is responsible for the two introductory courses in Physics that are designed for students that are majoring in health-related areas, General Physics 1 and General Physics 2. She takes care of the organization and execution of everything related to these two courses, which have a student enrollment of about 100 students each semester, covering material from mechanics, to electromagnetism, to wave propagation, to physical optics, atoms, and quantum mechanics.

Prof. Cereghetti also developed a new curriculum in Physics of Medical imaging, creating and establishing two new courses dedicated to the physical principles and ideas that are implemented in various medical imaging technologies, from ultrasound, to x-rays, to nuclear magnetic resonance and other techniques. These courses attract students from Engineering, Physics, Biology, Health, and pre-med tracks.