Shawna Hollen received her B.A. in physics from Occidental College in 2005, and her Ph.D. in physics from Brown University in 2013. For her Ph.D. work, she studied localized Cooper pairs near the quantum superconductor-insulator transition in the research group of Prof. James Valles. She did her postdoctoral work in the groups of Profs. Jay Gupta and Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin at the Center for Emergent Materials at the Ohio State University (2012-2015). There, she studied surface states and functionalization of ultra-high vacuum grown graphene islands with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and developed tools for coupling electrical transport measurements with local probes, such as STM. She joined the physics faculty at University of New Hampshire in 2015 and operates an STM lab that aims to understand tunability in 2D materials and bridge the gap between atomic- and device-scale research.