Fellowships Awarded to BME Students

NIH
Chad Tagge - Fellowship pictureChad Tagge
National Institute of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (NIH F31 NRSA Fellowship)
Duration of Fellowship: 3 years (2011-2014)
Research Advisor: Lee Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Description: Traumatic brain injury ranks among the leading causes of traumatic death and is a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Recent research findings point to repetitive concussion as a predisposing factor that increases the risk of developing a new neurodegenerative disorder, chronic traumatic encephalophay (CTE). My research will help elucidate how impact-induced head injury leads to persistent TBI and late-emerging CTE.

NSF

AngeloJoseph Angelo
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Duration of Fellowship: 3 years (2012-2015)
Research Advisors: Irving Bigio, Ph.D., Sylvain Gioux (Beth Israel Deaconess)
Research Description: Focused on the clinical applications of optical imaging and biopsy. Current project explores a novel technique, Masked Detection of Scanned Illumination (MDSI), in order to gain depth information using fluorescence in turbid media.

BeigieCarl Beigie
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Duration of Fellowship: 3 years (2013-2016)
Research Advisor: Joyce Wong, Ph.D.
Reaearch Description: Research involves the development of theranostic platforms for the detection, imaging, and prevention of post-operative intraperitoneal adhesions.

 

JainSaloni Jain
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Duration of Fellowship: 3 years (2013-2016)
Research Co-Advisors: James Collins, Ph.D., Ahmad Khalil, Ph.D.
Research Description: Developing a bacterial biosensor to detect counterfeit antibiotics.

 

ManganoLauren Mangano
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Duration of Fellowship: 3 years (2012-2015)
Research Advisor: Elise Morgan, Ph.D.
Research Description: While cartilage is critical for normal skeletal function and is often affected by injury and disease, cartilage cannot be visualized with conventional micro-computed tomography because of its low x-ray attenuation. To address this challenge, this research uses contrast-enhanced micro-computed tomography to study cartilage in models of injury and disease.

ReynoldsDan Reynolds
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Duration of Fellowship: 3 years (2013-2016)
Research Advisor: Muhammad Zaman, Ph.D.
Research Description: Research involves the growth of cancer cells on biomaterial scaffolds as a way to simulate the tumor environment in the laboratory setting. These engineered tumor constructs provide an advantageous platform on which to study basic cancer biology as well as to test anticancer drug efficacy.

DivyaDivya Israni
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Duration of Fellowship: 3 years (2013-2016)
Research Advisor: N/A (1st year student)

 

 

CIHR

MeeMichael Mee
Doctoral Foreign Study Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Duration: 3 years (2012-2015)
Research Advisor: George Church, Ph.D., James Collins, Ph.D.
Reserach Description: Research involves scaling current developments in synthetic biology and genome engineering to populations and ecosystems of microorganisms with the goal of improving our ability to control the metabolic capacity, stability and functionality of these systems.

NSERC

BatesOliver Bates
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (Doctoral)
Duration of Fellowship: 3 years (2012-2015)
Research Advisors: Peter Spector, M.D., Bela Suki, Ph.D.
Research Description: Recent evidence lends compelling support to the role of complex, chaotic reentry as a mechanism of atrial fibrillation. Research focuses primarily on elucidating the fundamental principles underlying the emergence and maintenance of this phenomenon.

USP

DesaiDarash Desai
USP Global Fellowship Award
Duration of Fellowship: 1 year (2012-2013)
Research Advisor: Muhammad Zaman, Ph.D.
Research Description: Developing at portable and accurate field-ready platform that is capable of screening for counterfeit and substandard medicines in resource-limited areas.

LLNL

FongErika Fong
Lawrence Scholar Fellowship (from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
Duration of Fellowship: 4 years (2012-2016)
Research Advisors: Maxim Shusteff (LLNL), Muhammad Zaman, Ph.D.
Research Description: Developing tools for sample preparation in microfluidic devices which use acoustic forces to separate cells and viruses.

 

Draper Fellowship

CSeguraCarlos Segura
Draper Laboratory Fellowship
Duration of Fellowship: Through completion of MS degree
Research advisor: Dr. Bryan McLaughlin (Draper)
Research Co-advisor: Dr. Irving Bigio, Ph.D.
Research Description: Development of implantable optical probe for characterization of implant/brain tissue interface via optical spectroscopy.

WCP Graduate Student Fellowship

TurcotteRaphael Turcotte
Wellman Center for Photomedicine, MGH Graduate Student Fellowship
Duration of Fellowship: 1.5 years (2013-2014)
Research Advisors: Charles P. Lin, Ph.D., Jerome Mertz, Ph.D.
Research Description: Research focuses on the development of optical tools to image, probe and interact directly with the bone marrow of live animals. Research seeks to better understand the hematopoietic stem cells microenvironment in the bone marrow by studying it at the single cell level.