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Current Fellows

What are NIH Individual Fellowships?

These awards support promising predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers to obtain individualized, mentored research training to develop into independent research scientists. Applicants must propose a mentored research project and detailed training plan, which will be evaluated in NIH peer review. Awarded fellows receive a stipend, tuition and fees, and an institutional allowance to defray costs like health insurance and travel to scientific meetings.

More information at NIH Predoctoral Training/Clinical Doctorate website

F31 Fellows

The purpose of this Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientists, to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. The F31 is also used to enhance workforce diversity though a separate program.

Oliva Ngo

Sponsor(s): Peter Lewin and Kara Spiller

Macrophage Phenotype Transition as the Biological Mechanism of Chronic Wound Healing Treated with Non-Thermal, Non-Cavitational Therapeutic Ultrasound

Marco Zamora

Sponsor(s): Kara Spiller and Jake Brenner (UPenn)

Nanoscale drug carriers for the treatment of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

Liangyu Tao

Sponsor(s): Vikas Bhandawat

Decoding the Neural Mechanism Underlying Variable Action Selection in Drosophila

F30 Fellows

The purpose of this Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral students, who are matriculated in a combined MD/PhD or other dual-doctoral degree training program (e.g. DDS/PhD, AuD/PhD, DVM/PhD), and who intend careers as physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists.

Beth Ashinsky

Sponsor(s): Lin Han and Robert Mauck (UPenn)

Multiscale and Multimodal Structure-Function Analysis of Intervertebral Interfaces During Degeneration and Regeneration

Shawn Joshi

Sponsor(s): Hasan Ayaz, Helen Daws (Oxford UK) and Tomas Ward (Dublin CU)

Neuroergonomic Assessment of Wheelchair Control in Real World Environments with both Healthy and Clinical Populations

Past Fellows

Cristin MacDonald

Sponsor(s): Ken Barbee

Transport of Magnetic Nanoparticles Through Soft Tisssues Using Gradient Fields


Kritika Katiyar

Sponsor(s): Yinghui Zhong and Kacy Cullen (UPenn)

Mechanisms for Axonal Guidance Using Living Tissue Engineered Scaffolds