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Shawn Joshi, Emily Lurier, and Carli Moorehead Are 2017 Fulbright Honorees

March 30, 2017


Three Drexel Biomed students have been awarded a prestigious Fulbright US Student Program Grant for 2017-18:

  • Shawn Joshi, MD/PhD student in BIOMED/DUCoM (Advisor: H. Ayaz), is working with researchers in the United Kingdom and Ireland to explore the clinical use of portable medical neuroimaging devices on physical therapies for children with motor learning disabilities. Shawn has a lifelong interest for implementing creative solutions through the use of technology for the neurologically impaired to improve their rehabilitative process and daily life.
  • Emily Lurier, PhD candidate in BIOMED (Advisor: K. Spiller), will work on the project titled, "Designing a Novel Controlled Cytokine Release System To Prevent Bioprosthetic Heart Valve Failure," with Dr. Carlijn Bouten at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. The goal of the project is to design a novel release system to control the macrophage response to bioprosthetic heart valve implantation to inhibit inflammatory-mediated failure of the heart valve.
  • Carli Moorehead, BS/MS student in BIOMED (Advisor: M. Marcolongo), will work on the project titled, "Developing ‘Smart’ Bone Implant Materials for Improved Regeneration and Repair," with Dr. Simone Sprio at the Institute of Science and Technology in Ceramics (ISTEC-CNR) in Faneza, Italy. Carli will be working on iron doped hydroxyapatite nanoparticles and scaffolds to tune magnetic and biological properties for drug delivery and bone tissue engineering.