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Michael Cimorelli, 2019 IIE-Graduate International Research Experiences (IIE-GIRE) Scholarship Recipient

February 4, 2019

Congratulations to Michael Cimorelli on receiving a prestigious IIE-GIRE Scholarship! Michael is one of just ten students selected nationwide to receive this scholarship, which supports international graduate research.

Michael Cimorelli is a Ph.D. candidate in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department studying under the advisement of Dr. Steven Wrenn.  The broader strokes of his research focus on the development of the next generation ultrasound enhancing agent that is engineered for quantifying myocardial perfusion, monitoring ischemia, and detecting infarction. As a Ph.D. candidate in the Wrenn Lab, he specializes in medical imaging techniques, surface force interactions, and developing and characterizing lab-derived vesicles. With this GIRE Scholarship, he hopes to take his skill set that he’s honed in the Wrenn Lab and translate it to a new problem – developing a biomarker for kidney cancer from liquid biopsy by using Surface Plasmon Resonance Imaging under the guidance of Dr. Rienk Nieuwland at the University of Amsterdam’s Academic Medical College. 

Special thanks to faculty who participated on the IIE-GIRE Campus Committee, working with the Center for Scholar Development to review applications, and select Drexel nominees for this award.

  • Daniela Ascarelli, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs, Director of Study Abroad 
  • Ekaterina Pomerantseva, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Steven May, Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Funded by a three year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), IIE created the Graduate International Research Experiences Scholarship program. The program is intended to support research experiences abroad for American graduate students in engineering fields to develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in a globalized world while enhancing U.S. economic competitiveness and collective scientific knowledge.