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Congratulations to Olivia Ngo, 2019 IIE-GIRE and NIH NRSA Pre-doctoral Fellow!

July 16, 2019

Congratulations to Olivia Ngo, who has received a prestigious IIE-GIRE (Graduate International Research Experiences) Fellowship and a NIH Ruth L. Kirchstein NRSA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship!

Olivia Ngo is a PhD candidate in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems under the primary advisement of Dr. Peter A. Lewin and co-advised by Dr. Kara Spiller. Her research focuses on determining the role of macrophage phenotype as the biological mechanism of therapeutic low-intensity (<100mW/cm2), low-frequency (20kHz) ultrasound mediated healing that has been shown to significantly accelerate chronic wound closure in pilot clinical studies. Through the IIE-GIRE, she hopes to take her skill set in biological mechanism elucidation to the University of Glasgow to Dr. Margaret Lucas' ultrasonics research group and gain additional skill sets in finite element modeling of ultrasonic devices.

The IIE-GIRE (Graduate International Research Experiences) program is funded by a three year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). It supports U.S. doctoral engineering students to conduct innovative research abroad for 3 to 5 months in order to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a globalized world while enhancing U.S. economic competitiveness and collective scientific knowledge.

The NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) provide up to five years of support for research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree, the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree; or another formally combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in  biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences. The overall goal of the program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. In order to accomplish this goal, NRSA training programs are designed to train individuals to conduct research and to prepare for research careers.