PITTSBURGH (April 21, 2016) … Alex Josowitz, Saundria Moed and Timothy Keane, students in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering (
Department of Bioengineering), received awards from the
Whitaker International Program. Josowitz and Moed were appointed as 2016 Whitaker Fellows, and Keane was appointed as the 2016 Whitaker Scholar.
Whitaker Fellows and Scholars spend one to two years abroad (outside of the U.S. and Canada) to conduct research in a university or laboratory, pursue coursework at an academic institution or intern at a policy institute or in an industrial or non-profit setting (
The Whitaker award provides round-trip international airfare, a monthly living stipend and other benefits to facilitate the students’ time abroad. Recipients of this national award must demonstrate outstanding scholarship, a strong background in research and a well-thought out
research plan for the duration of the fellowship to be selected.
“Whitaker Fellows and Scholars represent world-class student researchers and the future leaders of global collaboration in bioengineering,” said Sanjeev Shroff, Distinguished Professor and Gerald McGinnis Chair of Bioengineering at Pitt. “These three students have an excellent opportunity not
only to gain international experience but also to serve as ambassadors for Pitt research outside of the U.S.”
Alex Josowitz plans to travel to the United Kingdom and work in the
Dr. Robert Krams at the
Imperial College London. His research project will focus on optimizing the RNA isolation protocol for a microfluidic cell-capture system to provide new insight into the progression of cardiovascular diseases. Josowitz will also be enrolled in the Master of
Research program in biomedical engineering at the Imperial College London. As an undergraduate student at Pitt, Josowitz has conducted research under the mentorship of
David Vorp, Associate Dean for Research and William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Bioengineering, and
Justin Weinbaum, research assistant professor. He has been working to develop and evaluate a novel technique of uniformly seeding 3D tubular constructs with cells or cell-like structures, such as microspheres, in tissue-engineered blood vessels.
Saundria Moed will travel to Israel and work in the
Prof. Rosa Azhari and Dr. Idit Golani at the
Ort Braude College of Engineering in Karmiel, Israel. Her research project will focus on enhancing the delivery of active materials to the brain using nanoparticles. Moed participated in two independent research activities in Israel last summer at
Ort Braude College of Engineering in Karmiel and at Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. As an undergraduate student at Pitt, Moed conducted research under the mentorship of
Ian Sigal, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the School of Medicine’s
Ocular Biomechanics Laboratory. Her research involves analyzing optical coherence tomography images for quantifying ocular tissue microstructure, especially collagen fibers.
Timothy Keane will travel to the United Kingdom and
work in the laboratory of
Dr. Molly Stevens as a postdoctoral fellow at the Imperial College London. His work will focus on developing a biomaterial that can mitigate inflammation in the heart following myocardial infarction. As a PhD candidate at Pitt, Keane conducted his research work under the mentorship
Stephen Badylak, professor in the Department of Surgery and deputy director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He is focusing on developing minimally invasive therapies for treating inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
Matt Cichowicz, University Communications, 4/20/2016
Contact: Paul Kovach