Whitaker Awards

Brandan Walters takes some time to see the sights on his 2015-16 Whitaker fellowship.

Three BME students have received awards from the Whitaker International Program, which aims to support the development of BME leaders with an international outlook.

Doctoral student Brandan Walters spent the 2015-16 academic year on a fellowship at Tübingen University, Germany. In collaboration with Bernd Rolauffs, Walters worked to augment the differentiation of adult bone marrow stem cells into smooth muscle using biomechanical cues and specialized cell environments. During his fellowship, he had the opportunity to contribute to a multi-lab grant proposal, mentor students, and present at an international conference in Hungary.

Following the receipt of her master’s degree in 2017, Anastasia Ostrowski will undertake a fellowship at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, where she plans to work with Silvestro Micera on a prosthetic hand.

Sabrina Lynch, a doctoral student in Alberto Figueroa’s lab, has received a summer grant to research deep vein thrombosis with Alberto Smith at King’s College London.