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Graduate Fellows

The Provost's Fellows program is intended to recognize and recruit the very best incoming doctoral students by providing a supplemental stipend for the first two years of the student's program of study. The goal of the award is to augment the student's aid package so that financial considerations do not stand in their way of choosing to pursue their degrees at Tufts.

2013 FELLOWSHIPS

Stern's Fellow

Scott (John) Parker Scott (John) Parker, Mechanical Engineering
Research Interests: I am currently researching a new and novel approach to relative positioning for large cargo aircraft flying in formation, which uses terahertz frequency signals. In addition, my research interests include: automation and navigation of ground-based and aerial vehicles, applications of GPS technology, and heat transfer and fluid dynamics, specifically as they apply to the modeling of climate systems.

Provost's Fellows

Priscilla Briggs Priscilla Briggs, Computer Science
Research Interests: My research interests involve studying how people respond to robots in order to create robots that are easy to use and likable. I also am interested in studying how people interact with each other in order to make robots interact in similar ways.
Smitha Krishnan Smitha Krishnan, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research Interests: I am interested the application of metabolic engineering to tackle various diseases such as cancer and diabetes. The goal is to develop our understanding of the many biochemical process that control and alter metabolic pathways. By understanding how chemical and physical mechanisms relate to cellular metabolism, we can identify the potential choke points or nodes that can then be used as drug targets.
Ahmed Zayan Ahmed Zayan, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Interests: My research interests lie in the field of optoelectronics and photonics with a particular focus on solar photovoltaic applications. With the comparative advantage that solar power possesses over renewable energy alternatives to carbon-based fuels, it is my hope that this research will eventually lead to a greener, more sustainable source of energy to power the generations to come while preserving the environment.

Dean's Fellows

Nathaniel Allen Nathaniel Allen, Mechanical Engineering
Research Interests: My research interest is in the electromechanical behavior of superconducting materials as they impact the development of superconducting technologies like fusion reactors, energy storage systems and medical imaging machines. My research focuses on designing and analyzing custom cryogenic test equipment in addition to conducting high-current cryogenic experiments. I am currently assisting in the development of a new cabling technique for high temperature superconducting tapes.
Papatya Kaner Papatya Kaner, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research Interests: Fabrication, manipulation and characterization of novel nanostructure-based polymeric materials.
Caleb Neufeld Caleb Neufeld, Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: After receiving a chemical engineering degree from the Cooper Union, and successful research into cancer vaccines at UCLA, Caleb Neufeld joins the lab of Dr Qiaobing Xu at Tufts to investigate drug delivery systems as adjuvants to cancer immunotherapy--making cancer cells better targets, and anticancer immune responses more sustained and effective. In particular, his researched is focused on the utilization of exosomes, a particular cell-derived product with promising applications in cancer treatment.
Kevin Smith Kevin Smith, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Exploring emerging pathways for the peaceful promotion of access to food, sanitation, and clean water as human rights. Can we make the best of a globalized world where it is more common to own a mobile phone than to have access to a secure source of water? Can existing infrastructure be used grow inclusive worldwide networks for recording, reporting, and responding to environmental data? What roles do citizen science, hydroinformatics, the maker culture, and STEM education play in realizing a democratic resource management future?

2012 FELLOWSHIPS

Stern's Fellow

Matthew Applegate Matthew Applegate, Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: Broadly, I am interested in utilizing light to detect, diagnose, and treat disease. My current research focuses on the use of ultra-short pulses of light to modify biologically compatible materials for cell scaffolds. It is my hope that this work will lead to the development of a biomimetic model of solid organs such as the liver and kidneys.

Provost's Fellows

Elena Jacobson Elena Jacobson, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research Interests: I am interested in the field of the tissue engineering, which is research that exists at the interface of material science, biology, and engineering. The ultimate goal of tissue engineering is to develop biological substitutes that can function in the body to either maintain or restore tissue function. I will focus on the interactions between engineered scaffolds, cells, and biological molecules in hopes of generating desired functional tissues.
Anna Murray Anna Murray, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: My research interests are in water resources as it impacts global environmental health; particularly drinking water treatment in developing countries. My research will be implementation-based, focusing on product usability and user acceptance of drinking water treatment technologies at the household level.
Jeremiah Via Jeremiah Via, Computer Science: Cognitive Science
Research Interests: My interests lie in the intersection between cognition and robotics. My research focuses on applying meta-cognition---thinking about one's own thinking---to robots for fault tolerant control. In a nutshell, I want to make robots robust to error so that they can safely operate with humans.

Dean's Fellows

Guoqing Fu, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research interests: CMOS Image Sensor, CMOS VLSI Design, Lensfree Fluorescent Microscope
Justin Rodriquez, Mechanical Engineering
Research interests:
Aswin Sundarakrishnan Aswin Sundarakrishnan, Biomedical Engineering
Research interests: bio-mimetic tissue engineering; angiogenesis/vasculogenesis; mass transfer limitations and strategies to vascularize engineered scaffolds; in-vitro organotypic cultures; cell-cell communication; cell-matrix interactions.

2011 FELLOWSHIPS

Provost's Fellows

Kaori Graybeal Kaori Graybeal, Biomedical Engineering
I am interested in musculoskeletal tissue engineering and stem cell research, with the more specific goal of developing tendon and ligament tissue replacements. Tendon and ligaments are frequently subjected to high mechanical loads in the body and are therefore susceptible to damage, yet they have very poor self-regenerative capacity. As such, tendon and ligament injuries often require surgical intervention, which frequently leads to further complications. The ideal treatment for tendon/ligament injuries would be a living tissue implant which allows the tissue to restore itself to its healthy, pre-injured state—a treatment which is the ultimate goal of the field of musculoskeletal tissue engineering

Dean's Fellows

Pamela Anderson Pamela Anderson, Biomedical Engineering
Research interests: Translational research that involves the use near-infrared light to image breast tissue is my primary research focus. Near-infrared light can be used to obtain functional tissue information by finding the oxygen saturation levels in the breast, which is a parameter being investigated for breast cancer detection and monitoring individual response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy. The optical mammography instrument designed at Tufts University is now being used to image patients at the Tufts medical center to gather data from a larger patient population. I am also interested in the development of a next generation system that will be a mobile, more compact unit with broader applicability.
Na Jin Na Jin, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research interests: My research interest is: simulation of the stress-strain behavior of a synthetic lightweight aggregates (SLAs) using finite element method.
Alex Liss, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research interests:
Sara Manteiga Sara Manteiga, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests: I am interested in the impact of environmental pollutants on biological systems, specifically, identifying the mechanisms by which these chemicals elicit their potentially harmful effects. An emerging hypothesis proposes that obesity risk may be linked to exposure to industrial or household chemicals, which can disrupt normal development or interfere with homeostatic controls. Using a quantitative systems biology approach, I am studying the effect of these chemicals as they target the adipose tissue, a complex regulatory network which couples metabolism, growth and signaling of multiple cell types.
Cody Canning Cody Canning, Computer Science
Research interests: My research interests include embodied cognition, multi-agent systems, human-robot team tasks and bio-inspired cognitive architectures. I'm beginning research as an IGERT fellow exploring local acoustic control laws for swarms of dumb, embodied robots. These robots could be coordinated to accomplish goal-oriented navigation, mapping, object identification, and environment characterization. I'm also very interested in Jeff Hawkin's Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM) model of the mammalian neocortex, as well as what Andy Clark calls action-oriented predictive processing.
Rui Zhang Rui Zhang, Mechanical Engineering
Research interests: My area of interest is heat and mass transfer in the context of thermal management of electronics or efficient use of energy. My Master's project developed a technology of optimizing thermoelectric module-heat sink assemblies for precision temperature control. My Ph.D project is investigating the cooling potential of Liquid metal (Galinstan┬«)-based heat sinks.

2010 FELLOWSHIPS

Provost's Fellows

Jeff Walker Jeff Walker, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Surface water quality modeling and data analysis with applications to watershed management and aquatic ecosystem restoration.

Dean's Fellows

Enjin Fu Enjin Fu, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research interests: Integrated and board level circuit design for RF and optical wireless applications.
Ariel Horowitz Ariel Horowitz, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests: Development of novel materials and techniques for electrical or electrochemical devices for use in sustainable energy applications.
Bradford Larsen Bradford Larsen, Computer Science
Research interests: Development of new programming languages, verification tools, and compiler techniques in order to improve software quality and facilitate reasoning about programs
Anjuliee Mittelman Anjuliee Mittelman, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research interests: Investigating the fate and transport of nanomaterials in the subsurface and potential applications of nanomaterials in soil and groundwater remediation
Megan Strait Megan Strait, Computer Science
Research interests: Application of brain-computer interaction to adaptive user interfaces and UI design
Tiening Wang Tiening Wang, Mechanical Engineering
Research interests: Analysis of mechanical and electromagnetic characterization of superconducting materials; finite element analysis

2009 FELLOWSHIPS

Provost's Fellows

James Sims James Sims, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests: Development of a 3D cell culture system for adipocytes and endothelial cells to mimic the in vivo environment and provide a better model of adipose tissue for metabolism studies.

Dean's Fellows

Frank Saunders Frank Saunders, Mechanical Engineering
Research interests: soft robotics; controls and simulation of robotic platforms using rigid link dynamic simulation utilities; genetic algorithms and concurrent evolution of morphology and controls
Andrew Winslow Andrew Winslow, Computer Science
Research interests: Geometry and geometric algorithms
Peng Wu Peng Wu, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests: Heterogeneous catalysis, direct methanol fuel cells

2008 FELLOWSHIPS

Provost's Fellows

Lisa Bartlett, Biomedical Engineering
Research interests: Three-dimensional microscopy of the tumor microenvironment in vivo using optical frequency domain imaging

Dean's Fellows

Evan Peck Evan Peck, Computer Science
Research interests: Brain-computer interaction using fNIR spectroscopy and EEG in realtime interfaces
Oguz Semerci Oguz Semerci, Electrical Engineering
Research interests: Physics-based processing and inverse methods applied to imaging problems

2007 FELLOWSHIPS

Provost's Fellows

Charles Banos Charles Banos, Biomedical Engineering
Research interests: Developmental biology as a guide for developing novel tissue regeneration strategies for tendons and ligaments

Dean's Fellows

Brian Ricks Brian Ricks, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests: Catalysis for clean energy, fuel production from biomass and microbial waste products
Juan Zeng Juan Zeng, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research interests: high-performance integrated circuits design for broadband wireless applications

2006 FELLOWSHIPS

Provost's Fellows

Vinay Agarwal, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research interests: Digital and Analog VLSI Design and microfabrication
Eleanor Pritchard, Biomedical Engineering
Research interests: Scaffolds for slow release drug delivery and tissue engineering/organ replacement

Dean's Fellows

Jennifer Hogan, Biomedical Engineering
Research interests: Silk-resilin block co-polymers as part of a soft-body robot design
Christina Lewis, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests: Nucleic acid hybridization-based assembly of genetically modified and antibody conjugated viral nanotemplates onto barcoded colloidal microparticles to develop novel means for high throughput environmental and biological threat detection
Eugene Morgan, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research interests: Spatial variability of submarine landslides
Thomas Oommen, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research interests: Regional characterization for seismic hazard using satellite remote sensing and machine learning algorithms

2005 FELLOWSHIPS

Provost's Fellows

Ricardo Fernandes, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests: Catalysts for the conversion of NOx gases to N2
Caprice Gray, Mechanical Engineering
Research interests: Acquisition and analysis of fluorescence images of thin slurry films used for planarizing microelectronic device materials
Sarah Sundelacruz, Biomedical Engineering
Research interests: Development of biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

Dean's Fellows

Ali Akanda, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research interests: Use of remote-sensing data and seasonal climate forecast to improve water resource management
John Hugg, Computer Science
Research interests: Feasibility of using techniques from the field of computational geometry to improve the results of high-dimensional data clustering
Jennifer Lenz, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research interests: Assessment of seismic risk by studying the effect of the variability of soil on the probability of earthquake-induced soil liquefaction
Xiangye Li, Computer Science
Research interests: Bioinformatics, databases, and image processing

Dean's PhD Summer Fellows

Rachel Lomasky, Computer Science
Research interests: Machine learning, trying to identify whether an electronic account is being used by its legitimate owner or has been compromised and is being used by an attacker
Michael Lovett, Biomedical Engineering
Research interests: Determine the biochemical signaling pathways critical in the "mechanotransduction" of extracellular mechanical forces into differentiation outcomes in human mesenchymal stem cells, ultimately using this knowledge to improve tissue engineering outcomes in vitro and in vivo
Hai Shi, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests: Mechanism of action of antidiabetic drugs in adipose tissue
Eric Thompson, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research interests: Improve numerical simulations of earthquake ground motions by incorporating a more detailed and accurate physical model of the near surface sedimentary layers
Rakesh Venkatesh, Mechanical Engineering
Research interests: Electrophoretic deposition for the production of microstructured monoliths

2004 FELLOWSHIPS

Dean's Fellow

Michael Lovett, Biomedical Engineering
Research interests: Determine the biochemical signaling pathways critical in the "mechanotransduction" of extracellular mechanical forces into differentiation outcomes in human mesenchymal stem cells, ultimately using this knowledge to improve tissue engineering outcomes in vitro and in vivo

2003 FELLOWSHIPS

Dean's Fellows

Jim Limbrunner, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research interests: Coupled natural system and economic models for watershed scale pollution control and resource management decision support
Julie Weber, Computer Science
Research interests: Artificial intelligence, specifically constraint satisfaction and planning, and design of assistive technology for the cognitively impaired