Engineers receive NSF fellowships

Tufts students and alumni Greg Berumen, Olivia Martin, and Lauren Varanese have been named Fellows of the 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides support to outstanding graduate students who are working on research-based master's and doctoral degrees in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. This year, two Tufts alumni and one graduating senior were among the exceptional graduate students recognized nationwide.

Greg Berumen, E19, is pursuing a PhD at Vanderbilt University, where he is exploring extracellular vesicles in the context of breast cancer and how cellular communication between different cells is altered after irradiation therapy. He completed his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Tufts.

Olivia Martin, E21, is pursuing a PhD at Stanford University. As a Tufts undergraduate, she studied microscale mechanics and transport within biological systems in the lab of Associate Professor Jeffrey Guasto. She received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Lauren Varanese, E19, is pursuing a PhD at Stanford University, where she is using CRISPR to study host factors that are important for infection by reovirus and RSV. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Tufts.

Congratulations to Greg, Olivia, and Lauren!