Meet the 2017 NSF Fellows
The Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering proudly congratulates Zeinab Mohamed and Adrian Shimpi, who each recently won a 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP), which offers 3 years of stipend support during a 5-year fellowship tenure to applicants selected through a national competition.
Mohamed, a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Susan Daniel (CBE), will study the role of outer membrane vesicles secreted by bacteria in pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance. Specifically she aims to look at how these vesicles affect antibiotic efficacy and hope to create a platform that allows researchers to study how antibiotics affects these vesicles and how the vesicles interact with cell surfaces.
Shimpi will study how obesity-associated changes in the extracellular matrix through a glycan known as hyaluronic acid contribute to tumorigenesis. He will be specifically looking at how these changes in the ECM contribute to changes in a subpopulation of tumor cells known as cancer stem cells.
GRFP supports the graduate study of U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent residents attaining research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education at institutions located in the United States. Applicants are selected through the NSF peer review process. Awardees -- chosen from over 13,000 applicants -- represent a wide range of scientific disciplines and come from all states, as well as the District of Columbia, and U.S. commonwealths and territories. The group of 2,000 awardees is diverse, including 1,158 women, 498 individuals from underrepresented minority groups, 75 persons with disabilities, 26 veterans and 726 undergraduate seniors. The awardees come from 449 baccalaureate institutions. A complete list of those offered the fellowship for 2017 is available on FastLane. For general information about the program, visit NSF's GRFP website.