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2013 SIGF Fellows

The Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF) is a competitive University-wide program that awards three-year fellowships to outstanding doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary research.

Laura Bloomfield

James and Nancy Kelso Fellow, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (PhD) and Medicine (MD)
How do landscape patterns facilitate infectious disease transmission between humans and primates? What inter-species and intra-species behaviors and interactions correspond to these landscape patterns and affect disease dynamics? My research will...

Gregory Bratman

James and Nancy Kelso Fellow, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

I am working to define and study “psychological ecosystem services” by developing methodologies to investigate links between experience in nature and human well-being. Using a variety of methodologies, I am measuring nature’s impacts on human...

Shengya Cao

Morgridge Family SIGF Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Biochemistry
When cells divide, DNA condenses to form mitotic chromosomes. In other words, instead of floating around like noodles in a bowl of soup, each DNA “noodle” compacts into a tight rod, a form which can be distributed more easily to two new cells....

Liz Chen

Rogers Family Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Stem cells are chameleons that can convert between distinct populations in response to injury or physiological stimulus. My goal is to test how stem cells can “switch” between a phenotype characteristic of metastasizing cancer cells and a phenotype...

Jonathan Connolly

Leslie Parker Hume Graduate Fellow, History
My research focuses on the politics of antislavery during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. In the immediate aftermath of abolition in the British Empire, a transcontinental system of indentured labor migration emerged as a substitute...

Diana Dakhallah

The Jack and Anita Saltz Fellow, Sociology
Most of us interact with the state through its civil servants and institutions. We try to register a business, receive medical care or resort to the judicial system to handle grievances. The provision of public goods is a central task of governments...

Adam Jaffe

Satre Family Fellow, Chemistry
Energy and climate woes are at an all time high and there is a dire need to promote clean, renewable energy sources instead of fossil fuels. The ability to store energy is paramount since wind, solar, and tidal energy are intermittent. Thus,...

Corey Johnson

Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow (Anonymous Donor), Modern Thought and Literature
My research examines the land use history of Palmyra Atoll, located 1,000 miles south of Honolulu. As a microcosm, Palmyra frames America’s cultural entanglement in and colonization of the Pacific over the last two centuries, providing a point of...

Shiri Krebs

Christiana Shi Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow in International Studies, Law (J.S.D)
One of the most certain facts about conflicts is uncertainty about facts. To establish the truth and find out what really happened the international community has been sending fact-finding missions to conflict areas around the world. These missions...

Thomas Lampo

Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow (Anonymous Donor), Bio-X SIGF, Chemical Engineering
Inside living cells, genomic DNA is densely packed into a space roughly a thousand times smaller than its unconstrained radius of gyration. At the same time, the information stored in the DNA sequence must be well-organized and accessible for the...