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2015 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.

Nathan Atkinson

Nathan Atkinson

Richard & Dixie Grossman Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Business

I develop game-theoretic models to explore questions at the intersection of law and political economics. In one project, I explore the nature and authority of judicial precedent. By learning how judges can limit the decision-making power of...

Alexandra Blackman

Robert and Lisa Bertelson Graduate Fellow, Political Science

One of the key changes resulting from the Arab spring is the rapid deregulation of the religious sphere in several Arab countries. After 2011, for instance, imams at mosques in Tunisia, whose Friday sermons were previously controlled by the state...

K.C. Busch

K.C. Busch

Neukermans Family Graduate Fellow, Education

Climate change is a pressing environmental problem, and the burden of its effects will be shouldered by today’s youth. However, climate change is not an issue for which youth have much knowledge, concern, or agency. Drawing on research from the...

Keith Cross

Keith Cross

Naidu Family Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Education

I am an artist and a scientist who both performs and studies lyrical improvisation, a Hip Hop art form that involves the spontaneous composition of rhyming lyrics and novel rhythmic and melodic patterns, while still producing coherent speech. As...

Anna Cunningham

Anna Cunningham

Morgridge Family SIGF Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Chemical and Systems Biology

G6PD deficiency afflicts over 400 million people worldwide, and is a risk factor for many diseases such as diabetes, bipolar disorder, Huntington’s disease, and jaundice. Over 160 different mutations in the protein glucose-6-phosphate...

Ivan Enchev Ivanov

Ivan Enchev Ivanov

Tusher Family Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Chemical Engineering

The DNA double helix is continually bent, stretched, and unwound by protein machines involved in reading, packaging, and editing the genome. I am developing new sensitive methods for monitoring these deformations in individual DNA molecules in...

Tanya Glozman

Tanya Glozman

Xu Family Foundation Fellow, SIGF affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Electrical Engineering

Understanding the relationship between structure and function in the human brain is a key interest in neuroscience. In recent years the focus is turning to understanding the role of the white matter in human cognition, brain function and...

Peyton Greenside

Peyton Greenside

Morgridge Family SIGF Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Biomedical Informatics

The majority of genetic variants associated with disease phenotypes fall in regions of the genome that do not code for proteins. A large barrier to understanding the genetic basis of disease is understanding the functional implications and...

Jessica Grembi

Jessica Grembi

Jim and Gaye Pigott Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) affects 50-90% of children in low-income countries and is likely an important factor in child stunting as it impedes efficient nutrient uptake in the small intestine. EED is suspected to be the result of...

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow (Anonymous Donor), Bio-X SIGF, Biology

During tissue and organ development, cells experience changes in their mechanical environment. Cells can sense and respond to these changes through cell-cell junctions, and defects in these molecular complexes lead to developmental defects and or...

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