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2016 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.

Katherine Amberg-Johnson

William and Lynda Steere Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Microbiology and Immunology

The malaria parasite houses an essential organelle called the apicoplast. Because the apicoplast contains pathways not found in the human host, it is an ideal drug target. Despite the clinical and biological significance, our limited...

Jacqueline Basu

Hsieh Family Fellow, Political Science

The stability of a state depends on the legitimacy of its institutions. Legitimacy, in turn, is founded on citizens’ belief that these institutions are valid and deserve their obedience. This widespread citizen “belief,” however, derives from...

Salil Bhate

Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Bioengineering

Two ideas are revolutionizing our efforts in the battle against cancer. The first is immunotherapy, the act of reprogramming our immune cells to target cancer cells. The second is genome engineering - the act of perturbing specific genes in our...

Sam Corbett-Davies

Karr Family Graduate Fellow, Computer Science

Traffic stops are the most frequent way in which the public interact with law enforcement. Using data collected with my collaborators from Management Science and Engineering and the Computational Journalism lab, I’m developing new statistical...

Richard Lee Davis

The Mackenzie Larson Price Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Education

Virtual Reality (VR) promises to revolutionize education, but the ways that this technology will be used are undefined. While some see VR merely as a way to place students into virtual classrooms, I see a future where VR is used to create...

Darrel Rohit Deo

Mona M. Burgess Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Mechanical Engineering

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term motor disability in the U.S., but the mechanisms for motor impairment due to stroke are not completely understood. I am interested in how people use haptic (force and touch) feedback in motor control,...

Sahar El Abbadi

William and Eva Price Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering

My research focuses on recycling of agricultural waste into a high value aquaculture feed supplement in Bangladesh. I use a specific type of bacteria to consume methane that is produced through treatment of agriculture waste. By controlling the...

Jane Esberg

Christiana Shi Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow in International Studies, Political Science

Dictators from Iran to Venezuela have relied on some popular support to maintain power. Though repression is often treated only as a means to eliminate opposition, my research explores how autocratic repression can be used to retain supporters....

Chris Ford

Hamamoto Family Graduate Fellow, Mechanical Engineering

As of 2012, more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, and by 2050, more than two-thirds is anticipated due to migration and increased birth rates. To sustain life in these urban environments, a network of independent...

Kevin Guttenplan

Mark and Mary Stevens Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, SIGF affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Neurosciences

Many neurological diseases feature the death of neurons, but the mechanisms that mediate cell death in these disorders are unknown. Astrogliosis, the response of a cell-type called “astrocytes” to injury, is common to most diseases of the central...

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