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2017 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.

Yifat Aran

Yifat Aran

Donna Schweers and Thomas Geiser Fellow, Stanford Law School

Talent is a scarce resource. Given that the number of skilled employees is fixed or increases at a slower rate than the demand for skilled labor, what would be the best legal regime to allow efficient allocation of talent? This question is...

Nandita Balakrishnan

Nandita Balakrishnan

Satre Family Fellow, Political Science

Why do civil wars or the rise of terrorism in a country become protracted problems that are difficult to quash once they start? My dissertation seeks to provide an answer by examining how tensions between a government and its military may explain...

Winston Becker

Winston Becker

The Ruth M. Porat and Anthony Paduano Graduate Fellow, SIGF affiliated with Stanford ChEM-H, Biophysics

Post-transcriptional gene regulation is accomplished through the actions of RNA binding proteins and structured RNAs that control RNA stability, splicing, modification, localization, and translation. Manipulation of these processes is...

Johannes Birgmeier

Johannes Birgmeier

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

I am working on automatic diagnosis of monogenic diseases using machine learning and natural language processing techniques. Monogenic diseases are caused by mutations to a single gene in the human genome. Because human genome sequencing has...

Jacqueline Carozza

Jacqueline Carozza

Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow (Anonymous Donor), SIGF affiliated with Stanford ChEM-H, Chemistry

The innate branch of the immune system is the first response to threats in the body, including pathogens and cancer. Subsequently, the rest of the immune system is activated to specifically combat these threats. Targeting innate immune pathways...

Anneke Claypool

Anneke Claypool

The Marvin A. Karasek Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Management Science and Engineering

Health interventions often result in positive externalities that are not captured in traditional cost-effectiveness analysis. My research uses a dynamic transmission model to analyze the cost-effectiveness of preventing infections by the mosquito...

Michael Fairley

Michael Fairley

Shaper Family Graduate Fellow, Management Science and Engineering

Opioid dependence has become a national public health crisis. Health systems such as the Veterans Health Administration must prioritize interventions under increasing budgetary constraints. I am developing a mathematical decision model to help...

Kevin T. Feigelis

Kevin T. Feigelis

David L. Sze and Kathleen Donohue Interdisciplinary Fellow, SIGF affiliated with the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Physics

What makes humans such remarkable learners? Namely, why is the rate at which we learn and adapt to new tasks and different environmental challenges so remarkably different from other animals? The algorithms and neural structures which arise to...

Cayce Hook

Cayce Hook

Schroeder Family Goldman Sachs Graduate Fellow, Psychology

Many of the policies that have the strongest public health impacts are those that constrain choices people face (e.g., sin taxes, smoking bans, helmet laws). Americans often decry such policies as overbearing and intrusive. But do people always...

Tim Horton

Tim Horton

City Hill Foundation Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Chemistry

Diabetes is a rising global epidemic that will soon affect 10% of the world’s population. My research is focused around developing a new therapeutic molecule to cure diabetes, in contrast to current therapeutics, which only manage symptoms. We...

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