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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.

Chikara Onda

Chikara Onda

Satre Family Fellow, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

The distribution of the costs and benefits of climate policy across specific industries and sub-populations has important political and ethical considerations. Policies that place a large burden on a small number of industries have proven to be...

Petar Petrov

Petar Petrov

Xu Family Foundation Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Chemistry

The mammalian cell nucleus is a densely packed and highly dynamic soup of chromatin, consisting of DNA, RNA, and proteins arranged in a hierarchical series of structures spanning several orders of magnitude in size. To obtain a quantitative...

Alexander Ratner

Alexander Ratner

Morgridge Family SIGF Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Computer Science

Recent advances in machine learning have led to impressive successes in many domains; however, these methods rely on massive hand-labeled training sets. My research addresses this “labeling bottleneck” by enabling users to train machine learning...

Ronnie Shi

Ronnie Shue-Ron Shi

Michelle and Kevin Douglas Graduate Fellow, Classics

Twenty-six hundred years ago, an intellectual revolution in Ancient Greece transformed the way nature, the cosmos, and the human body were understood and investigated, influencing Western thought for millennia and securing the Greeks an enduring...

Steven Shuken

Steven Shuken

Xu Family Foundation Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Chemistry

Late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is caused by aging of the brain, but the nature of this causation is unknown, in part because brain aging itself is poorly understood. One aspect of brain aging that has been heavily implicated in AD in recent...

Xulu Sun

Xulu Sun

Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow (Anonymous Donor), SIGF affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Biology

A hallmark of the motor system is its ability to execute different skilled movements as the situation warrants, thanks to the flexibility of motor learning. Despite many behavioral studies on motor learning, the neural mechanisms of motor memory...

Terence Theisen

Terence Theisen

Colella Family Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Microbiology and Immunology

Toxoplasma gondii is an intracellular pathogen known to infect almost any cell of warm-blooded animals, negatively impacting human health and animal welfare. In my work, I study the first step of infection: parasite attachment to a host...

Avin Veerakumar

Avin Veerakumar

Lubert Stryer Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Bioengineering

The ability to speak is critical for everyday communication but can be disrupted by genetic and acquired neurological and psychiatric disorders. During vocalization, over 40 laryngeal muscles, respiratory muscles, and orofacial muscles are...

Nathan Wolf

Nathan Wolf

Satre Family Fellow, Chemistry

A new class of materials, metal halide perovskites, has attracted attention for its applications in solar panel and light emitting technologies. These metal halide perovskites consist of three components, each of which has the potential for...

Arianna Yuan

Arianna Yuan

John Evans Gessford Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow in K-12 Education, Psychology

Mathematics is notoriously hard to learn. The challenges come from both its abstractness and its unique use of language. My PhD research focuses on the interaction between natural language comprehension and mathematical cognition, and also how...

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