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2020 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.

Grace Huckins

Grace Huckins

Marvin A. Karasek Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Neurosciences

After decades of research, we still have almost no idea what is happening in the brains of people who are mentally ill. And while machine learning has created a lot of excitement around the prospect that we could use brain data to diagnose...

Zachary Izzo

Zachary Izzo

Mirror Spring SIGF Fellow, Mathematics

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become ubiquitous in recent years. Enabled by increasingly advanced machine learning (ML) models and algorithms, AI has found applications from autonomous vehicles to clinical settings.  In high-stakes scenarios...

Ben Knapp

Ben Knapp

Colella Family Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Biophysics

As our planet undergoes dramatic changes to its climate, shifts in biodiversity due to increasing temperatures will alter the Earth’s ecosystem. In the soil, for example, bacteria are exposed to a wide range of temperatures, from daily to...

Anna Kogler

Anna Kogler

James and Nancy Kelso Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Globally, 2.7 billion people rely on on-site sanitation, like latrines and septic tanks, that generates fecal sludge, and 4.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation. Sustainable management of fecal sludge and expansion of sanitation...

Maciej Kurzynski

Maciej Kurzynski

Satre Family Fellow, East Asian Languages and Cultures

My research spans the fields of distributional semantics, cognitive literary studies, and intellectual history. I analyze a large corpus of texts produced in post-1949 China to understand the relationships between vocabularies, affects, and...

Giovanni Malloy

Giovanni Malloy

Rich and Sue Sugden Family Graduate Fellow, Management Science and Engineering

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unfortunate reminder of the importance of global health security. I develop computational models to improve decision-making for global health security, especially preparation and response to infectious disease...

Brianna McIntosh

Brianna McIntosh

Ruth M. Porat and Anthony Paduano Graduate Fellow, SIGF Affiliated with Stanford ChEM-H, Cancer Biology

Many tumors have proteins that are overexpressed on the surface of the cancer cells and secreted by surrounding cells into the tumor microenvironment. These overexpressed proteins cause increased cancer signaling which leads to tumor growth and...

Catherine Meis

Catherine Meis

William and Lynda Steere Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Materials Science and Engineering

Over 1.5 million people contracted HIV in 2018. While HIV treatments have improved greatly, there is still not an effective HIV vaccine available to prevent the spread of the disease, so alternative approaches to prevention are needed. Broadly...

Sedona Murphy

Sedona Murphy

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

DNA is packaged into the nucleus of a cell and is organized by various proteins to turn on or off specific genes. Polycomb Group Proteins (PcGs) interact with DNA to three-dimensionally fold the DNA in a way that represses target regions,...

Philip Petrov

Philip Petrov

Michelle and Kevin Douglas Graduate Fellow, Political Science

My research is at the intersection of cognitive psychology, criminal and tort law, and moral and political theory. Well-intentioned citizens often disagree about legal and policy questions such as how to allocate scarce medical resources (in...

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