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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.

Brandon Reynante

Brandon Reynante

Morgridge Family SIGF Fellow, Graduate School of Education

Social and environmental concerns associated with climate disruption have created an urgent need for humanity to collectively transform our existing socio-technical systems, such as energy, food, and transportation. However, several cognitive...

Jack Silberstein

Jack Silberstein

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

Despite significant advances in screening and treatment, cancer remains a leading cause of death in the United States. Novel treatment approaches focus on boosting a person’s natural immunity to cancer, which can lead to durable responses due to...

Daphna Spivack

Daphna Spivack

Morgridge Family SIGF Fellow, Psychology

Psychological biases affect human decision-making in the American judicial and political systems in a myriad of ways. I study how implicit racial bias and motivated reasoning influence our legal systems—from prosecutorial discretion, to juror...

Jon Stingel

Jon Stingel

Paul Berg Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Mechanical Engineering

Simulations can be used to efficiently design assistive devices aimed at improving mobility in patients who have lost it. Assistive devices are often evaluated based on the amount of energy the user expends while using them, but current models of...

Mo Tiwari

Mo Tiwari

Thomas C. Nelson Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Computer Science

Recent advancements in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have enabled a rich variety of new technological capabilities. I focus on pushing these state-of-the-art theoretical capabilities in deep learning,...

Peter Washington

Peter Washington

Schroeder Family Goldman Sachs Graduate Fellow, Bioengineering

Early childhood is the most potent opportunity to impact long-term health and learning. However, there are major bottlenecks to care, with a massive shortage of clinicians for diagnosis and treatment, disproportionately affecting underserved...

Kathryn Wu

Kathryn Wu

David L. Sze and Kathleen Donohue Interdisciplinary Fellow, SIGF Affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Neurosciences

During development, Schwann cells (SCs)–important non-neuronal cells within the peripheral nervous system–first sort axons by size and then selectively myelinate large axons to allow fast electrical signaling within peripheral nerves. The loss of...

Mike Wu

Mike Wu

Karr Family Graduate Fellow, Computer Science

Recent revolutions in artificial intelligence have led to a series of promising findings in computer vision, natural language, and more. However, many of the popular algorithms demand millions of annotated examples, an expensive bottleneck...

Pumiao Yan

Pumiao Yan

Seth A. Ritch Graduate Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Electrical Engineering

Fully-implantable intracortical brain-computer interfaces (iBCIs) have the ability to revolutionize neuroscience and medicine. However, the capability, performance, and robustness of iBCIs are limited by the current state of neural decoding...

Zewen Zhang

Zewen Zhang

Satre Family Fellow, Materials Science and Engineering

Batteries have revolutionized modern energy storage and are essential to global sustainability. Future development of battery technologies necessitates a fundamental understanding of the battery in operation, especially at the interfaces that...

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