Dowd-ICES Fellows Announced for 2014-15-Engineering Research Accelerator - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dowd-ICES Fellows Announced for 2014-15

ICES is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Dowd-ICES Fellowship recipients: Kuan Chieh (Jackie) Chen, Christopher Knapp, and Shinjini Kundu. This year’s and last year’s fellows will present their research at the Dowd-ICES Seminar in the fall semester.

Jackie Chen, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering (BME), is working on tackling fundamental issues that limit the full efficacy of stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM) imaging. He will be developing image analysis techniques for STORM and use these techniques to investigate dynamic cellular processes, specifically mitochondrial dynamics. He is working with advisors Ge Yang, assistant professor of BME and Jelena Kovacevic, Schramm professor and department head of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

A doctoral student in chemical engineering Christopher Knapp is working with advisor and Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Kathryn Whitehead on the development of an innovative way to attack non-Hodgkin lymphoma using post-transcriptional gene silencing and by engineering cancer cell selectivity onto nanoparticles. Such an approach would silence oncogenes implicated in lymphoma through the delivery of short interfering RNA into lymphoma cells.

Shinjini Kundu—a doctoral student in BME at Carnegie Mellon University and a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh—is working with advisors BME Associate Professor Gustavo Rohde and D.O. Hebb University Professor of Psychology Marcel Just. Basing her work on the understanding that autism has been linked to disruption in brain connectivity, she is developing computer techniques to identify structural differences in the brains of people with autism based on neuroimaging.

Established in 2001 through a generous grant from Philip (B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 1963) and Marsha Dowd, the Philip and Marsha Dowd Engineering Seed Fund provides support for graduate students working on cutting edge research projects that do not have other sources of funding.

The 2014-15 Dowd-ICES fellows, along with last year's fellows and the 2013 Dowd Teaching Fellow, will present their research at the Dowd-ICES Fellowship Seminar on Friday, November 14, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the Singleton Room, Roberts Hall.