New Sackler Scholars announced

In recent months, four new Sackler Scholars have joined labs at the University of Washington.

Aida Llauró Portell.  Dr. Llauró earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Barcelona and a doctorate in biophysics at the University Autonomous of Madrid.  Aida works in the laboratories of Charles Asbury, Ph.D., professor of physiology and biophysics, and Trisha Davis, Ph.D., professor and chair of biochemistry where she is using single molecule techniques to study the mitotic spindle.

Merav Stern.  Dr. Stern completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in theoretical physics at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She earned her Ph.D. from Hebrew University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation while collaborating with Columbia University’s Center for Theoretical Neuroscience.  Dr. Stern is working with Eric Shea-Brown, Ph.D., professor of applied mathematics and affiliate investigator with the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and Shawn Olsen, Ph.D., an assistant investigator with the Allen Institute for Brain Science and an affiliate professor of physiology and biophysics. Dr. Stern is striving for a deeper understanding of how our brains process information.

Floris van Breugel.  As an undergraduate at Cornell University, Dr. van Breugel studied biological engineering and designed the first passively stable hovering flapping machine under Hod Lipson, Ph.D., professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and computing and information science. Dr. van Breugel earned his Ph.D. at Caltech, where he worked with Michael Dickinson, Ph.D., to study visual and olfactory search behavior in fruit flies.  He joined the labs of Jeff Riffell, associate professor of biology, and Nathan Kutz, professor of applied mathematics, electrical engineering, and physics, to apply modern machine learning tools to understand the search strategies used by different insect species,

Vicky Chen-Ching Yuan.  Dr. Yuan earned two master’s degrees, one in cell and molecular biology at the Illinois Institute of Technology and another in biotechnology at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, before pursuing her doctorate at the University of Miami. She works with Michael Regnier, Ph.D., professor of bioengineering and physiology and biophysics, and Tom Daniel, Ph.D., professor of biology. Her project aims to understand muscle force and strain distribution patterns using time-resolving small-angle X-ray diffraction.

We welcome our new Sackler Scholars to the University of Washington.  For more information about their projects, see the descriptions in the New Scholars section.

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