The Foundation is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of focused ultrasound clinicians and scientists through our fellowships and various internship opportunities.
The Richard Merkin Visiting Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound is a fellowship program with the goal of expanding the global network and collaboration between the technical or preclinical researchers, and/or the clinical focused ultrasound providers and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. This Fellowship fosters collaboration between the Foundation, the Fellows' home institutions, and other institutions as relevant.
Fellows benefit from the Foundation’s wide expertise in focused ultrasound and will have the opportunity to seek out and work closely with other investigators and clinicians throughout the Foundation’s network of research sites to stimulate the development of new translational and clinical research projects. It is expected that the Fellow will propose and design his or her own original research project in focused ultrasound.
In 2018, the Foundation's internship program was named in memory of Board of Directors member Charles Steger, PhD. The Charles Steger Focused Ultrasound Internship Program encompasses the the Foundation’s local and global internship programs. Integral to the Foundation’s mission, these internships are designed to foster interest of focused ultrasound technology among the next generation of researchers.
Launched in June 2012, this program enables bright and gifted students to work on a variety of research projects in collaboration with the Foundation’s scientific and medical team. Intern projects represent valuable contributions to the field of focused ultrasound. The Foundation employs interns year-round, with a greater number of available positions during the summer months. To apply, please send your resume along with a cover letter to .
|George Brown||University of Virginia|
|Graham Keeley||Brown University|
|Lola Manning||Charlottesville High School|
|Mailys Nier||Laboratory of Therapeutic Applications of Ultrasound (LabTAU), Lyon, France|
|Marysia Serafin||University of Virginia|
|Kate Snell||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Runmeng Zhai||University of Virginia|
Global Internship Program
The Focused Ultrasound Foundation offers an international internship opportunity for high-school and university undergraduate students interested in the physical and life sciences. Interns supported through this program will work in an established focused ultrasound laboratory under a researcher recognized in the field. Application information for 2019 is available.
2019 Global Interns
|Student Name||Mentor Name||Institution|
|Lelah Alhemrani||Jan Kubanek, PhD||University of Utah|
|Samuele Cabras||Francesco Prada, MD||Instituto Besta|
|Jake Emrich||Charles Caskey, PhD||Vanderbilt University|
|Arnav Garg||Indranil Basu, PhD, MBA||Albert Einstein College of Medicine|
|Romik Ghosh||Vibhor Krishna, MD||Ohio State University|
|Daniella Jimenez||Elisa Konofagou, PhD||Columbia University|
|Camille Johnson||Kenneth Bader, PhD||University of Chicago|
|Woongbin Kang||Dong-Guk Paeng, PhD||Jeju National University|
|Chris Krasnichuk||Samuel Pichardo, PhD||University of Calgary|
|Varsha Kumar||Zhen Xu, PhD||University of Michigan|
|Anna Kunturova||Vera Khokhlova, PhD||Moscow State University|
|Hohyun Lee||Costas Arvanitis, PhD||Georgia Tech|
|Arjun Maystry||Indranil Basu PhD, MBA||Albert Einstein College of Medicine|
|Nathan Meulenbroek||Samuel Pichardo PhD||University of Calgary|
|Kaylee Meyers||Eli Vlaisavljevich, PhD||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University|
|Andreas Mylonas||Christakis Damianou, MS, PhD||Cyprus University of Technology|
|Anirudh Natarajan||Raag Airan, MD, PhD||Stanford University|
|Polina Pestova||Oleg Sapozhnikov, PhD||Moscow State University|
|Emma Slominski||Henrik Odeen, PhD||University of Utah|
|Tayyaba Tahir||Laura Curiel, PhD||University of Calgary|
|Karla Tapia||Jan Kubanek, PhD||University of Utah|
|Sidney Trotter||Kenneth Bader, PhD||University of Chicago|
The Foundation has supported four researchers through its Richard Merkin Visiting Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound since the program's inception in 2014. The Fellowship was formalized following a very productive year-long collaboration with Institut Langevin's Jean-François Aubry, PhD and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the Focused Ultrasound Foundation is based.
The Richard Merkin Visiting Fellows to date are as follows:
|Dong-guk Paeng, PhD (2014-2015)||Associate Professor of Ocean Systems||Jeju National University in Jeju, Korea|
|Cyril Lafon, PhD (2016-2017)||Director, LabTAU||University of Lyon in Lyon, France|
|Francesco Prada, MD (2017-2019)||Staff Neurosurgeon||Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Neurologico "C. Besta" in Milan, Italy|
|Frederic Padilla, PhD (2017-2019)||Associate Professor, LabTAU||University of Lyon in Lyon, France|
The following Fellows were funded through the Foundation’s original Fellowship program, which is currently on hold, pending additional funding.
Sarfraz Ahmad, PhD, MRCS
Howard Vo, MD, MSEE
Nelly Tan, MD
Julia Kamp, MD
Ronit Machtinger, MD
Thilo Hoelscher, MD
Evan Weeks, MD
Zion Zibly, MD
Timothy McClure, MD