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The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016-17 IFER Graduate Fellowships for Alternatives to the Use of Animals in Science. For more details on the research projects, click on the students’ names below.

Georgina Harris


Georgina Harris
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Sponsors: Dr. Lena Smirnova and Dr. Thomas Hartung
“Identification of pathways of developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) of environmental chemicals by -omics technologies”


Jean Liou
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsor: Dr. Rocky Tuan
“Application of Human iPSC-derived Mesenchymal Progenitor Cells to Develop Osteochondral Microtissues for Osteoarthritis Drug Testing.”



T.J. Puls
Purdue University, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering  
Sponsor: Dr. Sherry Voytik-Harbin
“Engineering Novel 3D Tumor-Stroma to Bridge the Gap Between Preclinical Models and Human Clinical Outcomes”



Karen Samy
University of California, San Francisco 
Sponsor: Dr. Tejal Desai
“In vitro 3D flow through system for improved intestinal permeability model”



Woojung Shin
University of Texas at Austin
Sponsor: Dr. Hyun Jung Kim
“Human gut inflammation-on-a-chip for replacement of animal models”



Danh Truong
Arizona State University
Sponsor: Dr. Mehdi Nikkhah
“Studying the biochemical and biophysical influences of fibroblasts on cancer invasion in a tumor-stroma on a chip”



Erica Warkus
University of Hawaii
Sponsor: Dr. Yusuke Marikawa
“In vitro embryoid body morphogenesis to reduce animal usage burdens in teratogenicity testing and pharmaceutical drug development”

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