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The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017-18 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.


Nicholas Brookhouser
Arizona State University
Sponsor: David Brafman
“Engineering human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) as a means to replace animal models for investigating the contribution of the ApoE risk allele to onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease”



Michael Ferguson
Boston University
Sponsor: Joyce Wong
“In vitro vascularization and perfusion of human stem cell derived organoids for use in drug testing and as models of disease, development, and function”


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”



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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