Past Graduate Fellowship Recipients

The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) is pleased to showcase past recipients of the IFER Graduate Fellowships for Alternatives to the Use of Animals in Science. For more details on the research projects, click on the links below.

Karen Samy
University of California, San Francisco
Mentor: Dr. Tejal Desai
2015 - 2017

"In vitro 3D flow through system for improved intestinal permeability model."
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Jaewon Lee
University of Texas at Austin
Mentor: Dr. Hyun Jung Kim
2015 - 2017

"Human gut inflammation-on-a-chip for replacement of animal models."
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Georgina Harris
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mentors: Dr. Lena Smirnova and Dr. Thomas Hartung
2013 - 2017

"Identification of pathways of developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) of environmental chemicals by -omics technologies."
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Sun Nee Tan
University of British Columbia
Mentor: Dr. Martin McKeown
2014 - 2016

"Structural and Functional Neuroplasticity of Parkinson’s Disease Following a Sensori-motor Contingent Musical Walking Intervention (Ambulosono)."
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Bryan Hassell
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
Mentor: Dr. Donald Ingber
2014 - 2016

"Human Cancer-on-a-Chip as a Replacement for Animal Testing."
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Erica Schlesinger
University of California, San Francisco
Mentor: Dr. Tejal Desai
2014 - 2015

"In Vitro 3D Flow Through System for Improved Intestinal Permeability Model."
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David Tran
University of California, Irvine
Mentor: Dr. Steven George
2013 - 2015

"Development of a Patient-Specific High-Throughput Cardiac Drug-Screening Platform."
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Nicole Sparks
University of California, Riverside
Mentor: Dr. Nicole l. zur Nieden
2012 - 2015

"In Vitro Prediction of Skeletal Teratogenicity of Environmental Chemicals."
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Crystal Meyerett
Colorado State University
Mentor: Mark Zabel
2009 - 2010

"Development of a Cell Culture – based In Vitro Prion Amplification Assay as a Diagnostic Tool for Chronic Wasting Disease."
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Hsiang Ho
University of California - Irvine
Mentor: Anand Ganesan
2009 - 2010

"Development of an Entirely Human Derived Skin Equivalent Model that will Replace Animal Models for In Vitro Testing of Melanoma Chemopreventive Agents."
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Justin Remais
University of California, Berkeley, CA
Mentor: Robert C. Spear
2007, 2009 - 2010

"Development of an Animal Replacement Assay for the Detection of Schistosoma japonicum."
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Dylan Dean
Brown University
Mentor: Jeffrey Morgan
2007 - 2008

"Microtissues in Micromolded Hydrogels: Reducing Animal Use With In Vitro Tissue Analogues."
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Deepika Arora
Virginia Commonwealth University
Mentor: Masahiro Sakagami

"In Vitro Cell Monolayer-based Assay for Lung Epithelial Inflammation and Barrier Damage: Their Induction by Cigarette Smoke and Recovery By Pharmaceutical Aerosols."
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Ramya Mallampati
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Mentor: Mandip Sachdeva
2006, 2008 - 2009

"Evaluation of Epiderm FT-200 (EFT-200) culture as an In Vitro model for skin irritation."
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Sean H.J. Kim
University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley
Mentor: C. Anthony Hunt
2006, 2007, 2008

"Development of a Multi-Scale, Multi-Aspect Framework and Models for In Silico Experimentation of Mammalian Organ Systems."
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Anthony R. Calabro
St. John’s University, New York
Mentor: Frank A. Barile
2005 - 2006, 2007 – 2008

"Effects of Trace Metals on Tight Junction Proteins in Cultured Caco-2 and Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells."
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Aaron Haubner
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Mentor: Peter A. Crooks
2006, 2008 - 2009

"Design and Discovery of Novel Subtype-selective Nicotinic Receptor Agonists and Antagonists Utilizing Animal-free Cell Culture and Microplate Technologies."
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Susan L. Mayo
Uppsala University, Sweden
Mentor: Jann Hau
2003 - 2004, 2005

"Oral Immunization of Chickens for Refinement of Egg-Yolk Antibody Production: Implementation of Four R’s in Antibody Production."
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Bin Zhao
St. John’s University, New York
Mentor: Sue M. Ford
2001, 2002

"Development of a Human Kidney Cell Line Model for the Assessment of Antiviral Drug Transport."
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Erik Suuronen
University of Ottawa, Canada
Mentor: May Griffith
2001, 2002 – 2003

"Development of an Innervated Functional Human Corneal Equivalent for In Vitro Testing."
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Hillary Thompson
Illinois State University
Mentor: Valeri Farmer-Dougan and Thomas Critchfield
2001 – 2002, 2003

"The Zoo as a Natural Learning Laboratory: Developing a Behavior Research and Training Unit with ISU and Miller Park Zoo."
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Stephanie Marie Dloniak
University of California - Berkeley
Mentor: Kay E. Holekamp, Ph.D. in collaboration with Dr. Steve Glickman
2000, 2001, 2002

"Evaluation of Hormonal Status, Parasite Load, and Behavioral Correlates in Free-ranging Spotted Hyenas (Crocuta crocuta)."
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Catherine Schuppli
University of British Columbia
Mentor: David Fraser
2001, 2002, 2003

"Governance of Experimental Animal Use in Canada: The Effectiveness in Reaching Ethical Goals."
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Margaret Shunick
University of Montana
Mentor: Deni Elliott
1999, 2000, 2001 – 2002

"Feelings, Beliefs and Values About Animals in the Wild."
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Regina Cocco and Dunja Lukovic
University of Illinois
Mentor: David Ucker
1999 - 2000, 2001 – 2002

"Distinct Modes of Macrophage Recognition for Apoptotic and Necrotic Cells Are Not Specified Exclusively by Phosphatidyleserine Exposure."
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John M. Baust
State University of New York - Binghamton, N.Y.
Mentor: Robert Van Buskirk
1998, 1999, 2000

"Cell Viability Improves Following Inhibition of Cryopreservation-Induced Apoptosis."
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Kathleen A. Garreis
Colorado State University
Mentor: Richard Titus
1997, 1998, 1999

"Leishmaniasis Disease and It’s Effect on Humans."
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