Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellows Program Alumni

2016 Fellows

Saumya Tiwari
Saumya Tiwari is an M.D./Ph.D. student in bioengineering and was previously a Beckman Graduate Fellow. She is working with Rohit Bhargava, professor of bioengineering and full-time faculty member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, on developing a new imaging technology to identify and predict disease progression.

Yang Zhu
Yang Zhu is pursuing her Ph.D. in bioengineering. Working with Michael Insana, professor of bioengineering and full-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, Zhu’s project in the ultrasound laboratory focuses on determining the microstructures that cause acoustic scattering and the signals viewed in clinical images.

2015 Fellows

Jamila Hedhli
Jamila, who works with Wawrzyniec Dobrucki from the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, will obtain her Ph.D. in bioengineering. Her research focuses on the development of stem cells therapies for the treatment of cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes.

Shamira Sridharan
Shamira is pursuing her Ph.D. in bioengineering and works with Gabriel Popescu, from the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group. Her work explores innovative quantitative techniques for prognosticating prostate cancer and diagnosing colon cancer.

2014 Fellows

Genevieve LaBelle
Genevieve is pursuing her Ph.D. in computer engineering. At the Beckman Institute, she works with Brad Sutton in the Magnetic Resonance Functional Imaging Lab. Genevieve’s research interests are in making MRIs better and faster by integrating computing, magnetic resonance, and neuroscience. She is working toward enabling high-resolution and high-speed imaging of the brain by developing efficient acquisition and image reconstruction techniques. Genevieve received her B.S. from the University of Illinois in 2009.

Qian Yin
When Qian Yin’s grandfather died of liver cancer, she dedicated her career to help develop new biomedical imaging methods to diagnose and treat cancer. Qian is pursuing a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, and is working with Jianjun Cheng’s group to utilize nanotechnology to tackle the challenges of cancer diagnosis. Through collaborations with Wawrzyniec Dobrucki at Beckman, she has developed polymeric nanoparticle-based contract agents for in vivo x-ray computer tomography imaging.

2013 Fellow

Giang-Chau Ngo
Giang-Chau Ngo works with Beckman Institute researcher Brad Sutton. Giang-Chau is a Ph.D. student in the bioengineering at the University of Illinois. Her research with Dr. Sutton looks to advance magnetic resonance imaging technique. More precisely, she aims to understand the impact of field inhomogeneity on MRI image acquisition and developing a correction method, which should provide a more robust imaging tool and help move toward the grand challenge of understanding how the brain works.

2012 Fellows

Joanne Li
Joanne Li works with Beckman Institute researchers Stephen Boppart and Wawrzyniec Dobrucki. She is a graduate student in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois. Li’s research goals are to advance medical imaging, especially as it applies to cancer screening and diagnostics. She works with different imaging modalities, including Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Cerenkov Luminescence (CL) Imaging.

Sara Bahramianparchekoohi
Sara Bahramianparchekoohi works with Beckman researcher Michael Insana. Sara is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. Her research with Insana looks to advance advancing ultrasonic imaging technique, with a focus on discrimination tasks in ultrasonic images of breast cancer.

2011 Fellows

Yue Wang
Yue is a member of the Ultrasonic Imaging Laboratory at the Beckman Institute where she works with Michael Insana of the Bioimaging Science and Technology group. She is a graduate student in Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois. Yue's research is aimed at developing a novel shear wave imaging technique that has the potential to bridge molecular, cellular, and tissue biology, and to support medical diagnoses of cancer. She is also interested in exploring biological sources of mechanical contrast in cancer development.

Cac Nguyen
Cac is an Electrical and Computer Engineering major at the University of Illinois and a member of the Institute's Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory, where she works mainly with lab director and Integrative Imaging Co-chair Stephen Boppart. Cac also collaborates with Beckman researcher Jont Allen. Cac's research investigates bacteria biofilm in the middle ear using imaging techniques and acoustic measurements, and she has developed an automatic algorithm for classification of data.