The Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fund provides fellowships to female engineering graduate students who are conducting research in the general field of medical imaging (e.g., ultrasound, optical, magnetic resonance) at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Parinaz Fathi, a bioengineering Ph.D. student in Professor Dipanjan Pan's group, plans to study biodegradable biliverdin nanoparticles for photoacoustic imaging and photothermal therapy of sentinel lymph node metastases. She will continue collaborating with Jefferson Chan, an assistant professor of chemistry, and Brad Sutton, a professor of bioengineering—both members of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.
Shachi Mittal, a graduate student in bioengineering, is working to build digital molecular histopathology and patient prognosis tools for a paradigm shift in cancer diagnosis and survival predictions. She will continue working with Rohit Bhargava, a professor of bioengineering and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.