Maji earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in 2018. He plans to leverage the Molecule Maker Lab to design and develop nontoxic amphotericin B. This fungicide is currently used as a last resort against invasive fungal infections, but is so toxic that it can’t be given at doses high enough to eradicate such infections. Around 3 million people around the world are infected each year, and about 50 percent of them die. Maji will work with chemistry professors Martin Burke and Chad Rienstra, and chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Charles Schroeder.
Hedhli earned her Ph.D. in bioengineering in May 2018 from the University of Illinois. She plans to develop gas-filled "smart bubbles" for ultrasound imaging of ovarian cancer with the ultimate goal of transforming the biomedical imaging landscape through the development of ultrasound probes, which will enable medical practitioners to use ultrasound to accurately diagnose diseases. Hedhli plans to work with Jeff Chan, an assistant professor of chemistry; Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, an assistant professor of bioengineering; King Li, the dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine; and Michael Oelze, a professor of electrical and computer engineering.
- Lydia Kisley, 2016-2018
- Vivan Lau, 2017-2019