Five Johns Hopkins Doctoral Students Named 2015 Siebel Scholars

October 3, 2014

Five Johns Hopkins graduate students, recently named to the 2015 class of Siebel Scholars, are each pursuing important research projects in varied bioengineering topics involving promising health-related applications. In recognition of their research skills, academic achievements, and leadership qualities, the merit-based Siebel program provides $35,000 to each of the five PhD candidates for use in his or her final year of graduate studies.

At Johns Hopkins, the Siebel Scholars program supports graduate students in bioengineering studies. Three of this year’s recipients are pursuing their doctoral degrees within the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, which is shared by the School of Medicine and the Whiting School of Engineering. The fourth is working toward a doctorate within the Whiting School’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the fifth is pursuing a PhD in the Whiting School’s Department of Computer Science.

Johns Hopkins’ 2015 Siebel Scholars are, from left, Iraj Hosseini, Mert Ankarali, Carmen Kut, and Joel Sunshine. Recipient Tuo Zhao is not pictured. IMAGE: WILL KIRK / HOMEWOODPHOTO.JHU.EDU

Johns Hopkins’ 2015 Siebel Scholars are, from left, Iraj Hosseini, Mert Ankarali, Carmen Kut, and Joel Sunshine. Recipient Tuo Zhao is not pictured.
IMAGE: WILL KIRK / HOMEWOODPHOTO.JHU.EDU

The 2015 Johns Hopkins Siebel Scholar honorees are: Mert Ankarali of Ankara, Turkey, a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; Iraj Hosseini, who previously earned degrees at universities in Iran and Canada, is now completing his doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Computational Medicine; Carmen Kut, who spent her early years in Hong Kong and now lives in Baltimore, is an MD/PhD student in biomedical engineering whose research focuses on real-time intraoperative identification of brain cancer using optical coherence tomography; Joel Sunshine of Pikesville, Md., also is enrolled in the MD/PhD program; and Tuo Zhao is a fourth-year PhD student in the Whiting School’s Department of Computer Science.

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