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October 21, 2015

BME doctoral student Kunal Parikh honored with Roche/ARCS Scholar Award

Kunal ParikhParikh, a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, has been presented with a Roche/ARCS Scholar Award at a reception at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. This is the second year that he has received the award.

An entrepreneur as well as a scientist, Kunal Parikh has spent years developing drug-delivery platforms to improve patient treatment. He plans to spend the next year pursuing patents for these technologies; submitting his research for publication in scholarly journals; visiting hospitals and manufacturing plants to conduct implementation research; and continuing to lead and mentor the team of scientists, engineers, and clinicians who work alongside him.

His research focuses on developing technologies that improve the delivery of vaccines and medicine in the body. This approach includes creating technology capable of sustained drug release to parts of the body and a platform for effective and safe gene delivery that could be used to treat or prevent infectious diseases.

The Roche/ARCS Scholar Award, a three-year award funded by the Roche and ARCS foundations, grants nonrestricted funds to support the next generation of life science students. Read the full article.