Three Hopkins BME grad students named Siebel Scholars
Three Johns Hopkins doctoral students studying biomedical engineering have been named Siebel Scholars for 2024, an honor that recognizes students in bioengineering fields for exemplary achievement in academia, research, and leadership.
Since its founding in 2000, the Siebel Scholarship has been awarded to 75 Johns Hopkins graduate students. Each year, around 100 scholars are selected from leading graduate schools to join a community of nearly 2,000 researchers, scholars, and entrepreneurs. Recipients receive a $35,000 award to support their final year of studies. Additionally, they are invited to attend annual conferences to discuss global issues alongside heads of state, scientists, and other experts seeking solutions to the world’s most complex and pressing problems.
The 2024 Siebel Scholars from Hopkins BME are:
Fan-En Chen works in the lab of Jeff (Tza-Huei) Wang, a professor in mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering, focusing on the development of decentralized antimicrobial susceptibility testing through the use of point-of-care devices. By combining her expertise in analytical assay design with her engineering knowledge, Chen is developing a highly multiplexed detection for sexually transmitted diseases. Her work has resulted in six first-author and 13 co-authored publications, along with three patents and seven conference presentations.
Outside the lab, she served as president of the Taiwanese Student Association at Johns Hopkins and currently is co-president of the Graduate Consulting Club. Addressing a career information gap for Taiwanese life scientists, Fan-En co-founded a podcast, leading a team of 11 scientists. The podcast has over 60 episodes with more than 100,000 downloads.
As a biomedical engineering PhD candidate and an inaugural JHU-AstraZeneca Scholar, Inez Lam works closely with scientists in industry and academia for her thesis research in the lab of Feilim Mac Gabhann, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, where she builds computational systems pharmacology models to understand antibody-drug conjugates in AstraZeneca’s portfolio and improve cancer treatments. Lam served as co-president and faculty-student liaison of the BME PhD Council, spearheading professional development events and community-building initiatives. She co-founded and was co-president of Women of Whiting, a university-wide support network for over 200 graduate women in engineering, and chaired the planning committee for the initial years of the Women in STEM Symposium, attended by hundreds. Recognized by Forbes “30 Under 30” as a top entrepreneur, Lam co-founded and is CTO of ClearMask. She is also the main inventor and engineer of ClearMask’s transparent surgical mask, leading the product from conception to creation to 20 million sold and $45 million in revenue.
Sarah Neshat, a first-generation college graduate, completed her studies at Northeastern University with three six-month co-ops in pharma, academia, and biotech. Neshat is a recipient of graduate scholarships from the NSF, GEM Consortium, ARCS-MWC Endowment, and P.E.O. Her PhD thesis focuses on non-viral gene delivery immunotherapies for oncology and autoimmune diseases, thus far resulting in 11 papers, three patents, and over eight conference presentations; her co-advisers are Jordan Green, professor and vice chair for Research and Translation in the Department of Biomedical Engineering; and Joshua Doloff, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, materials science and engineering, and oncology. Passionate about STEM education access, Neshat co-founded the JHU BME Application Assistance Program, aiding underrepresented students in pursuing BME PhD programs. She instructed the inaugural Biomedical Engineering Innovation course at Baltimore’s all-girls Roland Park Country School and mentored five students in the lab, including a Coppin State student via the Hopkins-HBCU BME Pathway program. Neshat actively contributed to the BME department by serving on executive boards for Extramural Development in Graduate Education and Nucleate. Beyond JHU, she is a senior fellow for Blackbird Laboratories, a Baltimore-based accelerator.
Read about all the 2024 Siebel Scholars from Johns Hopkins on the Hub.