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Top graduate students from U.S. convened with Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany

June 30, 2011

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Eighty of the top graduate student researchers in the United States were chosen to attend the 61th Annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany from June 26–July 1.

Close to 600 students from 77 countries attended the week-long meeting in Germany.

Since 1951, Nobel Laureates have annually convened in Lindau to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers from around the world. Laureates and students exchange ideas, discuss projects and build international networks throughout the week.

This year, the group of students is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Mars, Inc., the National Institutes of Health and Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Throughout the week, the 23 participating Laureates lectured in the mornings on the topic of their choice related to physiology or medicine and participated in less formal small group discussions with the students in the afternoons. Students also received the chance to interact with the Laureates and other international students during the evenings at local restaurants for more informal discussions.

Various networking events were also on the agenda to allow participants to meet other attendees from around the world.

For more information regarding the 61th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students, visit the ORAU—Lindau website. The ORAU-Lindau website and all logistical arrangements for the participants are being administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, a DOE institute managed by ORAU.

The 80 students, listed by sponsor, are:

U.S. Department of Energy Lindau Meeting Participants

Student Name University Name Research Specialty
Eric Chi Rice University Statistics
Emily Corcoran Northeastern University Chemistry
Charles Frogner Massachusetts Institute of Technology Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Kim Hixson Washington State University Molecular Plant Sciences
Michael Jablin Los Alamos National Laboratory Physics
Armen Kherlopian Weill Cornell Medical College Physiology and Biophysics
Marc Lajoie Harvard University Chemical Biology
Dominique Price Los Alamos National Laboratory Infectious Disease
Eli Rogers-Melnick West Virginia University Biology
Amanda Storm Miami University Biochemistry

Mars, Inc., Lindau Meeting Participants

Student Name University Name Research Specialty
Kevin Armendariz University of Kansas Chemistry
Dina Faddah Massachusetts Institute of Technology Biology
Erin Green San Diego State University Clinical Psychology
Kristy Heppner University of Cincinnati Neuroscience
Jacob Kitzman University of Washington Genome Sciences
Samantha Lewis University of California, Riverside Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics
Maria Mikedis University of Wisconsin-Madison Cellular and Molecular Biology
Georgia Panagiotakos Stanford University Neuroscience
Samuel Saito Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz Genetic and Molecular Biology
Bettina Schelkle Cardiff University Gyrodactylid Biology and Control
Matthias Totzeck German Sports University Human Medicine
Adam Williams University of Nottingham Proteomics

National Institutes of Health Lindau Meeting Participants

Student Name University Name Research Specialty
Gregory Alushin University of California, Berkeley Biophysics
James Ankrum Massachusetts Institute of Technology Medical Engineering and Medical Physics
Valerie Arboleda University of California, Los Angeles Human Genetics
Jessica Arter University of California, Irvine Chemistry
Christopher Bishop University of California, Bishop Neuroscience
Josephine Bodle The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Biomedical Engineering
Gregory Botta Drexel University Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics
Scott Boyken Iowa State University Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Katrina Claw University of Washington Genome Sciences
Bryce Daines Baylor College of Medicine Molecular and Human Genetics
Hannah DeBerg University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Physics and Biophysics
Suzanne Devkota University of Chicago Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition
George Eng Columbia University-Morningside Medicine and Biomedical Engineering
Timothy Errington University of Virginia Microbiology
Amanda Foust Yale University Neurobiology
Evan Gordon Georgetown University Neuroscience
Amelia Hochreiter-Hufford University of Virginia Microbiology
Catherine Howard Tulane University Biomedical Sciences
Michael Jacobsen University of Utah Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Matthew Jones Northwestern University Materials Science and Engineering
Renatta Knox University of California, San Francisco Biomedical Sciences
John-Paul Lavik University of Toledo College of Medicine Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Melissa Liriano University of Maryland, Baltimore Biochemistry
Cindy Liu Northern Arizona University Biology
Joanna MacKay University of California, Berkeley Chemical Engineering
John Melvan Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Medical and Doctoral Degree in Physiology
Robert Orchard II University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center Molecular Microbiology
Kelly Quesnelle University of Pittsburgh Molecular Pharmacology
Rebecca Richards Oregon Health and Science University Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Claire Robertson University of California, Irvine Biomedical Engineering
Yedidya Saiman Mount Sinai School of Medicine Pharmacology and System Therapeutics
Jayodita Sanghvi Stanford University Bioengineering
Brian Sauer College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Neuroscience
Natale Sciolina University of Georgia Psychology
Matthew Smith Lehigh University Physics
Joshua Talboom Arizona State University Psychology
Renee Thomas California Institute of Technology Chemistry
Michael Thompson Stanford University Chemistry
Mark Tibbitt University of Colorado at Boulder Chemical and Biological Engineering
Brent Volk Texas A&M University Material Science and Engineering
Catherine Volle Brown University Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry
Mary Wahl Harvard University Molecular and Cellular Biology
Julia Warren Washington University in St. Louis Immunology
Katherine Wendelsdorf Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Computational Biology

Oak Ridge Associated Universities Meeting Participants

Student Name University Name Research Specialty
John Brenner University of Michigan Cellular and Molecular Biology
James Clancy University of Notre Dame Biological Sciences
Annette De Kloet University of Cincinnati Neuroscience
Sonya Dumanis Georgetown University Interdisciplinary Neuroscience
Peter Hamilton Vanderbilt University Neuroscience
Shyam Khatau Johns Hopkins University Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Isaac Kinde Johns Hopkins University Oncology
William Liechty University of Texas at Austin Chemical Engineering
Lynley Pound Vanderbilt University Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Matthew Rinehart Duke University Biomedical Engineering
Michael Rouse University of South Carolina Biomedical Sciences
Benjamin Scholl University of Texas at Austin Computational Neurobiology
James Stefater III University of Cincinnati Molecular and Developmental Biology
Erik Yusko University of Michigan Biomedical Engineering

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