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The Visiting Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound is a fellowship program with the goal of expanding the global network and collaboration between the technical or preclinical researchers, and/or the clinical focused ultrasound providers and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. This Fellowship fosters collaboration between the Foundation, the Fellows' home institutions, and other institutions as relevant.

Fellows benefit from the Foundation’s wide expertise in focused ultrasound and will have the opportunity to seek out and work closely with other investigators and clinicians throughout the Foundation’s network of research sites to stimulate the development of new translational and clinical research projects. It is expected that the Fellow will propose and design his or her own original research project in focused ultrasound.

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The Andrew J. Lockhart Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ultrasound and Immuno-Oncology was established in January 2021 through the generosity of the Lockhart family, who are longtime supporters of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. The new Lockhart Postdoctoral Fellowship will help the Foundation identify and cultivate the next generation of investigators who could advance the development and clinical adoption of focused ultrasound in immuno-oncology. Learn more about the 2021 fellow >


In 2018, the Foundation's internship program was named in memory of Board of Directors member Charles Steger, PhD. The Charles Steger Focused Ultrasound Internship Program encompasses the the Foundation’s local and global internship programs. Integral to the Foundation’s mission, these internships are designed to foster interest of focused ultrasound technology among the next generation of researchers.

Local Internships

Launched in June 2012, this program enables bright and gifted students to work on a variety of research projects in collaboration with the Foundation’s scientific and medical team. 

The program is generously funded by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation. The Claude Moore Summer Internship Program of the Charles Steger Focused Ultrasound Internship Program is designed to foster interest in focused ultrasound technology among the next generation of researchers.

Intern projects represent valuable contributions to the field of focused ultrasound. The Foundation employs interns year-round, with a greater number of available positions during the summer months. To apply, please send your resume along with a cover letter to .

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2020 Interns

Student Name Institution
Isabella Berkeley Baruch College
Isha Bhatia University of Virginia
Dawn Bordenave Xavier University of Louisiana, Harvard University
Jackie Brenner Penn State University, Harvard University
Caleb Hallinan University of Virginia
Leslie Hansen University of Virginia School of Medicine
Colin Haws University of Virginia
Adam Kippenhan University of Virginia
Kathleen Nguyen University of Virginia
Darrah Sheehan Western Albemarle High School
Kimball Sheehan University of Virginia
Dylan Shen Cornell University
Jack Snell Graduate of Piedmont Virginia Community College
Juliette Strubel University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Samia Taliaferro North Carolina Central University

Global Internship Program

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation offers an international internship opportunity for high-school and university undergraduate students interested in the physical and life sciences. Interns supported through this program will work in an established focused ultrasound laboratory under a researcher recognized in the field. Applications for 2022 summer global interns are being accepted until April 24. Learn more >

2021 Global Interns

Student Mentor Institution
Davi Cavinatto Steven Allen PhD Brigham Young University
Matt Osburn Steven Allen PhD Brigham Young University
Alexander Robertson Elisa Konofagou PhD Columbia University
Ioannis Demetriades Christakis Damianou MS, PhD Cyprus University of Technology
MacKenzie Campbell Adam Waspe PhD Hospital for Sick Children
Nicoletta Corradino Francesco Prada MD Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta
Riccardo Ciocca Francesco Prada MD Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta
Lee Hyo Jin Dong-guk Paeng PhD Jeju National University
Azamat Kaloev Oleg Sapozhnikov PhD Moscow State University
Kseniia Tumanova Vera Khokhlova PhD Moscow State University
Alexandra Butnariu Vibhor Krishna MD Ohio State University
Matthew Jordan Raag Airan MD, PhD Stanford University
Dan Budiansky Nir Lipsman MD, PhD Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Elizabeth Douglas Meaghan O'Reilly PhD University of Toronto
Raya Subah Samuel Pichardo PhD University of Calgary
Lucas Berens Kenneth Bader PhD University of Cincinnatti
Isabelle Stephen Victor Frenkel PhD University of Maryland
Sabine Meurs Mario Fabiilli PhD University of Michigan
Joshua Marchant Dennis Parker PhD University of Utah
Gabriel Koh Pierre Mourad PhD University of Washington
Henry Tan Pierre Mourad PhD University of Washington
Erica Lin Charles Caskey PhD Vanderbilt University
Ryo Tsuda Nick Todd PhD Brigham and Women's Hospital
Sena Akgun Wladyslaw Gedroyc MD St. Mary's Hospital

Cultivate the Next Generation Follow-On Funding

For those who participated in our internship or global scholars program and are interested in continuing to explore focused ultrasound as a career path are encouraged to contact Matt Eames, PhD, to discuss their desires/plans. The Foundation does not have a formal program to fund following on work for prior interns or global scholars, but we will consider compelling applications on a case-by-case basis. Proposals where the student has secured and/or is applying for matching funds from another source are strongly encouraged.

Funded Fellows

The Foundation has supported four researchers through its Visiting Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound since the program's inception in 2014. The Fellowship was formalized following a very productive year-long collaboration with Institut Langevin's Jean-François Aubry, PhD and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the Focused Ultrasound Foundation is based.

The Richard Merkin Visiting Fellows were as follows:

Dong-guk Paeng, PhD (2014-2015)   Associate Professor of Ocean Systems   Jeju National University in Jeju, Korea
Cyril Lafon, PhD (2016-2017) Director, LabTAU University of Lyon in Lyon, France
Francesco Prada, MD (2017-2019) Staff Neurosurgeon Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Neurologico "C. Besta" in Milan, Italy
Frederic Padilla, PhD (2017-2019) Associate Professor, LabTAU University of Lyon in Lyon, France
Beata Chertok, PhD (2021-2022) Associate Professor University of Michigan


The following Fellows were funded through the Foundation’s original Fellowship program, which is currently on hold, pending additional funding.

Sarfraz Ahmad, PhD, MRCS 
University of Dundee - Dundee, UK
Mentors: Andreas Melzer, MD, DDS; Ghulam Nabi, MS, MD 
Fellowship Period: August 1, 2011 – July 31, 2013

Howard Vo, MD, MSEE
Department of Radiology, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute - Houston
Mentor: King Li, MD, FRCP (C), MBA 
Fellowship Period: August 1, 2011 – July 31, 2012

Nelly Tan, MD
Department of Radiology, University of California, Los Angeles
Mentors: Steven Raman, MD; David Lu, MD 
Fellowship Period: June 2011 – May 2012

Julia Kamp, MD
Department of Radiology, Charité - Berlin, Germany
Mentors: Bernd Hamm, MD; Alexander Beck, MD
Fellowship Period: November 2009 – November 2010

Ronit Machtinger, MD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brigham and Women's Hospital - Boston
Mentor: Clare Tempany, MD; Fiona Fennessey, MD 
Fellowship Period: September 2009 – August 2011

Thilo Hoelscher, MD
Department of Radiology, University of California, San Diego
Mentor: William Bradley, Jr., MD, PhD
Fellowship Period: July – December 2009

Evan Weeks, MD
Department of Radiology, St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College, London
Mentor: Wladyslaw Gedroyc, MD 
Fellowship Period: July 2009 – June 2010

Zion Zibly, MD
Department of Neurosurgery, SHEBA Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel
Mentors: Sagi Harnof, MD; Zvi Cohen, MD 
Fellowship Period: March 2008 – February 2009

Timothy McClure, MD
Department of Radiology, University of California, Los Angeles
Mentors: David Lu, MD; Steven Raman, MD Fellowship Period: July 2008 – June 2009

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