IconsScholarsThe Foundation is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of focused ultrasound clinicians and scientists through our fellowships and various internship opportunities. 



The Richard Merkin 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.

See previous Merkin fellows >


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

Interns 2018 Group smLaunched 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 .

2019 Interns

Student Name Institution
Jackie Brenner Penn State and Thomas Jefferson Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Zhihang Chen University of Virginia
Sam Clinard  University of Virginia
Hannah DeVore University of Virginia
Kate Dieterle  Gunston High School
Nikolai Majorin George Mason University
Juliette Strubel The University Exeter
Randy Wang University of Virginia

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. Application information for 2020 is available.

2019 Global Interns

Student Name Mentor Name Institution
Lelah Alhemrani Jan Kubanek, PhD University of Utah
Samuele Cabras Francesco Prada, MD Instituto Besta
Jake Emrich Charles Caskey, PhD Vanderbilt University 
Arnav Garg Indranil Basu, PhD, MBA Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Romik Ghosh Vibhor Krishna, MD Ohio State University 
Daniella Jimenez Elisa Konofagou, PhD  Columbia University
Camille Johnson Kenneth Bader, PhD  University of Chicago
Woongbin Kang Dong-Guk Paeng, PhD  Jeju National University 
Chris Krasnichuk Samuel Pichardo, PhD  University of Calgary 
Varsha Kumar Zhen Xu, PhD  University of Michigan 
Anna Kunturova Vera Khokhlova, PhD  Moscow State University 
Hohyun Lee Costas Arvanitis, PhD  Georgia Tech 
Arjun Maystry Indranil Basu PhD, MBA  Albert Einstein College of Medicine 
Nathan Meulenbroek Samuel Pichardo PhD  University of Calgary 
Kaylee Meyers Eli Vlaisavljevich, PhD  Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 
Andreas Mylonas   Christakis Damianou, MS, PhD  Cyprus University of Technology 
Anirudh Natarajan Raag Airan, MD, PhD  Stanford University
Polina Pestova Oleg Sapozhnikov, PhD  Moscow State University 
Emma Slominski Henrik Odeen, PhD  University of Utah
Tayyaba Tahir Laura Curiel, PhD  University of Calgary 
Karla Tapia Jan Kubanek, PhD  University of Utah 
Sidney Trotter Kenneth Bader, PhD  University of Chicago

Funded Fellows

The Foundation has supported four researchers through its Richard Merkin 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 to date are 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


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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