Scholars Program

IconsScholarsThe Foundation is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of focused ultrasound clinicians and scientists.



The Richard Merkin Visiting Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound is a fellowship program with the with the goal of expanding the global network and collaboration between the technical or preclinical researchers, an/or the clinical focused ultrasound providers and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. This Fellowship will foster collaboration between the Foundation, the Fellow's home institution, 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. 

The Foundation is now accepting applications for the fellowship position, which will be open starting Summer 2019. Please send CV, biosketch, and desired start-dates to to commence the application process. The official 2019 position announcement is available here.



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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. 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 .

2018 Interns
Student Name Institution
George Brown University of Virginia
Graham Keeley Brown University
Lola Manning   Charlottesville High School
Mailys Nier Laboratory of Therapeutic Applications of Ultrasound (LabTAU), Lyon, France
Marysia Serafin    University of Virginia
Kate Snell Virginia Commonwealth University
Runmeng Zhai 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. 

2018 Global Interns
Student Name Mentor Name Institution
Neema Ahmadian  Shima Shahab, M.S., Ph.D.  Virginia Tech
Dylan Beam  Vibhor Krishna, M.D., MBBS  Ohio State University
Anastasia Bobina  Oleg Sapozhnikov, M.S., Ph.D., D.Sc.  Moscow State University
Adam Canfield  Phillip Jason White, Ph.D.  Harvard University
Megan Dearden  Doug Christensen, M.S., Ph.D.  University of Utah
Nikolas Evripidou  Christakis Damianou, M.S., Ph.D.  Cyprus University of Technology
Maeghan Garrison  Wilson Miller, Ph.D.  University of Virginia, School of Medicine
Tejas Karwa Indranil Basu, Ph.D., MBA Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Hohyun Lee Costas Arvanitis, Ph.D. Georgia Tech
Qingxi (Brooke) Ma Barbara Waszczak, Ph.D. Northeastern University
Craig Macsemchuk Samuel Pichardo, Ph.D. Calgary University
Chris Margraf Timothy Bullock, Ph.D. University of Virginia, School of Medicine
Sophie Meyer Rich Price, M.S., Ph.D. University of Virginia, Biomedical Engineering
Swadhin Nalubola Rao Gullapalli, M.S., Ph.D., MBA University of Maryland
Somang Paeng Eun-Joo Park, M.S., Ph.D. Seoul National University Hospital
Ekaterina Ponomarchuk Vera Khokhlova, M.S., Ph.D., D.Sc. Moscow State University
Dia Shah Indranil Basu, Ph.D., MBA Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Alexander Simon Eli Vlaisavljevich, Ph.D. Virginia Tech
James Woznak Kevin Lee, Ph.D. University of Virginia, School of Medicine
Lin Zhang Eisa Konofagou, Ph.D. Columbia University


Funded Fellows

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

Sarfraz Ahmad, Ph.D., M.R.C.S.

Training Site: University of Dundee - Dundee, U.K.
Mentors: Andreas Melzer, M.D., D.D.S; Ghulam Nabi, M.S., M.D.
Fellowship Period: August 1, 2011 – July 31, 2013

Howard Vo, M.D., MSEE

Training Site: Department of Radiology, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute - Houston
Mentor: King Li, M.D, F.R.C.P. (C), M.B.A.
Fellowship Period: August 1, 2011 – July 31, 2012

Nelly Tan, M.D.

Training Site: Department of Radiology, University of California, Los Angeles
Mentors: Steven Raman, M.D.; David Lu, M.D.
Fellowship Period: June 2011 – May 2012

Julia Kamp, M.D.

Training Site: Department of Radiology, Charité - Berlin, Germany
Mentors: Bernd Hamm, M.D.; Alexander Beck, M.D.
Fellowship Period: November 2009 – November 2010

Ronit Machtinger, M.D.

Training Site: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brigham and Women's Hospital - Boston
Mentor: Clare Tempany, M.D.; Fiona Fennessey, M.D.
Fellowship Period: September 2009 – August 2011

Thilo Hoelscher, M.D.

Training Site: Department of Radiology, University of California, San Diego Mentor: William Bradley, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Fellowship Period: July – December 2009

Evan Weeks, M.D.

Training Site: Department of Radiology, St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College, London
Mentor: Wladyslaw Gedroyc, M.D.
Fellowship Period: July 2009 – June 2010

Zion Zibly, M.D.

Training Site: Department of Neurosurgery, SHEBA Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel
Mentors: Sagi Harnof, M.D.; Zvi Cohen, M.D.
Fellowship Period: March 2008 – February 2009

Timothy McClure, M.D.

Training Site: Department of Radiology, University of California, Los Angeles
Mentors: David Lu, M.D.; Steven Raman, M.D.
Fellowship Period: July 2008 – June 2009