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 open to any mid-career or senior scientist or clinician from industry or academia around the world to work with the technical and scientific team at the Focused Ultrasound Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia for a period of approximately 12 months. The position fosters collaboration between the Foundation, the Fellow's home institution, and other institutions. The Fellow has opportunities to conduct original research in focused ultrasound and participate in ongoing focused ultrasound research projects with investigators at the University of Virginia and other institutions. The Fellow is expected to conduct publishable technical and preclinical projects and deliver one to two research lectures. The Fellow will 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. To apply, please contact Matt Eames, Director of Extramural Research.



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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. 

2017 Global Interns
Student Name Mentor Name Institution
Jessica Cahill Costas Arvanitis Georgia Tech
Nikolas Evripidou Chris Damianou University of Cyprus
Afton Holzer Allison Payne University of Utah
Yixuan Huang Charles Caskey Vanderbilt University
Diana Kim Elisa Konofagou Columbia University
Jennifer Kunes Nick Todd Brigham & Women's Hospital
Roxanne Lahady Jean-Francois Aubry  University of Paris
Jie Man Low Gail ter Haar Royal Marsden: ICR
Ilia Mezdrokhin Vera Khokhlova Moscow State University
Alex Mueller Dennis Parker University of Utah
Andreas Mylonas      Chris Damianou University of Cyprus
Swadhin Nalubola Rao Gullapalli University of Maryland
Shivani Patel      Rao Gullapalli University of Maryland
Andrey Polyanskiy Oleg Sapozhnikov        Moscow State University
Lauren Puumala Laura Curiel Thunder Bay
Tess Seip Naren Sanghvi SonaCare Medical
Bruno Souchu Jean-Francois Aubry University of Paris
Jinchao Wu Kim Butts Pauly Stanford University
Yoko Zecchini Wladyslaw Gedroyc University College London


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