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


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.

See Previous Fellows

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 2022 Fellow

Established in 2020, the Darden Focused Ultrasound Fellowship offers college graduates who have been admitted to the University of Virginia Darden School of Business through its Future Year Scholars Program an opportunity to learn more about the field of focused ultrasound. Fellows will work at the Foundation for one to three years to gain experience working for an entrepreneurial med tech foundation before matriculating at Darden. Learn More About the Fellowship and Meet the First Darden Fellow

The new Postdoctoral Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound was established to help postdoctoral researchers transition into faculty positions. The initiative will award $30,000 per year to two postdoctoral researchers employed at institutions around the world. This Fellowship experience is designed to foster collaboration between the Foundation, the Fellows’ home institution, and other relevant institutions. Each Fellow will design and propose a focused ultrasound research project. Learn More About the Fellowship Program


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.

ACCESS FUS Internships

The Foundation recognizes that disparities created by gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status limit the opportunities of many young people to advance in our field. In 2022, it launched the ACCESS FUS Scholars Initiative to help create a focused ultrasound community that is more diverse and inclusive, ensuring the best and brightest choose careers in focused ultrasound and thereby strengthen the entire field.

The ACCESS FUS internship program provides educational and research opportunities to undergraduate students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds. The internship will enable highly motivated students to join the Foundation for full-time work for 6 to 12 weeks during the summer at the Foundation headquarters in Charlottesville, VA. This is a paid internship, and the Foundation will also provide a stipend to cover travel to and from Charlottesville and housing during the internship.

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

2022 Interns

Student NameInstitution
Adeoluwa AdedejiXavier University of Louisiana
Abey BabuVirginia Tech
Leticia BandaAmerican University
Imogen HequetImperial College of London
Erick Lassair, Jr.Xavier University of Louisiana
Kavya ParekhUniversity of Virginia
Velan ShanmuganathanUniversity of Virginia
Ella TaylorDuke 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. 

2021 Global Interns

Alexandra BrevdeNathan McDannold, PhDBrigham and Women’s Hospital
Gianmarco CeiArianna Menciassi, PhDScuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Eleni ChristofiChristakis Damianou MS, PhDCyprus University of Technology
Evan CongerSteven Allen, PhDBrigham Young University
Kaizer ContrerasPierre Mourad, PhDUniversity of Washington
Renata FarrellEli Vlaisavljevich, PhDVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Nartov FedorVera Khokhlova, PhDMoscow State University
Chrissa FosocolosElisa Konofagou, PhDColumbia University
Gabriel GallegosMuna Aryal, PhDLoyola University
Michelle HamaniRobert Chen, MA, MBBChirUniversity of Toronto
Wesley JuddHenrik Odeen, PhDUniversity of Utah
Zachary OlivierSteven Allen, PhDBrigham Young University
Aarav ParikhJan Kubanek, PhDUniversity of Utah
Veronica PercuocoFrancesco Prada, MDIstituto Neurologico Carlo Besta
Emily SmithViola Reike, PhDUniversity of Utah
Oleg SolontsovOleg Sapozhnikov, PhDMoscow State University
Na SoriDong-guk Paeng, PhDJeju National University 
Eddie WangZhen Xu, PhDUniversity of Michigan
Andrew XieSamuel Pichardo, PhDUniversity of Calgary
Maya YieElisa Konofagou, PhDColumbia University
Noah ZahnMuna Aryal, PhDLoyola University 

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 SystemsJeju National University in Jeju, Korea
Cyril Lafon, PhD (2016-2017)Director, LabTAUUniversity of Lyon in Lyon, France
Francesco Prada, MD (2017-2019)Staff NeurosurgeonFondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Neurologico “C. Besta” in Milan, Italy
Frederic Padilla, PhD (2017-2019)Associate Professor, LabTAUUniversity of Lyon in Lyon, France
Beata Chertok, PhD (2021-2022)Associate ProfessorUniversity of Michigan

The following Fellows were funded through the Foundation’s original Fellowship program, which was retired in 2021.

  • 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
  • Mentors: 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
  • Mentors: Clare Tempany, MD; Fiona Fennessey, MD
  • Fellowship Period: September 2009 – August 2011
  • Thilo Hoelscher, MD
  • Department of Radiology, University of California, San Diego
  • Mentors: William Bradley, Jr., MD, PhD
  • Fellowship Period: July – December 2009
  • Evan Weeks, MD
  • Department of Radiology, St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College, London
  • Mentors: 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
  • Fellowship Period: July 2008 – June 2009