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 >

Meet the first Darden 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

2021 Interns

Student NameInstitution
Isabella BerkelyBaruch College
Isha BhatiaUniversity of Virginia
Dawn BordenaveXavier University of Louisiana, Harvard University
Jackie BrennerPenn State University, Harvard University
Caleb HallinanUniversity of Virginia
Leslie HansenUniversity of Virginia School of Medicine
Colin HawsUniversity of Virginia
Adam KippenhanUniversity of Virginia
Kathleen NguyenUniversity of Virginia
Darrah SheehanWestern Albemarle High School
Kimball SheehanUniversity of Virginia
Dylan ShenCornell University
Jack SnellGraduate of Piedmont Virginia Community College
Juliette StrubelUniversity of Exeter, United Kingdom
Samia TaliaferroNorth 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

Davi CavinattoSteven Allen PhDBrigham Young University
Matt OsburnSteven Allen PhDBrigham Young University
Alexander RobertsonElisa Konofagou PhDColumbia University
Ioannis DemetriadesChristakis Damianou MS, PhDCyprus University of Technology
MacKenzie CampbellAdam Waspe PhDHospital for Sick Children
Nicoletta CorradinoFrancesco Prada MDIstituto Neurologico Carlo Besta
Riccardo CioccaFrancesco Prada MDIstituto Neurologico Carlo Besta
Lee Hyo JinDong-guk Paeng PhDJeju National University
Azamat KaloevOleg Sapozhnikov PhDMoscow State University
Kseniia TumanovaVera Khokhlova PhDMoscow State University
Alexandra ButnariuVibhor Krishna MDOhio State University
Matthew JordanRaag Airan MD, PhDStanford University
Dan BudianskyNir Lipsman MD, PhDSunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Elizabeth DouglasMeaghan O’Reilly PhDUniversity of Toronto
Raya SubahSamuel Pichardo PhDUniversity of Calgary
Lucas BerensKenneth Bader PhDUniversity of Cincinnatti
Isabelle StephenVictor Frenkel PhDUniversity of Maryland
Sabine MeursMario Fabiilli PhDUniversity of Michigan
Joshua MarchantDennis Parker PhDUniversity of Utah
Gabriel KohPierre Mourad PhDUniversity of Washington
Henry TanPierre Mourad PhDUniversity of Washington
Erica LinCharles Caskey PhDVanderbilt University
Ryo TsudaNick Todd PhDBrigham and Women’s Hospital
Sena AkgunWladyslaw Gedroyc MDSt. 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 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 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
  • 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