Baxter Young Investigator Awards - 2019 Winners

Baxter Young Investigator Awards - 2019 Winners

To celebrate and promote innovative research, Baxter sponsors an annual award program open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The 2019 winners are listed below:


Simseok Yuk
Graduate Student
Purdue University
Advisor: Yoon Yeo
Research Title: Development of lipopolysaccharide antagonist for the systemic treatment of Sepsis

Zachary Rosenkrans
Graduate Student
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Advisor: Weibo Cai
Research Title: Selenium-Doped Carbon Quantam Dots Act as Broad-Spectrum Antioxidants for Acute Kidney Care Injury Management

Chonghe Wang
Graduate Student
University of of California - San Diego
Advisor: Sheng Xu
Research Title: Monitoring of the central blood pressure waveform via a conformal ultrasonic device

Nathan Schoepp
California Institute of Technology
Graduate Student
Advisor: Rustem Ismagilov
Research Title: Rapid pathogen-specific phenotypic antibiotic susceptibility testing using digital LAMP quantification in clinical samples

Beatrise Berzina
Iowa State University
Graduate Student
Advisor: Robbyn Anand
Research Title: Electrokinetic route for dialysate regeneration

Jimmy Su
Northwestern University
Graduate Student
Advisor: Jason Wertheim
Research Title: Hydrogel Platforms for Investigating Microenvironmental Signaling Cues Influencing Human Glomerular Endothelial Cell Behavior


Jungeun Won
Graduate Student
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Advisor: Stephen Boppart
Research Title: Middle Ear imaging device for non-invasive, real-time diagnosis and monitoring of middle ear infections

Trung Nguyen
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Notre Dame
Advisor: Maryland Chang
Research Title: Validation of MMP-9 as a Novel Target for Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers in Humans and Discovery of Selective Small-Molecule MMP-9 Inhibitor and Accelerates Healing

Zaida Alvarez Pinto
Postdoctoral Fellow
Northwestern University
Advisor: Samuel Isaac Stupp
Research Title: Novel Bioactive Supramolecular Biomaterials as Therapies to Repair the Injured Spinal Cord

Muhammad Owais Khan
Postdoctoral Fellow
Stanford University
Advisor: Alison Marden
Research Title: Vein Graft Disease in Heart Bypass Surgery: Multi-Physics Computational Simulations to Predict Failure

Bowen Li
Graduate Student
University of of Washington - Seattle
Advisor: Shaoyi Jiang
Research Title: Zwitterionic Nanocage Improves the Safety and Efficacy of Biologic Drugs

Mengying Hu
Graduate Student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Advisor: Leaf Huang
Research Title: Liver specific relaxin gene delivery by lipid nanoparticles reverses liver fibrosis and mitigates liver metastasis

Joshua Yang
Graduate Student
University of California - San Francisco
Research Title: A Novel, Non-Invasive Assay for Quantitative Monitoring of Kidney Injury

Richard Cheng
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Toronto
Advisor: Axel Guenther
Research Title: Microfluidic delivery of homogenous cell-containing biomaterials on physiological surfaces for treatment of full-thickness burn