Baxter Young Investigator Awards - 2020 Winners

Baxter Young Investigator Awards - 2020 Winners

To celebrate and promote innovative research, Baxter sponsors an annual award program open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The 2020 winners are listed below:


Juliane Sempionatto Moreto
Graduate Student
University of California - San Diego
Advisor: Joseph Wang
Research Topic: Integrated Blood Pressure-Chemical Sensing Epidermal Patch

Ambalika Tanak
Graduate Student
University of Texas at Dallas
Advisor: Shalini Prasad
Research Topic: Multiplexed Detection of Interlukins in Blood Plasma for Rapid Detection of Sepsis as a near-patient Point-of-Care Biosensor

Nicole Black
Graduate Student
Harvard University
Advisors: Aaron Remenschneider & Jennifer Lewis
Research Topic: Biomimetic and Biodegradable 3D-Printed Tympanic Membrane Grafts (PhonoGraft)

Yiran Yang
California Institute of Technology
Graduate Student
Advisor: Wei Gao
Research Topic: Wearable Sweat Sensor for Personalized Metabolic and Nutritional Management

Adeline Espinasse
University of Minnesota
Graduate Student
Advisor: Erin Carlson
Research Topic: Small Molecules to Inhibit Histidine Kinases, Key Regulators of Antibiotic Resistance and Bacterial Virulence

Jarrin Penny
Western University
Graduate Student
Advisor: Chris McIntyre
Research Topic: Improving Hemodialysis Tolerability Through Innovation


Daniel Frankin
Postdoctoral Fellow
Northwestern University
Advisor: John Rogers
Research Topic: Wireless Biosensor Systems for Continuous Monitoring of Systemic Vascular Resistance

Xiang Wu
Graduate Student
Stanford University
Advisor: Guosong Hong
Research Topic: Seeing the Sound: A Circulation-Delivered Rechargeable Light Source in Deep Tissue Triggered by Ultrasound

Alexandra Edelbrock (Kolberg)
Graduate Student
Northwestern University
Advisor: Samuel Stupp
Research Topic: Development of an Injectable Bioactive Peptide Amphiphile Hydrogel for Neural Regeneration After Spinal Cord Injury

Deepanjan Ghosh
Graduate Student
Arizona State University
Advisor: Kaushal Rege
Research Topic: Light-Activated Sealants for Rapid Tissue Repair and Combating Surgical Site Infections

Valerie Tutwiler
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Pennsylvania
Advisor: John Weisel
Research Title: Rupture Resistance of Fibrin Gels

Yeh-Hsing Lao
Postdoctoral Fellow
Columbia University
Advisor: Kam Leong
Research Title: Cellasphere: An Active Nanomedicine Delivery Platform Targeting Glioblastoma by Engineered Mesenchymal Stem Cell Hybrid Spheroid

Kristen Manto
Graduate Student
Pennsylvania State University
Advisor: John Elfar
Research Title: (4-Aminopyridine)-PLGA-PEG as a Novel Thermosensitive and Locally Injectable Treatment of Peripheral Nerve Injury

Francesco Rossi
Postdoctoral Fellow
Purdue University
Advisor: Gintaras Reklaitis
Research Title: Smart Machine Learning for Condition Monitoring and Online Quality Assurance in Pharmaceutical Processes

Zilong Wu
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Texas at Austin
Advisor: Yuebing Zheng
Research Title: Chiroptical Nano-Sensor for Selector-Free and Ultra-Sensitive Determination of Molecular Chiral Purity to Facilitate Drug Development

Megan Douglass
Graduate Student
University of Georgia
Advisor: Hitesh Handa
Research Title: Multifunctional Antimicrobial and Antithrombotic Coatings for Dialysis Circuits