Sherine George, Bioengineering graduate student, has won the Linda Su-Nan Chang Sah Doctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship provides a graduate fellowship to an outstanding female Ph.D. candidate in electrical and computer engineering, or a related field, who is specializing in microtechnology or nanotechnology related to bioengineering, biophysics, or medical electronics. The fellowship is awarded through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The fellowship consists of a $20,000 stipend and tuition waiver and is renewable for two additional years. The fellowship was established in honor of Linda Su-Nan Chang Sah and in memory of Dorothy Wallace Everitt and William Littell Everitt.
Sherine George is doing her doctoral research in the lab of Dr. Brian Cunningham of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering Affiliate Faculty Member. Her research focuses on ways to use photonic crystal (PC) biosensors for applications in life sciences and health care. Her current work involves the use of PC biosensors as a label-free method for observing the biological activity of human pancreatic cancer cells. The effects of medicinal plant extracts on these cancerous cells are studied with the goal of identifying potential cancer drugs. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Ken Watkin's lab in Speech and Hearing Sciences.