Current Recipients

The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021-22 IFER Graduate Fellowships for Alternatives to the Use of Animals in Science. For more details on the research projects, click on the links below.

Alan Kim

Alan Kim
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Sponsor: Dr. Lena Smirnova


"Synaptogenesis Assay for Developmental Neurotoxicity Testing in a Human 3D Brain Model"
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Ishita Virmani

Ishita Virmani
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Sponsor: Dr. Helena Hogberg and Dr. Thomas Hartung


"3D Human iPSC-derived Brain Organoids as a Model for Developmental Neurotoxicity Assessment of Man-Made Chemicals"
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Nuria Vilarnau

Nuria Vilarnau
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Sponsor: Dr. Volker Martin Lauschke


"Mechanistic Analyses of Human Hepatocyte Plasticity"
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Katharina Kroll

Katharina Kroll
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Sponsor: Dr. Jennifer Lewis


"Development of a Perfusable Vascularized 3D-Kidney Organoid on a Chip for Nephrotoxicity Testing"
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Xingrui Mou

Xingrui Mou
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Sponsor: Dr. Samira Musah


"Engineered in vitro model of the human kidney for blood filtration and disease modeling"
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Prashant Hariharan

Prashant Hariharan
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Sponsor: Dr. Carolyn Harris and Dr. Bonnie Blazer-Yost


"Engineering human choroid plexus-on-a-chip as a non-animal model to advance the understanding of how hydrocephalus alters normal CSF secretion"
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Sarah Stuart

Sarah Stuart
University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Sponsor: Dr. Rod Luwor


"Using brain tumor organoids to evaluate efficacy of novel inhibitors"
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