NSF awards six graduate fellowships to CBE students and alumni

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021
by Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

The National Science Foundation has awarded six graduate research fellowships to students and alumni of the Princeton Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The fellowships provide three years of funding, including institutional expenses and a stipend, plus two additional years of professional development support.

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes excellence in scholarship among rising and current graduate students. Established in 1952, it's the nation’s oldest program of support for graduate work the STEM fields.

The 2021 fellows from Princeton CBE are:

Daniel Alber, second-year Ph.D. student.
Alber joined Celeste Nelson's lab last year. He is studying micro-environmental effects on stem cells in the lung, work that will improve understanding of diseases such as asthma and cancer.

Niroshan Anandasivam, undergraduate alumnus from the Class of 2020.
Anandasivam is finishing his first year as a Ph.D. student at the University of California-Berkeley, where he works to uncover the role biophysical and biochemical signals from outside a cell play in dictating cell fate and function.

Rudolph Holley, first-year Ph.D. student.
Holley joined Lynn Loo's lab earlier this year. He is researching ways to stabilize a type of perovskite (a class of minerals) used to make efficient solar cells, work that promises to provide more widely available renewable energy as demand grows for sustainable infrastructure.

Angela Zhu, incoming Ph.D. student.
Zhu will join the department in the fall of 2021 after graduating from Johns Hopkins University.

Kinnari Shah, an undergraduate alumna from the Class of 2014.
Shah is pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental engineering at Columbia University after working for several years at ExxonMobil.

An undergraduate alum who asked not to be named in this story also received a fellowship and plans to attend graduate school in the fall.

*Correction: An earlier version of this story listed only five fellows. It has been updated to include all six.