Virgile Named 2010 Fischell Fellow

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering is pleased to welcome the newest recipient of the Fischell Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering, incoming graduate student Sean Virgile.

The Fischell Fellowship is a unique opportunity for talented and innovative graduate students interested in applied research and product design in the biomedical industry. It features a $35,000 12-month stipend, full tuition waiver and full health benefits, and is renewable for up to five years.

Virgile earned his B.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester, where his undergraduate research focused on ocular drug delivery using contact lens material. He also participated in summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania. His current research interests include microfluidics, early cancer detection, and bringing new technologies from the lab to the market.

"I chose Maryland," he says, "because of the close-knit community [of] students and professors, the ease of turning research ideas into start-up companies at Mtech, and the large number of opportunities to perform research not only on campus but also at government facilities such as the FDA and NIH."

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Published August 30, 2010