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Ten to Watch: Suan Tuang


‎M.D./Ph.D. Candidate at the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program

Education: MIT, Harvard

2012 Amgen Scholar 

Ten to Watch: Marta Andres Terre


Ph.D. Candidate, Immunology at Stanford

Education: University of Barcelona, U Penn, Stanford

2010 Amgen Scholar 

Ten to Watch: Trisha Stan, Ph.D.

“We do science for the betterment of society, but too many misunderstandings exist between scientists and the populations we strive to serve. I hope to build bridges of communication and understanding between scientists and the public.”

Ten to Watch: Lela Okromelidze

Lela Okromelidze grew up in the Eurasian country of Georgia, which after years of fighting following the fall of the Soviet Union, didn’t always provide the educational opportunities of many other countries. Having to occasionally attend school without heat or electricity, Lela, with the help of her mother, defied the odds and is now a fifth year medical student at Tbilisi State Medical University. Upon graduation, it is her goal to become resident physician at a leading medical institution in the U.S.

Ten to Watch: Aaron Meyer, Ph.D.


“Science is cumulative: Scientific discoveries of today will continue to reap benefits and become the accepted facts of tomorrow.”

Earning an undergraduate degree from UCLA in 2009 and a Ph.D. from MIT in 2014, Aaron Meyer now runs his own lab at MIT where he uses engineering tools to research the function of a family of receptors in the body and discover how to make better drugs to fight cancer. His work has been published in a number of scientific journals, and he was recently recognized by the National Institutes of Health Director’s Early Independence Award.

Ten to Watch: Espoir Kyubwa, Ph.D.


M.D. Candidate, Medical Scientist Training Program at UC San Diego
Education: UC San Diego
2007 Amgen Scholar 

Ten to Watch: Elisabeth Krow-Lucal, Ph.D.


Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the CDC

Education: UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, Harvard

2007 Amgen Scholar

Ten to Watch: Todd Gingrich, Ph.D.


Physics of Living Systems Fellow at MIT
Education: Caltech, UC Berkeley, Oxford, MIT
2007 Amgen Scholar

New ‘Ten to Watch’ List Highlights Top Amgen Scholars Poised to Impact the Future of Science and Medicine

Scientists From Premier Educational and Research Institutions Reveal What the Future may Look Like
Press Release

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., November 14, 2016 /3BL Media/ – In recognition of the Amgen Scholars Program’s 10th anniversary, the Amgen Foundation announced the Ten To Watch, a list highlighting the best and brightest up-and-comers in science and medicine. Selected from more than 3,000 Amgen Scholars alumni, who represent 700 colleges and universities across 42 countries, the Ten To Watch is a diverse group of students that has the potential to help define the future of science.

10 Years in, Amgen Scholars Program Continues its Commitment to Student Scientists


This summer marks the tenth anniversary of the Amgen Scholars Program, which aims to provide young scientists access to cutting-edge research experiences and biotech industry exposure. The program is hosted by 17 premier institutions in the U.S., Europe and Japan, with more than 3,100 students participating to date. Just this year alone, over 350 talented undergraduates spent their summer conducting hands-on research under leading academic scientists through the program.


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