Amgen Scholars

Attending the 2016 Japan Amgen Scholar Symposium

Guest post written by The University of Tokyo Amgen Scholar Alex Sample

The Amgen Scholar Japan Symposium was a global gathering of passionate young scientists. The Amgen Scholars Japan Program is the only one of Scholar’s three programs to accept applications from any country which leads to a very diverse group; this year 48 Scholars from 17 countries participated. This year, Kyoto University hosted the symposium, so naturally the best way to show the Tokyo Scholars the city was with a visit to one of Kyoto’s many shrines—in this case Fushimi Inari Taishita.

Ten to Watch: Joy Wolfram, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Fellow at the Houston Methodist Research Institute

Education: University of Helsinki, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

2009 Amgen Scholar

“Scientific breakthroughs have two components: crazy ideas and people with the courage to pursue them.”

Ten to Watch: Michelle Vaisman


Ph.D. Candidate and NASA Space Technology Research Fellow at Yale University

Education: UC Berkeley, Yale

2010 Amgen Scholar

“As science advances, so does our quality and way of life.”

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


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