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Whitaker Fellowship will help engineering grad pursue career as geneticist

Lauren_Meiss_0023a-crpdx-176x300Lauren Meiss, who is graduating this spring with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, will continue her education in the fall at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden with support from a prestigious Whitaker Fellowship.

The Whitaker Foundation awards grants to emerging leaders in bioengineering and biomedical engineering, enabling them to advance their skills through study and research overseas.

The graduate of Horizon High School in Scottsdale will work with researchers in Sweden who are pursuing advances in medical treatments for people living with cystic fibrosis. Meiss was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was three months old.

In addition to the Whitaker Fellowship, she has won a Fulbright grant and a University of Gothenburg scholarship. Meiss hopes to earn a master’s degree in genomics and systems biology, and pursue a career as a clinical geneticist to do research on genetic diseases.

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