The 2023 Fellows include three DACA recipients, two asylees, and two children of refugees. The Fellows have heritage from more than 15 countries and this class includes our first Sri Lankan Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow.
Eight of the 2023 Fellows are first-generation college graduates, and as a class they attended 18 different undergraduate universities.
The class includes the first Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows to have graduated from Essex County Community College, Agnes Scott College, Berea College, and the University of New Hampshire. The 2023 Class also includes the first Fellow to pursue a graduate degree at the USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism and the first Fellow to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh. The 2023 Fellows also include the Fellowship's first recipients to pursue an MFA in printmedia, an MFA in screenwriting, a PhD in communication, and a PhD in Chicana/o and Central American Studies.
MD student at Harvard University
Child of immigrants from Sri Lanka; emigrated from the United Kingdom and Malaysia; Harvard graduate; aspiring physician-advocate committed to advancing gender equity in global health.
PhD in biological & biomedical sciences at Harvard University
Emigrated from Ethiopia at age 17; wrote her asylum case on a borrowed laptop at 18; Berea College graduate; working to develop effective therapeutics for cancer.
PhD in history at Yale University
Emigrated from Egypt at age 5; Pomona College graduate; researching the centrality of Egypt, Algeria, and Morocco within the emergence of trans medicine.
MFA in printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
DACA recipient from Mexico; Agnes Scott College graduate; Teach For America Metro-Atlanta corps member; artist and public speaker based in Atlanta and working nationally.
MD student at Northwestern University
Emigrated from China at age 12; Yale graduate; interned at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; bringing supercomputing to the bedside to solve the complex problems in medicine.
PhD student in physics at Harvard University
Emigrated from Vietnam at age 11; University of New Hampshire graduate; working to synthesize novel quantum materials and studying their electronic properties at the atomic scale.
PhD in microbiology & immunology at Stanford University
Emigrated from Jamaica at age 18; MIT graduate; interested in human disease and developing novel therapeutic options for their treatment and prevention.
MD/PhD in genetics at Stanford University
Immigrant from Sweden and Norway; UC Berkeley graduate; working to develop new genome editing tools to treat hematological diseases and other rare genetic diseases.
PhD in economics at MIT
Child of immigrants from India; Brown graduate; won Jeopardy! College Championship tournament; studying the effects of severe marginalization on health.
MD/PhD in neuroscience at UC San Francisco
Emigrated from Mexico at age 8; Stanford graduate; studying how the brain stores and processes memories to better understand neurodegenerative and psychiatric conditions.
MD/PhD in biological sciences at Harvard University
Emigrated from Mexico at age 6; Essex County College and Penn graduate; co-founded Quetzales de Salud, an organization focusing on medical care for undocumented immigrants.
JD at Yale University
Child of immigrants from Somalia; graduated from the University of Minnesota at 18; interested in understanding and sharing the stories of overlooked human rights abuses.
PhD in neuroscience at MIT
Child of immigrants from Poland; Cornell graduate; researching hibernating organisms’ cells to engineer human cells to do the same; founder of biotech group, DNA Deviants.
MFA in writing for screen & television at the University of Southern California
DACA recipient from India; Harvard graduate; Brown Girl Joy Productions co-founder; creating films to uplift intersectional narratives of underrepresented communities.
MD/PhD in stem cell biology & regenerative medicine at Stanford University
Child of immigrants from India; authored his first scientific publications in high school; Yale graduate; working in policy and venture capital while he pursues a career as a physician-scientist.
MD/PhD in computational biology at the University of Pittsburgh & Carnegie Mellon University
Child of immigrants from China; Duke graduate; researches bacteriophage therapy for PhD; founder/CEO of Korion Health, a startup that bridges gaps in healthcare access and literacy.
MD/MBI in biomedical informatics at Harvard University
Emigrated from Colombia after high school; Columbia graduate; studying the genetics of musculoskeletal complications and healthcare disparities.
PhD in economics at MIT
Child of immigrants from China; Harvard graduate; award-winning thesis on the COVID labor supply shock; combining mathematical theory with data analysis to design better public institutions.
MD/MBA at Harvard University and Stanford University
Child of immigrants from India; UCLA graduate; founded Myspeech to connect people who stutter with critical speech therapy resources; biotechnology investor.
MD/PhD in history of science at Harvard University
Child of immigrants from China; Harvard graduate; practices history and medicine; illuminating complementary histories of complementary medicines; works with Tolbert Small.
MD at Johns Hopkins University
Child of immigrants from India; UT Austin graduate; holds multiple patents; accomplished researcher leading multiple scienctific and translational efforts in neurosurgery.
MD/PhD in chemistry at Harvard University and MIT
Child of immigrants from India; Harvard graduate; accomplished composer; theoretical physicist aspiring to develop novel therapeutic approaches to combat evolving diseases.
PhD in civil & environmental engineering at Stanford University
Emigrated from Senegal and Nigeria at age 11; Harvard graduate; hopes to build affordable, sustainable, and beautiful built environments for communites across the globe.
PhD in Chicana/o & Central American studies at UC Los Angeles
Child of immigrants from El Salvador; Dickinson graduate; poet, organizer, and author of Lineage of Rain; researching poetry's liberatory capacities for migrant families.
JD at Yale University
Child of Tamil immigrants from India; Yale graduate; focused on workers' rights and future of work policy; lead vocalist in her band, FORAGER.
PhD in communication at the University of Southern California
Child of immigrants from Jamaica; CUNY York College graduate; award-winning social impact producer; researching how transmedia storytelling animates human security politics.
MD/PhD in biosciences at Stanford University
Child of Vietnamese refugees; MIT graduate; co-leads Vietnam's largest genome-wide association study; writer; hopes to solve and treat metabolic disorders such as diabetes as a physician-scientist.
MBA at Harvard University
Daughter of a Colombian immigrant; Harvard graduate; 18-time Colombian swimming national medalist; hopes to lead a consumer brand that is focused on serving the US Latinx community.
PhD in mechanical engineering at MIT
Child of immigrants from India; Duke graduate; working on improving reliability of renewable energy and on a power plant based on thermophotovoltaic power conversion.
JD at New York University
DACA recipient from Honduras; Yale graduate; aims to use her education and platform to place undocumented perspectives at the center of the immigration conversation.