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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Roxana Daneshjou, 2014

MD, Stanford University

Roxana Daneshjou is the child of immigrants from Iran

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Stanford University

When Roxana's parents immigrated to the United States from Tehran in the late 1970s, the Iranian Revolution was gaining momentum. Influenced by her father's love of science, Roxana went to the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science and was named a Siemens Westinghouse Technology Competition Semifinalist.

Then she went on to Rice University, where, as a Goldwater Scholar, Roxana not only received a bioengineering degree, but also taught Sunday school at the Houston Baha'i center. In addition, she joined Rice's Beyond Traditional Borders, an interdisciplinary program where undergraduates seek solutions to the world's most pressing health problems. There she helped develop the diagnostic lab-in-a-backpack, a travel pack containing medical tools that could run on a solar-powered rechargeable battery.

Roxana is now an MD/PhD candidate at Stanford Medical School. Her work on anticoagulant sensitivity in African Americans was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Fellowship, and she is the lead researcher on the Iranian Genomes Project, the first project to study Iranian ancestry through whole genome sequencing. Roxana is also an active member of Education Under Fire, a global campaign to protest the Iranian government's policy of expelling Baha'is from university.

Education
  • MD Medicine | Stanford University 2016
  • PhD Genetics/Bioinformatics | Stanford University 2016
  • BS Bioengineering | Rice University 2009
Awards
  • Howard Hughes Medical Fellowship
  • Goldwater Scholar
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