July 9, 2018
LIVERMORE, CA – July 9, 2018 – The
Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to
empowering America’s most brilliant minds in science, mathematics and
engineering, today announced six new Global Health and Development Fellows. The
Global Health and Development Fellowship, in partnership with the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation, brings Hertz Fellows to the Gates Foundation for two
summer internships over the course of their PhD. Fellows learn to apply their
expertise in diverse areas of the applied sciences to the foundation’s mission
of improving health and development outcomes around the world.
Hertz Foundation is delighted that, after an exciting start last
year, the Gates Foundation has expanded the internship program for our
fellows in Global Health and Development,” said Robbee Baker Kosak,
president, Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. “The partnership between our two
foundations started due to a shared belief in the importance of bringing
scientific and technological solutions to the wide range of health and
development challenges faced by people around the world. We are inspired
by these young scientists and engineers and their work to change millions of
lives for the better.
2018 Global Health and Development Fellows are:
a 2018 Hertz Fellow focusing on statistical approaches to improving malaria
diagnosis. Hooper began a PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford University
in the fall of 2017, where she is applying applications of machine learning and
signal processing to improving domestic and global health outcomes. As an
undergraduate at Rice University, Hooper helped create multiple
new medical devices, including low-cost devices to combat neonatal hypothermia.
a 2015 Hertz Fellow focusing on statistical methods for improving the delivery
system for malaria medicine. Rabinovich is a PhD student in computer science at
the University of California, Berkeley, where he is
researching machine learning and natural language processing, with an interest
in developing artificial intelligence tools that support and extend human
a 2016 Hertz Fellow focusing on maternal and childhood nutrition. Saunders is
a PhD student at the University of California, San Francisco, where he is
interested in understanding how molecules can work together to create something
as complicated as a cell.
a 2014 Hertz Fellow focusing on plant-microbe interactions and agricultural
development. Savitskaya is pursuing a
PhD in bioengineering at the University of California at
Berkeley, where she is exploring ways to modify DNA to make new
organisms capable of meeting specific industrial and medical needs.
a 2015 Hertz Fellow focusing on gut health and disease and childhood mortality.
He is pursuing a PhD in bioengineering and synthetic biology at Columbia
University, where he works in Harris Wang’s lab in the Department of Systems
Biology, developing new tools for engineering microbes.
Alex Siegenfeld, a 2015 Hertz Fellow focusing on using geospatial malaria data
to better understand how to reduce the malaria burden in Nigeria. He is
pursuing a PhD in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where,
as part of the Laboratory for Social Machines and the New England Complex
Systems Institute, he focuses on applying concepts and methods from statistical
physics to further the understanding of social and political phenomena.
a 2017 Hertz Fellow, who returns for a second summer after spending last summer
developing a field level model for the spread of cassava brown streak disease
and incorporating crop loss into models with the Institute for Health Metrics
and Evaluation. Alex is pursuing a PhD in bioengineering at
Stanford University as part of Dr. Elizabeth Sattely’s team, researching
how plants create specific natural products and how to engineer these pathways
in different plant species.
seven Fellows have a variety of focus areas and are working on different program
teams at the foundation. The goals of this program are
two-fold: To provide these top students in science, engineering and math with
hands-on opportunities to learn about global health issues more deeply via work
with the foundation’s and to be inspired to contribute to these global
challenges in ways that can have lasting impact.The Hertz
Fellowship in Global Health and Development provides another avenue for the
Hertz Foundation to continue its singular mission to identify and support the
next generation of scientific leaders and innovators in the United States. More
information about the Global Health and Development Fellows can be found on our
Fannie and John Hertz Foundation is the legacy of John Hertz, a Hungarian
immigrant who made his fortune by capitalizing on the entrepreneurship
prospects in the budding automotive industry. He believed that innovative and
entrepreneurial solutions were vital to the strength, security and prosperity
of our nation—and began the Foundation to support exceptionally talented
students expected to have the greatest impact on the world’s problems. The Hertz
Community is one of the most influential groups of leaders, innovators,
engineers, mathematicians and scientists in the American corporate, university,
national laboratory and military sectors. To date, Hertz
Fellows collectively possess more than 3,000 patents, have founded more than
200 companies and have received more than 200 major national and international
awards, including eight Breakthrough Prizes in Science, a Fields Medal, a
Turing Award and two Nobel Prizes.
Fannie and John Hertz Foundation
Fannie and John Hertz Foundation is a not-for-profit organization changing the
world around us by granting freedom of American scientific research and
innovation through fellowship and financial support. Celebrating 60 years in
2017, the Hertz Fellowship is the most exclusive fellowship program in the
world. Our 1,200 Hertz Fellows are the leaders, shapers and disruptors of
American science, engineering and mathematics. For more information on the
Hertz Foundation and the innovations led by our Hertz Fellows please visit www.hertzfoundation.org.