Boston University School of Medicine


Partner Since 2020

Boston University School of Medicine


Partner Since 2020

Toffler Scholar Program

Boston University School of Medicine is dedicated to the development of a diverse group of exceptional students, trainees, and faculty who are deeply committed to the study and practice of medicine, to biomedical research, and to public health. 

The Toffler Scholar Program provides crucial early-stage funding and network support for researchers at Boston University School of Medicine. Researchers are chosen to become Toffler Scholars due to their innovative thinking and research excellence.

“We appreciate the opportunity to implement the Toffler Scholar Program at Boston University School of Medicine. We hope this will be the beginning of a fruitful relationship with the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust to support early-stage, cutting edge research on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Given the Toffler’s work, this seems a particularly fitting investment in the future.”

- Dean Karen Antman
Provost of the Medical Campus and Dean of Boston University School of Medicine

Toffler Scholars


Jean Pierre Roussarie


Dr. Julia TCW


Vijaya B. Kolachalama, PhD

Shangran Qiu

Chonghua Xue

Dr. Prajakta Joshi

Matthew Miller 

Toffler Scholar Spotlights

Jean-Pierre Roussarie

Dr. Jean-Pierre Roussarie

Dr. Roussarie earned the Toffler Scholar award in 2023 at Boston University. He is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Boston University Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. His lab focuses on deciphering the molecular events leading to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease. The Roussarie lab uses a combination of mouse models, human postmortem tissue, novel in vitro culture protocols, and in silico modeling in order to elucidate the properties of entorhinal neurons at single-cell resolution.

Julia TCW

Dr. Julia TCW

Dr. TCW earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2022 at Boston University. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and the Director of the Laboratory of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapeutics at Boston University. Her research is focused on a specific variation of the gene apolipoprotein E (APOE) that is a major genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.


Dr. Kolachalama

Dr. Kolachalama earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2021 at Boston University. He holds a faculty position at Boston University School of Medicine along with an appointment within the Department of Computer Science at Boston University, where he is studying how advanced AI approaches can make a significant difference in the diagnostic space in medicine.


3 Toffler Scholar Awards

3 Year Partnership

$170,000 In Funding To-Date

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