Dr. Sudeshna Das

Dr. Sudeshna Das

DR. SUDESHNA DAS  Dr. Sudeshna Das received funding from the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust in 2022 at Harvard Biography Dr. Sudeshna Das grew up in India. Her mother was an elementary school teacher, and her father was an engineer. She and her sister spent their childhood in various cities throughout India and Nigeria because of…

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Reena Gottesman

Reena Gottesman

REENA GOTTESMAN  Dr. Reena Gottesman earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2022 at Columbia University Biography Dr. Reena Gottesman grew up in New York. The oldest of five children, she developed an early interest in medicine, the sciences, and healthcare. She attributes some of this interest to the time she was able to spend with…

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Alberto Serrano-Pozo

Alberto Serrano-Pozo  Alberto Serrano-Pozo earned the Toffler Scholar Award at Harvard Medical School Biography Alberto Serrano-Pozo grew up in Málaga, Spain, with his parents and three siblings. From a very young age, Dr. Serrano-Pozo was motivated to study hard. His father always taught him that no matter what he chose to do, he should always…

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Catherine Psaras

CATHERINE PSARAS  Catherine Psaras is a 2021 Toffler Scholar at UCLA Biography Catherine Psaras grew up in New Jersey. The daughter of immigrants, Catherine’s mother is from England and her father is from Greece. As a child, she spent idyllic summers in Greece, where she remembers eating figs off of trees. Both of Catherine’s parents…

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Zhe Zhang

Zhe Zhang  Dr. Zhang is the inaugural Toffler Scholar at Johns Hopkins University. Biography Zhe Zhang was born in a town outside of Beijing, China. A curious child, she loved exploring the outdoors and remembers spending hours on end watching ants build their homes. She also enjoyed taking apart household items, like clocks, then putting…

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Cindy Beard

Cindy Beard  Cindy Beard earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2021 at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, Epidemiology Department. Biography Cindy Beard was born in Darnestown, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C. The daughter of two mechanical engineers, Beard grew up exploring and enjoying the outdoors with her parents and her brother. She credits…

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Lara Yoon

Lara Yoon  Lara Yoon earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2021 at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health Biography Lara Yoon grew up in Norcross, a suburb just north of Atlanta, Georgia. Her parents’ work in public health inspired her, and her eighth-grade science teacher was influential in her pursuit of science and research. Her…

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Vijaya Kolachalama

Dr. VijayaKolachalama Dr. Kolachalama earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2021 at Boston University. Biography Vijaya Kolachalama was born in Hyderabad, a city in South India, to a close-knit family. He feels that growing up he had three parents: his mother, his father, and his grandmother, and he credits his grandmother in particular with teaching…

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Dr. Daniel Tward

Dr. Daniel Tward Daniel Tward earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2020 at the University of California Los Angeles. Biography Dr. Daniel Tward was born in Toronto, Canada. Growing up, Dr. Tward’s family encouraged him to pursue interests in multiple areas, and he developed a love of visual art and music. This attitude was nurtured…

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Stephen Beesley

Dr. Stephen Beesley  Dr. Beesley earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2021 at Florida State University College of Medicine. Biography Stephen Beesley was born in Bolton, a city in the northwest part of England near Manchester. He attended the University of Leeds, where he studied biochemistry and molecular biology. From a young age, Stephen felt…

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