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Toffler Scholar Program
The Toffler Scholar Program at Johns Hopkins provides crucial early-stage funding and network support. Researchers are chosen to become Toffler Scholars due to their innovative thinking and research excellence.
Graduate students, post-docs, and early career faculty are the catalysts for innovation in the biomedical sciences at Johns Hopkins. Thanks to the support of the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust, the Toffler Scholar Program is helping to advance critical discoveries in neurodegenerative disease research, which holds the promise to help patients around the globe.
― Dr. Denis Wirtz,
Vice Provost for Research, The Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Marcelle ‘Dina’ Zita
Yingzhi ‘Ying’ Ye
Dr. Jeremias Sulam
Zhe Zhang, PhD
Toffler Family Scholarship Award
Aya Saeid (2023 SARE Program)
Gabrielle Farrington (2022 SARE Program)
Toffler Scholar Spotlights
Dr. Zhang is the inaugural Toffler Scholar at Johns Hopkins University. She is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Shuying Sun, Ph.D., in the Department of Pathology at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Zhang currently studies the production and degradation of dipeptide repeat proteins, the accumulation of which is known to be toxic to neurons.
Katie Irwin earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2022 at Johns Hopkins University. She is in the Medical Scientist Training Program in the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience pursuing both a clinical degree (MD) and a doctoral (research) degree. She is working to develop biomarkers related to the loss of function of TDP-43.
Jeremias Sulam earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2022 at Johns Hopkins University. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He is also affiliated with the Mathematical Institute for Data Science, the Center for Imaging Science and the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute. His team investigates the foundations of machine learning as well as its application to several problems in biomedical imaging.
Jackson Mace earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2023 at Johns Hopkins University. A PhD candidate in Neuroscience, Mace is researching the chronic neurodegeneration that occurs in patients with multiple sclerosis.
MARCELLE DINA ZITA
Marcelle Dina Zita earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2023 at Johns Hopkins University. She is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Johns Hopkins Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Dina Zita’s research focuses on elucidating inflammatory immune-mediated responses that drive autoimmune pediatric cardiac pathology to aid in the development of novel therapeutics for children suffering from autoimmune myocarditis.
Yingzhi Ye is a Ph.D. candidate in her fourth year at Johns Hopkins. She is studying Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS, in the Department of Physiology’s Sun Laboratory.
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