University of California, Los Angeles


Partner Since 2018

Toffler Scholar Program

UCLA was one of the first universities to partner with The Karen Toffler Charitable Trust to implement the Toffler Scholar Program. Scholars at UCLA are chosen for their innovative thinking, research excellence, and demonstrated passion for their work. Together, researchers at UCLA and KTCT are doing their part to help solve some of the world’s most intractable problems.

“The Toffler Scholar Program is powering our early-stage public health researchers to innovate and problem-solve. We are grateful for The Karen Toffler Charitable Trust’s renewed commitment to investing in the bright and promising minds at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.”

- Ron Brookmeyer, PhD 

Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics

Toffler Scholars


Dr. Roch Nianogo


Cindy Beard

Lara Yoon

Catherine Psaras

Daniel Tward PhD


Kosuke Inoue, MD (PhD ‘21)

Keren Zhang, MD (PhD ‘22)

Ira Hoffer, MD

Eran Halperin, PhD


Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, PhD, MPH

Toffler Scholar Spotlights

Get an in-depth look at some of our previous and current Toffler Scholars.


Dr. Hofer

Dr. Hofer is the inaugural Toffler Scholar in 2020 at UCLA. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at UCLA as well as the Director of the department’s Division of Bioinformatics. His research focus is dedicated to understanding, quantifying, and ultimately mitigating risk before surgery (the perioperative period).

Dr. Tward

Dr. Daniel Tward earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2020 at the University of California Los Angeles. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in Neurology and Computational Medicine at UCLA. By combining computational technologies, machine learning techniques, differential geometry, and high dimensional statistics, Dr. Tward is working to represent the brain more accurately in an effort to determine which differences signal disease which are normal variability.

Cindy Beard

Cindy Beard

Cindy Beard earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2021 at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health. she is researching how the mental health of first responders has changed throughout the course of the pandemic correlating with key milestones, such as the early days of COVID-19, shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), and the fall-winter surge.

Lara Yoon

Lara Yoon earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2021 at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, where she is studying the influence of exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals on putative markers for breast cancer in adolescents.

The influence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on putative markers for breast cancer in adolescents.
Toffler Scholar since 2021
[UCLA]Evaluating the maternal pertussis vaccine recommendations on infant mortality


Catherine Psaras earned the Toffler Scholar award in 2021 at UCLA. Her current research focuses on perinatal epidemiology, substance use disorders, and pharmacoepidemiology. Her work explores the use of electronic health records and large healthcare databases to analyze the effectiveness of different pharmaceutical treatment and prevention modalities.

See How Our Partnership is Producing Vital Research


10 Toffler Scholar Awards

4 Year Partnership

$267,500 In Funding To-Date

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