Alon Greenbaum, a Ph.D. student at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named an International Student Research Fellow by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Greenbaum is one of 42 recipients of the honor in 2013. Greenbaum received his B.S. degree in Tel Aviv University.  In 2010, he started his Ph.D. program at UCLA and joined the BioPhotonics Laboratory of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering Professor Ozcan, specializing in lens-free on-chip microscopy.  He also is a recipient of the 2013 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship and was awarded a two-year Summer Chancellors Award for Ph.D. studies by UCLA for years 2011-2012.

Ozcan said Greenbaum is the first HHMI fellow ever from UCLA Engineering.

In 2011, HHMI established the International Student Research Fellows to support international graduate students who are on their third, fourth and fifth year of their graduate program and are not entitled for fellowships and training from federal grants.  This is at a stage when they have chosen their advisor, determined a research project and have exemplified excellent laboratory skills.  Since its inception, HHMI has supported 140 students from 35 countries whose research study include biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, engineering, and plant biology as well as interdisciplinary research.  The award provides a fellow support for up to three years.