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Current Hellman Fellows (2015–2017)

Alison E. Leaf

Ph.D., Cell Biology, University of California, San Francisco; B.A., Biochemistry, Cornell University. As a graduate student at UCSF, Alison investigated how signaling receptors are delivered to the primary cilium, an antennae-like extension from the cell that is critical for appropriate cell signaling. Additionally, she worked to increase awareness on science policy issues in the UCSF community; served as a leader for the graduate student-led National Science Policy Group; and promoted science education outreach efforts in San Francisco.

Academy projects: New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy; The Alternative Energy Future; and The Public Face of Science

 
Keerthi Shetty

Ph.D., Immunobiology, Yale University; A.B., Molecular Biology, Princeton University. Keerthi’s thesis research involved studying the recruitment of RAG1 and RAG2—two important proteins of the immune system that help create antibodies—to chromatinized DNA during V(D)J recombination. At Yale, she was the co-president of the Yale Science Diplomats, a science policy group. Leading this organization, Keerthi helped develop a science lecture series for local high schools and the general public; organized policy writing workshops and seminars; and contacted legislators about funding issues concerning biomedical research. She was also named an eIntern for the State Department’s Virtual Student Foreign Service program, where she assisted with global science and technology projects.

Academy projects: New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy; The Alternative Energy Future; Human Performance Enhancement; and The Public Face of Science

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