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Chris Lee Appointed IMES Inaugural Broshy Fellowship Recipient

Monday, January 26, 2015

On January 9, 2015, IMES appointed its inaugural Broshy Fellowship recipient—Xiang (Chris) Lee.  

Chris is currently a Medical Engineering and Medical Physics (MEMP) PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology. He works with Professor Michael Cima in The David H. Koch Cima Lab

The Broshy Fellowship, named for Eran Broshy, MIT alumnus and member of the MIT Corporation and the HST Visiting Committee, was established to support the research and education of an exceptional graduate student whose work focuses on a novel, interdisciplinary project that has a good likelihood of being translated into an innovative commercial product and/or service that positively impacts health care outcomes and cost.

Chris’ interest lies in translational research for unmet medical needs in addition to embodying a passion to develop a commercially viable medical product that will expedite the passage of urinary stones, a project with the capacity to benefit over 2.5 million patients annually. On the benefits of this award Chris said, “translational work is often not immediately regarded of comparable impact compared to basic science research (think Nature, Cell, Science, etc.), so I'm absolutely honored that in this case, the Broshy Fellowship provides support for my goals and aspirations. The funds of this fellowship will help Professor Cima and I transition our proof of concept work in facilitating expedited urinary stone passage into in vivo animal models, and I'm excited to report back on our progress.” 

Professor Cima’s recommendation of Lee’s nomination highlighted not only his research qualifications, but also his unique cultural history as an international student who was educated primarily in the US, but whose decision to pursue further study as an international student rather than enter industry immediately is evidence of his commitment to acquiring the knowledge necessary to produce the kidney stone device. Prior to coming to MIT, Chris studied Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins where he published on continuous-flow processes and focused on how healthcare innovations develop in the US. Notably, earlier this year Chris was also inducted into the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2015 in Healthcare.

The fellowship provides a $50,000 award to support tuition, stipend, and research costs. The RFP elicited 47 submissions which were reviewed by a panel of 8 faculty members from IMES and across MIT. The Broshy Fellowship will be awarded annually for the next 5 years.