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Congratulation to the Recipients of 2021 Maryam Ahmadian Memorial Summer Fellowship

​We are pleased to announce the first class of Ahmadian Scholars for the summer of 2021. After receiving over 30 applications from stellar candidates, three UC, San Diego undergraduate students were selected to participate in the research program. These three students will carry out research projects in the laboratories of Diabetes Research Center investigators this summer.


Besma Chaudry is a senior General Biology major and Political Science minor at UCSD who was born and raised in San Diego. Her research interests are rooted in endocrinology, metabolism, and diabetes, and she enjoys studying the processes underlying chronic diseases through her research in the Osborn Lab at the Stein Clinical Research Center at the UCSD School of Medicine. Besma will explore metabolic diseases through basic science and translational experiments in the laboratory of Professor Olivia Osborne. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine and research.

Shiantel Chiang is a sophomore studying Neurobiology and Education Studies at UCSD. Over the summer, she will be studying the role of the gut microbiome and microbial bile acid modifications on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in the laboratory of Professor Amir Zarrinpar. Outside of the lab, she loves playing piano, volleyball, dancing, and hoarding stuffed animals.


Nima Ebadat  is a junior transfer student at UCSD majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology. He has a passion for metabolism research and looks forward continuing his research in adipocyte biology and potential therapeutics for diabetes in the laboratory of Professor Shannon Reilly. Outside of the lab, Nima co-founded Friends Health organization with the mission to give health resources to unhoused populations in San Diego. 

To learn more about Maryam Ahmadian (1982-2020) and the fellowship program