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BME PhD Student Named Chateaubriand Fellow


Michael Salerno, a third year Biomedical Engineering PhD student, was awarded the 2017-2018 STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship, a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the U.S. to support outstanding PhD students from American universities to conduct research in France for up to nine months.

Michael Salerno
Michael Salerno

As part of the Chateaubriand Fellowship, Salerno will be supported to go to France for nine months on a joint project:  Integrating Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Functional Ultrasound (fUS) in the behaving rat, to study the relationships between blood flow and neurochemistry during various behaviors.

“Mike’s break-through research aims to advance a new imaging modality that combines the sensitivity of PET imaging with the resolution of ultrasound in non-anesthetized patients — a significant development for the clinical care of vulnerable patients,” said Clinton T. Rubin, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University.  “This fellowship will provide a unique and transformative opportunity for Michael to extend his projects into new and exciting areas in a collaborative and global arena.”


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