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Amgen Scholars: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty for the Amgen Scholars program.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor. For additional tips on identifying a mentor click here.

Please remember:

  • Students pursuing Amgen must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or students with DACA status.
  • Students pursuing Amgen must complete the 10-week program from June 18 - August 23, 2024. Students must commit to these dates. No exceptions will be made.
  • Accepted students must live in provided Caltech housing.

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Project:  Advanced retinal imaging
Disciplines:  Control and Dynamical Systems, Computer science
Mentor:  Yuhua Zhang, Associate Professor, (EAS),, Phone: 9252474616
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
AO Contact:  Yuhua Zhang,
Background:  This project is being offered by a UCLA Professor and is open only to Caltech students. The project will be conducted at the UCLA-affiliated Doheny Eye Institute at 150 N. Orange Grove Ave in Pasadena. Doheny Scientists perform research relevant to human retinal imaging and biology.
Description:  Depending on student background and interest, projects involve optical instrument system development, including optical imaging system or subsystem design, new imaging method test, FPGA-based optical-electronic control system development, novel adaptive optics control strategy, or deep learning approaches to high-resolution retinal imaging.
References:  Advanced Ophthalmic Imaging Laboratory (AOIL) research focuses on developing advanced optical imaging, emphasizing adaptive optics (AO) imaging, to facilitate the in vivo study of retinal and systemic disease at the cellular and sub-cellular levels. The students will work on research on the continuous development of new imaging abilities for the existing instruments, including state-of-the-art high-resolution AO-enhanced 3D retinal imaging modalities that can image the smallest neurons in the human retina and blood cells in the smallest retinal blood vessels. These instruments are being used to investigate various common medical and neurologic conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of central vision loss in more than 10 million older Americans, hypertension, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, a new generation of technology is being developed for in vivo imaging of the retina at the molecular level. We are gaining the ability to unveil the molecular signatures of retinal health by objective characterization of the compounds in the retina and its supportive retinal pigment epithelium, which are associated with retinal metabolism and implicated in the process of aging and the pathogenesis of various retinal diseases.
Student Requirements:  Backgrounds include optics, Visual C++/Matlab programming, electronics, (fluid) mechanics, microscopy, deep learning.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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