ORISE Research Participation Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Welcome to the ORISE Research Participation Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

On this site you will find information about these educational and training programs, designed to engage students and recent graduates in the research performed at FDA. Whether you are interested in joining the programs, are a current participant, or are an FDA employee sponsoring or mentoring participants, our site has valuable information for you. We welcome you to learn more about our programs by selecting the category that best describes you.

Kimberly Kontson

Research Profile - Kimberly Kontson

"As a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow, the ORISE program enabled me to pursue my degree in a rich, challenging research environment and allowed me to fearlessly switch fields to pursue a longtime passion," Konston said. "With my current position at the FDA, I am able to interact with the ORISE program as a mentor and give these great opportunities to passionate, motivated participants wishing to start carving their own career paths, just as I did several years ago." Kontson entered the fellowship as a graduate student in bioengineering, but upon receiving a doctoral degree, she decided to switch fields to neural engineering. ORISE helped her gain the experience she needed to contribute in her new field through a postdoctoral fellowship.

Poulomi Nandy

Research Profile - Poulomi Nandy

When Poulomi Nandy, Ph.D., was looking for a program which combined applied research with the opportunity to have an immediate, direct impact on public health, she turned to a fellowship through ORISE at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Nandy participated in several research projects, including projects focused on the cleaning and disinfection of reusable medical devices. She examined how the type of material, surface roughness, and different soils affect medical device cleanliness. Also she studied the permeability of surgical gowns and drapes using Ebola virus surrogates. Her research will lead to a recommendation to modify and update the 1993 CDRH Guidance on Surgical Gowns and Drapes.

Stacey Sullivan

Research Profile - Stacey Sullivan

Stacey Sullivan, Ph.D., is a mechanical engineer who investigates the interactions between medical devices and the human body. She is a fellow with ORISE in the Division of Applied Mechanics at the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Sullivan quantifies the conditions under which the devices perform safely and effectively.Sullivan joined the ORISE fellowship because she could immediately begin contributing to a project and the on-site laboratory capabilities impressed her. Every project within the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories is focused on protecting and promoting public health. Study results serve to facilitate the development of current technologies, resolve concerns of existing devices and improve standard testing practices.

Yun Wang

Research Profile - Yun Wang

Yun Wang, Ph.D., had researched food safety as a student for years, but she had never been as close to real foodborne outbreak cases as when she joined the Research Participation Programs of Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Now she deals with botulinum neurotoxin—the most potent toxin known—on a daily basis. "The program provides valuable experience by learning from and collaborating with scientists across the center, in industry, academia and government. I am encouraged and supported a lot. I love the friendly and cooperative research and learning environment here," said Wang.