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Discovering the Future, TAMS graduates help achieve national science, research goals, by Nancy Kolsti
Summer 2008      


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Adnan Azaz ('00 TAMS) is the founder of FirstFlavor Inc. in Bala Cynwyd, Penn. The company uses edible film technology to develop taste impressions of a product and manufacture small soluble flavor strips for grocery store products. The flavor strips, called Peel 'n Taste, are similar to perfume strips in magazines. Peel 'n Taste strips for toothpaste have been offered at a grocery store chain in five states. Azaz was named one of the Best Entrepreneurs Under Age 25 by BusinessWeek in 2006.

Edward Boyden ('95 TAMS), who was only 14 when he entered TAMS, is an assistant professor in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, which invents new tools to engineer brain circuits in order to treat intractable disorders, augment cognition and better understand the nature of existence. Boyden and his colleagues have created a genetically targeted way to activate neurons with millisecond-timescale pulses of light, an innovation that has been widely adopted in neuroscience and neuroengineering, and resulted in Boyden being named one of the Top 35 Innovators Under the Age of 35 by Technology Review.

Peter Gooding ('92 TAMS) was recently named special projects liaison from the U.S. Coast Guard to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Gooding, a lieutenant commander, is chief of the Coast Guard's Waterways Management Division.

Alexander Ihler ('94 TAMS) is an assistant professor of information and computer sciences at the University of California at Irvine. He researches the use of probabilistic models for estimation and machine learning, focusing on computationally efficient, approximate methods for reasoning under uncertainty. He is particularly interested in methods for performing estimation in sensor networks and other distributed systems, including localization, tracking and event detection.

Laurie Littlepage ('92 TAMS) is a scientist at the University of California at San Francisco in the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center and Department of Anatomy. She researches breast cancer. She is also director of health care policy for the Hope Street Group, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in San Francisco devoted to make economic opportunity possible for all Americans.

Rakesh Patel ('92 TAMS) is practicing medicine at Winter Park Urology Associates in Orlando, Fla.

Shilpen A. Patel ('94 TAMS) is a radiation oncologist with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the University of Washington Medical Center. He specializes in the treatment of thoracic cancer, or cancer in the chest cavity including tumors in the lung, thymus, trachea and gastrointestinal system. He researches the safe use of radiation therapy in the treatment of thoracic malignancies.

Alice Ting ('92 TAMS) has been a member of the MIT chemistry department faculty since July 2002. She was promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 2007. In her research laboratory at MIT, she develops ways to study biological molecules as they interact with living cells and tissues, focusing on molecules that are important to nervous system development, the growth of cancer and cholesterol metabolism. By developing these new methods for studying the biochemical behavior of specific proteins in living cells, Ting and her research team hope to gain an unprecedented view of the complex systems responsible for many biological phenomena.


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