CALLA POST-BAC FELLOW PROGRAM
The Calla Post-Bac fellowship program is for the exceptional, early-career individual with an interest in solving women's health problems globally through various channels including research, technology development and commercialization, women's health empowerment and STEM outreach. GWHT invites applicants who are interested in seeking a position as a GWHT postbaccalaureate Fellow position.
The fellowship is open to graduating seniors and recent graduates who have received a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S college or University. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to research, STEM education and/or women’s health empowerment. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Please e-mail Executive Director, Marlee Krieger at along with the following:
Full name and address
Appropriate contact information
Two letters of recommendation
One - page statement describing your professional goals and research interest(s)
I joined Dr. Ramanujam's lab because of the unique opportunity to apply my practical biomedical engineering knowledge in the realm of global health. So many of the health challenges facing the developing world today can be easily mitigated by adapting and translating healthcare protocols that are already being used in the United States and the rest of the Western world. Dr. Ramanujam's work with the Pocket Colposcope is a great example of how we can take a screening paradigm that is proven to work in the United States. Focusing on annual colposcopic examinations to check for the presence of cervical pre-cancers, and redesigning the screening tool (a colposcope) to better meet the needs of the developing world. Every day in the lab is a new challenge and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to contribute to such meaningful work.
BME, Vanderbilt ' 16
During my gap year, I wanted an opportunity to gain meaningful, in depth research experience and found everything I was looking for in the GWHT Lab. During my time as a Post-Bac researcher, I've been exposed to nearly every aspect of the research process--from experimental design to data analysis to scientific writing. I primarily work with the lab's custom SIM-DFM system to investigate the metabolic and vascular changes associated with cancer development. For example, we can use fluorescent probes to monitor important metabolic endpoints such as glycolytic activity and mitochondrial membrane potential in animal models of cancer. My experience in the lab has been highly rewarding and informative. I expect that the technical and critical thinking skills I've acquired here will be very applicable to my future veterinary research. I would definitely recommend this unique gap year opportunity to students who are planning to apply to graduate or medical programs!
BME, Duke ' 16
BME, Duke ' 17
As a Post-Bac, I worked on designing a custom-spray mechanism for the application of contrast agents with the Calla to help enable it to be used for diagnosis using VIA/VILI methods. I modeled prototypes using CAD software, bench-tested prototypes with phantoms, and tested the final designs in clinical trials at Duke Medical Center. I also had the opportunity to work on The Calla Campaign to change the narrative of shame and invisibility surrounding women's reproductive health using three key innovations – woman-centric technology for visualization of reproductive anatomy, storytelling, and art. Through The Calla Campaign, I worked with a multi-disciplinary team to engage a wide range of participants from Durham to explore their anatomy with the Calla technology and reflect on their experiences with their reproductive anatomy and health. Our team also collaborated with local artists and women’s advocacy groups to organize an art exhibit based on data collected from our studies to celebrate the female reproductive anatomy. Working at GWHT has been one of the most transformative experiences of my life. I learned to think critically about developing women-centered technology, enriched my teamwork skills, and was honored to work alongside people dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable. I am immensely grateful for the incredibly brilliant, dedicated, and compassionate mentors I have had throughout my time at GWHT and would enthusiastically recommend this lab to anyone interested in impacting global women’s health.
Neuroscience, Duke ' 17
I decided to join Dr. Ramanujam's lab as a Post-Bac because I wanted to be in an environment where people were always thinking about how to use their skills to change the world. Personally, I am passionate about global health, education, and the translation of research into clinical practice. Working in Dr. Ramanujam's lab has given me opportunities to explore all three of those passions. Within global health and education, I have helped develop Dr. Ramanujam's course BME 290L/GLHLTH 390L- Technologies with Women's Health, which challenges Duke undergraduates to think critically about global problems and about how solutions created through the human-centered design process can help. I also help prepare students who are going to be traveling all over the world and teaching the renewable energy curriculum that I taught when I traveled to Muhuru Bay, Kenya as an undergraduate and GWHT fellow. Within global health and research, I assist with managing the Pocket Colposcope clinical trials that are taking place around the world. It is exciting to see the Pocket Colposcope being used and even more exciting to envision the project's potential future impact. My experiences as a post-bac as well as advice I've received from mentors within the lab have helped me to re-frame what I want to do with my career and think about how I can do the most good in the future. I feel incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful mentors and role models, and I would highly recommend this lab to anyone who has interests in biomedical engineering, global health, or global education.