Durga Thakral is among 30 recipients of the 2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, aimed at supporting graduate students who have demonstrated creativity and originality in their lives.
Durga will use her award to support work towards an MD/PhD in genetics at Yale School of Medicine.
She says her work with communities with minimum health care resources showed her the dire need for better access to medical care and affordable biomedical devices. She hopes to take advantage of the growing power of molecular medicine in her work to improve the human condition and empower others to pursue their dreams.
The Fellows who are selected from over 1400 applicants will receive tuition and stipend assistance of up to $90,000, in support of graduate education in any field and any advanced degree granting programme in the US. Recipients must also show a commitment to the values expressed in the US constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Born in Illinois, Thakral is the daughter of Indian immigrants. She earned a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale.
Hungarian immigrants, the Soros couple established the programme in 1997.