Rishi Goel, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, and Kingson Lin, who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the School of Arts & Sciences in 2017, each received a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, which provides funding for higher education to immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States.
Mr. Goel and Mr. Lin are among 30 selected as 2022 Soros Scholars from more than 1,800 applicants. Each scholar receives up to $90,000 over two years.
Mr. Goel will graduate from medical school in 2024 and plans to pursue a career as a physician-scientist using innovations in immunology research to improve patient care. At Penn, he is a research fellow in the laboratory of E. John Wherry, focusing on understanding immune responses to viral pathogens. This work has led to new insights into the development of immune memory after SARS-CoV-2 infection and mRNA vaccination. Mr. Goel also helped launch the Immune Health Project at Penn, which aims to bring immune profiling into the clinic to better diagnose, treat and prevent disease. He has published over 20 academic papers and engaged in science communication work around COVID vaccines for general interest publications. Dr. Goel received a BS in Biochemistry and a minor in Applied Statistics from the University of Michigan in 2017 and an MS in Immunology from the University of Oxford in 2018. He then completed an intra-mural research training fellowship. muros at national institutes. of Health before beginning his medical training at Penn. Mr. Goel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan to immigrant parents from Lucknow, India.
A 2017 Penn graduate summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BS in Biochemistry with a minor in Spanish and an MS in Organic Chemistry, Mr. Lin is pursuing an MD/PhD in Experimental Pathology at Yale University. Now in his fifth year there, he is researching the design, synthesis, and evaluation of new chemotherapeutic agents for drug-resistant brain cancers. His research led to the discovery of a new chemotherapeutic agent for drug-resistant brain cancer. Lin has since co-founded a company with his research advisers at Yale to bring these new drugs to the clinic. At Penn, Dr. Lin worked in the lab of chemistry professor Gary Molander on a new paradigm for organic synthesis using dual photoredox/nickel catalysis to create previously difficult chemical bonds with broad potential applications ranging from basic science to chemistry. ‘pharmaceutical industry. He served as a tutor, residential counselor, freshman mentor, and peer counselor for PENNCAP (the University of Pennsylvania College Success Program), after completing the pre-freshman program. Mr. Lin was born in New York to immigrant parents from Fujian, China, where he spent his first five years living with his grandparents before returning to Queens to live with his parents. The family eventually settled in suburban Philadelphia.
Mr. Goel applied for the Soros Fellowship with the help of Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.