Biomedical engineering and creative writing double major Juan Pablo Ruiz (‘13) is the first UM student to be awarded the prestigious National Institute of Health-Oxford Cambridge Scholarship.  Juan was also selected to receive the Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which supports up to four years of study for a Ph.D in the life sciences.

A 2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, Juan has published articles in several journals related to his research on stem cells and he spent a summer in Tanzania repairing medical equipment at a government hospital as part of the Engineering World Health program.  Next year, he will conduct research on a Fulbright grant at the Tsetse and Trypanosome Research Institute in Tanzania on species diversity of trypanosomes in wildlife populations in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and their role in African Trypanosomiasis (“Sleeping Sickness”). Upon returning from Tanzania, Juan will join the 2014 NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program and study biomedical sciences at Oxford University, also with support of the Gilliam Fellowship.

The NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is a unique graduate program in biomedical research in which two mentors and their laboratories, one from NIH and one from either Oxford or Cambridge Universities in England, join together to mentor a single graduate student on a capstone project.  The main objective of the program is to train exceptional research students in an advanced, collaborative, multidisciplinary format and prepare them for successful careers as creative basic or clinical investigators. In addition to students seeking the PhD, the program also enrolls MD/PhD students participating in the intramural combined degree training program.

For more information on the NIH/Oxford-Cambridge Scholars and HHMI Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study please visit and, respectively.

Read about Juan’s Commencement address