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Thomas F. Deutsch Fellowship

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  • Application Dates:
    01 Apr 2021 - 15 May 2021
  • Program Prize:

    One year fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital Wellman Center for Photomedicine.

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This one-year multidisciplinary fellowship specifically fosters interactions between researchers from diverse fields of science and medicine and supports post-doctoral investigators pursuing training in either basic or clinical research. It is offered in partnership with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Wellman Center for Photomedicine.

Application Dates:

Application Opens: 01 April 2021
Application Closes: 15 May 2021

Applicants Must:

  • Hold a PhD, MD, and MD/PhD degree.  
  • Be at the postdoctoral training level at the time of the award and within 5 years of completion of your degree excluding breaks in a career timeline (e.g., elder care, maternity or paternity leave). 

The Application will Include:

  • Basic contact and education information.
  • Personal statement describing academic/professional background and interest in the fellowship – no more than 500 characters.
  • Resume/CV.
  • A 3-5-page research proposal in a field of biomedical optics including specific aims, significance, innovation and approach. The applicant is encouraged to contact and consult with one or more prospective PI(s) at Wellman Center and develop the project after. A collaborative project involving more than one Wellman PI is particularly encouraged. A brief list of Wellman PIs and their research summary is located in the application.
  • At least one and no more than two published technical papers or similar with personal contributions within the past 24 months in PDF format.
  • Two letters of reference to be emailed to - Please have reference include your name in the subject line

Additional Information:

  • Non-US individuals are encouraged to apply.
  • MGH is an equal opportunity employer; women and minority applicants are encouraged to apply.
  • Fellows will receive a non-transferable, primary appointment at the MGH Wellman Center for Photomedicine.
  • If a fellow already has or subsequently receives other fellowship funding, he/she is eligible for the Deutsch funds only if the projects are different scientifically, permitted by the other sponsor and only to the extent that the combined stipend does not exceed the fellow’s institutional base stipend.
  • The program is intended for one year, but the fellowship review committee will consider a one-time, six-month extension.
  • Any remaining funds at the end of the fellowship period, or extension, will be forfeited.

2021 Fellow

Markus Seeger

Markus Seeger

Technical University of Munich, Germany

“I am thrilled to be selected as the Thomas F. Deutsch Fellow and feel encouraged, more so than ever, to apply my background in biophysics to develop and translate next-generation biomicroscopy. By receiving this prestigious award, I can realize my overarching goal to innovate novel biomedical photonics technology and to continue to expand my interdisciplinary knowledge and curiosity as a young researcher.”

Seeger seeks to develop novel photoacoustic microscopy technology for structural, functional, molecular, and metabolic   interrogations. He aims to achieve direct and comprehensive access to the dynamic (micro) environment of living specimens, with both high speed and resolution, to advance biomicroscopy in biological and biomedical research. He will be working with Seemantini Nadkarni and Brett Bouma, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA.


2020 Review Committee:

Maciej Wojtkowski, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences
Judith Birkenfeld, Instituto de Óptica Daza de Valdés
David Kessel, Wayne State University
Jerome Mertz, Boston University
Felix Fanjul Velez, University of Cantabria
Alex Walsh, Texas A&M University
Juanita Anders, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Girija Gaur, SiLC Technologies, Inc.
Ratnesh Lal, University of California San Diego


This fellowship is endowed through donations from the Deutsch family, contributors from the optics and photonics community and a generous contribution from IPG Photonics.


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