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OSA / MRS Congressional Fellowship

Materials Research Society / Optical Society of America


Term: 2008 - 2009
Amit Mistry

Amit Mistry completed his doctorate in bioengineering from Rice University in April 2007. His dissertation, titled "Degradation and biocompatibility of a fumarate-based/alumoxane nanocomposite for bone tissue engineering," afforded him the opportunity to study nanotechnology, biomaterials, and regenerative medicine.

Amit has been a science policy intern and fellow at Research!America, a not-for-profit group that advocates for health research. Amit was also a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Engineering where he worked on a resource for engineering educators. In addition, Amit served as a high school science and math teacher for two years with Teach for America.

Amit's major policy interests are in education and health research, but he is also interested in global health and development, energy, and the environment. Through science policy, he hopes to encourage more young people to pursue careers in science and improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the general public.