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Abilez Selected as 2011-2012 Siebel Scholar

Junction Eagle

September 29th 2011

Oscar John Abilez, M.D., a Ph.D. Candidate in bioengineering at Stanford University, has been selected as a 2011-2012 Siebel Scholar. The Siebel Scholars Foundation recognizes the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of bioengineering, business, and computer science. With the 2011-2012 class of Siebel Scholars, 85 new scholars join an ever-growing, lifelong community of leaders. Today 700 Siebel Scholars are active in a program that fosters leadership, academic achievement, and the collaborative search for solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

The Siebel Scholars program was established in 2000 by the Siebel Foundation through a grant of more than $45 million to Stanford University; Harvard University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; The Johns Hopkins University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, San Diego; University of Chicago; University of Pennsylvania; Carnegie Mellon University; Northwestern University; Tsinghua University; and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Siebel Scholars are selected from among students who rank at the top of their class, and are chosen by the dean of their respective schools on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership. Current and alumni scholars will convene October 14-16 at the Janelia Farm Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Ashburn, Virginia to explore the science, applications, benefits, and risks of synthetic biology with world-renowned scientific, industry, ethics, and policy experts.

More information about the Siebel Scholars program can be found at

Abilez is currently a postdoctoral fellow and doctoral candidate in the laboratory of Christopher Zarins at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Abilez was a 1987 graduate of Junction High School. He is the son of Oscar and Gloria Abilez, of Junction, and the brother of Donna Broyles of Coppell, Texas.