Inaugural Quad Fellows named

Pallas Chou ’23 and Shreya Johri.

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Two exceptional STEM students have been named to the inaugural cohort of Quad Fellows, the governments of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States jointly announced.

Pallas Chou ’23 studies chemical and physical biology with a secondary in government. At Harvard, the senior works on the chemistry of enzymes that form the antibiotic negamycin. Chou, who is part of the Quad’s U.S. cohort, has also worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to bioengineer fungi to produce enzymes that break down plants to potentially form biofuels. She is passionate about education and accessibility, and runs a non-profit that provides free tutoring in the U.S.

Shreya Johri is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in biological and biomedical sciences, hoping to use machine learning to improve patient outcomes. A member of the Quad’s India Cohort, Johri graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2020, then worked as a computational biologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The 100 inaugural fellows — 25 from each country — were awarded a first-of-its-kind scholarship designed to spur interdisciplinary innovation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while building ties among and empowering the next generation of STEM leaders.

Fellows will receive access funding, cross-cultural exchange, cohort-wide trips, mentorship, and participation in regular virtual and in-person workshops on various themes, including the intersection of STEM and society, ethics and innovation, and emerging technologies.

The program is supported by a group of  corporate partners including founding corporate sponsors Accenture, Boeing, Blackstone, Google, Mastercard, and Western Digital. Schmidt Futures administers the program in collaboration with these partner organizations.