Laila Phillips ’11 and Eric Albuquerque ’16 Return as 2024 Millhauser Fellows

Park welcomes Laila Phillips ’11 and Eric Albuquerque ’16 back to campus as our 2024 Millhauser Fellows.

Started by Louise Eiseman Robinson Millhauser ’30 in 1998, and continued by her son, Allen Robinson, The Park School Graduate Student Fellows Program in Science, Mathematics, and Technology celebrates the careers of young alumni currently in graduate school in these fields. Each year, Millhauser Fellows are invited to Park to share their research with Upper School students in an assembly. While here, the fellows visit science and math classes and speak with students who are interested in pursuing careers in these fields.

Laila Phillips ’11 is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Texas at Austin, studying symbiotic bacteria living in the gut of insects under Principal Investigator Dr. Nancy Moran. After 14 years at Park, Laila completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 2015 with a minor in Studio Art, a major in Biology, and a Senior Honors Thesis in Microbiology. After discovering her passion for studying interactions between animals and bacteria, she moved back to Baltimore to work as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of Gastroenterology at Sinai Hospital.

Eric Albuquerque ’16 is pursuing his M.D./Ph.D. at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of Rochester in 2020. Currently, he works in rodent nonclinical models, and in humans leveraging skills and knowledge from all previous projects, to develop novel noninvasive devices to improve rehabilitation outcomes in patients with spinal cord injuries. Throughout his time at Park and beyond, Eric has always tried to balance his academic pursuits with his interests outside of the STEM field (like musical performance and swimming) to build a holistic and professionally satisfying career in and outside of work.

We are grateful to Louise Eiseman Robinson Millhauser ’30 and to her family for their continued support of the Millhauser Fellowship. Louise’s curiosity about the sciences and her appreciation for the value of her own Park education led to her interest in supporting this important initiative. Click HERE to learn more about the program.

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