Zi Chen | Pharmaceutical science |Best Researcher Award

Assist Prof Dr. Zi Chen | Pharmaceutical science | Best Researcher Award

Assist Prof Dr. Chen is an accomplished researcher and educator with a distinguished career spanning leading academic institutions such as Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dartmouth College. With expertise in biomechanics, robotics, morphogenesis, epigenetics, and cancer biophysics, he has made significant contributions to fields ranging from mechanical metamaterials to embryonic development. Assist Prof Dr. Chen’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Society in Science – Branco Weiss Fellowship, and he actively leads and participates in research projects funded by prestigious agencies like the National Science Foundation and Office of Naval Research. His commitment to innovation is evidenced by multiple accolades and grants supporting his pioneering research endeavors.

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Professional Experiences 🌟

06/01/2022-Now: Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 02/01/2021-05/31/2022: Lead Investigator, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Member of the Faculty, Harvard Medical School. 07/01/2015-12/31/2020: Assistant Professor, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College. 09/01/2014-06/30/2015: Research Scientist, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Visiting Associate, Department of Physics, Harvard University. 04/2013-08/31/2014: Research Scientist, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. 10/2012-09/2017: Society in Science – Branco Weiss Fellow. 11/2011-4/2013: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Education and Research Interests 🔬

Education: Ph.D., 01/28/2012. Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University. M.A., 06/30/2008. Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University. M.E., 02/28/2005. School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai JiaoTong University. B.E., 07/01/2002. School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai JiaoTong University.

Research Interests: Biomechanics, robotics, morphogenesis, epigenetics, cancer biophysics.

Honors, Awards, and Grants 🏆💼

Honors and Awards:

  • MassVenture Acorn Innovator Award, 2022.
  • Mask Innovation Challenge, Finalist, 2022.
  • International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) Innovation Award, 2020.
  • Society in Science – Branco Weiss fellowship, 2012-2017.
  • Outstanding Paper Award, ASME 2nd Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology, 2013.
  • American Academy of Mechanics Founder’s Prize, 2012.

Current and Past Grants:

  • Active Topological Mechanical Metamaterials via Self-Assembly and Fractional Excitations.
  • Unveiling the Biomechanical Principles of Embryonic Brain and Heart Morphogenesis.
  • Reusable, transparent, and reconfigurable N95-equivalent Respirator Masks.

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • Biomechanics of a Plant-Derived Sealant for Corneal Injuries
    • Authors: B.S. Liu, M. Liao, W.L. Wagner, M. Ackermann, S.J. Mentzer
    • Journal: Translational Vision Science and Technology
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 12
    • Issue: 5
    • Pages: 20
    • Citations: 0

 

  • 3D stimulated Raman spectral imaging of water dynamics associated with pectin-glycocalyceal entanglement
    • Authors: M. Floess, T. Steinle, F. Werner, S.J. Mentzer, H. Giessen
    • Journal: Biomedical Optics Express
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue: 4
    • Pages: 1460–1471
    • Citations: 2

 

  • Engineering human spinal microphysiological systems to model opioid-induced tolerance
    • Authors: H. Cai, Z. Ao, C. Tian, K. Mackie, F. Guo
    • Journal: Bioactive Materials
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 22
    • Pages: 482–490
    • Citations: 12

 

  • Geometric and network organization of visceral organ epithelium
    • Authors: B.S. Liu, J. Sutlive, W.L. Wagner, M. Ackermann, S.J. Mentzer
    • Journal: Frontiers in Network Physiology
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 3
    • Article: 1144186
    • Citations: 2

 

  • Title: Buckling forces and the wavy folds between pleural epithelial cells
  • Authors: J. Sutlive, B.S. Liu, S.A. Kwan, Z. Chen, S.J. Mentzer
  • Journal: BioSystems
  • Year: 2024
  • Volume: 240
  • Pages: 105216

Konstantinos Magkoutas | Regenerative Medicine | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Konstantinos Magkoutas | Regenerative Medicine |Best Researcher Award

Dr at ETH Zürich Switzerland

I am a highly skilled engineer with extensive experience in control systems and medical devices. Currently, I work as a Closed Loop Control Engineer at Hamilton Medical, focusing on advanced control algorithms for mechanical ventilation. My background includes a postdoctoral position at ETH Zürich, where I led projects on artificial heart technology and managed substantial fundraising efforts. With a Doctor of Science degree from ETH Zürich, I specialize in intelligent ventricular assist devices and have a strong track record in research, development, and clinical trials. My technical expertise is complemented by strong leadership, communication, and teamwork skills, as well as proficiency in various software tools.

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Work Experience 💼

Closed Loop Control Engineer, New Technology Group, Hamilton Medical (11/2023 – Present)
• Project management, research, and development of cutting-edge control algorithms for mechanical ventilation
• Design in-silico and in-vitro verification and validation procedures for medical devices and control algorithms, including regulatory aspects
• Participate in clinical trials, conduct clinical data analysis, and documentation

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zürich (03/2023 – 09/2023)
• Led collaborative project between ETH Zurich and Cleveland Clinic on blood pump inflow cannula design and orientation optimization
• Developed and executed in-vitro characterization of a novel, soft total artificial heart for heart disease patients
• Managed fundraising proposals ~ 1 million CHF
• Supported the supervision of two PhD researchers

Research Assistant, Product Development Group Zürich, ETH Zürich (09/2018 – 02/2023)
• Ideation, design, assembly, calibration, and in-vitro testing of novel aortic sensor for hemodynamic and biomechanical data acquisition
• Developed and executed large animal experiments to validate the clinical readiness of the aortic sensor
• Developed algorithmic approaches for data processing and evaluation
• Created a data-driven iterative learning control strategy for blood pumps
• Developed a genetic-algorithm-based optimization framework for the optimization of control parameters of blood pump controllers
• Instructed undergraduate and graduate courses, supervised 20 Bachelors and Masters students

Warehouse Management, Hellenic Air-force (01/2017 – 06/2017)
• Directed stock maintenance
• Developed procedures for automatic stock monitoring and tracking
• Controlled stock records

Project Engineer, LABOR S.A. (06/2014 – 09/2014)
• Created technical reports and tested electrical equipment in compliance with EU protocols
• Conducted inspection and certification of electrical equipment
• Provided technical guidance to clients to harmonize products with relevant EU guidelines

Education 🎓

Doctor of Science, ETH Zürich (09/2018 – 03/2023)  PhD Thesis: Novel sensing and control strategies towards intelligent ventricular assist devices. MSc Degree, Cranfield University (09/2017 – 09/2018)  Master Thesis: S-duct Aerodynamics: Parameterization and optimization of complex intake geometries Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (10/2010 – 07/2016) Diploma Thesis: Investigation of curved fuel injector effects on contra rotating vortex pair (CVP) development

General Skills 🛠️

Leadership Skills Managed and organized the PhD board of the Zurich Heart project Guided and inspired a group as Deputy Director of the Editing team at 48th Cranfield’s Engine Symposium. Communication Skills  Presented in multiple international conferences and workshops  Representative of the Zurich Heart project in Scientifica, an exhibition held by ETH Zürich  Collaborated with physicians and surgeons on data management, establishment of implantation protocols, and medical device assessment. Teamwork Skills  Part of an interdisciplinary team of physicians, vets, surgeons, and engineers for complex animal experiments.  Collaborated with Zurich Heart consortium members on cross-functional projects. Computer Skills MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere, Jira, Notion, Confluence, Miro, MS Project
Math Works MATLAB, Python, FORTRAN, Simulink (Real time), LabVIEW, Git AUTODESK INVENTOR, Siemens NX12, Mesh Mixer, 3D printing slicers ANSYS ICEM, ANSYS Fluent

Awards 🏅

ASAIO Top Category Abstract Award, San Francisco (2023), The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers Prize for outstanding Master Thesis, Cranfield (2017), Awarded £5000 bursary towards the completion of Thermal Power MSc program, Cranfield (2017), 3rd Place Business Plan award for Self-Printing business proposal, Thessaloniki (2016)

Interests and Extracurricular Activities 🌟

Building and programming Lego-robots for multiple tasks, Reshaping used materials to create art, Traveling the world to explore foreign cultures, meet new people, and taste different cuisines, Reading books, cooking, playing Handball

Publications Top Notes 📝

 

  1. Title: Continuous heart volume monitoring by fully implantable soft strain sensor
    • Authors: SA Dual, B Llerena Zambrano, S Sündermann, N Cesarovic, M Kron, …
    • Year: 2020

 

  1. Title: Cardiac output estimation: Online implementation for left ventricular assist device support
    • Authors: A Petrou, M Kanakis, K Magkoutas, B De Vries, M Meboldt, MS Daners
    • Year: 2020

 

  1. Title: Control of ventricular unloading using an electrocardiogram‐synchronized pulsatile ventricular assist device under high stroke ratios 🫀🔋
    • Authors: K Magkoutas, M Rebholz, S Sündermann, A Alogna, A Faragli, V Falk, …
    • Year: 2020

 

  1. Title: Physiologic Data-Driven Iterative Learning Control for Left Ventricular Assist Devices
    • Authors: K Magkoutas, P Arm, M Meboldt, M Schmid Daners
    • Year: 2022

 

  1. Title: Pressure and bernoulli-based flow measurement via a tapered inflow VAD cannula
    • Authors: K Petersdorff-Campen, MA Dupuch, K Magkoutas, M Meboldt, C Hierold, …
    • Year: 2021

 

  1. Title: Continuous monitoring of blood pressure and vascular hemodynamic properties with miniature extravascular Hall-based magnetic sensor
    • Authors: K Magkoutas, M Weisskopf, V Falk, MY Emmert, M Meboldt, N Cesarovic, …
    • Year: 2023

 

  1. Title: Experimental investigation of geometry effects and performance of five-hole probe in measuring jets in crossflow
    • Authors: K Magkoutas, T Efstathiadis, A Kalfas
    • Year: 2022

 

  1. Title: Genetic algorithm-based optimization framework for control parameters of ventricular assist devices
    • Authors: K Magkoutas, LN Rossato, M Heim, MS Daners
    • Year: 2023

 

  1. Title: Building an interdisciplinary program of cardiovascular research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology–the ETHeart story
    • Authors: AP Kourouklis, X Wu, RC Geyer, V Exarchos, T Nazari, J Kaemmel, …
    • Year: 2022

 

 

Hafsah Akhtar | Biomaterials | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Hafsah Akhtar | Biomaterials | Best Researcher Award

Dr at COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan

Pranali Parab is a highly skilled researcher with extensive experience in biomaterials and biomedical engineering. With a Ph.D. in Biomaterials from The University of Sheffield and a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences from NUST Islamabad, her expertise spans ceramic and polymer synthesis, chemical characterizations, and cell culture techniques. Pranali has demonstrated leadership as a research associate, lab in-charge, and graduate teaching assistant, supervising numerous projects and interns. She has received several awards and grants for her outstanding contributions to the field. Pranali is passionate about bone repair and regeneration and actively contributes to research and technology awareness initiatives.

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Education🎓

PhD in Biomaterials Faculty of Engineering, The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom2017-2022 PhD Thesis: Metal Oxide Substituted Polyurethane foams for enhanced craniofacial bone repair: Exploring the properties of Cerium, Zirconium, and Copper-doped Zinc Oxide nanoparticles as potential additives for bone regeneration and angiogenesis. Project Supervisor: Prof. Gwendolen Reilly MS in Biomedical Sciences School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, NUST Islamabad, Pakistan 2013-2015 Master’s Thesis: Designing and Fabrication of a functional stent graft for the treatment of Oesophageal Cancer (Higher Education Commission funded project). Project Supervisor: Dr. Murtaza Najabat Ali BS in Applied Biosciences Atta ur Rehman School of Applied Biosciences, NUST Islamabad, Pakistan 2009-2013 Bachelor’s thesis: Identification of Mycoviral infections in environmental fungal isolates (Higher Education Commission Project). Project Supervisor: Dr. Muhammad Faraz Bhatti

 

Professional Experience

Research Associate ‘Member Bone Research Group’ Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM), Lahore. 2016-Present Lab In-charge & Advanced User Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope. Graduate Teaching Assistant University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. 2018-2021 Professional Behaviour and Ethical Conduct Module for PhD Students. Diamond Labs. Chemical and Biological Engineering Labs. Department of Mechanical Engineering Labs. Research Supervision Master’s Students (2 Co-supervisions), IRCBM, COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore campus. Master’s Students (2 Co-supervisions), Undergraduate Summer Student (1 Co-supervision), University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Research Internees (2) from Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland. Erasmus Research Mobility Program. Intern Seed Biotech Lab, Centre for Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), Lahore, Pakistan. 2012 (6 weeks) Intern Molecular Biology Lab, Atta ur Rahman School of Applied Biosciences, NUST Islamabad, Pakistan. 2010 (6 weeks)

Academic Projects 🎓🔬📚

Solvent Casting/Particle Leaching (SCPL) Scaffold Synthesis for Craniofacial Bone Repair (Completed) Role of Zinc Oxide in Bone Regeneration (Completed) Cell Attachment and Biocompatibility of Next Generation Oxide Containing Bioactive Scaffolds for Craniofacial Vascularization and Bone Regeneration (Completed) Cell Viability, Mineralization, and Collagen Production of hTERT BMSCs in Basal and Osteogenic Media (Completed) Bioactive Scaffolds for Orbital Floor Repair and Regeneration (Completed) Evaluation of Analgesic Effect of Honey, Mint, Aloe Vera, and Rose Water in Balb/c Mice: Comparative Study (Completed) Development of Novel Biofunctional Polymer-Based Natural Biomaterial Films and Surfaces for Biomedical Applications (Completed) Evaluation of LDA, QDA, and Decision Trees for Multifunctional Controlled Below Elbow Prosthetic Limb Using EMG Signals (Completed) Designing and Simulation Analysis of Tracheal Splint Coated with Adipose Stem Cells for the Treatment of Weak Trachea (Birth Disorder) (Completed)

 

Awards 🏆🎖️

Learned Society University of Sheffield Travel Grant WBC Glasgow 2020 (Virtual), United Kingdom (2020) Learned Society University of Sheffield Travel Grant TERMIS EU MEETING 2019, United Kingdom (2019) Armours and Brasiers Travel Grant TERMIS EU MEETING 2019, United Kingdom (2019) Learned Society University of Sheffield Travel Grant BioMedEng 2019, United Kingdom (2019) Engineering Research Symposium – University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (1st Position – Materials, 2019) 2nd Year Postgraduate Poster Presentation – University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (Runners Up, 2019) Doctoral Academy Award, University of Sheffield for Doctoral Studies (2017) Best Poster Presentation Award, COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan (2014) 3rd Position in Annual Career Fair Poster Presentation ASAB, NUST, Pakistan (2014) Rector’s High Achiever’s Award for Position and Participation in All Pakistan Competitions, NUST, Pakistan (2013) 3rd Position ‘Invent a Blueprint’ All Pakistan Math Olympiad, GIK Institute of Engineering, Pakistan (2012) Member of the Year Award NUST Science Society, NUST, Pakistan (2011) Fauji Fertilizers Company Merit Scholarship (2009-2015)

 

Technical Skills 💻🔧📊

  • Technical Procedures: Ceramic and Polymer Synthesis, Chemical and Physical Characterizations, Cell Culture, ELISA.
  • Equipment Trainings: Fluorescent Microscope, Scanning Electron Microscope, Transmission Electron Microscope, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscope, RAMAN Spectroscopy, Plasma Spray Coating, Confocal Microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction.
  • Technical Software: GraphPad Prism, Image J, Wildfire PRO Engineer, AUTOCAD, SolidWorks, Fusion 360.
  • Application Packages: MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Mendeley, EndNote.

Administrative Skills 📊📝📋

  • Management, Analytical, and Coordination Skills

Extracurricular Activities 🌟📰📚

Founder of ‘The Inside Story’ – A Social Media Project for the Awareness of Research and Technology Among Masses (2014-2016), Author at Student Run Online Magazine ‘I R Nustian’ (2013-2014), Joint Secretary Information, NUST Science Society (2011-2012), Director Public Relations, NUST Science Society (2010-2011)

Research Interests 🧪🔬

    • Biomaterials, Ceramics, and Bio composites for Bone Repair and Regeneration, Multifunctional Biomaterials

 

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • Therapeutic efficacy of neurostimulation for depression: techniques, current modalities, and future challenges
    • Authors: H Akhtar, F Bukhari, M Nazir, MN Anwar, A Shahzad
    • Journal: Neuroscience bulletin
    • Pages: 115-126
    • Year: 2016
    • Citations: 60

 

  • Development of K-doped ZnO nanoparticles encapsulated crosslinked chitosan based new membranes to stimulate angiogenesis in tissue engineered skin grafts
    • Authors: L Shahzadi, AA Chaudhry, AR Aleem, MH Malik, K Ijaz, H Akhtar, F Alvi, …
    • Journal: International journal of biological macromolecules
    • Volume: 120
    • Pages: 721-728
    • Year: 2018
    • Citations: 37

 

  • Development of biocomposites from coir fibre and poly (caprolactone) by solvent casting technique
    • Authors: HC Obasi, AA Chaudhry, K Ijaz, H Akhtar, MH Malik
    • Journal: Polymer Bulletin
    • Pages: 1-13
    • Year: 2017
    • Citations: 19

 

  • New biofunctional loading of natural antimicrobial agent in biodegradable polymeric films for biomedical applications
    • Authors: B Ghafoor, MN Ali, U Ansari, MF Bhatti, M Mir, H Akhtar, F Darakhshan
    • Journal: International journal of biomaterials
    • Year: 2016
    • Citations: 18

 

  • Zinc containing calcium phosphates obtained via microwave irradiation of suspensions
    • Authors: AA Chaudhry, H Khalid, M Zahid, K Ijaz, H Akhtar, B Younas, F Manzoor, …
    • Journal: Materials Chemistry and Physics
    • Volume: 276
    • Pages: 124921
    • Year: 2022
    • Citations: 8

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