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.



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

hrishti Singh | Biomedical Engineering | Women Researcher Award

 Dr. hrishti Singh | Biomedical Engineering | Women Researcher Award

 Dr. George Mason University, United States

👩‍🔬 With 5 years of experience as a biomedical engineer, scientist, and entrepreneur, I specialize in developing translational contrast agent platforms for enhancing early-stage tumor diagnosis. Additionally, I possess 1 year of healthcare product management experience as a Co-Founder of a biotech start-up. My expertise lies in problem-solving, stakeholder relationship management, and project planning, with a strong passion for innovation and improving patient outcomes through healthcare product development and leadership.




Education 📚

PhD in Bioengineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (Aug. 2017 – Dec. 2022)Masters in Biomedical Engineering, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (Aug. 2015 – Aug. 2017)Bachelors in Engineering (B.E) in Biotechnology, Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka (Aug. 2011 – Aug. 2015)

Technical Skills 🛠️

Languages: Python, Matlab, Perl

Software Skills: Nanoscale Molecular Dynamics (NAMD), Adobe Illustrator

Experimental Skills: Gel Electrophoresis, Western Blotting, Flow Cytometry, Cell Culture, Biomaterial Design, Synthesis and Characterization, Lipid Nanoparticle Synthesis, Rheology of Soft Materials, Cyclic Voltammetry, Electroimpedance Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), In-vitro Tissue Models, DNA Extraction, Cell Transfection, Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), In-vivo Ultrasound and Photoacoustic Imaging

Research Awards 🏅

WeSci Women in STEM Crowdfunding Campaign Winner, 2023George Mason University Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award, 2023Biomedical Engineering Society Advanced Biomanufacturing (AbioM) Best Graduate Work Award, 2023George Mason University Office of Provost and Executive Vice-President Award, 2018University of Bridgeport School of Engineering Academic Accomplishment, 2017University of Bridgeport Faculty Research Day, Winner of Best Graduate Poster, 2017ASEE Northeast Conference, Honorable Mention in Best Graduate Poster, 2016IEEE CT-IETA, Third Place in Best Graduate Poster, 2016IEEE CT-IETA, Honorable Mention in Best Graduate Poster, 2016Ramaiah Institute of Technology Alumni Association, Best B.E Project, 2015

Highlighted Presentation 🎤

  • Gordon Imaging Institute and MGH, Harvard University (Invite) Aug. 2023
    • Oral: Non-invasive Whole Body PA Imaging of Small Animals using ICG dye constructs. Cambridge, MA

Presentations 📊

Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting Oct. 2022Virginia Catalyst Conference Sept. 2022George Mason University ”Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference” Mar. 2022Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting Oct. 2020Materials Research Society Annual Meeting Dec. 2019

Leadership and Volunteer Experience 🤝

President of Graduate Association for Bioengineering Students at George Mason University.Member of International Student Advisory Board at George Mason University.Responsible for mentoring undergraduate students.Part of Letters to Pre-Scientist Program exchanging letters with middle and high school female students to demonstrate the importance of women in STEM.

Relevant Skills 🧪

  • Nanomedicine
  • Biomaterials
  • Contrast Agents
  • Drug Delivery
  • Photoacoustic Imaging
  • Rational Design of Solutions to Health Problems
  • Grant Writing
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Strong Communication

Entrepreneurial Experience 💼

NIRView Biosciences Inc. (March 2023 – Present)Co-Founder and CEO, Fairfax, VA Responsible for identifying customer needs, conducting product-market fit analysis, and building sustainable business and revenue models. Define the vision of the product and communicate it to the product development team and stakeholders. Proposal writing to secure non-dilutive funding from different government agencies. National Science Foundation I-Corps Entrepreneurial Program (May 2023 – July 2023)Entrepreneurial Lead, NSF I-Corps Bay Area Node, UC Berkley Determined business plans, mission statements, and visions for public health products. Conducted extensive customer discovery interviews to determine product-market fit.

Relevant Media and Websites 📰

Relevant Awards 🏆

Key Personnel and Investigator on NSF Grant Award Number 2325234.1st place winner and Mason’s Choice Winner of Patriot Pitch Competition (2023).2nd place winner of Accelerate Investor Conference (2023) pitch competition.Principal Investigator on NSF Small Business Innovation and Research Grant.Contrast agent technology selected as STAT News Best 64 technologies in the United States, 2023.

Research Experience 📊

George Mason UniversityPostdoctoral Research Fellow (March 2023 – Present)Graduate Research Assistant (August 2019 – December 2022)Graduate Research Assistant (August 2017 – August 2018)

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • Title: Synthesis of DNA origami scaffolds: current and emerging strategies
  • Authors: J Bush, S Singh, M Vargas, E Oktay, CH Hu, R Veneziano
  • Journal: Molecules
  • Year: 2020


  • Title: Solar cells with PbS quantum dot sensitized TiO2–multiwalled carbon nanotube composites, sulfide-titania gel and tin sulfide coated C-fabric
  • Authors: RK Kokal, M Deepa, A Kalluri, S Singh, I Macwan, PK Patra, J Gilarde
  • Journal: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
  • Year: 2017



  • Title: Interactions between avidin and graphene for development of a biosensing platform
  • Authors: I Macwan, MDH Khan, A Aphale, S Singh, J Liu, M Hingorani, P Patra
  • Journal: Biosensors and Bioelectronics
  • Year: 2017



  • Title: Size-tunable ICG-based contrast agent platform for targeted near-infrared photoacoustic imaging.
  • Authors: S Singh, G Giammanco, CH Hu, J Bush, LS Cordova, DJ Lawrence, …
  • Journal: Photoacoustics
  • Year: 2023



  • Title: A Computational Approach for Understanding the Interactions between Graphene Oxide and Nucleoside Diphosphate Kinase with Implications for Heart Failure
  • Authors: A Ray, I Macwan, S Singh, S Silwal, P Patra
  • Journal: Nanomaterials
  • Year: 2018



  • Title: Versatile encapsulation and synthesis of potent liposomes by thermal equilibration
  • Authors: SA Roberts, C Lee, S Singh, N Agrawal
  • Journal: Membranes
  • Year: 2022



  • Title: Increasing Vaccine Production using Pulsed Ultrasound Waves
  • Authors: J Xing, S Singh, Y Zhao, Y Duan, H Guo, C Hu, A Ma, R George, JZ Xing, …
  • Journal: PLOS One
  • Year: 2017



  • Title: Autonomously Propelled Colloids for Penetration and Payload Delivery in Complex Extracellular Matrices
  • Authors: S Singh, J Moran
  • Journal: Micromachines
  • Year: 2022



  • Title: Rational design of ICG-based contrast agents for near-infrared photoacoustic imaging
  • Authors: M Hanafi, N Such, G Giammanco, S Singh, D Wegierak, E Abenojar, …
  • Journal: Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing
  • Year: 2024


  • Title: Transcranial photoacoustic imaging with ICG J-aggregates for imaging blood-brain barrier leak following LPS-induced neuroinflammation
  • Authors: FJ Bodera, S Singh, R Veneziano, PV Chitnis, MJ McVey, MC Kolios
  • Journal: Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing
  • Year: 2024



  • Title: Modified j-aggregates and conjugates thereof
  • Authors: R Veneziano, PV Chitnis, S Singh
  • Journal: US Patent App.
  • Year: 2023


  • Title: Indocyanine green-based in-vivo photoacoustic imaging contrast agent platform (Conference Presentation)
  • Authors: S Singh, G Giammanco, C Hu, J Bush, LS Cordova, DJ Lawrence, …
  • Journal: Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing
  • Year: 2023


  • Title: Computational Investigation of Chirality-Based Separation of Carbon Nanotubes Using Tripeptide Library
  • Authors: S Singh, HR Divecha, A Ayoola, M Xavierselvan, J Devlin, I Macwan
  • Journal: Biomolecules
  • Year: 2023




Senay Mihcin | Biomechanics | Women Researcher Award

Assoc Prof Dr. Senay Mihcin | Biomechanics | Women Researcher Award

Assoc Prof Dr. Izmir Yüksek Teknoloji EnstitüsüThis link is disabled., Izmir, Turkey

👩‍🔬 A seasoned Mechanical Engineer with a distinguished academic background and extensive expertise in biomechanics and mechatronics. Holding a PhD from Loughborough University, UK, and having supervised numerous MSc and PhD theses, I excel in both academic and practical aspects of mechanical engineering. With a track record of securing substantial grants and leading innovative research projects, including those funded by TÜBİTAK and the China National Key R&D Program, I am at the forefront of cutting-edge developments in the field. Additionally, my proficiency in lecturing, mentoring, and workshop facilitation underscores my commitment to advancing education and knowledge dissemination.🌟






📚 Education and Qualifications

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Loughborough University, UK
  • MSc in Mechatronics and Management Science, Sabanci University, Turkey
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey

🏆 Grants Received

TÜBİTAK 2232 International Outstanding Researcher Award Project: New Generation Implants for AllBudget: 3,800,000 TL for 3 years China National Key R&D Program Project: 3D Printing Technology of Integrated Material & Structure for Medical ApplicationsTotal Funding: 13,230,000 RMB. Scientific Research Projects (SRP)Project: Wearable motion capture technologies and assessment of data for biomechanics applicationsBudget: 30,000 TL for 12 months. TÜBİTAK 2209 for Graduation Projects Projects:Innovative Coatings of Implants and Testing in Biomechanical ApplicationsDesign of Dip Coating Machinery for Automated Coating of Biomedical ImplantsBudget: 4,000 TL each for 12 months

🎓 Lectures Given

  • ME 409 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory
  • BMT609 Doctorate Thesis Studies
  • BME 449 Medical Technology Management
  • BMT 602 Human Motion and Simulations
  • BME402 Graduation Project
  • BMT640 Medical Technology Management
  • BME 305 Biomechanics
  • BMT589 Special Topics
  • BME 303 Bio transport Phenomena
  • ME 556 Medical Technology Management
  • ME557 Human Motion and Simulations
  • ME457 Introduction to Biomechanics
  • ME 402 Graduation Project

👨‍💼 Employment History

Mechanical Engineering, Associate Professor Izmir High Technology Institute, Turkey July 2023 to Present. Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Professor Izmir High Technology Institute, Turkey February 2020 to July 2023. Head of Biomechanics Unit, Assistant Professor Izmir Katip Çelebi University, Turkey April 2018 to February 2020. Research Associate University College of London, UK August 2017 to April 2018. Team Leader, Trans-fusimo Project (EU, FP7)University of Dundee, UK May 2014 to July 2017.

🤝 Supervising and Mentoring Activities

Supervisor of MSc ThesisHakki Kose: Thesis on ‘Wearable motion capture systems’, Expected Graduation: August 2019, Izmir Katip Celebi University, TurkeyCo-Supervisor and Mentor for PhD CandidateSerkan Çizmecioğlı: Thesis on ‘Evaluation of Upper Extremities using Motion Capture Systems as an alternative system to Fugl Mayer Test for Stroke Patients after Physio Therapy’, Istanbul University, May 2018 to present at Izmir Katip Çelebi University, TurkeyCo-Supervisor for MSc ThesisSamet Çıklaçandır: Thesis on ‘FE modelling of Acetabular Bone Fractures in Elderly Patients with Osteoporosis’, Graduated in February 2019, Izmir Katip Çelebi University, TurkeyCo-Supervisor for PhD ThesisIoannis Karakitsios: Thesis on ‘Verification of the ExVivo-Thiel embalmed model for liver treatment with Magnetic Resonance-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) before clinical practice’, May 2014 to March 2017, Dundee University, UKMentor for Lab Management, Quality Systems, and Protocol DevelopmentAndrew Dennison: Mentoring during FP7 funded projects – TRANSFUSİMO and FUTURA, May 2014 to June 2017, Dundee University, UKMentor for PhD ThesisJonathan Farnsworth: Thesis titled ‘The effects of surface gradient on the human spine’, April 2005 to June 2009, Loughborough University, UK

🏅 Professional Memberships and Honours & Awards

Travel Award, IEEE, MEMEA ISTANBUL, Turkey, July 2019Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Biomedical Sciences and EngineeringMember of the European Society of Movement Analysis for Adults and ChildrenMembership of Chartered Engineers (CEng), Institution of Mechanical EngineersMembership of ESB, European Society of BiomechanicsBA Festival of Science Finalist for Perspectives Poster Session, Exeter University, September 2004Full Scholarship from EPSRC for a PhD, Computer Science Department, Loughborough University, 2003-2007Full Scholarship for the Leaders for Industry Program, Sabanci University, 2001-2003Scholarships for undergraduate education from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 1996-2001Turkish National Scholarship for High School Students, Eskisehir, 1993-1996

📜 Certificates

Agile Quality Management, ISO 13485, and Risk Management, University College of London, January 2018, London, UKExablate System Architecture, Software, Hardware, Maintenance, Trouble Shooting, Applications, Lab Tour Training, Haifa, Israel, March 2016Digital Operating Room Summer School 2015 (DORS), Leipzig, Germany, August 2015Quality Management: Risk Assessment, Managing Product and Process Risks using ISO 14971, QCS International, March 2015Exablate Conformal Bone System 2100 (Insightec), Research mode sonication, practical course, Dundee, UK, October 2015MR fundamentals for research mode for abdominal scanning hands-on course provided by GE, Dundee, UK, September 2015Clinical Good Practice (CGP) by National Health and Research Institute (NHRI)Teaching Skills for Postgraduates and Research Assistants Professional Development, Loughborough University, 2004

🛠️ Additional Skills

Programming skills in Pascal, Visual Basic, Basic, C++, JavaScript, RCommand of CAD programs: Abaqus, SolidWorks, Catia, Cadkey, Patran, Nastran, Ansys, Madymo 6.4, HyperWorks 7.0Proficient in SPSS, MatLab, RSLinx, RSView WorksAdvanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools and referencing tools: Endnote, RefWorksExperience with Vicon, C-motion, Visual 3D, Biomechanics of Bodies (BoB), and image processing tools: Scan IP, Snap ITKWorking knowledge of Agile Quality Management System in project management for ISO 13485English and Turkish driving licencesLanguages: Turkish (Native), English (Advanced), Italian, German, French (Elementary)

🔄 Workshops

  • Various workshops including Continuing Medical Education, Interviewing Techniques, Plagiarism & Citation Management, Dreamweaver Web Page Creation, Statistics, Personal Organisation & Time Management, Leadership & Management, and more.

🎓 Thesis Supervision

  • Supervised and advised several thesis projects covering a range

Publications Top Notes 📝

  1. Title: Principles of focused ultrasound
    • Journal: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies
    • Year: 2018
    • Volume: 27
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 41-50
    • Authors: S Mihcin, A Melzer
    • Citations: 29


  1. Title: Investigation of wearable motion capture system towards biomechanical modelling
    • Conference: 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications
    • Year: 2019
    • Authors: S Mihcin, H Kose, S Cizmeciogullari, S Ciklacandir, M Kocak, A Tosun, …
    • Citations: 17


  1. Title: A focused ultrasound treatment system for moving targets (part I): generic system design and in-silico first-stage evaluation
    • Journal: Journal of therapeutic ultrasound
    • Year: 2017
    • Volume: 5
    • Pages: 1-14
    • Authors: M Schwenke, J Strehlow, D Demedts, S Haase, D Barrios Romero, …
    • Citations: 16


  1. Title: Wearable motion capture system evaluation for biomechanical studies for hip joints
    • Journal: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
    • Year: 2021
    • Volume: 143
    • Issue: 4
    • Pages: 044504
    • Authors: S Mihcin, S Ciklacandir, M Kocak, A Tosun
    • Citations: 12


  1. Title: Finite element study of PEEK materials applied in post-retained restorations
    • Journal: Polymers
    • Year: 2022
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue: 16
    • Pages: 3422
    • Authors: H Yu, Z Feng, L Wang, S Mihcin, J Kang, S Bai, Y Zhao
    • Citations: 9


  1. Title: Evidence-based cross validation for acoustic power transmission for a novel treatment system
    • Journal: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies
    • Year: 2017
    • Volume: 26
    • Issue: 3
    • Pages: 151-161
    • Authors: S Mihcin, J Strehlow, D Demedts, M Schwenke, Y Levy, A Melzer
    • Citations: 9


  1. Title: Feasibility study of pre-clinical Thiel embalmed human cadaver for MR-guided focused ultrasound of the spine
    • Journal: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies
    • Year: 2016
    • Volume: 25
    • Issue: 3
    • Pages: 154-161
    • Authors: I Karakitsios, S Mihcin, T Saliev, A Melzer
    • Citations: 9


  1. Title: Optimization of hip implant designs based on its mechanical behaviour
    • Book: Biomechanics in Medicine, Sport and Biology
    • Year: 2022
    • Pages: 37-43
    • Authors: H Göktaş, E Subaşi, M Uzkut, M Kara, H Biçici, H Shirazi, KN Chethan, …
    • Citations: 8


  1. Title: Database covering the prayer movements which were not available previously
    • Journal: Scientific data
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 10
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 276
    • Authors: S Mihcin, AM Sahin, M Yilmaz, AT Alpkaya, M Tuna, S Akdeniz, …
    • Citations: 6


  1. Title: Simultaneous validation of wearable motion capture system for lower body applications: Over single plane range of motion (ROM) and gait activities
    • Journal: Biomedical Engineering/Biomedizinische Technik
    • Year: 2022
    • Volume: 67
    • Issue: 3
    • Pages: 185-199
    • Authors: S Mihcin
    • Citations: 6