Thahseena Pokker | disease | Women Researcher Award

Dr. Thahseena Pokker | diseaseWomen Researcher Award |Best Researcher Award

Dr at University of Pennsylvania United States

I am a doctor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, graduated from Govt. Ayurveda Medical College, University of Kerala, India. Currently pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate program in Clinical Research from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.



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Education 🎓📜

University of Pennsylvania: Clinical Research Certificate Program – 2023. University of Kerala, India: Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery – 2009.

Skills 💬🧠🕰️

Active listening skills include giving the person speaking full attention, understanding the points made, asking questions for clarification when necessary, and providing feedback. Excellent critical thinking, judgment, and decision-making abilities. Have good observation skills. Fluently speak, read, and write English. Ability to be engaging, friendly, patient, and understanding. Ability to manage time appropriately.

Achievements 🏆🎓

In 2018, I got an invitation from the Emergency Medicine and Acute Care Conference in Tokyo, Japan to present an abstract. Invited by the Xth Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Conference 2019 in Croatia for an abstract presentation. My article about anaphylactic treatment was published in the Journal of Science, Conferenceminds 2024. Due to my achievements, I was invited to join the Clinical Research Program by one of the most prestigious institutions of the Ivy League, the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Experience 👩‍⚕️🔬

Ayurvedic Physician: Worked as a junior doctor attending the Outpatient Department, and managing inpatient hospital units including the Emergency Medicine Department for two years. This opportunity allowed me to learn and explore many aspects of traditional medicine in various diseases, and I developed an interest in anaphylactic treatment measures. I started researching more and developed an effective and affordable method to treat anaphylactic attacks. Pursuing a Certificate program in Clinical Research covering topics like epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical trials, and database management. Practicing to record information about research studies and their statistical interpretation. Familiarized with statistical software Stata. Going through office procedures, patient interaction, and computer programs related to research studies. Acquired knowledge about planning, designing, and conducting research studies. Developed teams of patients to participate in specific research studies. Thorough knowledge of database management in RedCap, designing surveys, and clinical trial study groups.

Hobbies and Interests 📖✍️

I love to read and write. In my spare time, I enjoy reading various books including medical journals and publications. I am also a good observer which helps me to write. I have written many short stories.

Publications Top Notes 📝

  1. Title: Respiratory emergencies: An alternative method to treat Anaphylaxis 🚑🫁
    • Authors: Thahseena Pokker
    • Year: 2024 📅
    • Journal: Journal of Science 📰
    • Publication Date: April 1, 2024 📆


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



Hakan Sağsöz | Histology | Best Researcher Award

Prof. ‌ Hakan Sağsöz | Histology | Best Researcher Award

Prof at Dicle University,  Turkey

Ph.D. candidate in Production Engineering at Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, with extensive hands-on experience in advanced mechanical machinery and additive manufacturing processes. Currently serving as technical staff in the Mechanical Engineering Department, specializing in CNC machines, 3D printing, and composite material properties. Recognized for strong communication and project management skills, with multiple accolades in academic, research, and sports domains. Proven ability to work collaboratively and manage technical projects effectively. Passionate about research, teaching, and continuous learning in engineering and technology.



Objective 🎯

To utilize my technical skills and provide professional services by applying and honing my knowledge in a challenging and motivating work environment.

Experience 💼

Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur Tech1 update availablenical Staff Aug 2021 – Present Working in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Handling Advanced Mechanical Machinery including CNC Machines, 3D Printers, 3D Scanners, CMM, micro EDM, AFM, VMC, etc. Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation Intern Jun 2019 – Jul 2019 Gained hands-on experience with heavy machinery used in the maintenance and repair of roadways buses. Learned about braking systems, engine heads, steering mechanisms, etc. North Western Railway Carriage Workshop, Jodhpur Intern Jun 2017 – Jul 2017 Completed basic training on train bogies, coaches, braking systems, centralized AC systems. Visited various maintenance and repair shops including machine shop, paint shop, trim shop, dismantling shop, assembly shop, etc.

Education 🎓

Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Pursuing Course Work CGPA: 9.29. Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Production Engineering Final Grade: A MBM University, Jodhpur Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Mechanical Engineering Final Grade: A. SS Jain Subodh Sec. Sr. School, Jaipur XII-RBSE with PCM Percentage: 85.40% SS Jain Subodh Sec. Sr. School, Jaipur X – RBSE Percentage: 79.33% Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University, Kota Rajasthan State Certificate in Information Technology Percentage: 94%

Research Area 🔬

M.Tech Dissertation “Experimental Investigation on Abrasive Flow Finishing of FDM Printed Polymeric Spur Gear”. PhD Research Area Additive Manufacturing and Technologies, Advanced Manufacturing Processes, Mechanical and Tribological Properties of Composite Materials, Design and Development of Complex Geometries, Parametric impacts in Additive Manufacturing Processes, 3D Printing of Polymer Matrix Composites, Polymers, Standard Resins, and Study of their Mechanical Properties.

Technical Skills 🛠️

MS Office Tools: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Designing Softwares: AutoCAD, Fusion 360, Inventor, SolidWorks, Catia, 3D Printer Slicing Softwares: Simplify 3D, Kisslicer, Cura, Preform, Other Softwares: Exstar for 3D Scanning, Mendeley, Additive Manufacturing Tools, CNC Programming, Advanced Manufacturing Machines and Processes: AFM, FDM 3D Printer, SLA 3D Printer, Micro EDM, CNC Lathe and Milling Machines, Coordinate Measuring Machine, Mechanical Machinery: Shaper, Lathe, Milling, Drilling, Grinding, Slotter, Stir Casting, Profile Projector

General Skills 🌟

  • Communication and Time Management Skills
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Decision Making
  • Technical Documentation
  • Teaching Experience
  • Project Management
  • E-Governance
  • Research and Strategy
  • Training and Development
  • Organization Development

Achievements & Awards 🏆

Qualified GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) – 2020, 2021, Rajasthan Pre Engineering Test/ Rajasthan Engineering Admission Process Merit Rank – 94, CBSE Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE Mains) Rank – 751, Received “Talent and Service Award” from Human Development Services Committee, Indian Culture Knowledge Examination – Secured 2nd Position at District Level, University-level Badminton Player – Winner in multiple sports events, NCC ‘AIR WING’ – Certificate “A”, Selected in MNIT Jaipur Cricket Team for All India Inter NIT Cricket Tournament – 2022 (Bronze Medal Winner), Various accolades during “Hindi Week” including positions in Science and Technology Competitions, Essay Writing, General Knowledge, and Awareness, 100% Attendance Award in Schooling (9th-12th Class), Selected in numerous Government Competitive Exams/Jobs including DFCCIL Executive (OP & BD), NTPC, Assistant Commandant (Coast Guard), Marine Engineer in Merchant Navy, Selected in MNIT Jaipur Badminton Team for “All India Inter NIT Tournament – 2023”, Winner in “Canvas Painting Competition” during Vigilance Awareness Week – 2023

Extra-Curricular Activities 🏅

  • Coordinator of various sports events held in college
  • Participant in numerous training programs on advanced machines
  • Participant in IP Awareness/ Training Program under National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission
  • Participant in TEQIP III sponsored National Webinar on “Mathematical Modelling of Engineering Systems”
  • Participant in ‘Har Ghar Tiranga Campaign’ and ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’
  • Participant in “Combined Annual Training Camp” NCC Air Wing


Personal Interests and Hobbies 🎨

  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Movies
  • Agriculture and Farming
  • Research
  • General Awareness

Publications Top Notes 📝

  1. Differential distribution of intermediate filament proteins in the bovine and ovine tongues
    • Authors: Çelenk, F., Saruhan, B.G., Sağsöz, H.
    • Journal: Journal of Veterinary Medicine Series C: Anatomia Histologia Embryologia
    • Year: 2024
    • Volume: 53
    • Issue: 1
    • Article: e13013
    • Abstract: This study likely investigates the differential distribution of intermediate filament proteins in the tongues of bovines and ovines, contributing to understanding the structural and functional differences in tongue anatomy between these species.


  1. The immunolocalization of cadherins and beta-catenin in the cervix and vagina of cycling cows
    • Authors: Liman, N., Sağsöz, H.
    • Journal: Veterinary Research Communications
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 47
    • Issue: 3
    • Pages: 1155–1175
    • Abstract: This article likely explores the immunolocalization patterns of cadherins and beta-catenin in the cervix and vagina of cycling cows, providing insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying cervical and vaginal tissue integrity and function.


  1. Distribution of cytoskeletal proteins in the cat testis during the pre-pubertal and post-pubertal periods
    • Authors: Topaloğlu, U., Sağsöz, H., Akbalik, M.E.
    • Journal: Theriogenology
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 197
    • Pages: 1–9
    • Abstract: This article likely investigates the distribution of cytoskeletal proteins in the testes of cats during the pre-pubertal and post-pubertal periods, shedding light on the developmental changes and structural organization of testicular tissues.


  1. Tarantula Cubensis Extract and Low-Level Laser Therapy: A Histopathological, Radiological and Serological Analysis of Bone Repair on an Experimental Bone Defect Model
    • Authors: Altan, S., Sağsöz, H., Ersöz Kanay, B., Alan, E., Çevik, R.
    • Journal: Kafkas Universitesi Veteriner Fakultesi Dergisi
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 29
    • Issue: 2
    • Pages: 125–135
    • Abstract: This article likely presents a study on the histopathological, radiological, and serological analysis of bone repair using Tarantula Cubensis extract and low-level laser therapy in an experimental bone defect model, providing insights into potential therapeutic approaches for bone regeneration.


  1. Expression of cadherins and some connective tissue components in cow uterus and placenta during pregnancy
    • Authors: Sağsöz, H., Liman, N., Akbalık, M.E., Ketani, M.A., Erdoğan, S.
    • Journal: Research in Veterinary Science
    • Year: 2022
    • Volume: 151
    • Pages: 64–79
    • Abstract: This article likely investigates the expression patterns of cadherins and connective tissue components in the uterus and placenta of cows during pregnancy, providing insights into the molecular mechanisms involved in uterine and placental development and function.


  1. The Expression Profile of Some Homeobox Proteins in the Bovine Liver During Prenatal Development
    • Authors: Topaloğlu, U., Sağsöz, H., Akbalik, M.E., Güney Saruhan, B., Aydın, N.
    • Journal: Kafkas Universitesi Veteriner Fakultesi Dergisi
    • Year: 2022
    • Volume: 28
    • Issue: 5
    • Pages: 543–552
    • Abstract: This article likely examines the expression profile of homeobox proteins in the liver of bovines during prenatal development, contributing to understanding the regulatory mechanisms involved in liver development and maturation.


    • Authors: Topaloǧlu, U., Ketani, M.A., Akbalik, M.E., Saruhan, B.G., Bayram, B.
    • Journal: Slovenian Veterinary Research
    • Year: 2022
    • Volume: 59
    • Issue: 2
    • Pages: 99–111
    • Abstract: This article likely investigates the immunolocalization patterns of HOXA11 and HLX proteins in the placenta of cows during pregnancy, providing insights into their roles in placental development and function.




Nune Manasa | Tissue engineering | Best Researcher Award

Assoc Prof Dr. Nune Manasa | Tissue engineering | Best Researcher Award

Assoc Prof Dr at Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine India

With a Ph.D. in Medical Nanotechnology and extensive research and teaching experience, this professional has made significant contributions to the field of biotechnology and biomaterials. They have held positions such as Assistant Professor and Research Associate, showcasing expertise in stem cell research, tissue engineering, and nanotechnology. Their achievements include numerous awards, memberships, and editorial roles in esteemed journals. Additionally, they actively participate in academic committees and serve as a reviewer for prestigious journals and grant proposals. With a commitment to excellence in research and education, they continue to drive innovation in the biomedical field.




 📚🎓Academic Profile

  • Ph.D. in Medical Nanotechnology (2016) from Centre for Nanotechnology & Advanced Biomaterials, SASTRA University, Thanjavur, India
  • M.Sc. Biotechnology (2009) (80%) from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (J.N.T.U), Hyderabad, India
  • B.Sc. Biotechnology, Botany & Chemistry (2007) (81%) from Nizam College, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.

 🔬👩‍🏫 Research & Teaching Experience 

Assistant Professor at Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru from July 2017 – July 2022. Research Associate in the Chemistry of Physics & Materials Unit of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India from February 2016 – November 2016. CSIR-Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Nanotechnology & Advanced Biomaterials (CeNTAB) of SASTRA University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India from October 2014 – November 2015. ICMR-Junior Research Fellow in the Centre for Nanotechnology & Advanced Biomaterials (CeNTAB) of SASTRA University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India from April 2011- September 2014. Teaching Assistant in the Centre for Nanotechnology & Advanced Biomaterials (CeNTAB) of SASTRA University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India from January 2010 – March 2011. Research Intern of Biotech Consortium of India Ltd (BCIL) at Indian Immunologicals Limited, Gachibowli, Hyderabad from November 2009 – December 2009. Project Trainee at Indian Immunologicals Limited, Gachibowli, Hyderabad from January 2009 – October 2009

Honors/ Awards🏆🎖️

Invited to the ASEAN-INDIA Women Scientists Conclave (AIWSC), 24-26 April 2024 Singapore, co-organized by Singapore’s Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) with India’s Department of Science & Technology and Anushandhan National Research Foundation (ANRF) with the support of the ASEAN Secretariat.American Chemical Society (ACS) complimentary membership as an appreciation in recognition for being an ACS peer-reviewer in March 2024.Best poster award at the National Symposium on Recent Trends in Biomedical Engineering (NSRTBME 2023) organized by MIT Manipal from 31st March – 1st April 2023.Second place in the Science poster presentation during the National Science day programme held at Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine on 24/02/2023.SBAOI-MAHE Young Scientist Award and first prize for the oral presentation titled ‘Polycaprolactone Nanofibers Coated with Cell-Derived Matrix for Uterine Tissue Engineering’ at the International Conference on Biomaterials, Regenerative Medicine and Devices (BIO-Remedi 22) held at IIT Guwahati, December 15-18, 2022.Life member (Awardee) of the Society for Biomaterials & Artificial Organs India (SBAOI) since March 2023.Life member of the Society for Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine India (STERMI) since October 2022.Certificate of Appreciation awarded for being the resource person for the faculty development program titled “Institutional Committee for Stem Cell Research: Guidelines and Screening Procedures for Protocols” organized by Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore on January 28th 2022 & July 2nd 2021.Second prize for oral presentation at the 4th International Conference on Recent Trends in Bioengineering (ICRTB 2021), organized by MIT School of Bioengineering Sciences & Research, Pune (MITBIO) from February 12-13, 2021Best poster award at the 5th Indian Peptide Symposium organized by Indian Peptide Society on September 24-25, 2015, at JNCASR, Bangalore, IndiaSenior Research Fellowship (CSIR-SRF) award from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Human Resource and Development Group in 2014.Selected as Project trainee for DBT-Biotech Industrial Training Programme (BITP) by the Department of Biotechnology & Biotech Consortium of India Ltd (BCIL) at Indian Immunologicals Limited, Gachibowli, Hyderabad in 2009.GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) – Biotechnology qualified in 2010.GRE (Graduate Record Examination) – Obtained 1210/1600 – 75.6% in 2008.

 🔍📝 Reviewer & Examiner

‘Ph.D. Coordinator’ of MIRM from February 2023.’IQAC Coordinator’ of MIRM from October 2022-March 2023.Member Secretary for the Institutional Committee for Stem Cell Research (IC-SCR) of MIRM, MAHE since November 2020.Stem cell expert of the IEC committee of SDM University, Dharwad in December 2023.Guest topic editor for ‘Frontiers in Neuroscience’ (IF-5.152) in the section ‘Translational Neuroscience’ for a research topic on ‘Combinatorial Neural Engineering Approaches for Neurotrauma and Neurological Disorders’ in February 2023.Guest editor for ‘JoVE’ (IF-1.4); editing a special issue in methods collection on “Designing of ECM-based biomimetic scaffolds for nerve tissue engineering applications” since September 2022.Peer-reviewed an Israel Science Foundation grant in March 2024.Peer-reviewed for various prestigious journals including ‘Biotechnology Journal’, ‘Journal of Polymer Science’, ‘Journal of Tissue Engineering’, ‘ACS Nano’, ‘Journal of Nanobiotechnology’, ‘Small’, ‘Neuroscience Bulletin’, and many more.Invited to be part of a screening committee of the National Post Doc Symposium (NPDS) 2022 jointly organized by BLiSC and IISER Thiruvananthapuram, July 20-22, 2022, in March 2022.Appointed as external question paper setter for Yenepoya University, Mangalore for setting Ph.D. entrance test questions in July 2020.Doctoral Advisory Committee member, protocol panel member, thesis examiner invitation for internal and external Ph.D. candidates since 2021.

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • Self-assembling peptide nanofibrous scaffolds for tissue engineering: novel approaches and strategies for effective functional regeneration
    • Authors: M Nune, P Kumaraswamy, U Maheswari Krishnan, S Sethuraman
    • Journal: Current Protein and Peptide Science
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 70-84
    • Year: 2013
    • Citations: 102


  • Melanin incorporated electroactive and antioxidant silk fibroin nanofibrous scaffolds for nerve tissue engineering
    • Authors: M Nune, S Manchineella, T Govindaraju, KS Narayan
    • Journal: Materials Science and Engineering: C
    • Volume: 94
    • Pages: 17-25
    • Year: 2019
    • Citations: 91


  • Silica-based bioactive glasses and their applications in hard tissue regeneration: A review
    • Authors: N Al-Harbi, H Mohammed, Y Al-Hadeethi, AS Bakry, A Umar, MA Hussein, …
    • Journal: Pharmaceuticals
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue: 2
    • Pages: 75
    • Year: 2021
    • Citations: 77


  • PLGA nanofibers blended with designer self-assembling peptides for peripheral neural regeneration
    • Authors: M Nune, UM Krishnan, S Sethuraman
    • Journal: Materials Science and Engineering: C
    • Volume: 62
    • Pages: 329-337
    • Year: 2016
    • Citations: 69


  • Self-assembling peptide nanostructures on aligned poly (lactide-co-glycolide) nanofibers for the functional regeneration of sciatic nerve
    • Authors: M Nune, A Subramanian, UM Krishnan, SS Kaimal, S Sethuraman
    • Journal: Nanomedicine
    • Volume: 12
    • Issue: 3
    • Pages: 219-235
    • Year: 2017
    • Citations: 31

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.





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