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.

 

Profile

Scholar

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

 

 

 

Mavis Boakye-Yiadom | clinical research | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Mavis Boakye-Yiadom | clinical research | Best Researcher Award

 Dr. Centre for Plant Medicine Research, Ghana

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A dedicated herbal medicine practitioner and researcher with extensive experience in clinical pharmacology and traditional medicine. Holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmacology from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, focusing on psychometric measures of dyspepsia patients. Also, possesses an M.Sc. in Chinese Materia Medica and a B.Sc. in Herbal Medicine. Currently, serving as Resident Medical Herbalist and Head of Department at the Centre for Plant Medicine Research, with a track record of regulatory and teaching roles. Actively contributes to advisory committees and holds memberships in various professional bodies, demonstrating a commitment to advancing herbal medicine and healthcare quality.

 

Profile

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Educational Qualification 🎓

Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Pharmacology)Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (08/2015 – 09/2021)Research focus: Psychometric measures of patients presenting with Dyspepsia at the Centre for Plant Medicine Research Clinic, Mampong-Akuapem, Eastern Region, Ghana Masters in Chinese Materia Medica (Natural Product Chemistry)Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China (09/2009 – 06/2012)Research focus: Isolation of chemical constituents and rapid profiling of PhGs from the rhizomes of Cistanche deserticola Y. C. Ma based on modern analytical chemistry methods Bachelor of Science (Honors) Herbal Medicine Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (08/2001 – 06/2005)Research focus: Management of Infertility in Agrata Herbal Centre Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, Elective ScienceSt. Louis Secondary School, Kumasi, Ghana (09/1997 – 12/2000)Primary and Junior Secondary School, Basic Education Certificate Examination Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (09/1988 – 08/1997)

Work Experience 💼

Centre for Plant Medicine Research, Mampong-Akuapem, Ghana (02/2013 – Present)Resident Medical Herbalist and ResearcherHead of Department, Clinical Research Department (since 2015)University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana (09/2018 – 09/2021)Part-time Lecturer in Traditional Medicine for Third Year Physician Assistant studentsSt. Luke Natural Health Clinic, Tema, Ghana (10/2008 – 08/2009)Resident Medical HerbalistTraditional Medicine Practice Council, Ministry of Health, Accra, Ghana (01/2008 – 10/2008)Regulatory OfficerFood and Drugs Board, Accra, Ghana (04/2007 – 12/2007)Regulatory OfficerTetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital, Mampong-Akuapem, Ghana (11/2006 – 04/2007)Intern Medical HerbalistCentre for Plant Medicine Research, Mampong-Akuapem, Ghana (09/2005 – 09/2006)Intern Medical HerbalistAgrata Natural Health Centre, Kumasi, Ghana (05/2005)Student Medical Herbalist (Attachment)J. H Herbal Centre, Kumasi, Ghana (05/2002)Student Medical Herbalist (Attachment)

Advisory Committees 🤝

Technical Advisory Committee, Clinical Trials of the Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana (Member)Technical Advisory Support in Traditional Medicine, West African Health Organisation (Member)Technical Advisory Support in Healthcare Quality, West African Health Organisation (Member)Research Committee of the Ministry of Health, Ghana (Member)Curriculum Review Committee on Master of Science degree in Medicinal Plant Research and Drug Development programme at Pan African University for Life and Earth Sciences Institute, Nigeria (Member)Review of Antimalarial Medicine Policy, National Malaria Control Programme, Ghana (Member)Technical Working Group to review monographs on medicinal plants (Member)Review of malaria case management guideline document (Member)Malaria Elimination Think Tank Workshop (Member)

Awards and Group Memberships 🏆

Member: Centre for Plant Medicine’s Oku Ampofo’s Conference Planning Committee (2023)Member: Centre for Plant Medicine’s Oku Ampofo’s Conference Reviewers Committee (2023)Member: Centre for Plant Medicine Research Risk Management Committee (2023)Member: Ad Hoc committee for the establishment of a Centre for Plant Medicine Research Herbal Clinic in Accra and other parts of the countryMember: GSDF proposal and implementation Committee (2023)Member: Centre for Plant Medicine’s Oku Ampofo’s Conference Science Committee (2022)Member: Communication Committee of the Centre for Plant Medicine ResearchMember: 45th Anniversary Planning Committee, Centre for Plant Medicine ResearchMember: Quality Manual Development Committee, Centre for plant Medicine ResearchMember: Research Policy Committee, Centre for Plant Medicine ResearchJudge-Science fair 2011, Tianjin International School, TianjinWinner-2009 Chinese Competition for foreign students in Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.Member/Secretary – Planning Committee for the 6th Traditional Medicine Day/9th Ghana Traditional Medicine Week Celebration.Member/Ex-General Secretary: Ghana Association of Medical Herbalists

Publications Top Notes 📝

 

Wang, T., An, Y., Zhao, C., Han, L., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Wang, W., & Zhang, Y. (2011). Regulation effects of Crataegus pinnatifida leaf on glucose and lipids metabolism. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 59(9), 4987–4994.

 

Han, L., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Liu, E., Zhang, Y., Li, W., Song, X., Fu, F., & Gao, X. (2012). Structural characterisation and identification of phenylethanoid glycosides from Cistanches deserticola Y.C. Ma by UHPLC/ESI-QTOF-MS/MS. Phytochemical Analysis: PCA, 23(6), 668–676.

 

Han, L., Ji, L., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Li, W., Song, X., & Gao, X. (2012). Preparative isolation and purification of four compounds from Cistanches deserticola Y.C. Ma by high-speed counter-current chromatography. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 17(7), 8276–8284.

 

Han, L., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Zhang, Y., Zhang, P., Liu, E., Wang, T., & Gao, X. (2014). Separation and purification of two isomeric saponins from Albiziae cortex by High-Speed Counter-Current Chromatography and Preparative High-Performance Liquid Chromatography. Separation Science and Technology, 49(4), 594-600.

 

Thomford, K. P., Edoh, D. A., Thomford, A. K., Boakye- Yiadom, M., Yirenkyi, A., Attuah. K., & Appiah, A. A. (2014). Effectiveness of the combination of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta and Clausena anisata in uncomplicated malaria. International Journal of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2(12), 1367-1370.

 

Boakye-Yiadom, M., Han, L., Li, W., Zhang, Y., Liu, E., Song, X., & Wang, T. (2016). Chemical Constituents from the stems of Cistanche deserticola. Chinese Herbal Medicines, 8(3), 293-296.

 

Boakye-Yiadom, M., Offei-Abrokwa, D., Sapaty, C., Yeboah, R., & Ocloo, A. (2016). Retrospective study on Mist Diodia, as an antihypertensive. Journal of Natural Science Research, 6(24).

 

Antwi, S., Asiedu-Larbi, J., Martey, O., Quasie, O., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Ayertey, F., Yeboah, R., Sapaty, C. A., Offei-Abrokwa, D., Oduro-Mensah, D., Kumatia, E. K., & Ocloo, A. (2019). Safety and Effectiveness of Mist Antiaris, a Herbal Preparation for Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy. BioMed Research International, 2019, 2607872.