Shriya is a PhD student in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics at the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, with a concentration in biomaterials Shriya’s undergraduate research focused on developing chemotheranostic imaging agents to assess the efficacy of cytotoxic chemotherapy. Her current research in Dr. Hugh Herr’s Biomechatronics group at the MIT Media Lab, synthesizes her medical and engineering training to redesign the surgical paradigm for amputation. Using regenerative muscle grafts, Shriya has developed a method that enables improved neural interfacing with advanced biomechatronic devices as well as returns sensory feedback from prostheses. Notably, her methods can be applied to persons who have already undergone amputation, restoring lost function to severed nerves. Shriya’s work has been featured on NPR’s Science Friday, Harvard Medicine Magazine, Forbes and other notable outlets. More recently, she has been developing a closed-loop optogenetic stimulation system to control paralyzed limbs. Shriya was the former co-director of MIT Hacking Medicine and is passionate about solving healthcare challenges through creative design that leverages the diversity of biology.
Yasmin Chebbi, DMD is a graduate of Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She currently has a private practice in Boston, Massachusetts and is a part-time clinical instructor at Harvard. Her practice has a holistic approach, focusing on integrative care and conservative dentistry. She is passionate about innovation and creative solutions in the healthcare industry. More information about her practice and research can be found here
Full professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, BioInterface Science, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. Research profile: Jan de Boer is full professor at the department of Biomedical Engineering, where he leads the research group BioInterface Science. He is an experienced University Professor and Chief Scientific Officer with a demonstrated history of working in academia and biotech. As a research professional he is skilled in Stem Cells, Biomaterial Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. Jan is interested in the molecular complexity of cells and how molecular circuits are involved in cell and tissue function. With a background in mouse and Drosophila genetics, he entered the field of biomedical engineering in 2002 and has since focused on understanding and implementing molecular biology in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. His research is characterized by a holistic approach to both discovery and application, aiming at combining high throughput technologies, computational modeling and experimental cell biology, to streamline the wealth of biological knowledge to real clinical applications. Academic background: Jan de Boer obtained his MSc degree Biology at Utrecht University in 1994. He then started his PhD research in the lab of Prof. Jan Hoeijmakers on the genetics of ageing at the department of Cell Biology and Genetics, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Next, he moved to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (Cambridge, UK) where he worked as postdoctoral research fellow in Drosophila genetics. He returned to the Netherlands in 2002 to become a senior research scientist at the biotech company IsoTis, which was founded by Prof. Clemens van Blitterswijk with whom he collaborated until October 2018 when he moved to Eindhoven. In 2003, he became associate professor at the University of Twente and was awarded an NWO-VIDI grant in 2007. In 2012/2013 he spent a year as visiting scientist at the Broad Institute at MIT and Wyss Institute at Harvard University in Boston, MA, USA. In 2014, Jan de Boer was appointed full professor of Cell Biology-inspired Tissue Engineering at the Merln Institute of Maastricht University. Jan de Boer is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of the biotech company Materiomics, established in 2009 as a spin-off of his work at the University of Twente. Materiomics exploits the 'TopoChip' technology to design and identify the best surface for improved functionality and durability of medical and cell culture devices. More information about his lab can be found here
Multidisciplinary Biomedical Researcher, Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, Regenerative Medicine Prof. Dr. Jorge Alfredo Uquillas is the director of the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, and Director of the Medical Research Unit at AXXIS Hospital in Quito, Ecuador. He is research-professor at the UIDE’s School of Medicine in Cellular Biology and Biochemistry. He is the current president of Engineering in Medicine Society (EMBS), Ecuador Chapter. Dr. Uquillas and his team at Purdue University won first prize in the Design competition, organized by the Engineering World Health with an automatic CPR device. He was professor in the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering and Sciences at USFQ, Ecuador. He holds a PhD degree in Orthopaedics Bioengineering from Purdue University. Dr. Uquillas trained as postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. During his postdoctoral training he focused on vascularization strategies in tissue-engineered bone. He has co-authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the fields of biomaterials, tissue engineering, stem cell regeneration, and smart drug development. Dr. Uquillas is an adhoc reviewer for the Journal of Materials Chemistry B, RSC Advances, Advanced Materials, eCells&Materials, Scientific Reports among others. Dr. Uquillas is Past President of IEEE-EMBS Ecuador Chapter and is the faculty advisor of EMBS-USFQ Student chapter. He is part of the MIT Hacking Medicine team in Ecuador, a program that organizes yearly medical hackatons with medical personnel, engineers, and software developers. He has been recipient of doctoral scholarships awards from National Institute of Health (USA), National Science Foundation (USA), and the Excellence Scholarship from SENESCYT. Dr. Uquillas received his Chemical Engineering degree from USFQ (summa cum laude). He has studies in Computational and Inorganic Chemistry from UNC Wilmington, and an MSc degree in Bioengineering from Florida Institute of Technology, obtaining the magna cum laude distinction. Learn more about his work by checking out my current projects and past publications.
El Dr. Andrés Rivadeneira es cirujano plástico, estético y neuroplástico, especializado en contorno facial y corporal, migrañas y neurolisis. Realizó sus estudios de pregrado en Escuela de Medicina de la UIDE y estudios de postgrado en la Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil, donde se recibió como especialista en neuroplástica y cirugía de nervio periférico. El Dr. Rivadeneiria es pionero en esta especialidad y la desarrolla en el país junto al Dr. Arnold Lee Dellon de la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad Johns Hopkins. El Dr. Rivadeneira es autor de varios artículos científicos, y entre los más importantes se puede citar Treatment of peripheral neuropathy in leprosy: the case of nerve decompression y Global public health impact of recovered supplies from operating rooms: critical analysis with national impliction. Andres founded the first Center of Neuroplastic in Ecuador in 2017. As a Plastic Surgeon he decides to focus in this new field of Plastic Surgery from the hand of Dr Dellon, obtaining a fellow degree from the AENS and applying all these new concepts at the largest and oldest Hospital in Guayaquil- Ecuador. He has performed extensive clinical and surgical research winning local and regional awards and publishing in medical journals including WJS, PRS Global Open. Using his experiences in research, health care systems and the local needs, he wants to apply all the new Biomedical concepts in his field.
Master in Business Administration and Project Management Specialist from the International University of La Rioja (2018), Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer from the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (2014). He has worked as a Radio Frequency Engineer and Commercial and Project Advisor of technology. He currently serves as the Continuous Improvement Project Coordinator for a Toyota dealership in Ecuador. He has been a member and volunteer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers - IEEE since 2010. He currently serves as Coordinator of the IEEE Ecuador Young Professional Affinity Group and Coordinator of the IEEE Special Interest Group in Humanitarian Technology. He has successfully participated and directed at least 10 technological projects of social impact in the last 5 years, among them the IEEE Ecuador 2018 Hack Tech, a hackathon focused on solving needs caused by natural disasters (earthquakes).
Mara Falconí received her degree in Computer Engineer at University of Cuenca. With a Fulbright scholarship, she obtained her Master of Science degree at Purdue University in the area of Automatic Control. In 2011, she joined the University of Cuenca as a professor-researcher where she was the director of the Electronics and Control research group. She was professor of the Master of Industrial Control and Automation at the Salesian Polytechnic University and professor at the Catholic University of Cuenca. Ms. Falconí also worked as a researcher on several projects in the Control area, generating scientific articles and practical control solutions for industries such as “Cementera Guapán”. Since 2014, she has been developing hardware and software prototypes that are used daily for therapies of children with special abilities, which has generated a number of publications. Nowadays, she works as talent manager of ioet, a Silicon Valley-based software company. She has been an IEEE member since 2014, where she was elected as Counselor of the IEEE student branch of the University of Cuenca. She has been president of the IEEE Nominations and Elections Committee for two consecutive years. Since 2016, she is the national coordinator of the IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group. In addition, she is the Vice Chair of IEEE Ecuador Section and the Elected Chair for 2020-2021.
Sebastián Romero tiene un Bachelor Of Science en la Arizona State University. Graduado Summa Cum Laude participo en proyectos de aislamiento de Cyanobacteria para la producción de Biocombustibles en el ASU Biodesign Institute. Trabajo en el NAMRU-6 en la identificación de SNPs en genes de resistencia a drogas en Malaria. Ganador del primer MIT HackingMed Ecuador con el equipo VELAS para el desarrollo de un guante con código morse para permitir una comunicación fluida a pacientes con discapacidad del habla. Junto con la Purdue University colaboro en el desarrollo del auto-CPR, dispositivo que ha ganado varios reconocimientos incluyendo el primer lugar en el 2017 Design Competition for Engineering World Health. Actualmente estudiando medicina en la Universidad de Especialidades Espiritu Santo.
Cristina Colosi is a Biomedical Engineer, obtained her doctoral degree at Sapienza University of Rome, specialized in biomaterials and biopolymers for Tissue Engineering. She worked as visiting research fellow at the Health Science and Technology Division of Harvard-MIT in Cambridge, USA, before becoming head of the Bioprinting Facility at the Italian Institute of Technology (iit), Center for Life and Nanoscience. Her research focused on the use of digital fabrication and microfluidics as tools for the creation of 3D cell culture platforms. In particular, her group implemented Bioprinting and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells technologies for the development of functional and heterogeneous in vitro tissue models for personalized drug development. This project lead to Homolog, a start-up initiative of iit, prize-winner of StartCup Lazio in 2017 and BioInItaly Lazio in 2018. This initiative introduced her to the management practices of business in Life Science. She is and enthusiast of the interdisciplinary contaminations in problem solving and a passionate science communicator.
Danilo Chávez is a Electronic and Control Engineer, obtained his Master Degree in Domotic at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, his doctoral degree (Control System Engineering) at Universidad Nacional de San Juan, specialized in Human-Machine Systems. Actually, he is a full Professor of Escuela Politécnica Nacional, his research interests are: Human-Machine Systems, Biomedical, Control System, Logistic. Now we are working in a research project, our principal object is development a Artificial pancreas.