Introducing the newest SLC members. Read their bios below:
Andres is a 4th year graduate student working toward a Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University. His research interests include medical devices, biomedical optics, and wearables. He hopes to make a positive impact on students and underserved communities by promoting our ERCs innovation ecosystem via collaboration across academic institutions and industry members.
Ajmal received his Bachelors’s and Master’s degrees in Physics from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India. There he could work on the polarization of light and its application in Nanophotonics. He joined FIU in 2019 as a grad student under the supervision of Dr. Ramella-Roman and became an NSF PATHS-UP Fellow. At Medical Photonics Laboratory, FIU, he is working on computational modeling and analysis of wearable devices measuring heart rate in individuals with varying melanin content and different levels of obesity.
Morgan Brinson is a first year PhD student at Rice University in the Electrical and Computer Engineering program. She graduated from American University with a BS in Physics specializing in Biomedical Engineering. Her research projects during her time at American University included biophysics of gram-negative bacteria, advancement on an ACL reconstruction device, and prosthetics management. Finding her passion for health within engineering, she has joined the PATHS-UP lab to continue to advance low-cost solutions in healthcare and provide access for an opportunity of a better lifestyle, especially for those in underserved communities.
Cyril Soliman received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. His undergraduate research was focused on developing microfluidic platforms for a variety of applications. During his time in undergraduate research, he gained an interest in examining the medical issues faced by under-served communities and developing unique solutions to meet their needs. This passion led him to join PATHS-UP where he is currently a PATHS-UP Fellow and PhD student under the guidance of Dr. Kristen Maitland and Dr. Gerard Cote. He is developing a Lab in your Palm platform composed of a handheld, multi-modal spectroscopic platform coupled with a complimentary optical bioassay for cardiovascular disease detection.
Kolby is a first year PhD student in industrial engineering at Texas A&M University, specializing in health and human factors. He earned his B.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in designing telehealth solutions for underserved communities. His current research project seeks to understand workflow differences between urban and rural medical providers treating patients with diabetes or hypertension.
Jordan is currently a PATHS-UP Fellow in Thrust 4 in her fourth year in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Texas A&M University. Throughout her graduate career, she has worked with Dr. Sherecce Fields in the Health Behavior Research Group (HBRG). She currently conducts focus groups and interviews with patients with diabetes and their providers in order to better inform the design and implementation of technology for the management of diabetes. In addition, she facilitates a pilot cognitive intervention for adults with prediabetes.
Artem earned his B.S. degree in physics from Academic University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia in 2018. Now he is a 3rd year graduate student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include development of handheld medical devices, computational sensing and all-optical computation systems. Over the last two years Artem has been a PATHS-UP fellow working on paper-based sensors for point-of-care diagnostics and providing education in biomedical engineering to undergraduate students.