Anjana Sinha

Anjana Sinha

MSE Post Graduate Global Health Fellow (Research Specialist) at Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland Area
Medical Devices

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Anjana Sinha's Overview

  • Founding Member at PathoS
  • Post Baccalaureate Fellow at National Institutes of Health
  • Lead Researcher and Co-creator of Prerana at Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program at Penn State
  • Honors Research Assistant at Jennifer Graham's Stress and Health Lab at Penn State
  • Research Assistant at Dr. Anthony Schmitt's Viral Pathogenesis Lab at Penn State
  • Research Assistant at Dr. Claude dePamphillis’ Plant Genomics Lab at Penn State
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • Penn State University
  • Hopewell Valley Central High School

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Anjana Sinha's Summary

MSE Post Graduate Fellow in Bioengineering Innovation and Design at Johns Hopkins University. Interested in directing research toward creating low cost therapeutics and diagnostics for developing countries.

Anjana Sinha's Experience

MSE Post Graduate Global Health Fellow (Research Specialist)

Johns Hopkins University

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

September 2013Present (1 year 1 month) Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design

Working on the design of a low-cost tuberculosis diagnostic that improves bacterial capture to reduce the burden of both TB and MDR-TB in the developing world. This project is currently supported by the Johns Hopkins-Coulter Translational Partnership. In the past, we were one of 10 finalists for the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology Primary Health Care Prize and placed 1st at the Tufts Business Plan Competition in the Social Venture Track.

Founding Member


September 2012May 2013 (9 months) Johns Hopkins University

Developing a low cost diagnostic enabling breast margin evaluation during the course of a lumpectomy procedure. This project is currently supported by the Johns Hopkins Coulter Translational Partnership.

We were recognized at several business plan competitions including:
TowsonGlobal Business Plan Competition (1st Place)
Johns Hopkins Business Plan Competition (1st Place)
Rice Business Plan Competition (Women’s Health and Wellness Award)
Oregon New Venture Challenge (Best Executive Summary & Shark Tank Round Winner)
Georgia Tech Business Plan Competition (2nd Place)
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School of Business) Business Plan Competition (Semi Finalist)

Post Baccalaureate Fellow

National Institutes of Health

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Research industry

July 2011April 2012 (10 months) Bethesda, MD

Worked within the immune tolerance section of the diabetes group under Dr. Kristin Tarbell. The lab's focus is to evaluate the role of dendritic cells in the central and peripheral tolerance leading to autoimmunity, a key defining characteristic of type 1 diabetes.

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

January 2010June 2011 (1 year 6 months) Penn State University

The venture began within the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship department at Penn State. On a two person team, we developed a concept for a low cost platform to provide short learning modules that create tangible value for end users with limited access to conventional education.
The venture was developed into an independent course in the Spring of 2011 at Penn State where 5 graduate students and 4 undergraduate students worked on concept development. The team piloted the first generation of the system in the summer of 2011. I was awarded the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Change Agent Scholarship by Merck and The Young Award for International Agriculture through Penn State in 2011. We published and presented our work at the IEEE GHTC conference in October of 2012.

Honors Research Assistant

Jennifer Graham's Stress and Health Lab at Penn State

January 2010May 2011 (1 year 5 months)

Worked with rheumatoid arthritis patients to determine the effects of emotion and temperament on inflammation by measuring various cytokine, hormone and transcription factor levels.
Completed an honors thesis titled "The significance of acute pain and mood in inflammation through complement within rheumatoid arthritis." investigating the levels of C-reactive protein and C5a in blood and its ties to emotional stimulation. The thesis was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Thesis Grant and the Penn State Schreyer Honors College Summer Discovery Grant in 2011 and 2010 respectively.

Research Assistant

Dr. Anthony Schmitt's Viral Pathogenesis Lab at Penn State

May 2009August 2009 (4 months)

Created a series mutant genes of the mumps virus with single point mutations. Protein analysis was performed to determine what genes encode for viral budding.
Skills: Proficient in PCR, DNA purification, bacterial transformation and gel electrophoresis

Research Assistant

Dr. Claude dePamphillis’ Plant Genomics Lab at Penn State

January 2008June 2008 (6 months)

Conducted large scale literature searches of plant gene family lineages.
Skills: Proficient in literature searches and quick and efficient navigation through large scientific journal databases.

Anjana Sinha's Honors and Awards

  • Most Innovative Solution

    2010 Milking the Rhino Innovative Solutions Showcase
    • April 2010

    "Inspired by Milking The Rhino, Penn State has created the Innovative Solutions Showcase for students from all majors as a venue to foster critical thinking about sustainable community development, developmental entrepreneurship, and the role of technology in enabling new solutions to global inequities. We want students to explore the ethical intricacies of globalization and loss of indigenous cultures, and the role technology plays in fostering and hurting sustainable self-determined development.

    Student teams from across the world are invited to articulate their understanding of the challenges faced by indigenous communities in Africa with regard to wildlife and natural resource management, conservation, and sustainability. The teams will then draw from their academic areas to conceptualize and effectively communicate innovative and sustainable solutions to empower indigenous people and foster development by leveraging local resources. Students will prepare three-minute video pitches which will be rated by a five-member interdisciplinary panel of referees."
    - MTR competition description (

Anjana Sinha's Publications

  • Opportunities for Social Innovation at the Intersection of ICT Education and Rural Supply Chains

    • IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference
    • October 2012

    The conventional model of education can be
    viewed as a linear transmission system, where information
    goes from a teacher to a student. At the same time, in rural
    business supply chains, products and services are delivered in
    a linear manner from producer to agents to consumers. These
    linear supply chains and education systems are top-down and
    hence struggle with quickly adapting to market dynamics and
    globalization. They are inherently inefficient and difficult to
    scale, resulting in widening educational divides and “last
    mile” supply chain challenges. This paper highlights
    opportunities for social innovation that emerge at the dynamic
    intersection of informal education systems and rural supply
    chains in the developing world. We discuss the largely
    untapped potential of ICT education in creating an
    unconventional means of education integrated into the supply
    chains that provide livelihoods for a large demographic in the
    developing world. Our approach seeks to utilize the potential
    of ICT education in three ways: to increase ease of access and
    relevance of material through its integration into the supply
    chains, teach life skills beyond conventional vocational
    training and introduce a feedback loop that enables players at
    all levels of the supply chain and education system to actively
    contribute to the design of the system. This multi-level
    information and communication technology (ICT) platform
    can be used to facilitate iterative learning where the
    knowledge emanates from the participants and their
    indigenous ways of knowing and doing. Interaction at all
    levels provides agency to the participants while serving as a
    means for the long-term preservation of such local knowledge.
    Our team has designed and piloted Prerana, an ICT platform
    in collaboration with the Self-Employed Women’s Association
    (SEWA) and the Rural Distribution Network (RUDI) in
    western India.

Anjana Sinha's Skills & Expertise

  1. Immunology
  2. Technical Writing
  3. Laboratory Skills
  4. Assistant Teaching
  5. Team Leadership
  6. Entrepreneurship
  7. Social Entrepreneurship
  8. PCR
  9. Science
  10. Biomedical Engineering
  11. Lifesciences

Anjana Sinha's Education

The Johns Hopkins University

MSE Bioengineering Innovation and Design


The program focuses on medical innovation and biodesign in a real world setting with a broad focus on markets in both the developed and developing world. The goal is to provide students with a well rounded skill set to develop high impact clinical solutions.

Penn State University

Bachelor's of Science, Immunology


Honors in Biobehavioral Health
Certificate in Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship

Hopewell Valley Central High School


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