MSE Post Graduate Global Health Fellow (Research Specialist) at Johns Hopkins University
- Baltimore, Maryland Area
- Medical Devices
Anjana Sinha's Overview
- MSE Post Graduate Global Health Fellow (Research Specialist) at Johns Hopkins University
- 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
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)
Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry
September 2013 – Present (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.
September 2012 – May 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
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Research industry
July 2011 – April 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.
Lead Researcher and Co-creator of Prerana
Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry
January 2010 – June 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 2010 – May 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.
Dr. Anthony Schmitt's Viral Pathogenesis Lab at Penn State
May 2009 – August 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
Dr. Claude dePamphillis’ Plant Genomics Lab at Penn State
January 2008 – June 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 Solution2010 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 (http://mtrsolutions.weebly.com/index.html)
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
Anjana Sinha's Skills & Expertise
- Technical Writing
- Laboratory Skills
- Assistant Teaching
- Team Leadership
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Biomedical Engineering
Anjana Sinha's Education
The Johns Hopkins University
MSE Bioengineering Innovation and Design
2012 – 2013
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
2007 – 2011
Honors in Biobehavioral Health
Certificate in Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship
Hopewell Valley Central High School
2004 – 2007
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