** please note this seminar is being given via Zoom at 9.30am on Wednesday 19 May **
Zoom Meeting ID: 814 9181 1291 Passcode: 581160 or direct link
Speaker: Ava Soleimany, PhD Student, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, USA
Title: Engineering protease activity sensors to detect and characterize disease
Chair: Kathryn Hudson, BHI Facility Manager, Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH
Speaker biography: Ava is a PhD student in the Harvard Biophysics program and at MIT, where she works with Sangeeta Bhatia at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and am supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
Previously, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Molecular Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she conducted research with Tim Lu and was recognized as a Henry Ford II Scholar and with the AMITA Senior Academic Award.
Ava’s PhD research focuses on engineering novel diagnostics for the early detection of cancer. Her work leverages tools from nanotechnology, machine learning and statistics, chemical biology, and bioengineering to create new diagnostic and therapeutic biotechnologies.