PHICC 2017 Organizing Committee
Lisa is a sixth year graduate student in Bioengineering at Pitt and is researching machine learning and clinical decision aid design in with Dr. James Antaki at Carnegie Mellon. She is thrilled to be returning to her fourth PHICC as chair. Lisa’s experience with cases began when she worked as a management consultant at a boutique firm in Boston and continued through serving as the VP of Business Development at Fourth River Solutions, a student-run consulting group she helped found in 2014. Lisa now spends most of her time working on completing her PhD and looks forward to pursuing a career in healthcare strategy after graduation.
Jingming is currently a PhD candidate of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, conducting research on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. She is developing hydrogels to regenerate cartilaginous interfacial tissue to repair growth plates in order to help children avoid limb deformities or amputation after severe bone fracture or cancer. Jingming also has a strong interest in medical technology commercialization. She has gained significant experience through pro bono consulting, coursework, and competitions to build a broader skill set beyond research into business development.
Ethan is a second year graduate student researcher at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a PhD in Immunology. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Bioengineering and a minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. Ethan’s general research interest is in using biomaterials to manipulate the immune system and his current project involves regulatory T cells (Tregs), microparticles, and transplantation.
Chelsea is a fourth year PhD candidate in Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and she also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Fourth River Solutions. Her research investigates cell-cell contacts and mechanical continuity in heart muscle. When she is not at the bench or developing plans for 4RS, Chelsea can be found running the streets of Pittsburgh, scheming for ways to go to the International Space Station, or curled up with a good book and her grouchy rabbit.
Yevgeniya is a PhD candidate in the Joint Pitt-CMU PhD program in Computational Biology. Combining wet lab experiments and machine learning, her work focuses on understanding the role of alternative splicing and RNA networks in aging, using the fruit fly as a model organism. Since joining Fourth River Solutions in 2015, she has served as a Consultant and Project Manager on several engagements. She is passionate about data analytics, business strategy, and helping clients. Her team was a finalist in the 2015 Tufts New England Case Competition and 2nd place winner in the 2016 PHICC. Yevgeniya’s interests outside of her PhD and 4RS include running, Blues dancing, and sending postcards all over the world.
Justin is a fourth year PhD student in Molecular Virology and Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and he also serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for Fourth River Solutions. His research focus is in tumor virology, where specifically he studies the tumorigenic mechanisms of the newly discovered Merkel cell polyomavirus. A true Renaissance man, Justin spends his free time playing his blue ukulele, writing songs and plays, and learning foreign languages.
Sushrut is pursuing a master’s in Medical Products Engineering. He is a medical device professional, with knowledge in both research & development and the business side of medical products, gained through tireless efforts. He is a result-oriented and accomplished individual, demonstrated by two years of product development and market research experience, three months of direct sales (B2B & B2C) experience, as well as one year of entrepreneurial and lean startup experience. He is a well-rounded individual with equal focus on leadership experience, academics, and extracurricular activities. He loves to volunteer and always wants to stay healthy and in shape.
Utkars is a first year PhD student in the Bioengineering program at the University of Pittsburgh. He also attended Pitt as an undergraduate, majoring in Neuroscience and Applied Mathematics. He does in research in healthcare machine learning, data mining, and image analysis. He attempts to create algorithms that can improve patient outcomes in the ICU. Utkars’s favorite football team, much to the dismay of others, is the New England Patriots.
Jean is a PhD candidate in Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Under the guidance of Dr. Rocky Tuan, her research focuses on development of stem cell-based therapy for cartilage repair. She joined 4RS as a consultant in January 2017, and she is interested in R&D consulting after graduation.
Chris is a second year PhD candidate in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh in the Swanson School of Engineering. His current research in the Vascular Medicine Institute with Dr. Sruti Shiva investigates how the milieu of chemical species and mechanical cues of the vasculature regulates mitochondrial function and contributes to pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases. Chris also serves as the current president of the Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society chapter at the University of Pittsburgh. When he isn’t in the lab or engaged in scientific community outreach, Chris is either touring the city of Pittsburgh on food adventures, going to a local concert or live music venue, or running a trail race or ultra-marathon.
Khushbu is fifth year PhD student in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Duquesne University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Maharaja Sayajirao University, India. Before starting graduate school, she did an internship at Luster Premium White (Dentovations, Inc.) and volunteer research work at Northeastern University in Boston. Her research at Duquesne University focuses on molecular modeling and synthesis of small molecules designed to have multi-targeted activity and selective uptake in cancer cells. Apart from her research, she is very keen and interested in learning about intellectual property rights and its influence on research. In her spare time, she likes to make a mess on canvas with paint in the name of art and passion.
Huong is a master’s student in Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Under the guidance of Dr. Ian A. Sigal, her research focuses quantifying the biomechanical effects of intraocular and intracranial pressures and their interactions on structures of the eye, with the ultimate goals of identifying the causes of glaucoma and preventing vision loss. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, doing yoga, and traveling. She joined 4RS as a consultant in January 2017, and she is interested in getting into the medical device industry upon graduation.
Jingyao is currently a PhD candidate of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, conducting research on biodegradable metallic materials for stent application. He has been in involved in Fourth River Solutions since 2015 and serves as a consultant, project manager, and business development associate. His team was the champion of PHICC 2016, and he is excited to return and help organize this year’s PHICC. Jingyao’s interests outside of his PhD and 4RS include hiking, photography, and reading books about business and startups.