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Biomedical Engineer

Storrs, Connecticut, United States
November 27, 2018

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Norah Cowley

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University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, May 2018; Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, May 2019 (expected) Minors: Material Science and Engineering, Chemistry, and French (May 2018) s Cumulative Undergraduate GPA: 3.650/4.0; Cumulative Graduate GPA: 4.0/4.0

§ Alpha Eta Mu Beta BME Honor Society (Executive Board); Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society; Dean’s List Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2017, Spring 2018


Physiology and Neurobiology Department, Storrs, CT PNB 2264 Laboratory Graduate Teaching Assistant, August 2018-January 2019 (~20 hours/week)

• Assisted the PNB department with the introductory Anatomy and Physiology laboratory course by teaching experiments to the students, grading assignments and lab practicals, and weekly experiment preparation through PowerPoint presentations, animal preservation and preparation, and other lab skills Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Neurology Research Assistant, May 2017-July 2017, December 2017-January 2018, June 2018-August 2018 (~840 hours)

• Shadowed and assisted neurologists and clinical research coordinators at the Multiple Sclerosis Center performing visual acuity acquisition, Cirrus OCT and OCT-Angiography scanning, while also analyzing research patient data using Matlab, Excel, and STATA

Biomedical Engineering Department, Storrs, CT

Undergraduate Research Assistant, September 2014-Present (~1800 hours)

• Conducting cancer research by culturing and testing tumor spheroids using microtweezers to perform mechanical stiffness analysis; Simulating neurological models of TBI with electrical stimulation; Built a CO2- and temperature-regulated incubator Charles River Laboratories, Wilmington, MA

Serology Technician, May 2015-August 2015

• Utilized MFIA and IFA serological testing machines to analyze bloodborne pathogens and other blood and serum samples while charting and filing hematocrit results; Proficient in micropipetting, centrifuging, and statistical analysis of a CBC profile SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERING

Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, MA

Cuddler and Neonatal Volunteer, May 2017-Present (60 hours)

• Supports and comforts babies suffering from NAS through cuddling and soothing techniques to improve early quality of life and develop a support system for families suffering from drug addiction and other hardships Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Storrs, CT

Leadership: Conference Chairperson; Social Chairperson, September 2014-Present (60 hours of Volunteer events)

• Inspires young women and female engineers through multiple outreach programs centered around female empowerment in STEM; Organized the final SWE Regional Conference at UConn; Organizes and hosts social events to increase active member participation


Languages: English, French (Proficiency) Tech Skills: Microsoft/Adobe Products, MATLAB, LabVIEW, DELSYS, COMSOL, ImageJ, SolidWorks Related Coursework: Senior Design and Junior Design Research projects (BME 3900/4900); Tissue Engineering (BME 4710); Biomaterials (BME 3700); Physiological Systems Graduate Course (BME 5000); Sociology of Health (SOCI 3451) PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

“Stiffness analysis of 3D spheroids using microtweezers” Jaiswal D., Cowley N., Bian Z., Zheng G., Claffey K., Hoshino K. University of Connecticut, PLOS ONE. Published on November 22nd, 2017.

“Brain and retinal atrophy in African-Americans versus Caucasian-Americans with multiple sclerosis: a longitudinal study” Gonzalez-Caldito N., Saidha S., Sotirchos E., Dewey B., Cowley N., Glaister J., Fitzgerald K., Al-Louzi, O., Nguyen J., Rothman A., Ogbuokiri E., Fioravante, N., Feldman, S., Kwakyi, O., Risher, H., Dorlan K., Frohman T., Frohman E., Balcer L., Crainiceanu C., van Ziji, P., Mowry, E., Reich, D., Oh, J., Pham D., Prince J., Calabresi P. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Brain. Accepted on August 9th, 2018.

“Incubation Unit and Micro Force Applicator for In Vitro Microbrain Mechanical Injury” Cowley N., Almeida, A., Taormina, J., Wyman, B., Tang-Schomer, M., Kaplan, D., Hoshino K. University of Connecticut, BMES Conference Abstract and Senior Design Presentation. April 27th, 2018.

“Analysis of Growth and Stiffness of Cancer Spheroids Using 3D-Printed Microtweezer Device” Cowley N., Jaiswal D., Almeida, A., Bian Z., Zheng G., Claffey K., Hoshino K. University of Connecticut, BMES Conference Abstract and Poster Presentation. October 14th, 2017.

“Liposome Diffusion and Mechanical Stiffness in Cancer Spheroids” Jaiswal D., Rad A., Cowley N., Lor, A., Nieh M., Claffey K., Hoshino K. University of Connecticut, BMES Conference Abstract and Poster Presentation. October 12th, 2017.

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