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Lab Technician - VCU School of Engineering, US Jan 2018 Aug 2019 Worked on cell-cell adhesion forces in epithelial cells, using FRET sensors to measure force across cells. Investigations of other adhesion protein in skin cells and cardiomyocytes. Received funding from VCU (UROP) for an ongoing project: an investigation of the physical interaction between
epithelial and fibroblast cells.
Bacterial cloning, transformation, and transfection. Measurement of force during wound healing in epithelial cells using micropatterning. Training undergraduates and interns for upcoming projects. Biomedical Engineer - Banker Heart Institute Dec 2017 Jan 2018 Designed and collaborated with clinical engineers to build machinery from clinical waste materials. Volunteered in the pathology lab, and the pharmacy. Maintenance of hospital machinery.
Junior Biomedical Engineer - Unique Hospital Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Collaborated with, and assisted a senior biomedical engineer to maintain hospital machinery. Repaired and restored of hospital machinery.
Biomedical Engineering (BS) Aug 2015 Aug 2019
Virginia Commonwealth University, US
Constructed a functional mechanical model of muscle contraction. Presented in the national workshop in
organized by the government of Gujarat.
Awarded an undergrad research opportunity program (UROP), which funded my project on cellular
interaction during wound healing.
Constructed a model that measures total body water using acoustic sensors. Quantification process
Developed an automatic pill dispenser, and a supplemental regulatory app. Constructed a MATLAB computational model on cancer drugs which works on the p53-MDM2 cell
C.K. Pithawala School of Pharmacy
Research: primary mammalian cell culture, cell viability and proliferation assays, collagen hydrogel matrix
preparation, RNA and DNA isolation, protein isolation, Western blot, immunocytochemistry, fluorescent
microscopies, CRISPR knockout, bacterial transfection and transformation, Viral gene delivery, chromatography.
Computer: MATLAB, ImageJ analysis, SolidWorks, Microsoft Office, Microcontroller (Arduino UNO).
Engineering: Physiological measurement and processing, circuit design, experienced with basic machine
Healthcare experience: Quantitative and qualitative analysis of drugs, medicinal chemical analysis.
CITI - certification for researchers, involving human subject research.