Work

Biomedical Engineering and Digital Health

I'm passionate about using patient-centered technology to improve medical care and reduce healthcare disparities. I believe technology must complement - rather than replace - clinical knowledge.

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Rapid screening tool for mTBI: At the MITRE Corporation, I helped develop and optimize a new method to diagnose mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) using dynamic motor tracking. This technology, designed for the sideline concussion screening of athletes and military personnel, is currently undergoing clinical trials at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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Predictive model for identifying high-risk vascular anomaly patients: I used natural language processing and machine learning to analyze clinical text data from the Boston Children's Hospital Vascular Anomalies Center to develop a predictive model for identifying high-risk patients. This model will help surgeons and families choose early intervention for high-risk patients. 

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SpectrumVR: Building on research that shows virtual reality (VR) is a valuable social cognition training tool, we prototyped a VR intervention to improve the social skills of autistic adolescents, supporting their transition into healthy adults. Our product is built using Google Cardboard and uses a gamified platform to help adolescents learn situation-specific skills.

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Analyzing online communication among schizophrenic Twitter users: In the Boston Children's Hospital Computational Epidemiology Group, I used Twitter data to understand differences in sleep patterns, online discussion about smoking, and online discussion about depression between tweets of schizophrenic and healthy control users.

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Analyzing impact of transgender media coverage: In the Boston Children's Hospital Computational Epidemiology Group, I used Twitter data to identify the effects of media coverage on sentiments about transgender individuals, analyze variance in sentiment across states, and correlate polarity scores with political affiliation.

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Planetary Health Watch: Motivated by the Flint, MI water crisis, We are developing an online platform that leverages social media and Google Trends data to predict harmful environmental exposures. We have collected over one million data points related to water and pollution from Twitter, and are working on a dashboard to aggregate this information. 

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Organ-on-chip model of the blood-brain barrier: In the Wyss Institute's Ingber Lab, I worked on the Biomimetic Microsystems Platform developing organ-on-chip models for the blood-brain barrier. I performed primary and iPS cell cultures and assays to examine and optimize in vitro blood-brain barrier function.

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Computational reconstruction of mouse embryo development: In the Keller Lab (Janelia Research Campus), I worked on developing a cellular-resolution computational reconstruction of mouse embryos. I used 4D image data sets acquired with light-sheet microscopy to reconstruct the post-implantation development of mouse embryos.

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Drug delivery system for brain diseases: In the Focused Ultrasound Lab, I conducted the preliminary research for an ultrasound-monitored, microbubble-mediated drug delivery system designed to deliver drugs directly into the brain. Further research will test whether drugs encapsulated in microbubbles can be faithfully delivered into localized regions of the brain.


Public Health and Health Policy

I'm dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of healthcare. I believe innovations in healthcare delivery must be accompanied by changes in policy at the state and national level.

 
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Managing Assistant Editor: I manage operations of Healthcare: Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, a peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed publication focused on innovations in healthcare delivery. I oversee the editorial calendar, screen submitted manuscripts, and assign editors to review manuscripts.

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Healthcare financing policy: I am working in the Office of Health Policy under the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

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Digital health policy: At the National Health Service (NHS) England, I worked on the Test Beds program, a national digital health rollout. I evaluated program implementation, consolidated thematic learnings, designed strategic programs, and contributed to a public-facing report detailing the successes and challenges of digital health integration.

 
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Mobile technology for reducing infant mortality in South Asia: I worked on market analysis, web development, and product development for Barakat Bundle, a public health startup working to reduce preventable infant and maternal mortality in South Asia by curating a bundle of newborn and maternal care solutions.

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Impact of community hospital investment on ED overuse: In the MA Health Policy Commission, I investigated whether the MA Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) Investment Program care models that target ED superutilizers for intensive care coordination reduce the number of ED visits by these patients.

 
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Impact of student-faculty clinics on access to primary care among Medicaid populations: I quantified the value created by a student-faculty clinic serving a Medicaid patient population. I analyzed whether providing after-hours outpatient primary care decreased ED use and reduced costs to the payer, supporting state Medicaid programs moving towards value-based payment.


Education Equity

I'm passionate about advocating for increased access to STEM education, especially among low-income and minority populations. I spend much of my time fighting for gender equity in the tech industry.

 
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ProjectCSGIRLS: I am the founder and CEO of ProjectCSGIRLS, an international nonprofit dedicated to closing the tech gender gap. I lead our team of 50 dedicated high school and college women. We have reached over 5,000 middle school girls in 45 states and 10 countries to date, raised over $100,000 in corporate sponsorship, and partnered with several tech organizations.

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Young girls advisory board: I am co-leading the launch of the YoGA board to include the voices of high school girls in programs run by the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP)..NGCP is a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing together STEM outreach programs around the country.

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Action and Civic Tech (ACT) Scholars Program: I co-founded a program to teach low-income and minority high school students how to use tech to address civic disparities. Our students then develop civic tech projects with community impact in collaboration with local government offices. We've partnered with the City of Boston.