June 26, 2020


Hometown: Seattle, WA

Undergraduate: Rice University

Major: Kinesiology

Technology: Colostomates

Shravya has been working on Colostomates, a low-cost, reusable ostomy bag since her freshman year at Rice. She has recently joined the Fellows team to continue refining the design of the ostomy bag and carry out clinical trials. Shravya ultimately hopes to serve as a physician in a low-resource setting, utilizing her engineering background to develop solutions to the problems she sees patients facing.

June 26, 2020


Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK

Undergraduate: Rice University

Major: Bioengineering, B.S.

Technology: cervical cancer point-of-care screening device & training models, COVID-19 testing kits, infection prevention bundle

While studying bioengineering at Rice University, I developed a passion for global health through my internship with Rice 360 at the Polytechnic Institute in Blantyre, Malawi in 2018. Afterward, I researched in Dr. Richards-Kortum lab during my junior and senior year, working on HPV 16/18 detection and lateral flow strip studies to optimize a low-cost point of care device to screen for cervical cancer. I am currently applying to medical schools and hope to use the skills I have acquired throughout my undergraduate education and my experiences with global health in a clinical setting as a physician. As a fellow, I am helping to develop an infection prevention bundle to detect, screen, and prevent hospital-acquired infections impacting neonates in developing se...

August 1, 2019


Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Undergraduate: Rice University

Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, B.S.

           Global Health Technologies Minor

Technology: 02 Protect

Maddy is currently working on the development of a dust protective system to extend the lifespan of medical oxygen concentrators. Through the Global Health Technologies minor at Rice, Maddy developed a passion for rapid-prototyping, service-oriented engineering, and innovation and design to promote health equity. These interests and disciplines have been continuously fostered by the creative, driven, and inclusive community at Rice 360°. Moving forward, Maddy seeks to continue to use innovation in engineering to create sustainable solutions in the field of global health and to advance health and educational equity worldwide.

August 1, 2019


Hometown: Austin, TX

Undergraduate: Texas A&M University

Major: Biomedical Engineering, B.S.

           International Engineering certificate

Technology: NTM Neonatal Temperature Monitor, Incubaby

Taylor Boles joined Rice 360° as a Global Health Fellow in 2019 to work on the development of a continuous temperature monitor and a warming device for infants with hypothermia.  He graduated with a B.S in Biomedical Engineering with a certificate in International Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2019. As an undergraduate student, Taylor discovered a passion for global health after spending two summers in Rwanda with Engineering World Health as a Biomedical Equipment Technician Intern at Ruhengeri District Hospital. Taylor hopes to continue his career in global health and work to improve the quality of healthcare available around the world.

August 1, 2019


Hometown: Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Undergraduate:  Union College

Major: Bioengineering, B.S.

Graduate: Rice University

Major: Global Medical Innovation, MBE

Technology: BreathAlert

Sylvie is developing the BreathAlert apnea monitor for premature newborns whose lungs may be underdeveloped. Sylvie has experience in the medical device industry, but furthered her learning in global health through the Global Medical Innovation Master's program at Rice, where she had both international and local design projects. She is excited to be focusing on the development of accessible, affordable and appropriate technology for commercialization in international settings at Rice 360.

May 1, 2019



Undergraduate:  Rice University

Major: Psychology, B.S.

Technology: Human factors assessment of technologies in the NEST bundle

Jake Johnston joined Rice 360° as a Global Health Fellow in 2019 to work on the human factors assessment of all devices for consideration within the Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360°) bundle, including those under development at Rice 360°.

November 1, 2018


Hometown: Blantyre, Malawi

Undergraduate: University of Malawi, The Polytechnic

Major: Telecommunications & Electronics Engineering, Honors

Technology: Kasupe

Christina works on the development and clinical validation of a low-power, easy to use syringe pump as a Global Health Fellow with Rice 360°. She developed a passion for global health while interning with Rice 360° at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in 2015. After graduation, she worked on an 18-month validation study of the syringe pump being used to deliver medication to women with pre-eclampsia and eclampsia at QECH. During the study, she trained nurses to use, repair, and maintain the pump, and managed clinical data. She is currently making the device easy to use by clinical staff, easy to repair and maintain by local biomedical technicians and expanding usage to neonates. Her goal is to focus on public health so that strong policies can be made concerning medical equipment management....

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Rice 360˚ Institute for Global Health
6100 Main MS-636
Houston, Texas 77005-1827

Rice 360˚ Malawi

Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital

P.O. Box 95
Paediatric Department
Blantyre, Malawi


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