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.
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...
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.
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.
My work in global health began during the Rice 360 Malawi internship in 2016. For the next year, I helped develop the early iterations of the low-cost cervical cancer simulation model (LUCIA). During my fellowship, I have gotten to work with the LUCIA model again by taking it to multiple training sessions in Mozambique. I have also worked on a low-cost uterine contraction monitor (Optoco). Through my experiences in various clinical settings, I discovered an interest in becoming a physician and will start my training at UT Southwestern in August of 2020. My time with Rice 360 has had a lasting impact on my life and I plan to continue fighting disparity in healthcare in my future career.
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....
Jessie Anderson has been working as a Rice 360° Global Health Fellow since 2018 on the development, manufacturing, and clinical testing of a jaundice diagnostic tool designed for low-resource settings. She graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Western Kentucky University in 2017, during which she had various engineering experience in large and small industries, as well as academic research. She was first able to apply her engineering education to health by taking a Medical Engineering introductory course when studying at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Jessie’s long-term goals are to continue joining diverse teams seeking global health solutions via technological development, as well as to serve and empower communities via educational opportunities.