Dr. Brown is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Craniofacial Regeneration (CCR). His research focuses on the development of new medical devices for dental bone grafting. As a result of his projects at the CCR, Andrew has become very interested in medical device development, translational research and entrepreneurship. Andrew also works part-time as a biomedical engineer with the UPMC Artificial Heart Program caring for patients on ventricular assist devices and artificial heart pumps at UPMC Presbyterian and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has additional experience in orthopedic biomechanics and medical simulation through undergraduate research at the Musculoskeletal Research Center and Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research. Andrew was also a Patient Safety Fellow with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation applying Lean principles to hospital pharmacy workflow improvements. In his spare time he can be found running, swimming or traveling.
Dr. Chaya is a systems engineer at Bayer Healthcare. Prior to Bayer, Amy’s research focuses was on developing and testing degradable metallic fixation devices for craniomaxillofacial and orthopedic bone repair. In addition, Amy studied the effects of magnesium alloys on human stem cells to assess their viability as bone fixation device materials. While a PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh Amy explored her passions for medical product development and translational research commercialization. She has completed formal training in translational technology development through the Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) and Innovation Institute, and has experience developing elevator pitches and business plans. In addition to her work with bioStratica, Amy is a project manager for Fourth River Solutions (4RS), providing business strategy and market analysis consulting for promising University technologies. Furthermore, she was a Health Innovators Fellow with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation where she developed a tablet-based system to streamline patient discharge, improve at-home care, and reduce hospital readmissions for chronic disease patients. In her spare time, Amy enjoys practicing yoga and spending time outdoors camping, hiking, kayaking, and traveling.
Dr. Hartman is a postdoctoral researcher working in the School of Medicine at the cross-section of the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Surgery. His currently focuses his research on how mechanical loading influences cellular energy metabolism and on metabolic flexibility in intervertebral disc cells. Rob has gained experience in medical device entrepreneurship as a part of a team of innovators that is developing and commercializing a wearable tele-rehabilitation solution for orthopaedic physical therapy. In his fellowship-funded doctoral research, Rob developed a robotic bioreactor system for evaluating biological responses of spines subjected to controlled mechanical loading. He has additional experience in clinical research, biomarker discovery, medical imaging, mechanical testing, and study of numerous biological therapies (e.g. gene and cellular). He has authored over a dozen peer-reviewed publications and received multiple awards from clinical and scientific research societies.
Travis Prest is a PhD candidate and McGinnis Fellow in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. Travis also holds a Master of Science in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. His research is concentrated in the field of Regenerative Medicine and focuses on the development and characterization of new extracellular matrix (ECM) based materials for tissue regeneration. Travis has gained experience from a number of business development and commercialization workshops including the First and Second Gear workshops through the Innovation Institute and the Pre-seed workshop at Cornell University . He has also been awarded the 1st place at the 2014 Michael G. Well’s Student Entrepreneurship and 2014 Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) Business Plan competitions.
Megan is a student at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing her Ph.D. in Human Genetics. Her research involves developing and applying chemical genetics approaches to probe epigenetic enzymes for disease relevance. Megan’s interests lie within nutrigenomics, personalized medicine and public health.
Brian Sicari is a research assistant professor at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Brian serves as a project manager for collaborations, between the University of Pittsburgh and industrial partners, aimed at: R&D, product development/realignment, and market/competitor analyses for anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, and regenerative medicine based clinical products, among others. Brian also works as a clinical science liaison in a bioengineering role at the Artificial Heart Program within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Janele Archibald is a Professional M.S. Bioengineering student at the University of Pittsburgh. The Bioengineering M.S. program through the Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) focuses on medical device development. She is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Medical Product Innovation, and has a particular interest in the area of Biomechanics. Janele holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Grove City College where she gained experience in mechanical design and testing.