I have begun to assemble my toolkit, to include skills in,
Engineering and technology
We stole the targeting mechanism from naturally occurring bacteriophages (a type of virus) to specifically target cholera bacteria. We attached the targeting mechanism onto B. bacteriovorus, a bacterium that eats other gram-negative bacteria, thereby creating a naturally occurring anti-bacterial therapeutic.
Genetically modified the genes of probiotic bacteria to produce and export proteases (enzymes that digest proteins) for release within the body, as a step in the therapy to treat CDAD.
As the Director of Client Services and Operations at Cota, I played an integral role in collecting real world data and analyzing it to develop a new digital classification schema for variance detection in treatments and outcomes for cancer. Cota's work was published as a part of the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual conference.
As a part of a healthcare innovation seminar, the team compared the stroke care pathway across both the US and the UK. Along with 1 other team member, we developed a system dynamics model to evaluate the impact, in terms of cost and quality, of introducing a new ultrasound technology into the care pathway.
As a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, I led the field research in India and Bangladesh to understand the current state of vaccine delivery in rural parts of the countries. One of my hypotheses was that the effectiveness of the system was limited by governance rather than technology. I built a system dynamics model to prove the hypothesis and evaluate the right level of stakeholders for potential interventions.
Ayra Art is a company that I co-founded this past year. Ayra's mission is to enable access to art from under-represented markets. We sketched numerous operations models to understand the different stages in sourcing, framing, packaging and shipping art from India to the US and vice-versa. These are sketches from my journal.
Ethnographic and user research
As the Chief-of-Staff to J. Michael Cline, the founder of 2 start-ups, I led the design process for our initial user-testing. We started with a number of surveys as well as conducted focus groups. I developed the objective, recruited volunteers, moderated the focus group and analyzed the results to gather insights.
As a tool to use in field research, I wanted to capture the day in the life of stakeholders involved in the delivery and administration of vaccines in India. Using video and photographs, I followed the delivery man, the nurse, and the mother across several days to capture a day in the life of each key stakeholder.
As a part of an independent photojournalism project, I wanted to study a family owned business in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In response to the new wave of punk, in 1978 Suzan Phelps started a vintage clothing store Hubba Bubba. In the 80's a gay club, Man Ray, opened nearby, which led to a new customer segment. Suzan expanded Hubba Bubba into an adult store. She graciously allowed my access to her store to document how adults behaved at just another store in Cambridge.