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Jenny Patel

Senator

Biography

Current Biomedical Engineering PhD Candidate with research experience in developing pre-clinical experiments involving biomaterials, drug delivery strategies, oncology, and tissue engineering. Graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with experience in initiating R&D projects to reduce cost and managing design prototypes in NX and Solidworks at Siemens Healthineers. Founded the first Early Mentoring Program for STEM graduate women at UTK. I hope to be a link between engineering and medicine and to have the opportunity to contribute to the care of others by developing medical devices that physicians can use to improve the lives of their patients. My commitment and enthusiasm to advance as a successful biomedical engineer to be globally engaged and be a significant contributor to the education, research, and innovations of STEM related fields, especially in addressing challenges that impact patients’ lives, derives from my volunteering experiences, research work, and academic preparation.


Research

ENGINEERED DESIGNS BIOMEDICINE LAB   

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT Jan. 2018  PRESENT

  • As the first graduate student for PI, established laboratory chemical hygiene and biosafety plan, training documentation for future lab personnel, collaborations with other PIs and vendors, and SOPs for general lab safety and equipment use
  • Initiated and developed methods for synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of drug release profiles for injectable hydrogel designed for local delivery of chemotherapy drugs to treat pediatric brain tumors
  • Reviewing literature of current challenges and opportunities to improve chemotherapy administration, drug delivery methods, and drug penetration in pediatric brain tumors

THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEEE, KNOXVILLE

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT Jan. 2018   PRESENT

  • Biomedical Engineering Fluid Mechanics I: Mentor for course and career preparation; manage coursework for 60+ students
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Biomedical Engineers: Delivered 5 lectures to +100 students, provided feedback on student’s personal statements and coursework
  • Biomedical Engineering Lab: Prepared and conducted cell culturing section of course for +100 students

SIEMENS HEALTHINEERS- MOLECULAR IMAGING 

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING INTERN June 2016 Dec. 2016

  • Drafted, modeled, and conducted pressure and stress examination for over 100 parts and assemblies in NX and SolidWorks with FEA for PET/CT scanner cooling systems
  • Revised build of materials, drawings, engineering change orders, and models to reduce cost by over $500,000
  • Contacted suppliers and managed vendor meetings to determine feasibility of components in R&D phase

Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) TN,  U.S.A

PhD IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING EXPECTED JULY 2017

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) TN,  U.S.A

B.S.  IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING WITH CHANCELLOR’S AND ENGINEERING HONORS DEC. 2017

  • Cum laude graduate
  • Biomedical engineering minor

Professional Service

SYNDAVER LAB  

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING AMBASSADOR Jan. 2018  PRESENT

  • Provided tours to +1000 K-12 students, teachers, and other participants on biomedical engineering by demonstrating use of biomedical applications and potential career pathways using Syndaver, a synthetic cadaver

WOMEN IN STEM ADVANCING RESEARCH, READINESS, AND RETENTION 

MENTORING PROGRAM COORDINATOR Jan. 2018   PRESENT

  • Founded first mentoring program for STEM graduate women at University designed to provide opportunities to gain practical knowledge and insight from STEM professionals.
  • Paired +50 graduate women students with professionals for one-on-one mentoring
  • Executed +10 professional developmental workshops on career preparation for graduate students

Awards and Recognitions

2019-2020 Graduate Student Senate Excellence Service Award   

2019 Selected as Trainee for Jackson Laboratory Course – Workshop for Modeling Human Cancer in Mice

2019 Graduate Student Professional Development Award

2019 The University of Tennessee Nominee for the P.E.O. Scholar Fellowship

2018 Student Speaker at Groundbreaking for New Engineering Complex at University of Tennessee

2018 Helen I. Jubin Memorial Engineering Fellowship

2018 University of Tennessee Society of Women Engineers Diamond Award

2018 Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering Department Fellowship

2018 Leuva Patidar Samaj Scholarship

2018 Placed First in Class III Exhibits for Engineers Day

2014-2017 Thaddeus Fitzpatrick Scholarship awarded by University of Tennessee College of Engineering

2015-2017 Medallion for Society of Women Engineers Sectional Honorable Leader

2017 Cum Laude Graduate

2017 College of Engineering Honors Graduate

2017 Chancellor’s Honors Program Graduate

2017 Recognized by College of Engineering for Advocacy in Women in Engineering (http://www.engr.utk.edu/jenny-patel-society-women-engineers-recognized/)

2017 Regional Society of Women Engineers Diamond Award: Member of Southeast Region whom best exemplifies the engineering profession through leadership and service

2016 Gold Place for Office of Research and Undergraduate Research Excellence

2016 College of Engineering First Place in Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EUReCA) Competition

2015 College of Engineering Honorable Mention for Research at Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EUReCA) Competition

2014 Most Outstanding Freshman of the Year for Society of Women Engineers


Publications

Patel JP, Grayson K, Zhang Z, King M. R., Barker E. D. Coordinated Release of TRAIL and Hydrophobic Sensitizer with Co-Solvent Hydrogel for Local Drug Delivery of Prostate Cancer. Poster presented at: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting; 2019 Oct 16-19; Philadelphia, PA.

Patel JP, Barker ED. Drug Penetration in Pediatric Brain Tumors. Poster presented at: 5th Annual Cancer Research Symposium; 2019 Apr 25; University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN.

Masjedi S, Lei Y, Patel J, and Ferdous Z. Sex-Related Differences in Matrix Remodeling and Early Osteogenic Markers in Aortic Valvular Interstitial Cells. 2017. Heart and Vessels 32 (2). Springer Japan: 217–28. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00380-016-0909-8.

Research Publication Acknowledgement: Davari, AS, Masjedi S, Ferdous Z, Mukherjee D. 2017. “In‐vitro analysis of early calcification in aortic valvular interstitial cells using Laser‐Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS).” Journal of Biophotonics 11 (1).

Patel J, Standbridge M, and Ferdous Z. A Comparative Study of Cellular Calcification within Male and Female Aortic Valves. Poster Presented at: Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement; 2016; Knoxville, TN.

Parker S, Patel J, and Ferdous Z. Elucidating Sex-Related Differences in Calcification of Rat Aortic Heart Valves. Poster presented at: Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement; 2015; Knoxville, TN.


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