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Freddy N

- Research Program Mentor

MD/PhD Doctor of Medicine and of Philosophy

Expertise

Cancer, optics, imaging, nanotechnology, engineering, chemistry, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, pathology, laboratory medicine, transfusion medicine

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship - how to increase and accelerate the success of startup creation?

Here we are interested in looking at various factors that drive the creation of new ideas and ultimately new startups in the healthcare industry. What are the different factors such as the problem space, the innovation, the founding team, the resources, and the environment or ecosystem that leads towards a higher success rate for healthcare startups and a more accelerated pipeline from ideation to impact? Once a specific area of focus is identified, a deeper dive project can be developed such as the role of macroeconomic events is on startup creation, the gender disparities see in startup founders or investor workforce, the relationship between startups and their investors, etc ... This type of research starts with literature research of peer reviewed publications as well as public reports, web searches, and occasionally customer discovery research holding interviews with relevant stakeholders. This research involves data collection from both readily available databases such as Pitchbook and Crunchbase but also from not so well curated sources of information about startups, innovation programs and initiatives, investors, accelerators and incubators. This research can also involve the development of new tools via programs and scripts that can be used to automate the collection and analysis of certain data sets. The potential outcomes of this research can range from new programming tools for data collection and analysis, new web apps for visualizing the data, and/or research paper summarizing the current state of the field.

Health Equity Innovations - how can we innovate better to solve health equity problems?

Systemic health inequities have persisted throughout our American history. These inequities continue to impact many underrepresented and vulnerable groups. Historically, this population has been denied appropriate and equitable healthcare access and treatment leading to inequitable healthcare outcomes that are systemic or environmental and oftentimes beyond the individual's control. Over the last few years, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these existing health disparities and the call for action for social justice has increased. The goal of this project is to specifically identify existing solutions that have been tried in the health equity space, deemed to be successful, and by what criteria was it defined to be “successful”. We are looking to identify examples of what has been tried to close the gap in healthcare inequities and what has worked vs not worked. This work focuses on the why solutions were successful seeing if there are certain factors or environments that can be identified that led to the successful ideation, creation, development, and execution of these health equity solutions. This research includes literature research, web searches, as well as customer discovery research holding interviews with relevant stakeholders. The outcomes of this research will be a research paper summarizing the current state of the field and providing some new insights into the process of solution development for health equity issues.

Measuring impact of physician-scientists on innovation, research, and economy

Physician-Scientists (individuals trained both in medicine and in research) have long played an integral part of the biomedical workforce to drive and develop research from the bedside to the bench and back to the bedside. However, there is limited research available to objectively quantify the impact of this workforce over time, and what factors influence their training and careers. What are ways that we can use more publicly available information and databases to determine the impact of this particular portion of the biomedical research workforce on innovation by translating their research from ideation to IP generation to startup / commercialization? What are the types of information that is needed to not only determine their impact but also the return on the investments from the federal government and society on developing this particular workforce? The potential outcomes of this research can range from new programming tools for data collection and analysis, new web apps for visualizing the data, and/or research paper summarizing the current state of the field.

Coding skills

Matlab

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