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BioE PhD Student Solomon Mensah Receives 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award

April 4, 2016

Solomon Mensah is a Doctoral student in the Department of Bioengineering and a 2016 recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award. He will use his award to investigate inter-cellular interactions in cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and to study the role played by the blood vessel wall sugar coating called “glycocalyx." 

Mensah's work, is supervised by Professor Eno Essien Ebong from the Chemical Engineering Department, and will hopefully be applied to help improve cancer and cardiovascular treatment in the future.

In addition to his Doctoral research, Solomon Mensah is also the CEO of Therapeutic Innovations, a social enterprise that is committed to redesigning medical devices for developing countries. He hopes that someday all children across the globe will have access to affordable life saving medical devices to improve their quality of life.  Therapeutic Innovations was recently awarded gap funding from Northeastern student led IDEA, an organization that supports Northeastern community entrepreneurs.

The IDEA funding is supporting development of a bubble continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine for neonatal infants with respiratory distress syndrome in Africa and India.