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Melissa Ramcharan

Melissa Ramcharan

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Michigan

Advancing medical technology is my passion. I am looking for an opportunity to work in a team of highly motivated people like myself. My biomedical engineering background has been the foundation for my excellent ability to solve problems, work in multi-disciplinary fields and publish results.

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Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Associate Reseacher I

•Conceptualized, planned, and executed an investigation on the interaction among cortical and trabecular traits in bone structure, biomechanical function and cell activity. Identified these relationships through statistical means
•Prepared publications in high impact peer reviewed journals
•Trained teams of high school, undergraduate and medical school students in a multitude of techniques and managed teams through completion of projects

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Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Research Assistant

Determined inductive conditions for specific differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells to tenocytes for tendon tissue engineering
• Designed and constructed a mechanical device to apply uniaxial strain of 2-D and 3-D cell culture
• Applied biomolecular techniques to primary and cell line cultures
• Performed histological preparation and staining techniques on mesenchymal tissue
• Performed breeding and surgical extraction procedures on rodent animal models

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City College of New York

Research Assistant

Targeted cell-signaling pathway components toward cell migration of glial progenitor cells using nanotech materials.
• Performed immunocytochemical techniques on PDGF-induced cells to label internal/external PDGF-beta receptors with quantum dots on live and fixed cells.
• Created liposome transport vesicles to label microfilament component of glial progenitor cells with quantum dots.
• Imaged cells using light and confocal microscopy.

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Hospital for Special Surgery

Research Intern

Uncovered the mechanical properties of fluid in normal cartilage tissue in order to recognize physical variability due to arthritis. This research enabled further research into technological replication of cartilage homeostasis.
• Designed a multiple cartilage-loading device using air cylinder compression.
• Designed a mechanical loading experiment to measure permeability of cartilage surface.
• Conducted histological and cryogenic tests on loaded specimens.

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City University of New York Graduate Center

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Masters of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

City University of New York City College

Bachelors of Engineering, Chemical Engineering