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Doctoral Student Wins Gates Foundation Grant

September 12, 2012

Belinda Lacoste
bal@tulane.edu

Lakhinder Kamboj, a doctoral student in Noshir Pesika’s laboratory submitted a winning proposal to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation netting a $100,000, Round 8 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant.

Kamboj, Shevkoplyas, Pesika

From left, doctoral student Lakhinder Kamboj with Sergey Shevkoplyas and Noshir Pesika, co-investigators on a $100,000 Gates Foundation grant. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celantano)

Kamboj, along with Sergey Shevkoplyas (Biomedical Engineering), lead PI on the project, propose to design a device which utilizes biomimetic adhesive surfaces developed by Pesika, to facilitate safe and easy childbirth in resource-limited settings.

“The idea came from the fact that only two types of instruments, metal forceps and a suction device similar to a plunger, have been used in history,” says Kamboj, “and what can be done to eliminate them completely.”

The microfabricated bi-directional membrane could be an inexpensive option for easing the baby's passage through the birth canal without the use of potentially harmful instruments to aid in delivery.

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