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    2021 MOSAIC Scholar: Layla Khalifehzadeh, PhD

    Layla Khalifehzadeh, PhD

    Project Title: Flexible and Wireless Bioelectronics for Continuous Monitoring of Intracranial Pressure
    Position: Assistant Professor
    Institution: Arizona State University
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
    Grant ID:R00EB031178

    Layla Khalifehzadeh received a dual PhD in chemical engineering and nanotechnology and molecular engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. During her graduate studies, she obtained training in biomaterials design, polymer chemistry, and tissue-implant interactions. She also learned about Food and Drug Administration regulations and the clinical translation process of medical devices. Her research focused on developing new classes of degradable polymers for cardiovascular stents. Dr. Khalifehzadeh then pursued a unique interdisciplinary path during her postdoctoral studies at Stanford University, working on designing bioelectronic platforms for early diagnosis of cancers, with an emphasis on brain tumors. After completing this program, she joined Arizona State University as an assistant professor of chemical engineering. Her current interdisciplinary research lies at the interface of engineering and translational medicine and focuses on the development of polymer-based, wireless, implantable, or wearable bioelectronic platforms for disease diagnosis and therapy. Dr. Khalifehzadeh was a member of the Diversity Initiative Center at Stanford and has been consistently leading efforts to promote diversity among underrepresented and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. She serves on various diversity committees and plans to continue her efforts by creating and leading outreach programs as an independent investigator.