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Ms Sumedha N. Prabhu received the B.Sc. degree in Biotechnology from University of Mumbai, India, in 2011, and the master’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Mumbai, India, in 2013. She is currently pursuing a PhD degree in sensors and smart sensing system from the School of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her research interest includes smart sensing systems, the internet of things, and embedded systems for early detection of various diseases in humans. Sumedha was awarded AUD $5000.00, a highly competitive Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) grant during her early third year of PhD. Sumedha has received two People's Choice Awards during her PhD candidature.

Sumedha has also participated in 3 Minute Thesis (3MT), an Asia Pacific level competition which was initiated by The University of Queensland and she won a total of 3 prizes at Macquarie University level. In the 3MT competition, she initially won third prize at the School of Engineering level. On further levels, she also won two People’s Choice Awards, first at the Faculty of Science and Engineering as well as second on the entire Macquarie University level. During this time, she was honoured twice with cash prizes and once with a small research grant. Macquarie University immediately posted 3MT results and Sumedha's People's Choice Award win news on entire Macquarie University level on their official university news webpage (https://www.mq.edu.au/thisweek/2020/09/03/the-future-is-bright-macquaries-3mt-winners-wow-the-judges/?fbclid=IwAR1fOUpJhezbeutozjrexGcnNxcEw4Lpla7QHtYgaRLnKDDgeuANnU5bKTo#.X1d4b3kzaUk). 

Macquarie University has declared Sumedha's 3MT People’s Choice Award win on their official university website  (https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-research-program/3-minute-thesis-competition). The news was posted on Macquarie University official Twitter handle too. After her 3MT People’s Choice win on the entire university level, the Macquarie University celebrated Sumedha's win with her official photoshoot. They also invited SBS world news presenter for Australia, Mr Anton Enus, to train Sumedha for even better presentation style. Macquarie University had also audio-visually recorded her 3MT speech in their on-campus video recording studio. Her audio-visually recorded 3MT speech in MQ video recording studio was posted by Macquarie University on their official YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdXO71T9bTQ&feature=youtu.be).  Sumedha's 3MT success was posted by the School of Engineering Department on their monthly newsletter. Her 3MT compete success was covered by journalist Rhea Nath from an Indo-Australian Media channel called IndianLink media over the telephonic interview and published Sumedha's success on their official media website (https://www.indianlink.com.au/5-minute-home-kidney-health-test-wins-three-uni-awards/), Twitter handle, LinkedIn as well as a Facebook page. Sumedha has also received an offer for commercialization of my Point-of-Care diagnostic device prototype system on the larger scale from TiE Sydney (an entrepreneur supportive non-profit organization from the greater Sydney area).

Research interests

Sumedha's PhD research focuses on kidney healthcare from home. She has also developed a prototype model that allows the connection of a functionalised sensor and selective measurement of creatinine levels from samples. This device transmits creatinine level data to the internet and can be used in the future by physicians to track the health records of their patients from distance (Point-of-Care). In the future, with further development on her prototype system, a patient can measure their creatinine concentration by testing a single blood drop at home. Therefore, Sumedha's developed prototype model has a huge scope as a diagnostic tool in modern pathological research. The main important parameters of her work can be listed as functionality, specificity, repeatability, reusability, accuracy, low-cost, low-power, long-distance, and portability. Sumedha has currently developed a Point-of-Care diagnostic device prototype system for the detection of creatinine from the human serum samples. In near future, she has the plan to develop similar Point-of-Care diagnostic device for the detection of blood urea nitrogen from the human serum samples.

Community engagement

Sumedha is an active member of the professional technical society like IEEE. IEEE Macquarie University Student Branch Women in Engineering has also recognized her research work and success. They invited her as a guest speaker in their Women in Engineering workshop where she delivered a talk over a topic entitled “Girl’s Voice”.

Research engagement

Sumedha was awarded a highly competitive AUD $5000.00 PGRF grant of Macquarie University for presenting her research work in the form of the conference paper. She had presented her work entitled, "Development of a Point-of-Care diagnostic smart sensing system to detect creatinine levels" in an international conference called 63rd IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, MWSCAS 2020 in the USA via virtual mode. During the second year of PhD, Sumedha was awarded a second prize for oral presentation at HDR Conference held on 20th June 2019 at School of Engineering, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Before starting her PhD at Macquarie University she was recognized as a best Assistant Biochemistry Professor at The Institute of Science. Sumedha had got chance to represent her Institute, at international level conference naming “Research & Regulations: Challenges for the Pharmaceutical Industry”. The international conference was jointly organized by Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and Messe Munchen International, Germany, HITEX Exhibition Centre, Izzat Nagar, Hyderabad – 500 084, Telangana, India; dated 8th and 9th October 2015.

Research student supervision

During Sumedha's PhD research studies, she had supervised one final year Bachelor of Engineering; Mechatronics Engineering student at Macquarie University for the entire academic year of 2019. She had also supervised her 6 research students during her Assistant Professorship job at the Institute of Science, Mumbai. All her supervised 6 research students were doing final year M.Sc. Biochemistry studies and their research project study period was of 6 months. The details are as follows:  

1) Sumedha has supervised Mr Ky Anh Hoang for his entire final year Bachelor of Engineering; Mechatronics Engineering research studies. His first-semester degree thesis entitled was "The development and testing of a portable sensing system for detection creatinine level". Mr Ky Anh Hoang's second-semester degree thesis entitled was "The development and testing of sensing system for detecting creatinine level using IoT system". He submitted his both the thesis to the Macquarie University.

2) Sumedha has supervised a total of 6 research students, out of which 4 students were doing final year M.Sc. Biochemistry studies for a period of 6 months during the academic year 2015 - 2016. She has also supervised 2 research students doing final year M.Sc. Biochemistry studies for a period of 6 months during the academic year 2014 - 2015. These all 6 supervision Sumedha did during her Assistant Professorship job at the Institute of Science, Mumbai. All the 6 research students submitted their M.Sc. theses to the University of Mumbai.     

Teaching

Teaching Experiences:

1) During Sumedha's PhD research studies, she had supervised one final year Bachelor of Engineering; Mechatronics Engineering student at Macquarie University for the entire academic year of 2019. She has taught him how chemotherapy affects kidney healthcare and how to develop a smart system to do kidney healthcare from home. 

2) Sumedha has done Assistant Professor job at Vidyaprakash Classes where she taught basic biology to junior college students for the academic year 1st May 2016 to 20th January 2017. During that job, she had developed non-stop lectures taking capacity; maximum for 5 hours.

3) Sumedha has done Assistant Professor job at the Department of Biochemistry, The Institute of Science, affiliated to the University of Mumbai. She has taught theory and practical of Biochemistry subjects like Nutrition, Immunology, Genetics, Molecular and Cell Biology, Bioprocess Technology, Plant/ Animal/ Microbial Tissue Culture, Marine Biotechnology, Instrumentation, Pharmacokinetics, Pollution, Nanotechnology and many other topics.

When the Institute held the exam at the end of every semester in all departments; Sumedha's students perceive 60 to 80% on average in all her taught topics. Whereas in the actual University of Mumbai semester examination; their net percentage rose to 80 to 95% as on records. Sumedha was the first professor in the history of our department; where all students showed a massive rise in the net percentage level. Along with teaching she had successfully supervised a total of 6 M.Sc. Biochemistry research students in their final year projects. She helped them during their thesis completion. She had taught  M.Sc. Biochemistry students for entire two academic years from 1st July 2014 to 30th April 2015 and 10th July 2015 to 30th April 2016.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Biomedical Engineering, PhD Student

15 Dec 201715 Apr 2021

M.Sc. in Biotechnology, M.Sc.

10 Jun 201130 Apr 2013

B.Sc. in Biotechnology, B.Sc.

10 Jun 200831 Mar 2011

External positions

Assistant Professor, Vidyaprakash Classes

1 May 201620 Jan 2017

Assistant Professor, The Institute of Science

1 Jul 201430 Apr 2016

Proprietress , Green City

2008 → …

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