Shriya is a biomedical engineer who has pioneered new approaches to help individuals requiring amputation to restore the sense of touch and feeling in prosthetic limbs. The methods she developed during her PhD at MIT have been translated to the clinic and are already benefiting patients, delivering improved quality of life.
As a Schmidt Science Fellow, Shriya has pivoted her science to focus on gastrointestinal motility disorders at the Langer Lab, which can prove debilitating for millions of people around the world. She aims to investigate the underlying mechanisms of smooth muscle stimulation and then develop new solutions, including optically driven micro-devices that could be swallowed. Shriya has also been spearheading efforts to expand ventilator capacity to meet the shortfalls caused by COVID-19.
Shriya is interested in leading an academic research program focused on more seamlessly interfacing human physiology with synthetic devices.