In August of 2017, Alexander’s younger brother underwent spinal fusion surgery after 8 years of failed bracing. His mother underwent the same procedure when she was a teenager. Fifty years have passed, and yet bracing remains just as ineffective, while spinal fusion surgery remains just as invasive. With this in mind, we decided that we had the potential as undergraduate students to develop new technology to solve this issue.
MEET The Team
Alexander Singh, CEO
Alexander is a Rodman scholar and a 4th year Biomedical Engineering student at University of Virginia. In addition to MIST, he works at the Center for Applied Biomechanics, studying traumatic brain injury. He is also a member of the Medical Device Design group at U.Va. led by Dr. Gorav Ailawadi and Professor David Chen. He has experience in developing scientific experiments and cadaveric testing, grant writing, patent searching and writing. Alexander is also a Kairos Fellow and an avid entrepreneur.
Rohit Rustagi, COO
Rohit has been part of the Zunder biomedical genetic engineering lab at University of Virginia for more than 2.5 years. He has been awarded over $30,000 in grants to understand and ameliorate the current state of potable water acquisition in rural Nicaragua. Rohit founded UVA Synapse, which pairs neurosurgery trauma patients with students for emotional and social support. He is also a 4th year BME student and Rodman Scholar at UVA.
George Vithoulkas, CTO
George is a 3rd year BME student at University of Virginia. He has worked in the Barker extracellular matrix engineering laboratory for the past year, studying antibody design and production in the hope of treating idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In addition to scholastic pursuits in the laboratory and in class, George works as a Program Director for the Virginia Basketball Academy at Madison House, pairing student coaches who would like to coach and lead children in the program.
Eric Taleghani, Researcher
Eric is a 4th year BME student at the University of Virginia. He has spent the last year working on computational projects for the Farber Lab, focused on utilizing systems approaches to determine the molecular basis for bone strength. Outside of his academic and research endeavors, Eric has spent significant time shadowing Orthopedic Surgeons in the University of Virginia Health System, and volunteering at the Haven Homeless Shelter in downtown Charlottesville.