Charles Mensah

Junior Commercial Translation Associate

Supports sciVelo-CHP by assisting investigators in constructing invention disclosures and creating a portfolio for funding opportunities

MS Student

Bioengineering with focus in Medical Product Engineering (MS-MPE)
University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering

Conducts research in medical device product development

Education and Experience

Charles is currently a MS student in Medical Product Engineering in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Charles obtained a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019. During his time as an undergraduate, Charles conducted biochemistry research in several different labs. One of his research projects was focused on investigating the effectiveness of lab-made compounds to improve the anticonvulsant activity of enaminones using the model organism C. elegans. His research efforts allowed him to obtain a 1st-place oral presentation at the Tri-Beta Conference at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. During his first year as a MS student, Charles has been involved in several projects to create medical device product concepts to help various patient populations (wheelchair clients, kidney stone patients, children, etc.). Charles is interested in pursuing a career in medical product development.


MS, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, expected 2020
BS, Biochemistry, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 2019

Research Experience

Undergraduate Capstone Research, Department of Biochemistry, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Supervisor: Olivia Long, PhD
  • Conducted laboratory experiments testing the effectiveness and toxicity of enaminones in treating seizure symptoms using Caenorhabditis elegans while also testing their toxicity
  • Collected data on the effect of enaminones in reducing seizure symptoms
  • Presented research at Tri-Beta Conference held at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

  • Undergraduate Research, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
    Supervisor: Matthew Luderer, PhD.
  • Successfully synthesized beta-enaminones in aqueous media
  • Commercial Translation Experience

    Course: Clinical Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • Investigated the surgical protocols for determining the precise location and placement of an endotracheal tube in intubated patients without the use of x-ray

  • Course: Medical Product Development, University of Pittsburgh
  • Researched the FDA clearance process for a concept to help craniosynostosis patients without the need for an additional spring removal procedure

  • Course: Medical Product Ideation, University of Pittsburgh
  • Conducted market analysis on powered wheelchairs in order to increase patient compliance with powered seating functions (tilt, recline, etc.) and reduce pressure ulcer incidence

  • Course: Managing Medical Product Research and Development, University of Pittsburgh
  • Assisted in the development of a design concept that can efficiently remove kidney stones in order to reduce operating time and number of operations required

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