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  • Rika Antonova

    Rika Antonova

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Computer Science

    BioI am a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University and a recipient of NSF/CRA Computing Innovation Fellowship for research on active learning of transferable priors, kernels, and latent representations for robotics. Currently, I work at the IPRL lab headed by Jeannette Bohg.

    I completed my PhD work on data-efficient simulation-to-reality transfer at the Robotics, Perception and Learning lab at KTH (Stockholm, Sweden), working in the group headed by Danica Kragic. During my PhD time, I also had an opportunity to intern at NVIDIA Robotics (Seattle, USA) and Microsoft Research (Cambridge, UK).

    Previously, I was a Masters student at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, developing Bayesian optimization approaches for learning control parameters for bipedal locomotion (with Akshara Rai and Chris Atkeson). During my time at CMU my MS advisor was Emma Brunskill and in her group I worked on developing reinforcement learning algorithms for education.

    Prior to that, I was a software engineer at Google, first in the Search Personalization group and then in the Character Recognition team (developing open-source OCR engine Tesseract).

  • Marta Arenas Jal

    Marta Arenas Jal

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Bioengineering

    BioMarta holds a PhD in pharmaceutical technology and an Executive MBA. She is passionate about healthcare research and innovation and has several years of experience in leading R&D projects within the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Stanford Biodesign, Marta worked at CIMTI which is an accelerator for health startups that supports innovators to develop and implement solutions that improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes.

    Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a strong track record of successfully translating research and innovation into real-world impact. She is a curious, creative, and open-minded person who is always seeking to solve complex problems in order to make a positive impact on patients’ lives. In her current role as Innovation Fellow at Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, she is part of a team working on developing innovative solutions to address unmet needs in healthcare.

  • Marwa Atwa

    Marwa Atwa

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Mechanical Engineering

    BioMarwa Atwa is a postdoctoral scholar at Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory (NPL), focusing on developing durable electrodes for hydrogen fuel cells. She got her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Calgary in 2021 under the supervision of Professor Viola Birss, where she mastered different skills in both material science and electrochemistry fields. During her Ph.D. studies, she developed and tested highly active cathodes for hydrogen fuel cells based on novel nanoporous carbon films made from uniform and bimodal porous structures. Before joining the University of Calgary, Marwa received her M. Sc. And B. Sc. degrees in Chemistry from Suez Canal University, where her research focused on protecting low-carbon steel from corrosion in an acidic medium by applying various nanoengineered metal and alloys coatings using electroplating technique.