Gloria Nyankima, Ph.D.
Dr. Nyankima is an AIMBE Scholar at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Gloria received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University. She then completed a doctorate of philosophy in Biomedical Engineering at the joint department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. As a graduate student, she conducted research in advancing ultrasound contrast agents for use in imaging and therapy. Gloria investigated the safety of ultrasound contrast with high-intensity ultrasound imaging pulses. Her work also included the development of a novel ultrasound contrast agent as an enhancing tool for ablative focused ultrasound therapy—a non-invasive alternative to surgery. As an AIMBE Scholar, she plans to gain first-hand experience with the medical device regulatory process. With this experience, and in combination with the technical knowledge she gained from graduate school, she will strive to advance the field of biotechnology, keeping safety and efficacy at the center of technology development.