MIRA MOUFARREJ, a graduate student in bioengineering, has been awarded a 2021 “Cure it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for inventions related to prenatal and maternal health.
This $15,000 prize celebrates young inventors and is given based on overall inventiveness, the invention’s potential for scalable commercialization or adoption, and youth mentorship experience. The prize is supported by the Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering at MIT.
Moufarrej is being recognized for three new screening tests that predict preterm birth, preeclampsia – a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and potential organ damage – and due date. Moufarrej is also recognized for her mentorship work, which includes serving as a mentor for Stanford Women in STEM, the Stanford Bioscience Student Association and the Stanford Undergraduate Research Association.
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