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Shivani Sharma believes exosomes - tiny nanoparticles in our bodies - may offer a new path to curing and managing disease. While first discovered in the 1980's, Shivani's breakthrough method of studying exosomes using the Atomic Force Microscope, offers scientists the ability to comprehensively study these fragile but powerful particles. A new frontier in microbiology, Shivani and other nano scientists are just beginning to understand the important role of exosomes in our body. Dr. Shivani Sharma holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. She serves as Associate Director for the NanoPico Characterization Lab at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. Her primary area of expertise is nanomedicine, structural biology and biomarker development.
She is a founding member of the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) and has chaired sessions as well as delivered invited talks at several International/National conferences related to exosomes and cancer diagnostics.
Shivani serves on the Editorial board of two Journals. Her award-winning work has been featured worldwide. A Clinical & Translational Science Institute fellow at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, she also pursues active interest in enhancing academic-industry research collaborations for biomedical technology translation. She is a proud mom of twins, and her favorite TED Talk is Stuart Fierstein: The Pursuit of Ignorance. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx