Dr. Ramanujam is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Global Health and Pharmacology and directs the center for Global Women’s Health Technologies, a partnership between the Pratt School of Engineering and the Duke Global Health Institute. The center’s mission is to increase research, training and education in women’s diseases, with a focus on breast and cervical cancer. Her team is involved in three distinct activities: (1) closing the gap between screening and treatment to reduce cancer disparities through innovative diagnostic and therapeutic tools, (2) improving the efficacy of local and systemic cancer therapies and (3) perpetuating biomedical and human centered design concepts to under served communities and under represented groups through student ambassadors.
Prof. Ramanujam has received several awards for her work in cancer research and technology development for women’s health. She received the TR100 Young Innovator Award from MIT in 2003, the Global Indus Technovator award from MIT in 2005 and several Era of Hope Scholar awards from the DOD. She is member of the NIH BMIT-A study section and chair elect of the DOD’s breast cancer research program (BCRP) integration panel (IP) that sets the vision of the BCRP program and plans the dissemination of over $100 M of funds for breast cancer research annually. She is co-editor of the Handbook of Biomedical Optics (publisher Taylor and Francis). Nimmi earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin in 1995 and then trained as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania from 1996-2000. Prior to her tenure at Duke, she was an assistant professor in the Dept. Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison from 2000-2005.