Dr. Elena Petrova joined Baylor Global Health after her training in the School of Medicine, Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Her current role is assistant director of technology development at Baylor Global Innovation Core, where she leads technical and procedural validation of the SmartPod deployable clinic and laboratories.
In 2019, Elena traveled to West Africa (Monrovia, Liberia) to deploy the off-grid, mobile diagnostic laboratories and initiate training development on the ground. She earned her Ph.D. in bioengineering from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. During her internship in Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan and the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, she accumulated significant knowledge on biochemical laboratory protocols while working on sickle cell anemia and malaria-related projects.
While employed as a senior scientist in TomoWave Laboratories Inc., she developed a photoacoustic system for real-time temperature image-guidance during prostate cancer cryoablation. Dr. Petrova is an author of two patents, and her work was acknowledged by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.
Her current scientific interest is focused on development and optimization of multimodal photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging systems for gastroenterology as well as cost-effective medical devices and facilities for global health.