About Me

Hello, I’m Shen Ning! I am an MD-PhD candidate at Boston University School of Medicine interested in developing translational technologies to tackle clinical unmet needs. I graduated from Cornell University in 2015 with a B.A. in Biology and Society and a minor in Cognitive Science. I discovered neuroscience during my year abroad at Oxford University, where I worked on research projects aimed at understanding the basis of working memory and was immediately captivated by the complexity of the brain. My thesis work, conducted at Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital under the supervision of pioneers in Alzheimer’s genetics and cellular modeling, focuses on applying nanomedicine and neuromodulation as novel treatments and drug delivery tools for Alzheimer’s disease. I have an interdisciplinary and translational approach to research with the intent to bridge the gap between the bench and the bedside. To that end, I went beyond my PhD work and spent time on a Fulbright/Swiss Excellence Fellowship to create the next generation of smart, multi-functional biomedical microrobots for minimally invasive therapy at the Multi-Scale Robotics Lab where the smallest biomedical robots were invented. Outside of my academic endeavors, I co-founded a science podcast, Science Rehashed, aimed at bringing recent breakthroughs in the biomedical sciences to scientists for free. I am a co-founder and the CEO of INIA Biosciences, a MedTech startup harnessing the power of ultrasound for immune modulation to treat diseases ranging from psoriasis to organ rejection. I am committed to bringing noninvasive and minimally invasive technologies to the forefront of science and medicine.


INIA biosciences We harness the power of sound waves to develop non-invasive, home-administered, and closed-loop medical devices to manage chronic inflammatory diseases.



Science Rehashed Science Rehashed is a 501(c)3 non-profit podcast aimed to make recent scientific breakthroughs and their impacts more accessible to the public and scientists from all over the world.






Ph.D. in Neuroscience
Dissertation work conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dean’s Scholarship


ETH Zürich

Fulbright/Swiss Excellence Research Scholar

Nanorobot-Assisted Cell Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease




Biology and Society major with Cognitive Science minor




Human Sciences

work experience

2018- Present

MGH Genetics and Aging Unit (PIs: Rudolph Tanzi and Doo Yeon Kim)

Graduate Research Assistant

Charlestown, MA

• Develop a novel treatment methodology to reduce Alzheimer’s disease pathology using
antibody conjugated paramagnetic nanoparticles
• Design and test a microfluidic brain-on-a-chip platform for high-throughput drug screening of
Alzheimer’s disease drugs in

2017- 2018

Boston University Neurophotonics Center (PI: David Boas)

Graduate Research Assistant

Boston, MA

• Applied various optical imaging modalities to understand neurovascular changes in Alzheimer’s
• Imaging experience with optical coherence tomography, two photon microscopy, laser
speckle imaging, and intrinsic optical signal imaging


MIT Langer Lab (PIs: Robert S. Langer and Giovanni Traverso)

Graduate Research Assistant, rotation student

Cambridge, MA

Utilized 3D printing design and fabrication techniques to tackle challenges in drug delivery
• Published high impact review paper on biomedical applications of 3D printing
• Published high impact manuscript on a novel 3D printed electronic drug delivery capsule

2013- 2014

Oxford University Cognitive Neurology Group

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Oxford, UK

• Developed and tested working memory computer tasks to be used as early diagnostic tools for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.


Cornell University Lammerding Lab (PI: Jan Lammerding)

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ithaca, NY

• Mastered surgical techniques to create a constriction in the abdominal aorta as a model to
examine vascular defects of HGPS (Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome)
• Conducted independent research project elucidating vascular smooth muscle cell depletion in
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome and presented the research at an international



Asunción‐Nadal V, Franco C, Veciana A, Ning S, Terzopoulou A, Sevim S, Chen XZ, Gong D, Cai J,  Wendel‐Garcia PD, Jurado‐Sánchez B, Escarpa A, Puigmartí‐Luis J, Pané  S (2022). MoSBOTs: Magnetically Driven Biotemplated MoS2‐Based Microrobots for Biomedical Applications. Small. 8 (33), 2203821.

Ning S, Jorfi M, Patel SR, Kim DY, Tanzi RE. (2022). Neurotechnological Approaches to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 16.


Lima R, Gootkind EF, De la Flor D, Yockey LY, Bordt EA, D’Avino P, Ning, S, et al. (2020). Establishment of a pediatric COVID-19
biorepository: unique considerations and opportunities for studying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children. BMC Med
Res Methodol 20, 228.

Kwak SS, Washicosky KJ., Brand E, Maydell VD, Aronson J, Kim S, Capen DE, Cetinbas M, Sadreyev R, Ning S, Bylykbashi E, Xia W,
Wagner S, Choi SH, Tanzi RE, Kim DY (2020). Amyloid-b 42/40 ratio directly drives tau pathology in 3D human neural cell culture models of Alzheimer’s disease. Nature Communications. 11, 1377.


Press release: Sleep Problems, Alzheimer’s Disease Are Linked, But Which Comes First?

Press release: Sleep Problems, Alzheimer’s Disease Are Linked, But Which Comes First?

Beyond the sleep-amyloid interactions in Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis S. Ning and M. Jorfi. Journal of Neurophysiology2019. in press.  https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00118.2019

Self-Reported Exercise Trends in Parkinson’s Disease Patients​ P. Raje, S. Ning, C. Branson, M. Saint-Hilaire, M. Ponce de Leon, A. DePold Hohler. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2019. 42, 37-41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2018.09.016


3D‐Printed Gastric Resident Electronics
Y. L. Kong, X. Zou, C. A. McCandler, A. R. Kirtane, S. Ning, J. Zhou, A. Abid, M. Jafari, J. Rogner, D. Minahan, J. E. Collins, S. McDonnell, C. Cleveland, T. Bensel, S. Tamang, G. Arrick, A. Gimbel, T. Hua, U. Ghosh, V. Soares, N. Wang, A. Wahane, A. Hayward, S. Zhang, B. R. Smith, R. Langer, G. Traverso, Adv. Mater. Technol.2018, 1800490.https://doi.org/10.1002/admt.201800490

Addressing Unmet Clinical Needs with Additive Manufacturing Technologies
U. Ghosh, S. Ning, Y. Wang, Y. L. Kong, Adv. Healthcare Mater. 2018, 7, 1800417.https://doi.org/10.1002/adhm.201800417


Flexibility of Representational States in Working Memory
N. Zokaei, S. Ning, S. Manohar, E. Feredoes, M. Husain, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2014, 8, 853. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00853

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Innovator of the Year award

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Innovator of the Year award

Russek Day 2022

Thank you Boston University School of Medicine for the Innovator of the Year award! I am deeply humbled by this recognition and the mentorship over the years that pushed me to be the innovator that I am today.

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INIA will join the MassChallenge Class of 2021!

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INIA will join the MassChallenge Class of 2021!

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We are proud to announce that INIA Biosciences is a finalist for the MassChallenge 2021 accelerator program! We will join more than 200 other businesses and gain access to MassChallenge’s global network, world-class mentoring from industry experts, tailored programming, and unrivaled access to corporate partners. Learn more about this big news and the program at https://lnkd.in/ep-cDpw



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