Speaker Profile

Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford

Mira Moufarrej developed 3 liquid biopsy tests that measure cell-free RNA (cfRNA) to predict how far along a pregnancy is and whether a mother is at risk of preeclampsia and preterm delivery long before traditional diagnostics. This work paves the way for affordable, simple, and reliable tests for preeclampsia and preterm delivery – risks that no other test can presently diagnose early enough to allow for meaningful clinical intervention. To enable such discoveries, she has also built a semi-automated pipeline to process samples, a notoriously tedious task, which to date, has extracted cfRNA from ~1100 samples in 9 days. For this work, Mira received the 2021 “Cure it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. Her work has also been published in Science, and highlighted by the New York Times, CNN and Insider, among others. It was also recognized by Bill Gates as one of the top 10 innovations of 2019 in the MIT Technology Review.

Improving Prenatal Care through Liquid Biopsies

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley

Track Co-Chairs:
Aleksandar Rajkovic, UCSF
Kathryn G. Schubert, Society for Women's Health Research

Researchers have long been recognizing the uniqueness of women’s health and its substantial effect on clinical practice, acknowledging the increasing appreciation of the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to health and disease. In every organ system, there are diseases that are unique to women, more common in women than in men, or characterized by differences in disease course in women compared to men. This Track will focus on the following topics related to Women’s Health:

  • Intro to Women's Health
    - Aleksandar Rajkovic, UCSF
  • US Regulatory/Personalized Medicine and Women's Health
    Session Chair: Kathryn G. Schubert, SWHR
  • Reproductive Health
    - Marcelle Cedars, UCSF
    - Linda G. Griffith, MIT
    - Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski, UCSF
  • Pregnancy
    Session Chair: Yoel Sadovsky, UPMC
    - Virginia D. Winn, Stanford
    - Ananth Karumanchi, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    - Liang Liang, Stanford
    - Mira Moufarrej, Stanford University
  • Biological Sex Differences in Disease + Inclusion of Women in Clinical Research/Innovation
    - Rhonda Voskuhl, UCLA
  • Cardiovascular Health
    - Nisha Parikh, UCSF
    - Michael Honigberg, Massachusetts General Hospital
    - Jennifer Ann Tremmel, Stanford
  • Bone Health/Osteoporosis & Menopause
    Session Chair: Risa Kagan, UCSF
    - Danit Ariel, Stanford
    - Ann Garnier, Lisa Health
  • Showcase
    - Nathan D. Price, Onegevity
    - Maneesh Jain, MirVie
    - Kevin P. Rosenblatt, NX Prenatal
    - Ripudaman Singh, ARCEDI Biotech
    - Michelle Perugini, Presagen