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      Powering implantable medical devices: Meet Dr. Feifei Shi, WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Winner in the field of technology

      Each year, Johnson & Johnson selects outstanding female researchers from across the globe who are driving breakthroughs in STEM2D. See how recent winners are using the critical funding and mentorship opportunities that come along with the WiSTEM2D Scholars Award.

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      Year: 2022
      University: Pennsylvania State University
      Discipline: Technology
      Country of Origin: China
      Research: Powering implantable medical devices

      Today, most implantable electronic devices are driven by battery. Dr. Feifei Shi is working to solve related power supply challenges by designing new rechargeable batteries for biomedical electronics.

      As a new Principal Investigator who is still learning fund planning, Dr. Shi appreciates the flexibility in spending that comes along with WiSTEM2D research funding. “This allows me to make the best use of the research funds,” she says.

      She also values the mentorship aspect of the program, which helps her understand how her research can better align with the needs of the medical device industry. “Plenty of female and male STEM2D leaders out there can be your mentors, collaborators and friends,” she says. “They can help you unlock long-term collaboration opportunities with J&J and other industrial partners.”

      Dr. Shi was encouraged to apply for the WiSTEM2D Scholars Award by one of her female colleagues, who was a previous recipient. And now it’s her turn to advocate for her peers. “While it is extremely challenging, I would encourage every woman who is truly interested to pursue a career in STEM2D, realize her personal value, and reward society with her talent,” she says.

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