Mercy Nyamewaa Asiedu is a second year Schmidt Science postdoctoral research fellow pursuing an interdisciplinary research project between the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. As part of this project, she is developing novel deep learning techniques with applications to low-cost, portable ultrasound imaging. Mercy is the chief technology officer and cofounder of the Calla Health Foundation, where she is working towards commercializing of low-cost cervical cancer screening tools. She is also cofounder of GAPHealth Technologies, where she is developing a patient-centered mobile electronic health record and telemedicine platform for chronic disease management in Africa.
Mercy received her PhD in biomedical engineering, and certificate in global health from Duke University. Her PhD focused on research and development of low-cost, imaging devices and algorithms to reduce barriers to cervical cancer screening. She won several awards for her work, including the Lemelson-MIT Graduate Student Inventor Award, Velji Emerging Leader in Global Health award, and the CISCO Global Problem Solver Challenge. Mercy received her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester and high school degree from Holy Child Secondary School, Cape Coast, Ghana.
Mercy enjoys mentoring minority college and high school students in STEM (science, engineering, math, and technology) and her long-term research and career interests lie in developing technological solutions to bridge disparities in healthcare, globally.
Learn about Mercy's Changemaker projects.