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Cinzia Metallo

Cinzia Metallo
An alumna of the Sackler School of Biomedical Science, Cinzia developed a thin-film, multi-electrode array, dubbed Myoelecta, as part of a PhD project to record in vivo multiple muscles in a tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta).  In developing this device, Cinzia saw an application for it not only in her research on neural activation in tobacco hornworm larvae but also in Parkinson’s patients, who generally suffer from muscle rigidity in their face and limbs.  Myoelectra offers an noninvasive alternative to helping Parkinson’s patients talk and swallow more normally by targeting muscles in the throat and face.  Cinzia and her team were one of two groups to win the 2013 Tufts Classic Venture Business Plan Competition.

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