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Episode #15: Laura Duffany '23

Laura Duffany '23Meet Laura Duffany ’23, a head Gryphon, dual major in behavioral neuroscience and global studies, and lead member of an NIH award-winning student team that’s developing a device to easily diagnose sickle cell disease. From her experiences living through Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico to her hopes of making a difference on the ground in Sierra Leone, hear about Laura’s drive to impact global healthcare and build communities.


Episode Extras 

Congratulations to the entire award-winning SicklED Global Social Fellowship team:

Xuanhong Cheng, faculty advisor
Alice Chen ‘24
Conner Calzone ‘22
Laura Duffany ‘23
Katie Goettle ‘23
Dream Intarachumnum ‘22
Heidi Shen ‘23
Zhen Lin ‘22
Wei Ngai ‘22
Tiffany Pang ‘22
Thomas Perillo ‘22
Wendy Wang ‘22

About SicklED: Learn about the effects of sickle cell disease and the team’s work and impact in Sierra Leone.

DEBUT Challenge Video for SicklED: A low-cost, point-of-care lateral flow device for sickle cell disease in low- to middle-income countries.

Lehigh’s SicklED team wins National Institutes of Health Debut Award

About the Global Social Impact Fellows program in the Office of Creative Inquiry


Photo Gallery: Laura Duffany '23

Laura Duffany '23 and GO Getters host Joe Buck in the Lehigh podcast studio.
The SicklED team on campus
The affordable device being developed is similar to a pregnancy test.
Laura Duffany '23 and Dream Intarachumnum '22 at the October 2021 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference, where team members presented their research and accepted the DEBUT award.