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Kamana Misra, Ph.D.

Advisory Council Member

A Neuroscientist by training, Dr. Misra has a deep interest in translational science and leads the R&D activities at her startup ContraRx. The company is focused on educating users on the unintended harmful consequences of polypharmacy (co-consumption of multiple drugs simultaneously) by developing proprietary patient-centric PharmacoVigilance & PharmacoAdherence tools to empower the users to take their drug management in their own hands.

Currently, Adverse Drug Reactions are the 4th leading cause of death in the US, ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, pneumonia, and automobile deaths.

Pursuing her passion for STEM advocacy and outreach, Dr. Misra leads the Association for Women in Science New Jersey (AWIS CJC) activities as the Chapter President. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Governor STEM Scholars Program and is a regular speaker at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s “Young Women’s Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics” that introduces school girls to women scientists and engineers and the wide breadth of careers available to them in these fields.

Dr. Misra’s initiative “The New Jersey women in STEM in Entrepreneurial Challenge,” designed to encourage women to embrace entrepreneurial ventures, recently received joint funding with NJIT I-Corps site through the supplemental program for “Providing Entrepreneurial Alternatives for New Jersey Women with Life Sciences PhDs’ from the National Science Foundation (NSF). She will continue to use her expertise to interpret and communicate scientific matters to a wide range of audiences spanning students, subject experts, and policy makers.