Cassie S. Mitchell, Ph.D.
On my desk is displayed a sign that says: “Never, never, never give up.” It serves as my motto and personal reminder of the importance of each day’s work towards my ultimate goal of improving lives through committed research and compassionate service. As a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic and as a cancer patient, I have an intimate understanding of the impact of pathologies and a passion to leverage my personal and scientific research experiences to positively impact lives. I received my Chemical Engineering B.S. from Oklahoma State University and my Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. from Georgia Tech and Emory. My research intersects pathophysiology, engineering, and data science. I describe myself as a “pathology forecaster” that quantitatively predicts disease mechanisms and treatment outcomes. Much like weather forecasters that track severe weather and warn communities, our novel analyses expedite discovery. I founded the Laboratory for Pathology Dynamics, which uses a large assembly line of young researchers to perform research in predictive medicine. We use big and smart data to develop predictions that expedite three C’s: Cause identification, Cure development, and Care optimization. After 5+ years as an independent research engineer, I became a tenure-track assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University in 2017. I am also proud to represent the USA as an elite athlete, world record holder, and Paralympic medalist, on the USA Paralympic Track & Field team. For a short 4-minute video click: Cassie’s Story