Heather Bansbach, PhD

Licensing Analyst

UVA Licensing & Ventures Group
Heather Bansbach, PhD is responsible for evaluating the patentability and marketability of specific assets in the life sciences and biomedical engineering created from University of Virginia research.

Junior Commercial Translation Architect

At sciVelo, Heather worked under the immunotherapy theme identifying faculty involved in immunotherapy-related projects across the university.

Education and Experience

Heather Bansbach, PhD earned her BS Degree at the University of Virginia in Biomedical Engineering. In 2013, she joined the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh to study musculoskeletal risk factors for the prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Her graduate studies included developing methods of quantifying postural stability using accelerometers for injury prevention and rehabilitation. In 2016, Heather joined sciVelo as a Junior Commercial Translation Architect. After completing her PhD in 2017, Heather joined the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group as a Licensing Analyst, bringing her enthusiasm and passion for supporting breakthrough technologies within the healthcare industry to the team. She is excited to be back in Charlottesville and supporting the research happening at her alma mater.

During Heather’s time with sciVelo, she worked within the Immunotherapy Theme to develop a portfolio of current immunotherapy-related projects across the university and helped to identify where projects fell in the translational ecosystem. She worked with academic teams on validating commercialization pathways through customer discovery and on business pitches.

Working as a Junior Commercial Translation Architect gave Heather an opportunity to meet many faculty members in the field of immunotherapy at the University of Pittsburgh, which was a completely different area of research from her graduate work. She needed to understand projects at a technical level while also visualizing the bigger picture and commercialization pathway. These are skills Heather now uses every day as a Licensing Analyst.


PhD, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2017
BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, 2013

Research Experience

Doctoral Research
Neuromuscular Research Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh, Advisor: Timothy Sell, PT, PhD
  • PhD Thesis: “Evaluation of an inertial sensor to quantify postural stability assessments in young healthy individuals and individuals with chronic ankle instability”
  • Bansbach HM, Lovalekar MT, Abt JP, Rafferty D, Yount D, Sell TC. Military Personnel with Self-Reported Ankle Injuries Do Not Demonstrate Deficits in Dynamic Postural Stability or Landing Kinematics. Clinical Biomechanics. (2017). 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2017.05.008.
  • Nagai T, Bansbach HM, Faherty MS, Abt JP, Sell TC, Lephart SM. Effects of Seated Whole-Body Vibration Exposure on Cervical and Trunk Proprioception and Static and Dynamic Postural Stability. Journal of Musculoskeletal Disorders and Treatment. 2016, 2(5): 024.

  • Undergraduate Research
    Molecular Biomechanics Laboratory, University of Virginia, Advisor: William Guilford, PhD
  • Bansbach HM and Guilford WH. Actin nitrosylation and its effect on myosin driven motility. AIMS Molecular Science. 2016 3(3): 426-438.
  • Commercial Translation Experience

    As a graduate student, Heather participated in several student entrepreneurship competitions and programs, including the NSF I-Corps Program. In her role as the Entrepreneurial Lead, she spearheaded efforts in due diligence and customer discovery. Heather, along with a team of clinicians and industry mentors, aimed to bring standardized evaluations and best treatment practices to the physical therapy clinic.
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    Clinical and Translational Science Institute Program Manager