Payal received her B.S from University of California, Irvine in and her M.Sc from Brown University in Biomedical Engineering. As an undergrad, Payal conducted research at the Beckman Laser Institute on metabolic tissue function using Diffuse Optical Spectroscopic Imaging. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she worked in R&D at a startup dental company for a few years, Sonendo Inc., as a Senior Biomedical Engineer, where she developed and implemented R&D protocols and preclinical in-vitro models for a novel root canal technology, set up academic collaborations with key opinion leaders in the field, and performed preclinical safety and efficacy testing for three 510(k) FDA submissions. She also published scientific articles in various peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Endodontics and Clinical Oral Investigations.
As a graduate student, Payal worked under Diane Hoffman-Kim in a tissue engineering and biomaterials lab in the department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology and the Center for Biomedical Engineering. There, she developed a 3D in-vitro model to study peripheral nerve injury and regeneration using 3D dorsal root ganglion microtissues and micropatterned protein substrates. She also worked as an intern at the Technology Ventures Office at Brown University and prepared marketing and competitive analysis reports to assess the commercialization potential of new ideas and inventions created at Brown.