August 29, 2015
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Fortune – Bringing the Fire: A Q&A with Bioinspirationalist Jeff Karp

Source: Fortune

Jeff Karp, a leading biomedical engineer, discusses where, why, and how academic-business ventures can be most successful.

The biomedical industry is driven by scientific innovation. Yet, as anyone who has worked in R&D can tell you, harnessing the kind of creativity necessary for innovation is easier said than done. But there’s a new methodology in play that is making fascinating strides in the development of new medical technologies. And it’s a process that often starts not in the lab but at the zoo.

Read more on Fortune – Bringing the Fire: A Q&A with Bioinspirationalist Jeff Karp…

August 13, 2015
BBC Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome Picture

BBC – Gel ‘eases inflammatory bowel problems’

Source: BBC

A gel that “sticks” to affected tissue and delivers medicine gradually over time could help treat some inflammatory bowel problems, researchers say.

Patients with ulcerative colitis often have to rely on medicine given by enema, but this can be uncomfortable, messy and inconvenient.

Read more on BBC – Gel ‘eases inflammatory bowel problems’…

August 5, 2015
Yu Han Nanoparticle Glue

MIT Tech Review – Tiny Glue Guns to Patch Surgical Holes

Source: MIT Technology Review

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March 30, 2015
Bloomberg - Cardiac Adhesive

Bloomberg – The Glue That Could Literally Fix a Broken Heart

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February 26, 2015
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The Scientist – Stem Cells Phone Home

Source: The Scientist – Stem Cells Phone Home

Stem Cells Phone Home

A screen of 9,000 small molecules identifies a treatment that improves the targeting of mesenchymal stem cells to sites of damaged tissue.

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February 20, 2015

Jeff Karp on 2015 TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board

We’re very pleased to announce that Jeff has just been announced as a member of the 2015 TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board. Heartiest congratulations to all new members!

For more information – TEDMED

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February 20, 2015

TEDMED 2014: Jeff Karp

Jeff’s TEDMED 2014 talk, illuminating the art and science of developing medical tools, treatments, and technologies from solutions found in nature.

November 9, 2014
Battery Quantum Coat

BBC – ‘Quantum coat’ makes batteries child-safe

Source: BBC – ‘Quantum coat’ makes batteries child-safe

Engineers in the US have produced child-safe batteries with a special coating that stops them causing harm if they are swallowed.

Small, button-shaped batteries can be easy to swallow and cause thousands of injuries every year, some fatal.

Read more on BBC – ‘Quantum coat’ makes batteries child-safe…

October 19, 2014
Inspired by Porcupines

New Scientist & Slate Interview – Inspired by Porcupines

Inspired by Porcupines

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September 25, 2014
BWH Hackathon 2014 Girish

Karp Lab Members Girish and Julien Place First at BWH Hackathon 2014!

Our heartiest congratulations to Girish and Julien for their outstanding performance at this year’s BWH Hackathon 2014.

Great job guys!

The BWH Hackathon in collaboration with the Brigham Innovation Hub and MIT Hacking Medicine will bring together inventive, forward-thinking minds to change the status quo and create disruptive solutions in healthcare today. The event will bring together a diverse, multidisciplinary group to “pitch” problems impacting healthcare, develop solutions over a two-day period, and then present demos of solutions to a panel of judges for recognition and honors.

Read more on Karp Lab Members Girish and Julien Place First at BWH Hackathon 2014!…

August 19, 2014
Maria Pereira TR35

Maria Pereira Wins MIT TR35 Award!

We’re exceptionally proud to announce that Maria Pereira has won the prestigious MIT Tech Review Innovators Under 35 Award for her work on cardiac adhesives! Congratulations Maria!

MIT Tech Review

March 18, 2014
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IEEE Pulse – At the Interface of Disciplines

Source: IEEE Pulse
At the Interface of Disciplines


Five years ago, Jeffrey Karp sat down to a dinner party with Massachusetts General Hospital dermatologist R. Rox Anderson. The two started talking, and by the end of the evening, Karp—himself a bioengineer at the nearby Brigham and Women’s Hospital—knew he wanted to make a collaboration happen between them. But on what? As he thought, he twisted his ring—his nickel allergy had flared up, and the skin on his finger was chafed and raw. Twist, and think; twist, think. And then it hit him: up to 45 million people in the United States shared his allergy, and the best measures they had to control it were small-molecule chelating creams with a dangerous tendency to leach into the skin.

Read more on IEEE Pulse – At the Interface of Disciplines…

December 15, 2013

Feature – Nature Publishing Group

We were recently featured in an article in partnership with the Nature Publishing group. The article highlights the importance of our focus solving important biomedical problems that can be effectively translated into effective solutions. It is still amazing what nature can teach us!

Source: Nature Publishing Group – From Nature To Clinic

One late evening in a coffee shop near McGill University, Jeff Karp overheard two students talking about drug delivery and tissue engineering. Jeff, an undergrad, listened closely as the students discussed two graduate level courses. At the time Jeff was questioning his major. He had switched from biology to chemical engineering but found himself bored in class; uninterested in the details of how refrigerators work. That night at the coffee shop Jeff learned about two classes that he became desperate to take: one on artificial organs and engineering and the other on cells and biotechnology. To enroll he would need to take no less than 5 prerequisite physiology classes. Undeterred, Jeff added a year to his undergrad studies and switched majors yet again, this time to biomedical engineering. He had finally found the right balance between medicine and engineering. Jeff says a “degree in engineering is a degree in problem-solving” and that he uses the skills he learned in undergrad every day. Read more on Feature – Nature Publishing Group…

September 2, 2013
Ivanhoe Medical Breakthroughs - Super Sticky Tape

Karp Lab on Ivanhoe Medical Breakthroughs!

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Ivanhoe Broadcast News – The Karp Laboratory

For full article:

ABC Network – MySunCoast

We are pleased to have been featured on Ivanhoe’s recent Medical Breakthroughs. Ivanhoe is focused on providing television viewers with solutions to today’s problems,  with its news reports being distributed to more than 80 million households every week.

Read more on Karp Lab on Ivanhoe Medical Breakthroughs!…

July 5, 2013
Parasite Inspired Adhesive Patch

The Scientist – Sticking Power

Source: The Scientist

Sticking Power

An adhesive inspired by a parasitic worm could help better affix skin grafts in burn patients.

Parasite Inspired Adhesive Patch

Bioengineer Jeffrey Karp is used to finding inspiration in unusual places. He’s looked to porcupines’ barbed quills and the sticky pads of geckos’ feet, for example, to develop medical adhesives. And one afternoon a few years ago he sat in his office with some of his lab members Googling parasites. Read more on The Scientist – Sticking Power…

May 23, 2013
CCTV Panel on the Ethics of New Stem Cell Cloning Method

Prof Karp Live on CCTV! [Panel on the Ethics of New Stem Cell Cloning Method]

Anchor Anand Naidoo joins Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society, and Jeffrey Karp from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute to talk about the controversy surrounding a recent breakthrough in stem cell research involving the cloning of human stem cells.

Read more on Prof Karp Live on CCTV! [Panel on the Ethics of New Stem Cell Cloning Method]…

March 7, 2013

BWH – Prickly Porcupine: Medicine’s Next Top Model?

Source: Brigham and Women’s Hospital HealthHub

PorcupineThe North American porcupine is easily recognizable due to its impressive coat of long, sharp quills. These unique projections are designed so that they can easily penetrate animal flesh, but are extremely difficult to remove. While this may be bad news for a predator or a curious pet, this natural mechanism is a boon for a curious medical researcher trying to develop a better medical device.
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February 28, 2013

Inside Science TV – Ouch-Free Medical Tape

Source: Inside Science TV

January 22, 2013

BWH – Research: Dr. Jeffrey Karp: Biomimicry-Inspired Work Featuring Porcupine Quill Study

Research: Dr. Jeffrey Karp: Biomimicry-Inspired Work Featuring Porcupine Quill Study from BWH Public Affairs on Vimeo.

January 18, 2013

Scilogs – From Nature to Nurture

Original Story: SciLogs – From Nature to Nurture

One late evening in a coffee shop near McGill University, Jeff Karp overheard two students talking about drug delivery and tissue engineering. Jeff, an undergrad, listened closely as the students discussed two graduate level courses. At the time Jeff was questioning his major. He had switched from biology to chemical engineering but found himself bored in class; uninterested in the details of how refrigerators work. That night at the coffee shop Jeff learned about two classes that he became desperate to take: one on artificial organs and engineering and the other on cells and biotechnology. To enroll he would need to take no less than 5 prerequisite physiology classes. Undeterred, Jeff added a year to his undergrad studies and switched majors yet again, this time to biomedical engineering. He had finally found the right balance between medicine and engineering. Jeff says a “degree in engineering is a degree in problem-solving” and that he uses the skills he learned in undergrad every day.
Read more on Scilogs – From Nature to Nurture…

January 5, 2013

Ben Ouyang Wins Canada’s Got (Science) Talent Sunnybrook Prize!

We are proud to announce that Ben Ouyang has won Canada’s Got (Science) Talent Sunnybrook Prize 2012 and a handsome $10,000 prize!

Ben would also like to give credit to his mentor Maria Pereira, who was the original creator of the material and was ‘a fantastic mentor for [him] during [his] stay at the Karplab’.

Read more on Ben Ouyang Wins Canada’s Got (Science) Talent Sunnybrook Prize!…

January 3, 2013

Discovery News: Jellyfish-Inspired Tentacles Capture Cancer

Source: Discovery News

Original paper: PNAS – Bioinspired multivalent DNA network for capture and release of cells

A new device inspired by jellyfish tentacles can be used to both count and sort cancer cells, which is an important indicator of how well chemotherapy or other treatments are working. Source: Rohit Karnik and Suman Bose

A new device inspired by jellyfish tentacles can be used to both count and sort cancer cells, which is an important indicator of how well chemotherapy or other treatments are working.
Source: Rohit Karnik and Suman Bose

Tiny strands of DNA that float like jellyfish tentacles can grab and hold tumor cells in the bloodstream in a device inspired by nature that may help cancer patients fight the dreaded disease.

The device can be used to both count and sort cancer cells, which is an important indicator of how well chemotherapy or other treatments are working. Doctors need to know whether cancer cells are being knocked out or developing immunity.

“The key is to know which drugs the remaining cells would be most susceptible to,” said Jeffrey Karp, an author on the paper published today in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Science (PNAS) and co-director of the Center for Regenerative Therapeutics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “Often these cells in the blood stream are at very low concentrations and it’s difficult to isolate them. What you really want to do is collect them and study the biology of the cells and subject them to different kinds of chemo so you know which one is best to use.”

Read more on Discovery News: Jellyfish-Inspired Tentacles Capture Cancer…

January 3, 2013

Prof Karp’s Interview on Discovery Channel!

Interview begins at 2:10.

Source: Discovery Science

December 11, 2012

MIT News – Inspiration from a porcupine’s quills

Source: MIT News

Inspiration from a porcupine’s quills

Understanding the mechanisms behind quill penetration and extraction could help engineers design better medical devices.

The North American porcupine

The North American porcupine
Photo: Mike Cuccarese

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December 11, 2012

KarpLab: Finding Inspiration in a Porcupine Quill

December 7, 2012
Laulicht Tape Adhesive Schematic

Medical Tape Innovation Featured On CNN Health

Source: CNN Health – Spiderwebs may inspire better medical tape

Taking medical tape off an adult isn’t too painful because breakage occurs in the glue (you can sometimes see the leftover residue). But removing the same adhesive from a newborn can break fragile skin, causing significant damage, says Jeffrey Karp, researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Traditional medical tape has two layers: the sticky one and the non-sticky one that forms the backing. The adhesive is designed for adults, Karp said; newborns need something else just for them.
Read more on Medical Tape Innovation Featured On CNN Health…

December 7, 2012

Neonatal Medial Tape – Demonstration Video


November 24, 2012

Karp Lab Movember 2012

The KarpLab team is proud to announce their Movember 2012 effort! This is a renewal of our annual commitment and effort to raise funds for prostate cancer research.

Do visit the KarpLab Upper-Lip-Hair Dreamteam and contribute your bit to prostate cancer research!

Read more on Karp Lab Movember 2012…

November 18, 2012
The backing of the newly developed medical tape easily peels off, leaving the adhesive behind.

Taking the sting out of medical tape

Source: MIT News

New adhesive comes off quickly, sparing infants’ delicate skin from damage.

Anne Trafton, MIT News Office
Ripping off a Band-Aid may sting for a few seconds, but the pain is usually quickly forgotten. However, for newborns’ sensitive skin, tearing off any kind of adhesive can pose a serious risk.Newborns lack an epidermis — the tough outermost layer of skin — so medical tape used to secure respirators or monitoring devices critical for the survival of premature babies can wreak havoc: Every year, more than 1.5 million people suffer scarring and skin irritation from medical tape, and the majority of those are infants or elderly people, who also have fragile skin.“This is just a huge unmet need,” says Jeffrey Karp, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Center for Regenerative Therapeutics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.Bryan Laulicht, a postdoc in MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, and MIT Institute Professor Robert Langer have now joined Karp in developing a new type of medical tape that can be removed without damaging delicate skin. The new tape could be produced by adapting current adhesive-manufacturing systems, according to the researchers.

Read more on Taking the sting out of medical tape…

November 18, 2012

MIT News at Noon: Jeffrey Karp

Jeff recently delivered his “News at Noon” talk at the MIT Museum.

The event is co-sponsored by the MIT News Office and the Museum, and features researchers discussing their recently promoted work. On Nov. 2, Jeff discussed his team’s new medical adhesive that is safe enough for an infant’s delicate skin.

Read more on MIT News at Noon: Jeffrey Karp…

November 18, 2012

Oscar R. Miranda has been awarded the prestigious Arthritis Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Source: Arthritis Foundation

Karp Lab team member Oscar Miranda has been awarded a research grant by the Arthritis Foundation for his work on ‘Inflammation Responsive Hydrogels for Treatment of Inflammatory Arthritis’.

Congratulations Oscar!

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November 18, 2012

Eoin O’Cearbhaill awarded first prize for the best poster presentation at the MIT Sloan BioInnovation

Source: Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Awards & Honors – Mar 8, 2012

O’Cearbhaill Wins at BioInnovations Conference
Eoin O’Cearbhaill, PhD, BE

Eoin O’Cearbhaill, PhD, BE, postdoctoral associate in the BWH Laboratory for Advanced Biomaterials and Stem-Cell-Based Therapeutics, was awarded first prize for the best poster presentation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan BioInnovations 2012 conference. This event was organized to showcase the most exciting life science and health care technologies with commercial potential from MIT and the greater Harvard community.

Read more on Eoin O’Cearbhaill awarded first prize for the best poster presentation at the MIT Sloan BioInnovation…

March 15, 2012

Fangqi Gu



I am an undergraduate student from University of Waterloo, studying Biotechnology and Economics. I am currently here in Karp lab for my co-operative educational term, working as an intern under Zijiang Yang and Luke Mortensen. We are working on several projects, such as implantable device for drug detection, high throughput screening of drug induced PGE2 secretion by MSC, effects of CXCL4 on the homing of MSC, and others. I have worked as an intern in a bio-regenerative polymer material in Japan, and it is wonderful to experience the difference in lab culture. I enjoy reading, movies, music, however I do spend most of my free time eating and sleeping.

Read more on Fangqi Gu…

February 1, 2012

Sarah Boetto



I’m an intern from the University of Toronto in the Engineering Science Biomedical major doing my PEY year. Currently, I am working with Grace Teo on characterizing the mechanism of mesenchymal stem
cell transmigration across the endothelium. So far, it has been an amazing learning experience. The work environment at the Karp lab is very encouraging and friendly, and the diversity of projects throughout the lab provides exposure to several different areas in the field. Outside of work, I enjoy Taekwondo, running, reading and listening to music.

Read more on Sarah Boetto…

January 31, 2012

Hongmin Chen



I am a mechanical engineering student from University of Toronto currently doing my professional experience year. I am working on novel biodegradable adhesives for internal applications with potential anti-cancer, bacterial static and hemostatic properties. I really enjoy doing research in the karp lab with friendly and supportive mentors and labmates. Personally, I enjoy watching movies, running, and playing basketball with friends.

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January 8, 2012

Michael Valic



I am an undergraduate student perusing a degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, with a major in Biomedical Engineering. My research focus surrounds the intersection between biomaterials and regenerative medicine. Specifically, I am interested in the development of intelligent hybrid carriers, both biological and synthetic, for the delivery of drugs, vaccines and various active molecules. Currently under the mentorship of Dr. Praveen K. Vemula, I am working on the development of next-generation therapeutic strategies for localized treatment of proteolytic diseases.

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January 6, 2012

Kyle Tsang

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I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying Engineering Science majoring in biomedical engineering. After finishing my third year of studies, I joined the Karp lab as a student research intern where I work with Dr. Weian Zhao. My current project deals with improving the homing mechanism of mesenchymal stem cells towards sites of inflammation by engineering them to express certain protein receptors in their membrane. During my one year internship, I hope this invaluable experience will help me gain a better understanding of biomedical research while being involved with projects that will quickly translate to improving the quality of life of currently suffering patients. I have previously worked at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland where I developed a bio-inspired encapsulation method using silica to improve the efficiency of lipase. I also worked at the University of Toronto where I looked at signalling cues that apoptotic osteocytes release to induce osteoclast formation. In my spare time, I enjoy playing chess and go, watching movies, and travelling. I am also a huge sports fanatic and love watching and playing baseball, Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, baseball, golf, skiing, biking, tennis and swimming.

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September 26, 2011

Lara Fu



I am an undergraduate student from University of Toronto, specializing in biomedical engineering. It is definitely a great opportunity for me to work in such a multidisciplinary atmosphere where you see and participate how cutting edge researches are conducted. Currently I am working with Weian and Yukkee on their collaborating project, focusing on the delivery of antitumor drug through microparticles-loaded mesenchymal stem cells. My previous research experience includes working in a kids rehabilitation hospital to detecting electgromyogenic artifacts in prefrontal cortex EEG to potentially benefit the application of brain computer interface (BCI). I also worked on a project in a bionanotechnology laboratory, using quantum dots encoded microbeads to detect non-amplified gDNA samples. Out of work, I enjoy travelling, reading, and movies.

Read more on Lara Fu…

September 26, 2011

Ben Ouyang



I’m a PEY (intern) student from the University of Toronto, majoring in Biomedical Engineering from the Engineering Science program.  I’ll be working in the Karp Lab for a year, and I’m currently working on a drug delivery system for a novel biodegradable elastomer to be applied on ischemic heart tissues after myocardial infarction.  It’s just been two months, and I’m loving it.  Intelligent and fun labmates, and living in a beautiful city (when it’s not raining every day of the week).  I love sports, music, and photography.  I play badminton, volleyball, violin, piano, and with my camera.  And I love eating. om nom nom.

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July 13, 2011

Mónica Beato Coelho



I am a graduate student at MIT Portugal Program, and I am currently conducting my research at Karp Lab. My PhD project focuses on the development of an autologous stem cell-based therapy that can be rapidly translated to the clinic and fully executed within the operating room, thus significantly enhancing current and evolving tissue regeneration therapies. I graduated from New University of Lisbon with a master degree in biomedical engineering. After graduating I worked for two years in an American multinational information technology corporation as consultant for healthcare information system projects, until I decided to pursue a career in something that I love, translational science. Besides science, family and friends, traveling and exploring new places, cooking and eating, painting, reading, kayaking and enjoying the ocean, sunny days and starry nights, are some of the things that keep my life moving. 

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May 27, 2011

How to Write a Paper to Communicate Your Research

March 17, 2011

Yukkee Cheung




I am currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Karp group. I obtained my B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 2005, where I also did undergraduate research under the supervision of Dr. Jose Moran-Mirabal and Prof. Harold Craighead. After that I joined Prof. Samuel Sia’s lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in Columbia University and received my MS and PhD in 2010. I am a native of Hong Kong.

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March 13, 2011

Sriram Kumar Sankaran

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I am an undergraduate majoring in Bioengineering. I wish to pursue a research career in regenerative medicine, specifically in developing  Mesenchymal Stem Cell based therapeutic systems. I strongly believe that, we equipped with these wonderful systems, can cure any disease that are threatening the human kind and  well, seems like we have a long way to go before we sleep!Here in Karp lab, along with Dr. Joseph Phillips and Ms. Rukmani Sridharan, I will be involved in probing MSC homing and ectopic bone growth.

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March 13, 2011

Smruthi Suryaprakash

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I am a third year undergraduate student from NTU, singapore  studying chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. I am currently working with Dr. praveen in developing controlled drug delivery vehicles to make a paradigm shift in the treatment of various illness such as arthritis, brain cancer.Previously I was working in finding the optimal conditions for  Electrospinning of Hyaluronic acid , modifying chitosan to make it thermosensitive . I greatly enjoy the stimulating environment in the lab working  with people with varied expertise. When I am free I love dancing Bharatnatyam which is a classical Indian dance. I also enjoy reading books and trying out new stuff.

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February 6, 2011

Kyungheon Lee



Hi! I’m Kyungheon Lee, a Ph.D student from KAIST, Korea majoring in mechanical engineering.  I’m interested in microscale fluid dynamics , micro fabrication, optics and micro-Total Analysis System.  I joined Geko inspired adhesive project and worked with Dr. Wookyung Cho and Maria. In the Karp Group, I could take a chance to experience several fields, such as chemistry, biology and micro engineering and I could share and get a lot of experience from each field’s experts. It was great time for me!

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February 6, 2011

Cheryl Cui

I joined Dr. Karp’s lab in May 2010, as an intern student. I am an undergraduate Engineering Science student majoring in Biomedical Engineering at University of Toronto. It has been a rewarding year for me working here at Dr. Karp’s Lab, where I met many excellent researchers and inspired by their innovative ideas. Currently, my research focuses on understanding mesenchymal stem cell’s (MSC) immunomodulatory properties with the goal of improving its therapeutic effect in the clinic. Previously, I developed a high content screening platform to quantify mesenchymal stem cell’s osteogenic potential under Professor William Stanford at University of Toronto. Being a part of this multidisciplinary research group has stimulated my interests in translational medicine-orientated biomedical research. In the future, I would like to pursuit in a career in improving medical condition in developing area by bringing bench-top technology to the village.  Apart from research, I travel, anywhere with a vibrate culture, from hundred year-old book store in town to the other side of the globe. Cheers.

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January 30, 2011

Shirley Ma



My name is Shirley Ma and  I am a second year student currently enrolled in Nanotechnology Engineering program at the University of Waterloo (UW) in Waterloo, Canada. Previously, I have worked with Professor Bo Cui on nanofabrication in the cleanroom in Waterloo, through which I gained valuable experience in the semiconductor field. Working in Professor Karp’s lab has brought the excitement of my work experience to another height. Directly mentored by Dr. Sufeng Zhang, I am provided with valuable feedback every day. It is the support, guidance and spirit contributed by all the amazing people in Karp’s lab taught me what it takes to be the pioneers in the medicine research field. I feel very lucky to be guided by Sufeng and be working on nanoparticles for drug delivery. During my spare time, I like swimming, dancing, singing, reading and hanging out with friends.

Read more on Shirley Ma…

January 26, 2011

Vinay Sagar



I’m a fourth year Nanotechnology Engineering student at the University of Waterloo and I am currently working with Dr. Weian Zhao on understanding the homing/trafficking mechanism of mesenchymal stem cells. This eight-month internship will allow me to enhance my knowledge in this field and prepare me for my future endeavours. In my previous internship, I was an intern research assistant at the Quantum Chemistry Laboratory of Hokkaido University where I performed theoretical calculations to better understand the water oxidation mechanism. Before that I was an intern at Facebook on the Internet Marketing team, where I focused on advertiser analytics to predict future advertiser spend. I also enjoy sports, in particular tennis, hockey and basketball.

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January 25, 2011

Thula Kanagenthiran

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 I am currently in my 4A of Biology specializing in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Waterloo. During my 8 months here at Karp’s Lab, i will be working with James Ankrum to understand the many mechanisms involved in mesenchymal stem cell apoptosis. Furthermore, I will be working towards developing drug delivery systems to treat MSC to ultimately increase their survival in vivo. I believe my experience here, will greatly benefit me in pursuing graduate studies in  biomedical sciences. 

Read more on Thula Kanagenthiran…

January 16, 2011

Isaac Roes

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I am currently in my third year of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. During my 8 month internship at Karp Lab I am working with Dr. Chenjie Xu studying mesenchymal stem cell migration under chemoattractant gradients as well as nanoparticle uptake for magnetic resonance imaging. I see my time here as an invaluable research opportunity which will prepare me to be successful in graduate school. My previous research experience focussed on graphene and carbon nanotubes synthesis and functionalization for super capacitor application. When I’m not in the lab I enjoy playing soccer, volleyball, rugby, and working out as well as listening to music and watching movies. 

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January 13, 2011

Sarah LeBlanc



I am an undergraduate student from the University of Waterloo, Canada currently studying Nanotechnology Engineering with a strong interest in the biomedical field.  I am grateful to have this opportunity to take part in such a stimulating and multidisciplinary research environment.  Working with Dr. Weian Zhao, my projects are focused on exploring the immunomodulatory properties of mesenchymal stem cells.  I also have past research experience using MRI diagnostics for the assessment of a cancer vaccine.  In my free time, I enjoy playing ice hockey, running, curling and reading.

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January 13, 2011

Lynna Chen

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I’m an undergraduate student from the University of Waterloo currently working on an internship in Dr. Karp’s Lab. I’m working under Dr. Praveen Kumar Vemula on developing novel encapsulation vehicles for drug delivery. This aligns with my research interests in biomedical engineering, and especially with work that has immediate application. I’m enjoying working in such a motivating atmosphere, and I hope to make most out of the rest of my time here. In the future I hope to gain exposure to related research in an industry setting (and hopefully travel while I do so), before pursuing a graduate degree. Outside of work and school I enjoy skiing, snowboarding, playing tennis and doing parkour. 

Read more on Lynna Chen…

January 13, 2011

Stephen Lawes



Hello, I am an undergraduate student in the Nanotechnology Engineering program at the University of Waterloo working at Karp Lab for 8 months as part of my co-op program. I am working with Woo Kyung Cho and Maria Pereira, designing a novel bioadhesive for internal wound closure. Previously, my research has focused on thin film synthesis and characterization for use in surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices. After graduation in 2013, I will pursue an MBA and would prefer to work in industry. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, soccer, hockey, and golf, as well as reading. I also love to travel.

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January 13, 2011

Vikram R Juneja



I am a graduate student in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology Program, on the Medical Engineering and Medical Physics track, which is a long way to say I’m working towards a PhD from MIT. I started in the Karp Lab in Fall 2010, and am really interested in mesenchymal stem cell biology and therapeutics, as well as cancer biology. I would like to make a positive difference in science and engineering education both domestically and internationally, especially at the elementary level. I am particularly interested in health education in the developing world. I received a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego in mechanical engineering and an MPhil in genetics from the University of Cambridge. I was born and raised in California (seasons are overrated), and am still coming to grips with the fact that we are not walking distance from DC. I enjoy running, spending time with friends, loading the dishwasher methodically, being outdoors, and am trying to learn to cook. Lastly, I really enjoy acronyms, so being a PhD MIT-MEMP in HST, taking classes at HMS and studying MSCs really works well for me.

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August 20, 2010

Xiaolei Yin



Hi, I joined Dr. Karp’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow in July, 2010. My current projects focus on tissue engineering using stem cells and novel biodegradable and biocompatible elastomers, to create biomimetic tissues for therapeutic use. I received my B.Sc. and Ph.D. degree from Peking University in China. During my Ph.D. study, I joined Dr. Hongkui Deng’s lab, where I studied the mechanism of human embryonic stem cells (hESC) self-renewal and then focused on seeking for novel methods to generate human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). The iPS technology is a great breakthrough in regenerative medicine. I think the combination of iPS technology and various tissue engineering approaches will great promote the advance of regenerative medicine in the future, which is also a goal of my study.

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August 20, 2010

Abhijit Majumder

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Hi! I am a collaborative post-doctoral student of Dr. Jeff Karp and Dr. Jyotsna Dhawan (InStem, NCBS India). We are studying the effect of micro-environment on regenerative and differentiation potential of mesenchymal stem cells. We are aiming to develop a ‘smart’ niche where the behavior of the cells can be controlled and triggered. Our approach towards this goal includes micro-fabrication techniques, microfludics and playing with material properties.

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August 20, 2010

Sudhir H. Ranganath




Hi there! Being a Chemical Engineer by training and fascinated by the potential of stem cells as therapeutics, I am at the right place – Karp Lab.

I am a Post Doctoral Fellow (joint appointment) in Dr. Jeffrey Karp’s lab at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology, USA, Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine (inStem), Bangalore, India. This collaborative research is also co-advised by Prof. Maneesha Inamdar (JNCASR) and I joined inStem in August 2010 and hope to spend the next year at the Karp Lab. I intend to develop bioengineering and drug delivery strategies to regulate the human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) secretome in the context of cardiovascular regeneration.

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August 18, 2010

Masashi Haraguchi


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I joined the Karp lab in June, 2010. I am from Japan and graduated from Nagasaki
University School of Medicine in 1990. Nagasaki is located on the western edge of Japan.
Nagasaki University School of Medicine is the cradle of modern medical science in Japan.
I am a broad certified surgeon in gastroenterology and have an interest in regenerative
medicine very much. It’s my great pleasure to get a chance to work in Dr. Karp’s group with
young researchers.

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August 16, 2010

Debanjan Sarkar



I joined the Karp Lab as a postdoctoral associate in August 2007. Prior to this I completed my Bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and polymer science from the University of Calcutta in India. I received my MS and PhD from the University of Akron, Ohio in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. My area of research involves the development of novel polymeric/stem cell systems for applications in regenerative medicine.

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August 11, 2010

Nathaniel Campbell



I am a Technical Research Assistant in Dr. Jeffrey Karp’s laboratory (the Laboratory for Advanced Biomaterials and Stem-Cell-Based Therapeutics) at the Harvard-MIT division of Health Science and Technology.  I came to the Karp Lab after finishing an M.S. and B.A. in chemistry from Brandeis University, where my research focused on developing new asymmetric methodologies for organic synthesis using cinchona alkaloid-derived catalysts.  In Dr. Karp’s group I am developing new hydrogel-based therapies and drug delivery technologies.  Two areas of particular interest to me are biomaterials and drug delivery, so I’m very excited to be researching in the Karp Lab.

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August 11, 2010

Jihan Khan

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Hi! I joined the Karp laboratory on July 2010 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. I am working on developing, synthesizing, and evaluating novel drug-based hydrogels for therapeutic uses. Prior to this I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brandeis University in Prof. Lizbeth Hedstrom’s laboratory where I worked on a medicinal chemistry project designing and systematically developing and synthesizing small molecule inhibitors of Cryptosporidium Parvum in collaboration with Dr. Greg Cuny at Harvard Medical School. Our studies may be highly useful for the development of drug treatments to conquer cryptosporidiosis. I received my Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry from Brandeis University under Prof. Li Deng where I developed several novel asymmetric reactions catalyzed by quinine and quinidine derived organocatalysts which were also discovered in our laboratories. I received my BA in Chemistry in 2003 from Bard College and worked on my senior project with Prof. Hilton Weiss where we developed novel reactions and studied the chemical properties of ferrocenyl fulvenes.

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August 11, 2010

David Miranda-Nieves

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I am an Undergraduate student at MIT. My research interest lies in tissue engineering, biomaterials and regenerative medicine. For this reason, I am majoring in Material Science and Engineering and minoring in Biomedical Engineering.

Having the dream of becoming an influential researcher and coming from Puerto Rico, I will love to develop a world-revolutionizing idea that will influence the Hispanic world. For this reason, I have identified the Harvard-MIT HST program where I will acquire the techniques and abilities in medicine, research and engineering that my career plan requires.

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July 25, 2010

Mary Mu

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Hi, I am an intern from University of Waterloo, Canada, currently pursuing my bachelor’s in Nanotechnology Engineering. I joined Dr. Jeffrey Karp’s lab in January and am currently working with Dr. Chenjie Xu on adhesives for tissue and microfluidic devices for assessment of cell migration. It’s very exciting to be able to work in such a stimulating research environment with all the brilliant people that make up this lab. In my spare time, I enjoy painting, travelling, and popping bubble wrap.

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July 12, 2010

Jens Roat Kultima



A bustling Chinese city, a New Zealand paddock, a Brazilian rainforest and now Jeffrey Karp’s laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School and MIT in Boston. They’re all views that I have seen from my office while working on fascinating and inspiring research!With a background in Bioinformatics, B.Sc and soon M.Sc. from Uppsala University in Sweden, and having done research in five continents I believe my contribution to the research on Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) in Karp’s Laboratory will be of great value.I am currently working together with Chenjie Xu and Mary Mu, investigating properties of nanoparticles to aid the discovery of disease in earlier stages, in order to reduce the effect of various diseases, and hopefully make the world a little bit healthier!I don’t think anyone in the lab has missed that I’m the dance nerd. Dancing West Coast Swing, Blues, Salsa, Tango, Ceroc, Ballroom, Folk and well anything else I can get my hands on, I arrive early in the lab and spend most evenings on the dance floor! Come join! It’s fun! Read more on Jens Roat Kultima…

May 11, 2010

Kayla Simms



Born and raised in the city of Toronto, I have recently joined the Karp Lab as an Undergraduate Intern for two months during the summer of 2010. Thus far, I have completed two years of my Bachelors of Arts and Sciences degree at the University of Guelph, Ontario, with double minors in Biology and Family & Child Studies. In my spare time, I enjoy playing the piano, swimming, drawing, acting, and volunteering with a variety of programs abroad. During March 2008, I traveled to Costa Rica and volunteered at an orphanage in San Jose and in the summer of 2009, I spent four months in Israel where I volunteered as a First Aid Responder in Ramat Gan with Magen David Adom. This summer, I am thrilled to join the Karp Lab and contribute to the many exciting projects this amazing group has to offer!

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May 11, 2010

Abdullah Syed



Hi, I am an intern from the University of Waterloo in Canada studying engineering. At the lab I am working on self assembled hydrogels for controlled release and transdermal drug delivery. In the past I have worked on MEMS (microelectromechanical systems), computational simulations of solids and fluids and most recently on imaging nanowires optically. Combined, my experiences make me feel completely at home in this multidisciplinary lab. I will be trying to do graduate work in one of the fields above and hopefully will be able to decide on one of them :P.

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April 3, 2010

Ilia A. Droujinine



I am a visiting undergraduate student to the Dr. J. Karp Laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. I am joining the lab from the University of Waterloo, Canada. It is a great pleasure to be a part of our multidisciplinary group of researchers, answering the key questions of modern medicine and coming up with unique solutions to meet humans? current healthcare needs. My research interests involve the utilization of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) properties for regenerative medicine. Moreover, I am fascinated by basic questions of MSC behaviour, such as their physiological role and identity, homing, self-renewal, differentiation. My favourite sports are soccer, swimming, skiing, and running. In addition, I highly enjoy reading and traveling.

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April 3, 2010

Namit Kumar

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I am a master’s student from India majoring in Biotechnology and am presently working with Dr. Weian Zhao on a project whereby we seek to elucidate Mesenchymal Stem Cell homing mechanism. It’s been a great learning experience where carrying out research has been fun at all times. I am fascinated by the stream of Stem Cell Biology and seek to expertise in regenerative applications of Stem Cells, that can be translated to pragmatic clinical therapies. Apart from my research, I enjoy adventure sports, Console Gaming, Fast cars and I have a love for gadgets!

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March 4, 2010

Lijie Grace Zhang

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Lijie (Grace) is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Karp’s lab at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. She obtained her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Applied Chemistry from Tianjin University in China. Then she received Edward Mason Fellowship to pursue her Ph.D. at Brown University in 2005. During three and half year’s study at Brown, she got her second M.S. in Chemical Engineering and obtained her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in Dr. Thomas J. Webster’s Nanomedicine lab in January 2009. After graduation, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Kyriacos A. Athanasiou’s Musculoskeletal Bioengineering lab at Rice University.Lijie’s research areas include nanobiomaterials, drug delivery, bone and cartilage tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and biomechanics. She has published 5 invited book chapters, 12 peer-reviewed papers, 7 conference proceedings and has presented her work on over 22 conferences. Moreover, Lijie was the recipient of the Society for Biomaterials STAR Awards in 2007 (Chicago, IL) and in 2009 (San Antonio, TX). She also received the prestigious Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award at Brown and the Sigma Xi Award for Excellent Research in 2009.

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February 22, 2010

Shwetha Mureli

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Hi! I am Shwetha Mureli, an undergraduate from SASTRA University, India. With an enthusiasm to lay the first stepping stones in pursuing a career in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, I joined Dr.Karp’s Lab in January 2010. I will be working here for the next 6 months on the ‘Gecko Adhesive project’ with Maria Nunes Perriera, a graduate student in the lab. My work here would essentially revolve around developing biomaterials suitable for clinical applications. So far my experience in Dr.Karp’s Lab has been really exciting and thought provoking! I hope to make the best of this opportunity which I believe would help me build a firm foundation to further my research interests in this field. Besides academics, I love music, badminton, food and fixing computers!

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February 22, 2010

Joseph A. Phillips



Dr. Joseph A. Phillips received his PhD (2004) in theoretical high-energy physics from the University of Maryland where he studied string theory, extra-dimensional supergravity, and high-spin supersymmetric field theories. He then studied molecular motors involved in actin-based cell motility as a postdoctor in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at the University of Florida. As a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant in Cancer Biology, he applied chemical biology techniques to develop new methods for early detection and diagnosis of cancer in the Shands Cancer Center and Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida.  Dr. Phillips is continuing his postdoctoral training in the Karp lab where he is focused on using in vivo confocal imaging and bioengineering techniques to develop novel mesenchymal stem cell therapies for tissue regeneration.

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August 2, 2009

Dagang Guo

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 Hello! My first name is Dagang. I am a visiting professor in Dr. Karp’s group at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. My current projects focus on the synthesis and characteristic of nature inspired tissue adhesives (collaborating with Dr. Woo Kyung Cho) and the related nano-composite biomaterials. I came from State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi’an Jiaotong University (China), where I gained my PhD in Material Science and Engineering in 2005. I got my faculty position in the same university in 2005, and was promoted to be an associate professor in 2007. I had been granted the program for New Century Excellent Talents of Ministry of Education of China.

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July 7, 2009

Aravind Viswanathan

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A native of India, I came to the United States in 2005. Having finished my high school in New York, I moved to Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, to pursue an education in the field of Biomedical Engineering. I believe that there is no facet of human life that is not touched by the beauty of an engineering application. Moreover, the ever-growing field of Biomedical Engineering, which aims to cure diseases and improve the general life of society, sheds a ray of hope to the billions suffering from various diseases. I am very thrilled at the prospects of working with Dr. Jeffrey Karp and other brilliant scientists who make up this vibrant community. I will be assisting Post Doctoral Associate, Dr. Praveen Kumar Vemula, with his research on drug-delivery. After graduation, I aspire to enter medical school. During my pastime, I enjoy playing tennis, reading books, and spending time with friends and family.

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July 5, 2009

Simon Teo

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I’m Wei Suong, also called Simon. I’m a Malaysian reading Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Here at Karp lab I am doing a 22 weeks internship not just to fulfil my course requirements, but also to experience hands-on research in a research intensive environment. I’m glad to be able to do a small part in advancing our knowledge on stem cells. My hobbies include playing sports and music.

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June 7, 2009

Maisam Dadgar

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I am a native of Massachusetts and am going to be a senior in biomedical engineering at Boston University. Currently, my senior project is designing a new artificial vestibular system. I hope to gain valuable research experience here at Karp Lab. I know many of the things I will experience here will aid me greatly in the future whether I choose to continue with school after graduation or go straight to work.

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June 7, 2009

Joyce Wang

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Through the UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program), I will be working with Post Doctoral Associate, Dr. Praveen Kumar Vemula in Prof. Karp’s lab at the Harvard-MIT division of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School and look forward to being a part of the exciting cutting edge research taking place. I am currently a sophomore at MIT, majoring in biology with aspirations to enter medical school in the future. I enjoy a wide range of activities – being on the exec board of the MIT Undergraduate Biochemistry Association as well as that of New House, volunteering at MGH on the weekends, maintaining my dorm’s IM tennis team, and participating in MIT’s Chamber Music Society. A dedicated pianist of 15 years, I express myself through music and enjoy a wide range of musical styles, especially classical. Hailing from sunny south Florida, I also enjoy playing tennis, going to the beach, and swimming.
I can’t wait to dig my hands in, learn from, and collaborate with the brilliant and talented scientists who make up this lab.

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May 13, 2009

Karp Lab Lunch

April 27 2009GroupLunch02 On this day, the Karp Lab celebrated Dr. Weian Zhao’s recent Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellowship award.In addition, the lunch also served as a farewell for Sebastian Schaefer, a graduate student from Germany. Sebastian Schaefer had been working at the lab during the period lasting from September 2008 to April 2009. He had contributed immensely to the group during this time and was highly valued for his skills in flow cytometry. Sebastian is looking forward to pursuing his Ph.D. in Germany. The Karp Lab wishes you luck and all the best, Sebastian! GroupLunch01GroupLunch03

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May 11, 2009

Wei Li Loh

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Hello! My name is Wei Li, but everyone in the lab addresses me as Loh (it’s simpler that way 🙂 ). I’m an exchange student from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and I major in Bioengineering. I’m here in the Karp Lab to perform my internship for half a year as part of my course requirements back in my university. Having done a previous internship in Singapore, I realised that the working environment in every research institution is as varied as the cells in our body. Doing as many internships as possible before you graduate really helps in preparing oneself for a working life as a researcher.Time has passed really quickly and it’s been 3 months since I joined the lab. I am glad to report that I have learnt a tremendous deal from everyone in the lab and and I’m glad to say that I am enjoying my stint in the Karp Lab a lot.I currently work with Dr. Weian Zhao in promoting the homing efficiency of mesenchymal stem cells through cellular engineering.My interests out of the lab include hanging out with friends, exploring Boston, reading, exercising (running mostly), learning new things and I also do some gaming occasionally.

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May 11, 2009

Ram Krishna Rijal

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I am really excited about my UROP ( Undergraduate research opportunities Program) this summer. I will be working with Post Doctoral Associate, Dr. Woo Kyung Cho in the Karp Lab. I will be helping him create superhydrophobic surfaces. This is my first research at MIT and therefore I am looking forward to having a robust research experience, meeting dedicated and intellectual people and developing maturity.

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February 11, 2009

Georgina Campbell

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I am an undergraduate student from Oxford University and currently at MIT on a 6-month exchange program in order to complete my Masters thesis.  In Oxford I am majoring in Materials Science and I am especially interested in biomaterials and nano-technology.  I am working on an extremely interesting project here in the Karp Lab; developing an animal-inspired biodegradable biocompatible medical adhesive tape.  This will potentially revolutionize future surgical procedures.  I find it fascinating how the animal kingdom can influence the scientifif world.  I also passionately support the promotion of science and innovation and I am actively involved in projects that help bridge the gap between science, business and the general public.

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November 17, 2008

Sebastian Schaefer

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As a graduate student in the “Karp Lab for Advanced Biomaterials and Stem-Cell-Based Therapeutics” I assess characteristics of stem cells and their modifications using flow cytometry. Being involved in many projects, I have the chance to gain valuable insight in many different aspects of working with stem cells and biomaterials.

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August 28, 2008

Weian Zhao

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Hi, I am currently a Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Karp’s group at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. My current projects focus on the interface of stem cells and nanostructured devices towards diagnostics, therapeutics and regenerative medicine.I obtained my Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2008 from McMaster University (Canada), where I studied functional nucleic acid/gold nanoparticle-based biosensors and nanostructures. I completed my M.Sc. degree in Chemistry in 2003 at the Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry at Shandong University (China) and my research was focused on polymer/colloid nanocomposites. Prior to that, I received my B.Sc. degree in Chemistry at Shandong University (China) in 2000.Besides research, I am also interested in soccer, traveling, running, reading and movies.

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July 22, 2008

Stephanie See

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My name is Stephanie See and I’m a sophomore at Wellesley College. I am a double major in Biochemistry and Film and Media Studies and I hope to pursue biomedical research in the future. In my free time I dance with the MIT Ballroom Dance team, play the piano, swim, and spend time with friends in Boston.

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July 3, 2008

Sunny Kim

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Hi, my name is Sunny Kim, and I am rising senior at the Wheatley High School. It’s a delight to be researching at Karp Lab! Last summer, I worked at Polytechnic University to research about the behaviors of various polymers such as the SI-53 for biomedical applications. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, volleyball, the flute, and reading classics. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in the medical field in the future, and I believe anyone who works hard enough can achieve their dreams. As John M. Shanahan once said, “Doors don’t slam open.

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June 10, 2008

Shefa Moten

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My name is Shefa Moten and I am currently a rising sophomore at Clear Creek High School. I am very excited to be working at Karp Lab and pursuing my passions for biology and engineering. Previously, I have worked on projects in fields ranging from tissue engineering to nanotechnology. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, reading, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.

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June 9, 2008

Ruchika Aggarwal

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Hi I am Ruchika Aggarwal, a Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology undergraduate from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Delhi), India. I have just completed my sophomore year and am working on a very interesting project on stem cell rolling at the Karp Lab for the summer. A few of the large number of things I love to do are skate, shop, dance, sing and explore new places with friends.

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March 10, 2008

Recent News

 Eoin O’Cearbhaill awarded first prize for the best poster presentation at the MIT Sloan BioInnovation 

Praveen Kumar Vemula awarded Ramalingaswami Re-Entry Fellowship from Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India 

Dr. Karp is named a Champion of Healthcare by the Boston Business Journal

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January 28, 2008

Bernice Huang


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Hi! I am a sophomore studying biological engineering at MIT and am excited to work in the Karp lab on stem cell engineering, especially because of its promise to improve lives through ground-breaking treatments in the medical field. In my free time, I enjoy reading, travel, exercise (occasionally =) ), and volunteering on the campus ambulance, although I am always up for trying new things and meeting new people.

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January 27, 2008

Amrita Karambelkar


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Hi, my name is Amrita Karambelkar and I am a freshman at MIT, hoping to major in Chemical and Biological Engineering. I am pre-med, and I want to go to medical school after graduation. Because of my academic and career interests, the research at the HST department is very interesting to me. I am thrilled to be working as a UROP at the Karp lab, because I really enjoy research and hands-on learning. In my spare time, I love reading, being with friends, dancing, and playing all kinds of sports, especially basketball.

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January 25, 2008

Fiona Yuen

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Hi, I’m a junior at MIT, majoring in mechanical engineering (the biology track). I’m hoping either to go into medical school or into biomedical engineering. I like to sing although I’m bad at it, to play World of Warcraft, and to read for fun.

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January 21, 2008

Crystal Mao

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I’m currently enjoying the frigid New England winters while studying bioengineering and management science at MIT. The cutting edge stem cell work that is going on in the Karp lab is all extremely exciting, and I am especially motivated by the prospect of applying novel engineering approaches towards treatments that can directly and immediately benefit patients. I am also interested in the policy side of everything that is health and healthcare related. Originally from Northern California, other loves include figure skating, literature, macs, lively debate, cafe culture, and (the perennial weakness of all girls) shoes.

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January 19, 2008

Jasmine Kamboj


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I joined Dr. Karp’s lab as a Graduate Research Associate in January 2008. Prior to this, I completed my bachelor’s in Medicine at the AFMC, Pune in India. I also worked at the Wheaton Franciscan Hospital in Milwaukee for three months in the Department of Internal Medicine, Immunology and Paediatrics. My areas of interest include stem cell based therapeutics, development of novel Polymeric/ stem cell systems for applications in Regenerative Medicine, Gamma Imaging and Bispecific Antibody Modulation. On the clinical side my field of interest is Radiology and Radiodiagnosis.

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November 26, 2007

Cecilia Granéli


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I joined the Karp in September 2007 from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg Sweden. I’m writing my master thesis in Bioengineering during a 5 months visit to HST and Boston. I have focused my studies on protein engineering, immunology and tissue engineering and I am very passionate about so called BioPharma and stem cells therapy. It is somewhere within these areas of research I aim to work after graduating. I am enjoying my stay in Boston and spend my free time discovering the city and New England.

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October 22, 2007

Timothy Lee


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My name is Tim Lee and I’m very excited to be working at the Karp Lab. I am a freshman at MIT and hope to double major in biology and economics with the intention of going to medical school. I have lived in Natick, MA for most of my life and like to play sports, watch TV, and study.

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October 6, 2007

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October 6, 2007

Dawn Spelke

[photopress:Gvlta_091607_003.jpg,full,alignright]Dawn Spelke <>Hi! My name is Dawn and I am currently a Junior at MIT majoring in Bioengineering and minoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. I am interested in the application of fusing stem cells to solve medical problems through tissue engineering and regeneration approaches – what the Karp Lab is all about. I plan on pursuing a PhD in Bioengineering after I graduate, although where I would like to go is something I haven’t quite figured out yet. Outside of the lab, I am very involved in the undergraduate BE student board, am a member of TBP, and volunteer at MGH. Finally, in what little free time I have, I enjoy reading, listening to music, shopping, and playing IM sports.

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October 5, 2007

Shan Tie

I’m majoring in chemical-biological engineering and probably a minor in brain
and cognitive science. I was interested in doing research in Karp Lab because
I’m drawn to both the materials synthesis and engineering along with developing
biological applications of these materials.

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September 9, 2007


August 26, 2007


Nuts and Bolts of Academic Job Search – by Jeff Karp

August 26, 2007


August 26, 2007


Postdoc Fellowships

Graduate Fellowships

BMES Engineering & Science Career Network online job placement service

Surgical Video Library


NIH Grant Review Process

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August 26, 2007


Jeff Borenstein – Director of the Biomedical Engineering Center, Draper Laboratory (nanofabrication)


Christopher V. Carman – Assistant professor, Beth Israel Deaconess (Molecular & Vascular Medicine)


David Carter – Draper Laboratory (nano/microfabrication)

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August 26, 2007


We have over 750 sq. ft. of laboratory space in the Partners Research Building at 65 Landsdowne Street, on the Harvard campus and office space adjacent to the main laboratory. Spearate office space is available to podtdoctoral fellows, technicians, and graduate students.

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August 26, 2007



One of the fundamental problems in drug-delivery is striking a balance between toxicity and therapeutic effect. Hydrogels have been widely applied as intelligent carriers in controlled drug-delivery systems. Self-assembled hydrogel-based drug-delivery has been hindered by the unknown fate of the host gelator after the gel degradation. Thus, we propose a conceptually novel approach to address these limitations. The existing ambiguity can be substantially decreased by designing prodrug-based LMWGs from existing drugs whose metabolic pathways are well documented (See Figure below).

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August 26, 2007

Medical Devices

In collaboration with Alex Slocum and Erik Bassett at MIT, we have developed a new needle sensing device that can detect travel of needles through various tissues. This can be used to significantly reduce complications associated with placement of needles, wires and catheters.

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August 26, 2007

Stem Cell Engineering


We are working towards development of intraoperative autologous stem cell based therapeutics that can be performed rapidly under emergent situations (e.g., within emergency room or battlefield settings).

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August 26, 2007



Cell rolling is an important physiological and pathological process that is used to recruit specific cells in the bloodstream to a target tissue. This process may be exploited for biomedical applications to capture and separate specific cell types. One of the most commonly studied proteins that regulate cell rolling is P-selectin. By coating surfaces with this protein, biofunctional surfaces that induce cell rolling can be prepared.

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August 26, 2007

Maeve Cullinane

[photopress:maeve.jpg,thumb,alignright]Hi! I’m Maeve and I am a high school senior . I enjoy learning about math and science. I am also an avid recycling fan, and a co-founder of my school’s recycling club. I encourage anyone reading this to remember to recycle and also to adopt an animal in need from your local shelter!

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August 26, 2007

Le Wut Yee


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My name is Le. I’m currently a sophomore at MIT, studying Chemical and Biological Engineering. I hope to go to graduate school or medical school after my undergraduate studies. I’m from Myanmar (aka Burma) and my family moved to U.S. when I was in tenth grade. I like being outdoors, playing tennis, and swimming (only for fun :P).

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August 26, 2007

Alan Leung


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Hi, I am a sophomore at MIT, majoring in Chemical-Biological Engineering. I am interested in doing research that have applications to help people’s lives. I would like to go to graduate school after my undergraduate studies. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, frisbee, ping pong, and reading.

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