Graduate Students

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Raquel Cunha

I am Raquel Cunha and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Bioengineering from MIT Portugal Program.  The goal of my PhD is to develop clinical grade stem cell-based therapies with enhanced regeneration potential. My project is being developed as collaboration between Karp’s lab and Wyss Institute, Boston, and Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) from University of Lisbon, Portugal. My background is an Integrated Master in Biological Engineering at IST, Portugal. As personal interests, I like hiking, volleyball and travelling.

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Peter Anthony Jones

Peter Anthony Jones is a graduate student pursuing his M.S. in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics through the HST MEMP program at Harvard Medical School and MIT. He joined Karp Lab in 2014 as a researcher and is currently building an in vitro biomimetic model of the islets of Langerhans for diabetes. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, a Bachelor of Arts in International Business Administration from the American University of Paris, and a Masters-level Certificate in Classical Vocal Performance from the Conservatoire Jean-Philippe Rameau in Paris, France. Peter has spent two years as a medical device engineer. Notably, he worked for six months as an intern on the orthopedics product development team at DePuy Mitek Sports Medicine (part of Johnson & Johnson). He also has five years of international experience in strategy consulting, sales and marketing. Peter is bilingual in French and conversant in Spanish. He enjoys hiking and nature and is an avid archer.

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Benjamin Elliott Mead

Hello, I’m a graduate student in the Harvard-MIT Medical Engineering and Medical Physics PhD program. My research interests revolve around regenerative medicine, specifically in the application of novel stem cell technologies towards the development of translational therapies. I received my bachelors degree in Chemical & Biological Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and have previously worked with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and National Institute of Standards and Technology. In addition to research, I enjoy any and all outdoor activities (hiking, cycling, skiing, etc..) as well as photography and traveling.

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Kelvin Songyu Ng

Yes, Kelvin is my real name and my parents probably did intend for me to become a scientist obsessed about the thermodynamics of everything, even medicine, which, indeed, is the gist of Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology, isn’t it? Here in the Karp Lab where opportunities abound, I hold dear to my training in biomaterials and drug delivery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, so I’m only tinkering with cell therapy, medical devices, and molecular sensors. Naturally, my PhD thesis focuses on strategies for translating extracellular vesicles as a therapy. And because no man is an island, I partly work through collaborations with industry and other academic groups including the Wyss Institute. Counting my hyphens as I write, which many scientists should, I solve my perpetual problem of work-life(-sleep) balance mathematically by culinary exploration, badminton, table tennis, church, travel, socializing via LinkedIn, and navigating my mind palace the Sherlock Holmes way.