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Department of Biomedical Engineering


Our group develops new platform technologies for cell and gene therapy. To this end, we converge knowledge and techniques of cell/gene/tissue engineering, drug delivery, biomaterials, micro/macro-fluidic bioreactors, transport phenomena, chemical kinetics, computational biology, and bioprocess engineering. Our lab collaborates extensively with biology and clinical experts in hematology, oncology, rheumatology, surgery, and infectious disease to design and execute IND-enabling studies in support of human trials. Animal models of these disease areas are created in-house and pre-clinical studies of experimental therapeutics are performed using advanced principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. The research is conducted with a mindfulness of regulatory science and intellectual property for potential opportunities to translate the work with industrial partners or as a new venture.


•    Translational Pioneer Award in Cell & Gene Therapy, Finalist (2016)
•    Top Innovators Under 35, MIT Technology Review, Finalist (2015)
•    Associate Scientific Advisor, Science Translational Medicine (2014)
•    Young Mentor of the Year Award, Harvard Medical School (2013)
•    Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), National Institutes of Health, Office of the White House (2011)
•    Invited Graduation Speaker, Harvard-MIT Division of HST (2008)
•    Graduate Research Award, Biomedical Engineering Society (2007)
•    Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2003)
•    Intramural Research Training Award, NIH/Whitaker Foundation (2002)

Professional Affiliations

•    Co-Founder, Director, Sentien Biotechnologies, Inc.
•    Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Affiliated Faculty
•    Broad Institute, Affiliated Faculty
•    American Society of Cell and Gene Therapy
•    Biomedical Engineering Society
•    Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Affiliated Faculty


•    PhD, Chemical and Medical Engineering, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, 2008
•    MD Studies, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, 2005-2007
•    BS, Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2003