Co-founding Leadership Team

Katerina Mantzavinou

Katerina Mantzavinou

PhD Candidate, Medical Engineering (HST)

Katerina is a PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program, and a trainee at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research where she designs implantable devices to treat peritoneal cancer metastasis. She has a long-standing interest in international development and cost-effective healthcare. Along with Bryan Ranger, she has taught a class on low-cost prosthetic technologies with the MIT D-Lab, and has worked with MIT Hacking Medicine and the MGH Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies to promote healthcare innovation around the world.

Bryan Ranger

Bryan Ranger

PhD Candidate, Medical Engineering (HST)

Bryan is a PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program, and is completing his graduate research jointly in the Biomechatronics group of the MIT Media Lab and Device Realization Lab at MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science. He is passionate about global health and innovation, having worked on projects in Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, the WHO, and USAID. He is a co-instructor for an MIT D-Lab class on low-cost prosthetic technologies along with Katerina Mantzavinou, and has worked with MIT Hacking Medicine and the MGH Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies to promote healthcare innovation in the US and abroad.

Sam Rodriques

Sam Rodriques

PhD Candidate, Physics

Sam is a PhD candidate in physics at MIT, working with Ed Boyden in the Synthetic Neurobiology group at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on developing tools that will ultimately be needed for the development of a broad understanding of the brain, its functions, and its pathologies.

Abby Schiff

Abby Schiff

MD/PhD Candidate, HST

Abby is an MD-PhD student in Immunology at Harvard Medical School, and works with Prof. Doug Kwon at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. Her research focuses on finding host-directed therapies to prevent active tuberculosis in people with HIV. She has an enduring interest in global health, with past experience internationally in Chile and South Africa and domestically with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and the Student Global AIDS Campaign.

Hok Hei Tam

Hok Hei Tam

PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering

Hok Hei in a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering at MIT and works in Prof. Dan Anderson’s lab at the Koch Institute.

MIT Student Team

Emma Costa is a MIT undergraduate student pursuing a major in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and a minor in Computer Science. While she gave up long ago on being a pre-med, Emma has always been drawn to solving healthcare-related problems and sought out CHI to work with like-minded people. Emma is a new addition to the CHI team, and she is excited to be in a position to get undergraduate students involved in the discourse about how to make healthcare more widely affordable.

 

Community Team

Lindsay Brownell

Lindsay Brownell

Lindsay Brownell is a graduate of MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing and currently a freelance science writer based in Cambridge. After a brief foray into the finance world, she decided she would prefer to pretend to be a graduate student forever, leading her to join CHI. She is focused on crafting CHI’s brand and messaging, managing the website, and handling other issues that arise when engineers try to communicate.
Nicollete Izakovic

Nicollete Izakovic

Nicollete Izakovic is a graduate student in the Global Studies department at Northeastern University. She is currently co-founder and President of GGSO, the Global Graduate Student Organization at Northeastern, where our goal is to create a community among domestic, international and online students. Nicollete is a new member of CHI and she looks forward to working on more events and conferences with the team as well as bringing together GGSO and CHI to support student groups in the greater Boston area.