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2018 MIT AI in Life Sciences and Healthcare Conference

December 4-5, 2018
 
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Dimitris Bertsimas
Boeing Professor of Operations Research
Co-Director, Operations Research Center (ORC)
Faculty Director, Master of Business Analytics
MIT Sloan School of Management
Interpretable AI
Day 2, 10:00 - 10:30
Dimitris Bertsimas is the Boeing Professor of Operations Research, the codirector of the Operations Research Center, and faculty director of the Master of Business analytics at MIT. His research interests include optimization, machine learning and applied probability and their applications in health care, finance, operations management, and transportation. Bertsimas has coauthored more than 200 scientific papers and four graduate level textbooks. He is the editor in Chief of INFORMS Journal of Optimization. He has supervised 67 doctoral students and is currently supervising 25 others. Bertsimas is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an INFORMS fellow, and has received numerous prestigious research and teaching awards. He holds an SM in applied mathematics and a PhD in operations research from MIT.
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Richard Braatz
Edwin R Gilliland Professor of Chemical Engineering
Faculty Research Officer
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
Richard D. Braatz joined the MIT Chemical Engineering Department as the Edwin R. Gilliland Professor. Before coming to MIT, Braatz was the Millennium Chair and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of IlIinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been recognized internationally as a leader in process systems and control engineering. Professor Braatz brings to MIT a unique blend of fundamental controls theory, multiscale modeling, and challenging applications.
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Ellie Chabi
Therapeutic Area Head - Glaucoma & Neuroprotection,
Lead, Artificial Intelligence Programs - Global Biomedical Science,
Santen Pharmaceutical
Ellie Chabi, MD is the Therapeutic Area Head for Glaucoma & Neuroprotection as well as the Lead for Artificial Intelligence Programs within Global Biomedical Science at Santen Pharmaceutical. Prior to joining Santen, she was at Genentech in late-stage ophthalmology. Chabi began her pharmaceutical career at Merck in the Neuroscience & Ophthalmology Clinical Research Group, working on a range of projects within Ophthalmology, as well as Neuroscience. In addition to experiences in drug and device development, Chabi has been extensively involved in due diligences for Business Development and Venture Capital teams. She is currently serving as a board observer for several companies. Chabi received her undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Wisconsin. In addition to residency training in ophthalmology and surgical fellowship training in Cornea & External Disease, she completed an ophthalmology research fellowship at Cornell University, as well as a bioentrepreneurship program at the University of California-San Francisco and Aresty Scholar Executive Education program at Wharton.
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James Collins
Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science
MIT Department of Biological Engineering
James Collins is the Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering & Science and professor of biological engineering at MIT, as well as a Member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology Faculty. He is also a core founding faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and an institute member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Collins is one of the founders of the field of synthetic biology, and his patented technologies have been licensed by over 25 biotech, pharma, and medical devices companies. He has helped to launch a number of companies, including Synlogic (NASDAQ: SYBX), EnBiotix, Sample6 Technologies, and Senti Biosciences, and has received numerous awards and honors, including a Rhodes Scholarship, a MacArthur "Genius" Award, an NIH Director's Pioneer Award, the Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Award, as well as several teaching awards. Collins is an elected member of all three national academies - the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine - as well as the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, and the World Academy of Sciences.
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Susan Conover
Cofounder and CEO
LuminDx
Susan Conover is the cofounder and CEO at LuminDx, Inc., a company identifying skin disease instantly using deep learning. She attended MIT in the system design and management Master’s program in 2015. Her background is in mechanical engineering from UT Austin and management consulting at Oliver Wyman, and her experience being diagnosed with melanoma 3 times catalyzed her to start this company.
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Ryan Davis
CEO, Secure AI Labs
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Charles Fracchia
Founder & CEO, BioBright
Charles Fracchia is founder and CEO at BioBright, a company building smart laboratory tools to improve reproducibility in biomedical research. BioBright has been featured in Scientific American, the innovators under 35 in MIT Tech Review, BioIT World, and SLAS. Fracchia did his graduate work between the MIT Media Lab and Harvard Medical School and obtained his BSc from Imperial College London.

Fracchia has presented his work at venues including the White House, MIT Sloan, NASA Ames, IBM Research, Airbus, O'Reilly and SciFoo. Over the years, the work has been sponsored by DARPA, NSF, Alphabet's X (formerly Google X), Knight Foundation, and Templeton Foundation.
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Ernest Fraenkel
Associate Professor of Biological Engineering
Associate Member, Broad Institute
MIT Department of Biological Engineering
Ernest Fraenkel is a professor of biological engineering at MIT. His laboratory seeks to understand diseases from the perspective of systems biology. They develop computational and experimental approaches for finding new therapeutic strategies by analyzing molecular networks and clinical and behavioral data. Fraenkel received his PhD in biology from MIT after graduating summa cum laude from Harvard College with an AB in chemistry and physics.
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Polina Golland
Henry Ellis Warren (1894) professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Polina Golland is a Henry Ellis Warren (1894) professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a principal investigator at MIT CSAIL. Her primary research interest is in developing novel techniques for medical image analysis and understanding. With her students, Golland has demonstrated novel approaches to image segmentation, shape analysis, functional image analysis and population studies. She has served as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging and of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis. Golland is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Image Analysis. She is a Fellow of the International Society for Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions.
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Martha Gray
J. W. Kieckhefer Professor of Health Sciences and Technology
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT
Dr. Martha Gray has a multifaceted career in which she has built programs to drive biomedical technology innovation, conducted research to better understand and prevent osteoarthritis, led a preeminent academic unit, and served the profession through work with organizations and institutions. Trained in computer science and electrical and biomedical engineering, and serving as an MIT faculty for nearly three decades, Dr. Gray has held numerous leadership positions. For 13+ years, she directed the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), an academic unit with multiple research and training programs for careers in medicine, business, and research. She currently directs two multi-institutional MIT ventures, the IMPACT program and the M+Vision Consortium, that focus on accelerating and deepening early-career researchers’ potential for impact. Over the course of these efforts, Gray and her team developed a principled methodology for needs identification and opportunity development. Her earlier research centered on ways to non-destructively visualize cartilage macromolecules in vivo and in vitro. Many in industry and academia are now using the MR method developed by her group, known as dGEMRIC.
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Sheryl Greenberg
Program Director
MIT Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
Sheryl Greenberg initiates and promotes the interactions and development of relationships between academic and industrial entities to facilitate the transfer of new ideas and technologies between MIT and companies, and has created numerous successful partnerships. By understanding the business, technology, and commercial problems within a company, and understanding the technologies and expertise of MIT researchers, Greenberg identifies appropriate resources and expertise to foster new technology applications and collaborative opportunities.

Prior to MIT, Greenberg created and directed the Office of Technology Transfer at Brandeis University. In the process of managing intellectual property protection, marketing, and licensing, she has promoted the successful commercialization of technologies as diverse as new chemicals and manufacturing, biotechnology, food compositions, software, and medical devices. She facilitated the founding and funding of new companies, as well as creating a profitable technology transfer program. She also facilitated the patenting, marketing, and licensing of Massachusetts General Hospital technologies. In addition to her cellular, biochemical, and genetic research experience in academic and corporate environments, she has also created intellectual property for medical uses. Greenberg has been an independent intellectual property and business development consultant, is a U.S. Patent Agent, and has previously served the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as Co-Chair of the Islet Research Program Advisory Committee and grant reviewer. She currently also mentors startup companies and facilitates partnering them with large life science and healthcare companies.
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Stephen Harrison
SVP and Chief Scientific Officer
Engine Biosciences
Stephen Harrison joined Engine in May 2016 with over 20 years’ tenure in biotechnology and pharmaceutical R&D. Prior to Engine, he was CSO at Relypsa, where he developed a pipeline of gut-restricted polymer therapeutics. Before that, Harrison was VP of Research Biology at Nektar Therapeutics, a leader in polymer conjugate therapeutics, where he managed global oncology and pain research efforts for four years. Prior to Nektar, he was SVP of Research at KAI Pharmaceuticals. Harrison holds a PhD in molecular biology and an MA and BA in biochemistry, all from University of Cambridge, England.
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Javier Hernandez
Research Scientist
Affective Computing Group
MIT Media Lab
Javier Hernandez is a Research Scientist at the Affective Computing group of the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Emotional Navigation and Onsite Stress Measurement special interest groups. Hernandez is also founder and CEO of Global Vitals LLC, an MIT Media Lab spin-off with the goal of democratizing physiological sensing. His research is focused on the development of emotionally intelligent tools to further the understanding of humans while fostering greater health and quality of life, including contributions to daily life stress and the use of technology to improve its measurement, understanding, and management. Hernandez holds a PhD from the MIT Media Lab and an MS from the Robotics Institute at CMU. He was the recipient of the best student paper at the EAI International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare in 2014, best poster award at the IEEE Conference on Body Sensor Networks in 2015, and honorable mention awards at EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare in 2015, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in 2015, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in 2016, and International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services in 2016.
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Klavs Jensen
Warren K Lewis Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
Klavs F. Jensen is the Warren K Lewis Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. He received his chemical engineering education from the Technical University of Denmark (M.Sc.) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D.). His research interests revolve around microfabrication, testing, and integration of microsystems for chemical and biological discovery, synthesis and processing. Catalysis, chemical kinetics and transport phenomena related to processing of materials for biomedical, electronic, energy conversion, and optical applications are also topics of interest along with development of simulation approaches for reactive chemical and biological systems.

Professor Jensen is the co-author of more than 500 journal and conference publications as well as several edited volumes and 26 US patents. He serves on advisory boards to universities, companies, professional societies, and governments. He is the recipient of several awards, including a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Allan P. Colburn, Charles C.M. Stine, R.H. Wilhelm, and W.H. Walker Awards of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Professor Jensen is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Science. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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Dina Katabi
Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Director, Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT)
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Dina Katabi is the Andrew & Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the director of MIT’s Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT). Katabi is also a MacArthur Fellow and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering. She received her PhD and MS from MIT and her BS from Damascus University. Katabi has received the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, the Faculty Research Innovation Fellowship, the Sloan Fellowship, the NBX Career Development chair, and the NSF CAREER award. Katabi's doctoral dissertation won an ACM Honorable Mention award and a Sprowls award for academic excellence. Further, her work was recognized by the IEEE William R. Bennett prize, three ACM SIGCOMM Best Paper awards, an NSDI Best Paper award, the SIGCOMM Test-of-Time award, and a TR10 award for her work on the sparse Fourier transform. Several start-ups have been spun out of Katabi's lab, such as PiCharging and Emerald.
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Manolis Kellis
Professor, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
Institute Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Manolis Kellis is a professor of computer science at MIT, an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a member of MIT's CSAIL, and head of the MIT Computational Biology Group. His research spans disease genetics, epigenomics, gene circuitry, non-coding RNAs, comparative genomics, and phylogenomics. Kellis has helped direct several large-scale genomics projects, including the Roadmap Epigenomics project, the ENCODE project, the Roadmap Epigenomics Project, the Genotype Tissue-Expression (GTEx) project, and comparative genomics projects in mammals, flies, and yeast. He has received multiple prestigious career and industry awards, including the US Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) by US President Barack Obama. He has authored over 190 journal publications, which have been cited more than 70,000 times. Kellis studied and conducted research at MIT, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and the Cold Spring Harbor Lab.
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Aditya Khosla
Cofounder and CTO, PathAI
Aditya Khosla recently completed his PhD in machine learning and computer vision at MIT. He also holds an MS from Stanford and a BS from Caltech. In his research, Khosla developed new methods for an array of applications in computer vision, including eye-tracking, prediction of image memorability, and visualization of deep networks. He is the recipient of a Facebook Fellowship, and his work has been widely covered by various media outlets, including BBC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Khosla has published over 30 papers in the fields of deep learning, computer vision, and neuroscience.
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Cory Kidd
CEO and Founder, Catalia Health
Cory Kidd is the founder and CEO of Catalia Health, a patient care management company. The company develops a hardware and software platform that uses a combination of psychology and artificial intelligence to engage patients through interactive conversations. These conversations happen through mobile, web, and interactive robotic interfaces; together these interfaces create a relationship that can reach patients at any time they need support. The data reported back through the system gives Catalia Health’s customers valuable information to understand the daily activities and needs of their patients.

Kidd is a serial entrepreneur who has been working in healthcare technology for nearly two decades. He received his MS and PhD at the MIT Media Lab in human-robot interaction and his BS in computer science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Karl Koster
Executive Director
MIT Corporate Relations
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Day 1, 9:00 - 9:10
Karl Koster is the executive director of MIT Corporate Relations. MIT Corporate Relations includes the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrated 69 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2017, and MIT Startup Exchange.

In that capacity, Koster and his staff work with the leadership of MIT and senior corporate executives to design and implement strategies for fostering corporate partnerships with the Institute. Koster and his team have also worked to identify and design a number of major international programs for MIT, which have been characterized by the establishment of strong, programmatic linkages among universities, industry, and governments. Most recently these efforts have been extended to engage the surrounding innovation ecosystem, including its vibrant startup and small company community, into MIT's global corporate and university networks.

Koster also served as the Chairman of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), an organization that seeks to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and corporations.

Koster graduated from Brown University with a BA in geology and economics, and received an MS from MIT Sloan School of Management. At MIT Sloan he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Koster worked as a management consultant in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
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Aude Oliva
Executive Director, MIT Quest for Intelligence
MIT Executive Director at the MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab
Principal Research Scientist, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Aude Oliva is the MIT Executive Director of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab and the Executive Director of the MIT Quest for Intelligence, an MIT-wide initiative which seeks to discover the foundations of human and machine intelligence and deliver transformative new technology for humankind. Her research program is cross-disciplinary, spanning human perception and cognition, computer vision, and cognitive neuroscience, focusing on research questions at the intersection of the three domains.
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Matthew Osman
Cofounder and CEO, Legit
Before cofounding Legit, Matthew Osman was the youngest Vice President at a $1 billion structured credit hedge fund in London, where he specialized in credit strategies and tax structuring. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2015 and has a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Oxford.

An operating system for R&D powered by AI
Legit uses Natural Language Processing to interpret free text descriptions of a product, idea, or technology and then compares that description against 100 million pieces of technical literature, internal documentation, and customer requests. Legit is able to provide quantitative feedback on how differentiated products are from what already exists and how closely they align with market needs. Through this approach, Legit increases R&D efficiency, creates timely close-loop communication between R&D and customers, and allows for unprecedented real-time transparency into R&D spend and efforts.
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Leila Pirhaji
Founder & CEO, ReviveMed
Leila Pirhaji is founder and CEO of ReviveMed with a PhD in biological engineering from MIT. During her PhD in Professor Ernest Fraenkel's Lab, Perhaji developed a pioneering AI platform to overcome difficulties of leveraging metabolomics for drug discovery, which was published in Nature Methods. She then founded ReviveMed to bring this technology to market, which is now a venture-backed startup focusing on discovering therapeutics for metabolic diseases using AI. Previously, Pirhaji worked at top research institutes, such as ETH Zurich, as well as large pharmaceutical companies, including Merck and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Her work has received several prestigious awards and has been featured in media outlets including TechCrunch.
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Andrew M. Radin
Cofounder and Chief Marketing Officer, twoXAR
Andrew M. Radin is cofounder and Chief Marketing Officer of twoXAR, a company dedicated to transforming how large biological datasets are harnessed to accelerate the identification and validation of new medicines. As Chief Marketing Officer of twoXAR, Radin is focused on understanding the market, identifying partners, and communicating the business. He formerly worked as an investor in venture and private equity funds at Macquarie Bank and has designed, built, and managed several small organizations. Radin also cofounded a mobile platform startup while at MIT. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, a BS in biochemistry and cell biology from UC San Diego, and a BA in economics from UC San Diego.
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Andrew A. Radin
Cofounder and CEO, twoXAR
Andrew A. Radin is cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of twoXAR, a company dedicated to transforming how large biological datasets are harnessed to accelerate the identification and validation of new medicines. Radin developed the company's proprietary algorithm and leads product development. Prior to co-founding twoXAR, Radin held Chief Technology Officer roles at several early stage companies where he managed teams as large as a hundred technologists distributed around the world. Radin studied biomedical informatics in Stanford University's SCPD graduate program and holds an MS and BS in computer science from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
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John Roberts
Director, Corporate Relations
MIT Industrial Liaison Program
John Roberts joined the Office of Corporate Relations in September, 2013 as Senior Industrial Liaison Officer. He was promoted to Associate Director, Corporate Relations in September 2016.

Roberts comes to OCR with many years of experience as an expert process chemist, a project manager, an alliance manager, and with cross-functional leadership experience in large pharmaceutical companies and biotech companies. In the five years prior to joining the OCR, he worked at Sirtris (a division of GlaxoSmithKline) in Cambridge as VP Pharmaceutics & Strategy. Prior to that, he spent nine years in various roles including four years as Scientific Manager, Outsourced Projects US for GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Before that, he was at Eisai Research Institute in Andover as Senior Scientist and at Procept Inc. in Cambridge as Principal Investigator, Medicinal Chemistry.

Roberts holds a B.A. Chemistry from Clark University in Worcester, MA and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from MIT where his advisor was the late Professor Satoru Masamune. His Thesis title was "Total Synthesis of Bryostatin 7." Roberts is fluent in Portuguese and has co-authored many publications and patents.
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Pratik Shah
Principal Research Scientist
Health 0.0
MIT Media Lab
Dr. Pratik Shah is a Principal Research Scientist at The MIT Media Lab. His research program creates novel intersections between engineering, medical imaging, machine learning, and medicine to improve health outcomes for patients. Ongoing research areas: 1) artificial intelligence and machine learning methods for the detection of cancer biomarkers using standard photographs vs. expensive medical images; 2) unorthodox artificial intelligence algorithms to design optimal and faster clinical trials to reduce adverse effects on patients; and 3) point-of-care medical technologies for real world data and evidence generation to improve public health. Past acknowledgments include the American Society for Microbiology’s Raymond W. Sarber National Award, a Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospitals ECOR Fund for Medical Discovery postdoctoral fellowship, coverage by leading national and international news media outlets. Dr. Shah has been an invited discussion leader at Gordon Research Seminars; a speaker at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Gordon Research Conferences, and IEEE bioengineering conferences; and a peer reviewer for leading scientific publications and funding agencies. Dr. Shah has a BS, MS, and a PhD in biological sciences and completed fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Harvard Medical School.
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Alex Shalek
Pfizer-Laubach Career Development Assistant Professor
Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, Department of Chemistry, and Koch Institute, MIT
Ragon Institute | Broad Institute | HMS | MGH
Alex K. Shalek is the Pfizer-Laubach Career Development Assistant Professor at MIT, as well as a core member of IMES, an assistant professor of chemistry, and an extramural member of The Koch Institute. He is also an associate member of the Ragon and Broad Institutes, an assistant in immunology at MGH, and an instructor in HST at HMS. His research is directed towards the development and application of new technologies that facilitate understanding of how cells collectively perform systems-level functions in healthy and diseased states. Dr. Shalek received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Columbia University and his PhD from Harvard University in chemical physics under the guidance of Hongkun Park, and performed postdoctoral training under Hongkun Park and Aviv Regev (Broad/MIT).
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Erik Vogan
Program Director, MIT Corporate Relations Industrial Liaison Program
Erik Vogan joined the Office of Corporate Relations on June 1, 2015.

Erik brings to the Office of Corporate Relations numerous years of experience in big data and analytics, business development and partnering, and research and technology development, particularly in the areas of biotechnology and life sciences. Prior to joining the Office of Corporate Relations, Erik worked as a consultant to Boston-area venture capital and biotechnology companies and was a cofounder of Krypton Immuno-oncology.

At Beryllium Discovery Corporation, Erik was Vice President of Drug Discovery, leading functions in Business Development and Research. At Permeon Biologics, Erik founded the research laboratory and served as Director, Protein Sciences. Prior to that, Erik held positions as Head of Structural Biology at Acceleron Pharma and Senior Scientist at Wyeth Research.

Erik earned his B.S. in Genetics at the University of California, Davis and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Brandeis University working with Gregory Petsko, followed by postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Stephen C. Harrison at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital, Boston. Erik recently completed his MBA at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

He has numerous patents, publications, and presentations to his credit.
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Rebecca Xiong
Program Director, MIT Startup Exchange
Dr. Rebecca Xiong joined Corporate Relations as Program Director, Startup Exchange in October 2018.

Dr. Xiong comes to Corporate Relations with more than 15 years of experience in the MIT Startup Ecosystem, having co-founded and worked at multiple MIT startups. Most recently, as Co-founder and Chief Scientist at SocMetrics, she leads product management, data science, and machine learning for SocMetric’s personalization and marketing campaign products. Before SocMetrics, Xiong co-founded Going.com. Going.com connected people via local events to enhance their offline social life, and through Rebecca’s leadership grew to 1M members, tens of millions of monthly pageviews, and finally its acquisition by AOL. Before these two entrepreneurial endeavors, Xiong held positions as Product Marketing Manager (DataPower, acquired by IBM), Senior Program Manager (Performaworks, acquired by Workscape), and Team Lead (Akamai Technologies). She also has research experience at Microsoft, Silicon Graphics, and Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.

Dr. Xiong earned her B.S. in Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Media Lab at MIT with her thesis “Visualizing Information Spaces to Enhance Social Interaction." She was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship Recipient. She holds multiple patents and is very involved in the community, as the Lead Organizer of the Cambridge Parent Summit.
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Adam Yala
PhD Candidate, MIT CSAIL
Adam Yala is a PhD Candidate at MIT CSAIL and his research interests lie in the intersection of Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and applications of Deep Learning to Oncology. He was a lead developer of a pathology information extraction system and algorithms for cancer detection, early detection and cancer risk on both mammograms and MRI. His work has been deployed at Massachusetts General Hospital and he is the recipient of a Best Paper Award at EMNLP, an NSF Fellowship and an MIT EECS Fellowship.