Vision and Leadership

Vision

The MIT Biotechnology Group aims to increase the pace of biotechnological innovation by building strong, symbiotic relationships between the MIT community and thought-leaders in academia, industry, and business.

We endeavor to serve the MIT community by facilitating development of the knowledge, skills, networks, and experiences to prepare members for biotechnology-related careers.

Executive Team

Rachit Neupane
President

Rachit is a PhD candidate at the MIT Koch Institute for Cancer Research and is enrolled in the MIT Sloan Healthcare Certificate Program. His research examines the role of epigenetic regulators in tumor maintenance in the context of lung and colon cancer.

Catie Matthews
President

Catie is a joint degree candidate pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering and an MBA at Sloan. For her research, she was part of a team developing a modular continuous system for rapid production of biologic drugs, with applications in personalized medicine and local manufacturing.

Kristen Overly
Undergraduate President

Kristen is a sophomore in Biological Engineering at MIT interested in the business strategy and cross-border financing of biotech companies. She directs a healthcare angel investment group and has been involved in the Investment Initiative since 2017.

Lena Afeyan
Director of Finance

Lena is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology at MIT. Her research focuses on developing a method for specificity profiling for recombinases and using directed evolution of proteins to engineer genome-editing tools. She has also worked with MBG for the last couple of years in planning events in her previous role as the president of Harvard’s undergraduate biotech group.

Josh Murdock
Director of Communications

Joshua Murdock is a PhD candidate in the Department of Health Sciences & Technology at MIT. His research focuses on the design of magnetic resonance-readable nanoparticle diagnostics for continuous monitoring of cardiac disease biomarkers in vivo. He has been involved in developing educational opportunities to expose and connect students to local biotech as part of the Industry Initiative since 2017.

Initiative Directors

Rosanna Zhang
Entrepreneurship Initiative Director

Rosanna is an undergraduate student, double majoring in Computational Biology and Management. Her experiences spread across research, tech entrepreneurship, and investment, and her ultimate goal is to drive healthcare innovation. In her free time, she enjoys scuba diving, skiing, and poetry.

Ariel Brito
Investment Initiative Director

Ariel is an undergraduate student pursuing a BS degree in Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science. In addition to working with MBG, he is a Financial Board Member for the MIT Undergraduate Association, and performs research in the Sculpting Evolution Group at the MIT Media Lab.

Skyler Kaufman
Industry Initiative Co-Director

Skyler is an undergraduate computational biology major with a special interest in cancer therapeutics and molecular data integration. He enjoys playing volleyball, cooking and eating food, and talking about philosophy.

Maria Zagorulya
Industry Initiative Co-Director

Maria is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology at MIT. She has experience performing research spanning the topics of cancer and aging, and developing genetic engineering tools. She has been involved in the MBG Industry Initiative since 2017, creating opportunities for MIT students to learn about the local biotech community.

Joshua Peters
Beyond the Bench Initiative Director

Josh is a graduate student in the Biological Engineering program. He has been involved in science engagement ever since creating Family Science Night as a senior in high school. He also serves as an academic chair on the BE Graduate Board.

Dave Lin
Undergraduate Education Co-Director

Dave is an undergraduate student double majoring in EECS and Bio-engineering. He enjoys cross-disciplinary work involving information technology, physics, and biology. His experiences include research in both biophysics and cognitive science.

Phuong Pham
Undergraduate Education Co-Director

Phuong Pham is an undergraduate majoring in Computer Science and Molecular Biology. She is interested in machine learning and its applications in various healthcare problems. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, meeting people, and staying up to date with biotechnology news.