MIT’s premiere connection to the Biotech Industry

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Exposure to the wide variety of career options available to a student interested in the biotechnology industry, including discussion panels and site visits.


Seminars and mini-courses on topics identified by biotechnology industry leaders as common knowledge gaps for undergraduates, PhD students, and postdocs transitioning from academia.


Network with professionals and executives from biotechnology companies, and various sub-sectors of the biotechnology industry from Boston’s booming biotechnology cluster.


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


MIT Biotech Group condemns police brutality, racism, and systemic oppression. We stand in solidarity with other biotech organizations to promote knowledge about racial inequality within the biotech industry, increase the representation of Black and minority perspectives in our events, and outreach. Read more about our coalition and action items at

Executive Team

Lena is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology at MIT. Her research focuses on transcriptional control in cancer. She has worked with MBG for several years, previously as co-Director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative, and in collaborations as president of Harvard’s undergraduate biotech group.

Lena Afeyan


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.

Josh Murdock


Desmond is an undergraduate student double majoring in Biology and Biological Engineering, with a minor in French. He has research experience both in industry and academia, and is currently a member of the Lamason Lab working on cell-to-cell spread in R. parkeri. He has been involved with the MIT Biotech Group since his freshman year in 2018.

Desmond Edwards

Undergraduate President

Jenna is a third year PhD Student in Brain & Cognitive Sciences at MIT. She is advised by Dr. Ed Boyden as a member of the Synthetic Neurobiology Group and is a Neurobiological Engineering Training Fellow. Her research is focused on developing and applying technology for understanding and diagnosing the neurodegenerative brain.

Jenna Aronson

Vice President of Finance

Susana Hawken is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT in the Computational and Systems Biology program. Her research focuses on the regulation of transcriptional program in development and disease. She has been involved in the Entrepreneurship Initiative since 2019.

Susana Hawken

Vice President of Professional Development









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