Team

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Executive Team

Keegan is a PhD Candidate in the Health Sciences & Technology (HST) program at MIT. Her research focuses on the design and development of medical devices for epicardial drug delivery and intracardiac defect repair. She holds a master’s degree in Bioscience Enterprise from the University of Cambridge and has been involved with MBG since Fall 2019 as a member of the Entrepreneurship Initiative and chair of the DEI Committee.

Keegan Mendez

Co-President

Morgan is a PhD student in the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at MIT. She is a member of Samir Mitragotri’s lab at Harvard SEAS, where she develops cell-based drug delivery platforms for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. She has been involved with the industry initiative since starting at MIT in 2019.

Morgan Janes

Co-President

Sherry is an undergraduate student in Computer Science and Molecular Biology at MIT. Her research in the Bartel Lab is on host and viral mRNA metabolism post viral infection. Sherry aspires to go into biotech after grad school, especially in the RNA therapeutics field, and start her own biotech company someday. She has been involved in MBG since 2019, serving as the Director of the Undergrad Initiative in 2020-21 and the Undergraduate Student President in 2021-22.

Sherry Nyeo

Vice President of Finance

Sarah is a third-year undergraduate student in Biological Engineering and Management at MIT. Her work in the Grossman Lab focuses on studying mobile genetic elements and horizontal gene transfer in bacteria to gain insight on how microorganisms evolve, communicate, and coordinate to meet their needs. She has been involved with MBG since Fall 2020.

Sarah Syed

Undergraduate President

Vikram is a PhD student in Computational and Systems Biology at MIT, advised by Prof. Kevin Esvelt. He is interested in machine learning for structural biology and currently researches the application of machine learning to phage-assisted continuous evolution for protein design. He has been involved with MBG since Fall 2020.

Vikram Sundar

Vice President of Communications

Initiative Directors


Lauren is a PhD Student in Biological Engineering at MIT, advised by Dane Wittrup. She is interested in protein engineering approaches to downregulate immunosuppressive cell surface receptors involved in cancer immunotherapy within the tumor microenvironment. She has been invovled with MBG since Fall of 2020.

Lauren Duhamel

Entrepreneurship Initiative Co-Director

Farhan is a PhD student in Mechanical engineering/Bioengineering at MIT, advised by Dr. Elazer Edelman. He is interested in vascular cell biology and the role of endothelial cells in tumor microenvironment. He uses machine learning and genome-wide screening methods to understand the immunomodulatory role of vascular cells in tumor. He has been involved with MBG since Fall 2021.

Farhan Khodaee

Entrepreneurship Initiative Co-Director

Arusha is a postdoctoral associate in the Chemistry department at MIT, advised by Prof. Gabriela Schlau Cohen. Her current research focuses on understanding light-harvesting and energy transport mechanisms in photosynthetic proteins using single molecule fluorescence. Arusha has been involved with MBG since Fall 2021 as an Associate in the Industry initiative.

Arusha Acharyya

Industry Initiative Co-Director

Dilyara is a Chemistry PhD student at MIT, advised by Prof. Ron Raines. Her current research explores enzymology of ribonucleases towards the development of cancer therapeutics. Dilyara has been involved with MBG since Fall 2021 as an Associate in the Industry initiative.

Dilyara Sharipova

Industry Initiative Co-Director

Victory is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science and Molecular Biology. Her research in the Weissman Lab involves uncovering and mechanistically characterizing protein domains which can cause long-term gene silencing in order to develop the next generation of epigenetic editors. Victory has been involved with MBG since Fall 2021, previously serving as a Senior Associate in the Undergraduate Initiative.

Victory Yinka-Banjo

Undergraduate Initiative Co-Director

Rac is a second-year undergraduate majoring in Biological Engineering. His research in the White Lab involves the use of phosphoproteomics and machine learning to analyze signaling networks underlying interactions between glioblastoma tumor cells and macrophages. He has been involved with MBG since Fall 2021, previously serving as a Senior Associate in the Undergraduate Initiative.

Rac Mukkamala

Undergraduate Initiative Co-Director

Grace is a first-year undergraduate student at MIT planning to major in Chemical-Biological Engineering.   Her research in the Wittrup Lab focuses on engineering proteins to reduce the toxic effects of cytokines as a cancer immunotherapy.  She currently serves as a Senior Associate within the MIT Biotech Group.

Grace Yang

Career Fair Chair

Meilin is a PhD Student in Biological Engineering at MIT, and is advised by Dr. Paul Blainey. She uses microfluidics to discover new antibiotic therapies and study how microbial communities can be shaped and manipulated across health and disease. She has been involved with MBG since Fall 2020.

Meilin Zhu

Social Chair