Team

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Executive Team

Desmond is a fourth-year undergraduate double majoring in Biology and Biological Engineering with a minor in French. His research in the Lamason lab focuses on understanding the lifecycle of the tick-borne bacterial pathogen, Rickettsia parkeri, both through development of genetic tools and characterisation of novel genes of interest. He has been involved with MBG since his freshman year in 2018, having previously served as Undergraduate President (2020-2021) and Co-Director of the Industry Initiative (2019-2020).

Desmond Edwards

Co-President

Sam is a PhD Student in Computational and Systems Biology at MIT. He is advised by Dr. Connor Coley and is primarily interested in developing machine learning methods for enzyme discovery and engineering. He has been involved in the Entrepreneurship Initiative since Fall 2019.

Sam Goldman

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 for a career applying technical skills to advance biotech, and hopes to start her own biotech company someday. She has been involved in MBG since 2019.

Sherry Nyeo

Undergraduate President

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

Vice President of Finance

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

Vice President of Professional Development

Initiative Directors

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

Entrepreneurship Initiative Co-Director

Vikram is a PhD student in Computational and Systems Biology at MIT, advised by Dr. Kevin Esvelt and co-advised by Drs. Regina Barzilay and Tommi Jaakkola. 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

Entrepreneurship Initiative Co-Director

Drew is a PhD Student in Chemical Engineering at MIT, advised by Dr. Chris Love. His research focuses on the computational design and development of manufacturing techniques for ultra low-cost vaccines. He has previously been involved with MBG as a Senior Associate in the Entrepreneurship Initiative where he organized discussions on public biotech investments.

Drew Biedermann

Entrepreneurship Initiative Co-Director

Keith is a PhD Student in Chemical Engineering at MIT. He is advised by Dr. Dane Wittrup and Dr. Ronald Raines and is primarily interested in developing strategies for the intracellular delivery of cancer-targeting protein drugs. He has been involved with MBG since Fall 2020, previously as an Associate of the Industry Initiative.

Keith Cheah

Industry Initiative Co-Director

Gurrein is a PhD candidate in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. Her research in Dr. Steven Flavell’s lab investigates the genes and circuits that underlie the serotonergic control of behaviors. To do so, she employs genetic, molecular biology, GCaMP imaging and behavioral analysis tools. She has been involved with MBG since Fall 2020, first as an associate and then as a senior associate in the Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Gurrein Madan

Industry Initiative Co-Director

Sarah is a second-year undergraduate in Biological Engineering and Biology 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, previously serving as Senior Associate for Undergraduate Education.

Sarah Syed

Undergraduate Initiative Director



Vincent is a PhD Candidate in the Health Sciences & Technology (HST) program at MIT. His research with Dr. Alex Shalek focuses on applying cutting-edge genomics approaches to understand host-pathogen interactions in infectious disease. He has previously been involved with MBG as an Associate in the Entrepreneurship Initiative and Senior Associate coordinating MBG’s partnership in the Diversify Biotech Coalition.

Vincent Miao

Diversity & Outreach Chair