Jeffrey Karp, PhD

Jeffrey Karp, PhD

Brigham & Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
Jeffrey Karp, PhD

Dr. Jeff Karp is an Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and is Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, an affiliate faculty at MIT through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and an affiliate faculty at the Broad Institute.

His research harnesses materials science and stem cell biology to solve medical problems with emphasis on nanoscale/microscale materials and bio-inspired approaches. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and has given over 200 national and international invited lectures and has 65 issued or pending patents.

Several technologies that Dr. Karp has developed have formed the foundation for multiple products on the market and currently under development and for the launch of two companies, Gecko Biomedical and Skintifique.

Dr. Karp's work has been recognized by CNN, NPR Science Fridays, Boston Globe, ABC News, MSNBC, Fox News, CBC Quirks and Quarks, CanadaAM, BBC, LA Times, Forbes, National Geographic, Popular Science, the Washington Post, the New York Post, and by Wired Magazine.

In 2011 the Boston Business Journal recognized Dr. Karp as a Champion in Healthcare Innovation. Two years later the Institute for Chemical Engineers (IChemE) honored one of his technologies as the Most Innovative Product of the Year. In 2008 MIT’s Technology Review Magazine (TR35) also recognized Dr. Karp as being one of the top innovators in the world under the age of 35 (3 members from his laboratory have already received this award).

He has received the Society for Biomaterials Young Investigator Award and his work has been selected as one of Popular Mechanic's "Top 20 New Biotech Breakthroughs that Will Change Medicine.” Dr. Karp was also elected in 2013 to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's College of Fellows and as a Kavli Fellow.

In 2014 he gave a TEDMED talk on bioinspired medical innovation and in 2015 became a member of the TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board to help curate the stage program’s themes, topics, speakers and performers. In 2015 he received a Breakthrough Award from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and was a commencement speaker for the Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. He also recently was named to the Top 40 Under 40 business leaders by the Boston Business Journal.

An acclaimed mentor, Dr. Karp was selected as the Outstanding Faculty Undergraduate Mentor among all Faculty at MIT. He has also received the HST McMahon Mentoring award for being the top mentor among all faculty who mentor Harvard-MIT students. To date, 17 trainees from his laboratory have secured faculty positions at institutions throughout the world.

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