Meet the 12 health IT innovators under 35, per MIT Review


The Cambridge-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology has released its 2021 honorees for the "35 Innovators Under 35."

Here are 12 honorees in health IT:

Shelley Ackerman, PhD. Age 29. Bolt Therapeutics. She co-invented a novel immunotherapy treatment for difficult-to-treat cancers.

Jie Xu, PhD. Age 33. Argonne National Laboratory. She invented printable skin-like electronics that can be used for prosthetics and skin-worn medical sensors.

Amay Bandodkar, PhD. Age 33. North Carolina State University (Raleigh). He created self-powered biomedical sensors to make health tracking in wearables less cumbersome.

Jonathan Gootenberg, PhD. Age 30. MIT. He revolutionized gene-editing tools to help patients fight cancer.

Jacob Becraft, PhD. Age 30. Strand Therapeutics. He is the co-founder and CEO of a startup that is innovating mRNA and seeing if it can be used in cancer treatment.

Janice Chen, PhD. Age 30. Mammoth Biosciences. She is using gene-editing tools to create new diagnostic tests.

Sara Berger, PhD. Age 33. IBM Research. She is deploying machine learning to help patients with pain management and make it more accessible. 

Kaitlyn Sadtler, PhD. Age 31. National Institutes of Health. Her test was one of the first tests able to show how many had been infected with COVID-19, by using an antibody test to look for prior signs of infection.

Emma Pierson, PhD. Age 30. Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.). She utilizes artificial intelligence to determine health disparities among genders, races and socioeconomic groups.

Sriram Chandrasekaran, PhD. Age 34. The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He uses AI to better treat tuberculosis infections in patients.

Shriya Srinivasan, PhD. Age 27. MIT. Her surgical technique allows patients with prosthetic limbs to feel touch.

Nako Nakatsuka, PhD. Age 31. ETHZurich. She pioneered miniature biosensors that give scientists insight into dementia and depression.

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