Biography

Raman, R. HeadshotI am an engineer, writer, and educator with a passion for introducing biohybrid materials into the toolbox of every inventor. My goal is to start a biohybrid design lab focused on building implantable devices that sense and adapt to the body. I grew up in India, Kenya, and the United States and have learned to appreciate and thrive in diverse and dynamic environments. My life experiences have shown me that technical innovation can drive positive social change, and this inspires me to help democratize and diversify STEM innovation and education around the world.

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the renowned Langer Lab at MIT, funded by a Ford Foundation Fellowship by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and a L’Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship. I am a member of the MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 Class of 2019 and the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2018. I develop novel responsive materials and devices for applications in translational medicine.

I received my B.S. magna cum laude in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Biomedical Engineering, from Cornell University in 2012. I received my M.S. (2013) and Ph.D. (2016) in Mechanical Engineering as an NSF Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.