Biography

Raman, R. HeadshotI am an engineer, writer, and educator with a passion for biohybrid design: building machines powered by biological materials. My goal is to develop implantable robots that dynamically sense and adapt to the human body and help fight disease and damage.  

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. As a AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador, my goal is to empower young women to explore STEM careers.

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’Oréal 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.