Our People

Jose Gomez-Marquez, co-director
Anna K. Young, co-director
Nikolas Albarran, Senior Engineer

 

 

Zuly Mama, BioEng
Caroline Lang, Biology
Lydia Light, MechE

 

Riana Hoagland, BioEng
Jonah Butler, ChemE
Kate Pundyk, PoliSci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max-Philipp Schrader, CS TU München Exchange

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alumni

Chew Chai ’17 –  PhD program at Stanford
Natzem Lima ’16, Amazon
Ivy Chang – Course 2, MIT
Elizabeth Phillips ’13, – Graduate Bioengineering Purdue
Charles Hsu, ’12 – Yale School of Medicine
Katie Creasy, ’11 – Stanford
Paul Hlebowitsh , ’11 – Tive
[full list soon!]

 

 

 

 

 

Jose Gomez-Marquez

Jose directs the Little Devices Lab and is the creator of MIT’s first course on affordable medical device hardware.  His group’s MEDIKit platform, a series of design building blocks that empower doctors and nurses in developing countries to invent their own medical technologies. His other research projects include inhalable vaccine technology, crowdsourced diagnostics, paper microfluidics, and affordable diagnostics for extreme environments. 

Jose has served on the European Union’s Science Against Poverty Taskforce and has participated as an expert advisor in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Jose is a 3 time MIT IDEAS Competition winner, including two Lemelson Awards for International Technology.

In 2009, he was selected to Technology Review’s T35, which also named him Humanitarian of the Year. In 2011 he was named a TED Fellow. He arrived to the United States from his native Honduras on a Rotary scholarship and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

Anna Young

Anna graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelors degree in Finance and Economics in 2008. Anna coordinated projects in Nicaragua, Ecuador and Ethiopia and developed strategies to move technologies from need identification, to R&D, to field testing and user feedback and then implementation. Her main responsibilities included management of the MEDIKit project, the group solar autoclave research, and the HST.426 MakerLab course at MIT. Her solar autoclave research was recently recognized by the WHO as one of the top 6 innovative technologies in health. Anna is co-founder of Salud del Sol, a social enterprise focused on solar technologies for health operating in Nicaragua and was an R&D Officer for International Laboratories of Innovations in International Health at MIT.

 

 

Nikolas Albarran

Nikolas Albarran is a senior engineer at Little Devices where he is responsible for managing the rapid prototyping capacity in the MakerNurse initiative and operations for the MakerHealth makerspace network. Through these units, he established the first American medical makerspace in a hospital to enable rapid prototyping near the bedside. He is a guest lecturer in MIT HST’s Maker Lab class, aimed at medical prototyping and clinical co-design for devices. Nik is a graduate MIT’s Mechanical Engineering department with a specialization in product design.