Aikaterini Mantzavinou / Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology

Katerina is a medical engineering PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Program and a member of the Cima Lab at the MIT Koch Institute for cancer research. She designs implants for drug delivery to the abdomen, with a focus on making intraperitoneal cancer therapy more accessible and safe for patients, easier to administer for healthcare providers, and more cost-effective for cancer care in limited-resource settings.

Katerina grew up in Athens, Greece and came to the US in 2007 to attend Harvard College. Her goal is to be an innovator in affordable medical technologies. At MIT, outside of her research, Katerina is a co-founder of the Cost-Effective Healthcare Initiative, teaches a course on the design and commercialization of low-cost prosthetic technologies at the MIT D-Lab, and helps drive sustainable medical innovation with MIT Hacking Medicine and the MGH Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies.