Jeffrey Karp

Assistant Professor, Harvard University Medical School

Jeff Karp is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and is Co-Director of the Center for Regenerative Therapeutics at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

His research focuses on Stem Cell Engineering (towards elucidating basic mechanisms mediating the homing of Stem Cells that drive innovative engineered solutions to control the fate of cells post-transplantation), Biomaterials (studying degradable self-assembled hydrogels as controlled drug-delivery systems), and Medical devices such as needles that sense travel through tissues, or Gecko-inspired medical adhesives that was recently selected as one of Popular Mechanic's "Top 20 New Biotech Breakthroughs that Will Change Medicine”).
Dr. Karp has published over 50 peer reviewed papers, 15 book chapters, 60 abstracts, and has 25 issued or pending patents, a number of which have been licensed by biotech companies.
He is also an acclaimed mentor and was selected as the Outstanding Faculty Undergraduate Mentor among all Faculty at MIT in 2008 and recently won the 2010 HST McMahon Mentoring award for being the top mentor among all faculty who mentor Harvard-MIT students.  Dr. Karp was recognized as being one of the top innovators in the world under the age of 35 by MIT's Technology Review Magazine (TR35), and recently received the Coulter Foundation Translational Young Investigator Award and the 2011 Society for Biomaterials Young Investigator Award. He currently serves as the Biology and Medicine Section Editor for the Journal Nanotechnology.
Jeffrey Karp obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto at IBBME/Chem Eng where he worked with Professor John Davies and Molly Shoichet. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Paul B. Madsen Award for being the most innovative graduate student. He joined MIT as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow working in Institute Professor Robert Langer's laboratory for 3 years.

Karp is a Big Think Delphi Fellow.