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Faculty Profile: Alex Shalek

Collaborative Process Alex Shalek wants to know how our immune cells collaborate—and might be manipulated—to keep us healthy and even save our lives. “We like to think of cells as if they were people: How are they organized? Who talks to whom? And how do those lead to good or…

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Faculty Profile: Collin Stultz

Dynamic Duality A core faculty of the Institute for Medical Engineering & Science (IMES), Collin Stultz works double-duty. Earning his MD from Harvard Medical School and PhD in biophysics from Harvard University, he is both (1) a practicing cardiologist and (2) an MIT faculty research scientist in the Electrical Engineering…

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Faculty Spotlight: Polina Golland

Pattern Recognition: To the layperson, an image—say, an MRI of the brain—is a diagnostic test. Yet to MIT Professor Polina Golland and her team, that individual image is just one tiny piece in a complicated puzzle where no one yet knows the full picture. “When you look at 10 people who…

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Faculty Spotlight: Lydia Bourouiba

The fluid dynamics of disease transmission: In studying the spread of infectious disease, Lydia Bourouiba questions everything. This includes the accepted WHO classification of droplet-based contagion, as defined some 80 years ago. “There’s a dichotomy that plagues how we see transmission right now—large droplets versus aerosols—because it’s way too simplistic…

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Faculty Spotlight: Kwanghun Chung

The quest to understand the brain: IMES Core Faculty Kwanghun Chung wants to—quite literally—shed more light on the brain, to help unlock the mysteries of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, like autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. “We want to see inside, right? That has been the dream of biologists. We want…

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