Student Analysts

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Christina Hao
(March 2015-Present)

Christina Hao is a 6th year Ph.D student in Cell, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Program. Her work focuses on understanding gene regulation in the liver using high throughput technologies. She holds a BA degree in Biology from Wellesley College, MA. Christina enjoys literature and music in her free time. After completing her degree, she hopes to work in biotech consulting.


Nicholas Harrison
(January 2015 – Present)

Nicholas Harrison is PhD candidate in the department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics at the Boston University School of Medicine. Nicholas is interested in opportunities at the intersection of science and business development including biopharmaceutical scientific strategy and technology development. His dissertation research focuses on the molecular networks driving breast cancer metastasis and inflammatory signaling.

Mr. Harrison holds a BS in biology from The Ohio State University where he graduated in 2012. Before joining Boston University, he spent a year conducting neuropharmacological study at the world-renowned Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Leah HuitingLeah Huiting
(January 2015 – Present)

Leah is a second year Ph.D. student in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Boston University’s School of Medicine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Mount Holyoke College. Leah’s past positions include internships at Harvard Medical School and The Brigham and Women’s Hospital as an HHMI scholar, in addition to working in industry at Pfizer in their division of Global Biotherapeutics. She works on the treasury with the Massachusetts Association of Women in Science and is an active member of the World Affairs Council of Boston. She eventually hopes to work in Pharmaceutical technology transfer or competitive intelligence.

Yeon Jae KoYeon Jae Ko
(January 2015 – Present)

Yeon Jae is a first year law student at Boston University School of Law. He holds a dual B.S. degree in chemistry and physics from Seoul National University, a M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining OTD, Yeon Jae worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the Rowland Institute at Harvard University. He worked on several research projects involving cold ion spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Yeon Jae’s career goal is to pursue a career in intellectual property law that serves both his interests in law and science.

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Maria Mainzhausen Espinosa

(October 2014 – Present)

Maria joined the OTD in November 2014. She is an Engineering grad student at BU majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. Maria was a process leader at Procter & Gamble in Germany, where she also worked in technology roll out and cost engineering. Her perfect vacation consists of taking off with her backpack and travelling for a few weeks at a time. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and one in Manufacturing Engineering from BU. After completing her Master’s degree, Maria plans to either  pursue a PhD degree in Engineering or go back to the industry.

David KimDavid Kim
(October 2013 – Present)

David is a second year law student at Boston University School of Law. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to law school and joining OTD, David has worked as a software engineer at General Electric where he developed multiple industrial-strength moisture analyzers. After graduation, he plans to merge his interest of technology and legal matters into a career in patent law.

Andrew BogoradAndrew Bogorad
(November 2013 – Present)

Andrew is a PhD student in Biophysics at the Boston University School of Medicine. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Princeton University, as well as minors in Biophysics and Finance. He received a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. His current research focus is in understanding critical steps in the regulation of protein translation in response to a variety of cellular stresses. He has long been interested in the commercialization of early stage technologies coming out of scientific laboratories, and looks to continue into biotech consulting or business development.

Suzanne KijewskiSuzanne Kijewski
(September 2012 – Present)

Suzanne is a fifth year graduate student in the Gummuluru lab at Boston University School of Medicine in the Microbiology Department. She holds a dual B.A. degree in biology and economics from Williams College. Her work in the Gummuluru lab is focused on comparing HIV-1 and HIV-2 pathogenesis. Prior to starting graduate school she did marketing for L’Occitane along with public relations for the New York Yankees and New York Giants. Suzanne’s career goal is to pursue a career in technology transfer/business development which will combine her scientific curiosity and business interests.


Past Analysts

Tarang Jatkar
(October 2013 – May 2014)

Tarang is a first year MBA student at BU majoring in Health Sector Management. Prior to joining the OTD, Tarang was a fellow with TeachForIndia and a software engineer in a healthcare informatics startup. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics from Northeastern University. He is an active board member with the Health Sector Management Association and has organized multiple events. After MBA, Tarang plans to work in product commercialization or strategy consulting in the healthcare industry.

Ryan Beck, Life SciencesRyan Beck
(September 2013 – May 2014)

Ryan joined the OTD in July of 2013.  He is a full-time student pursuing an MBA in Health Sector Management at Boston University.  Prior to joining the OTD, Ryan worked as an associate scientist for several biotechnology start-ups in Cambridge, including Pronutria and Percivia LLC.  He helped develop protein purification platforms and is a co-inventor on a patent in that field.Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Wesleyan University.  His career goal is to lead the development and commercialization of novel life-science technologies.

Connor McEwenConnor McEwen Photo for Website
(June 2013 – May 2014)

Connor McEwen is a senior at BU studying Computer Engineering. He’s worked in the BU Smart Lighting Lab previously, and also has experience starting a startup through the Summer@Highland and Startupbootcamp Berlin programs. He’s very involved in the Entrepreneurship Club, and hopes to continue to grow the entrepreneurship community at BU through working at OTD. Connor plans to continue working with startups, whether as a founder or an employee.

Karen Saar PhotoKaren Saar, IP & Licensing
(January 2013 – May 2014)

Karen is a third year law student at Boston University School of Law.  She holds a BS in Molecular & Cellular Biology from Vanderbilt University and an MS in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers University.  After graduate school, she worked as a research associate for a biotech company and later as a paralegal for a law firm in New York.  In law school, Karen has served as the president of the BU Health Law Association, and she is an editor of the Boston University Public Interest Law Journal. Karen hopes to pursue a career that allows her to combine her interests in science and law.


Drew Hertig, New Venturesjpeg
(Dec 2011 – May 2013)

Drew is a first year, full-time student in the Health Sector MBA program at Boston University, pursuing a concentration in marketing and entrepreneurship. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in 2008 with a major in biology and a minor in meteorology. Prior to studying at BU, Drew worked at Metabolix, a biotechnology company in Cambridge. Here he worked on several research projects involving plant genetics, including sub-cloning and plant transformation. His career goal is to lead a team to develop and commercialize novel technologies in the life science markets.Kilgore headshot

Patrick Kilgore, Physical Sciences, IP & Licensing
(May 2010 – April 2013)

Patrick is a second year law student at Boston University. He holds a BS in Chemistry from Truman State University, where he led two undergraduate research projects on instrumental detection methods. He also has experience in chemical formulations with Monsanto Company in St. Louis. He plans to continue along the path to becoming a patent lawyer, and hopes to work as in-house council for a bio/chemical instrumentation company.Untitled

Puja Katari, Physical Sciences
(June 2012 – September 2012)

Puja graduated from Boston University in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. She was an analyst at the OTD helping to commercialize developing technologies in the physical science portfolio. Puja currently is a Group Manager in operations at Anheuser Busch, where she manages packaging production lines and develops processes to improve the operations at the brewery.


Johsua Hodgson, Physical Sciences
(January 2012 – June 2012)Josh_profile

Josh is currently working as a consultant in Accenture’s Electronics and High Tech industry group, where his work focuses primarily on operational process design and business development. Prior to Accenture, Josh was an analyst at the BU OTD assisting in due diligence around commercializing BU’s physical science portfolio. Josh graduated from Boston University with a Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering in May 2012.

Mark Fleissner, Life Sciences
(June 2011 – September 2011)

markMark is currently a full-time MBA student at the Boston University School of Management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to joining OTD, he spent over four years as a postdoctoral research scientist at UCLA developing research tools for studying proteins that resulted in over ten publications. His career goal is to develop life science technologies through either a business development or product development position within a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company.


Christopher Kornak, IP & Licensing
(November 2010 – January 2011)Picture

Christopher is a rising 3L at Boston University School of Law. He graduated SUNY Albany, summa cum laude,while dual majoring in Political Science and Biology. Christopher’s past positions include internships with Partners Health Care: Research, Ventures, and Licensing, and the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans. Further, Christopher will represent Boston University in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition in the fall. He eventually hopes to work in a university, or in house environment that will allow him to apply legal skills and his interest in science.


Joseph McMahon, Physical Sciences
(May 2011 – December 2011)joepic

Joseph McMahon is a third year undergraduate student at Boston University earning his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. He has been involved with research on high temperature superconductors for over a year at BU. He also has experience in web development and has worked for a web start up company. He plans to pursue a career in applied materials science and engineering. Working as an analyst will give him the insight to recognize beneficial and marketable technologies.


Rahul Modi, Life Sciences
(May 2011 – September 2011)website_picture

Rahul is a fourth year undergraduate student at Boston University earning his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. As an analyst at the Office of Technology Development, he will receive the foundation necessary to fuel his passion for technological innovation. In the past, Rahul has volunteered at the Boston Medical Center to help develop a novel medical device and conducted research at M.I.T. to study environmental radioactivity. In support of his entrepreneurial spirit and love for music, He is also responsible for the success of his professional Disc-Jockey business founded at the age of 16. Rahul strives to build upon his previous experiences and pursue a career in medical devices, bioengineering, or biotechnology.RitikaMahal

Azatuhi Ayrikyan, Physical Sciences
(Aug. 2009 – June 2010, September 2010 – September 2011)

Continuing in Masters program, moved on to summer internship at Telefónica.

Azatuhi is a graduate student in the Materials Engineering Department at BU. She is conducting research in the Micro-electrical and Mechanical Systems Laboratory of Professor Xin Zhang, where she will focus on bioMEMS. She holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she studied biological sciences. She spent a year working on patent litigation as a paralegal at Stroock, Stroock and Lavan before coming to BU, and has extensive experience as an IP consultant for businesses in emerging markets. Azatuhi plans on pursuing a career in patent law, and attending law school after the completion of her MS at Boston University.

Shamik Ghosh, Life Sciences
(May 2010 – July 2011)Ghosh headshot

Shamik is a Research Associate at Boston University School of Medicine. His research is focused on the development of vasculature in embryonic lung. Shamik is originally from India, where he completed his PhD in immunology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He received his post doctoral training from Harvard Medical School in immunology of infectious diseases. Shamik also attended Babson College for his MBA where he focused on entrepreneurship and consulted with life science start-up companies on product development. He is a very motivated scientist with experience communicating highly sophisticated scientific concepts and technologies to clinical and business audiences.

Sean Murphy, Life Sciences sean_murphy
(December 2010 – July 2011)

Sean Murphy is a first year dual degree MBA/MPH student at Boston University School of Management focusing on health sector management.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Wesleyan University.  Over the past five years he has been working in various roles within the drug development industry, primarily within clinical operations.  Most recently he was at PAREXEL as a Clinical Operations Specialist working on regulatory affairs and contract negotiations.  He plans to pursue a career in life sciences consulting.


Borja Gomez Rojo, Physical Sciencesborja_profile
(October 2010 – July 2011)

Borja Gomez Rojo is a second year MBA student at the Boston University School of Management with a concentration in Strategy & Business Analysis and Entrepreneurship. Borja is an engineer who has worked as an International Business Developer for a leading multinational green energy company and a former Solar R&D project manager. He was also a field engineer for an NGO in Tanzania. He received his MS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Seville in Spain.


Ritika Mahal, Life SciencesRitikaMahal

Ritika Mahal is a first-year full time MBA student concentrating in Health Care Management. She holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Biotechnology from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India and a Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology from International Max Planck Research School, Georg-August Universität, Germany. Before coming to BU, she worked in India for around four years as a Senior Research Associate in the field of Intellectual Property (Life Sciences). She is interested in combining her science background and intellectual property-experience with business skills developed at BU for a career in Business Development/ Strategy Consulting in the Healthcare Industry (Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals), particularly technology commercialization and valuation.

Lalitha Gunturi, JD, Physical Sciencesgunturi_l
(May 2009 – Dec. 2009)

Moved on to a technology company as an in-house legal consultant.

Lalitha earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from Boston University Law School with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law.  She is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts.  Lalitha began her career as an associate at a leading national law firm, specializing in intellectual property transactions and strategies for global technology clients.  There, her practice focused on the strategic development, management and protection of intellectual property portfolios, as well as intellectual property licensing and intellectual property due diligence.  Lalitha also has experience prosecuting patents on behalf of clients in the areas of computer software, computer hardware, business methods, and network security.

markMark Kim, Physical Sciences
(Nov. 2008 – May 2009)

Moved on to C1 Consulting as an Analyst.

Mark is a 2009 graduate of the MEng program in Biomedical Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University where he was involved in research in the fields of computational modeling and microfluidics. As an undergrad, Mark was also involved in the overall design process of a spinal implant and helped write a business plan around this technology. After graduation, Mark acquired a position at C1 Consulting, San Fransisco, as an Analyst.

Bobby Wei-Han Liu, Translational ResearchBobby headshot 1
(Nov. 2009 – May 2010)

Continuing in PhD program.

Bobby is a first year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Engineering department. He earned his bachelor’s degree at MIT and master’s degree at Stanford University, both in chemical engineering. He hopes to use his experience as an analyst to learn more about intellectual property law and technology transfer, and apply it in his future career choices.

Richa Mukherjee, PhD, Life Sciences
(Jul. 2009 – May 2010)Richa

Moved on to Decision Resources as an Analyst.

Richa Mukherjee is an alumni of Boston University who got her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2002. She also holds a Masters in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. Following her graduation from Boston University she worked at Tufts Medical center as a post-doctoral fellow and pursued research in the field of G- protein coupled receptors involved in neurobiology, obesity and diabetes. She also worked as a consulting scientist at the Neuroscience department at Tufts University and worked on ocular albinism.

Achilles Pereira, Physical SciencesAcky
(Nov. 2009 – Feb. 2009)

Continuing in MBA program, moved on to summer internship at Perfint Healthcare.

Achilles is an MBA student, concentrating in Health Sector Management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Mumbai. Prior to Boston University, Achilles was working in the surgery business unit at GE Healthcare as a senior design engineer and IP point person. His six years of experience include working on projects for Toshiba Medical, Japan and St. Jude Medical. He hopes to leverage his experience in medical devices, intellectual property and FDA related issues in a career in business development or market research.will

Will Peterman, Life Sciences
(Nov. 2008 – May 2009,  Sep. 2009 – Mar. 2010)

Moved on to PRTM as a Consultant.

Will served as an analyst being a first year MBA student in the Health Sector Management program at Boston University’s School of Management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Northeastern University and is a certified neurophysiologist with experience assisting neuro and orthopedic surgeons during surgical procedures. Originally from the Greater Boston area, Will hopes to pursue a career in the development and funding of biotech, biopharma and medical diagnostic firms through industry specific venture capital financing.

Petros Sakkas, Physical Sciencespetros-sakkas
(Nov. 2008 – Aug. 2009)

Moved on to NTUA as a PhD Candidate.

Petros received his MSc in Materials Science and Engineering from the School of Mechanical Engineering. His research, conducted in the Materials Laboratory for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, has focused on processes for environmentally conscience metals production utilizing Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC). He holds a diploma in Mining and Metallurgy from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) where he focused on Materials Science and Engineering. Petros plans to pursue a career in consulting closely related to Industry R&D after the completing his PhD at NTUA.

Kinneri Shah, Life Sciences
(Jan. 2010 – May 2010)Kinneri

Continuing in MBA program, moved on to summer internship at Biogen.

Kinneri is an MBA student concentrating in Health Sector Management at Boston University’s Graduate School of Management. She holds a Bachelors degree in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego.  Over the past four years she has worked in both R&D and Marketing roles within the Life Science industry and also completed several independent business consulting projects in the field. Upon graduation from the MBA program, Kinneri hopes to pursue a career where she can directly contribute to the commercialization of innovative life enhancing technologies.

Alexandre Thibonnier, Life Sciences
(Jan. 2009 – Jul. 2009)alex

Moved on to National Grid as a Sr. Analyst, Strategy and Market Intelligence.

Alex served as an analyst during his second year of MBA where he concentrated in Health Sector Management, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy & Business Analysis. He holds both a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Alex has experience as an engineer and business development intern with large pharmaceutical companies and hopes to pursue a career in business development and corporate licensing with an established bio-pharmaceutical company. After graduation, Alex accepted a position as a Sr. Analyst, Strategy and Market Intelligence at National Grid.

Lenny Varghese, Translational Research
(Nov. 2009 – May 2010)lenny

Continuing in PhD program.

Lenny is a third year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Engineering department and is currently working with Dr. Barbara Shinn-Cunningham investigating brain activity pertaining to memory and attention. Lenny holds a BE in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook University, where he worked extensively in a lab performing research on cardiac arrhythmias. He has also worked at Long Island Jewish Medical Center as a lab assistant in the hospital’s blood bank. Lenny plans to take his research experience and transition into a career in consulting or intellectual property law.