Lab Members

The Harvard Biodesign Lab brings together a highly multidisciplinary group of researchers and staff from the engineering, industrial design, apparel and medical communities to develop technologies that augment and restore human performance. In addition to traditional academic research, the lab is also highly translation-focused and has a track record of securing and delivering on large government funded projects (e.g. DARPA Warrior Web) that partially or fully support dedicated staff engineers who are part of the Wyss Institute’s translation team and work directly alongside the academic researchers.

Biodesign Lab 2014 Summer Trip to Purity Springs Biodesign Lab 2017 Lab Retreat at Friendly Crossways
Pumpkin Carving - Closeup 2021 Pumpkin Carving Contest
Biodesign Lab 2021 Pumkin Carving Contest



Professor Conor Walsh (PI)

Conor is the Paul A. Maeder Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the John A. Paulson Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Associate Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

Full Biography



Lab Administrator

Frey Tesfaye


Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Associates
Daekyum Kim

Dr. Daekyum Kim

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Tunc Akbas Dr. Tunc Akbas
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
. Dr. Megan Applegate
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Seun Dr. Oluwaseun Araromi
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - co-advised with Rob Wood
Cameron Dr. Cameron Hohimer
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Richard Nuckols

Dr. Richard Nuckols
Research Associate - co-advised with Rob Howe


Dr. Franchino Porciuncula
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Tommaso Proietti

Dr. Tommaso Proietti
Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Diogo Dr. Diogo Schwerz de Lucena
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Hee Doo Yang Dr. Hee Doo Yang
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Sung-Woo Park Dr. Sung-Woo Park
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Chris Payne
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Jessica Hunter
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Adam Quirk
Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Graduate Students
Claire Traweek

Claire Traweek (G0)

James Arnold

James Arnold (G0)


Elizabeth Suitor

Elizabeth Suitor (G0)


haedo cho Haedo Cho (G1)
Philipp Arens Philipp Arens (G1)
David David Farrell (G1)
Harrison Young

Harrison Young (G1)


Lauren Baker (G2)
Myles Cooper Myles Cooper (G2)
dc Dabin Choe (G3)
Chih-Kang cropped Chih-Kang Chang (G3)

Connor McCann (G3)


Jonathan Jonathan Alvarez (G3)
Krithika Swaminathan (G4)
Yichu Jin (G4)
a Jinwon Chung (G4)
Yu Meng (Kate) Zhou (G4)
Christopher Siviy (G5)
Martina Moyne (G5) – co-advised with Donal Holland at UCD
Jinsoo Kim (G6)
Ciaran O’Neill (G6)
Evelyn Park (G6)
Sangjun Lee (G7)
Brendan Quinlivan (G7)


Research Staff and Wyss Staff Collaborators
Tazzy Tazzy Cole
Functional Apparel Design Research Fellow

Brittany Cohen
Research Fellow


Jonathan Foster
Ryan Gulland
Francesco Bertacchi
Jesse Jesse Grupper
Research Fellow

Dheepak Arumukhom Revi
Research Fellow

(now a PhD student at BU)

Alex Beaudette cropped

Alex Beaudette
Research Fellow


Asa Eckert Erdheim
Robotics Engineer
Nathalie Farster-Degenhardt Nathalie Farster-Degenhardt
Functional Apparel Designer
Dr. Ignacio Galiana
Robotics Engineer
Chrissy Glover Chrissy Glover
Research Fellow


Max Herman
Software Engineer
brice Brice Iwangou
Electrical Research Assistant
Nicolas Menard
Research Fellow
Patrick Murphy
Electromechanical Engineer
Kristin Nuckols
Occupational Therapist

Dorothy Orzel
Functional Apparel Designer


David Perry
Staff Engineer

Dr. Dmitry Popov
Wyss Technology Development Fellow


Mike Rouleau
Electromechanical Engineer
Lexine2 Lexine Schumm
Research Fellow
Sapna Shah
Research Fellow
Diana Diana Wagner
Functional Apparel Designer
Visiting Graduate Students
Robert Robert Hennig


Undergraduate Students
Jessica Devilla
Kasey Hu
Fouzia Raza


Lab Alumni