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
Biodesign Lab 2021 Boston Triathlon 2021 Pumpkin Carving Contest
Biodesign Lab 2021 Boston Triathlon Biodesign Lab 2021 Pumpkin Carving Contest
Biodesign Lab 2019 Bionic 5K Biodesign Lab 2022 Bionic 5K
Biodesign Lab 2019 Bionic 5K Biodesign Lab 2022 Bionic 5K
Biodesign Lab 2022 Harvard SEAS Commencement Biodesign Lab 2022 Harvard SEAS Commencement
Biodesign Lab 2022 Harvard SEAS Commencement



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 an Associate Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

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Lab Administrator

Frey Tesfaye


Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Associates
Daekyum Kim

Dr. Daekyum Kim

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Seun Araromi Dr. Oluwaseun Araromi
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - co-advised with Rob Wood
Richard Nuckols

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


Dr. Franchino Porciuncula
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Hee Doo Yang Dr. Hee Doo Yang
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Adam Quirk
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Ben Shih Dr. Ben Shih
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Lucas Gerez Dr. Lucas Gerez
Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Graduate Students
Elizabeth Suitor

Elizabeth Suitor (G1)


Harrison Young

Harrison Young (G1)


James Arnold

James Arnold (G1)


Claire Traweek

Claire Traweek (G1)

haedo cho Haedo Cho (G2)
Philipp Arens Philipp Arens (G2)
David David Farrell (G2)
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)


Research Staff and Wyss Staff Collaborators
Kinjal Shah Kinjal Shah
Research Fellow
Tazzy Tazzy Cole
Functional Apparel Design Research Fellow
Francesco Bertacchi
Research Fellow
Jesse Jesse Grupper
Research Fellow

Dheepak Arumukhom Revi
Research Fellow

(now a PhD student at BU)

Nathalie Farster-Degenhardt Nathalie Farster-Degenhardt
Functional Apparel Designer (Collaborator)
Dr. Ignacio Galiana
Robotics Engineer (Collaborator)
Chrissy Glover Chrissy Glover
Research Fellow (Collaborator


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

Dorothy Orzel
Functional Apparel Designer


Dr. Dmitry Popov
Wyss Technology Development Fellow


Mike Rouleau
Electromechanical Engineer (Collaborator)
Lexine2 Lexine Schumm
Research Fellow (Collaborator)
Diana Diana Wagner
Functional Apparel Designer (Collaborator)

Fivos Kavassalis

Research Fellow


John Paul Bonadonna

Dr. John Paul Bonadonna

Research Occupational Therapist


Visiting Graduate Students
Julien Erard Julien Erard
Jan Peters Jan Peters
(Leibniz University Hannover, Germany)
Mitsch Christian Mitsch
Eva Debetter
Christian Huang Christian Huang
Ignacio Novillo Ignacio Novillo
(University of Twente)
Gregoire Bergamo Gregoire Bergamo
Jacob Euler-Rolle Jacob Euler-Rolle
(ETH Zürich)


Undergraduate Students
Megan Coram Megan Coram
Ruben Fonseca Ruben Fonseca
Truman Jones Truman Jones
Aidan Kimberley Aidan Kimberley
Ludovico Rollo Ludovico Rollo
Lana Wagner Lana Wagner
Harini Kannan
Shekinah Newson
Fouzia Raza


Lab Alumni