Karl Van Tassel (1925) Career Development Professor
Trinity College, University of CambridgeB.A.
Johns Hopkins UniversityPh.D.
Trinity College, University of CambridgeM.B., B.Chir.
Ingestible and implantable robotics
Biocompatible smart materials
Drug delivery for optimal drug adherence
Biomedical device development
Early detection of cancer
“Inactive ingredients” and their potential benefits and harms
Giovanni Traverso is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and also a gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School. Dr. Traverso grew up in Peru, Canada and the United Kingdom. He received his BA from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK, and his PhD from the lab of Prof. Bert Vogelstein at Johns Hopkins University. He subsequently completed medical school at the University of Cambridge, internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and his gastroenterology fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, both at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Traverso’s previous work focused on the development of novel molecular tests for the early detection of colon cancer. For his post-doctoral research, he transitioned to the fields of chemical and biomedical engineering in the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer at MIT where he developed a series of novel technologies for drug delivery as well as physiological sensing via the gastrointestinal tract.
His current research program is focused on developing the next generation of drug delivery systems to enable safe and efficient delivery of therapeutics as well developing novel ingestible electronic devices for sensing a broad array of physiologic and pathophysiologic parameters. Additionally, Dr. Traverso continues his efforts towards the development of novel diagnostic tests that enable the early detection of cancer.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Htybq6sAAAAJ&hl=en
PubMed – My Bibliography: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/carlo.traverso.1/bibliography/public/
2002 Collegiate Inventors Competition
2002 Research Fellowship, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
2003 MIT TR100
2016 Inventions Award, Popular Science
Fall 2019 - Medical Device Design (2.750)
Spring 2020 - Translational Engineering (2.S988)
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=Htybq6sAAAAJ
NCBI My Bibliography: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/carlo.traverso.1/bibliography/public/