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Matthew K

- Research Program Mentor

PhD at Rutgers University


Biomedical Engineering; Neuroscience; Diabetes Management Solutions; Neuromodulation; Neurotrauma


I earned my PhD in Biomedical Engineering back in 2018, with a dissertation focused on blood-brain barrier permeability following primary blast-induced neurotrauma. Besides neuroscience, I love everything related to biomedical engineering, diabetes management, and mathematical modeling of biological systems! After grad school, I joined Abbott where I worked on their neuromodulation technology (spinal cord stimulation and deep brain stimulation) for three years. I've since joined Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals where I oversee a global portfolio of investigator initiated research projects and advise on medical strategy surrounding our therapies. I was born and raised in NJ, USA and am a proud second generation Indian-American. My hobbies include (but aren't limited to): watching and playing sports, especially basketball and American football, traveling the world with my wife, and reading the latest and greatest in the field of biomedical science research! Honestly, I'm currently most excited about starting this new research adventure with you, so let's get started!!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Explore Potential Biomarkers for Traumatic Brain Injury

For as common as concussions are in the world today, we still don't have a strong methodology to diagnose them when they occur. Here, we can explore some potential biomarkers that may aid future healthcare providers to determine when patients suffer a mild, moderate, or severe brain injury. Students will learn about the science behind neurotrauma, creatively approach the challenges of diagnosis, and learn how to write a scientific research paper on their findings.

Literature Review on Advancements in Diabetes Management

The field of diabetes is rapidly changing; with new technology emerging every year, we are closer to a cure than ever before. Students will dive into scientific literature to understand what challenges face researchers in their attempts to find a cure and how diabetes management solutions have evolved over the last 25 years.

Tapping Unknown Frontiers of Neuromodulation

The potential of neuromodulation is immense; almost beyond our imagination. In this project, students will research the fundamental philosophies of neuromodulation and creatively consider new applications to the technology. Students will then propose a prospective clinical trial to examine the safety and efficacy of this therapy, learning the basics of protocol design, inclusion/exclusion criteria, and so much more surrounding the world of clinical trials.

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Teaching experience

-Mentored graduate and undergraduate researchers in my PhD lab (Center for Injury Biomechanics, Materials, and Medicine) -Teaching assistant for undergraduate biomedical engineering courses (Fundamentals of Engineering Design, Biotransport, Mathematical Modeling of Physiological Systems) -Professionally mentored summer interns at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals


Work experience

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals (2021 - Current)
Sr. Manager of Scientific Affairs
Abbott (2018 - 2021)
Sr. Medical Science Research Specialist


New Jersey Institute of Technology
BS Bachelor of Science (2013)
Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
Rutgers University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy

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