Bringing Health to All the World
Aikaterini (Katerina) Mantzavinou is a PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program (HST), and a graduate research assistant at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, where she designs implantable devices to more effectively and accessibly treat cancer that has spread to the abdomen. A native of Athens, Greece, Mantzavinou’s dream is to invent and champion cost-effective, universally deployable medical solutions. Mantzavinou and fellow HST student Bryan Ranger (pictured) co-teach a design course on low-cost prosthetic devices for the developing world, offered at the MIT D-Lab. Mantzavinou also helps run global health hackathons as a member of MIT Hacking Medicine in partnership with the Massachusetts General Hospital Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies. She has spent the past year leading efforts to nucleate a cost-effective health care innovation community at MIT as part of a new student initiative.