Jacob Aptekar2011 Chief Funding Officer
Jacob Aptekar is an MD/PhD student in the UCLA/Caltech joint program. Born in Denver, CO as the son of active environmentalists, Jacob worked independently with Dr. Jon Firor at the National Renewable Energy Labs at the University of Colorado at Boulder as a high school student to understand the effects of carbon dioxide on climate warming. This experience led Jacob to attend the Research Science Institute (RSI) at MIT in the summer of 2001 where he performed research in the MIT Department of Mathematics and met William ("Billy") Hwang, founder of Innoworks. Jacob attended Harvard College where he received an AB in Physics in 2006. Following graduation, Jacob worked with Charles Marcus, Professor in the Harvard Department of Physics and Director of the Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard, to develop novel molecular imaging techniques for use with MRI. Prof. Marcus and Jacob's discoveries were made the subject of a Harvard Business School Case Study entitled, "Aptekar's Unexpected Spin: Commercializing an MRI Breakthrough from Atomic Clocks and Quantum Computing."
Jacob's interest in Innoworks comes from a belief that exceptional educational opportunities are the basis for exceptional success. Additionally, Jacob is interested in culturally-relevant and community-focused educational initiatives with the purpose of eliminating iniquity of opportunity for the youth of Los Angeles.