Rishi Puram

Curriculum Officer

Rishi graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 with degrees in biology and chemistry. Rishi is currently an MD-PhD candidate in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program.

As an undergraduate, Rishi worked at MITís Center for Cancer Research, investigating the activation of the receptor tyrosine kinases EGFR and ROS in the initiation and maintenance of glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of primary brain cancer.

Rishi also spent one year at MITís Whitehead Institute, studying the pathogenesis and immune recognition of C. Albicans and related fungal species.

In 2006, Rishi helped start MIT Camp Kesem, a summer camp for children who have a parent with cancer. As a member of Kesemís Board of Directors, Rishi has continued to play an active role in the development and guidance of the MIT Chapter. Rishi has contributed to the community in other ways as well, serving as a mentor in Harvard Medical Schoolís Science Savvy program, working with patients in Brigham and Womenís Multiple Sclerosis Infusion Clinic, and serving on the board of MITís Students for Global Health.

Rishi is excited to join the HMS chapter of the United InnoWorks Academy. As curriculum chair at HMS, Rishi will help guide the development of a new and unique InnoWorks curriculum focused on biomedical innovations and technologies.

InnoWorks is a Winner of the 2007 BRICK Awards