Brandeis Innovation

Profiles in Innovation

Brandeis innovators are a diverse group. They come from a wide range of disciplines, from STEM to the social sciences and the arts. They are faculty, staff, undergraduates, postdocs, and graduate students. They are united in their desire to repair the world, one innovation at a time. Here are some of their stories:
Joanne Nicholson, Ph.D.

From LinkedIn to online portfolios, it seems that today’s workforce has a range of technology platforms to choose from when it comes to finding satisfying work and growing their careers. However, one segment of the workforce has been systematically left behind, at least till now: neurodivergent workers. Autistic workers in particular face unique professional challenges in settings that require so-called “soft skills,” which emphasize social interaction.


Daniel Hariyanto
Daniel Hariyanto
Co-founder of Mobile Memory

Mobile Memory is a healthtech application that looks to provide a costeffective way to detect and screen for early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.


Emmanuel Obasuyi
Emmanuel Obasuyi
Founder of Onye

At the heart of Onye’s work lies one coremission – improving the communication within the healthcare sector of emerging markets.


Adrianna Shy
Adrianna Shy
Stem Cells Project

Adrianna Shy’s research into stem cells aims to provide a potentially viable route to reducing the risks of life changing therapeutic treatments.


Professors Greg Petsko and Dagmar Ringe
ALS Breakthrough Project

One of the great strengths of research at Brandeis is the collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that characterizes work in the University’s world-leading labs. This approach paid off considerably in the work of Dagmar Ringe, Harold and Bernice Davis Professor in Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease at Brandeis University and Greg Petsko, Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor, Emeritus, in biochemistry and chemistry at Brandeis University and currently Professor of Neurology at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital.



Missionable, launched by Douglass Guernsey MBA ’22 and Varun Edupungati MBA ’23, creates verified action tokens that mission driven organizations can use to thank donors. Verified action tokens are gaining traction as a new way to digitally verify that an individual has taken a certain action. Providing donors and other who engage with mission driven organizations with unique verified action tokens will increase engagement and create new utility in badging systems.


Jody Hoffer Gittell
Jody Hoffer Gittell
Professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management

From the classroom to the workplace, our way of living always involves some element of coordination and cooperation to accomplish our goals. How we work with others is an essential factor in determining the success of those collective efforts. Being able to measure and monitor these interactions, therefore, becomes important to optimizing workplace dynamics.


Aida Wong
Aida Wong
Nathan Cummings and Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Chair in Fine Arts, and Professor of Fine Arts, and East Asian Studies

Aida Wong has always been interested in the connections among art, literature, and social impact. Her work as a professor of art history at Brandeis spans disciplines such as Chinese calligraphy, fashion design, and transcultural modernism


Alison Elliott
Alison Elliott MBA, MSID '22
Founder, Farmer Foodie

Heller graduate and SparkTank winner Alison Elliott has long had a dream of combining her dual passions for sustainability and delicious, original recipes. Starting with a blog, her brand The Farmer Foodie grew during her time in the Brandeis Innovation Virtual Incubator to a groundbreaking new plant-based cheese alternative. Launching this May, it sold out online within hours

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Dan Perlman '68
Researcher and Inventor

As far as innovative inventions go, you’ll be hard pressed to find such an interesting, diverse portfolio as Dan Perlman’s. With over a 100 US and international patents (published and pending), Dan’s work spans decades of research and development.

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Brandeis researchers Gregory Petsko, Dagmar Ringe and Shulin Ju have developed a protein for use in gene therapy for the inherited form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. The invention was licensed to a Brandeis startup, BRI-Alzan which was later acquired by MeiraGTX, a New York-based gene therapeutics company for potential development into a life-saving treatment.

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This is the first of several articles featuring startups that came out of the 2019-2020 Spark cohort. Learn more about Embedded Helper, which aims to simplify coding for embedded devices, including robotics applications

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Prof Olga Papaemmanouil
Revolutionizing Data Science

Olga Papaemmanouil is revolutionizing data science and cloud computing.

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William Tarimo, PhD '17
William Tarimo, PhD, 2017
Founder, Discovery Teaching

William Tarimo's Brandeis Innovation project, Discovery Teaching, is hoping to create transformative new technology that brings the dialog of traditional learning into the mobile age.

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Benjy Cooper
Benjy Cooper, PhD, (BS '11)
Postdoctoral Researcher at BU

Thanks to Brandeis Innovation’s Lean LaunchPad program, Benjy has launched a company, Articulate Biosciences, to market a biolubricant that mimics the fluids in our joints, which, when injected, restores joints’ flexibility and patients’ freedom of movement.

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Zhuangzhuang (Marshall) Chang, BA/MA, '17
Founder, AI Capital Management

Marshall participated in Brandeis University's National Science Foundation I-Corps program to launch his artificial intelligence startup.

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Robyn Powell, PhD (candidate)
Founder, Disabled Parenting Project

Robyn Powell has made strides towards achieving her life goals, and has not stopped short in helping others achieve theirs as well

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David Waterman
David Waterman, PhD'18
Founder, Brandeis startup GreenLabs Recycling

David Waterman, PhD '18, founder of Brandeis startup GreenLabs Recycling, is tackling one of the century's greatest challenges, keeping plastic out of landfills. "I couldn't have done it without Brandeis Innovation," he says.

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Grace han
Prof Grace Han
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Grace Han is challenging disciplinary boundaries with her groundbreaking work in materials science, supported by our SPROUT and I-Corps programs.

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