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Varesh Prasad, an MIT Graduate Student in Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology, is creating a multidisciplinary future in health care.

“Dammit, Jim, I’m a doctor, not a physicist!” The cry by Leonard “Bones” McCoy of the original “Star Trek” television series became code for “that’s not in my job description.” A prognosticator of many future technologies and social issues, the show’s portrayal of professional roles remained stubbornly one-dimensional — although one might forgive the ship’s doctor for not being a bricklayer, coal miner, or torpedo technician.

Varesh Prasad seems to have no such limiting factors. He majored in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and is now a Ph.D. student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program. He is studying electrical engineering at the Research Laboratory of Electronics, mathematical modeling and health informatics at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), and just finished an anatomy class at Harvard Medical School.

Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016