Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Graduate Student

Kirk Mutafopulos
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Kirk Mutafopulos is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Physics at Harvard Universityís John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. As an undergraduate student at Seton Hall University, Kirk studied the mechanics of non-neural microtubules to elucidate the dynamic and mechanical properties of mammalian non-neural microtubules. After completing his Bachelor of Science, Kirk pursued a Masterís in Engineering degree at Cornell University where he developed and studied material systems for use in orthopedic implants to reduce the intermediate loss of strength and stiffness that occurs during the bone remodeling process. Before attending Harvard University, Kirk was a Research Engineer at Massachusetts General Hospitalís (MGH) Cancer Center where he worked with Mehmet Toner and Daniel Haber developing microfluidic devices to capture and screen circulating tumor cells from patient derived whole blood. Following his time at MGH, Kirk led the microfluidic engineering team at Seventh Sense Bio-Systems where they worked to improve their microfluidic blood collection devices. Currently, he is working with David Weitz to develop novel microfluidic chips for medical diagnostics, synthesizing stable emulsions to withstand high-temperature environments, and build high-throughput flow cytometers.