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Dr. Jeff Karp


Dr. Jeff Karp, PhD. is a passionate mentor and biomedical engineering professor at Harvard Medical School and MIT, a Distinguished Chair at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. As a bioengineer, Dr. Karp is at the forefront of taking inspiration from the most successful researchers of all time—evolution and nature—to find ways to improve our daily life, health, focus and productive purpose. His lab’s technologies have led to the formation of thirteen companies. The technologies they have developed include a tissue glue that can seal holes inside a beating heart; targeted therapy for osteoarthritis, Crohn’s disease, and brain disorders; “smart needles” that automatically stop when they reach their target; a nasal spray that neutralizes pathogens; and immunotherapy approaches to annihilate cancer.

Growing up in rural Canada he was written off by his school because of his learning differences. He evolved a process for embracing life, embodied by ‘Life Ignition Tools’, through years of iteration and tinkering to make his unique patterns of thought and behavior work for him. These LIT tools have been thoroughly road-tested, through Dr. Karp’s life, in his lab, and by his many mentees.

Jeff is also Head of Innovation at Geoversity, Nature’s University, a rainforest bio-leadership training conservancy located in one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world. Dr. Karp lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, children, and two Cavalier King Charles spaniels.

Jeff is deeply grateful for the countless mentors, collaborators, cheerleaders, and mentees who supported him and transmitted positive energy on his journey. Driven by a continuous desire for value-driven and value-aligned progress, Jeff strives to be open to feedback, new possibilities and perspectives, and is committed to improving and contributing in ways that benefit the greater good.

Teresa Barker


Teresa H. Barker is a narrative writer and non-fiction book collaborator on works ranging from memoirs to topics around health and human development, including education, children and parenting, creative aging, and life passages. Teresa lives with her husband, two cats, and a standard poodle in Chicago. Their three adult children live in Chicago and Kiel, Germany.

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