Extreme Environments

Designing diagnostics for extreme environments

Impact for Patient Communities

Students will learn to document and share their solutions to transform pre-existing communities of patients and users into communities of makers to manage their own health.

Meaningful Use of Data

Apply health kits to collect, visualize and transform data into meaningful healthcare information and insights.

Health Kit Design

Students will understand how to make inclusive and hackable healthcare technologies through hands-on labs that invent health kits to catalyze patient ingenuity.

IAP 2016

HST.S47 HST Maker Lab
Construction Set Design for Health Devices
Special Subject: Health Sciences and Technology
Jose Gomez-Marquez, Lee Gehrke, Anna Young

Schedule: Starts January 5, 2016
Sessions: TR Jan 5, 7, 12, 15, 19, 22, 10am-12:00pm, N52-394

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.

Limited to 10 participants.
No listeners
Prereq: none
Level: U 4 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit


The disparities in affordable healthcare technology are a growing part of increasing healthcare costs globally. This course aims to teach affordable prototyping and design strategies for health technology and medicine that can be applied to improve patient care in a variety of settings: both low-income and high-income economies, at patients' homes and in hospitals.

Using Patient-Generated Data Devices as a learning model, students will design affordable devices that are used by patients to manage their health. Using Construction Sets for Health as a strategy, students will explore the diversity of possibilities that can be applied when patients are empowered to design their own solutions. Students will participate in a team project in one of four design/mentor tracks, supported by lectures and hands-on labs.

Sponsored by MIT-SUTD Collaboration, IMES and the MIT Alumni Fund

Contact: Anna Young, N52-373G, (617) 324-2593, akyoung@mit.edu




Lee Gehrke

Lee Gehrke

Lee Gehrke (with granddaughter Molly) is the Hermann von Helmholtz Professor in the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (formerly the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, effective 7/1/12) at M.I.T., and Professor of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gehrke received the Ph.D. degree in anatomy and developmental genetics from the school of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and then did postdoctoral training in the biology department at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a member of the MIT and Harvard faculties since 1982.

Lee is a native midwesterner, having been raised on a corn and soybeans farm in northern Illinois. He is married to Deb Gehrke, a watercolorist with whom he shares duties as Master of Quincy House at Harvard College. They have two adult children–Lindsay (Molly’s mom), who is an intensive special needs educator living in Newton MA, and Andrew, who is a graduate student at the University of Chicago.

Email: lgehrke@mit.edu

Grace Teo

Grace Teo

Grace Teo is a lecturer with the Institute of Medical Engineering and Sciences at MIT, and the co-founder and president of Open Style Lab. She is also appointed as a lecturer with MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, where she lectures 6.811 Principles and Practices of Assistive Technology at MIT. Grace completed a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering in Nanyang Technology University (Singapore) and her PhD in Health Sciences and Technology at MIT and Harvard Medical School, specializing in stem cell migration in inflammation.

In the final year of her PhD, Grace received an MIT Public Service Fellowship to establish Open Style Lab, a multidisciplinary educational platform that teams designers, engineers and occupational therapists to create clothing with and for people with disabilities. Through multiple partnerships with fashion labels, rehabilitation networks and technology companies, she hopes to bring user-centered and universal design principles into apparel design, and provide a platform for the the health and fashion industry to communicate. This work has received national media attention, including the Boston Globe and Christian Science Monitor. Grace has presented Open Style Lab both Boston Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week, and continues to run workshops with local and international design and disability organizations.

Email: graceslt@mit.edu

Anna Young

Anna Young

Anna Young currently leads the Little Devices Lab in the MIT International Design Center (IDC). She graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelors degree in Finance and Economics in 2008. Anna coordinated projects in Nicaragua, Ecuador and Ethiopia and developed strategies to move technologies from need identification, to R&D, to field testing and user feedback and then implementation. Her main responsibilities included management of the MEDIKit project, the group solar autoclave research, and the D-Lab Health academic course at MIT. Her solar autoclave research was recently recognized by the WHO as one of the top 6 innovative technologies in health. Anna is co-founder of Salud del Sol, a social enterprise focused on solar technologies for health operating in Nicaragua and was an R&D Officer for International Laboratories of Innovations in International Health at MIT.

Email: akyoung@mit.edu

Jose Gomez-Marquez

Jose Gomez-Marquez

Jose currently leads the Little Devices Lab in the MIT International Design Center (IDC). Jose Gomez-Marquez is an engineering designer that directs Little Devices @ MIT and is the creator of MIT’s first course on affordable medical hardware. He is co-inventor the MEDIKit platform, a series of design building blocks that empower doctors and nurses in developing countries to invent their own medical technologies. His other research projects include inhalable vaccine delivery systems, crowdsourced diagnostics, paper microfluidics, and reconfigurable diagnostics for extreme environments. Jose has served on the European Union’s Science Against Poverty Taskforce and has participated as an expert advisor in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Gomez-Marquez is a 3 time MIT IDEAS Competition winner, including two Lemelson Awards for International Technology. In 2009, Jose was selected to Technology Review’s TR35, which also named him Humanitarian of the Year. In 2011 he was named a TED Fellow and leads the MakerNurse project with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to re. He arrived to the United States from his native Honduras on a Rotary exchange and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Email: jfgm@mit.edu


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