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Kevin Kit Parker is the Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He is a primary faculty member of both the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and the Wyss Institute for Biologically-Inspired Engineering. He received his B.S. from Boston University in Biomedical Engineering and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Vanderbilt University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Pathology at Children's Hospital in Boston and in Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is currently a member of the Defense Science Research Council, an advisory activity to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and has recently served on the Defense Science Board Task Force on Autonomy.

Parker is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army reserve component and has served two combat tours in Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal with V device, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He was also selected to serve on the Gray Team, a science advisory team assembled by the Joint Chiefs. As the operations officer of this team, he completed two additional missions to Afghanistan in 2011 to assess and report on issues pertaining to combat casualties and their care. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Harvard, Parker is the director of the SEAS Disease Biophysics Group whose research focuses on organ development and the functional implications of biological form, and how the coupling between form and function goes awry during disease. In addition to these activities, Parker serves as a consultant to the medical device and pharmaceutical industries.

During his Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program fellowship (February–July 2014), he researched science and technological support of counterinsurgency operations, counterinsurgency as a method for combating criminal gangs and transnational organized crime, and technological innovation and national security policy.

Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm

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