Andrea Mershin Andreas Mershin, MIT

Lab to market the MIT Way


Andreas Mershin is a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms. He leads the "Label Free" group demolishing boundaries between physics, biology and nanomaterials science. From photosynthetic solar panels, quantum effects in biomolecules, and microfluidic genome transplantation to machine olfaction and bioenergy harvesting, this research and the technologies it spawns are used by industry and government, exhibited at the Boston Museum of Science and Designer's Open Exhibition and regularly covered by global mass media including CNN, BBC, Wired, Nature and Science.

He consults startups on lab-to-market transitions, co-founded the Hellenic Business Network Big Idea Entrepreneurship Competition and is the co-founder and Director of the International Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize (MFIP) a.k.a "Kid Nobel" open to all children under 18 (www.moleclues.org). Winners are selected by a jury of eminent scientists including thirteen Nobel laureates. The MFIP is the world’s first ever prize for asking good questions.

He received an MSci in Physics from Imperial College and an MS and PhD in Physics from Texas A&M University. He is a Scuba divemaster, a private pilot and sometimes teaches the "hard" physics class at MIT.