Professor Ellen Roche PhD

Ellen Roche is currently the W.M Keck Foundation Career Development Professor at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She directs the Therapeutic Technology Design and Development Lab. She completed her PhD at Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her research focuses on applying innovative technologies to the development of cardiac devices.​ Her research includes the development of novel devices to repair or augment cardiac function. To establish this she uses disruptive approaches such as soft robotics, a combination of mechanical actuation with delivery of cell therapy and use of light-activated biodegradable adhesives.​ Dr. Roche was employed in the medical device industry for over five years as a research and development engineer. She understands the regulatory pathways to medical device commercialization. Professor Roche holds 5 issued patents, with ten pending and is the author of over 40 conference/journal papers. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Fulbright International Science and Technology Award, the Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Science, an American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Award, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and a Charles H. Hood Award for Excellence in Child Health Research.

Professor Ellen Roche’s lecture will be about ‘Therapeutic strategies for cardiac disease using soft materials, structures and devices’. The lecture will outline the future of what implantable cardiovascular devices should be: a multi-targeted, synergistic combination of (i) structural repair (ii) active assistance and (iii) biological therapy. This seminar will focus on representative implantable cardiac devices that Ellen Roche has worked on in each of these three areas, each addressing an identified shortcoming of existing technologies.

You can visit professor Ellen Roche’s lecture on the 4th of June from 9:15 until 10:15!