Dr. Jeff Karp, PhD.

Professor at Harvard Medical School and MIT, Bestselling Author of LIT: Life Ignition Tools

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 is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. His lab’s technologies have led to the formation of thirteen companies and the technologies 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 ADHD and learning differences. He evolved a process for embracing life, embodied by a set of 12 simple holistic tools developed over years of iteration and tinkering to make his unique patterns of thought and behavior work for him. These tools are now the subject of a new book: LIT: Life Ignition Tools: Use Nature’s Playbook to Energize Your Brain, Spark Ideas, and Ignite Action.

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.