Meet the Fellows

Our Regulatory Science Fellows join us from around the world and conduct research in a variety of disciplines. Learn more about our fellowship cohort and why they joined us below.

Ryan Knox, JD
Regulatory Science Fellow, Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science
Hometown: Burlington, MA
Fun Fact: I draw (and used to sell) caricatures.
Research: How law and policy affect the development, affordability, and accessibility of medicines
"This fellowship gave me the opportunity to work with leading scholars in pharmaceutical law and policy whom I have long admired. I am also excited to be a part of cutting-edge research on pharmaceutical regulation in such an interdisciplinary environment, regularly working with experts in law, medicine, public health, and economics."
Alejandra Avalos-Pacheco, PhD
Regulatory Science Fellow, Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science
Hometown: Mexico City
Fun Fact: My longest lasting friend and I met when we were 3 years old.
Research: Data integration, High-dimensional inference, Applied bayesian statistical modelling
“I was immediately attracted by the opportunity to develop not only theoretical models, but also practical tools for data analysis in close relationship with the academic research community, industry, and regulatory bodies. This fellowship allows me to design more efficient clinical trials to fight cancer through novel data-driven approaches.”
Massimiliano Russo, PhD
Regulatory Science Fellow, Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science
Hometown: Benevento, Italy
Fun Fact: I used to play the double bass in an orchestra.
Research: Clinical trials design, Decision theory, Bayesian statistics
“Regulatory science is a fascinating discipline that offers many research challenges, balancing the needs of developing innovative methodologies and making them easy to use in practice.”
Susmitha Wunnava, PhD
Regulatory Science Fellow, Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science
Hometown: Waltham, MA
Fun Fact: I discovered my passion for dancing and started learning Bollywood dance at 35
Research: AI/Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Healthcare
"Do your best. Work with the best. Be the best."
Alex Everhart, PhD
Regulatory Science Fellow, Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science
Hometown: East Bethel, MN, US
Fun Fact: I go deer hunting in Minnesota every year.
Research: Medical devices, Innovation, Health economics
I chose this fellowship because I'm excited to work with a great team of interdisciplinary researchers to understand how policymakers can use regulatory mechanisms to bring safer and better medical devices to market.