Dr. Ida Pavlichenko is a technology development fellow at the Harvard Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering working in the group of Prof. Joanna Aizenberg. Ida harnesses the principles of bio-inspired design and engineering to achieve a paradigm shift in the materials, design, and function of tympanostomy implants. Together with the researchers at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital, she has developed the customizable anti-biofouling ear tube implants with an intelligent architecture that can be tuned for specific medical indications, and enable targeted therapeutic delivery to treat a broad spectrum of ear diseases.
In 2018, together with Prof. Joanna Aizenberg she has co-founded PionEar Technologies – an innovative medical device company for ear and hearing disorders. Led by Dr. Pavlichenko, in 2018, PionEar Technologies has received the Grand Prize in the Health and Life Sciences Track at the Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge; the Audience Choice Grand Prize at the 115th Mass Innovation Nights; and the Gold Prize at the MassChallenge Boston. She was selected as one of the participants of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council’s MassCONNECT program, and currently is a participant of the MassMedic Ignite Program. PionEar’s novel tympanostomy tube technology, co-invented by Dr. Pavlichenko, has won the Collegiate Innovators Competition by National Hall of Fame and the United States Patent and Trademark Office in November 2018. She is the winner of the MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 Award in 2019.
Previously, Dr. Pavlichenko was a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Joanna Aizenberg at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where she was applying the principles of bio-inspired engineering for the design and development of novel medical devices and AI-based photonic sensors, and spearheading numerous complex collaborative efforts with academia, industry, government, and start-ups, and was a co-inventor on several patents. Dr. Pavlichenko earned her PhD (summa cum laude) from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany in 2014 and an MSc (summa cum laude) from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia in 2010.