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Michael Mandanas

Michael Mandanas

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Junior in Biological Engineering

Michael is a rising junior in the Biological Engineering department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is focusing on immunoengineering to work towards a deeper understanding of the immune system and food allergies in particular. 

He has been involved with food allergy advocacy since high school, is a former member of the FARE Teen Advisory Group, and has avidly spoken about food allergy on local as well as national stages. He was recognized with the FARE National Teen Vision Award in 2016. 

Michael is also the developer of an epinephrine temperature regulation pack called the Epi-Temp, which won him the FARE Young Innovator award in 2017. The Epi-Temp has been available to the public since 2018.

Michael is a performer at heart. He is heavily involved with the Musical Theatre Guild at MIT, is a choreographer and dancer for Ridonkulous, an urban competitive dance team at MIT, and is also very active as the assistant rush chair for his fraternity.

While maintaining social distancing during this pandemic, Michael continues to work in front of the screen, whether choreographing dance routines or producing short cooking or informational videos, and he is currently participating in a full-time remote internship with Vertex, a major pharmaceutical company.

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