|MIT Department: Media Arts and Sciences
Undergraduate Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Faculty Mentor: Hugh Herr
Research Supervisor: Dr Tony Shut
My name is Christopher Shallal and I am currently a rising junior at Johns Hopkins University from Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m a biomedical engineering major with a robotics minor focusing in instrumentation and neuro-engineering. Because I have been a double amputee all my life, I’m extremely passionate about prosthetic technology, soft robotics, and neural devices. My aim is to combine all of these different fields to create a more realistic and functional prosthetic limb. Since coming to Johns Hopkins I have worked in a laboratory on improving upper limb prosthesis control and comfort, and I also conducted research in Singapore on soft robotic materials. My goal is to pursue a PhD and elevate the lives of amputees and those with other physical disabilities through my research. Outside of school, I enjoy playing wheelchair tennis, cooking and traveling.