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Oliver Medvedik earned his Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences program. As part of his doctoral work he has used single-celled budding yeast as a genetic system to map pathways that underlie the processes of aging in more complex organisms, such as humans.
Prior to arriving in Boston for his doctoral studies, he was raised in New York City. He obtained his bachelor's degree in biology from Hunter College, City University of New York.
Since graduating in 2006 from Harvard, he has worked as a biotechnology consultant and has taught molecular and cellular biology to numerous students. He has mentored two of Harvard’s teams and the Cooper Union-Columbia University team for the international genetically engineered machines competition (IGEM), held annually at M.I.T. He is a co-founder of Genspace, the world’s first community biotechnology laboratory, located in Brooklyn, New York.