CNS Advisory Board Member
Isaac Han '15 BS is a Staff Scientist working at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Medical School. Han has a range of experience in biomedical research, with a focus on viral vectors and gene therapy. During his time at the Wyss he has been involved in a commercialization project for novel gene therapy technologies, co-authored several patents related to viral vector engineering, and most recently worked throughout the pandemic developing a COVID-19 neutralization assay. Prior to jumping into biotech Han spent two years in the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, where he served as an infantry sniper and received an official commendation from the commanding general of the USMC 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force for distinguished service during Key Resolve 2015 before an honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant.
Han has also been busy outside of the lab. As one of the first graduates of the iCons Program at UMass Amherst, he co-founded the iCons Alumni Network, a 501(c)3 non-profit, with a group of friends in 2015. As founding president, he was involved with building the iCons community beyond UMass. He helped coordinate on-campus events connecting alumni with students, as well as off-campus STEM outreach and community development events. Most recently he has co-founded another non-profit called Scientists Against Misinformation, a Boston-based science communication effort centered around combating Covid-19 misinformation.