“35 Top Innovators Under the Age of 35” Focus on Internet, Mobile and Life Sciences

Cambridge, Mass. — MIT Technology Review recently released its annual list of “35 Top Innovators Under the Age of 35.” Innovators and inventors from Internet, mobile tech and life sciences dominated the list.




Among the 35 inventors, six are of Chinese decent. They are Hao Li, assistant professor at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering; Feng Zhang, assistant professor at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT; Liangfang Zhang, nano-engineering professor at UC San Diego; Bowen Zhao, researcher at the institute of BGI-Shenzhen; Xiaolin Zheng, associate professor at Stanford University’s department of Mechanical Engineering; and Yu Zheng, lead researcher for Microsoft Research Asia.

At 21, Bowen Zhao is the youngest innovator who made the 2013 list. Renewable energy and nano-tech are other fields that produces multiple innovators who made to the list. The nominees are invited to attend an award ceremony to be held in October.




As one of the world’s most prestigious journal in scientific and technology, MIT’s Technology Review focuses on how scientific innovations in the fields of biomedicine, communications, materials, and computing are changing our world.

The “Innovator Under 35” award was started in 1999. All nominees to the list must be younger than 35 on October 1, 2013. The List of 2013 “35 Top Innovators Under the Age of 35” by MIT Technology Review is below.

Dmitri Alperovitch, 32
The cofounder of the security company CrowdStrike wants to help cyberattack victims strike back.

Vijay Balasubramaniyan, 33
Determining the origin of a phone call cuts fraud, including identity theft.

Caroline Buckee, 34
Cell phones can become a weapon against disease. (+video)

Leah Busque, 33
In the jobless economic recovery, an online labor marketplace thrives. (+video)

John Dabiri, 33
How is a wind farm like a school of fish? (+video)

Leslie Dewan, 28
What if we could build a nuclear reactor that costs half as much, consumes nuclear waste, and will never melt down?

David Fattal, 34
A revolutionary type of 3-D display could provide a new look to moving images. (+video)

Christine Fleming, 30
Images of the beating heart could make it easier to detect and treat heart disease.

Roozbeh Ghaffari, 33
Inspired by the courage of his younger brother, MC10’s cofounder is finding ways to create novel electronic devices that improve human health.

Anthony Goldbloom, 30
A startup called Kaggle tries to bring smart people to knotty problems.

Dmitry Grishin, 34
When the Internet was getting big in Russia, he was in the right place at the right time. Now he hopes to do it again with personal robotics.

Rebeca Hwang, 33
Many innovations can’t happen without the right connections.

Julie Kientz, 33
If you want to use technology to make life better for people with autism and their families, the trick is to make the technology secondary.

Per Ola Kristensson, 34
New computing devices are inspiring new ways to input text.

Hao Li, 32
Smarter animation bridges the gap between the physical and digital worlds. (+video)

Enrique Lomnitz, 30
A design student returned to his native Mexico City after college in the United States to help the megalopolis overcome its water crisis.

Eric Migicovsky, 27
How he invented the smart watch.

Ben Milne, 30
Digital payment systems dreamed up in the Web era still piggyback on credit card networks. There ought to be a faster and cheaper way.

Lina Nilsson, 33
Lowering the cost of basic biological research.

Markus Persson, 34
After hitting the video-game jackpot, an independent game developer reflects on his success.

Morgan Quigley, 32
Open-source software is making it nearly as easy to program a robot as it is to write an app.

Kira Radinsky, 27
How good can computers get at predicting events?

Steve Ramirez, 25
An MIT grad student can find and even change memories in a mouse’s brain. (+video)

Matt Rogers, 30
The cofounder of Nest, which invented a thermostat that learns people’s preferences, explains what’s next.

Laura Schewel, 29
Looking more closely at the way people move through cities.

Bright Simons, 31
The mPedigree Network, based in Ghana, lets people determine with a text message whether their medicine is legitimate.

Balaji Srinivasan, 33
Screening prospective parents for recessive diseases could be the first big hit in clinical genomics.

Kuniharu Takei, 32
A novel fabrication step for nano­materials could lead to fast, energy-efficient flexible electronics.

Evans Wadongo, 27
Growing up in Kenya, he strained to read by the dim light of a kerosene lantern. Now he’s making solar-charged lanterns and using them to spur economic development. (+video)

Amos Winter, 33
Some problems aren’t apparent until you ask.

Feng Zhang, 31
Genomic research may finally help dispel the ignorance shrouding many types of mental illness.

Liangfang Zhang, 33
A nanoengineering scheme to make drugs more effective by fooling the immune system.

Bowen Zhao, 21
What do your genes say about how smart you are?

Xiaolin Zheng, 34
An ingenious solar sticker made with techniques drawn from nanotechnology could turn almost any surface into a source of power.

Yu Zheng, 34
Analyzing newly available data about the intricacies of urban life could make cities better.

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