Tom Barber, PhD

Tom Barber, PhD

Senior Director, Operations

Tom Barber, PhD, has over a decade of microfluidic technology, systems engineering and product development experience in rare cell isolation and blood separation. As a founding member of the innovation team at the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, he helped build and lead the engineering team that scaled and disseminated three generations of circulating tumor cell isolation technology. Prior to joining MGH, Tom was a key contributor at Verinata Health (acquired by Illumina) in the development of a microfluidic platform for isolating fetal cells from maternal blood. He earned his bachelor’s degree from MIT in materials science and engineering and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University. He holds a PhD from UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco’s joint graduate group in bioengineering, where he focused on the development of novel orthopedic biomaterial surface coatings. Tom is a founding team member of MicroMedicine.