Professional Staff

Dad 2014cShiva Kalinga, PhD

Managing Director | Program Manager
Phone: 617-253-2627
Address: NE47-383


Dr. Kalinga is responsible for the implementation and management of the research and programs of the Center.  Shiva brings experience in research operations, technology development, and strategic planning. He works closely with staff and faculty in implementing technology driven systems and synthetic biology projects for a variety of health-related applications.

Dr. Kalinga holds a MS in microbiology from Bangalore University and a PhD in biochemistry from ETH Zurich. His graduate research was supported by the Swiss NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and he completed a Merck Postdoctoral Fellowship from Computational and Systems Biology at MIT in the Department of Biological Engineering. In addition, Dr. Kalinga has pursued studies at MIT in Administration, Leadership development, Financial management, and Machine learning.  He has also received an executive education certificate in mini-MBA from Bentley University.



OlgaOlga Parkin

Senior Administrative Assistant
Phone: 617-324-7555
Address: NE47-257

Olga manages the facilities at Technology Square and supports the laboratory personnel with purchasing, accounting procedures, Institute procedures, coordinates events for the Synthetic Biology Center and plays a key role in the daily operations.  She was awarded the Infinite Mile Award for Sustained Excellence, MIT School of Engineering in 2001. At MIT, she has served as co-convenor of the Working Group for Support Staff Issues twice and has actively participated on many Institute Committees.