In 2017, my Yale college roommate Andrew Rothaus (Harvard Business School 2018) reached out to me with an idea spurred by the Zika Virus outbreak in Miami. At the time, I was at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health earning my Masters in Public Health degree. The premise was this: can a safer, longer-lasting repellent have a major impact in stopping vector-borne infectious disease outbreaks?
We believed it could, and thus began Longsleeve. Using polymer-based technology, we are working on creating a long-lasting, DEET-free insect repellent. My primary interest is in how we can apply and operationalize this technology in low-income settings, both rural and urban, as well as middle-income high-density populations where malaria, dengue and other such diseases are prevalent. Moreover, I am interested in utilizing this technology to help reach “last-mile” communities in which Neglected Tropical Diseases remain burdensome.
Current topics of personal interest include: the testing and application of our technology to non-mosquito insect vectors, as well as longevity testing on mosquitos.
A better insect repellent: Abraar Karan MPH 17 wants to launch a long-lasting repellent in countries suffering from malaria and other vector-borne diseases (2020)
Former Yale roommates win $75k grand prize at Harvard to combat disease (2018)
Harvard Business School Names Winners of 21st New Venture Competition at Finale (2018)
Three-day mosquito repellent takes top prize at biz school competition (2018)
New mosquito repellent developed in Boston offers near-perfect protection for days )(2018)
Karan Wins HBS Dubilier Grand Prize (Brigham and Women’s) (2018)
Calabasas grad already making impact on world health scene (2018)
Student team pitches long-lasting insect repellent (2017)