Grad advocates for people with disabilities and their families

Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 07:10 in Mathematics & Economics

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. A lot of what Nathan Grant did while at Harvard — and plans to do now — circles back to his twin brother, Nik. At 3 years old, Nik was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Hunter syndrome, also known as MPS II. It is progressively debilitating, causing stunted growth, developmental disabilities, respiratory problems, and shortened life expectancy. Doctors thought Nik might not make it beyond 10. “My brother has definitely surpassed that. He’s now 22,” said Grant, a Dunster House alumnus from Cincinnati. “There is a lot of research going on with this disease, and there’s a lot of answers in health care so people are living longer.” Grant concentrated in molecular and cellular biology (MCB) to become part of finding those answers. “I wanted to learn more about the genetics of MPS and what can be done...

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