Sahil Aggarwal

Sahil is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Under the tutelage of Dr. John Toscano, he is developing novel photoprecursors for the generation of the reactive intermediate hydropersulfides, which have been found in recent decades to be an important post-translational modification modulated by the small bio-signaling molecule H2S. Prior to his graduate studies he received his bachelor’s in chemistry with a minor in mathematics from Hofstra University.
Current Training: Chemistry
Favorite Quote: “You must become obsessed with obtaining what you are trying to get, you have to be obsessed with it.” – CT Fletcher

Evan Bender

Evan is a junior studying biomedical engineering at JHU.  He is currently leading a design team working to improve the standard of care for patients requiring supplemental oxygen therapy. He is also working on teams focused on containing aerosolized particles during resuscitation in response to COVID-19, and reducing occurrences of limb length discrepancies in total hip replacement procedures. Additionally, Evan is a member of TCO Labs, a student run organization which fosters entrepreneurship within the Hopkins community.
Favorite Quote: “To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me”-Isaac Newton

Augie Calabresi

Augie combined a biology minor with supplemental coursework in computer science and statistics during his studies at Washington University in St. Louis. While there, he participated in electrophysiology research in a medical imaging laboratory. Post-graduation, he worked on programming and data analytics for a boutique market research firm in the Washington, D.C. area.
Favorite Quote: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.”
-Robert Frost

Katie Cascino

Katie is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Working under her advisor, Dr. Andrea Cox, she is studying the immune response to Hepatitis B virus (HBV) in order to determine correlates of protection against progression to a chronic infection that can be used in the design of a functional cure for HBV.

Dennis Gong

Dennis is currently a second year undergraduate studying Biomedical Engineering and Applied Math in the Whiting School of Engineering. He is a particle engineering and drug delivery researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Jordan Green where he develops artificial antigen presenting cells to improve immune stimulation. He also works for Kubanda Cryotherapy, a cryotherapy company bringing minimally invasive cryotherapy treatments as an alternative to surgery for pets. Additionally, Dennis is an organizer of MedHacks, the nation’s premier medical themed hackathon held at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a student board member of the Agora Institute.

Isabelle Holt

Isabelle is a rising junior undergraduate student studying Global and Public Health Sciences and Business at Cornell University. She has wet lab experience from the Jackson Laboratory located in Bar Harbor, Maine where she had a role in cardiovascular research focused on metabolic properties that could be altered to prevent disease onset. She also has product development experience working at a health and wellness technology startup company located in Durham, North Carolina. She is concentrating in healthcare, and aspires to help transform unsustainable healthcare systems using digital technology. She is an active member of the Cornell Health International Club, MEDLIFE and founder of the Art Factory club. Her hobbies include painting, running, and playing lacrosse.

Favorite Quote: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less” – Marie Curie

Samir Ismail

Samir is a sophomore undergraduate student at studying biomedical engineering. He has a concentration in medical devices and imaging, and hopes to create devices for patients in developing countries.

Shivaanee Kothavale

Shivaanee Kothavale is currently a graduate student of Biotechnology. She has worked with the Bio-NMR lab at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India.
Current training: Biotechnology
Favorite quote: “And miles to go before I sleep.” from ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ by Robert Frost

Joo Hee (Joy) Lee

Joy Lee is a Sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering. She has experience working with breast cancer imaging and wearable optical imaging devices, wet lab experience with bacterial culturing on materials with anti-biofouling properties, and currently working on cell segmentation and imaging for Dr. Devreotes.

Keidai (Eric) Lee

Eric Lee is a sophomore undergraduate studying Computer Science, Philosophy, and minoring in Psychology. He currently leads a team project addressing homelessness with Enactus – a social entrepreneurship club – and is directing his first promotional video with the TEDxJHU tech team. After furthering his studies in the computer science sub-field of Human-Computing Interaction, Keidai plans to apply his technical skills, design thinking, and project management skills to the workforce.

Eduardo Martinez-Montes

Eduardo is a third year PhD student in the JHU School of Medicine’s Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology graduate program. His work in Andrew Feinberg’s lab focuses on DNA methylation entropy and epigenetic diversity in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Jamie Medina

Jamie is a Ph.D. candidate in the cellular and molecular medicine program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His thesis research uses next-generation sequencing approaches to detect cell-free tumor DNA in liquid biopsies for early and advanced stage cancers. Prior to graduate training, he received his bachelor’s in biology from Bridgewater State University and performed cancer research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Current Training: Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty Mentor: Victor Velculescu, MD, Ph.D., professor of oncology, pathology and medicine, co-director of cancer biology
Favorite Quote: “Chance favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur

Jessica Miciak

Jessica Miciak is a fifth-year graduate student in the cellular and molecular medicine program. In the laboratory of Dr. Fred Bunz, she studies the role of the tumor suppressor p53 in the antiviral response. Prior to her graduate studies, she received her bachelor’s and master’s in biology from The Johns Hopkins University. Outside of science, she pursues impromptu comedy as a member of the Baltimore Improv Group.
Current Training: Cellular & Molecular Medicine
Favorite Quote: “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” – T.S. Eliot

Blake Miner

Blake is currently an undergraduate student at The University of Dayton studying Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Human Movement Biomechanics. Blake has a strong technical background from his internship experience in both next-generation wireless solutions and cutting-edge medical equipment. He has experience working for G3 Technologies, where he held a significant role in the design of products for wireless solutions. He also interned at Midmark, a medical equipment supplier, where he worked to launch new products that meet customer demands. He has ambitions to make an impact on society through the innovation of prosthetics and exoskeleton robotics.
Favorite Quote:“It is hard to fail, but it is worse to have never tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Disha Mishra

Disha is a sophomore undergraduate student at The Johns Hopkins University studying biomedical engineering. She has wet lab experience and design team experience working on a a device that utilizes cloud computing to extract blood flow from captured video of a patient’s skin and displays the blood flow onscreen as a visual overlay on top of the original video. Disha also is part of the Dil Se Board, which runs a dance competition held at JHU, as well as a PILOT (Peer-Led Team Learning) leader where I help students become more comfortable in concepts of differential equations.
Current Training: WSE Biomedical Engineering
Favorite Quote: “Favorite quote: You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” – Ray Bradbury

Paroma Mukhopadhyay

Paroma is currently in junior undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University currently majoring in Biomedical Engineering, with a focus in Instrumentation and Imaging. She conducts research in the lab of Dr. Rebecca Schulman to study the kinetics of monomer tile addition to capped DNA nanotubes in efforts to create a cell motor. She is also involved in the community-service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, event planning with the JHU Interfaith Center, and practicing lyra with JHU Circus Club. She hopes to pursue a career in the biotechnology field.
Current Training: WSE Undergraduate – Biomedical Engineering
Favorite Quote: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain

Alexis Peña

Alexis Peña is a Ph.D. student in the biomedical engineering program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Whiting School of Engineering. Her work in the lab of Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff involves harnessing biomaterials and the immune system for regenerative medicine. Outside of lab, Alexis commits time to service. She is a current PTech mentor at Dunbar High School and an active mentor in Brotherhood Alliance for Science and Education (B.A.S.E.) a high school mentorship program through the School of Medicine.
Current Training: JHU SOM and WSE Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Elisseeff, Ph.D., Wilmer Eye Institute and Biomedical Engineering, Translational Tissue Engineering Center, Board of Maryland’s Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)
Favorite Quote: “I come as one, but stand as 10,000.” – Maya Angelou

Sanjana Pesari

Sanjana Pesari is a junior undergraduate student at The Johns Hopkins University studying molecular and cellular biology with a minor in philosophy. Her research focuses on endocytic defects in yeast, which will hopefully lead to the enhanced delivery of gene therapies for human neurodegenerative diseases. Prior to the Commercialization Academy, Sanjana worked for the Johns Hopkins Molecular Pathology Division, assisting in the karyotype analysis of cancer patients and mothers with at-risk pregnancies. She also used to compete for the Johns Hopkins Mock Trial team. In the long run, Sanjana hopes to attend law school or a Ph.D. program and pursue patent law.
Current Training: KSAS Undergraduate – Molecular and Cellular Biology
Faculty Mentor: Beverly Wendland, Ph.D., James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and professor, Department of Biology and Department of Biophysics
Favorite Quote: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

Thuc Tram (Kate) Phan

Kate Phan is an MBA candidate at the Carey Business School and former New Product Development Manager at The Coca-Cola Company. She has extensive experience in leading multinational projects, commercializing new innovations and maximizing profit of new product launches.

Selina Shiqing Teh

Selina is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine program in the School of Medicine. Her thesis research utilizes both molecular biology and bioinformatics approaches to develop a novel cell killing strategy against pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Prior to her graduate studies, she received her bachelor’s degree in Genetics from Iowa State University and did post-baccalaureate research at University of Michigan Medical School.

Anish Thyagarajan

Anish Thyagarajan is a recent graduate in the JHU Biomedical Engineering program with a focus area in Imaging and Medical Devices. He is currently a graduate student continuing in Biomedical Engineering now focusing on Immunoengineering. He has worked at JHTV as a commercialization fellow for 3 years. He also has experience in lab research and business development for an startup developing a peptide drug for Alzheimer’s Disease. Furthermore, he has worked in healthcare consulting, specifically developing pitch decks and analytical research for two major biotechnology clients. After finishing his MS degree, he plans on working for IQVIA healthcare consulting as an associate consultant.
Current Training: Biomedical Engineering
Favorite Quote: ““I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison”

Siya Zhang

Siya is a junior majoring in biomedical engineering with a focus in imaging and instrumentation. She has experience on a design team working on monitoring spinal cord blood flow post-spinal cord injury, and is currently on a design team focusing on improving neonatal enteral access. She develops hardware in Otoglobal Health, a startup developing a low-cost, smartphone-based Otoacoustic Emissions Device (OAE), OtoScreen, to accurately identify newborn and pediatric hearing loss in developing countries.