Anna is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her thesis work in the lab of Dr. Charlotte Sumner uses novel in-vivo mouse and in-vitro human blood-brain barrier models to study pathological mechanism underlying an inherited neurological disease, Charcot Marie Tooth Disease Type 2C. Prior to her graduate training, she received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and neuroscience from the University of South Carolina. Outside of lab, she is also involved in Hopkins Biotech Network running the Mentorship-Match Program, and enjoys walking dogs as a Rover dog sitter.
Favorite Quote: “Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life.” Hope Jahren

Evan is a biomedical engineering student with an interest in innovative device design and implementation, working towards a career in patent law. 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 that fosters entrepreneurship within the Hopkins community.

Argo is an MBA candidate at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Prior to attending Johns Hopkins, he received undergraduate and graduate degrees in biomedical engineering. Argo has worked in various roles in medical device companies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups, but has maintained a focus in next generation implantable technologies in the neurosurgical space.
Favorite Quote: “If you fail, never give up because ‘F.A.I.L.’ means ‘First Attempt in Learning.’”

Kate DeNatale is a first-year MBA student at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School pursuing the Health, Technology, & Innovation track. She is also pursuing a certificate in Mental Health Policy, Economics, & Services through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to her time at business school, her professional experience included managing business operations in hospital and private-practice settings. She graduated from the University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, minoring in biology and chemistry and a concentration in cognitive neuroscience. Through her fellowship, Kate is excited to learn how to build sustainable business models that lead to actionable policy change. She is passionate about creating innovative healthcare delivery systems that increase access, safeguard patient autonomy and celebrate diversity.
Favorite Quote: “Imagination is the only weapon in the war with reality.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Autumn is a first-year student in the Master of Science in Nursing Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, ultimately pursuing a career as a Nurse Practitioner. Prior to her graduate studies, she attended Dartmouth College where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She was involved in numerous research studies within both the Cognitive Science and Psychological and Brain Sciences Departments. Autumn is excited to combine her love for medicine, research, and social justice to deliver transformative technologies to both patients and health care providers.
Favorite Quote: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin 

Jean is a PhD candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In the laboratory of Dr. Ryan Riddle, he studies the role of the Wnt signaling pathway in the development and maintenance of bone tissue. Prior to graduate training, he received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Turabo University in Gurabo, PR. He also completed a two-year NIH-PREP research fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Erika Matunis at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Wendy is a PhD candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In the laboratory of Dr. Susan Eshleman, she studies the antibody response to HIV infection in the context of early viral suppression, and how reactivity to specific epitopes impacts intrahost viral evolution. Prior to training at Hopkins, she earned her master’s degree in applied molecular biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Jacksonville University.
Favorite Quote: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Samir is a junior studying Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins, with a focus on medical devices and imaging. He has experience in instrumentation and computer vision, developing an image processing tool to analyze biomarkers indicative of lung disease in CT scans. He is passionate about medical devices and commercializing new technology to bring to the frontiers of medicine.

Joy 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.

As a Senior Fellow at the Commercialization Academy, Jamie manages a cohesive team of talented fellows that evaluate the potential of novel technologies. Jamie is a PhD 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.

As a Commercialization Fellow, Disha writes marketing analyses and summaries of various inventions, with a focus on instrumentation and imaging medical devices. 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 device that utilizes cloud computing to extract blood flow from a 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.

Paroma is currently a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering, with a focus in Imaging and Medical Devices, at JHU. She has previously conducted research in Dr. Schulman’s lab at JHU to study capped DNA nanotubes in an effort to create a cell motor. Additionally, she has experience working on design teams such as Sup2Litho and Global Health Design. With the former, she worked on addressing swift, efficient patient repositioning during high-risk surgeries, and with the latter, she co-founded a student organization, a team that collaborated with members from Uganda to further develop medical device projects. Outside of these pursuits, she is also involved in community service with Alpha Phi Omega and misses practicing lyra (pre-pandemic) with JHU Circus Club.
Favorite Quote: “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” John Lewis

Danielle is a Ph.D. candidate in Pathobiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a member of Gyanu Lamichhane’s lab, she investigates antibiotic targets and drug resistance in nontuberculous mycobacteria in order to develop better antimicrobial chemotherapies. She is passionate about translating scientific findings into real-world solutions and previously conducted preclinical testing on antimicrobials and medical devices as an industry scientist. At Johns Hopkins, Danielle continues to develop her business experience while exploring the intersection of science and management as an active member of the entrepreneurial community, including as CEO of NovvaCup, a student-led startup. She plans to apply her business background and experience in drug development and medical device testing to the biopharma industry through a career in consulting or venture capital.

Ifunanya is a PhD Candidate at the Program of Molecular Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University. Under his advisor Dr. Brian Camley, he develops and tests mathematical models that leverage the relationship between cell shape and motion to accurately predict cell behavior. Prior to Johns Hopkins, he received his bachelor’s in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Princeton University. As a Commercialization Academy Fellow, he’s excited to be able to leverage his technical background to advance the impact that scientific research can have on society at large.
Favorite Quote: “A place where someone still thinks about you is a place you can call home.” Jiraiya, from Naruto

As a Commercialization Academy fellow, Ikenna analyzes the commercial market, academic, and patent landscape of early-stage technologies from academic laboratories at Johns Hopkins University. Ikenna is a fourth-year PhD in the Program for Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology, and Biophysics (CMDB). He is advised by Dr. Taekjip Ha, where he uses high-resolution imaging techniques to study the physical behaviors of CRISPR  proteins and RNAs. He spent this past summer working for a boutique strategy consulting firm as an analyst, gaining valuable work experience. Prior to attending JHU, he earned a bachelor’s in Neuroscience from George Mason and a Master’s in Biological Science from UMBC. Outside of school he enjoys eating, cooking, (follow @ikennaeats on IG), reading, and traveling.
Favorite Quote: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Norman Vincent Peale

Mary is a PhD candidate in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In the lab of Jonathan Schneck, MD, PhD, she studies how biomaterial-based platforms can be utilized to alter T cell metabolism for enhanced adoptive cellular therapies. Prior to Johns Hopkins, Mary received her Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. For the 2021-2022 school year she will serve as the Co-Chair of BME EDGE to help other BME PhD students explore nonacademic career options. Outside of her studies, Mary enjoys playing the guitar, writing music with friends, and baking.
Favorite Quote: “In all work, there is profit.”

Lexi recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University in New York City. During her undergrad, she pursued a variety of research opportunities in the Immunology field and worked as a medical assistant at the Simmons-O’Brien & Orlinsky Dermatology Practice. In the Commercialization Academy, Lexi researches and analyzes novel technologies submitted by faculty to provide insight in order to further the commercialization strategy.
Favorite Quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Jun is a full-time MBA student at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and received undergraduate and graduate degrees in public health from The Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is interested in pursuing venture capital at the intersection of health and hospitality and helping teams build and grow their operating model as they commercialize and scale their technology, product or service. Prior to resuming his graduate training, Jun worked in corporate development and strategy, mergers and acquisitions, management consulting and strategic initiatives for Booz Allen Hamilton and MGM Resorts International. He most recently served the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and in their Web and Emerging Technologies Group.

Jason is currently a senior, double majoring in biomedical engineering and economics at Johns Hopkins University. He has conducted research at Boston University in Stimulated Raman Scattering. This past summer Jason worked in the project management division at the pharmaceutical company Catalent. He will be returning to Catalent the following summer to work in Strategy and Corporate Development as an intern.
Favorite Quote: “I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” Mewtwo, Pokémon Movie

Alex is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Under the guidance of Dr. Netz Arroyo, he develops electrochemical aptamer-based sensors for the continuous monitoring of drug concentrations in the body. Prior to his graduate career, Alex earned degrees in chemistry and microbiology from the University of Alabama. In his free time, he loves to bake cookies.

As Senior Fellow, Selina supervises a team of student fellows and reviews technology evaluations and marketing summaries. Selina is a PhD 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 the University of Michigan Medical School.
Favorite Quote: “The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times – although such experiences can also be enjoyable if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

As a Commercialization Academy Fellow, Aliyah develops and executes marketing campaigns to generate interest in Johns Hopkins technologies from potential industry partners. Aliyah is a third-year PhD candidate in the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology program at Johns Hopkins. She works in the lab of Dr. Jamie Spangler at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Translational Tissue Engineering Center where she is engineering novel molecular platforms for targeted stimulation of immune clearance. Aliyah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland in College Park.
Favorite Quote: “Nothing will work unless you do.” Maya Angelou  

As a Commercialization Academy fellow, Jessica analyzes the JHTV technology portfolio to help identify methods of improving commercialization efforts for faculty. Jessica is a junior studying biomedical engineering with a focus area in imaging and instrumentation. She is a member of the Photoacoustic and Ultrasonic Systems Engineering (PULSE) lab where she works on robot-assisted ultrasound imaging applications. She is also a member of a design team, working on improving the current standards of detecting magnets in ingested foreign bodies for pediatric patients.
Favorite Quote: “Try again, fail again. Fail better.”

Joining the Commercialization Academy, Joe is in his fourth year as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His thesis project under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Siliciano investigates the role of adaptive immunity in the context of a cure for HIV. In addition to his graduate work, Joe is an avid biotech investor and a co-director/host of the Hopkins Biotech Podcast.
Favorite Quote: “Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.” Richard Feynman 

Kelliann currently evaluates novel technologies submitted to JHTV, providing key insights related to value proposition, challenges/risks, and applicable markets that guide the commercialization strategy. Kelliann is a first-year in the Master of Science in Nursing (Entry into Nursing) Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She came to nursing after obtaining her Bachelors of Science in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and working for over a decade at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At the FDA, she conducted regulatory research on neural implants, reviewed pre-market submissions for neurological and physical medicine devices, and coordinated analyses on emerging post-market medical device safety issues. Kelliann is excited to use her experiences to collaboratively bring new, safe, and effective products to patients and healthcare providers.
Favorite Quote: “Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.” Unknown

Brett is a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science department at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. In the laboratory of Dr. Gregory Hager, he develops computer vision and machine learning applications for medical problems, particularly in the operating room and endoscopic surgery. Brett earned his master’s in Robotics and his bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Favorite Quote: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” Henry David Thoreau

Siya is a junior majoring in biomedical engineering with a focus on 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.

As a Commercialization Academy Fellow, Anson uses data analysis to identify technologies at JHU and JHMI that have high commercial potential to expand the number of licenses within the JHTV portfolio. Anson is a sophomore undergraduate studying biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins. He is a member of the Hai-Quan Mao Lab at the Institute for NanoBioTechnology and the Translational Tissue Engineering Center where he develops biomaterials devices for nerve and soft tissue regeneration. He is also a co-founder of Pediafeed, a startup creating a novel pediatric gastrostomy tube. Additionally, he is a board member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, serves as Vice-President of the Society for Biomaterials, and works as a member of the Access and Diversity Committee at the Office of Admissions.
Favorite Quote: “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Justin is a junior at Johns Hopkins studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management. As a member of the Searson Group at the Institute for NanoBioTechnology, Justin constructs microfluidic models of the blood-brain barrier to study neurodegeneration. Additionally, he participates in the BME Design Team program, where he worked on reducing the incidence of Catheter-Associated UTIs by tracking bacteriuria concentration and is currently leading a team to develop a low-cost task trainer model for arthrocentesis. Outside of research and design, Justin is involved with the MedTech Network, Hopkins Sport Taekwondo, First-Year Orientation, and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity.
Favorite Quote: “You can disagree without being disagreeable.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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