Celebrating and nurturing the community of Johns Hopkins women whose academic ingenuity will change the world.
The Johns Hopkins community is rich with female pioneers in myriad fields striving to impact the world. Yet women are underrepresented in commercialization here and across the academic community.
JHTV is eager to support women across campus in bringing their research to fruition through applied research, translation, and entrepreneurship. Learn about resources available nationally and across Johns Hopkins campus.
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In the Spotlight
Help us to celebrate the community of Johns Hopkins women in tech by nominating a female colleague that deserves recognition.
"Alum and co-founder of A-Level Capital and SoGal Ventures which primarily invests in female-founded and minority-founded companies, Elizabeth (RIGHT) is an amazing human being who continues to give back to the Hopkins Community."
"She is focused not only on clearly groundbreaking research but also on accelerating advances in the field through translation into commercial ventures."
"Dr. Kadam has an unwavering commitment and determination to help children that suffer from seizures which fuels her creativity and scientific passion. She is a champion and true rockstar for these kids."
"Dr. Badaki-Makun is revolutionizing how we care for children who get sick from COVID, by translating brilliant basic science insights to the bedside."
"Dr. Sikder has a unique combination of credentials (engineering+medicine) and skillsets, and her AI-based innovation concept has enormous potential in improving healthcare."
"Therese sees many problems, picks the best ones to resolve, and knows how to build a team to execute those solutions."
"Dr. Spangler tackles the hardest, most important problems in protein engineering and is a world leader in creating new proteins for improving human health."
"Chanya is an energetic engineer, mom and entrepreneur who brings calm, compassion, commitment and leadership to a team of first-time founders. Her meticulous attention to detail and relentless drive are significant assets to the venture."
"Her dedication towards helping people who do not have any treatment options for a rare disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth by working tirelessly on the bench to develop a cure makes Dr. Sumner a ROCKSTAR!"
"Dr. Wolberger approaches difficult problems with tenacity and her unique insights into protein structure and function unlock clues into how our bodies work and how to treat diseases."
"The technology Sri presented at Pitch It On! is cutting edge and shows a lot of potential application in successful surgeries and predictive therapeutics."
"Susanna is an inspiring professor and innovative researcher dedicated to sustainable development and forging new solutions which better the world."
"Amanda perseveres, she is able to overcome obstacles and reroute her plans. She fights for what she believes in."
“Leveraging her expertise in creative design and business, Jasmine stands as a thought leader in the digital health startup accelerator field. She makes the work-life balance look easy: female leader by day, mama by night.”
"An outstanding teacher, surgeon and clinical researcher, Dr. Akpek is a favorite amongst trainees at the Wilmer Institute and a role model for our junior faculty."
"Dr. Steadtke is a very talented and passionate clinician scientist working on a treatment for NF1 to give hope to patients suffering from the disease."
"Rebecca is committed to expanding awareness of opportunities across the under-represented minority community."
"Inez is the the 'creator' and 'engineer' behind the world's first fully transparent, FDA-cleared surgical mask, and which has sold nearly 16 million masks to date since April 2020. She continues to lead the company in product innovation and expansion as the company grows."
“Vasso has recognized early in her career the long-term potential and future impact of her research in IPSC derived brain cells for drug development for neurological disorders.”
"Lauren put the map on the map! Lauren built on the Hopkins tradition of public health, medicine, and engineering excellence by tracking worldwide cases from the global pandemic."
"Bekka is not only a leader and innovator in her field, but also an excellent mentor and teacher for future entrepreneurs and scientists."
"Suchi is an outstanding entrepreneur who uses big data to solve problems in health care, such as implementing an algorithm to identify sepsis and save hospital patients' lives."
"Carrie’s tireless work ethic, human-centered approach, and empathy for those with hearing loss make her an incredible leader and champion for those in need."
“A startup veteran and leader in setting JHU’s Innovation roadmap and building our local tech ecosystem.”
"Jessica is an attentive and supportive mentor, a creative and humanitarian engineer, and a super ambitious entrepreneur and leader. She is the single most driven and organized human I know."
“She is a neurology and drug discovery force; she holds nine JHU patents, six that have been out-licensed and she has co-founded two JHU start-up companies.”
Soojung Claire Hur
"Claire is passionate about applying her expertise to helping people live longer lives. She radiates joy and is a brilliant colleague."
"Her trailblazing path in the area of audio signal processing, as well as her continued commitment to excellence in teaching, mentoring and diversity."
"Beth is a courageous and kind colleague who continues to push the envelope in how data science can make cities safer and better."
"Through Francoise's work with Corrie Health Solutions, she aims to reinvent the cardiac patient’s experience. She's applying her clinical training and cutting edge technology to improve patient outcomes and prevent hospital re-admissions."
"Sujatha is really thoughtful about the role that commercialization can play in maximizing a researcher's impact. She is a great role model, having co-founded Ashvattha Therapeutics."
"Dr. Sofou thinks outside the box when it comes to treating cancer and developing innovative therapeutics. Her work changes the way we think about treating solid tumors."
"Hopkins alum Mojisola is pursuing her dream and helping those in need, all while tackling with aplomb the great challenges that come with starting a nonprofit."
“Meg navigates complex challenges facing her startup from strategic technical development to fundraising, and when critical tasks need to be done, Meg is the first to make a plan and commit to getting it done.”
Chao Hsing Yeh
"Through self-discipline, passion and dedication, Dr. Yeh’s innovation provides an alternative solution for people suffering from pain during our current opioid crisis."
"Pava does more for innovation ecosystems in 24 hours than most people can do in a week - the proof is in her prolific output."
Muyinatu “Bisi” Bell
"Bisi is a pioneer and innovator in the field of photoacoustic-guided surgery. She has developed technologies with multiple applications including women's health and was named the Maryland Outstanding Young Engineer in 2019."
“Director of our amazing Institute for NanoBioTechnology, she was recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine and is the founder of Gemstone, focused on skin regeneration products.”
“Leveraging decades of industry-side experience, she is the drug discovery dame of Johns Hopkins.”
“Julia has an incredible passion and drive to master every aspect of her business (a brain-computer interface, MindX), technology, and team.”
"Approaching medical school graduation, Helen is already an inventor-scholar-entrepreneur whose career we are excited to watch."
“Lauren (CENTER) has completely blown my mind for her drive, modesty, and inclusion; she has put the MSED on the map in terms of entrepreneurship and has instilled a culture of female leadership that I believe will trickle down for many years.”
“Her work ethic is unparalleled, commitment to patient safety and outcomes aspirational all without complaint and with the utmost sacrifice.”
"Kim is passionate about science and bringing treatments forward that will significantly improve patient outcomes. She is a person of great strength and drive and her ability to connect with people creates an organization with a strong sense of mission."
"Sara is a new generation scholar who combines excellence in teaching and research with a dedication to finding innovative technology solutions to critical societal problems."
"Dr. Caffrey not only shines herself, but she empowers others to shine alongside her. She has taken on the role of a true "surgineer" and leader in the current crisis, bringing together teams of experts from across the institution to help create solutions."
"Kate adapted the CSA model to bring healthy food options to her patients through Baltimore Farm to Clinic which supports vulnerable individuals with chronic medical conditions."
“Katie is a first-time founder and CEO of Eyedea Medical, working to bring people back their sight, and after two and half years on less than $40,000 of funding, is somehow nearly ready for market with a Class I device.”
"Laura is a positive and supportive mentor to her lab, as well as a mother and rising entrepreneur. She is a shining example of how one can do it all."
“Known for being a determined, passionate, pioneer in applying biomedical innovations; a Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Famer.”
“Clarisse’s (LEFT) work in cryotherapy supports women's health initiatives globally as she mentors many other women in her company and our community. She is tremendous example of the power of the young female scientist and entrepreneur.”
Do you know a Johns Hopkins woman (student, faculty, or staff) who is breaking major ground in applied research? Is there a rockstar investigator or entrepreneur that you look up to? Is there an emerging innovation you mentor or are simply rooting for? Complete the form below to nominate her to be featured on our site.
On October 19, JHTV hosted its second Pitch It On! event, a virtual pitch competition featuring Johns Hopkins women inventors seeking an award of $10,000 to support their innovation’s development. Three, exceptional female-led innovations presented their pitches online to a panel of entrepreneurs for live feedback. The event culminated with the audience voting for the most compelling pitch which will be awarded $10,000. Featured inventors include Therese Canares, MD, Shameema Sikder, MD, and Jamie Spangler, Ph.D. Check back soon for a full story covering the event!
National, local, and Johns Hopkins groups and programs available to women innovators.
JOHNS HOPKINS RESOURCES
Gertrude Stein Society
A student-led organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied members of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
The Office of Women in Science and Medicine
A faculty-focused group dedicated to the advancement of women faculty that serves to network women at all ranks in all Johns Hopkins School of Medicine departments and provides educational programs.
Women of Whiting
A student-led group that provides women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields with community building, networking, mentorship, and professional development opportunities.
RESOURCES OUTSIDE OF JOHNS HOPKINS
An organization that arms female founders and funders with access, guidance, and support to exponentially accelerate their success and propel the entire industry forward. Their mission is to amplify female voices, accelerate their success, and create a tech culture where women are leading, shaping, and funding the future.
The American Medical Women’s Association
A local, national, and international organization that advances women in medicine by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances.
A virtual mentor program and pitch competition taking national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups. Presented by Washington University in St. Louis’ Office of Technology Management and Osage University Partners.
Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship
A two-year fellowship for PhD students at U.S. universities pursuing tech research. Candidates must be nominated, current students who are underrepresented in the field of computing.
Tory Burch Foundation
An organization focused on empowering women entrepreneurs by offering access to capital, education, and mentoring and networking opportunities. Since 2004, they have developed programs and initiatives that invest in the success and sustainability of women-owned small businesses.