News Type: Alumni
Hopkins BME Alumni Q&A – Korak Sarkar ‘03
In this Q&A, Sarkar shares memories from his time at Hopkins BME, recalls how his professors made an impact on his career, and gives advice to students looking to become biomedical engineers.
Personalized Treatment for PTSD
Blythe Karow ’02, co-founder and CEO of Evren Technologies, has developed a medical device to treat PTSD by boosting the parasympathetic response to put the user in a more relaxed state.
Alaleh Azhir ’19 is researching ways of improving health care delivery for women
When one meets Alaleh Azhir, a Rhodes Scholar and Goldwater Scholar who graduated from Hopkins in 2019 with a perfect GPA, the word "rebel" may not immediately spring to mind. But Azhir's refusal to accept the barriers imposed on her has played a critical role in her path to success—and she wears the mantle of rebel proudly.
ClearMask makes and sells 11 million masks internationally
With FDA clearance, maximum barrier protection, and supply chain advantages, the business founded by Johns Hopkins alumni improves the standard of care for patients around the world.
Hopkins BME alum Neil Rens wins prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholarship
With a lifelong interest in leadership and service, Johns Hopkins alum Neil Rens has worked to make health care more accessible, merging his biomedical engineering background with medicine and health economics to create new models for health care delivery. This fall, he will take this pursuit to the next level as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University.
Alumni Spotlight: Bassil Dahiyat
Bassil Dahiyat, an alum from Hopkins BME, explains how the program helped prepare him for his career in the field of biotechnology.
Kevin Franck, MSE ’95, is on a mission to help the world hear better—and that starts, he says, “by changing the perception of everyone around us.”
Pathology’s Digital Future
After graduating from Hopkins BME, David West formed his own company with childhood friend Coleman Stavish and fellow engineering student Nathan Buchbinder. Together, the team is advancing the field of digital pathology.
From Hopkins to Silicon Valley
Bugrahan Cigdemoglu graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2017 with his bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering and computer science. Now working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley, Cigdemoglu offers career advice for current students looking to prepare for their future.
Weaving a new social fabric
To overcome her sense of isolation, Sarah Hemminger BS '02 PhD '10 sought to connect with the Baltimore community by creating Thread, a volunteer-based support network that is now garnering national attention.
Five with ties to Hopkins BME named to ‘Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list
Five trailblazers with ties to Johns Hopkins BME who have become leaders in their fields have been named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list for 2019.
Meet Bailey Surtees, BME alumna and research assistant
After earning her degree in 2017, Bailey Surtees joined the department as a research assistant to continue advancing her team’s goal of designing a low-cost treatment for breast cancer. In this interview, Surtees talks about the cryoablation project, her experiences in Africa, and the ways in which BME Design Teams shaped her life.
BME graduate and team named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list
A four-person team of Johns Hopkins alumni behind the startup Healthify was named to the 2018 Forbes "30 Under 30" list in the health care category.
BME alumnus inducted into Bakken Society
With 13 years of Johns Hopkins training, Patrick Helm joins a society honoring those who achieve the highest level of scientific accomplishment at Medtronic.
Hopkins entrepreneurs, alums land on Baltimore ’40 Under 40′ list
Three from Hopkins BME just landed on the '40 Under 40' list published by the Baltimore Business Journal.
Sounds of Progress
Lina Reiss’ research could one day help her hear voices better amid background noise. Reiss, PhD ’05, was believed to...
Proscia is Teaching Computers to Beat Cancer
For 150 years, pathologists have used glass slides and microscopes to analyze tissue samples, understand cancer and determine the best course of treatments. One Baltimore startup, however, is ushering this process and the whole field of pathology into an era of computational pathology.
BME alumnus launches startup to detect acute kidney injury
For patients undergoing cardiac surgery, kidney injury may be a far thought from their minds. For Aaron Chang ’15, who graduated with a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design within the Department of Biomedical Engineering, that thought has guided him in forming his startup company, Renalert.
In It for the Long Haul
Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, David Stein had a passion for medicine, science, and engineering, so a major like biomedical engineering seemed exciting. He was also attracted to Johns Hopkins not only for its reputation, but also for the chance to meet its former strength coach, Bill Starr. An avid weightlifter, Stein was drawn to Johns Hopkins for its strong athletic programs and excellent academics. He excelled in both. Stein earned his bachelor's degree in BME in 1997 and stayed to complete a master's degree in 1999 and a PhD in 2001, working in the lab of Gregory Chirikjian.
Tissue Analytics wins $50,000 at Beta City
The company is developing a mobile application to help doctors and nurses measure and track wound healing, a process that is typically done using an old-fashioned ruler and visual judgment.
BME alumni David Giarracco finds the right balance
As vice president of market development at Medtronic, David Giarracco, BME, MSE, finds the keys to his success at the intersection of the technical and personal.
David Narrow, BME MS ’13, among Forbes 30 Under 30 in healthcare
Narrow was selected for the 30 Under 30 honor as a notable entrepreneurs in health care for his clot monitoring technology as well as his adaptive bikes for stroke survivors.
Entrepreneurial engineer focuses on clinical needs
Physician and engineer Ananth Natarajan, MSE ’92, returned to Homewood campus this year as part of an ongoing speakers series to share his experience launching a medical device company.
BME alumni team enters wireless home lighting market
At their startup company, Switchmate, recent alumni Peng, Dua and Romano draw on their Design Team training as they probe the automatic light switch landscape, and seek a simple installation solution for consumers.
BME alums Brooke and Rege discuss post-graduate entrepreneurial endeavor
M. Jason Brooke, MSE ’04, and Abhishek Rege, MSE ’05, PhD ’12 recently stopped discussed their experiences in launching a startup company for their portable retinal imager at a recent BME EDGE event in Clark Hall.
Investing in the future of health care
BME alumnus Robert Mittendorff ’98 keeps his finger on the pulse of health care technology as a principal at Norwest Venture Partners, where he focuses on investing capital in the field’s most exciting new developments, from medical devices to specialty pharma.
Anti-gravity treadmills improve physical therapy
Johns Hopkins BME alumnus Steve Basta heads AlterG, the California company that created the anti-gravity treadmill, as well as a bionic leg mobility trainer.
Sorger heads up medical research at Intuitive Surgical
BME alumni, Jonathan Sorger, is the director of medical research at Intuitive Surgical — a global leader in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery.
BME alumnus creates replacement ear using 3-D printer
JHU BME alumnus Lawrence Bonassar uses a 3-D printer and injections of living cells to create a replacement ear.