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Biomedical Engineer

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
January 04, 2017

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Johns Hopkins University ********

MSE Biomedical Engineering GPA: 4.0/4.0

Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design

Rice University 2009 – 2013

BSE Bioengineering GPA: 3.7/4.0

Work Experience

Intelehealth June 2016 – Current

Co-Founder, Head of Research and Development

Created a telemedicine technology platform that empowers community health workers to provide high quality primary

healthcare to rural, underprivileged patients by connecting to remote doctors over low bandwidth.

Designed a custom user interface with improved usability for an open source, electronic health record system.

Led clinical studies of novel, global health, telemedicine clinical protocols to ensure safety and efficacy.

Worked with patients, doctors, and healthcare workers in rural India to assess and efficacy of health interventions.

Johns Hopkins University Sept. 2015 – May 2016

Biomedical Engineering Design Studio Teaching Assistant

Mentored undergraduate teams in designing and testing global health medical technologies.

Led workshops and trained students and faculty on rapid manufacturing methods.

Managed multi-laboratory and design studio space and supplies.

Ensured that students followed safety protocols while using laboratory space and studio equipment.

GlaxoSmithKline Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2014

Engineering Intern

Improved efficiency of response to regulatory agencies by creating a searchable database.

Programmed a GUI allowing users to better visualize and automatically analyze clinical virology data.

Drafted and edited phase 3 clinical study protocols for a blockbuster HIV medication.

Rice University, Rice 360º’s Beyond Traditional Borders April 2013 – June 2013

Engineering Intern

Designed and implemented a computerized medical device maintenance management system in four Ethiopian hospitals.

Worked with hospital staff and biomedical technicians to drastically improve device management policies and procedures.

Assessed and categorized over 600 medical devices at Jimma (Ethiopia) University Specialized Hospital.

Led classes on building and field testing ambulatory blood pressure monitors and other low cost medical devices.

Tufts University, Human Nutrition Research Center on Ageing Summers May 2010 – Aug. 2011

Research Intern

Demonstrated an association between neural carotenoid concentration and mild dementia using HPLC analysis of brain

tissue from centenarian decedents.

Established link between dietary consumption and lutein presence in rodent and rhesus monkey brains.

Measured carotenoid concentrations in food for USDA database and in blood serum for a dietary study.

Researched the relationship between macular pigment, diet, and incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. June 2009 – Aug. 2009

Research Intern

Researched use of military grade GPS for aircraft landing in JPALS program.

Investigated and analyzed battery types for design of a mobile GPS landing unit.

Attained security clearance.

Technical Skills

Laboratory: Mammalian and Bacterial Cell Culture, HPLC, PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, Mechanical Testing, Bioprinting

Prototyping: 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Polymer Casting, Instrumentation, Embedded Programming

Programming: MATLAB & SIMULINK, LabView, C/C++, R, SQL, Python, Java, AngularJS, Android

Relevant Coursework

Graduate Courses

Computational Medicine

Regulation of Medical Devices

Medical Device Design and Innovation

Data Mining

Complex Networks

Global Health Innovation

Fundamentals of Management

Undergraduate Courses

Synthetic Biology

Gene Therapy

Biomedical Instrumentation

Bioreaction Engineering

Bioprocessing Engineering

Cell Culture

Numerical Methods

Tissue Engineering

Cellular Engineering




Salient ENT Solutions: Paranasal Sinus Irrigation Catheter August 2015 – May 2015

Technical and R&D Lead

Developed regulatory, clinical, and business strategy for commercializing a nasal sinus irrigation catheter.

Wrote bench testing, animal, and human clinical protocols to demonstrate ISO 10993 compliance and to support a

submission for a 510(k) Pre-Market Notification.

Sourced and evaluated components and manufacturing processes, ensuring that BOM was within desired price point.

Designed and prototyped devices for rigorous bench top, simulated environment, and cadaveric testing.

Interviewed physicians and observed 100+ surgeries to identify unmet clinical needs.

Sphygmo: Solar-Powered, Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor August 2012 – July 2013

Designed and built an ambulatory blood pressure monitor for one tenth of the cost of existing products.

Reverse-engineered oscillometric algorithm to calculate blood pressure with an accuracy to meet international standards.

Designed and implemented pre-clinical accuracy and usability tests of prototyped sphygmomanometer.

Additional Projects August 2009 – Current

Designed an environmental testing rig for a novel blood spot kit to demonstrate improved protein and nucleotide stability.

Programmed an Android app for low cost patient identification using ear biometrics.

Designed and prototyped a 3D bioprinter as a proof-of-concept.

Built a UV-spectrum spectrophotometer as a proof-of-concept of a whole blood, optical immunoassay.

Invented a viral capsid modification to reduce immunogenicity in AAV for use in gene therapy

Honors and Accomplishments

Johns Hopkins University Healthcare Design Competition 1st Place 2016

Johns Hopkins University Global Health Poster Competition 1st Place 2016

Rice 360: Global Health Technology Design Challenge 1st Place 2013

George R. Brown School of Engineering Award for Best Group Engineering Project Winner 2013

Rice Design Showcase Peoples Choice Award for Best Engineering Design Winner 2013

AFCEA Educational Scholarship for Science and Engineering Excellence Recipient 2009

Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Merit Highest Honors 2009


Rasmussen HM, Muzhingi T, Eggert EMR, and Johnson EJ. Lutein, zeaxanthin, meso-zeaxanthin content in egg yolk and their absence in fish and seafood; Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 27.2 (2012): 139-44.

Abstract: Roe AJ, Scott TM, Chen C-YO, Vishwanathan R, Eggert EMR, Schalch W, Wittwer J and Johnson EJ. Carotenoids and lipid peroxidation in human brains with and without Alzheimers disease; Experimental Biology 2012, San Diego.

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