A Second-Year Fellowship Available to Students in the CBID MSE Program at Johns Hopkins University

Second-Year FellowshipThanks to the generous support of The Abell Foundation, the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID) at Johns Hopkins University is able to offer a second-year fellowship for students involved in our intensive one-year MSE program. The Abell Fellowship allows students to focus on building a new venture around the concept they developed during their first year. All first-year CBID students develop a medical device based on a need they identified during clinical rotations and while immersed in an overseas health clinic. They work with some of the nation’s top physicians and engineers to brainstorm, design, and implement a prototype that can have a lasting impact for patients and the healthcare community as a whole.

What Does This Fellowship Entail?

The second-year fellowship allows students to continue moving forward with their innovative concept with the ultimate goal of commercialization. Our fellows are given a grad student salary, space and supplies, and mentorship from esteemed engineers. Students are able to apply for additional funds, write papers and patents, and even launch companies. In fact, multiple startups have been launched by our fellows, including Intelehealth, Spine Align, Eyedea Medical, AssistENT, and CeleFlux.

Each year, four fellows are chosen for this fellowship and one of the factors that holds great weight in whether or not they are selected is the potential of their project. The CBID faculty will discuss the projects around mid-spring with the students to identify what steps need to be taken to bring their device to commercialization.

It’s important to note that the second-year fellowship opportunity depends on funding. The number of fellows we can accept and the level of support we can offer is contingent on the philanthropic and grant funding we receive.

Our Former & Current Fellows

The faculty at the CBID is excited to offer this second-year fellowship opportunity to students who have shown drive and determination for getting their medtech product out into the world. We’ve helped many students do this very thing, and our existing and past second-year fellows include:

2019 – 2020 Fellows

  1. Jessica Dakkak, Novel Method of High Flow Portable Oxygen Supplementation
  2. Jonathan Smith – Novel Method of High Flow Portable Oxygen Supplementation
  3. Namratha Potharaj – Enabling Access to High-Quality Cataract Care, Globally
  4. Joshua D Souza – Enabling Access to High-Quality Cataract Care, Globally


2018 – 2019 Fellows:

  1. Katie Solley – Eyedea
  2. Saki Fujita – Spine Align
  3. Adam Goodwin – VectorWeb
  4. Tristan Ford – VectorWeb


2017 – 2018 Fellows:

  1. Amir Soltanzadeh – Spine Align
  2. Clay Andrews – AssistENT
  3. Neha Goel – InteleHealth
  4. Teja Maruvada – CeleFlux


2016 – 2017 Fellows:

  1. Chanya Elakkad – CeleFlux
  2. Teja Maruvada – CeleFlux
  3. Neha Goel – InteleHealth
  4. Amal Alam – InteleHealth

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