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Hasini Jayatilaka
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Alum soars to new heights with groundbreaking discovery

In the spring of 2017, Hasini Jayatilaka (BS ’13, PhD ’16) and colleagues published a paper describing a discovery that could help stop the spread of cancer. They found that when cancer cells reach a certain density within a tumor, a biochemical signaling process causes them to break away from the tumor and metastasize to […]

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Realizing big dreams in microfabrication

While Tanvi Shroff, MS ’16, was earning her master’s degree in the ChemBE department, she realized what she wanted to do with her career: use microfabrication techniques to create biodegradable, biocompatible materials and products. Now an engineer at Emulate, Inc., a Boston company that produces organs-on-chips, that is exactly what she does. Shroff uses her […]

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Taking problem-solving skills from the lab to the workplace

Kate Malachowski (PhD ’14) first started working at Northrup Grumman part-time while earning her doctorate. After graduating and another 18 months there full-time, she moved to vaccine producer Novavax, Inc. in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where she’s a Scientist II in the Manufacturing Science & Technology group. Her work supports manufacturing by troubleshooting issues that emerge during […]

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Gregg Duncan
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Following a passion to teach

When Gregg Duncan starts his new role this fall as assistant professor in the University of Maryland’s Fischell Department of Bioengineering, he will bring with him a passion to teach his students with the kind of technical rigor he experienced as a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Hopkins. Duncan, […]

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Process safety engineer

After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in ChemBE in 2010 and a stint as a process engineer at Intel, Aasiyeh Zarafshar, ’10 BS/MS has returned to her chemical engineering roots as a process safety engineer at Micron Technology in Manassas, Virginia. “I use all of those equations we learned freshman and sophomore year that you […]

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Using research to break the mold

Bryan Benson, ’10 BS kicked off his research career the moment he walked into the lab on the first day of his freshman year, and hasn’t slowed down since. Since graduating from Johns Hopkins with a bachelor’s degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering in 2010, Benson has earned a PhD in chemical and biological engineering at […]

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Project leader and first author

When Tyler Jorgenson graduated from Johns Hopkins with a bachelor’s degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering in 2015, he also took with him the unexpected experience of leading a research project and first-authoring a paper as an undergraduate. “Being given the opportunity to lead a project in undergrad solidified my desire to go to graduate […]

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A passion for teaching and research

Growing up in Trinidad, Andre Palmer, PhD ’98, liked chemistry and math. Chemical engineering was a natural career choice for Palmer, who in August 2015 was named chair of the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering. Beyond his teaching prowess (he received the engineering […]

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From graduate student to university president

ChoonHo Kim, who in 1986 received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the Whiting School of Engineering, embarked on an exciting new challenge when he became the inaugural president of the State University of New York, Korea in 2012. Established in Incheon, South Korea, SUNY Korea is the first American university in that nation. Kim, […]

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From petrochemicals to bourbon

Picek held positions as the Vice President of Engineering for Cuno Engineering Co. and served as President of the CRP Consulting Group. Among his career accomplishments are several patents on filters and processes for groundbreaking work in water purification and in situ serum sterilization. A process that Picek is well-known for is his method of […]

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Applying engineering principles to investment problems

“It was at Hopkins where I learned how to evaluate complex situations, gather and analyze data, run a process, think methodically, and ultimately, solve whatever problem was in front of me.” — Mark Perez, Class of ’98, Chemical Engineering. Mark Perez graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1998 with his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Since leaving […]

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