ASPIRE Postdoctoral Training Program

Academic Success via Postdoctoral Independence in Research and Education (ASPIRE) is an NIH-sponsored Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) postdoctoral fellowship.

ASPIRE is a specialized program focused on translational research, bringing together technological innovations and biomedical science to address major health problems in the United States and around the world. The research program is designed to train the future generation of biomedical scientists and engineers, who bridge the disciplines of biology, medicine, and engineering. The program draws on expertise from faculty and mentors from the three partnering institutions in Baltimore City: Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, and Coppin State University.

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There are three main goals of the program:

  1. Prepare the next generation of broadly trained biomedical engineers for careers in diverse academic environments which combine research and teaching
  2. Increase STEM student retention and graduation rates at MSU and CSU
  3. Enhance student research training capacity and faculty interactions in the areas of biomedical science and engineering

ASPIRE scholars will be trained in laboratories at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and co-mentored by one of 29 core faculty members in the Whiting School of Engineering together with a clinical faculty member in the School of Medicine. Scholars will participate in pedagogy training workshops at JHU and Morgan State, as well as a teaching practicum at either Morgan or Coppin State, earning a Teaching Academy after successful completion of the workshops and practicum.

Postdocs will be part of a vibrant multi-institutional community, and will have the opportunity to mentor Morgan and Coppin students on research projects at Johns Hopkins.

  • Year 1: Scholars will focus on research immersion at JHU and pedagogical training at JHU, MSU and CSU.
  • Year 2: Scholars will have made significant progress on their project and completed mentored teaching modules.
  • Year 3: Scholars will begin the transition to research independence and will develop course modules or teach courses independently. By the end of their three-year training period, scholars will have advanced their academic careers in research and education, motivated new diverse populations of students towards biomedical careers, and promoted teaching and research interactions between the partnering institutions.

An optional fourth year will provide additional opportunities for transition to independence as well as additional teaching experience.

 

Application Due Date: November 30, 2018

Expected Start Date: January 2019

 

Eligibility

The applicant must have received a PhD or MD/PhD in engineering, computer science, biophysics, chemistry, molecular/cellular physiology, neuroscience, genetics or related fields within the past 2 years. An MD degree may also qualify, provided that the applicant has a previous degree in engineering. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. He/she must have an interest in educating underrepresented minorities. Underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Application procedure

Applicants will need to submit a CV, personal statements that describes their career goals and past and future interest in research and teaching, graduate school transcript, two letters of recommendation (preferably one from PhD advisor), and name of a third reference. Applicants will be asked to describe their research area of interest, and names of up to 3 JHU engineering core faculty they would like to work with. If interest is expressed by the faculty member and a clinical collaborator, a Skype interview will be scheduled to discuss potential research projects. Upon acceptance and arrival, applicants will begin work directly in the sponsoring lab(s).

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Program Director

Les TungLeslie Tung, PhD
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University
Email: ltung@jhu.edu
Tel: 410-955-7453

 

 

 

Co-Program Directors

Lisa BrownLisa D. Brown, PhD
Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Biology
Morgan State University
Email: lisa.brown@morgan.edu
Tel: 443-885-3631

 

 

 

Hany SobhiHany F. Sobhi, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Natural Sciences
Coppin State University
Email: hsobhi@coppin.edu
Tel: 410-951-4113

 

 

 

Management Committee

Christine HohmannChristine Hohmann, PhD
Professor, Department of Biology
Morgan State University
Email: Christine.Hohmann@morgan.edu
Tel: 443-885-4002

 

 

 

Mintesinot JiruMintesinot Jiru, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Natural Sciences
Coppin State University
Email: mjiru@coppin.edu
Tel: 410-951-4139

 

 

 

Kemi Ladeji-OsiasJ. Kemi Ladeji-Osias, PhD
Associate Dean (Interim), School of Engineering
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
Morgan State University
Email: jumoke.ladeji-osias@morgan.edu
Tel: 443-885-1456

 

 

Sridevi SarmaSridevi V. Sarma, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
Email: ssarma2@johnshopkins.edu
Tel: 410-516-4381

Expand the accordions below to view faculty members affiliated with the ASPIRE program.

  • NameTitleDepartmentResearch InterestsEmail
    Bader, JoelProfessorBiomedical EngineeringCancer systems biology, computational biology, synthetic biologyjoel.bader@jhu.edu
    Bell, MuyinatuAssistant ProfessorElectrical and Computer EngineeringBiomedical imaging, advanced ultrasound and photoacoustic technologies, medical roboticsmledijubell@jhu.edu
    Cullen, KathleenProfessorBiomedical EngineeringMultisensory integration for action and perception,  neural prosthesis and rehabilitation, computational neurosciencekathleen.cullen@jhu.edu
    Elisseeff, JenniferProfessorBiomedical EngineeringTissue engineering and regenerative medicinejhe@jhu.edu
    Etienne-Cummings, RalphProfessorElectrical and Computer EngineeringNeuromorphic Engineering, neurally integrated prostheticsretienne@jhu.edu
    Gerecht, SharonProfessorChemical & Biomolecular EngineeringStem cell culture, renewal, and differentiationgerecht@jhu.edu
    Grayson, WarrenAssociate ProfessorBiomedical EngineeringStem cell- and biomaterial-based engineering of orthopedic tissueswgrayson@jhmi.edu
    Green, JordanProfessorBiomedical EngineeringDrug delivery, nanomaterials, and immunoengineeringgreen@jhu.edu
    Hager, GregoryProfessorComputer ScienceMedical robotics, AI-augmented interventional systems, medical image analysis, human-machine systemshager@cs.jhu.edu
    Karchin, RachelProfessorBiomedical Engineering/OncologyComputational methods to analyze genomic data and interpret impact on human healthkarchin@jhu.edu
    Li, XingdeProfessorBiomedical EngineeringBiophotonics technologies for label of free histology imaging of early diseases and guidance of interventionxingde@jhu.edu
    Mac Gabhann, FeilimAssociate ProfessorBiomedical EngineeringComputational systems pharmacology – building and testing models of protein, gene, and cell therapies in cancer, HIV, and ischemic diseasefeilim@jhu.edu
    Mao, Hai-QuanProfessorMaterials Science and EngineeringDrug delivery, nano-devices, neural regenerationhmao@jhu.edu
    Popel, AleksanderProfessorBiomedical EngineeringQuantitative cancer biology and therapeuticsapopel@jhu.edu
    Prince, JerryProfessorElectrical and Computer EngineeringMedical imaging, medical image computingprince@jhu.edu
    Ratnanather, TilakAssociate Research ProfessorBiomedical EngineeringComputational anatomy, computational medicine, cochlear implantstilak@cis.jhu.edu
    Sarma, SrideviAssociate ProfessorBiomedical EngineeringComputational neurosciencessarma2@jhu.edu
    Shadmehr, RezaProfessorBiomedical EngineeringComputational motor control, neural processingshadmehr@jhu.edu
    Siewerdsen, JeffreyProfessorBiomedical EngineeringMedical imaging physics, diagnostic radiology, image-guided interventionsjeff.siewerdsen@jhu.edu
    Stayman, JosephAssistant ProfessorBiomedical EngineeringAdvanced medical imaging systems and algorithmsweb.stayman@jhu.edu
    Thakor, NitishProfessorBiomedical EngineeringNano, micro, and neuro devices for imaging and therapynitish@jhu.edu
    Trayanova, NataliaProfessorBiomedical EngineeringComputational approaches to understanding cardiac function and therapyntrayanova@jhu.edu
    Tung, LeslieProfessorBiomedical EngineeringCardiac arrhythmias, cardiac tissue engineeringltung@jhu.edu
    Vidal, ReneProfessorBiomedical EngineeringBiomedical data science, machine learning, computer vision, signal processing, roboticsrvidal@jhu.edu
    Vogelstein, JoshuaAssistant ProfessorBiomedical EngineeringBig data sciencejovo@jhu.edu
    Wang, Tza-Huei (Jeff)ProfessorMechanical EngineeringPoint of care diagnostics, single molecule imaging, high-throughput fluidics devicesthwang@jhu.edu
    Zhang, KechenAssociate ProfessorBiomedical EngineeringTheoretical and computational neurosciencekzhang4@jhmi.edu

  • An ASPIRE scholar’s primary faculty sponsor must be a core engineering faculty member. Listed below is a sample of affiliated clinical faculty members available to serve as a secondary faculty sponsor. A scholar’s secondary mentor can be any faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who has a strong collaborative relationship with a Johns Hopkins Engineering core faculty member.

    NameDegree(s)TitlePrimary Department or ProgramResearch InterestsEmail
    Anderson, WilliamMD/PhDAssociate ProfessorNeurosurgeryDeep brain stimulation therapies for movement disorders, epilepsy treatmentwanders5@jhmi.edu
    Berger, RonaldMD/PhDProfessorCardiologyArrhythmia device development, arrhythmia mechanismsrberger@jhmi.edu
    Brem, HenryMDProfessorNeurosurgeryBrain tumors, neurological surgeryhbrem@jhmi.edu
    Crone, NathanMDProfessorNeurologyHuman intracranial EEG and brain stimulationncrone@jhmi.edu
    Della Santina, CharleyMD/PhDProfessorOtolaryngologyVestibular neurophysiology, neural prosthesescds@jhmi.edu
    Fuchs, PaulPhDProfessorOtolaryngologySynaptic physiology of the inner earpfuchs1@jhmi.edu
    Gamaldo, CharleneMDAssociate ProfessorNeurologySleep disorderscgamald1@jhmi.edu
    Halperin, HenryMDProfessorCardiologyImaging in cardiac electrophysiologyhhalper@jhmi.edu
    Kwon, ChulanPhDAssociate ProfessorCardiologyHeart generation and regenerationckwon13@jhmi.edu
    Pathak, ArvindPhDAssociate ProfessorRadiologyFunctional and molecular imaging, tumor micro-environmentpathak@mri.jhu.edu
    Salas, RachelMDAssociate ProfessorNeurologySleep disorders, transcranial stimulationrsalas3@jhmi.edu
    Tandri, HarikrishnaMRCPAssociate ProfessorCardiologyCardiac arrest, defibrillation, neuromodulation for arrhythmiashtandri1@jhmi.edu
    Zack, DonaldPhDProfessorOphtalmologyMolecular approaches to the study of retinal development and generationdonzack@gmail.com
    Zhang, HuiPhDProfessorPathologyStructural and functional analyses of proteins, protein modifications by glycosylation, phosphorylation, and acetylationhuizhang@jhu.edu

  • NameTitleDepartmentResearch InterestsEmailCourses Taught
    Abebe, FasilAssistant ProfessorChemistrySmall molecule synthesis, spectroscopy techniquesfasil.abebe@morgan.eduCHEM 203L, Org Chemistry I Lab

    CHEM 204L, Org Chemistry II Lab

    CHEM 408, Advanced Organic Chemistry
    Brown, Lisa D.Associate ProfessorBiologyActivity dependent gene expression in skeletal muscle,
    Critical thinking pedagogy,
    Strategies for promoting critical thinking in science
    lisa.brown@morgan.eduBIOL 201, Anatomy & Physiology I

    BIOL 202, Anatomy & Physiology II

    BIOL 209, Animal Physiology

    HONR 106, Freshmen Honors Colloquium

    HONR 206, Sophomore Honors Colloquium

    HONR 306, Honors Thesis I

    HONR 406, Honors Thesis II
    Dluzen, DouglasAssistant ProfessorBiologyHuman genetics and genomics as it relates to healthy agingdouglas.dluzen@morgan.eduBIOL 106, Intro. Biology for Majors II

    BIOL 454, Concepts in Computational Biology

    BIOL 624, Environmental Biotechnology

    BIOL 639, Fundamentals of Bioenvironmental Sciences
    Gan, Xiao-XiongProfessorMathematicsApplied mathematics, pure mathematicsxiao-xiong.gan@morgan.eduMATH 243, Calculus III

    MATH 331, Applied Probability & Statistics

    MATH 341, Advanced Calculus I

    MATH 521, Real Analysis I

    MATH 675, Topics in Analysis Seminar
    Hohmann, ChristineProfessorBiologyDevelopmental neuroscience (animal models)
    STEM pedagogy, undergraduate research training
    christine.hohmann@morgan.eduBIOL 450, Critical Analysis of the Scientific Literature

    BIOL 451, Senior Research Thesis

    BIOL 631, Bioethics
    Javonillo, RobertAssistant ProfessorBiologyEvolution of vertebrates, reproductive evolution of characid fishesrobert.javonillo@morgan.eduBIOL 105, Intro. Biology for Majors I

    BIOL 106, Intro. Biology for Majors II

    BIOL 422, Genomic and Morphological Evolution of the Vertebrates
    Li, YuejinAssistant ProfessorBiologyCellular and molecular mechanisms regulating heart
    muscle function
    yuejin.li@morgan.eduBIOL 105, Intro. Biology for Majors I

    BIOL 106, Intro. Biology for Majors II

    BIOL 209, Animal Physiology
    McCarthy, PumtiwittAssistant ProfessorChemistryEnzymology, protein structure-function relationships, carbohydrate biosynthesis, chemoenzymatic synthesis, carbohydrate-based biomaterials, vaccine developmentpumtiwitt.mccarthy@morgan.eduCHEM 304, Biochemistry I

    CHEM 305, Biochemistry II
    Sitther, VijiAssociate ProfessorBiologyRenewable bioenergy, Biotechnology and genetic engineering , applications of nanomaterials in cyanobacterial systemsviji.sitther@morgan.eduBIOL 105, Intro. Biology for Majors I

    BIOL 106, Intro. Biology for Majors II

    BIOL 408, Biomolecular Markers
    Wachira, JamesAssociate ProfessorBiologyCell signaling, RNA packaging, cell growth and proliferation, and gene expression.james.wachira@morgan.eduBIOL 310, Cellular & Molecular Biology

    BIOL 526, Molecular Biology
    Winstead, AngelaProfessorChemistryOrganic and
    organometallic synthetic chemistry
    angela.winstead@morgan.eduCHEM 203, Org Chemistry I

    CHEM 204, Org Chemistry II
    Cole-Rhodes, ArleneProfessorElectrical EngineeringSignal processingarlene.colerhodes@morgan.eduEEGR 221, Signals and Systems

    EEGR 322, Discrete Systems

    EEGR 431, Liner Control Systems

    EEGR 508, Advanced Linear Systems

    EEGR 620, Image Processing

    EEGR 622, Adaptive Signal Processing

    EEGR 626, Optimization/ Numerical Methods
    Ladeji-Osias, KemiAssociate ProfessorElectrical EngineeringEmbedded systemsjumoke.ladeji-osias@morgan.eduEEGR 105, Intro to Electrical & Computer Engineering

    EEGR 211, Intro to Digital Logic

    EEGR 412, Computer Organization

    EEGR 499B, Intro to Biomedical Engineering
    Nyarko, KofiAssociate ProfessorElectrical EngineeringComputational engineeringKofi.nyarko@morgan.eduEEGR 409, Programming Applications

    EEGR 425, Java Programming Applications

    EEGR 565, Machine Learning Applications

    EEGR 672, Computer Graphics

    EEGR 675, Computer Vision

    EEGR 684, Machine Learning Algorithms

  • NameTitleDepartmentResearch InterestsEmailCourses Taught
    Sobhi, Hany F.Associate ProfessorChemistryBiomarkers, Chemical Biology, Organic synthesis, Biochemistry, Bioorganic molecules, Biodegradable Functional Polymer, Proteomics, Toxicologyhsobhi@coppin.eduCHEM 307, Org Chemistry I

    CHEM 308, Org Chemistry II

    CHEM 490, Polymer Chemistry
    Jiru, MintesinotAssociate ProfessorBiologyWater quality, Estrogen’s effect on aquatic life, Disinfection byproducts of chlorination, lead toxicity mjiru@coppin.eduBIOL 201, Anatomy & Physiology I

    BIOL 203, Anatomy & Physiology II
    Rajapandi, ThavamaniAssociate ProfessorBiologyInfectious Diseases, Malaria and Cryptosporidiosistrajapandi@coppin.eduBIOL 101, Biological Science

    BIOL 104, General Zoology

    BIOL 106, Fundamentals of Cell Biology

    BIOL 305, Animal Physiology

    CHEM 313, Bio Chemistry
    Hegde, KavitaAssociate ProfessorBiologyReactive oxygen species, neural retina, caffeine, pyruvate, antioxidants, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degenerationkhegde@coppin.edu BIOL 203, Human Anatomy & Physiology

    BIOL 210, Introduction to Neuroscience

    CHEM 313, Biochemistry

    BIOL 403 and 404, Seminar I and II
    Nesbitt, FredProfessorChemistryComputational chemistry, physical chemistry and medicinal chemistry
    Determination of experimental and theoretical properties of avigan.
    FNesbitt@coppin.eduCHEM 310, Instrumentation

    CHEM 401, Physical Chemistry I

    CHEM 402, Physical Chemistry II
    Uddin, JamalProfessorChemistryPhotovoltaic and Renewable Energy, Nanotechnology, Photovoltaics application in Terahertz Spectroscopy, Quantum dots, Single molecule imaging spectroscopy, Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, Metal enhance fluorescence, Surface Plasmon coupled emission, Plasmon-controlled fluorescence.JUddin@coppin.eduCHEM 101, Gen. Chemistry I

    PHSC 103, Tech and Human Affairs
    Roth, TatianaAssociate ProfessorBiologyWater quality, Estrogen’s effect on aquatic lifeTRoth@coppin.eduBIOL 103, Botany

    BIOL 308, Microbiology

    BIOL 401, Molecular Biology
    Chavez-Gil, TulioAssistant ProfessorChemistryBiodiesel, macro and micro algae. Semi Critical Assisted-Solvent Extraction, metallo-porphyrins Dyes Sensitizer Solar Cell, Bioinorganic Chemistry, non-lactamase metallic-antibioticstchavez-gil@coppin.eduCHEM 103, Chemistry for Health Sciences I

    CHEM 405, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    Adeyeye, JacobAssociate ProfessorBiologyMicroplastics, Pollutants in Baltimore water. Regeneration of Conocephalum conicum, mineral nutrients. JAdeyeye@coppin.eduBIOL 101, Molecular Biology

    BIOL 201, Human Anatomy and Physiology

    BIOL 401, Molecular Biology
    Hatley, LeshellAssistant ProfessorMathematics & Computer ScienceArtificial Intelligence and its applications (LAIA)lhatley@coppin.eduCOSC 199, Introduction to Programming

    COSC 220, Computer Science I

    COSC 221, Computer Science II

    COSC 417, Senior Seminar

  1. What is ASPIRE?
    ASPIRE is an NIH/NIGMS-funded IRACDA training program for postdoctoral scholars.
  2. What are the distinguishing features of this program compared with traditional postdoctoral support?
    ASPIRE is a joint effort between Johns Hopkins University and two partnering, minority-serving institutions, Morgan State University and Coppin State University (all co-located within 5 miles of each other). 75% of the scholars’ effort has the traditional research focus, while 25% effort will involve pedagogical training in the Teaching Academy at JHU and practicum training in teaching at MSU or CSU.
  3. What are the distinguishing features of this program compared with other programs around the country?
    Engineering is poised to become a leading force in the biomedical sciences, and in the medicine and health care of 21st century. It infuses biomedicine with quantitative methodologies and technical innovations, and creates a milieu fertile for disruptive technologies. By addressing global health needs and the diagnosis and treatment of disease, engineering in medicine and healthcare is expected to have a broad societal impact. The research project, conducted at JHU, will fall within the broad scope of biomedical engineering and be supervised by a pair of faculty, one from the Whiting School of Engineering and the other from a clinical department in the School of Medicine.
  4. When will the ASPIRE program launch?
    ASPIRE begins on Sept. 1, 2018 and runs through May 31, 2023.
  5. What are the necessary qualifications of the scholars?
    The applicant must have received a PhD or MD/PhD in engineering, computer science, biophysics, chemistry, molecular/cellular physiology, neuroscience, genetics or related fields within the past 2 years. An MD degree may also qualify, provided that the applicant has a previous degree in engineering. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. He/she must have an interest in educating underrepresented minorities. Underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
  6. When can individuals apply?
    For this inaugural year, applications can be submitted between September 16 and November 30.
  7. When do fellowships begin?
    The first cohort of scholars is expected to begin sometime during the month of January, 2019.
  8. What will be the application process?
    Applicants will need to submit a CV, personal statements that describe their career goals and past and future interest in research and teaching, graduate school transcript, two letters of recommendation (preferably one from PhD advisor), and name of a third reference. Applicants will be asked to describe their research area of interest, and names of up to 3 JHU engineering core faculty with whom they would like to work. If interest is expressed by the faculty member and a clinical collaborator, a Skype interview will be scheduled to discuss potential research projects. Upon acceptance and arrival, applicants will begin work directly in the sponsoring lab(s).
  9. Who will serve as the research sponsors for the scholars?
    The primary sponsor will be a core faculty member from a Whiting School of Engineering department. The research project must be in the area of biomedical engineering and involve a clinical collaborator, who can be any faculty member in the School of Medicine. The clinical collaborator must have a strong working relationship with the primary sponsor, and will serve as a secondary sponsor of the scholar.
  10. What will be the teaching duties and obligations of the scholar?
    In Year 1 the scholar will complete pedagogical training at JHU and MSU. Scholars will meet with participating faculty at MSU and CSU to learn about teaching opportunities and identify a good match given his/her interests and expertise. In Year 2 the scholar will complete teaching modules mentored by faculty at MSU and CSU. In Year 3 the scholar will develop course modules or teach courses independently at MSU or CSU.

 

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