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Postdoctoral Biodesign Training Program (TL1)

Mission: To provide postdoctoral trainees an introduction to interdisciplinary patient-centered translational research in biodesign, helping to bridge the gap to improve the process for translating biomedical discoveries into clinical applications that improve human health.


Program Description

The TL1 Postdoctoral Biodesign Training Program is a collaborative effort of the Johns Hopkins  Schools  of Medicine, Public Health, Engineering, and Nursing funded by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research through a National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award.

We are seeking applicants interested in one of the following two tracks:

  1. CBID Engineering Degree – Earning a Master’s Degree in Biodesign and Innovation in the Whiting School of Engineering (CBID). The successful candidate will have to be part of a team-based CBID program with real-world medical innovation experience in the USA and abroad and will be primarily mentored by Dr. Youseph Yazdi and his colleagues. This can be accommodated into a residency/fellowship program as long as the candidate satisfies the minimum time commitment for the CBID MS track. 
    Examples of previous projects in this track: Solving Lymphatic Leak after Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. Trainee and their team developed a technique to improve efficacy and will publish the results. 
  2. Mentor-Led project – This is somewhat of a more traditional post-doc/fellowship program. Trainees are mentored by JHU faculty to provide guidance in a project that has the potential for becoming a product (diagnostic or therapeutic)  that can be brought to market. Trainees evaluate their proposed research need from a biodesign and business perspective.  Examples of previous projects in this track: StomachSim: A novel in-silico simulator of gastric biomechanics and biochemistry for application to digestive processes in health and disease. 
Core Experiences Provided
  • Training in design/conduct/analysis of clinical research in team settings; protocol and IRB preparation, data collection and analysis; manuscript writing
  • Understanding the path to market requirements of a medical product: design principles, technical functionality, evaluation, regulation, reimbursement, and organizational leadership
  • Multi-level mentoring support
  • Apprenticeship and mentorship – Hands on research
  • Engagement in related career development activities
  • Access to ICTR Programs and Resources
  • Biostatistical Resources Core Support
  • Presentation of research project at national meeting

NIH funded TL1 Training Program in Translational Innovation sponsored by The Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. The one-year program provides salary and tuition support, with interdisciplinary mentorship to create leaders who understand what it takes to drive innovative solutions to clinical impact in the real world, and increases the value of the investment the DoM and SoM are making in translation and commercialization.  This program will develop trainee skills and awareness in a wide range of topics, such as design principles, technical functionality, evaluation, regulation, reimbursement, and organizational leadership.   

Trainee Support includes:
NIH TL1 Stipend
-Tuition support $16,000
-Research Funds $11,850


Program Experience & Eligibility

Preferred candidates are those who can commit 1-year full-time to the program: 

  • Interested in a career focused in biodesign, innovation and translation to the healthcare impact  
  • MD or PhD Health-professional 
  • US citizenship, permanent resident, or non-citizen national status (persons born in outlying possessions of the U.S.)


How to Apply

  • Apply Online via SLATE Application 
  • Requirements
    • Personal statement – Describe the vision for your career, list significant accomplishments and what makes you believe that this is the right program you. Address specific plans that you will pursue once you conclude this program. (2 page max)
    • Resume/Curriculum vitae including list of publications
    • Up to 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • Unofficial Transcripts from all academic training
    • Only U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents are eligible for this training program.



Program Director, Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program

Jay Pasricha, M.B.B.S., MD

Professor of Medicine

Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology


Associate Program Director, Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program

Phillip Phan, PhD

Alonzo and Virginia Decker Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Carey Business School


Associate Program Director, Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program

Youseph Yadzi, PhD, MBA

Program Director, Johns Hopkins-Coulter Translational Partnership

Assistant Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering