Postdoctoral Biodesign Training Program

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.

NOW Accepting Application

Deadline: Jan. 7th, 2022

TL1 Postdoc Info Session 2021 (PowerPoint)
2021 TL1 Postdoctoral Biodesign RFA (PDF)



Our mission is 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

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