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Drexel Biomed Alumni Network (DBAN)

Mission

Connect Drexel Biomed alumni with each other and with the School

Create opportunities for alumni to give back by providing counseling and professional insights to undergraduate and graduate students

Promote alumni interests by providing an avenue to be informed and involved with the School

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Board Headshots and Bios

Courtney Houtsma
Courtney M. Houtsma

Courtney M. Houtsma is one of the founding members of DBAN and serves as the Chair of the board. She graduated from Drexel Biomed in 2015 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and is pursuing an M.S. in Engineering Management. Courtney is currently a Product Development Engineer at SeaSpine.

Jaimie Dougherty
Jaimie Dougherty

Jaimie Dougherty was the original founder of DBAN and now serves as the Faculty Liaison on the board. Jaimie graduated from Drexel Biomed in 2010 with PhD in Biomedical Engineering. She is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor, teaching hands-on skills, communication, and design to the next generation of Drexel Biomed Dragons.

krista morgano
Krista Morgano

Krista Morgano graduated from Drexel in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering. She is currently a Clinical Account Specialist at Biosense Webster, one of Johnson and Johnson’s medical device companies. Here, she works as a technical and medical device sales rep for cardiac ablation catheters and helps the physicians with these products during ablation cases. Krista has been a board member of DBAN since 2017.

kosta vrontis
Kosta Vrontis

Kosta Vrontis graduated from Drexel Biomed in 2015 with a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering through Drexel’s BS/MS program. He is currently a Research & Development Engineer at Merit Medical Systems Inc, where he works on the design and development of catheter introducers used in cardiac intervention. Kosta has been a board member of DBAN since 2017.

jon neafsey
Jon Neafsey

Jon graduated from Drexel Biomed in 2011 with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently the Director of Manufacturing Services at Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Research Service, Inc. (PMRS) where he leads pharmaceutical product development, clinical manufacturing, and commercial production. Jon has been a board member of DBAN since 2017.

Christina Furia
Christina Furia

Christina Furia graduated from Drexel Biomed in 2015 with a B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering (Biomaterials and Tissue Concentration) through Drexel’s BS/MS program. She is currently working for Laporte Consultants as a Process and Validation Engineer for the Pharma Industry. Through this position, she has recently started working with start-up Cell and Gene Therapy Companies to scale-up their processes for full scale manufacturing. Christina has been a board member of DBAN since 2019.

Ayan Desai

Ayan graduated in 2017 with a B.S in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently an R&D Engineer at Merit Medical where he works on the design and development of electrophysiology and vascular access medical devices while supporting the transition of products from the R&D phase to manufacturing. He is passionate about the intersection of computer science and medical devices & imaging.