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Drexel Biomed Alumni Network (DBAN)


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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Giving Opportunities

The Biomed Finishing Fund is a scholarship funded and managed by the Drexel Biomed Alumni Network. It is for Drexel Biomed Students who are in good academic standing, within a year of completing their degree, and are under financial hardship. It is open to graduate and undergraduate students.

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Board Headshots and Bios

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.

Courtney Houtsma
Courtney M. Houtsma

Courtney M. Houtsma is one of the founding members of DBAN. She graduated from Drexel in 2015 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and again in 2021 with MS in Engineering Management. After working for over 6 years as an engineer developing spinal orthopedics and instrumentation, she joined Penn Health-Tech as a Project Manager in 2022

kosta vrontis
Kosta Vrontis

Konstantinos (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 Senior Specialist in Single Use Engineering at Merck working on the design and selection of single use systems for pharmaceutical manufacturing. Prior to that, he worked in the medical device industry as a Research & Development Engineer. Kosta has been a board member of DBAN since 2017.

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.

Christina Furia
Christina Furia

Christina is currently working for the University of Pennsylvania's Gene Therapy Program as the Associate Director of External Manufacturing managing gene therapy manufacturing within the Clinical Vector Core and at various CMOs. Christina has been a board member of DBAN since 2019.

Luke Raymond
Luke Raymond

Luke Raymond graduated from Drexel Biomed in 2017 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. He currently works at Pyxa Solutions as an associate consultant. Pyxa works with numerous Pharmaceutical clients to perform project development and operations assistance. During the summer, he helps run clinics at a water ski club in Elkton, MD.

Lea Landsmann
Lea Landsmann

Lea Landsmann graduated from Drexel in 2012 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and in 2018 with a Masters in Engineering Management. Lea is currently working at Catalent Pharma Solutions as a Validation Engineer. Prior to that, she worked in the medical device industry as a Process Engineer.

Aakansha Nangarlia
Aakansha Nangarlia

Aakansha Nangarlia completed her BS/MS in 2017 and is currently a 4th year PhD student in BME at Drexel University. Her thesis project focuses on developing entry inhibitors and delivery systems for HIV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 treatment and understanding their mechanism of action. Apart from research, her hobbies include running, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Arpit Shah
Arpit Shah

Arpit Shah is a graduate of Drexel University, School of Biomedical Engineering. Arpit graduated from Drexel Biomed in 2011 with his BS in BME (biomaterials and tissue engineering concentration), 2014 MS in BME, and 2017 with his Ph.D. in BME. Currently, Arpit is a Senior Bioanalytical Scientist at Spark Therapeutics, in the Translational Bioanalytics Group (TBG) developing clinical and pre-clinical assays supporting various gene therapy studies.

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