Meet the Team


We are a team of five engineers pursuing our Master’s degree through the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID). Within the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, our program focuses on clinical experiences and a global health immersion in India. Check out more about it here!

Alina Andrews

Alina graduated from Johns Hopkins University this past spring with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and Cell and Tissue Engineering focus. Although she’s done genetics and cancer biology research for the last four years, Alina is excited about medical device design in a global health setting. In her free time, Alina enjoys cooking, music, and watching British reality tv shows.

David Maher

David graduated this past May from Duquesne University with a major in Biomedical Engineering and minors in Mathematics and Business Management. He has past experience in both research and industry, focusing on robotics, 3D printing, neurovascular device testing, and medical simulation. David is interested in new product development and front-end innovation of medical and surgical technology, and is excited to see how this team can impact the global healthcare landscape. In his free time, David likes to cook, play golf, and surf.

Elizabeth Russo

Elizabeth, who also goes by Liz, completed her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame with a concentration in Bioengineering. Liz is also a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. She has past experience in both research and industry, focusing on additive manufacturing, hip implant mechanical testing, atomic force microscopy, and rheology testing on hydrogels. Liz is interested in prosthetic devices, one day hopefully designing her own for wounded veterans. In her free time, she loves to be active – either hiking a mountain or swimming in a lake.

Madeline Wartan

Maddy received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Gender Studies from Georgia Tech. Her undergraduate degree concentrated on rapid prototyping and device design. She worked in industry as an R&D Engineer focused in New Product Development and is passionate about entrepreneurship. Maddy is an advocate for women in STEM and, when she’s not working, can often be found in a spin class or dance studio.

David Zarrin

David studied mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley and is a prospective medical student. He is passionate about stroke care; his research focuses on cerebral flow diverting stents, namely anti-platelet therapy strategies, the nuances of stent deployment, and off-label flow diversion. His interests include distance running, rock climbing, and acoustic guitar.


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