Experiential learning opportunity for student and post doctoral researchers.

Entrepreneurial skills are critical for many high-impact careers, including academia, biotech, healthcare, private practice, investing, and consulting. Our fellowship program is a 1 day/week commitment for a period of 9 months. This is expected to be in addition to the participants’ current responsibilities in academic research. This is a funded fellowship, allowing fellows to develop the gamut of executive skills, including critical thinking, persuasion, and judgment by exposure to many of the functions of a small, entrepreneurial organization, including competitive analysis, analytical marketing, regulatory, intellectual property, and even some aspects of legal and finance.

Alumni

Celdara has trained over 50 fellows who are pursuing a variety of academic, government and industry careers, including at Parexel, Acceleron, JDRF, Leerink, Bicycle Therapeutics, MIT, MGH, Monitor, Deloitte, Palantir, RBC Capital Markets, Genentech, Harvard, Cornell, Brigham & Women’s, and Advent Life Sciences, BMS, Virtici, and Celdara Medical.
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Celdara Fellow, Brown University

Blessing Akobundu

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NYC Celdara Fellow, Columbia University

Ramsey Bekdash

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NYC Celdara Fellow, The Rockefeller University

Amy Huang

tahmineh
Celdara Fellow, University of New Hampshire

Tahmineh Rahmani Eliato, MS

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Celdara Fellow, Tulane University

Brianne Sullivan, MS

kamran
Celdara Fellow, Dartmouth College

Kamran Tariq, MS

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Celdara Fellow, Tufts University

Junqi (Alicia) Wu, PhD

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Celdara Fellow, Brown University

Blessing Akobundu

Blessing is a recipient of the High-Potential Entrepreneurs’ Fellowship (CHEF) 2021 at Celdara Medical. Blessing is currently a 5th year PhD student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Prior to Brown, Blessing obtained her B.S. degree in Biology from Morgan State University in Baltimore MD. She is extremely excited to partake in this fellowship opportunity and is looking forward to contributing to improving the lives of patients with various diseases.

ramsy

NYC Celdara Fellow, Columbia University

Ramsey Bekdash

Ramsey is a Fellow at Celdara Medical NYC. He joined in September 2020 and conducts diligence research for new technologies and assets, assists in grant writing, and asset development. He is also currently a PhD candidate in the Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics Graduate Program at Columbia University Medical Center. His research interests include synthetic biology, biosensor development, and drug development. He completed his undergraduate studies at University of Maryland, where he earned a dual degree in General Biology and Chemistry.

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NYC Celdara Fellow, The Rockefeller University

Amy Huang

Amy is a Fellow at Celdara Medical NYC where she provides grant-writing support and reviews potential technologies for the New York pipeline. She spends the rest of her time as a PhD candidate in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology at Rockefeller University, trying to better understand the HIV-1 latent reservoir. Amy received her BS in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA. She enjoys practicing handstands and making friends with local bodega cats.

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Celdara Fellow, University of New Hampshire

Tahmineh Rahmani Eliato, MS

Tahmineh is a recipient of the High-Potential Entrepreneurs’ Fellowship (CHEF) 2021 at Celdara Medical where she currently conducts due diligence on therapeutic assets.
She has a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering and is a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. She studies soft biomaterials with an emphasis on biomedical and health-oriented applications. Her dissertation research investigates poorly understood properties of biopolymers with potential marketability as antimicrobial or endotoxin removal agents. She is currently involved with her research group in starting a company based on her work. Tahmineh is passionate about developing new industry research opportunities for her students and is a member of the UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee. She enjoys movies and spending time with her family.

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Celdara Fellow, Tulane University

Brianne Sullivan, MS

Brianne is a recipient of the High-Potential Entrepreneurs’ Fellowship (CHEF) 2021 at Celdara Medical. She received her BA in Communications and BS in Chemistry from CSU Channel Islands, and her MS in Neuroscience from Tulane University. Currently, Brianne is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at Tulane University studying under the guidance of Dr. Chad Steele, Chair of Microbiology and Immunology. Brianne’s main research interest lies in translational medicine, particularly in the field of neuroinflammatory diseases. For her research, Brianne is investigating the neuroimmune and neuroinflammatory mechanisms of a rare fungal infection in the brain. To achieve this, she has developed a novel in vivo model of this disease which will provide a valuable tool for investigating new therapeutics and technologies. Brianne enjoys all things New Orleans, and particularly those things she can bring her dog Beauregard to.

kamran

Celdara Fellow, Dartmouth College

Kamran Tariq, MS

Kamran is a recipient of the High-Potential Entrepreneurs’ Fellowship (CHEF) 2021 at Celdara Medical where he is currently involved in scientific diligence, competitive analysis, analytical marketing, regulatory and intellectual property assessment. Outside of Celdara, Kamran is a PhD candidate in the department of Molecular and Systems Biology at Dartmouth College. His thesis work employs mouse models of autism spectrum disorder to identify proteins that may influence the Autism phenotype and serve as new therapeutic targets. Born and raised in Pakistan, Kamran received his BS in Biotechnology from FC College and MS in Biology from LUMS in Lahore, Pakistan. Kamran enjoys hiking in the white mountains and is currently making his way through the list of New Hampshire’s four-thousand footers.

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Celdara Fellow, Tufts University

Junqi (Alicia) Wu, PhD

Alicia is a recipient of the High-Potential Entrepreneurs’ Fellowship (CHEF) 2021 at Celdara Medical. Alicia is currently a postdoctoral scholar in Prof. David Kaplan’s Lab at Tufts University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Her current research focuses on the development of functional medical implants from thermoplastic processed silk and silk-based drug delivery platforms. Prior to joining the Kaplan Lab, she obtained her Ph.D. degree at McGill University, Department of Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Mark Andrews, where she worked on nanocellulose-based functional microbeads. Alicia is passionate about technology transfer and innovation in healthcare industry. During her free time, she enjoys painting, hiking, and trying new things.

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