Since joining Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in 2014, I’ve had the privilege of serving as an Assistant and Grants and Contracts Analyst under the esteemed Neurogastroenterologist, Dr. Pankaj Pasricha. This role enriched my expertise in research funding and administrative functions. In 2022, I transitioned to the Whiting School of Engineering, where I continue my contributions as a Grants and Contracts Analyst for NeuroTech Harbor, a leading initiative in neurotechnology. Parallel to my professional trajectory, I hold an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology and am currently advancing towards my Bachelor’s, offering a unique intersection of human cognition insights within the technical landscape. Beyond my professional and academic endeavors, I am a proud parent to two wonderful children: Parker and Ella. They are the joy of my life and, undoubtedly, my most cherished commitment. Whether it’s attending baseball games, gymnastics, school events, or simply enjoying a quiet evening at home, my time with them is precious. They remind me daily of the beauty of life’s simple moments and the importance of cherishing every second.
Jo-na is a Sr Grants & Contracts Analyst in the Whiting School of Engineering’s Business Office at Johns Hopkins University. She began her Grants career in 2016 when she was selected as one of a cohort of 5 (out of 100+ applicants) to be a part of the Johns Hopkins University’s Research Administration Training Program. Her expertise has been gained through submitting and managing multiple grants from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Whiting School of Engineering. Her portfolio has included a variety of sources and consisted of some of the most complex funding components such as pharma clinical trial contracts, T32 training grants, P30 Center Core Grants, and U54 Cooperative Agreements & Specialized Centers. In addition to a sponsored portfolio, Jo-na also has managed international, Pharma, and Industry awards as well as unit operating budgets and gifts. Jo-na holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University.
Henry Brem is the Harvey Cushing Professor of Neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins University, Director of the Department of Neurosurgery, and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief. He also is a professor of Oncology, Ophthalmology, and Biomedical Engineering. Brem received his undergraduate degree from New York University, his medical degree from Harvard, and trained in neurosurgery at Columbia. He has built one of the largest brain tumor research and treatment centers in the world. He has trained numerous researchers who have revolutionized the fields of intraoperative imaging, angiogenesis, immunotherapy, and controlled release polymers for drug delivery to the brain. His work has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1982 and is currently funded by several active grants. He has published over 350 research papers, 57 book chapters, 11 patents, and an H index of 93 with over 35,000 citations.
Dr. Brem is committed to collaboration across disciplines to inspire and facilitate the translation of scientific advances for direct patient benefit. As such, he has helped found Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute and was co-principal investigator of the Johns Hopkins Coulter Foundation “Translational Research Partners Program” which funded innovative biomedical engineering projects across disciplines that have the potential to rapidly develop into useful products for patients. Henry Brem has developed new tools and techniques that have changed the field of neurosurgery. Brem carried out the pivotal clinical study that introduced navigational imaging into the neurosurgical suite. His work led to the FDA’s approval of the first image guidance computer system for intraoperative localization of tumors. Furthermore, he has changed the surgical armamentarium against brain tumors by inventing and developing Gliadel® wafers to intraoperatively deliver chemotherapy to brain tumors.