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Youseph Yazdi, M.B.A., Ph.D.

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  • Executive Director, Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design
  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Dr. Youseph Yazdi is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He holds an additional appointment in the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins, through which he serves as Executive Director of the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design and Program Director of the Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program.

Dr. Yazdi holds a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Rice University, as well as an M.S. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned an M.B.A. in entrepreneurial management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Prior to his arrival at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Yazdi was a corporate director in Johnson & Johnson''s Corporate Office of Science and Technology, where he was responsible for the creation and management of external and internal partnerships that funded and guided early-stage health care innovation.

Dr. Yazdi is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and serves on advisory boards of several academic organizations. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and holds several patents for inventions contributing to commercialized ultrasound and biophotonics devices. more


  • Executive Director, Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design
  • Program Director, Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program
  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

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Selected Publications

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Yazdi Y, Ramanujam N, Lotan R, Mitchell MF, Hittelman W, Richars-Kortum R. "Resonance Raman Spectroscopy at 257 nm Excitation of Normal and Malignant Cultured Breast and Cervical Cells," Applied Spectroscopy, v 53, n 1, 1999.

Ophir J, Yazdi Y. "A Transaxial Compression Technique (TACT) for Localized Pulse-Echo Estimation of Sound Speed in Biol. Tissues," Ultrasonic Imaging, v 12, p 35–46, 1990.

Ophir J, Yazdi Y, Lin TS, Shattuck DP. "Optimization of Speed-of-Sound Estimation from Noisy Ultrasonic Signals." IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control. v 36, n 1, 1989.

Ophir J, Moriya T, and Yazdi Y, "A Single Transducer Transaxial Technique for the Estimation of Sound Speed in Biological Tissues," Ultrasonic Imaging, v 13, p 269–279, 1991.

Ophir J, Cespedes I, Ponnekanti H, Yazdi Y, Li X, "Elastography: A Quantitative Method for Imaging the Elasticity of Biological Tissues." Ultrasonic Imaging. v 13, p 111–134, 1991.

Warren S, Pope K, Yazdi Y, Welch AJ, Thomsen S, Johnston AL, Davis MJ, Richards-Kortum R. "Combined Ultrasound and Fluorescence Spectroscopy for Physico-Chemical Imaging of Atherosclerosis." IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 1995 Feb;42(2):121-32.

Activities & Honors


  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2009
  • Recipient, Johnson & Johnson Standards of Leadership Award, 2007
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