Maryland Development Center

Rasa Ghaffarian, PhD

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Rasa Ghaffarian is a graduate of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, College Park and Chief Technology Officer at MDC.

Her doctoral research focused on a targeted drug delivery platform to improve the absorption of therapeutics across the gastrointestinal epithelium. Her research culminated in 5 first-author publications, 8 first-author international and national conference proceedings, and an issued patent which was awarded UMD Invention of the Year in 2012. She received 1st place in the UMD Business Pitch Competition, and participated in the Fearless Founders Program in the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.

Rasa has experience in writing NSF, NIH, DoD, and TEDCO grant proposals as a principal investigator, delivering business pitches, and formulating business models for commercialization of her patent and MDC technologies. She has also participated in the DC iCorps program, where she received training in customer and market validation.