Jacqueline Callihan Linnes is an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University as of January 2015. Dr. Linnes earned her Ph.D. in Bioengineering with Dr. James Bryers laboratory and certificate in Global Health from the University of Washington. She was a Fogarty engineering fellow in collaboration with the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Little Devices laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her fellowship research focused on ultraviolet disinfection technologies for the prevention of tuberculosis transmission with Dr. Edward Nardell in addition to leading the Little Devices initiative for mobile diagnostics development. She continued this postdoctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health before moving to Boston University’s Biomedical Engineering department where she received a NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellowship to develop paper-based molecular diagnostics for point-of-care detection of bacteria with Dr. Catherine Klapperich.
Dr. Linnes has extensive experience in global health including co-founding and managing field-testing and user feedback for PotaVida, a company that creates low-cost solar disinfection indicators for clean water, and leading user-response assessments of improved cooking stoves in rural Bolivia through Engineers Without Borders. Her teaching and research focus on user-centered design and translational challenges based on clinician and patient needs worldwide. She has co-developed technologies for use in the US, Nicaragua, Kenya, and Zambia.
Jackie is originally from across the border (Columbus, OH) but migrated out west to Purdue University for her undergraduate, and then further west to Seattle for graduate school, back east for postdoctoral research and has now happily returned to the Midwest. Along the way, she has travelled (for work and play) to 15 countries where she’s met amazing collaborators and friends. She lives here with her husband, Michael, who also holds a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Washington, her son, Andrew, and her dog, Remy.