Martha Connolly professional experiences include serving as director in the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, as a member of the research faculty at Johns Hopkins, and as assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Connolly holds an MS and BS in chemistry from Stevens Institute of Technology and a PhD in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of 36 publications in cardiovascular systems physiology and is the former senior biotechnology industry representative for the State of Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development. She also was a founder of an entrepreneurial technology development company and directed business development at a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company.

Connolly is experienced in early stage technology commercialization, business development, and economic strategies, and is the former director of the Maryland Industrial Partnerships program which accelerates the commercialization of technology in Maryland by providing matching funds for collaborative R&D projects between companies and University System of Maryland faculty.

In 2007, the Daily Record named Connolly one of Maryland’s 50 Most Influential People and in 2010 she received the President’s Award from the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Biosciences Committee. She is a frequent lecturer on technology-led economic development. Connolly taught graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship in the life sciences at the University of Maryland for 12 years.  She was elected a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2013.

Education History

  • PhD Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Work Experience

Adjunct Faculty, (Retired), University of Maryland


36 publications in peer-reviewed journals

Honors and Awards

  • AIMBE fellow (2013)