Maruf Hoque is an analytical, detail-oriented, results-driven, and versatile biomedical professional with deep scientific acumen spanning the disciplines of molecular biology, synthetic biology, neuroscience, and cardiovascular biology. He supports the JMIN team in articulating the intricacies of scientific innovation in a wide range of patents and other IP initiatives.

Maruf is fluent in the commercialization of scientific discovery, conducting prior art searches, and analyzing patentability matters. He has a proven track record of building effective communication channels from his years of leadership experience, vast teaching and mentoring expertise, peer-reviewed papers, and success in high-pressure settings. Maruf proves time and again that he speaks the language of and collaborates well with inventors, tech transfer offices, management teams, and VCs.

Appreciated for his project management, product development, and translational research expertise, Maruf deftly translates complex subject matter into understandable patent attributes. He is committed to achieving excellence and executing each task accurately and precisely.

Before JMIN

Maruf completed his dissertation, “Extracellular Matrix Contributions to Early Vascular Development & Pericyte Precursor Dynamics,” at Virginia Tech’s Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. He is fluent in confocal microscopy and genetic manipulation techniques and in creating bioinformatics tools to rapidly process and analyze large datasets.

Beyond the lab, Maruf was a part of several biotechnology commercialization projects and a Fralin Commercialization Fellow at Virginia Tech, where he focused on cancer diagnostics. His role as a Biotechnology Consultant at Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business focused on market analysis of poultry probiotics utilizing synthetic biology. He has also served as a teaching assistant for several courses at Georgia State University, including Molecular Cell Biology and Synthetic Biology, and as an undergraduate assistant in Organic Chemistry.

Maruf is active in the communities where he lives and works. He has been an invited speaker to several conferences, a judge for the iGEM competition in the field of Synthetic Biology, a coordinator/volunteer for the Atlanta Science Festival, and has served in numerous leadership roles and committees at Virginia Tech. He has volunteered at various hospitals, including Grady Memorial, and organizations like the American Cancer Society.

Maruf seizes the opportunity to give back through mentoring and educating the next generation of scientists. He actively participated in the Aspen Institute/Coda Society’s Our Future is Science, a virtual stem mentoring program that helps grades 9-12 students understand how science and social justice interconnect. He has also trained several graduate, medical, undergraduate, and high school students to be proficient in biomedical research.

Outside the Office

Maruf enjoys traveling, DIY home improvement projects, and gardening. An avid Atlanta sports fan, he watches the Braves, Hawks, Falcons, and Atlanta United games whenever he finds the chance.

Practice Areas


  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech
    • Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health (Metabolic/Cardiovascular Science)
  • M.S., Georgia State University
    • Biology (Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry)
  • B.S., Georgia State University
    • Biology and Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry

Published Work

  • Payne LB, Abdelazim H, Hoque MM, et al. A Soluble Platelet-Derived Growth Factor Receptor-β Originates via Pre-mRNA Splicing in the Healthy Brain and is Differentially Regulated during Hypoxia and Aging. Biomolecules. Apr 2023
  • Hoque MM, Abdelazim H, Jenkins-Houk C, Wright D, Patel B, Chappell JC. The cerebral microvasculature: Basic and clinical perspectives on stroke and glioma. Microcirculation. 2020 Nov 10;312671 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 33171539; DOI: 10.1111/micc.12671.
  • Payne LB, Hoque MM, Houk C, Darden J, Chappell JC. Pericytes in Vascular Development. Curr Tissue Microenviron Rep. 2020 Sep;1(3):143-54. Epub 2020 Jul 2. DOI: 10.1007/s43152-020-00014-9
  • Hoque MM, Sabatier M, Backus D. The short-term effect of slope walking on Soleus H-reflexes in people with multiple sclerosis. Neuroscience. 2018 Nov 1;391:73-80. Epub 2018 Sep 15. PMID: 30223021; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2018.09.007.