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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department Staff

Due to COVID-19, BMB staff are working remotely and email is the best way to reach us. Mail and faxes sent individual staff members will be received but responses will be delayed.

Kear Wright  Department Administrator

Kear Wright

Kear Wright oversees all financial and administrative activities within the Department. She also oversees the activities of all department staff, and teams up with the Chair and faculty to represent and promote the department to internal and external associates. 

Email: kwright@jhu.edu
Fax: (410) 955-2926
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street, Room E3132B
Baltimore, MD 21205

Erika Vaitekunas  Administrative Specialist to the Chair

Erika Vaitekunas

In addition to being executive assistant for the Chair, Erika Vaitekunas acts as a liaison for the department by managing special events, weekly seminars, distinguished lectureships, and maintains the departmental website.

Email: erikav@jhu.edu
Fax: (410) 955-2926
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street, Room E3132
Baltimore, MD 21205

Morgan Backhaus  Administrative Coordinator

Morgan Backhaus

Morgan Backhaus acts as a liaison for the department by providing support to the department Chair and Administrator, processing of accounts payables including travel reimbursements, organizing special events, and other special projects for the department.

Email: mbackha1@jhmi.edu
Fax: (410) 955-2926
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street, Room E3132
Baltimore, MD 21205

Toni Doherty  Academic Coordinator

Toni Doherty

Teaming with the Executive Director of Academic Affairs and Education Programs, Toni Doherty assists with the management of the various academic programs offered in the department, counsels students, and interprets and implements school-wide academic policies. She also plays a key role in assisting with promoting the department’s academic programs to prospective students and develops supportive relationships with alumni and other constituencies.

Email: adohert8@jhmi.edu
Fax: (410) 955-2926
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street, Room W8503A
Baltimore, MD 21205

Chandan Prasai  Sr. Grants & Contracts Analyst 

Chandan Prasai

Chandan Prasai assists faculty in the preparation and filing of grant applications to various agencies, and ensures full compliance with institutional and federal rules and practices.

Email: cprasai1@jhu.edu
Fax: (410) 955-2926
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street, Room E3135
Baltimore, MD 21205

Sarah Studer  Scientific Communications Specialist

Sarah Studer

Sarah Studer, in consultation with the Communications and Marketing office at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, manages the long-term communications plan for the Bailey Laboratory and the department.

Email: sstuder3@jhu.edu
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street, Room W8501
Baltimore, MD 21205