DEGREE PROGRAM - Master of Health Science (MHS)
Reham Aljumaah was born in Mesa, Arizona, and grew up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She graduated from King Saud University with a Bachelor degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. She has assisted in several research projects at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center
Chase Alston is a recent graduate from the Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in Public Health Studies. She was born in New York, but grew up for most of my life in Southern Maryland in a pretty small town called Waldorf. Through a fellowship with the CDC and Kennedy
iara Askew was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and majored in Biology at Bowie State University. As an undergraduate, she participated in several summer research programs and presented research at several national conferences. After graduating, she completed the University of
Matthew Brown was born and raised in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health. During his time as an undergraduate, Matthew was actively involved in his college community. On campus, he served as member of the Black Student Union for four years and its president during his Junior year; as an RA during his Junior and Senior years; as a member of the Student Government Association all four years of college; and as a volunteer at the Joy and Wellness Center. During his summers in Baltimore, Matthew focused on community service and worked with the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council and the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition. During his free time Matthew enjoys weightlifting, fishing, reading, and watching Game of Thrones or Insecure. One fun fact is that ever since 8th grade, Matthew has had a large collection of carnivorous plants that continues to grow in size. Matthew decided to join the BMB program because he enjoyed the classes he took as an undergrad in their department and felt that a stronger background in biochemistry and molecular biology would help his future studies. In the future, Matthew hopes to attend medical school, preferably a school that will allow him to earn both his MD and MPH degrees. His goal is to practice medicine in areas facing various health disparities in an effort to close the health gap facing vulnerable and underserved communities.
Giovanni Cragnotti was born in Rome, Italy. He grew up in Rome and then moved to Miami, Florida when he started high school. Givanni went to Johns Hopkins University and studied public health with an orientation towards medical school. He was captain of the varsity water polo
Geervanni Daggupati is a native of Andhra Pradesh, India and spent much of her childhood in Ethiopia and Canada. She hails from McGill University with a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology and Therapeutics. While pursuing her degree, she conducted an independent research project investigating transcriptional mechanisms governing pituitary follicle stimulating hormone (Fshb) synthesis and presented her work at the Pharmacology Undergraduate Research Expo. In addition, she spent her undergrad summers as a research assistant in a behavioral ecology lab, working with tropical fish called guppies. Geervani’s long-term goal is to pursue her interests in reproductive biology and women’s health and finding an occupation in a public health field.
Anthony De Felice was born in Fresno, California, but grew up in both Columbia, MD and Easton, MD. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (neuroscience minor). He has worked at the Children’s National Medical Center for almost 2.5 years while also volunteering at For Love of Children, a non-profit tutoring program for DC students who are significantly behind grade level in reading and math. His hobbies include exploring nature and reading. He spent a semester abroad in Denmark and can speak some basic Danish. Anthony chose John’s Hopkins because of the quality of the Bloomberg public health education, while also because the MHS program is well suited for people who would
James Engel was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Salisbury, Maryland. He graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with a concentration in Molecular Biology. He has conducted auditory research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for 2 years and has published in this field. His research focuses on building a behavioral model of tinnitus, 3D reconstruction of cochlea for use in TEM analysis, and studying consequences on neural synaptic anatomy resulting from noise induced hearing loss. In his free time, he enjoys reading, riding his bike, going on hikes, going to the gym, and homebrewing. He chose to attend the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health because it is the best school of public health in the world and will prepare him for his future career as a physician researcher where he hopes to facilitate human clinical trials in the field of Otolaryngology.
Marie Vian Espiritu was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in Falls Church, VA. She graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2015 with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in Management of Aging Services. While at UMBC,
Julia Fountain was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Study. She has assisted in research at Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research, where she investigated the
Leah Goldberg is from Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. While at Penn, she performed clinical research in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery and has presented at the American Heart
Wenxuan Guo was born and grew up in Yantai, Shandong Province, China. Majored in biotechnology, she graduated from Tongji University with a bachelor degree. She participated in a program focusing on aging, and subsequently published it on journal Cell Death and Differentiation. Besides, she was also involved in oncology research related to DNA repair and exosomes. She likes reading and running in her spare time. She also likes to listen and sing traditional Chinese opera. Wenxuan comes to BMB program for more insightful understanding of cancer biology, which is her most interested field. Also, she would like to learn more about a less familiar direction, the reproductive
Joey Harmon was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I graduated from the University of the Sciences in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry with a Mathematics minor and a Forensic Science Minor. I have done research in the fields of analytical chemistry, green chemistry and inorganic chemistry. I have published one paper and currently have two others under review. In my free time, I love playing sports playing video games and walk around and discover new areas.
Anna Hasche- Kluender hails from Seattle, WA but spent the past four years in Baltimore obtaining her BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Johns Hopkins. Currently she is studying for her MHS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and works at the Center for Nanomedicine on projects focused in Bacterial Vaginosis and reproductive health.
Jane Jeffery was born and raised in New York City. She attended the Johns Hopkins University for her undergraduate career, earning her B.A. in Public Health Studies. She has conducted research on obesity and diabetes in the Friedman Lab of molecular genetics at the Rockefeller University in New York; during her undergraduate career, Jane has volunteered with Food as Medicine, engaging Baltimore middle school students in a discussion of healthy eating habits and the science of nutrition.
Nahye Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the United States when she was six years old. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor’s of Science in Neurobiology and Physiology. She chose Johns Hopkins and BMB to help prepare her for medical school and expose her to research. In her free time, Nahye rides and competes horses. Although her dream job is to be a judge on the Food Network, she is not a great cook herself and instead, aspires to establish a career as a physician.
Jiwon Lee was born in Icheon, South Korea and grew up in Grapevine, Texas. She attended Austin College, graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. She has research experience in the fields of biochemistry, organic chemistry, and molecular biology throughout her undergraduate years. She enjoys traveling with her church mission trips and volunteer programs. She loves to learn languages; she can speak English, Korean, Spanish, and a little Portuguese. She chose the Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Master’s program at the Johns Hopkins BSPH not only because of the phenomenal curriculum and research opportunities, but also because of their academic leadership in the field of public health. A southern gal, she hopes to get used to city-life and the cold weather. Her future goals include medical school and public health research.
Weixin Li was born and grew up in Zhanjiang, Guangdong, China. She graduated from Binzhou Medical University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree of Medicine. She took part in the research process of a project named The Effect of OGG1 on Pulmonary Fibrosis and its Mechanism. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, reading and running. During college, she found herself interested in studying mechanism of health and disease and really wanted to improve herself in this field. So she chose BMB of JHU because is an excellent program which fits on her current study goal. For now she is not sure whether devote her in biological research or attend medical school. Either way, she knew the incoming fabulous studying experience in JHU can help shed new light on her final choice of
Niha Majeed moved to Baltimore from Des Moines, Iowa. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Drake University in biochemistry, cell, and molecular biology with a minor in biology and a concentration in biophysics. During my free time, She likes to take photos and photoshop; play recreational flag football, water polo, and tennis; and ski in the cold Iowa winters. Niha love meeting new people; hence, Niha's volunteer at refugee soccer games. She am excited to further my academic career in the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Casey Manzanero was born in Oneonta, New York and spent most of my childhood in Otego, New York. After I graduated from Unatego high school, I went to the University of Buffalo. I graduated from Buffalo with a bachelors in biomedical sciences in hopes to go to medical school in the near future. While at Buffalo, I was president of club basketball, managed a psychology lab on alcohol research, and was in the university's honors college. I completed my thesis for the honor's college on potential moderators for the relationship between alcohol use and compensatory behaviors. I enjoy running, reading, being outdoors, meeting new people and learning. I chose the Bloomberg School of Public Health because of Johns Hopkins world-renowned reputation. I know I will be challenged here to do and be better. I hope to finish my masters here and go to medical school within a year or two to keep working towards my aspiration to be a physician.
Amber Martin was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Thiel College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She was a part of the Greenville Neuromodulation Center Faculty/Student Research Institute at Thiel College where she built a transient absorption spectrometer to investigate the kinetics of fast chemical reactions. She presented her findings at the American Chemical Society National Conference in March of 2016. In addition, Amber
Nkiruka Mokolo was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated and received her B.S. degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana in May 2016. During undergrad she has educated and led her own chemistry drill class proctoring and grading weekly examinations. In addition, Nkiruka has mentored high school students and underclassmen that plan to pursue biomedical research careers and are majoring in science-related subjects. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with
Charlott Morel was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. I grew up with my grandparentsin a small town called Azua, which is two hours away from the city (driving distance). When I turned 9 years old I moved to Puerto Rico to live with my mother and my sister to pursue a better life quality and educational improvement. I attended Colegio Maria Auxiliadora for elementary, middle, and high school. Their exceptional education helped me thrive and grow an unique passion towards science and medicine. Unfortunate events regarding religious-economical conflicts with the school’s archdioceses made it impossible for the school to keep teaching from K-12 grades in the same building, reason why I had to transfer to Academia San Jorge to complete my senior year of high
Sanjana Murali was originally from Chennai, India but grew up in the Gulf. She graduated from Anna University, India with a bachelor of technology in Biotechnology. Sanjuana worked on concentration depended aggregation of alpha synuclein for my bachelor thesis at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. She also studied the effect of ubiquitylation on several proteins involved in various diseases like cancer and autism as part of my internship at Tel Aviv University, Israel. The only school Sanjana applied for her masters was Johns Hopkins, because it has been her dream university ever since she took biology in her senior year at school. She is sure the education from Hopkins will prepare her for a career in medical research as her interests perfectly lines with the research conducted at Hopkins. She is a bookworm, so in her free time she is always reading, occasionally she does sing, dance and cook. She is a bit of an introvert and looking to break that in Baltimore by meeting and
Joan Ngomba was born and raised in the East African city of Nairobi, Kenya. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2016 with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Nduku helped cofound the Pan African
Derek Osorio Luciano from Puerto Rico surrounded by the ocean and the Caribbean Derek Osorio grew up. Through his development, he graduated from the Inter American University in the 2016 with a double BSc degrees in Biology and Chemistry. He worked as a researcher searching for data that presents how far the antimicrobial resistance have reach the environmental water bacteria. Derek pursues to give the opportunity to those that in one way or another were or will be contributing members
Nguyen Pham was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and moved to Irvine, California at the age of 15. I graduated from UC, Irvine in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. During my undergraduate studies, I was a student research assistant in two different labs. The first one is
Haleigh Prather was born in San Gabriel, California and grew up in Glendora, California. She graduated from Vassar College in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Biochemistry. She has conducted chemistry research and presented it at the 2017 Mid-Hudson ACS Undergraduate
Jesse Ritter grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh for his undergraduate studies. He completed BS degrees in biochemistry and traditional biology and graduated in 2017. As an undergraduate, he worked in two research laboratories in biochemistry and microbiology and spent three years as a supplemental instruction leader in organic chemistry. In 2015, he completed a research internship at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute in the Department of Pathology. Outside of academics, Jesse enjoys exercising, travelling, and cheering on various Pittsburgh professional sports teams throughout the year. Jesse looks forward to taking advantage of the flexible coursework provided through the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology while focusing on areas in which he would like to pursue research. He hopes to complete an MD/PhD program following his completion of the MHS program.
Nathaniel Rogers was born in Richmond, Virginia, where he lived until moving to Charlottesville, Virginia to attend the University of Virginia for undergrad. He graduated in May 2017 with a BA in history.
Serene Roque was born in Queens, NYC and was raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015 with a BS degree in Biological Sciences.
Anagha Sadasivan was born and raised in India. She moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida as a high school student. She attended Nova Southeastern University in Florida, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has gained research experience in Genetics, determining the genomic sequence of the insect pathogen, Lagenidium giganteum, which is known to possess the capability to infect and kill mosquito larvae. She served as the President of HOSA: Future Health Professionals chapter, and as a member of this national organization, she participated in various state level competitions for which she was awarded first place in Epidemiology knowledge competition and extemporaneous medical writing. Furthermore, she has approximately three years of medical scribing experience in pediatric and adult emergency medicine.
Prithvi Sinha was born in a small town of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and raised in Mumbai, India. He graduated from Vellore Institute of Technology in 2017, with a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree in Biotechnology. At the undergraduate level, he did an extensive study to investigate the role of “Res2” protein in fission yeast cytokinesis using a combination of genetic, cellular and imaging based approaches. In addition he also undertook a mini project to evaluate the In-vitro hemolytic and clot buster activity of the extracts (Bromelain) of Ananus Comusus. Besides his research endeavors, Prithvi enjoys reading scientific journals and has published articles in SCOPUS indexed journals in many areas including cancer and antifreeze proteins. He also held the prestigious post of being the program representative of his batch and a member of the Men’s Squash Team of his university.
Jessica Son was born in San Jose, California and grew up in Santa Clara and Los Angeles. She graduated from New York University in 2017 with a BA in Urban Design and Architectural Studies with a minor in Chemistry. In past summers, she has participated in missionary trips to Haiti and Peru, offering humanitarian and medical aid, such as assisting with pediatric reconstructive surgeries. In her free time, she likes staying active through various exercises and city explorations, sports, reading, film
Katherine Summerton was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and grew up in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies and a concentration in Global Health and Environment. While at UNC, Katherine was a member of the varsity Women’s Rowing team and served as a member of the team’s Leadership Council her senior year. She was also active in the Campus Y, the umbrella organization for social justice groups on
Conner Svetly was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated in 2017 with honors from Chapman University in Orange, California with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and a Chemistry Minor. Conner played college football at Chapman, was part of the team that won the Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Playoffs, and was named to the All-Conference Academic team. In addition, he served as a Chapman Orientation Leader and Resident Advisor. Something that makes Conner unique is that he has been profoundly deaf since birth. He received Cochlear Implants as a young child and spent a great deal of time learning how to listen and speak. In his free time, Conner likes to work out and play sports with friends. He also loves dogs and eating all types of food (he is looking forward to trying Baltimore Crab cakes). Conner chose the BMB program at Johns Hopkins to be part of an academically challenging curriculum surrounded by professors and peers who will inspire him. He has had a passion for medicine since he was a child and hopes to attend medical school where he would like to be in a position to work with and give back to the underserved deaf population.
Jai Thakor was born in Columbia, Maryland. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2017, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. As an undergraduate, he conducted research on developing cerebral organoids, three-dimensional masses of cerebral tissue, as a novel model of adult neurogenesis and diseased growth. He was co-authored in a publication in the journal Cell, and received the JHU Provost's Undergraduate Research Award and a grant of the JHU alumni Second Decade Society. In his free time, he enjoys running and playing ultimate frisbee, ping pong and tennis. Jai chose to attend JHSPH to learn more about specialized topics in biology in preparation for medical school. He hopes to become an academic physician, treating patients and conducting research on novel therapies for the human body.
Mathew Thomas was born in Palai in Kerala, India though he grew up in Derwood, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2017 with a degree in Neurobiology and Physiology. While at the University of Maryland worked at a lab researching brain plasticity using
Nkechi Uzoukwu was born and raised in Imo State, Nigeria. She attended The George Washington University for her undergraduate studies. In May 2017, she graduated from GWU with a BS in Biological Sciences as well as a certificate in French Language.
Mengrui Wang was born and grew up in Dongtai, Jiangsu Province, China. She graduated from the East China University of Science and Technology in June, 2017 with a bachelor’s of Engineering degree in Bioengineering. She has conducted scientific research in the University Students’ Innovation Research Program to find and clone the relevant gene sequence which can control the expression of CTeHP oxidase. She also conducted research about efficient expression of amylase in low temperatures in Chinese Institute of Biophysics. During her free time, she loves reading, swimming, dancing and watching movies. She is also learning yoga and
Wei Wang was born in Hebei and grew up in Zhuhai, a beautiful coastal city in Southern China. She graduated from Southern Medical University in 2017 with a B.S. in Biopharmaceutics. During her final year, she undertook a full-time, independent project on CRISPR/Cpf1-based gene editing at the Cancer Research Institute of her school, which ended in a patent and publishable results. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies and recording interesting moments of life with her camera. She’s a quiet girl with an adventurous heart, always looking forward to little adventures that light up ordinary life.
Stephanie Xavier was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and moved to New York in her teenage years. She graduated from the City College of New York in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She has conducted research within the Radiation Research Division at SUNY Downstate Medical Center where she studied the role that cancer stem cells play in tumorigenesis and various tumor responses to therapy. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, reading and watching soccer. Stephanie chose Johns
Michelle Xu was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and grew up in Hiroshima, Japan and Houston, Texas. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics. Some
Christopher Yi was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Columbia, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland – College Park in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Cellular Biology & Molecular Genetics. He has been an active volunteer at St. Agnes Hospital for 3 years and has been involved with multiple departments including the Emergency
Yujiao Zhang was born and raised in Jinan, China. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology and a minor in Neuroscience. Yujiao has done research in a variety of fields including dentistry, neurobiology and