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DEGREE PROGRAM - Master of Health Science (MHS)

Selma AhmedReham AljumaahChase Alston
Tiara AskewJohn BaekeyMatthew Brown
Hang ChenSumi ChungGiovanni Cragnotti
Geervanni DaggupatiAnthony De FeliceJames Engel
Marie Vian EspirituCharina FabilaneJulia Fountain
Leah GoldbergWenxuan GuoJoey Harmon
Anna Hasche- KluenderJane JefferyNahye Kim
Jiwon LeeWeixin LiRichard Liu
Niha MajeedCasey ManzaneroAmber Martin
Nkiruka MokoloCharlott MorelSanjana Murali
Joan NgombaDerek Osorio LucianoNguyen Pham
Wendy PiedraHaleigh PratherJesse Ritter
Nathaniel RogersSerene RoqueAnagha Sadasivan
Prithvi SinhaJessica SonKatherine Summerton
Conner SvetlyJai ThakorMathew Thomas
Nkechi UzoukwuMengrui WangWei Wang
Stephanie XavierMichelle XuChristopher Yi
Yujiao Zhang  

Selma Ahmed

rehamReham Aljumaah

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
pertaining to inflammation and Human Papilloma Virus. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, and reading. Reham chose BMB at Johns Hopkins University because of the ample opportunities and the unique curriculum that will help prepare her for a PhD. Upon completing the BMB program at Johns Hopkins, Reham plans to pursue a PhD degree in preparation for a career in academia and biomedical research.

Chase Alston 

chaseChase 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
Krieger Institute, she was able to work in the Maternal and Child Health sector of the Baltimore City Health Department and present at the annual Johns Hopkins C.A.R.E.S Symposium. She is currently a research assistant with the Besure Project, a community health project led by faculty from the
Department of Health, Behavior and Society that focuses on HIV prevention and using surveys to promote safer sex and health practices. In her free time she loves listening to music and reading comic books, and is an avid Netflix watcher. One interesting fact is that she’s running in the upcoming Baltimore running festival for the first time this fall. She choose Hopkins because she love Baltimore and the classes at the School of Public Health, some of which she had the opportunity to take last year. In the future, Chase hopes to become a medical doctor while continuing research in the area of gender based violence and women’s health. She is really excited to begin this program, and to meet those in her cohort.

Tiara Askew


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
California, Santa Cruz Post-Baccalaureate Research Program, where she researched Wolbachia and its influence on chromosome structure in Drosophila in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. Tiara is an avid reader and enjoys travelling, cooking, and volunteering in her free time. She also loves spending time with her family and friends. In the future, she plans to attend physician assistant school and earn a Master’s of Public Health with a focus in health disparities and

John Baekey

Matthew Brown

matthewMatthew 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.

Hang Chen

Sumi Chung

Giovanni Cragnotti 

giovanniGiovanni 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
team and was named a Scholar-Athlete Team with excellence honors. He loves food. He have found biochemistry very interesting in my undergraduate courses. Giovanni wants to expand on this subject while being able to take other public health courses offered at Bloomberg so
that he can be better prepared for medical school. His future goals is medical school.

Geervanni Daggupati 

geervanniGeervanni 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.
Geervani’s favorite past times are running, reading, and playing the trumpet. In high school, she was fortunate enough to travel abroad with her band to showcase their talent to the natives of Barcelona.
She chose Johns Hopkins BMB program for its unique academic program of integrating public health into natural sciences, and an opportunity to receive training and guidance from world-renowned professors. She is also very excited about the barely-snowing winters of Baltimore!

Anthony De Felice

anthonyAnthony 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
like to continue to medical school after. After this program is over, he would like to attend medical school and ultimately become specialized in a branch of medicine such as orthopedics or genetics.

James Engel 

jamesJames 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

marieMarie 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,
Marie conducted research on the allosteric inhibition of the Hepatitis C viral polymerase. She has coauthored a paper and presented at symposiums on this topic. Outside of class, she devoted herself to helping with campus ministry as well as tutoring/mentoring high school students. She still
does both to this day. In her free time, Marie enjoys baking at home. She draws inspiration from her favorite cooking shows and her travels with loved ones. Not many people know that she also loves to go thrifting. She
frequents value stores to find awesome vintage items. Marie is thrilled to continue her studies locally at such an esteemed institution as Johns Hopkins. The breadth and flexibility of its curriculum led her to choose BMB. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge of science to include the public
health perspective. After completing the MHS program, Marie hopes to attend medical school.

Charina Fabilane

Julia Fountain

juliaJulia 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
underlying features and mechanisms of childhood brain disorders. Julia is a volunteer at Health Care for the Homeless where she works at their help desk and advocates for legislation change to support the homeless community. As a Baltimore City Opioid Overdose Response Ambassador is certified to train individuals on how to administer naloxone.
As an undergraduate she spent time in Chennai, India as a Unite for Sight Global Impact Fellow where she collaborated with local medical professionals to provide sustainable eye care in communities living
in extreme poverty. Julia has served as a committee member of the Unite for Sight Global Health Society at Johns Hopkins and organized fundraisers to support eye-care clinics in Ghana, Honduras,
and India. In her free time Julia enjoys trail running, reading, yoga, and photography, as well as surfing with her Dad and brother. Julia hopes to use the knowledge obtained from the BMB program to prepare her to
pursue a medical degree and a career in medicine.

Leah Goldberg

leahLeah 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
Association and been published in the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and cooking. She chose the BMB program because it uniquely
combined her interests in basic science and public health. She hopes to go to medical school and feel that Johns Hopkins will strengthen her basic science background while giving her a perspective on how public health is intertwined with the medical profession. Fun fact - she lived in Sweden for two years when she was 8 years old.

Wenxuan Guo

wenWenxuan 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
biology. In the future, she would like to seek for a Ph.D. degree in related fields and keep researching as a scientific researcher.

Joey Harmon

joeyJoey 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.
I can speak French and English. I chose Johns Hopkins because this program will provide me with more than enough tools to prepare me for medical school. I believe this program will serve as a stepping stone for myself. In the future, I want to attend medical school, I would like to specialize, however I am not sure in which field. I am excited to learn about all the various parts of medicine and experience the program at Johns Hopkins!

Anna Hasche- Kluender

annaAnna 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

janeJane 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.
She has also engaged in clinical research in the Sleep Disorders Center, part of the Department of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. In addition, Jane has gained valuable experience with patient contact and care as an emergency department scribe at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
Jane chose Johns Hopkins not only because of her positive experience there as an undergraduate, but also because of the immense caliber of education the school offers. In the future, Jane plans to attend medical school and become a physician.

Nahye Kim

nahyeNahye 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

jiwonJiwon 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 

weixWeixin 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
future career path.

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Niha Majeed

nihaNiha 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

caseyCasey 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

amberAmber 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
also conducted scientific research to determine the immune response and defense mechanisms of human neutrophils when infected with the bacterial pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes. In her free time, Amber enjoys singing, and playing the guitar and piano. Along with her strong scientific background, she has studied Latin since middle school, and eventually, minored in the language. Amber chose Johns Hopkins because it will give her the best education and skills necessary to conduct intense and
immersive scientific research. In the future, Amber hopes to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to perform biochemical research.

Nkiruka Mokolo

nkirukaNkiruka 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
her loved ones, appreciating nature, meeting new people, and trying new things. She can also speak Yoruba (Nigerian Language) and lives a vegan lifestyle. Nkiruka chose John Hopkins because of the academic rigor, interdisciplinary courses, and life skills that she will gain to utilize in the field of pediatrics. Upon completion from the MHS program, Nkiruka plans to attend medical school, and open up her own nursery school for the disabled and have a career as a Pediatric Critical Care Physician

Charlott Morel

charlottCharlott 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
After graduation, I was admitted to Universidad Metropolitana where I majored in Molecular Biology for a bachelor degree. There I was blessed with so many opportunities from research to internships that helped me greatly to become the student that I am today. After graduating from college, I had to put my academic life on hold due to an eye infection that took away the vision in my right eye forever. But after years of treatment and motivation from family members and friends I learn to live with my incapacity
which turned out to be one of my greatest motivation to improve as a person and a professional.
Nowadays I’m filled with joy and enthusiasm to form part of the Master in Health Science program at
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and I know this opportunity will give me the right
tools to embark on this journey towards my professional life.

Sanjana Murali

sanjanaSanjana 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
networking with different people.

Joan Ngomba

joanJoan 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
Student Association at USC where she served as the Associate Director. In addition, Nduku was a member of the community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and served as the chapter Vice President of Service. In her spare time, Nduku enjoys reading, traveling/exploring new places, running
for fitness and cooking. Nduku chose the BMB program at Johns Hopkins as it will provide her with the opportunity to work alongside some of the nation’s top researchers on new and exciting projects. In particular, Nduku is interested in molecular cancer biology and the development of new and effective cancer therapies. While at JHSPH, Nduku also plans to explore cancer as a public health issue and the role of developing nations in the fight against cancer. Upon completion of the program, Nduku hopes to gain admission to medical school on a research track in line with her aspiration to become a physician-scientist.

Derek Osorio

derekDerek 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
of society but could lose their lives because of cancer.
As hobbies, he volunteers in the environmental field. Also, as well as the cancer who do not take brakes, he likes to be updated with the latest findings. In his goals, Osorio idealizes and chooses the BMB program because he is convinced that in JHU is where he is going to receive ones of the most significant education in the 21th century. Education that by his own words “Is the education that I contemplate to spread worldwide with the commitment that represent to obtain a MS and be part of

Nguyen Pham

nguyenNguyen 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
an endocrinology research at UCI School of Medicine, studying the role of the transcription factor of grainyhead-like3 in skin wound healing and angiogenesis. My second research investigated the functional roles of distinct regions (CA1 and CA3) within the hippocampus during memory
performance. I am also very passionate about volunteering and serving the underserved community. I acted as an executive board member for Flying Samaritans at UC, Irvine, a nonprofit organization that operates a free clinic in El Testerazo, Mexico. Every summer, I spent my time
volunteering at various hospitals and orphanages in Vietnam. During my free time, I enjoy playing music, dancing, hiking, watching soccer and traveling. I chose Johns Hopkins because it offers an exceptional program with many opportunities that can prepare me for the field of medicine, which is my ultimate goal. In the future, I hope to attend medical school and specialize in neurology.

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Haleigh Prather

haleighHaleigh 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
Research Symposium. Her research focused on evaluating the chemical composition of amber to determine its geological origin. In her free time, she likes going to museums, reading in the park, and watching cartoons. Haleigh chose Johns Hopkins because its MHS program was so highly
acclaimed as a great preparatory step before applying to medical school. After attending a small, liberal arts school in rural upstate New York, Haleigh is hoping that her time in Baltimore will obligate her to step outside her comfort zone and learn to operate within the chaos of a major,
metropolitan city. In the future, Haleigh hopes to conduct oncological research during her time at JHU, and eventually attend medical school.

Jesse Ritter

jesseJesse 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

nathanielNathaniel 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.
Nat has worked in Fire and EMS for 5 years as a firefighter/medic in both rural and metropolitan environments. Nat’s interests include hiking, rock climbing, and reading. He also enjoys historical research and writing. He chose BMB because of Hopkins’ outstanding reputation and the glowing
recommendation of a friend who graduated from the program last year. In the future, he plans to attend medical school and pursue clinical research.

Serene Roque

sereneSerene 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.
She conducted research in the Insect Transformation Facility at IBBR in Rockville, where she worked with transgenic insects like A. aegypti and A. gambiae. After graduation she continued her research at the NIH
NCI as a Postbac CRTA Fellow, investigating the role of centromeric proteins in HeLa cells during the cell cycle. Serene can speak English and Spanish fluently. She loves to play softball, volleyball, dance, go on hikes, and travel. Serene hopes to get a solid foundation in Public Health sciences to then work in a scientific research lab after MHS to focus on human disease like cancer.

Anagha Sadasivan

anaghaAnagha 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. 
Anagha enjoys dancing, reading, mathematics, eating cheeseburgers, and watching TV shows set in olden times. Also, she likes to spend her leisure time taking “Which Harry Potter House Will I be Sorted to” quizzes even though she has been sorted to House Slytherin multiple times.
Anagha chose BMB program at JHU as it offers her the best, and  specially elite platform, to build her academic and research capabilities while simultaneously gaining exposure to the field of public health. She is ecstatic about epidemiology coursework as it has been one of her major interests since high school. Anagha aims to go to medical school and work with children in the future.

Prithvi Sinha 

prithviPrithvi 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.
In his free time, Prithvi enjoys watching movies, listening to music, playing squash and indulging in TV shows with Sherlock and Modern Family being his favourite ones! He is total foodie and loves experimenting in the kitchen although extremely unpredictable when it comes to producing edible food!
Prithvi chose to attend Hopkins not only because of the excellent reputation of the school but also since
the motto of the BMB program “Save million lives at a time” resonates strongly with him. In the future he
hopes to develop potent yet cost-efficient strategies for cancer treatment which will benefit people in
developing countries like India.

Jessica Son

jessicaJessica 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 
photography, and museums. Jessica chose Johns Hopkins because of the research and clinical opportunities the institution would offer in preparation for medical school. She hopes to challenge her studies through the public health lens to supplement her clinical interests. In the future, Jessica hopes to attend medical school and continue offering international service.

Katherine Summerton

katherineKatherine 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
campus, where she organized workshops and seminars on the ethics of global civic engagement to prepare students for service trips abroad. Since graduating, Katherine has worked at a non-profit primary care pediatric clinic as a medical assistant. Throughout her time at the clinic she was the medical assistant lead on an initiative called Team Based Care, through which she worked with peers, clinic leaders, and grant holders to optimize teamwork in order to improve patient-centered care. In her free time she enjoys hiking, coaching youth sports, and generally being active outdoors. Katherine chose Johns Hopkins because of the unique opportunity to study biomedical sciences in conjunction with public health. After the MHS program, she hopes to attend medical school and work to improve health equity throughout her career as a physician.

Conner Svetly

connerConner 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 

jaiJai 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

matthewMathew 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
mice samples. He would stain the cells and then trace them onto a 3d projection to analyze how different environments shaped neuronal connections in the brain. In his free time, he likes to read, write, and listen to music. He can speak both English and his native tongue of Malayalam. He also graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program in high school. He is mix-handed, meaning that he uses different hands for different tasks. He applied to the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program because he wished to expand his knowledge in biology and because their program would help prepare him medical school. He hopes to become a pediatrician in the future.

Nkechi Uzoukwu

nkechiNkechi 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.
During her undergraduate career, she worked on a research honors thesis; her research focused on studying the changes in lux gene expression in Photorhabdus bacteria species upon infection of Drosophila melanogster. This experience prompted her initial interest in research and led her to
choose to do her graduate studies at the research-oriented Johns Hopkins University in order to nurture her interest in the field of research.
Nkechi’s hobbies include travelling, cooking, watching television shows and reading novels. At 11 years old, she wrote and published a short novel titled The Irresponsible Child and she hopes to write more fiction in the future. Her long term goal is to return to her country, Nigeria as a certified physician to start up her own private practice and hopefully to help lead a much needed medical revolution back home.

Mengrui Wang

mengruiMengrui 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
boxing. She can speak Chinese and English and is now trying to learn a third language. Mengrui Wang chose BMB because this can combine her undergraduate major and her career goal. She wants to volunteer in an aid organization or companies that help contribute for a better world, and before that she needs to discover the relationship between biological processes and human health, and studying here helps her to increase knowledge of the biochemical and molecular bases of cellular processes and to train her to get further understanding about the biomedical issues that have a profound impact on public health.

Wei Wang 

weiWei 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.
Wei chose BMB because it covers areas she’s greatly interested in, and JHU is her long-time dream school. In the future, she hopes to be a researcher in the field of biomedical science and join the glorious mission of safeguarding human life.

Stephanie Xavier

stephanieStephanie 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
Hopkins for their world-renowned education and continued pursuance of scientific inquiry through research. She hopes to earn a PhD in the oncological sciences after having completed the MHS degree at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Michelle Xu

michelleMichelle 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
of her accomplishments thus far include reading the Iliad in the original Greek, graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from Hopkins, and becoming a cat mom. She is currently conducting research in Phil Jordan’s lab on genome maintenance. Michelle also enjoys playing the guitar and piano, knitting, and gardening in her free time. She chose to study at the BMB department at JHSPH because of her positive research experience in the Jordan lab and the opportunity to enhance her knowledge of cancer
and reproductive biology under the tutelage of the world-class BMB faculty. In the future, she would like to pursue either medical school or a PhD program.

Christopher Yi

christopherChristopher 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
Room, Outpatient Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, and Cardiovascular Unit. More recently, Chris has been volunteering with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care and the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. In his free time, he likes reading, playing video games, watching movies, working out, and running. Additionally, he has been snowboarding for almost a decade and has ventured to various mountains along the east coast including those in Canada. Chris chose Johns Hopkins because of its proximity to home and because of its worldwide reputation. He believes that the education
provided will effectively prepare him for and allow him to excel in medical school. In the future, Chris hopes to attend medical school and specialize in internal medicine as a physician.

Yujiao Zhang

yujiaoYujiao 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
electrophysiology. Her research in the role synaptic protein ubiquitination in Drosophila larvae neuromuscular junction indicates the involvement of post-translational modifications in both pre- and post- synaptic plasticity. Yujiao loves traveling, diving and volunteering. She chose Johns Hopkins
because of the variety of research opportunities offered by the BMB department. In the future, Yujiao hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career as a neurosurgeon.