Dorian is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. With interest in vector borne and parasitic diseases, his research focuses on the molecular mechanism of action for various insect repellents that are currently being used in mosquito control. Before coming to Hopkins, he worked on his MPH at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health where he was heavily involved in diversity initiatives and even worked in the UC Berkeley Office of Graduate Diversity. Throughout his graduate education, he has valued outreach and support of other underrepresented minorities and looks forward to continuing this work through the LEARNED initiative.
Ohemaa is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Mental Health and T32 Global Mental Health Fellow. Her research interests include the cross-cultural interpretations of illness and how stigma impacts access to psychosocial care, particularly for persons living with HIV. Ohemaa has previously worked with the Global and Local Center for Mental Health Disparities at Boston University, the US Fund for UNICEF, and in Ghana with various health and education NGOs. She has an MPH in Global Health and Research Methods and a BA in History and International Development.
Mr. Bolling works collaboratively to increase the recruitment, retention, and mentorship of students and postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds. He coordinates initiatives to ensure that all JHBSPH constituents are valued, respected, and nurtured, inclusive of their identities. Prior to joining the Bloomberg School, Mr. Bolling supported diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts at various higher education institutions, most recently Towson University.
Sabra L. Klein, PhD
Dr. Klein is a Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI). She is an expert on sex and gender differences in immune responses and susceptibility to infection. Her group considers how immunological, hormonal, and genetic differences between males and females affect sex differences in susceptibility to viruses, including influenza, Zika, and SARS-CoV-2 viruses. She is the principle investigator of the Johns Hopkins Specialized Center for Research Excellence (SCORE) in sex and age differences in immunity to influenza. She is President-elect of the Schoolwide Faculty Senate, Chair of the MMI Graduate Program Committee, member of the University Doctor of Philosophy Board, co-Chair of the advisory board of the Johns Hopkins Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health, co-Director of the Center for Women’s Health, Sex, and Gender research, and served for 3 years on the Schoolwide Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Civility. She provides mentoring and training for diverse students and fellows through her participation in these department, Schoolwide, and University-wide committees and boards.
David J. Sullivan, MD
Dr. Sullivan has 27 years of research experience on malaria and the erythrocyte. His particular area of expertise focuses on heme, hemozoin and metal metabolism in the malaria infected erythrocyte related to diagnostics and drug action. Dr. Sullivan's research work has also involved malaria clinical field studies in Bangladesh and Africa. As SARS-CoV-2 has transformed our society and science, scientists from diverse disciplines have focused on the virus. Dr. Sullivan has pivoted from a mostly malaria bench researcher with limited observational human trials in Africa and Bangladesh to a COVID-19 clinical trialist. He is national PI on a study of the early treatment of outpatient COVID-19 which aims to prevent hospitalization and death with a single transfusion of high SARS-C0V-2 antibody titer convalescent plasma. Dr. Sullivan is working with Dr. Klein to expand mentoring opportunities for underrepresented bench science PhD students by developing training opportunities and a protocol for diversifying thesis committees by including members from institutions outside of the JHU system.