Kevin Monk

About Kevin Monk

Kevin Monk is a neuroscience graduate student who enjoys sharing scientific discoveries with anyone interested in reading about them.

Posts by Kevin Monk:

Research Reveals Tiny Hairs on Bat Wings are Crucial for Normal Flight

Summer in Baltimore means many things: outdoor movies on Federal Hill, different fairs and festivals throughout town, and daytrips to Ocean City are just a few of the diverting events available to residents. After you’ve wiled away the sun-filled hours with these numerous summer pastimes, you may be tempted to head in for the evening.(...)


Neuroscience Graduate Student Driven by How the Brain ‘Sees’

Talking with Chanel Matney, a neuroscience graduate student in the Brown Lab, can send your mind racing in many different directions as she discusses her passions and interests and gives sage advice. A native Marylander from a family with diverse career paths ranging from medicine to performance art, Chanel is the sole basic science researcher.(...)


Multiple Mechanisms Underlie Human Motor Learning

How do musicians know how to move their arms and fingers — and in some cases, feet — to create beautiful chords and harmonics? How are athletes able to acquire skills that make them so awe-inspiring? How do humans generally learn a motor skill and learn how to control all of our limbs in a(...)


Project Bridge: Simplifying Science for the Community

How many times have you tried to explain your research to a friend, only to get a blank stare back? Such was the case with Daniel Pham, a graduate student in the Department of Neuroscience working in the Meffert lab. Daniel first realized his problem while trying to explain his research to his boyfriend and(...)


Johns Hopkins Scientists Discover a Novel Mechanism for β-Lactam Antibiotic Synthesis

Some oft-prescribed antibiotics, including penicillin and cephalosporin, share a common motif in their chemical structure: a small group of atoms arranged in a ring, called a β-lactam. These β-lactam antibiotics utilize this unusual structure to disrupt the cell wall synthesis in bacteria, greatly inhibiting their ability to spread throughout the body. Unfortunately, how these ring(...)


How the Brain Navigates to a New Restaurant

Imagine a new restaurant just opened downtown and you want to check it out. You hop on the bus and take it a few stops. Once you get off, you have no sense of where you are or how to get to your destination. You look around to collect your bearings: Camden Yards is to(...)