Rachel Evans

About Rachel Evans

Rachel Evans is a Ph.D. student who uses baking to relieve stress, which causes her to bake quite a bit in grad school. She’s currently working her way through a book on French baking! So far she has mastered the “tarte tatin.”

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Do’s and Don’ts for Preparing for Your Thesis Committee Meeting

Do’s and Don’ts for Preparing for Your Thesis Committee Meeting

Every year, after passing the dreaded preliminary oral exam, Ph.D. students are required to meet with their thesis advisory committee (TAC) to assess their progress and plan future work. These meetings can be incredibly valuable, and they provide important check-ins during the sometimes chaotic day-to-day lab work. While preparing for my last TAC meeting, I(...)

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Persistent Parasite Proteins: How Protein Clearance in Malaria Infection Can Impact Diagnostics

Persistent Parasite Proteins: How Protein Clearance in Malaria Infection Can Impact Diagnostics

Finding new treatments for infectious diseases is often the focus of clinical research, but recent research has demonstrated the importance of both developing and improving diagnostic tools in the fight against malaria. Malaria is a disease caused by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum, and mosquitoes spread it. In 2017, there were over 219 million cases of(...)

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The Relationship Between Age and Blood Pressure: Another Way Your Lifestyle Can Impact Heart Health

The Relationship Between Age and Blood Pressure: Another Way Your Lifestyle Can Impact Heart Health

Many of us have likely experienced recent high blood pressure. Whether it’s from well-meaning but very inquisitive relatives, or the winding lines at the airport, most of us are acquainted with a temporary rise in blood pressure under stress. And unfortunately, high blood pressure (BP) is a common chronic issue for millions of people worldwide.(...)

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The Interplay of Hormones and Infectious Diseases: How Our Sex Can Impact Our Risk of Getting the Flu

The Interplay of Hormones and Infectious Diseases: How Our Sex Can Impact Our Risk of Getting the Flu

With the long days of summer well behind us, and crunchy leaves and cool temperatures beckoning us forward, we all have to prepare for winter in our own ways. For most, hopefully, that includes getting a flu vaccine! The vaccine is an important tool in our arsenal against influenza, but unfortunately, it is not sufficient(...)

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Understanding the Epidemics of Today to Prevent Those of Tomorrow

Understanding the Epidemics of Today to Prevent Those of Tomorrow

Though it may seem distant now, 2014 was a tumultuous year for the global health community. One of the worst Ebola epidemics in history was ravishing communities in West Africa, spreading to health care workers, sparking superstitions among locals and demonstrating how devastating a single virus can be on the world stage. Many likely remember(...)

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A Johns Hopkins Celebration of Women in Science and Medicine

A Johns Hopkins Celebration of Women in Science and Medicine

In a time when women everywhere are fighting for equal pay, equal opportunities and an end to sexual harassment, it is important to celebrate women who have nevertheless persisted and succeeded in their chosen field. The school of medicine’s Office of Women in Science and Medicine (OWISM) aims to do this, and has given women(...)

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Finding the Missing Piece — the Limits of the Current Malaria Vaccine and How We Can Improve Future Vaccine Design

Finding the Missing Piece — the Limits of the Current Malaria Vaccine and How We Can Improve Future Vaccine Design

With hundreds of millions of infections worldwide, malaria continues to be a global health threat and burden to vulnerable populations. For decades, researchers have dedicated work to stamping out this illness, which is caused by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum, and a vaccine was recently licensed for prevention of the disease. The vaccine, called RTS,S/AS01, has(...)

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Using Epigenetics to Fight Tumors

Using Epigenetics to Fight Tumors

While the word cancer treatment may identify everything from chemotherapy to radiation, there is significant variance between the type of cancer and its responsiveness to even the most promising therapies. That has been precisely the case for the α-PD-1 immunotherapy treatment. While it has shown remarkable efficacy in patients diagnosed with lung cancer, other types(...)

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