Meet the Authors

Riley Bannon's non-scientific passions include peanut butter, theology, sports, and harboring useless pop culture facts in her brain. If you have questions about crunchy versus smooth, Catholic social teaching, the Patriots, or any past or current Bachelor contestant, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Janine Bernardo is a neonatology fellow. Besides medicine and babies, her interests include (in no particular order) reading, travel, meeting new people, spending time with not new people, and her pet rabbit, Hazel. If she hadn’t pursued medicine, she would own a candy store or a bookshop.

Kristin Victoria Brig is a history of medicine doctoral student with a love for baking, playing the piano, and cross-stitching. Her work examines public health in the nineteenth-century British Empire with a focus on infectious disease control. Smallpox is her favorite historical disease, but typhoid fever and cholera also intrigue her.

Veronica Busa is a Ph.D. candidate in the Institute of Genetic Medicine. She is a fine-art aficionado with a tea habit and an implacable fondness for bad sci-fi and fantasy novels.

Howard Chang is a first year M.D. student with keen interests in Christian theology and practice, NBA basketball, fitness and food (especially coffee, boba and Indian cuisine). He has journaled (nearly) every day since Sept. 5, 2015.

Roshan Chikarmane is a passionate cancer researcher who also has interests in running, finance and reading. His role model is Sidney Farber, the “father of modern chemotherapy.”

Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Taylor Evans, a Ph.D. candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine program, has learned to call Baltimore City - and Johns Hopkins - home. She’s passionate about creative writing, personal style, and communities - both the scientific and non-scientific.

Maria Fazal is a second-year M.D. student who loves art, dinosaurs, and trash TV. She recently adopted a kitten named Clyde and is well on her way to becoming a crazy cat lady.

After college, Talia Henkle became a volunteer English professor at a university in Bogota, Colombia, for a year. She’s now pursuing a Ph.D. in immunology and hopes to eventually work translating science into evidence-based policy.

Carli Jones is a Ph.D. candidate in the Pathobiology Graduate Program. Carli enjoys baking (Baker is her middle name), exercising, memes, and of course science. She aspires to combine her interests in human disease and outer space to work for NASA. Since moving to Baltimore, she has fostered 5 dogs.

Lisa Nicole Learman is a Ph.D. candidate in cellular and molecular medicine. She is passionate about public understanding of science, music and dystopian fiction.

Caitlin McFarland (she/her), a resident in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is an at-heart Vermonter who was likely a bard owl in a past life. She spends as much time as possible in the dirt via boots or bikes and is passionate about medical education and improving mental health care for sex and gender minorities.

Anna Moyer is a Ph.D. candidate in the human genetics program, where she studies brain development in Down syndrome. She enjoys knitting, drinking tea, and watching the Food Network with her cat, Matilda.

Bernat Navarro-Serer is a Ph.D. candidate in the cellular and molecular medicine program. A science policy and advocacy enthusiast, Navarro-Serer also loves learning languages — he is fluent in three and has studied six. He played roller hockey for eight years and is thinking about creating a team.

Ashton Omdahl is a Ph.D. student in the biomedical engineering program. While an engineer on paper, at heart he’s more of a philosopher who loves thinking deeply about great discipline-spanning questions. His writing helps his thinking take shape. When he’s not in the lab, you will probably find him training for his next triathlon — or eating.

Born and raised in Southeast Florida, Palak Patel is feeling warmer than ever in her new Baltimore home as she begins medical school. As a theatre lover, world traveler, adventure seeker, Gators fan, and birthday cake ice cream fanatic, she has defined herself by her experiences.

Mary Soliman is a Ph.D. candidate in cellular and molecular medicine. When she is not in the lab, she is often boxing — it’s her main source of stress relief. She also enjoys visiting art museums and exhibits, listening to live music and watching movies of all genres.