Meet the Authors

Martin Prince Alphonse focuses on Immunology and its applications in medicine. His passion for Immunology made him travel 11,462 km (a distance from India to Canada). With a Ph.D. (Immunology) from University of Toronto, Canada, he loves to capture light (photography), watch Kollywood (Tamil) movies and listen to the sound of silence!

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.

Kyla Britson is a Ph.D. candidate in cellular and molecular medicine. She has been playing violin since she was 10. She was in her college’s campus orchestra, and since moving to Baltimore she has been part of the Hunt Valley Symphony. She says playing the violin has always been her artistic break from science.

Rebecca DiBaise is an M.D., M.P.H. student planning to become a neurologist. A few of her favorite things include Camden Yards, her pets Dale (a rabbit) and Oliver (a cat), lakes, and family time in Boston. Some of her least favorite things include cooking for herself, humidity and doing her hair.

Joelle Dorskind is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine program at Johns Hopkins. When she isn't in lab running experiments, she enjoys reading, playing soccer, running and traveling.

Erika Dunn-Weiss is a neuroscience Ph.D. student. Besides neuroscience, she has a love for pottery, art therapy, mentorship, and her superhero dog named Milo.

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.”

Emily Fray is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program. She is passionate about reading and writing about science, learning about infectious diseases, consuming large quantities of caffeine, and studying her personal role model, Louis Pasteur. She hopes to someday combine her loves of English and science to work as an editor for a major journal or textbook company.

By day, you can find Yazmin Rovira Gonzalez in the lab, where she peers into the inner workings of muscle cells to make discoveries that may someday help treat metabolic disorders. On the weekends, she's out exploring and photographing the mountain trails with her trusty sidekick, Bailey the hiking wiener dog.

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.

Pranoti Hiremath grew up in Seattle, planned to major in English, instead became a bioengineer, and is now in the midst of cardiology fellowship.  She is interested in people’s stories, and want to find solutions by constructively breaking the rules.

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.

Jin-Yih Low is a cancer biologist with strong interest in medical communication. He has lived on three different continents during the past six years!

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.

Benjamin Ostrander is an M.D./M.S.E. student who strives to keep life infinitely interesting through creativity with words, food, music, medicine and more.

David Ottenheimer is a Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience. One of his favorite family traditions is spelunking in the caves of West Virginia (see selfie). He explains, “My grandfather was an avid caver, and he got my whole family hooked. During the trek, we take a moment to turn off all our lights and appreciate the total darkness.”

Laura Pugh is an M.D./M.P.H. student trying to keep life brilliant by running, hiking, and skiing around the region, reading interesting books, advocating for salient causes, conducting vegetarian cooking experiments, and drinking a lot of tea.

Pavan Shah is a first year M.D. student interested in medical innovation and discovery. On weekends, he loves playing the guitar and exploring Baltimore’s thriving food scene.

Mike Wang is a graduate student and adjunct faculty at the JHU Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, where he lectures on neurophilosophy. His work has been published in mainstream and academic outlets including VICE and the Johns Hopkins Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry. His pet rabbits are all insta-famous.

Tenisha Wilson was the first African-American woman to graduate from the MD/PhD program at the University of Florida (c/o 2018). She was successful in the program because of great mentorship. Therefore, she is a motivated to mentor. She has an Instagram account (@DrNishsNiche) dedicated to mentoring premedical, medical, and doctoral students.

Lisa Zhang is a third-year medical student who is trying really, really hard to not be the most awkward person in the room. When she’s not learning to be a future doctor, she can be found camping in cafes around Baltimore or planning out another food adventure.