Meet the Authors

William Aisenberg is a Ph.D. candidate in the cellular and molecular medicine program. He likes to explore Baltimore and has taken every sort of class the city has to offer, including sailing, cooking and improv comedy.

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!

Brianna Barry is a third year neuroscience Ph.D. candidate. Although she has lived in 10 cities, four states and three countries, she considers herself a Texas native and loves nothing more than bluebonnets, barbecue and beaches.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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!

Claire Lyons is a veterinarian undertaking a postdoctoral fellowship, working on platelet immunology in simian immunodeficiency virus and HIV infection as well as comparative pathology training. Her favorite activities include dissecting dead animals (and figuring out what caused their demise!), playing the oboe and training her two vizslas.

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.

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.”

Lochan Shah is a medical student interested in the intersection of medicine, technology and public health. What gets her out of bed in the morning — besides a pair of good running shoes — is the people that make this world move, and she’s on a mission to help them move it.

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.

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.