Graduate Program in Pathobiology

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The Pathobiology Graduate Program would like to acknowledge the following contributors to our student profile and alumni pages. Thank you all for your time and efforts to get the current student profiles and video testimonials created and uploaded. Thanks also to all of our students who volunteered to share your experiences through video.

Video Planning Committee:
Katie Marshall; Monika Looney; Emily Maggioncalda; Peter Chianchiano; Carli Jones; Pan-am Chaisawangwong, Janelle Montagne, and Brad Poore (alumnus)

Film and Editing:
Christine Marshall; Norm Barker and Jon Christoferson, Path Photo

Video Volunteers:
Carli Jones; Katie Marshall; Lionel Chia; Swathi Karthikeyan; Drew Bell; and Allison Hanaford (alumnus)

Graduate Training Program: 2018-2019

Madison JamesMadison James
Madison James comes from Flower Mound, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 2017, and she continued on to receive her Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University in 2018. Her undergraduate research and masters research focused on modeling blood flow using computational fluid dynamics to predict damage (specifically hemolysis) caused to cells by artificial heart valves. During an undergraduate summer research program she also worked on a project using infrared imaging to map the human brain prior to surgery. Madison would like to focus her studies on neurological disorders, specifically neurodegenerative diseases. She hopes that the Pathobiology graduate program will help provide her with invaluable skills and experience to utilize in her future career as a biomedical researcher. In her free time, Madison enjoys playing soccer, trying out new restaurants, exploring new cities, and attending concerts and festivals.

Ana JenikeAna Jenike
Ana Jenike is from the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. She graduated from Portland State University in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. For several years as an undergraduate she researched in a materials lab that specialized in the synthesis and uses of metal nanocrystals. Ana worked on a solutions based green synthesis of copper nanowires for their antibiotic effect as well as in copper interconnects. Ana is particularly interested in molecular pathology and how that can be applied not just in research but in practice. Ana hopes to investigate uses of pathogen proteins in nanotechnologies and research how nanotechnologies affect viral or bacterial proteins. Another of Ana's passions is helping young women become invested in STEM careers and this is an area that Ana is hoping to develop while in graduate school. Ana is looking forward to exploring the Baltimore area with her dog to find new and fun places to eat. is from the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. She graduated from Portland State University in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. For several years as an undergraduate she researched in a materials lab that specialized in the synthesis and uses of metal nanocrystals. Ana worked on a solutions based green synthesis of copper nanowires for their antibiotic effect as well as in copper interconnects. Ana is particularly interested in molecular pathology and how that can be applied not just in research but in practice. Ana hopes to investigate uses of pathogen proteins in nanotechnologies and research how nanotechnologies affect viral or bacterial proteins. Another of Ana's passions is helping young women become invested in STEM careers and this is an area that Ana is hoping to develop while in graduate school. Ana is looking forward to exploring the Baltimore area with her dog to find new and fun places to eat.

Katie MulkaKatie Mulka
Katie Mulka is originally from Troy, Michigan. She received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, a B.S. in Biology from Western Michigan University, and a D.V.M. from Michigan State University. During undergraduate and graduate school, she worked in a variety of research labs studying ecology, animal models of human disease, and infectious diseases. Katie's interest in pathology developed during veterinary school as she learned about mechanisms of disease and saw the effects that they have at the tissue and cellular levels. Katie is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins. She is pursuing a PhD to gain advanced research skills that will allow her to investigate and answer questions about disease mechanisms to contribute to enhancing human and animal health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, her dog and cat, movies, hiking, camping, and music.

Kristen NicholesKristen Nicholes
Kristen Nicholes is from Salt Lake City, UT, and received her BS in Chemical Engineering from BYU. After three years of volunteer work, she began her PhD work at Johns Hopkins Homewood in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program, where she worked in the lab of Dr. Sharon Gerecht on the differentiation of stem cells into endothelial cells. She's interested in the possibilities for peptide-based nanoparticles for improved drug delivery and diagnosis in ovarian cancer. Kristen also enjoys singing, dancing, playing instruments, and reading.

Jina ParkJina Park
Jina Park comes from Seoul, South Korea. She studied Biological Sciences at Seoul National University during her undergraduate years and joined the Jongkyeong Chung lab for her Master's degree at the same university in 2015. During her Master's degree research, she focused on the identification of novel regulatory mechanisms of cell signaling pathways including mTOR signaling and Hippo signaling in mammalian cells. Currently, Jina is interested in research elucidating the roles of signaling pathways in physiology and human diseases. In particular, she hopes to investigate how cells undergo dysregulation of signaling pathways during tumorigenesis and metastasis. She looks forward to participating in translational research which can offer successful strategies for cancer therapy. Training in the Pathobiology graduate program will be an excellent opportunity for her to become an independent biomedical scientist. Outside the laboratory, she enjoys playing tennis, practicing yoga, reading books and cooking.

Harley ParkerHarley Parker
Harley Parker grew up in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, on the east side of Columbus. She attended Youngstown State University, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. While attending, she worked as the Supplemental Instruction Leader for Organic Chemistry and was president of the American Chemical Society Student Chapter. She also worked as an after-school counselor for at-risk youth at the local elementary school. Harley enjoys reading, skiing, baking, and has recently taken up yoga. Harley spent the summer of 2017 at Texas A&M University researching methods to remove endotoxin from bacteriophage lysates during a research experience for undergraduates under Dr. Ryland Young of the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department. The phages were being studied for applications as targeted bacterial infection treatments. During her senior year at Youngstown State, Harley researched under Dr. Nina Stourman of the Chemistry Department. Her project characterized chitosan beads as a method for protein immobilization. This work has applications in industry for making catalytic enzymes removable and reusable. Harley's passion for scientific research and helping others is what made her choose a career in biomedical research. The research she did with bacteriophages sparked her interest in bacteriology and infectious disease. Harley is eager to learn from the skilled faculty of the Pathobiology program and be a part of Johns Hopkins University.

Monali PraharajMonali Praharaj
Monali Praharaj was born in Mumbai, India. She completed her bachelor's in biotechnology in 2014 and earned a fellowship at the Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai to study antibiotic resistance and drug induced molecular mechanisms for the antibiotic resistance in Mycobacterium spp. She came to US in Fall of 2016 to pursue Master's degree in molecular microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and graduated in May 2018. With an immense interest in immunology and infectious diseases she worked with Dr William Bishai at the TB research center for her Master's thesis research. She worked on genetic manipulation of Mycobacterium bovis bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) to re-engineer it as a potent immunotherapeutic tool for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. Monali is highly motivated to learn and understand immune mediated pathological pathways in infectious diseases and cancer. She further wants to translate this understanding by employing immunotherapeutic approaches in the clinic. In her free time, she enjoys playing ping pong, painting, exploring and travelling with family and friends.

Graduate Training Program: 2017-2018

Peter ChianchianoPeter Chianchiano
Peter is originally from Vernon, New Jersey. He received his BA in 2012 from Drew University, where he double majored in Biology and French. During his undergraduate career, he conducted research on the role of oxytocin in the pathogenesis of post-traumatic stress disorder. He then went on to earn his MS in Biology from New York University in 2014. Peter's interest in pathology grew even more while at NYU, and his thesis work focused on small molecule therapeutics for Alzheimer's disease, and the role of perivascular macrophages in cerebral amyloid angiopathy. Peter then began to work as a research technologist at Johns Hopkins University investigating the distinction of intrahepatic metastases from multicentric carcinogenesis in multifocal hepatocellular carcinoma. Peter matriculated in the Pathobiology program in 2017, and joined the lab of Dr. Laura Wood and is working on molecular signaling and genetics of pancreatic cancer invasion. In the future, Peter is interested in continuing to work in cancer, and he anticipates doing this in an industry setting. Outside of the lab he enjoys spending time with his dogs and cats, traveling, physical fitness, and gardening.

Carli JonesCarli Jones
Carli is from Hillsborough, New Jersey and received her Bachelor's of Science in Biology with a minor in Bioengineering from Lafayette College in spring 2017. At Lafayette, Carli worked with Dr. Robert Kurt on projects involving the TLR4 signaling pathway. Since matriculating in the Pathobiology program in fall 2017, she joined the lab of Dr. Karen Sfanos and is studying the effects of radiotherapy for prostate cancer on the GI microbiome. In collaboration with Dr. Sfanos and Dr. Catherine Davis, she was also awarded a seed grant from Space@Hopkins to study the effects of cosmic radiation on the gut microbiome, and the effects of the radiation on the gut-brain axis. She is serving as the VP of Public Relations for the School of Medicine's Graduate Student Association for the 2018-2019 school year. In the future, Carli aspires work for NASA and study the effects of spaceflight on the human body, particularly in the areas of immunology and the gut microbiome. In her free time, Carli enjoys baking, dancing, and fitness. She has also fostered three dogs through City Dogs Rescue since moving to Baltimore.

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Worarat Chaisawangwong (Pan-am)Worarat Chaisawangwong (Pan-am)
Pan-am comes from Pattaya, Thailand. She received her B.Sc. in Biotechnology from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology in Ladkrabang, Thailand. During her undergraduate years, she developed kefir yogurt from corn base. She earned a M.Sc in Phytochemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Mahidol University, Thailand where she investigated antioxidants from the Siamese neem flowers. She has an extensive experience in Research and Development from the International Research Center of Dutchmill Group where gained expertise in the complete product development cycle - from conceptualizing products to formulation to clinical studies and regulatory approvals on products improving health. Pan-am values a career where she can combine her passion for science with the opportunity to improve human health. To fulfill her dream, she joined the Biotechnology program at The Johns Hopkins University in 2015 and earned her second Masters degree. In 2017, she joined Pathobiology Program and aims to use this opportunity to help tackle healthcare challenges. Currently, she is a member of The Schneck lab which her primary interest is in the field of microbiota, immune system and immunotherapy. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and playing piano. She loves to travel, meet new people and learn from their experiences.

Alexander BeaverAlexander Beaver
Alex Beaver was born in Newark, DE. He has since lived in many other states including Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Virginia, Ohio, and South Carolina. He attended Clemson University where he received a B.S. in Biochemistry in 2016. As an undergraduate, Alex worked on basic organic chemistry research characterizing organometallic compounds. After graduating he began working at Clemson, researching the metabolism of Trypansoma brucei, the causative agent of African sleeping sickness. He explored protein regulation and enzyme kinetics within the glycosomes of procyclic form T. brucei. During this research experience, Alex became intrigued in the cellular and molecular mechanisms of human disease. He looks forward to the opportunity to perform translational research on a variety of human diseases. In his free time, Alex enjoys playing soccer and volleyball, golfing, hiking, and watching Clemson football.

Graduate Training Program: 2016-2017

Ye Eun JeongYe Eun Jeong
Ye Eun comes from Seoul, South Korea. She specialized in Life Sciences at Korea University for three years, and received her Pharm. D at Duksung Women's University in 2016. As an undergraduate research assistant, she participated in the animal study to research the vascularization degree in diabetic immunodeficient mice using co-injected human ECFCs and MPCs. After the completion of three laboratory rotations in the first year, she has been investigating the neuroprotective effect of SF3B2 protein under the guidance of Dr. Hoke. She hopes to elucidate novel regulatory mechanisms by which neurons are protected. Ye Eun adamantly believes that the Pathobiology graduate program will serve as a vital foundation for her to become a well-rounded, fully developed biomedical scientist who can contribute to enhancing human health.

Monika LooneyMonika Looney
Monika is originally from Silver Spring, Maryland. She received a BS in Microbiology and a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2016. At UMD, Monika conducted research on the molecular mechanisms that control expression of multi-copy DNA throughout tissue development in Caenorhabditis elegans. She first realized her passion for studying human diseases that primarily affect people living in poverty during undergrad when working with the Don Amolo Memorial Kids Ark for children with HIV/AIDS and the St. James Memorial Clinic in Butere, Kenya. Monika's experience with basic research and global health inspired her to pursue a career in translational science and was, therefore, drawn to the Pathobiology PhD Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She matriculated to the Pathobiology program in August 2016. She is now conducting her thesis research on the role of microRNAs in tuberculosis pathogenesis and treatment and working on a Global Health Certificate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Monika plans to pursue a career in academia and global health policy with a focus on tuberculosis. In her free time, Monika enjoys socializing with friends, painting, dancing, kickboxing, and international volunteering.

Emily MaggioncaldaEmily Maggioncalda
Emily was born and raised in Southeast Michigan and attended the University of Michigan for undergrad. In the spring of 2016 she received her B.S with a major in microbiology and a minor in statistics. During her time in undergrad she completed an honors thesis on the development of an in vitro multispecies biofilm model system for cystic fibrosis lung infections. As part of the Pathobiology program she joined the lab of Gyanu Lamichhane, where she focuses on the nontuberculous mycobacterium Mycobacterium abscessus with the goal of characterizing new antibiotic targets and developing novel therapeutics. Her project encompasses basic biology and genetics, as well as pulmonary infection modeling in mice. Emily is planning on pursuing a career in consulting or regulatory affairs after completing her thesis work. Outside of research Emily enjoys rock climbing and traveling, as well as just hanging out at home with her cat Paisley.

Katie MarshallKatie Marshall
Katie is from Frederick, Maryland. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015. While in college, she worked in reagent manufacturing at Wellstat Diagnostics, a company that developed point-of-care diagnostic systems. After, she joined the Neurotherapeutics Development Unit at NIH where she was involved in various projects, including developing screening assays to find compounds that are neuroprotective or induce proliferation in neural stem cells. During this time, she became interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms that contribute to neurological disorders, and became enamored by translational research. She is conducting her thesis research in the lab of Dr. Mohamed Farah. Her research focuses on exploring ways to improve regeneration and compensatory sprouting of peripheral motor axons in the context of motor neuron disease and peripheral nerve injury. Her project involves both mouse models of motor neuron disease and studying the biology of the distal axon using human iPSC-derived motor neurons in microfluidics devices. Katie plans to continue researching treatments for neurological disorders in an industry setting. She enjoys playing soccer in Baltimore's many social leagues, unchecking her aggression with the pathobiology volleyball team, documenting the antics of her cat, knitting, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

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Daniel MonacoDaniel Monaco
Daniel is from Herndon, Virginia. In 2016, he received his Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia. While at UVA, Daniel participated in multiple projects focused on targeted early stage pancreatic cancer detection and Salmonella food contamination using viruses. Additionally, he spent two summers working at The MITRE Corporation designing novel methods for removing bacteria from hospital surfaces using glycoproteins and tagging pharmaceutical components with quantum dots. His interest in pathology began when he was in high school and contracted E. coli at a Boy Scout camp. As Daniel begins this next chapter in his academic career he looks forward to more opportunities to conduct translational research to improve healthcare. In his free time, Daniel likes going on hikes, reading, hanging out with friends and traveling.

Graduate Training Program: 2015-2016

Lionel ChiaLionel Chia
Lionel comes from the little sunny island of Singapore. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Life Sciences in 2011 and embarked on his M.Sc. in Medical Microbiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Following which he had the opportunity to do research at the Molecular Engineering Laboratory (MEL) at the Agency of Science, Technology and Research in Singapore. His research experience is diverse. He studied the mechanisms of pluripotency in mouse embryonic stem cells during his undergraduate days. In his master's study, he was thinking ways to engineer glycoproteins as vaccines in vivo. At MEL, he developed a stem cell based model to study the effects of early onset Alzheimer's Disease in Down Syndrome patients. Though his research varies, underlying these research is his passion to study the mechanisms of diseases with the aim of developing therapeutics for them. He believes that the Pathobiology program will benefit him greatly in his pursuit to understanding diseases better. Outside of the lab, Lionel likes jamming a few chords on his guitar, running, chilling with friends and having a drink or two.

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Nivedita ChowdhuryNivedita Chowdhury
Originally from Mumbai, India, Nivedita "Nivi" Chowdhury came to the United States in 2012 to pursue a Master's in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. During this time, she worked primarily on breast cancer, studying epigenetic regulation, especially reversal of methylation of breast cancer genes; and development of biomarkers of progression as well as recurrence in DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in-situ) and triple-negative breast cancers, respectively. As she now progresses to the next chapter of her academic career, she hopes to broaden her knowledge and expertise in translational research and more. Growing up in a military family, she moved a lot and thus, enjoys traveling and exploring new places. She also loves chocolates, long walks, poetry, to read and write, and spending time playing with shelter dogs.

Yea Ji JeongYea Ji Jeong
Yea Ji Jeong was born in Suwon, South Korea. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Konkuk University in 2014. After graduation, she worked as an associate veterinary pathologist at the Korean Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency, working on histologic diagnosis of various veterinary infectious diseases and reviewing surgical pathology samples from local animal hospitals. During this time, she became actively engaged in several research projects including a vaccine development project against a porcine disease called "Porcine Respiratory Reproductive Syndrome" and surveillance of major infectious agents and pathology in food animals. Her passion towards research and scientific communications resulted in co-authoring a book "Collection of Slaughterhouse Pathology" (in Korean), one case report and two poster presentations at national veterinary scientific conferences. As a Pathobiology graduate student in Dr. Laura Wood's laboratory, she is excited to characterize differences in invasive and non-invasive pancreatic cancer cells in 3-dimensional organoid model and find the underlying mechanism for metastasis. In her free time, Yea Ji enjoys practicing yoga and dancing to good music with her husband & her cat, Hoochoo.

Swathi KarthikeyanSwathi Karthikeyan
Swathi was born in Chennai, India where she received a B.Tech in Biotechnology from Anna University in 2012. In 2014 she graduated with a Master's from Johns Hopkins University. In a strong three-year association with the Hopkins research community, she has worked on multiple projects with a primary focus on targeting cellular energy metabolism in diseases like liver fibrosis and breast cancer. As a part of her master's thesis she worked on the anti-fibrotic effects of deregulation of energy metabolism in the liver. She was also instrumental in designing an in vitro model to study cancer metastasis. Swathi is interested in working along the rapidly growing bridge between basic science and its clinical application and believes that the highly translational aspect of the Pathobiology program will provide her with ample opportunities to do this and contribute to human healthcare. She is a trained singer, major foodie and enjoys baking and swimming as much as she enjoys travelling.

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Audrey KnightAudrey Knight
Audrey Knight is from St. Louis, MO and received her Bachelors of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and French from Illinois College in 2014. While at Illinois College, she conducted several independent research projects focusing on RNA interference, synthetic chemistry, virology, and orchid conservation. Audrey matriculated to Johns Hopkins in the fall of 2015. In 2016, she joined the lab of Joseph Mankowski, DVM, PhD, DACVP where she studies the role of chronic microglial activation in HIV associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) using an SIV/macaque model. She is very interested in the fields of neuroimmunology, virology, and chronic infectious diseases and plans to pursue a post-doctoral position in one of those fields after graduation. Audrey hopes to pursue a career in academia where she is able to combine her research interests with her desire to teach. In her free time, Audrey enjoys playing intramural volleyball with the Pathobiology team, Unchecked Aggression, knitting, painting, and exploring Baltimore.

Janelle MontagneJanelle Montagne
Janelle Montagne is originally from Liverpool, NY, and earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from Lafayette College. Upon graduation, she moved to Baltimore and joined the Division of Rheumatology at Hopkins where she studied immunology in the context of systemic autoimmune disease. During this time, she earned her M.S. in Biotechnology with a concentration in bioinformatics from the Johns Hopkins University. Janelle joined the Pathobiology program in 2015. Her thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. H. Benjamin Larman focuses on the development of novel techniques for understanding T cell phenotypes and specificities. In her free time, Janelle enjoys tending her garden and reading.

Graduate Training Program: 2014-2015

Drew T. BellDrew T. Bell
Drew Bell was born in Newport Beach, California. In 2013 he received his BS in Microbiology from UC Davis. His undergraduate research focused on the genetic influences on the range dynamics of Gilia tricolor as well as Eriophyllum mohavense. Since graduation Drew has researched in a vegetable genomics lab focused on SNP identification to support conventional breeding programs.Experiences with immunology and infectious disease lead him to pursue a medically focused application of his expertise. He is particularly interested in the genetics of autoimmune disease and cancer genomics.When not in the lab, Drew loves to longboard, backpack, and brew. Drew is excited to switch coasts and expand his research experience within the Pathobiology program at Johns Hopkins!

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Yu-Ting ChangYu-Ting Chang
Yu-Ting Chang comes from Taiwan. She received her Bachelor's degree in Life Science, and Master’s degree in Physiology in National Taiwan University. Before joining Pathobiology Program in 2014, she focused on the epigenetic regulation of erythropoietin in renal fibrosis. Now she works with Dr. Richard Jones to explore the role of bone marrow microenvironment in drug resistance of acute myeloid leukemia. In her free time, Yu-Ting loves to play table-tennis, do crafts, play puzzle games, and watch TV series. In the future, she would like to continue doing research in biomedicine, and hopes to make contribution to treatments of diseases.

Bo-Ran ChoiBo-Ran Choi
Bo-Ran was born in Seoul, South Korea and received her D.V.M. and M.S. in science from Seoul National University in 2009 and 2012 respectively. Attending the Leadership Program for veterinary students at Cornell led her to seek out further research experience. In her master's program, she studied Prion disease specifically about the molecular mechanism of protein aggregation in neurons. As a research associate, at University of Pennsylvania, she researched a function of a striatal G protein called Rhes at a cellular and molecular level. With a generous support of the Fulbright scholarship award, she started her Ph.D training in 2014. She is undertaking her thesis research in Dr. Sockanathan lab. Her thesis work is to understand a role of GDE2 in oligodendrocyte development in the brain using mouse genetics and primary culture systems. After graduation, she will take postdoctoral trainings to pursue research in academia. She likes camping and trips for local cuisine.

John Alexander FisselJohn Alexander Fissel
John Fissel comes from the Land of Enchantment, Las Cruces, New Mexico. He received his B.S. in Microbiology from New Mexico State University in 2013. During his undergraduate studies, he had the opportunity to join a lab that studied host-pathogen interactions between Cryphonectria parasitica (Chestnut Blight) and the American Chestnut Tree. Following his graduation, he worked for a startup algal biofuels company where his responsibility was protecting the algae crop from other competing contaminating algae, pests, and pathogens. John joined the Pathobiology program to become part of the collaborative interdisciplinary pipeline that takes discoveries at the bench and translates them into effective therapies. For his thesis project he focuses on the role of macrophages in peripheral nerve regeneration through the investigation of a pro-regeneration immunomodulatory phenotype of macrophages when β-secretase (BACE1) is deleted or pharmacologically inhibited. When he is not at the bench, in the classroom, or responding to the bat signal, John is an avid gamer, movie lover, sports nut, foodie, and Dachshund enthusiast.

Minling GaoMinling Gao
Minling Gao was born in Wu Han, Hu Bei, China. She graduated from Nanyang Technological University, in May 2014 with a bachelor of science in Biological Sciences and a minor in computing. She had experience in both dry lab and wet lab. Her main interest is cancer, especially the cancer genetics and epigenetics. And she believes that the Pathobiology Graduate Program will provide a great chance to study them. Gao Minling enjoys reading, travelling, photography, and watching TV and is currently studying French and guitar. Minling is looking forward to starting a new life at Johns Hopkins.

Catherine Marie GuerraCatherine Marie Guerra
Cathy Guerra comes from the diverse city of Pittsburgh, PA. She received her BS in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences from Pennsylvania State University. While she initially thought she would be attending veterinary school following graduation, she fell in love with research after joining her lab at Penn State. Cathy hopes to take advantage of the unique opportunity of translational research available within the Pathobiology program, so she can explore the bridge between basic science and clinical application. She is sure that Hopkins will provide her with an incredibly rewarding research experience to broaden her skill set and expertise. In her free time, Cathy enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Wei-Kai Huang Wei-Kai Huang
Wei-Kai completed his MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at National Taiwan University and studies the applications of nanoparticles on drug delivery and stem cell imaging. He was also a research assistant in Academia Sinica to investigate cell fate determination and maintenance of stem cells. He is currently working with Dr. Guo-li Ming regarding iPSC-based neurological disease modeling. In his leisure time, Wei-Kai enjoys video games and animations.

Eva ShresthaEva Shrestha
Eva was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and she completed her B.A in biology from Bard College in upstate NY in 2014. While at Bard, Eva researched on subjects ranging from developmental biology in zebrafish to behavioral studies on oviposition of Aedes aegypti (the vector for yellow fever and dengue). She is interested in understanding infectious disease and using translational research to discover novel methods to combat them. She is particularly interested in host pathogen and host environment interactions which can be manipulated to develop efficient preventive and curative therapies. She believes that the Pathobiology Graduate program at Johns Hopkins University will help her develop in a creative researcher who can help bring science literacy and the concept of research in her home in Nepal. Eva enjoys cooking, reading, playing tennis and singing.

Graduate Training Program: 2013-2014

Hee Sun ChoiHee Sun Choi
Hee Sun was born in Seoul, South Korea and received her B.S. and M.S. in Biotechnology from Yonsei University in 2009 and 2011 respectively. While at Yonsei, she conducted research mainly on protein folding. She is interested in infectious diseases and translational research. She would like to deepen her understanding of host-pathogen interactions and apply it to developing innovative therapies. She believes that the Pathobiology Graduate Program at Johns Hopkins will provide a solid foundation for her future career as a creative research scientist. Her long term goal is to contribute to developing more effective ways to prevent and treat human diseases. Hee Sun enjoys playing the piano, swimming and travelling.

Byung Woo KimByung Woo Kim
Byung Woo Kim was born in Daegu, South Korea. He received his Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma in 2011. His research experience during his undergraduate years includes studying integration of phage display technology and nanomaterial for breast cancer cell imaging and treatment and investigation of a membrane transport protein of a gram-positive bacterium, Corynebacterium glutamicum, which is a relative of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. While conducting research during his undergraduate years, he developed a strong desire to engage in research that can contribute to the development of medical treatment of human diseases. Considering the program's emphasis on translational research along with its prominent professors, Byung Woo believes that studying in the Pathobiology Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University will undoubtedly play a crucial role in fulfilling his desire and expanding his expertise.

Zoila Areli Lopez BujandaZoila Areli Lopez Bujanda
Zoila Areli was born in Hermosillo, Mexico. She graduated with honors in 2007 from University of Sonora with a BS in Biochemistry. During her undergraduate, Areli was granted a scholarship to do an internship at University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), where she developed an interest in Genetics. To that end, she decided to go back home and pursue a MS in Molecular Biology. Aware of the cutting edge research achieved in the States, Areli came to Johns Hopkins Medicine first to do a graduate internship in a cancer epigenetics' lab (2009), and later to formally join the lab as a Research Specialist in DNA methylation analysis (2010). Since then, she has been working on developing and troubleshooting an assay for analyzing and monitoring cancer-specific methylated DNA in serum from breast cancer patients. Areli chose to attend Johns Hopkins Pathobiology Program for its incredible faculty and its focus on translational research since her goal is to perform research aimed to improve cancer therapy once she concludes her PhD training. Besides doing research, Areli enjoys bicycling, dancing, playing soccer, hiking, and reading.

Graduate Training Program: 2012-2013

Bo-Yi SungBo-Yi Sung
Bo-Yi Sung comes from Taipei, Taiwan and graduated in July, 2010 with a M.D. from National Defense Medical Center, Taipei. He is working as a TA in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, NDMC. After his academic education, he is interested in immunology research , especially the complexity of cells-cells interaction. He currently works with a researcher who focuses on epigenetic modification, including DNA methylation and histone modification, regulating tumorigenicity. He wishes to devote his education from JHU to solving clinical problems.