Graduate Program in Pathobiology

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Candidates accepted into the Program each year become part of a vibrant community of students, post-doctoral fellows, and pathology residents who are united by their common interest in mechanisms of disease. All are part of a larger community of over 846 Ph.D. students and 473 medical students enrolled in programs in the School of Medicine, with a comparable number of Ph.D. students in the adjacent Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The city of Baltimore is interesting, accessible, and affordable for students of all interests and backgrounds. Baltimore and its suburbs have an ethnically diverse population of approximately 1.5 million people. The city, located on a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, has gained national attention for the success of its urban revitalization programs. The waterfront area is noted for many charming shops, restaurants, entertainment facilities, and hotels as well as the National Aquarium, the Orioles' Camden Yards and the Ravens' Stadium.

The city's cultural attractions are extensive and include theaters for touring companies, several repertory theaters, two opera companies, a symphony orchestra of national reputation, and several museums and major art galleries.

Baltimore is 1 hour from Washington, D.C., and 3 hours from New York City. Year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation are provided by the Chesapeake bay, the surrounding countryside, the Atlantic coast, and the mountains of western Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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Baltimore information:

Here are useful links about things to do in and around the Baltmore area, offered by current and past students.

Activity Category Personal Experience Where?
Running Baltimore has many opportunities from 5Ks to Zombie Runs, runs from Homewood to Harbor Baltimore Running Festival:
Ragnar DC:
Philadelphia Marathon:
Hopkins Marathon:
JHU Bluejay 5K:
JHU Homewood Harriers:
Charm City Run:
Hiking Several students and faculty members enjoy hiking in these parks Patapsco State Park:
Gunpowder Falls:
Oregon Ridge Park:
Shenandoah Park:
Ballroom Dancing One of our students is a bronze level ballroom dancer. Others take classes. JHU Ballroom Dance Club & Dancesport Team:
UMBC ballroom dancing:
Salsa Dancing
Swing Dancing   Friday Night Swing:
Mobtown Ballroom:
Intramural Sports (Volleyball, Martial Arts, Badminton) Pathobiology students play volleyball intramurals at the JHU Homewood gym Intramurals at: or
Pottery making
Sewing, Knitting lessons, Quilting   Knitting Lessons:
Bear’s Paw Fabrics:
Cottonseed Glory Quilt Shop:
Material Girls Quilt Boutique:
Sightseeing nearby   Old Ellicott City:
Downtown Annapolis:
Crystal Grottoes Caverns, 19821 Shepherdstown Pike, Boonsboro, MD:
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore:
The National Aquarium:
Clark’s Eliok Farm (Ellicott City):
Maryland Science Center:
Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, 3100 Swan Drive in Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD: Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland:
Antietem National Battlefield,Maryland:; Gettysburg Battlefield, Pennyslvania:
Festivals   Baltimore Book Festival:
Baltimore Hons Festival (May):
Flower Mart (May):
Preakness (May):
Capital Jazz Fest (June - Merriweather Post Pavilion):
Artscape (July):
Baltimore Restaurant Week (July & January):
Maryland State Fair (Aug-Sept):
Renaissance Festival (September):
Sunfest (Ocean City - Sept):,
Baltimore Events:
Perry Hall Apple Festival:
Maryland Film Festival:
MSP Polar Bear Plunge:
Charm City Music Festival:
Greek Festival:
Latino Festival:
African American Festival:
Ukrainian Festival:
Russian Festival:
Restaurants with Happy Hours   Turps (Mt Vernon):
Shuckers (Fells Point):
Max’s (Fells Point):
Brewers Art:
Baltimore Dining & Nightlife:
Todd Conner's:
Sports Teams to Watch   Hopkins Lacrosse:
Baltimore Ravens:
Baltimore Orioles:
Museums   American Visionary Art Museum:
Baltimore Museum of Art:
The Walters:
Baltimore Maritime Museum:
Evergreen Museum, 4545 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD:
Maryland Institute College of Art (Exhibitions):
Music   Symphony:, ,,,,,,
Popular Music: Ramshead Live:, Pier Six:,
Merriweather Post Pavilion:
The Ottobar:
8x10 Club:
Rams Head Live:
Recher Theatre:
Merriweather Pavilion:
The 8x10:
Theaters: Movies and Shows   Center Stage:
Charles Theatre:
Landmark Movie Theatre:
Lyric Opera House:
The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center:
Reading/Bookstores   B & N @ Power House
The Book Escape @ Federal Hill:
Red Emma’s Bookstore:
Coffeehouse @ Mt. Vernon
Rock Climbing   Earth Treks:
Spirits   The Wine Source, Lighthouse Liquors
Scuba Diving Quarries in Maryland and Pennsylvania through Aqua Ventures:
Cloud Appreciation
Shopping   Antiquing
Old Ellicott City:
Thrift shopping:
Fells Point:
Voted best shoe (and jewelry and purses and now clothes!) store: Poppy and Stella:
Animal Shelter Volunteer Students can volunteer at the local animal shelter. A current student is a “cat cuddler” Maryland SPCA near Homewood campus:
Libraries (Recommended)   Howard County Library in Ellicott City:
Enoch Pratt Free Library:
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