THE GROUP


Group Picture, Summer 2023


From Top Left to Bottom Right: Remy Bell, Vincent Clark, John Mack, Alex Shaver, Yao Wu, Yuchan Yuan, Elysse Ornelas, Erin Demek, and Netz Arroyo.

[Raygan and Saron were on vacation for this one]



Graduate Students



John Mack
Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Program
Email: jmack15 (at) jhmi (dot) edu
Super Power: Approximate knowledge of many trivia facts.
Project: Development of closed-loop control platforms for accelerated wound healing.



Vincent Clark
Chemistry-Biology Interface Program
Email: vclark19 (at) jhu (dot) edu
Super Power: Taking care of plants.
Project: Alkanethiol monolayer crosslinking to improve stability of DNA-based sensors.



Saron Yoseph
Hopkins PREP Program
Email: syoseph2 (at) jhmi (dot) edu
Super Power: Content creator on Tiktok.
Project: Development of an electrochemical platform for investigation of intercalation as a mechanism of DNA binding.



Elysse Ornelas-Gatdula
Chemistry-Biology Interface
Email: eornela1 (at) jhu (dot) edu
Super Power: Balancing and remembering many schedules.
Project: Small molecule aptamer selections using RNA.





Raygan Murray
Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology
Email: rmurra33 (at) jhmi (dot) edu
Super Power: Designing charcuterie boards.
Project: Exploring molecular transport into dermal interstitial fluid.





Erin Demek
Chemistry-Biology Interface
Email: edemek1 (at) jh (dot) edu
Super Power: Becoming friends with every dog I meet.
Project: Multi-biomarker analysis of anti-inflammation.





International Co-advised Graduate Students



Cristina Corona-Elizarrar√°s
Chemical Sciences PhD Program, Universidad de Guanajuato/Chimie ParisTech
Email: c.corona-elizarraras (at) chimieparistech (dot) psl (dot) eu
Super Power: Master puzzler.
Project: Development of a carbon-supported electrochemical aptamer-based sensor for thyroxine detection.



Postdoctoral Fellows




Yao Wu
Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry
Email: wyao9 (at) jhu (dot) edu
Super Power: Baking cakes.
Project: Application of DNA-based electrochemical sensors to monitoring wound healing and chemotherapeutic-driven tumor shrinkage.




Yuchan (Lotus) Yuan
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
Email: yyuan64 (at) jhmi (dot) edu
Super Power: Making new friends in 3 minutes.
Project: Study of molecular transport across biological membranes in rodent preclinical models.





Faculty Collaborators



Prof. Philip Vieira, California State University Dominguez Hills
Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences
Email: pvieira (at) csudh (dot) edu
Super Power: Food fermentation.
Project: In-vivo deployment of DNA-based electrochemical sensors for the study of drug addiction and behavior.



Prof. Jonathan T. Sczepanski, Texas A&M
Ph.D. in Chemistry
Email: jon (dot) sczepanski (at) chem (dot) tamu (dot) edu
Super Power: Craft beer aficionado.
Project: Implementation of L-DNA into electrochemical sensor technologies.




Prof. Philip S. Lukeman, St. John’s University New York
Ph.D. in Chemistry
Email: lukemanp (at) stjohns (dot) edu
Super Power: Simulating self-sagacity by saying sesquipedalian synonyms of simple subjects.
Project: Fusing Electrochemistry with DNA origami for viral biosensing.



Prof. Joseph Wang, University of California San Diego
Ph.D. in Chemistry
Email: josephwang (at) ucsd (dot) edu
Super Power: Sensing anything, anytime and anywhere.
Project: Microneedle E-AB sensor arrays for wearable biomedical applications.



Prof. Bethany Gray, Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry
Email: bethany.gray (at) jhmi (dot) edu
Super Power: Thinking of new ways to organize things.
Project: Aptamer development for therapeutic and diagnostic applications.



Prof. Gregory Carr, Lieber Institute for Brain Development & Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D. in Neuroscience
Email: gcarr3 (at) jhu (dot) edu
Super Power: Being able to tell if a song is true “yacht rock” or just “soft rock” with 100% accuracy.
Project: Aptamer-based molecular monitoring in rodent brains.




Lab Alumni


Alexander Shaver, PhD in Pharmacology, 2019-2023

Miguel Aller Pellitero, Postdoctoral Scholar in Pharmacology, 2019 – 2022

Kenedi Lynch, Undergraduate Student (Louisiana State University), Amgen Scholar, 2022

Jase Jensen, Undergraduate Student (Dixie State University), JHM BSI-SIP Scholar, 2022

Jonathan Mahlum, M.Sc. Chemical Biology, 2022

Frederick Guzman, Undergraduate Student (University of California, Irvine), JHM BSI-SIP Scholar, 2021

Vanshika Gupta, Graduate Student (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill), Amgen Scholar, 2021

Kelly Waters, Undergraduate Student (Loyola University, Maryland), Lab Assistant, 2021

Josean Alicea-Salas, Undergraduate Student (University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla), Amgen Scholar, 2019

Shray Vats, West Windsor Plainsboro High School, Center for Talented Youth Summer Research Program, 2019



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