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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

BMB is committed to creating an environment rich in diversity and invested in maintaining an atmosphere that embraces the diverse cultures of our academic community. The mission of the BMB Diversity and Inclusion Committee is to advance the Department’s valuing of a diverse and inclusive community, and to develop a welcoming, supportive environment for trainees, staff, and faculty. By educating department members of the importance of diversity, equal opportunity, and civility, we seek to nurture the Department’s multicultural community and champion diversity in the biomedical sciences and academia.

Committee Leadership


Utthara Nayar, Assistant Professor, Committee Co-Chair

Michael Imai, MHS Student, Committee Co-Chair

Justin Ruiz, Research Specialist (BMB), MS Student (Biotechnology program, JHU), Committee Co-Chair

Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion, BMB

Jiou Wang, Professor

E.V. McCollum Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Ashani Weeraratna, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

Committee Membership

Kerstin Baran, ScM Student

Morgan Beckett, PhD Student

Sadhana Bom, MHS Student

Megan Brezka, ScM Student

Danfeng Cai, Assistant Professor

Kate Cho, ScM Student 

Marika David, PhD Student

Nelson Vicente Guevara, ScM Student

Jahnavi Gupta, MHS Student

Philip Jordan, Associate Professor

Anthony Leung, Associate Professor

Suchitra Magesh, MHS Student

Mira Prabhu, MHS Student

Sneha Pramod, MHS Student

Vito Rebecca, Assistant Professor

Roza Selimyan, BMB Executive Director for Academic Affairs and Education Programs

Sarah Studer, Communications Specialist

Isabel Uribe, PhD Student

Yiran Wang, ScM Student

Kear Wright, Department Administrator

Minghui Xu, ScM Student