Current Scholars

Cohort 2 (2020-present)

Ashley Yim

JHU Scholar Cohort: Cohort 2: 2020-present
Hometown: Germantown, Maryland
Mentor(s): Amanda Brown

Hi, my name is Ashley Yim and I am a rising senior at the University of Maryland College Park. This summer I had the opportunity to continue my research under Dr. Amanda Brown’s lab focusing on the relationship between osteopontin and HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders.

Elizabeth Chu

Hometown: Santa Rosa, California

Elizabeth Chu is from Santa Rosa, California where she is a Senior at St. John’s University studying biology, French, and philosophy. She currently works in the Brown Lab studying HIV-associated neurological pathology. In the summer of 2021, she focused on the effects of the HIV protein Tat on the subcellular mislocalization of the neuronal splicing factor Rbfox3. This summer her project was titled, “HIV Tat and the Subcellular Mislocalization of the Neuronal Splicing Factor Rbfox3.” Elizabeth is heading to France this Fall to participate in an exciting research opportunity.

Cohort 3 (2021-present)

Jayda Fomengia

Hometown: Beltsville, Maryland

Jayda Fomengia is a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studies neuroscience and human development. She is a second year scholar in Johns Hopkins Neuroscience Scholars Program, where she conducts research in Dr. Leah Rubin’s Brain Health Program. This past summer, under the mentorship of Dr. Asante Kamkwalala, Jayda studied semantic impairment and verbal fluency deficits  in people living with HIV.

Quote: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

Cohort 4 (2022-present)

Gabriela Chacon Mora

Hometown: Turrialba, Costa Rica

My name is Gabriela Chacon and I’m a junior at Lake Forest College majoring in neuroscience and psychology. This summer I was part of Dr. Leah Rubin’s lab which focuses on HIV-associated cognitive disorders. Since I had the opportunity to come up with my own project, I decided to conduct a literature review to study the attentional priority map in the posterior inferotemporal cortex (PIT) as a target for PTSD treatment.

“Whatever the mind…can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

Ariana Vaida

Ariana Vaida is a freshman at Duke University in Durham, NC, where she actively seeks opportunities to engage with the local youth through her UNICEF UNITE chapter and work with the City of Durham. She is following her aspirations to achieve an MD/PhD dual-degree by double majoring in Biology and Global Health. This past summer, under the direction of Dr. Brown, her research focused on the analysis of molecular mechanisms and pro-inflammatory signaling in HIV-1 persistence in the CNS.​

“Every thought, every word, and every action that adds to the positive and the wholesome is a contribution to peace. Each and every one of us is capable of making such a contribution.”  -Aung San Suu Kyi

Labib Ahmed Mamun

Undergraduate University: Colgate University, Hamilton NY, Junior
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Education: Neuroscience/Public Health
Research Focus: The Williams Laboratory

Something I’d like to share: I’m a preschool teacher!

Favorite Quote: “I’m like a free range chicken, I just do whatever!” – Marquette King