Current Scholars

Kyrian Elekwachi

Undergraduate University: University of Pittsburgh
JHU Scholar Cohort: TBD
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland

Kyrian Elekwachi is a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh where he studies neuroscience. He is an alumni of John Hopkins Internship in Brain Sciences (JHIBS.) He is currently studying HIV in the Brown Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Amanda Brown. His research this past summer focused on understanding how HIV affects different neuronal subtypes of the hippocampus by recording theta oscillations in mice.

Fatima Zahra Karkoub

Undergraduate University: Notre Dame of Maryland University
JHU Scholar Cohort: Cohort 2 (2020-present)
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland

Fatima Zahra Karkoub is a junior at Notre Dame of Maryland University, Women’s College where she studies biology on the pre-medical track with aspirations of becoming a physician scientist in the in the field of neurology. This past summer, under the direction of Dr. Carlo Colantuoni and Dr. Audrey Knight, her research focused on harvesting gene expression data from research on the central nervous system’s function in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) and understanding cognitive impairments associated with the infection.

Edian Cuevas Salas

Undergraduate University: University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla
JHU Scholar Cohort: Cohort 2 (2020-present)
Hometown: San Sebastián, Puerto Rico

Edian Cuevas is a junior at the University of Puerto Rico pursuing a major in Biology. As a John Hopkins NeuroPhyte Scholar during this summer 2020, she conducted an independent research project under the mentorship of Dr. Brett M. Morrison. Her research focused on the Role of Schwann cells P2X4R contributing to HIV gp120-induced painful neuropathy by releasing ATP from lysosomes altering DRG neurons in vivo. She wants to obtain a M.D/Ph.D. and continue her graduate studies at John Hopkins University.

Catalina Argandona Lopez

Undergraduate University: Montgomery College
JHU Scholar Cohort: Cohort 2 (2020-present)
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland

Catalina is a junior at The University of Maryland College Park where she’s majoring in biology with specialization in neurobiology and physiology. She’s currently doing research with Dr. Amanda Brown. Their lab focuses on HIV and HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). During the summer of 2020, Catalina focused on the relationship of HIV-1 Tat protein and NLRP3 inflammasome in microglia.

Hannah Greaves

Undergraduate University: Gaithersburg, Maryland
JHU Scholar Cohort: Cohort 1 (2019-present)
Hometown: Bronx, New York

Hannah Greaves is a senior at Lafayette College where she studies biology and psychology. This is her second summer in the Brown Lab under the direction of Dr. Amanda Brown. Although her previous research with Dr. Brown examined the ability of HIV-1 to establish and maintain reservoirs within macrophages/microglia, she has spent this past summer evaluating the role of Heat Shock Protein (HSP-90) stress response in HIV-1 and HIV associated comorbidities. Following graduation from Lafayette, she is planning on attending an accelerated nursing program designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a field than nursing. She hopes to be able to combine her interest in nursing and her passion for research in her professional career.

Jeremiah Acosta

Undergraduate University: Howard University
JHU Scholar Cohort: Cohort 1/Postgraduate-Peer Mentor (2019-present)

Destiny Moore

Undergraduate University: Howard University
JHU Scholar Cohort: Cohort 1/Postgraduate-Peer Mentor (2019-present)

Postgraduate Scholars

Jeremiah Acosta – Peer Mentor

Education: Bachelor of Science (BS), Howard University
Mentor(s): Amanda Brown and Xiaolei Zhu
Research Focus: Neurodegenerative disorders and behaviors

Destiny Moore – Peer Mentor

Education: Bachelor of Science (BS), Howard University
Mentor(s): Leah Rubin and Asante Kamkwalala
Research Focus: Neuropsychology in people living with HIV (PLWH)

Guest Scholars

Matthew Berrios (2019)

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Education: Bachelor of Science (BS), Truman State University
Mentor(s): Amanda Brown

Ashley Yim (2020)

Hometown: Germantown, Maryland
Mentor(s): Amanda Brown

I attend the University of Maryland, College Park. I worked under Dr. Brown and I researched about osteopontin and how that ties into HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder.

Suwi Muwowo (2020)

Hometown: Clarksville, Maryland

Suwi Muwowo is a sophomore at Boston University where she studies neurobiology and political science. She currently researches in the Brown Lab under the direction of Dr. Amanda Brown. Her research this past summer focused on navigating osteopontin modulated downstream signaling pathways in the presence of HIV associated neurocognitive disorder.

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