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Richard Sima

President and co-founder

I am a Ph.D student in the Neuroscience graduate program.  My current research focuses on non-motoric functions of the cerebellum, particularly those related to emotion and cognitive processes.  As Carl Sagan once described it, science is a candle in the dark.  With my research and JHSPG, I hope to both help ignite the flame and share its light.  When I’m not in the lab, I can be found in a superposition of: out dancing, playing boardgames with friends, or relaxing with a book.


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Leah Cairns

Advocacy Chair

I'm a PhD candidate in the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology program at the School of Medicine. I work in a biophysics lab in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. I love helping other scientists speak up and advocate for themselves and their work. Outside of work, I love hosting friends for potlucks and exploring the quirks of Baltimore! 

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Kaitlin Wood

Communications Chair

I'm a PhD student in the Human Genetics graduate program. My research focuses on understanding the molecular biological processes that underlie aging. I believe that the features of good scientific methodology (objective inquiry, replicated studies, and careful analysis of biases) are also the foundation of good public policy. When not at the bench you'll most likely find me experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen or exploring new trails in my running shoes. 

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Maya Spaur

Engagement Chair

I am a first year Master of Science in Environmental Health & Engineering student at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. My research is on risk of illness from consuming raw or undercooked shellfish harvested in Chesapeake Bay and Washington state. I am very passionate about climate justice, and when I am not in the lab or on my computer, I can often be found hiking or attending environmental justice rallies in Baltimore or Washington, D.C.