Ramy El-Diwany Wins Excellence in Public Health Award

Congratulations to BCMB MD-PhD student Ramy El-Diwany for winning an Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Physician Professional Advisory Committee for his work as co-founder of the Charm City Clinic! The US Public Health Service is the United States’ corps of public health service professionals in uniform. Their mission is to “protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our nation.” Ramy’s commitment to the under-served is admirable and a true representation of the Hopkins spirit.

Check out the full press release here: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/johns_hopkins_mdphd_student_wins_us_public_health_award


BCMB Rocks!

Wow  — we all know our BCMB graduates are outstanding scientists, but check this out:

In the current issue of Science, two BCMB grads are first authors of RESEARCH ARTICLES!  Clara Bien Peek worked with Peter Espenshade and is currently a postdoc with Joseph Bass at Northwestern.  Jason McLellan worked with Dan Leahy, and recently started as an Assistant Professor at Dartmouth after a postdoc at the NIH with Peter Kwong.

Here are the links to these papers:



Congrats Clara and Jason!

BME EDGE Professional Skills Day

Please see the following invitation from the BME program:

Dear fellow graduate students:

BME EDGE is thrilled to announce our first Professional Skills Day, with our partners at JHU Career Center and JHMI Professional Development Office (PDO).

TITLE:   BME EDGE Professional Skills Day
DESCRIPTION(*): A day program of workshops that covers the job search process for graduate students: from resumes, to networking, to interviews.  Emphasis on Ph.D. students in the biomedical sciences, but also applicable to Ph.D. and MS students in related fields.

COST(*):   No fee to attend
DATE: Friday, November 22, 2013
TIME: 8:30 am – 5 pm, with modules throughout the day (see attached schedule)
LOCATION: Homewood Campus
8:30am – 3:15pm Glass Pavilion
3:30pm – 5:00pm Maryland 110

*RSVP Required :  RSVP Form<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1X_hwmin-i1NUnB3wjqz7xjLIuWBuN23qsLEWl9X2gvI/viewform>

You are welcome to attend any and all modules that fit your schedule or needs! (see attached schedule for details)
1) Session 1:  Resumes and CVs
2) Session 2:  Networking and Informational Interviewing
3) Session 3:  Resume Tailoring and Cover Letters
4) Session 4:  The Job Interview
5) Panel Discussion:  Career Opportunities for Ph.Ds

If you can join us, please fill out the RSVP Form<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1X_hwmin-i1NUnB3wjqz7xjLIuWBuN23qsLEWl9X2gvI/viewform>  to help us get a head count.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Robert Nickl and Mike Batista
Directors of Professional Development, BME EDGE


BCMB News is Updating our Publishing Format!

We at BCMB News appreciate that you, our readers, like the science- and BCMB-related content we generate for our website.


Many of you are graduate students or faculty in the program, so you can understand how much work publishing a monthly issue requires outside of our everyday duties in the lab.  At a recent meeting, the writers and editors for BCMB News voted to change our publishing format to allow for more flexibility.  This means that instead of publishing one issue per month, we’ll be peppering the site with articles throughout the year, similar to the way that a blog operates.

What does this mean for you?  Unfortunately, features like “Question of the Month” will be discontinued, but on the positive side, we hope to deliver content in a more timely fashion and write bigger, better stories.  Additionally, we hope that this flexible publishing platform encourages more of you to try your hand at writing for BCMB News!

As always, if you’re interested in writing for BCMB News, drop us a line at bcmbnews.editor@gmail.com.  Becoming a contributor is easy:  we set up an account for you, right here on the website, and you can write a draft of your story that will then be seen by an editor.  The editor will approve your story and click “publish” to post it to the site – it’s really that simple!

Thanks so much for reading, and feel free to post any questions or comments about the new format in the “Comments” section below.

Recent Job Postings

Associate Director, in vivo Pharmacology – Seattle Genetics

Job Description

Seattle Genetics is seeking a highly motivated and creative scientist to head the in vivo pharmacology group. The successful candidate will play an essential role in expanding our product pipeline, technology advancement, and understanding the mechanisms and immunological functions of our drugs. He/she will be a key player to maintain Seattle Genetics’ leadership in the field of antibody drug conjugates (ADC).

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Meet Arhonda Gogos, BCMB Academic Program Manager

In January, BCMB hired a new academic program manager.  Arhonda Gogos started in the position several weeks ago, so BCMB News caught up with her to see how she was settling in, and to learn a little more about how she came to be at Hopkins.

Gogos hails from Greece, completing her undergraduate work in Physics at the University of Athens.  She’s no stranger to Hopkins, though, having done her PhD in our very own Biophysics department.  She says that as an undergraduate, she took an elective course in biophysics “and that was it!”  She fell in love with the subject and decided to pursue it for her graduate degree.  Her thesis work was in the laboratory of Neil Clarke, studying DNA glycosylases.  Apparently, the Biophysics department has changed quite a bit since her time as a graduate student, as Dan Leahy is the only remaining member of her thesis committee that is still with the department, although Mario Amzel and Cynthia Wolberger overlapped with Gogos’ time as well.

New BCMB Academic Program Manager, Arhonda Gogos

New BCMB Academic Program Manager, Arhonda Gogos

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Kickoff to Student Admissions Season – A Message From Sin Urban


The start of the new year brings the excitement of welcoming our superb new applicants as they visit the BCMB program. I can report that we on the Admission Committee have worked hard over the holiday season discussing our many outstanding applicants, and are now starting preparations to meet these extraordinary young scientists as we host their visits.

Like most of us, I feel these visiting weekends are one of the highlights of the BCMB year: it’s a great opportunity for our >100 faculty and students to enjoy each other’s company, both inside and outside the lab, by sharing our experiences with our many stellar applicants. There is a great deal of excitement among our faculty, as we prepare to schedule ~400 one-on-one 35 minute meetings with our applicants. At the same time, our energetic BCMB students and remarkable staff are planning a fun and memorable visit to Charm City.

But by any measure our challenge is great – we have only 48 hours to convey the special Hopkins spirit that has brought us all here, and ignites our passion at this institution that we call home. The challenge is magnified all the more by the outstanding nature of our applicants – a group that will visit many excellent institutions of higher learning all over the nation and be highly courted. So let’s make sure that we give them a visit to remember, until they join us as official BCMB students at the end of the summer!

-Sin Urban