Meet the Editors

Riley Bannon

Editor-in-Chief

Riley is a third year neuroscience graduate student in the lab of Dr. Peter Calabresi. She worked with InPrint at Washington University in St. Louis during her undergraduate studies, which inspired her to start ReVision. Riley writes for the Biomedical Odyssey Blog and her personal blog, “Uneasy Lies the Crown”, and does freelance editing for a nonprofit.

Areas of expertise: Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Immunology, NSF GRFP

Thomas Burnett

Thomas is a PhD Candidate in the Neuroscience program, where he studies the neural mechanisms of touch. Through his diverse research experience and community service, he is experienced with writing and editing manuscripts, grants, and fellowship applications. Thomas welcomes the chance to help his peers and review all forms of communication. 

Areas of expertise: Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology

Ashley Curran

Treasurer

Ashley is a graduate student in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Immunology program studying the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis in the Darrah lab. She writes news articles for Johns Hopkins Rheumatology and feels passionately about integrating good writing with good science. She has experience writing and editing scientific manuscripts, review articles, and grant proposals, in addition to research highlights and news items.

Areas of expertise: Immunology, Molecular Biology

Emily Davis-Marcisak

GSA Rep

Emily is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Human Genetics program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She works in the Fertig lab developing computational approaches to study pancreatic cancer at the single-cell level. She believes that effective science communication among colleagues, policymakers, and the public is driven by the art of storytelling. Emily was recently awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship through the National Cancer Institute. Emily is experienced in writing and editing scientific manuscripts, grants, and fellowship applications.


Areas of expertise: Cancer, Immunology, Genetics

Oby Ebenebe

Oby is a second year postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Mark Kohr. Her research focuses on age and menopause-induced signalling changes in the female hearts. She is currently working on characterizing the role of S-nitrosoglutathione reductase in the context of pre-clinical ischemic heart disease. Her experience in writing multiple dissertations (BSc. MSc. And PhD.), manuscripts and receiving pedantic edits of said dissertations and manuscripts greatly improved her writing and editing skills. She is a firm believer in proper grammar and has an adverse reaction to the use of colloquialisms in formal text.


Areas of expertise: Human physiology, Cardiovascular disease, Cellular and molecular biology, Muscle physiology

Taylor Evans

Taylor is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She works in the Erwin Lab at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development studying the relationships between transposable elements and genes in brain development. She thinks that effective communication is important to the integrity, advancement, and integration of the biomedical sciences into everyday life. She is experienced in writing, editing, and reviewing scientific manuscripts as well as articles intended for non-scientific audiences. Taylor also publishes her non-scientific writing on her personal blog, stylishlytaylored.com. 

Areas of Expertise: Molecular Genetics, Transposable Elements, Neurodevelopment, Somatic Mosaicism

Selena Guerrero-Martin

Selena is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is co-mentored Dr. Janice Clements and Dr. Kelly Metcalf Pate studying the mechanisms underlying sex differences in platelet function. Selena believes that effective scientific communication leads to more efficient and reproducible scientific discovery and collaboration. She has experience in writing, editing, and reviewing scientific manuscripts, grant proposals, and professional school/job applications. In her free time, Selena enjoys cuddling and playing with her cat, Nala.

Areas of Expertise: Platelet Biology, Sex Differences, Infectious Disease, Virology, Immunology, Neuroendocrinology

Laurie Kostecka

Laurie is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She works in the Pienta-Amend lab studying Poly-Aneuploid Cancer Cell (PACC) metabolism in prostate cancer. She believes communication and collaboration across multiple scientific disciplines leads to scientific success. During the second year of her Ph.D. she was awarded the Nanotechnology for Cancer Research T32 fellowship. She is experienced in writing and editing scientific manuscripts.

Areas of Expertise: Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Cancer Biology

Aamna Lawrence

Secretary

Aamna is a master’s student in Biomedical Engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, specializing in neuroengineering. She is also a graduate research assistant in Dr. Kathleen Cullen’s Lab, where she is studying vestibular reafference suppression at the neuronal level. She has experience in writing, editing, and reviewing research articles and is inspired by how good writing skills can enhance the understanding of science and engineering by making it less esoteric and opaque.   

Area of expertise: Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Data Science 

Patrick Leavey

Pat Leavey is a PhD candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He works in the Blackshaw lab studying how transcription factors influence retinal development and cell fate specification. He thinks getting well rounded feedback can improve niche scientific literature and that teamwork makes the dream work.

Areas of Expertise: Molecular Biology, RNA biology, Developmental Biology

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Rebekah Mikeasky

Rebekah is a PhD candidate in the Human Genetics program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a member of the Zack lab, she studies the pathways and proteins involved in age-related macular degeneration. She is experienced in writing and editing scientific manuscripts and articles. To her, communication is an essential aspect of the scientific process and vital to facilitating collaboration between different fields.

Areas of Expertise: Botany, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology

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Steffie Pitts

Steffie is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine graduate program. Her thesis research focuses on targeting RNA polymerase I as a cancer therapeutic strategy. Prior to this, she studied mechanisms of resistance to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors in non-small cell lung adenocarcinoma. She received an F31 Diversity NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute in 2020, and she is happy to help others applying for fellowships.

Areas of Expertise: Cancer Biology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Grant Writing

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Valerie Rennoll

Valerie is a PhD student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Johns Hopkins University.  As part of Dr. Jim West’s research group, Valerie’s research focuses on developing transducers that are optimized for sound propagation through the skin and water.  She is currently investigating new materials that can be used to make transducers with tunable impedance, flexibility, and increased sensitivity.  Valerie’s publications have benefited from peer-review and she is eager to help others by providing feedback on their writing. 

Areas of Expertise: Electronic Materials, Electrical Properties, Acoustic Sensors

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Emma Spikol

Emma is a Ph.D. candidate in the Neuroscience program using zebrafish to study the connectivity and function of an asymmetric neural pathway. She believes that clear communication is critical to the advancement of science, and loves helping others polish their writing. She has experience writing and editing scientific manuscripts, review articles, and grant proposals, and also has also worked with materials directed towards non-scientific audiences through her involvement in science outreach initiatives. In her free time, Emma enjoys hiking, skiing, yoga, and indulging her obsession with podcasts.

Areas of expertise: Neuroscience, Neurodevelopment, Molecular genetics

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