Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker

Lauren is a rising junior studying Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Johns Hopkins undergraduate campus, where she is also a Woodrow Wilson Research Fellow. Originally from Richmond, VA, she has always had a strong interest in science and medicine and has enjoyed studying retinoid signaling in heart failure. When she’s not in the lab, she spends much of her time training as a member of the Johns Hopkins University Varsity Swim Team in continuation of her 16 year-long swimming career.

Kyriakos Papanicolaou, PhD

Kyriakos Papanicolaou, Ph.D.

Kyriakos, a native of beautiful sunny Cyprus, also comes to Hopkins by way of Boston, where he trained in the lab of Dr. Kenneth Walsh, Director of the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute of the Boston University School of Medicine. His doctoral thesis examined the role of heart mitochondrial membrane proteins called mitofusins, particularly with respect to their influence on the mitochondrial permeability transition that marks the onset of cell death by necrosis. He also showed that mitofusins 1 and 2 are essential for postnatal metabolic remodeling in the heart. We are happy to have him on board.