Janaka at the SPIE BiOS Conference

My PhD research focuses on developing state-of-the-art multi-contrast optical imaging systems for neuroscientific and oncology applications. One of my projects was to use in vivo optical imaging to characterize how different parts of the “resting” brain communicate. This technique is also known as resting state functional connectivity (rsFC) mapping and can be a powerful tool for diagnosing brain diseases as well as to track recovery from such diseases. This project was focused on conducting rsFC mapping at the microvascular scale using optical imaging methods. I am extremely grateful for the GSA Travel Award because it enabled me to share the latest results from this project at the annual SPIE BiOS conference – the largest biophotonics conference in the country, and also enabled me to expand my professional network.
– Janaka Senarathna

Wendy at the Gordon Research Conference on Glial Biology

Attending the Gordon Research Conference on Glial Biology was a transformative experience. Being holed up in the same conference room with 200 strangers for a week made for great (if not always lucid) interactions, and I left the meeting with an enhanced sense of belonging to the glial community. Even better, I got to show my work to two prospective postdoctoral mentors and secured standing invitations to visit their labs for interviews. I can’t imagine having a more productive week, career-wise, and the GSA travel award really helped to make it happen! Thanks GSA!
-Wendy Xin

Interschool Ice Skating Night

For the second ice skating night of 2017, we held the interschool ice skating night at Patterson Park’s Mimi Dipietro Family Skating Center. Students from the Hopkins School of Public Health, School of Nursing, Homewood campus, and the School of Medicine (both Graduate and Medical) where all in attendance for this event.

The lucky winners of our gift card giveaway were:
Katherine Le
Hannah Crowder
Emily Maggioncalda

Thanks everyone for coming out and having a great time!

The GSA goes Ice Skating!

The GSA hosted the Johns Hopkins Graduate Schools at the Dominic Mimi Dipietro Ice Skating Rink in Patterson Park this past Saturday!

3 gift cards from Iron Rooster, Five Guys, and Pie 360 were given away to our lucky winners:
Erin Whitehouse
Jordana Gilbert-Honick
David Wilson

We appreciate everyone coming down and hope to see you at the February Interschool Ice Skating Event!

New website under development

The GSA has started developing a new WordPress website to streamline information for our graduate students.