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Hi! My name is Nicole Pannullo and I’m a second year PhD student in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine program in the School of Medicine! I grew up on Long Island, NY and received a B.S. in biochemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology. I have type 2 Usher syndrome, which means that I am hard of hearing and have retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative retina disease that primarily affects my night vision and peripheral vision. My desire to understand the science behind my condition and develop therapies for retinal diseases, many of which lack treatment options, led to two undergraduate research experiences and a postbaccalaureate fellowship at the National Eye Institute as well as my current position as a graduate student in the Blackshaw lab.

I became a member of the Equal Access in Science and Medicine Committee because I want to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for scientists with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and mental health conditions by building a community and developing resources for trainees with these conditions. I currently live in Baltimore with my fiance and our two dogs. My hobbies include baking, playing the clarinet and piano, weightlifting, and playing Animal Crossing New Horizons! You can reach me at npannul1@jhmi.edu.


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My name is Anna Moyer, and I’m a sixth year PhD candidate in the Human Genetics program in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the University of Alabama. My younger brother has Down syndrome, and I’m currently researching cerebellar development in mouse models of Down syndrome under the guidance of Dr. Roger Reeves.

I co-founded the Equal Access in Science and Medicine committee with Claire in 2019 based on my experiences as a graduate student with a chronic illness. I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which is a genetic connective tissue disorder that causes a variety of symptoms- for me, POTS and MCAS among others. I hope that the new lecture series and other committee activities will improve the experiences of other trainees with chronic illnesses on the East Baltimore campus. In my free time, you can find me working on my website of visual recipes for people with intellectual disabilities, writing for the Biomedical Odyssey blog, and updating my Catstagram account. I also enjoy knitting, drinking tea, and watching the Food Network with my cat, Matilda. Feel free to email me at anna.moyer@gmail.com.


Claire Bell, woman with brown hair with dog in front of lake

My name is Claire Bell, and I’m a fifth year PhD candidate in the Human Genetics program at the School of Medicine. I grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and earned my bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary. I am working on my thesis in Don Zack’s lab, tracing vertebrate retinal cell lineages at the single cell level.

I came on to the Equal Access in Science and Medicine committee from the beginning with Anna. My sister has bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, while I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety issues much of my life. My hope for this committee is that we will help destigmatize invisible illnesses within the scientific community and beyond, and provide a source of support, encouragement, and solidarity for students who may be struggling with their health, whether mental or physical, during their time at Hopkins. When I’m not in lab, I’m reading, crocheting, hiking, or just relaxing at home with my husband and our cat, Atlas, and our dog, Bizi (who love each other)! Feel free to reach out and email me at claire9bell@gmail.com.

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