Class of 2018



Tziporah Thompson, Hillary Wilson, Amanda Slade,

Shawna Snyder, Tianxing Shi, Lauren Rakes and Dan Li.

Class of 2017

Eleanore Bailey

Eleanor spent her childhood amongst the foothills of the Cascades in Carnation, Washington. As the middle of five children, Ellie was surrounded by a team who encouraged her artistic and scholastic ambitions. Her creativity has always bridged her interests, most notably in the kitchen, and her friends and classmates appreciate her passion for edible art. Ellie’s adventurous spirit led her across the country to Starkville, Mississippi where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing from Mississippi State University. It was here that a professor introduced her to the field of medical illustration. Her background in art lent to a unique perspective while learning biology and has resulted in Ellie’s passion for innovative communication in teaching. In 2015, Ellie began her latest adventure in Baltimore, Maryland at the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins. She will receive her Master of Arts degree in Medical and Biological Illustration in May 2017.

In the future, Ellie would like to tackle the art of patient education, and someday open a medical themed bakery.

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Daniel Hermansen


Born and raised in the untamed abundance of the Rocky Mountains, Daniel gained the skills necessary to survive in the wild and a bachelors degree in biology and illustration from Southern Utah University. Little is known about Daniel in the years following graduation, but he finally resurfaced in 2015 with multiple medically related certifications, a beautiful bride, and his sites set on entering the recondite field of medical illustration.

Currently enrolled in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Daniel is learning the necessary skills to combine his passions for art and science. In the years ahead, Daniel is seeking utilize these skills to develop virtual and augmented reality medical applications for the universal betterment of mankind.

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Li Yao

Li is from Changsha, China. She is currently a graduate student of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Medical and Biological Illustration program. She received her B.S. degree in Zhejiang University, China, and joined a PhD program in Cornell University, studying genetics, genomics and development. Her experience in learning and teaching scientific and medical subjects, as well as conducting research projects, has made her realize the challenges and importance of communication. She appreciates that information can be interpreted very differently if presented in different ways and she enjoys helping people to tell their stories in the most effective way. Li likes cooking, eating spicy food, traveling, running, outdoor activities, and video games.

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Katie Bergdale

Katie grew up on a small acreage farm in western Iowa. She has spent her life encompassed by a menagerie of wildlife, imbuing her with a love and desire to work with animals. This passion led her to the 4-H program and a job at the local animal hospital. With a competing interest in art, the two subjects were perfectly united when she found the major of Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration at Iowa State University. During her undergrad, an appreciation formed for human anatomy, leading her to continue her career to become a medical illustrator. She has an energetic and positive personality that is  infectious.

Upon graduation, she plans on finding a position that allows her to create both biological and medical illustrations and animations.

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Julia Lerner

Julia grew up on Long Island, New York. She received her BA in Scientific Illustration and Pre-Medicine from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. An early fascination with medicine and complex patterns in nature initially drew her to the field of scientific illustration. Tutoring scientific subject matter throughout her undergraduate study reinforced her love of teaching, communication, and learning. Julia was thrilled to join the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, surrounded by people who share her love for art and science.

When she is not in the studio, Julia enjoys making pottery, trying new recipes, and playing the cello in the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra.

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Sarah Chen

Sarah grew up in Santa Cruz, California. She received her BS in Health Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a graduate certificate in Science Illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Sarah is currently pursuing her masters in Medical and Biological Illustration at Johns Hopkins University, while on hiatus from the MD program at UC Davis School of Medicine. As a child, Sarah could never choose between being an artist or a doctor, and now she’s thrilled to be immersed in both disciplines in pursuit of a hybrid career.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling abroad, painting her nails, coercing her friends to join her at the gym, and martial arts. She is enamored with the color red, and can be seen in the clinic sporting her bright red stethoscope.

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Nicholas Reback

Nick spent much of his childhood in rural Wisconsin, about 30 miles west of Madison, where he occupied his time chasing the chickens and wandering the countryside while his imagination explored uncharted territory. He was introduced to Medical Illustration during high school, but after college somehow found himself with a Bachelors in Product Design from the Cleveland Institute of Art. After 10 + years working as an Industrial Designer (eight of them designing medical devices for an awarding winning consultancy in his hometown) Nick changed course to pursue what he had originally set out to do: become a Medical Illustrator.

Nothing provides Nick with a greater sense of personal fulfillment than learning about the natural world. Medical Illustration combines his interest in visual communication with his passion for science and teaching and allows him to give something positive back to society. In what little spare time he has, Nick enjoys running, sailing, making gourmet homemade pizzas and being with friends and family.

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Graduates of 2016

Erica Chin

Erica grew up in a lovely part of northern New Jersey before moving to Boston for her BFA in painting at Boston University. She is very happy to be studying at Hopkins and exploring Baltimore. When she is not working, you can find her at a museum, running, doing yoga, traveling, or spending time with friends and family.

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Kari Opert


Kari is from Baltimore, Maryland. She earned a BFA in drawing from the Maryland Institute College of Art. During her time there, she discovered the field of medical illustration and began taking courses in the biological sciences. After completing her undergraduate degree, Kari continued her science coursework while working at JHU in vaccine research. In her spare time, she enjoys time with loved ones, cooking, the outdoors, and reading, and looks forward to crossing off each location on her list of places to see.

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Amy Zhong


Amy is a puppy loving, salad eating, flip-flop wearing California-native. She received a BFA from the University of Michigan in 2010, and despite having lived in the Midwest/East coast since 2006, she claims she’s just not made for Winter.

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Emily Ling


A native of Southern California, Emily graduated from the LA County High School for the Arts as a Visual Arts major. She received her BS in Biological Sciences and minor in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of California, Irvine. When time allows, Emily enjoys sketching at historical sites, museums, aquariums, and botanical gardens. She loves jogging, reading, and playing video games.

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Laura Roy

Laura is from Ames, Iowa. Prior to studying at Johns Hopkins, she received degrees in scientific illustration, fine arts, culinary arts, and philosophy. When she is not in the studio, Laura loves to spend time outdoors hiking, birdwatching, collecting specimens, sketching, or painting (or indoors enjoying a great bottle of wine).

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Caitlin Mock

Caitlin Mock is from small town Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration from Iowa State University. When not working hard in the studio, Caitlin enjoys playing card games, traveling, and hiking with her dog.

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Kai-ou Tang


Born in Montreal, Kai-ou received her Bachelors of Arts in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to Johns Hopkins she lived in Boston, MA, specializing in histochemistry within dermatopathology labs. She enjoys kickboxing, videogames, and almonds.

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Graduates of 2015

Edwin Choi



Edwin is from Seattle, Washington. He received a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in fine arts from University of Washington. After studying at the Gage Academy of Art, he also took a backpacking gap year before coming to Art as Applied to Medicine. When he is not working in the studio he is either playing piano, practicing go, or exploring the east coast.
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Jackie Kustan



Jackie Kustan grew up in Massachusetts, then moved to California to complete a B.S. in Biology at Stanford University. She was blissfully pursuing a career in academic research when she learned about the Art as Applied to Medicine Department. She’s thrilled to have found a place where she can be reading molecular biology one day and drawing a skeleton the next, and is looking forward to a lifetime of communicating science through art. When not in the studio, she enjoys baking, reading, and searching for insects in the underbrush.
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Rose Perry



Rose received her two bachelor’s degrees in Biological Pre-medical Illustration and Spanish from Iowa State University. After graduate school, Rose will be pursuing a career in Medical Illustration and Clinical Anaplastology. Her passions include helping others, running around with her dog, and making a mess while working with anything crafty.

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Jeff Day


Jeff is from Cleveland, OH and is ecstatic to be studying in the Art as Applied to Medicine program, combining his enthusiasm for communicating science with art. His science background includes degrees in biology and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He also taught at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History where he often sprinkled cartooning into his lessons. Jeff has one published book, Don’t Touch That!: The Book of Gross, Poisonous, and Downright Icky Plants and Critters, and looks forward to creating more engaging ways to learn science and medicine.
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Mesa Schumacher



Mesa grew up in Seattle WA, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest where she developed a love for science and art. She received a B.A in Anthropological Sciences with a concentration in Anatomy and Archaeology, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Scientific Illustration from the University of Washington, and she studied fine art at GAGE Academy in Seattle.
After a short time in Silicon Valley tech startups, Mesa spent her early twenties working around the world, traveling as far as the South Pole, Antarctica to work in the kitchen! All the while she was building a business as a freelance scientific illustrator. Mesa has worked as an archaeological illustrator in Turkey, Belize, Portugal and Peru, and exhibited work in Europe and Asia. Some of her work can be seen in National Geographic magazine, the National Zoo, and Smithsonian Institutions, and most recently in National Geographic’s Illustrated Guide to Wildlife.
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Mariya Khan


Mariya was born in Moscow, Russia and came to the United States with her family at age fifteen. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University and subsequently worked as a graphic designer and video editor. She loves hanging out with her dog, dancing, cooking, reading and never smiling for photos. Also mountain biking, graphic novels and occasionally playing music.
Mariya sees in Biomedical Illustration a perfect recipe for using drawing to gain knowledge of the world, with infinite opportunities to unravel complicated tangles, solve previously unvisualized puzzles and meditate on the patterns of Nature.
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I-Hsun Wu


I-Hsun grew up in Taiwan and came to the US to further foster her passion in art and science. She completed her BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in Communication Arts with a concentration in Scientific and Preparatory Medical Illustration in 2012. Desiring to share her love of art and science, she was excited to join the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine in Hopkins. Besides working on projects, I-Hsun likes to travel and try food from all different places.
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Graduates of 2014

James Abraham


James Abraham was born and raised in Richmond, Va. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. With his passion for art and love for science, biomedical illustration is a perfect match for him. When he is not working the night away in the studio he enjoys lifting weights, watching movies, and helping and uplifting others.
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Jacqueline Meyer


Jackie is from Titusville, NJ. She originally moved to Baltimore in 2008 to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she completed a BFA in drawing with a concentrated study in graphic design. During this time she also enrolled in science courses at nearby universities to prepare for graduate school.
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Samantha Welker


Samantha was born and raised in Idaho. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Art from the University of Idaho. She was thrilled to discover the Art as Applied to Medicine program because it allows her to combine her passions for both science and art. When she is not working away in the studio, Samantha enjoys sipping lattes, reading Harry Potter, and exploring the east coast with her classmates.
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Veronica Falconieri


Veronica grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in biology from Smith College and also completed a minor in studio art. Though she conducted research, she discovered that she did not love benchwork enough to continue taking care of cell cultures at 5 AM on weekends. She instead pursued medical illustration, which, if provided coffee, she will do at any hour.
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Michael Silver


Michael is from Los Angeles and received his BS in biology from Tufts University while also attending the School of the Museum of Fine Art. He studied traditional figurative art with an emphasis on sculpture. Michael worked in biotechnology, then the field of product design and prototype fabrication gaining proficiencies in 3D modeling, machining, casting, and 3D printing. During his 6 years in product design, he continued to develop his traditional artistic abilities.
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Katelyn McDonald


Katelyn is from Nenana, Alaska. She received a degree in Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration from Iowa State University. In her spare time, she plays with her pets: Spike, a Pygmy Hedgehog, and Walle, a Crested Gecko.
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Christopher Smith


A Maryland native, Christopher recieved his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Salisbury University. After realizing his love for the medical arts, he studied at the Schuler School of Fine Arts Atelier, where he trained in old master techniques before coming to Hopkins. Chris also enjoys oil painting, playing guitar and swimming during his free time.
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Graduates of 2013

Hannah Ahn

hahnHannah grew up on Long Island, New York frolicking along the north coast. She received a BFA in illustration from Maryland Institute College of Art. After graduation, she moved back to Long Island to study biology at Stony Brook University while shelving and selling books on the side. When she has freetime, Hannah loves to bake, read, draw, drink tea and play her violin.
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Kyoungran “Katie” Eun


Kyoungran “Katie” is from South Korea. She loves little animals, travel, SF Nobles, summer evenings, moments after the rain and art.
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Anastasia Demson


Anastasia is from Oakton, Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Arts from the Virginia Commonwealth University. When she’s not in the studio, you might find Ana surrounded by orchids, or in Paris.
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Natalie Koscal

nkoscalNatalie-Kay Koscal grew up in a small town in the Hudson River Valley of New York. She received her BS in General Biology from Cornell University. Natalie obtained her art experience by taking classes throughout high school and college and by completing a Scientific Illustration internship at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. After graduation, she decided to pursue her love of art and science and was excited to find the program at Hopkins.
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Amy Dixon


Amy was born and raised in central Iowa. She received her BA from Iowa State University, where she studied Biological and Pre-medical Illustration. Thanks to the support of her parents and a couple of key role models, her affinity for art became a career path that eventually led her to Johns Hopkins.
“Each member of the faculty in this department has something unique and awe-inspiring to bring to the table. It’s a great honor to be working under them.”
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Heidi Sinsel


Originally from Minden, NE, Heidi received her BA from Iowa State University in Biological & Pre-medical Illustration. She has found this field to be fulfilling and exciting in both her undergraduate and graduate studies. Besides medical illustration she enjoys snowboarding and getting outside of the city to explore the east coast.
“I feel humbled to be instructed by such accomplished faculty and surrounded by inspirational classmates.”
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Graduates of 2012

Elizabeth Cook


Elizabeth Cook grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She received her BFA in painting and drawing from Louisiana State University in 2008. Shortly after graduating, Elizabeth decided to pursue medical illustration and spent the next two years taking biology courses at LSU.
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Elyssa Siegel


A Baltimore native, Elyssa started her undergraduate degree at Maryland Institute College of Art where she studied painting and graphic design, when she realized her interest in the medcial arts she transferred to Arcadia University. There she graduated with a BA in Scientific and Pre-Medical Illustration.
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Kaitlin Lindsay


Kaitlin is from Kearney, Nebraska and received a B.A. with Honors in Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration from Iowa State University. Kaitlin has played the violin for more than a decade and says she especially loves playing chamber music and in pit orchestras. While at Hopkins she has discovered a fear of needles, a love for storyboarding, and an enthusiasm for Orioles baseball games!
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Eo Trueblood


Eo Trueblood grew up in the historic town of Lincoln, Virginia. He recieved a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, with a concentration in figurative sculpture. After graduation Eo spent his time working as a sculptor as well as a cabinet maker in his family’s business before joining the graduate program at Johns Hopkins.
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Courtney McKenna White


Courtney grew up in Horsham, Pennsylvania. She received a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. After graduation, she started her own gallery and custom frame shop. Her love for art, science and medicine brought her to Hopkins where she is excited to combine her passions into a career in Medical and Biological Illustration.
“I am grateful everyday to be at Hopkins where I am surrounded by prestigous faculty who are passionate about teaching and classmates who have become a second family.”
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Wenjing “Betty” Wu


Betty graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and a double major in Art and Design from Sun Yat-Sen University, China. Besides medical illustration, Betty enjoys cooking and sharing awesome food with people. One of her greatest wishes is to introduce authentic Chinese food to American friends and introduce medical illustration to every Chinese she knows!
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Graduates of 2011

Jodi Chapman Slade


Jodi is from Orlando, Florida. She received a BS in Biological Science and a BA in Studio Art from the Florida State University in Tallahassee. Jodi was a Drum Major of the FSU Marching Chiefs (Go ‘Noles!) for two seasons. Jodi explains that she blames Disney animation for her love of art and says she’s been to the Magic Kingdom more times than she can count!
“This program has the perfect mix of cutting edge science, traditional sketching, approachable faculty, and friendly classmates. I love it!”
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Suzanne Slattery


Originally from Bucks County, PA, Suzanne received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. After many years in an alternate career Suzanne, following her instincts and true passion, returned to school in the fall of 2009 for Medical and Biological Illustration. Suzanne lives in Philadelphia, PA, with her husband and 3 sons who give her undivided support.

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Bona Kim

bkimBona worked as a nurse in Korea, but took on a new challenge when she came to Baltimore to study Medical Illustration at Johns Hopkins. She likes unique adventures and opportunities to seeing different places. Bona has a world map at home where she keeps track of the places she has visited – one of her lifetime goals is to fill up the rest of the map!. Bona says, “You will see a traveling medical illustrator soon.” But for now, she is in North America!
“I am happy to be here at Hopkins although the anatomy class is torturing me!”
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Bricelyn Strauch


Originally from Memphis, TN, Bricelyn started her undergraduate degree at Loyola University New Orleans, but transferred to the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a BFA in Scientific Illustration. After taking some time to work as a freelance illustrator, painter, and art educator, Bricelyn decided to continue her education in science and medical based art. She hopes to do as much traveling, flyfishing, cooking/eating, and sleeping as possible whenever she has free time.
“Being able to be a part of this program and working with such distinguished faculty at an institution like Hopkins has been an invaluable experience.”
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Adam Pellerite


Adam grew up in central Massachusetts and received a B.F.A. in Painting from Boston University. He is very interested in fine art and art history as well as biology and is always looking for insights in these areas of study. During his free time Adam paints from life, and reads “whatever he can get his hands on”.
“I’m almost overwhelmed by the amount of resources and information found here at Hopkins.”

Tara Rose


Tara was born in Massachusetts. She studied at Ringling College of Art and Design where she received her BFA in Illustration. While at Ringling, she became a Trustee Scholar and was invited to be the class speaker at commencement. After graduation, Tara attended the University of Central Florida to study Biology. In 2006, she attended the renowned Illustration Academy headed by illustrator, Mark English, and was fortunate to work with other notable illustrators such as Gary Kelly, C.F. Payne, Anita Kunz, Sterling Hundley and many more. Tara enjoys spending time with friends and family. She enjoys to run, bike, workout, and travel. Tara says she believes that happiness lies in laughter and finds any excuse to do so.
“Thus far, my experience at Johns Hopkins’ Art as Applied to Medicine has been remarkable. It is incredible to have such prestigious professors guiding me in my budding career as a medical illustrator.”
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