Highest Distinction

From left: Bergey, Dong, Rao, Robinson, and Rosen

Published in Hopkins Medicine - Spring/Summer 2023

Five researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine were elected as 2022 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science — one of the highest distinctions in the global science community, which recognizes both achievements in science and scientific integrity. They join more than 500 researchers inducted into the 2022 class of fellows.

Gregory Bergey is director of the Johns Hopkins Epilepsy Center and a co-director of the epilepsy research laboratory at the school of medicine. 

Neuroscientist Xinzhong Dong studies the genetic and molecular biology roots of itch and pain. He identified a family of cell surface proteins called G protein coupled receptors on sensory neurons and immune cells. He dubbed the receptors “Mrgprs” and found that they function as itch receptors by detecting numerous itchy substances such as peptides, drugs and lipids. These receptors play important roles in inflammation, bacterial infection and various disease conditions.

Rajini Rao is a professor of physiology and director of the graduate program in cellular and molecular medicine at the school of medicine. Her research focuses on the roles of intracellular ion transport in health and disease. She has mentored more than 20 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in her lab, many of whom have won national awards and independent fellowships. 

Cell biologist Douglas Robinson studies how cells develop their specialized shapes, and thus, their function, through chemical and mechanical signaling and environmental cues. He is also the founding director of Johns Hopkins’ Summer Academic Research Experience, and Careers in Science and Medicine Initiative.

Antony Rosen is vice dean for research and director of inHealth, the Johns Hopkins precision medicine and individualized health program. He was also the director of the Division of Rheumatology from 2002–2022. His research focuses on autoimmunity in the rheumatic diseases. 


The number of Johns Hopkins Ph.D. students across the university’s Ph.D. programs who will now be represented by TRU-UE (Teachers and Researchers United—United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America) in collective bargaining with the university.

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Addressing a Critical Population

"The AMA has been devoting a lot of attention to the opioid epidemic, and some attention to incarcerated populations, but the issue of pregnant incarcerated people with opioid use disorder has not really crossed its radar. It was very gratifying for them to take an interest and recognize the critical issues that this population faces.”

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A Guggenheim for Greene

Johns Hopkins’ Jeremy Greene, a noted historian of how medical technology influences our understandings of sickness and health, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship — one of 171 scientists, writers, scholars and artists selected for the prestigious honor from a pool of nearly 2,500 applicants.

Jeremy Greene