General Contact Information

  • Media Relations Phone: 410-955-6070
  • Media Relations Email: JHMedia@jhmi.edu
  • After Hours & Holidays: 410-955-6070.
    If you are a journalist working on a tight deadline or if this is an afterhours, urgent request, you can call this number and ask the operator to page the media relations representative on-call.

Journalists should always work with our team first to coordinate interviews. Each team member represents several departments or specialties of medicine and is available to respond to media inquiries or interview requests in a timely manner. If you are a journalist and unsure which specialty would be most appropriate for your request, please send an inquiry to JHMedia@jhmi.edu. Thank you.

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Media Relations, Public Relations and Corporate Communications Team

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Ayanna Tucker

office: 443-287-8577

Ayanna Tucker is a communications specialist covering basic science research for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Marketing and Communications Department.

Prior to joining the basic sciences communications team, Ayanna was the summer 2018 communications intern at the American Public Health Association, where she produced social media content, assisted with the Get Ready emergency preparedness campaign and wrote news and blog articles for The Nation's Health and Public Health Newswire, respectively. In spring 2019, she completed her master's internship at the Center for Program Integrity at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, where she assisted with digital projects and writing promotional materials.

Ayanna received a B.S. degree in nutritional sciences from Howard University in May 2017 and a M.P.H. degree from the University of Maryland in May 2019.

Beats Covered

  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Neurosciences
  • Molecular Biology
  • Institute of Genetic Medicine
  • Institute for Cell Engineering
  • Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • History of Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Cell Biology
  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Basic Science Research
  • Anatomy
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Rachel Butch

office: 410-955-8665

Rachel joined the media relations team as a senior communications specialist in June 2017.

In this role, she is responsible for writing about the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences (IBBS) and coordinating media coverage of the institute's research. Previously, Rachel worked with the team as an IBBS science writing intern, where she wrote press releases and stories for Fundamentals, the basic science e-newsletter. She also worked as a media relations representative before beginning her current job. Rachel graduated in May 2016 from the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, with a minor in chemistry, and a certificate in public and professional writing.

Beats Covered

  • Anatomy
  • Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine
  • Basic Science Research
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • History of Medicine
  • Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • Institute for Cell Engineering
  • Institute of Genetic Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurosciences
  • Ophthalmology/Wilmer Eye Institute
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Veterinary Medicine
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Vanessa Wasta, M.B.A.

office: 410-955-8236
cell: 410-858-6986

Vanessa Wasta has spent more than 20 years in science and medical communications. She manages communications for basic science research at Johns Hopkins Medicine, spanning three institutes and more than 250 faculty.

Her team oversees media relations, digital publications and social media channels relating to basic science research. She holds a bachelor of science degree in biology and a master's degree in business administration. Previously, she managed media relations and web projects at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, covering laboratory and clinical research news, as well as social media. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and an emeritus member and former chair of the Public Affairs and Marketing Network of the nation's top cancer centers.

Beats Covered

  • Anatomy
  • Basic Science Research
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • History of Medicine
  • Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • Institute for Cell Engineering
  • Institute of Genetic Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurosciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Veterinary Medicine