Our Team

Kristin Voegtline, Ph.D. - Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Voegtline leads the Hopkins Early Neurodevelopment Lab.  She is a developmental scientist who studies how the prenatal period sets the stage for child health and development.  Her primary interest is how early experiences impact the development of self-regulation, which is behavioral self-control that enables children to effectively react to new situations, manage their emotions, and engage in intentional and thoughtful behaviors.  She is also interested in sex differences in child neurodevelopment.

In 2014, Dr. Voegtline received funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to conduct two studies on early exposure to sex steroids and the development of self-regulation.  Prior to joining the faculty in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Voegtline spent six years in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She received her doctorate and master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University.

HEN Lab Research Team

Supriya Dhaurali - Research Program Coordinator

Supriya graduated with her B.S. in Biological Sciences from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2016 with a minor in Psychology. Supriya has always had great interest in fetal development in utero and is particularly interested in understanding the impact of early environmental exposures on neurodevelopment and behavioral outcomes. Supriya has previously worked in a Neurobiology lab at University of Maryland studying Multiple Sclerosis and interned at Bayview Medical Center where she learned about the multifaceted nature of drug addiction. She is also an Emergency Medical Technician and volunteers her free time on the ambulance weekly. She enjoys hiking, reading, travelling and hopes to become a physician. 

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Undergraduate Research Assistants

Juliette Klitz

Juliette is in her sophomore year at Johns Hopkins University studying Neuroscience and Film and Media Studies. She is interested in infant behavior and early developmental psychology. Outside of the HEN Lab, Juliette sings in JHU’s all-female a cappella group The Sirens, and enjoys trying new recipes to cook in her spare time. 

Nancy Zhang

Nancy is a senior at the Johns Hopkins University, where she is pursuing a double major in Public Health and Psychology and a minor in Marketing & Communications. She is interested in understanding infant development and behavior and overall, loves working with youth. Besides working at the HEN Lab, she works at Wide Angle Youth Media and helps with programming and classes in media education. Nancy also loves exercising and eating her way through Baltimore!

Nicole Knudsen

Nikki is in her senior year of undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, where she is studying both Neuroscience and Public Health. Nikki is very passionate about women’s reproductive health and childhood developmental disorders, and hopes to use her experience in the HEN lab to one day become an OBGYN. In her free time, Nikki enjoys volunteering with Best Buddies and traveling.

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Anisha Kohli

Anisha is a senior at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Public Health Studies and on the pre-med track. She is interested in understanding how different environmental and social factors affect child development. In her free time, Anisha enjoys volunteering at Tutorial Project and traveling with friends. She loves working with children and hopes to pursue a career in pediatrics.

Anna Fiedor

Anna is a junior Hodson Scholar at Johns Hopkins University. She is majoring in Public Health Studies and minoring in English. Prior to the HEN Lab, Anna worked as a Magee-Womens Research Institute Intern, where she completed research on personal hygiene and reproductive health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.  When she is home in Pittsburgh, Anna volunteers at the Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank. In her free time, Anna enjoys singing with the Sirens. 

Alyssa Wooden

Alyssa is a senior Public Health studies major at Johns Hopkins University. She is interested in maternal, fetal, and child health and is excited to explore these interests at the HEN lab. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys reading, writing, and exploring Baltimore.

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