As members of Johns Hopkins University and of the greater scientific community, we acknowledge the harm perpetuated through systemic racism and unjust biases. Our laboratory is committed to providing a supportive environment in which the dimensions added by diversity of race, ethnicity, nationality and/or immigration status, culture, socioeconomic status, veteran status, ability, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, and marital status are valued and celebrated. We condemn any form discrimination and actively implement ways to combat bias and inequity. It is our mission to consistently provide equitable access to the highest quality education and training possible. In addition, we acknowledge that creativity and innovation arise from a diversity of approaches, thoughts, skills, and experiences. Thus, to build an optimal learning environment, we actively seek to assemble a diverse research group based on respect, equity and inclusion.