University of Wisconsin–Madison

Scholars

There are four different Scholar groups the Center for Women’s Health Research holds, the Women’sens Health Fellows, Postdoctoral Research Associates, R-25 TEAM-Science Scholars and the Shapiro Scholars. Open the panels to learn more about the scholars and their research!

Current Scholars

  • VA Women's Health Fellows

    Arpita Ghosh, PhD
    VA Women’s Health Fellow

    Education: Earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She completed her predoctoral psychology internship at the University of Akron and a clinical postdoctoral fellowship at Marquette University. She earned her MA in Community Counseling and BS in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago.

    Research: Dr. Ghosh’s main area of interest is in vocational psychology, specifically investigating the career development processes of underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups. Her research has explored the role of family influence in the career decision-making process, instrument validation, retention in college, and how the transition from military to college life impacts career choices. Her dissertation focused on the role of family influence on careers for Asian American parent – college student dyads, focusing on intergenerational conflict, adherence to cultural values, and acculturation. She is interested in investigating women veteran’s career transitions in higher education post military service in addition to understanding lived experiences through mixed methods research designs.


    Lindsey Byom, PhD
    VA Women’s Health Fellow

    Education: Lindsey completed her Master’s Degree inSpeech-Language Pathology and later her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship through the Army Public Health Command Postgraduate Participation Program at the Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

    Research: Lindsey’s goal is to better understand the relationships between social communication and cognitive abilities of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Currently, she is investigating the contributions of different cognitive abilities to how individuals engage in conversations. She is also interested in how communication may be affected differently in men and women with TBI.


    Kristen Pecanac, PhD
    VA Women’s Health Fellow

    Education: Earned her BSN, MS, and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing.

    Research: Dr. Pecanac’s program of research is aimed at improving decision making regarding life-sustaining treatment in the intensive care unit, with a particular focus on clinician-surrogate communication. Her research has explored how clinicians introduce the need for decision making regarding life-sustaining treatment and how surrogates respond to various introductions. She has also examined nurse-surrogate communication that occurs after such decision-making discussions. Currently, she is interested in dissemination and implementation science to develop interventions that can improve communication in the intensive care unit.


    VA Women’s Health Fellow
    Mary F. Wyman, PhD
     
    Education: Mary obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Wyman completed her predoctoral psychology internship and a research postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California-San Francisco, with further training at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    Research: Dr. Wyman’s primary area of interest is in gerontology, specifically investigating the interplay of psychiatric and physical conditions. Her research has explored subthreshold depression and medical burden in community-dwelling white and African-American older women as well as daily functioning in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. During the fellowship, her research will focus on the association of depression with dementia and the impact of these conditions on the management of chronic medical illness.
  • Postdoctoral Research

    Jenna Rogers, PhD
    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Education:
    Jenna earned an MA in Sociology from Colorado State University, an MA in Sociology of Religion and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Baylor University.

    Research:
    Jenna’s research focuses on how cultural experiences and values impact individuals’ decisions and outcomes. In particular, she has focused on female entrepreneurs and how cultural expectations and values around family and work shape their businesses and how this varies from male-owned businesses. In her current role, Jenna will be working to identify and test critical elements in the research mentoring relationship that promote positive outcomes for culturally diverse mentees. In particular, she will be working to understand how cultural diversity awareness impacts the mentoring relationship. Jenna will also be examining the dissemination and implementation of mentoring curricula and its effectiveness.


    Amanda Butz
    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Education: Earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Kentucky and an MA in Adult and Higher Education from Morehead State University.

     
    Research: Amanda’s research interests include examining the contextual factors that inform students’ post-secondary beliefs and persistence. As part of her dissertation research, she explored the information networks of potential first-generation college students and the relationship of those networks to students’ educational aspirations. In addition, Amanda has conducted research on the sources of self-efficacy in mathematics, reading, and other academic domains. As a postdoc at CWHR, Amanda is working with Dr. Angela Byars-Winston and Dr. Christine Pfund on research relating to mentoring relationships in the sciences. Her current research projects include evaluating a self-efficacy workshop for mentors and examining the psychometric properties of a scale designed to measure cultural diversity awareness in mentors and mentees.
  • R25 TEAM-Science Scholars

    Samuel Acuna
    R25 TEAM-Science Scholar

    Education: Samuel earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University and his MS is Mechanical Engineering at UW-Madison. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

    Research: Samuel does research in neuromuscular biomechanics, a field at the interface of engineering mechanics, orthopedics and rehabilitation medicine. It is very exciting to study the human body through the lens of mechanical engineering because one can see it as a machine that can be fixed and modified, which is a different angle than more traditional approaches. Samuel’s focus is on creating assistive devices to improve balance in the elderly, and those with lower limb neuropathy. Currently, he is developing vibrating shoe insoles and ankle orthotics that actively increase the feeling sensation on the bottom of your feet. The idea is that if you are more aware of the varying pressures across your soles, you will be better able to correct your posture as you stand, and less likely to accidentally fall over.

    Samuel is a mechanical engineer and started his career working with the military at Boeing. He was working on developing a new radar-equipped plane to assist the fighter jets. After a while, he switched his career focus to building machines that would directly help people.He wants to develop active prosthetics for upper limb amputees. Samuel would love to develop neural-interfaces so that users can control the prosthetics with neural impulses from the brain.


    Jessica Vazquez
    R25 TEAM-Science Scholar

    Education

    Research: My current research interests are in maternal-fetal health. Early pregnancy complications can have detrimental health outcomes for both mother and child. I am interested in the process of implantation and how this is regulated by both the fetal and maternal tissues and how early problems in this process can be prevented.

    What led Jessica toward this research: Ever since my mom was pregnant with my youngest brother I have wondered how it is that one human can, essentially, serve as an incubator for another human. Having had a child myself, that fascination became very personal. I learned about all the complications that women could suffer from during pregnancy and how these can sometimes lead to pregnancy loss. Fortunately, my pregnancy was healthy and resulted in the birth of a healthy boy. Hopefully, my research in this field will one day lead to healthy pregnancies for all women.

    Dream Job: My dream job would be to be a research scientist at a top-tier research institution. This would give me the opportunity to continue doing scientific research and to mentor young scientists.

    Hobbies: I really enjoy reading. Every summer I try to pick up a good book, usually in a non-scientific field, like history or politics. I also enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes. I enjoy spending time with my husband and young son.


    Marcos Navarro-Gonzalez
    R25 TEAM-Science Scholar

    Education: Marcos earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics.

    Research: At the moment I’m working on different projects. I’m testing graphene to see if it can function as a pressure barrier for fusion applications. Additionally, I’m using graphene as a coating for tungsten to investigate how it reduces sputtering of the metal under irradiation in order to lengthen the lifetime of plasma facing components (PFC’s) in a reactor. Lastly, I’m building a linear inertial electrostatic confinement device for plasmas which can be used, depending on the fuel used, to generate either neutrons to detect clandestine materials, or to generate protons which can be used to create short-lived radioisotopes which are used in treatments for patients who can only be exposed to small amounts of radiation such as children or pregnant women.

    What led Marcos toward this research: I enjoy the engineering challenge that plasmas present as well as the physics that explain them. It’s a very interdisciplinary field and I like studying something that allows me to branch out into different projects. I also wanted to contribute to making fusion possible for future generations and help solve the energy crisis.

    Dream Job: My ideal job would be working as an assistant professor or a research scientist at a large fusion reactor where I could work on several unrelated projects at the same time.

    Hobbies: I do a little bit of everything. I enjoy playing baseball/softball and tennis, canoeing and fishing, downhill skiing, cooking for a large number of people and making my own ice cream. I have a long list of books to read and I’ve been pretty good about reading them all. I enjoy playing video games and drawing/painting. Lastly, I bike to the cinema pretty frequently with friends and I also like to binge on Netflix from time to time.


    Rocio Norman
    R25 TEAM-Science Scholar

    Education: Rocio earned her BFA from Florida International University and her MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas-Austin. She currently is working toward her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

    Research: Rocío S. Norman is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and she is mentored by Dr. Lyn Turkstra in the Communication and Cognition Lab. Her research interests are closely aligned with her prior experience as a medical speech-language pathologist in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Polytrauma System of Care. Rocío was drawn to research because of the critical need for evidence-based interventions for cognitive-communication disorders for adults with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).

    What led Rocio toward this research: Rocío is interested in characterizing language skills after mTBI and determining whether the speed of information processing deficits contribute to acquired language disorders. By contributing to this research, Rocío hopes to be at the forefront of developing effective treatment interventions in speech-language pathology. Given her desire to pursue clinical research as well as mentor and teach in the university setting.

    Dream Job: Rocío’s dream job would be a joint appointment at a hospital and a research university.

    Hobbies: Her favorite hobbies are spending time with her husband and two sons at state parks, doing Barre3, traveling and cooking.


    Tyson Pankey
    R25 TEAM-Science Scholar

    Education: Tyson earned his BA in Psychology and Exercise & Sports Science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and his MPH at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Public Health. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.

    Research: In terms of research, many of my interests currently fall within the domain of health psychology. A few issues that I am particularly interested in investigating include: the ways in which chronic conditions and illness impact psychological well-being, the patient-provider relationship and its association with treatment selection and health outcomes, and the experiences of marginalized populations (e.g. trans youth and adults, low-income individuals, racial/ethnic minorities, etc.) within the healthcare system. I am also interested in the psychological well-being and training experiences of students of color in medical school.

    What led Tyson toward this research: As an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill I studied both psychology and exercise & sports science. The combination of these majors allowed me to comprehensively learn about both mental and physical well-being (two systems and that I believe to be highly related). After graduating from UNC, I went on to complete a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Public Health. During my time in public health, I became increasingly aware of the magnitude of health disparities that exist in our country across various communities. As a person of color, I feel compelled to join the efforts to create a more equitable healthcare system, while also intervening at the individual level to improve the lives of those most lacking resources and support. My father is an extremely empathic and patient-centered physician who always taught me to advocate for my own healthcare needs; now I hope to pass many of his lessons and approaches on to others.

    Dream Job: Currently, I aspire to work as a health psychologist within an integrated health care system where consumers can receive behavioral health services in conjunction with their primary care. Ideally, I would like to: (1) provide evidence-based psychotherapy to out-patient consumers, and (2) provide guidance and training to physicians in order to enhance the quality of their interactions with an increasingly culturally-eclectic patient population.

    Hobbies: When I’m not fulfilling academic duties, I enjoy staying physically active (e.g., running, rec sports, etc.), watching collegiate sports (Go Heels!), and spending time with friends and family. I also love music!


    Harris Krause
    R25 TEAM-Science Scholar

    Education: BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida. I’m working towards a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.

    Research: My current research deals with chemotherapy resistance in ovarian cancer. I look at signaling networks that might be involved in chemotherapy resistance and see how quantitative perturbation of proteins effects the signaling network. Additionally, I investigate how microenvironmental cues can lead to the development of chemotherapy resistance.

    What led Harris toward this research: Ovarian cancer is an incredibly deadly and complex disease. The challenge of investigating such a disease and the potential benefit it can have on patients’ lives is what led me to this research.

    Dream Job: The PI of a large lab.

    Hobbies: I like to run (especially racing half marathons), scuba dive and ski.


    Ivan Cabrera
    R25 TEAM-Science Scholar

    Education:

    Research: My current research interests include: Understanding how individual identity and mental health are affected by discrimination, bias and stereotyping in marginalized communities and how college students of color cope with institutional racism and navigate higher education. In addition, I am interested in understanding and developing effective ways to train individuals to work with diverse populations in ways that are culturally competent and responsive. Finally, I am interested in investigating the power of counter-spaces for underrepresented minority students in order to create intentional spaces that empower students of color.

    What led Ivan toward this research: My research interests stem from my personal experience as a student of color navigating the Academy and struggling to find access and guidance at different points in my academic career.

    Dream Job: My dream job would be to work at a University in an academic capacity where I can both teach and help develop effective programs that amplify participation for underrepresented students and help them navigate the academy.

    Hobbies: I enjoy listening to music, I consider myself a hip-hop historian. I enjoy cooking and I like to stay active by playing sports especially basketball.


    Kristal Gant
    R25 TEAM-Science Scholar

    Education:

    Research: My current research interests include, but are not limited to, reproductive endocrinology, reproductive toxicology, environmental toxicology, maternal and fetal health and development, reproductive organ development and physiology, epigenetics, and transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. I want to understand the influence the maternal and paternal environments (both internal and external) have on the development and survival of the fetus, and how the parents’ exposures, diets, and habits before, during, and after pregnancy affect their offspring. I would also like to research pregnancy complications like pre-eclampsia, spontaneous abortion, and recurrent miscarriages to identify novel markers that may aid in predicting (and possibly decreasing) the likelihood of a woman experiencing those during her lifetime.

    What led Kristal toward this research: When I was in 6th grade, students had to take a reproduction and sexual education course. The teachers showed videos all of the time but the video going through the stages of pregnancy stuck with me. It showed all of the steps and stages required before the fetus would fully develop and if anything were to go wrong during any stage, the fetus and possibly the mother would be in danger. I always wondered how a woman and her baby communicated with one another, how the body knew what changes to make and when to make them, and what environmental cues initiated (or blocked) those changes.

    Dream Job: I am open to all career paths. I just want my research to answer questions about pregnancy and reproductive organ functioning and development in men and women. Once those questions are answered or there is novel insight given, I hope to implement government policy changes and initiate protocols in the public health sector that hold chemical developers more accountable in the development of pregnancy complications and reproductive deficiencies we now see in our society due to chemical and toxicant exposure. I’d also like to be involved in community outreach and lead information symposiums to poverty stricken communities with little to no access and exposure to scientific research. Last, but not least, I’d like to mentor and motivate underrepresented students and scientists in poverty stricken communities in the United States and in other countries.

    Hobbies: Reading, traveling, cooking and writing poetry.


    Natalie Guerrero
    R25 TEAM-Science Scholar

    Education:

    Research: My interests include research on poverty and racial/ethnic health disparities, particularly in maternal and child health and immigrant health. Recently, my research projects have focused on examining the rates of cervical and breast cancer screening among Mexican migrant women and understanding physician perspectives on clinical encounters with limited English proficient pediatric patients. Currently, research plans for my dissertation are focused on the relationship between maternal depression and child problem behavior.

    What led Natalie toward this research: The conditions I experienced growing up as a low-income, Mexican-American female with parents who did not have access to an education enlightened me to the impact I could make as a physician scientist. There is a pressing need for research focused on the health outcomes that predominantly impact economically-disadvantaged and racial/ethnic minority populations. The graduate training of the integrated program in Population Health Sciences has given me an opportunity to explore these specific areas of research that are of great interest to me scientifically, medically, and personally.

    Dream Job: My career goal is to become an expert in racial/ethnic health disparities and poverty research and a practicing primary care physician, actively contributing to research in these areas and providing clinical care to underserved patients. My dream job would be to become a faculty member in a research and a clinical department at an institution located in a city with diverse populations.

    Hobbies: Traveling, weight-lifting with my husband, running and exploring new places. Currently, I serve as a coordinator of the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program, a world-wide, service-oriented grassroots program for middle-schoolers. Working with these middle schoolers, the youth who mentor them in the program, and their families gives me great inspiration to continue pursuing my career goals.


    Yousra Mohamoud
    R25 TEAM-Science Scholar

    Education:

    Research: My current research interests are in maternal-child health. My research focuses on understanding the contributors to disparities in perinatal outcomes particularly infant mortality. I am also working on evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of federal/state level programs focused on improving perinatal outcomes. More generally, I am passionate about epidemiologic methods I am always excited to learn new epidemiologic and statistical analytical methods to apply to my research which often means borrowing from other fields including social science, demography and economics.

    What led Yousra toward this research: My belief that “prevention is better than cure”-especially at a population level, my love for children and the first-hand experience of feeling the loss due to an adverse perinatal outcome in the family lead me to this area of research. Further, in their role as mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters and aunts women always put the health of their loved ones ahead of their own health; this observation was the initial spark that spurred my passion for preventative research in the field of Women’s Health in general.

    Dream Job: My dream job is one that combines my love for teaching and my passion for research. So ideally an academic job at a top-tier research institution, or a federal position that involves the conducting of research and training workshops for state and local health department on how to translate said research into interventions programs.

    Hobbies: World music and filmography, traveling, reading science fiction, spending time with my nieces and nephews (of which I have nine!).


    Onyekachi Nwoke
    R25 TEAM-Science Scholar

    Education:

    Research: My current research focus is on the Human Connectome Project (HCP) and the Epilepsy Connectome Project (ECP). I conduct clinical research at the Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) and UW Hospitals and Clinics Neurology Department. We collect functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data and gather health and medication histories of patients who have been diagnosed with catamenial epilepsy, an exacerbation of seizure symptoms during menstruation that occurs in some women.

    What led Onyeka toward this research: I have always been fascinated by medical imaging techniques and their role in diagnosis and treatment monitoring.

    Dream Job: I am currently working on a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree. I plan to be a research scientist in industry and be involved in pharmaceutical science drug research development and design.

    Hobbies: My favorite hobbies include traveling, listening to music, and watching movies.


    Leroy Williams
    R25 TEAM-Science Scholar

    Education:

    Research: I am currently conducting research with Dr. Prabhakaran and Dr. Bendlin in the Human Connectome Alzheimer project. The research is design to investigate aging through machine learning such as FMRI scan. My current research focus includes behavioral analysis and educational neuroscience as it relates to human behavior and their learning abilities.

    What led Leroy toward this research: My passion for research was ignited when I was employed at Kenny Krieger Institute and John’s Hopkins Hospital. At Kennedy Krieger, I worked with children diagnosed with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorder. In addition, I worked at John’s Hopkins Hospital as a research lab assistant in the neurosurgical department. Both positions gave me the insight that there was a huge lack of communication between different domains of research and practice regarding ASD. Therefore, I want to focus my research on bridging the gap between machine learning research, clinical practice, and community implementation of interventions.

    Dream Job: My dream job is to become a licensed Neuropsychologist in a hospital setting that is officiated with a university. My goals are to conduct behavioral and neuroimaging research with children with ASD.

    Hobbies: My favorite hobbies are to basketball, ruby, working-out and Beyonce.

  • Shapiro Scholars

    The cornerstone program offered by the school is the Shapiro Summer Research Program. More than half of the medical students in the MD Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison participate in the program between their first and second years. The program funds student stipends for 8-12 week research projects under the direction of faculty members in any of our departments, centers, and institutes.

    Projects span a broad range of scientific investigation, including basic science, clinical, translational, health services, global health, public health, quality improvement and medical ethics.

    To enhance their experience, students also participate in research skills training sessions, roundtable discussions, journal clubs and clinical shadowing opportunities.

Former Scholars

  • VA Women's Health

    Melissa Dattalo, MD, MPH

    Alicia Weeks, MD

    Kristin Berg, MD

    Belinda Gutierrez, PhD VA

    Nicole Rogus-Pulia, PhD, CCC-SLP

    Tonya Roberts, PhD, RN

    Sandra Schumacher, PhD, MSN, CNM, WHNP, RN, APNP

    Meghan Brennan, MD, (2011-2014) focused on HIV screening as well as outbreak investigation.

    Andrew Katz, PhD, (2012-2013) studied Multicultural Counseling Competence (MCC) theory and healthcare provider factors that lead to outcome disparities among minorities, women, and other stigmatized groups.

    Christine Kolehmainen, MD, (2011-2013) focused on how doctors-in-training experience leadership in the setting of medical emergencies.

    Noor Husain, MD, (2010-2012) researched reasons of CPAP compliance and non-compliance in the VA patient population.

    Jeniel Nett, MD, PhD, (2010-2011) studied infectious disease, particularly drug resistance and immune response to Candida ablicans.

    Allison Bearden, MD, MPH, (2009-2010) researched the use of probiotic agents in decolonization of patients with emerging organisms.

    Erica Roberson, MD, (2008-2010) focused on the effects of bariatric surgery on urinary and fecal incontinence.

    Aubrey Smith, MD, (2008-2010) studied the differences in energy requirements in obese and lean women with and without Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

    Nasia Safdar, MD, (2005-2009) researched the use of a probiotic preparation in hospitalized patients as a new means of preventing infection by drug resistant bacterial.

    Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD, (2007-2008) focused on research in ovarian cancer. Heather Certain, MD, (06-08) studied interactions of alcohol and the ethical issues this presented.

  • CWHR Postdocs

    Anna Kaatz, PhD, MPH, (2012-2013) focused on understanding reasons why women physicians and scientists are more likely than men to leave biomedical research careers.

    Wairimu Magua, PhD, MS focused on identifying and applying techniques to reduce statical bias in evaluating cluster randomized controlled trials.

  • R25 TEAM-Science

    Mariajose Bedoya, PhD Candidate

    Adriana Rodriguez, PhD Candidate

    Clem Samson-Samuel

    Theo Braden, PhD Candidate

    Marissa Kraynak, PhD Candidate 

    James Garcia, BS, (2012-2014) researched the role of the hypothalamus in precocious puberty in female rhesus monkeys.

    Porsha Howell, BS, (2012-2014) studied the impact of caloric restriction and aging on white adipose tissue metabolism and structure.

    Patrice Leverett, MS, (2012-2014) focused on increasing minority representation and retention in the STEMM fields through enhancing the mentor/mentee relationship and decreasing the impacts of stereotype threat.

    Tolu Oyensanya, MS, (2012-2014) researched rehabilitation outcomes and quality of life for persons who have had a traumatic brain injury.

    Erika Starks, BS, (2012-2014) studied the function and anatomical brain alterations that accompany corrective electrical tongue stimulation in patients with balance disorders.

    Yacob Tedla, MS, MSc, (2012-2014) researched the association between pulse wave velocity and hypertension, and the independent risk of arterial stiffness on different cardiovascular events and examining the sensitivity and specificity of different drug-adherence-measures, and the effect of drug-adverse-effects and drug-complexity on medication compliance among patients taking anti-hypertensive drugs.

    Rosalina Villalon Landeros, BS, (2012-2014) focused on the effects of estrogen on uterine artery endothelial cell mitogenesis and tube formation.

    Bryan Ampey, MS, (2011-2013) studied shear stress regulation of endothelial cell gap junctions and the role of Cx43 in endothelial cell function.

    Fatou Jallow, BS, (2011-2013) focused on how cancer cells acquire resistance by lookingat the close linkage between prolactin and the pathogenesis and therapeutic responsiveness of ERalpha+ breast cancer.

    Dennis Paiz-Ramirez, MA, (2011-2013) researched what commercial videogames do well and tried to find out why they do well.

    Belinda Gutierrez, MEd, (2010-2012) studied unconscious bias and how it may prevent women and underrepresented minorities from rising within the ranks of academic departments within STEMM.

    Patric Hernandez, PhD, (2010-2012) focused on comparing the white and grey matter brain volume differences between patients diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and healthy controls.

    Anna Kaatz, PhD, (2010-2012) studied linguistic differences in grant reviews for male and female RO1 award applicants to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Jasmin Kristianto, BS, (2010-2012) researched the pleiotropy effect on bone and vascular phenotype in recombinant congenic mice.

    Wairimu Magua, MS, (2010-2012) studied predictors of re-hospitalization of patients who developed nosocomial infections during index admission.

    Ricardo Pizarro, MS, (2010-2012) focused on implementing an EEG-fMRI simultaneous acquisition for epileptic and stroke patients and finding novel ways to analyze the data acquired using multivariate approaches.

    Bonnie Paris, MS, (2010-2011) studied the role of communication in medication safety in adult intensive care units.

    Patrick Brown, BS, (2009-2011) researched mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) differentiation into orthopedic tissues.

    Maigenete (Maggie) Mengesha, MS, (2009-2011) focused on mental health approaches for refugee and trauma exposed populations.

    Mayra Pastore, BS, (2009-2011) studied the impact of estrogen on protein interactions with uterine arterial endothelial cells.

    Olubukola (Bukky) Akinsiku, BS, (2008-2010) focused on the role of mathematics in success of minorities and women in engineering.

    Doriane Besson, PhD, (2008-2010) researched effective treatment in psychotherapy for racial and ethnic minorities.

    Athena Dunomes, BS, (2008-2010) studied image guided adaptive brachytherapy for gynecological cancers.

    Sheikh Omar Jobe, BS, (2008-2010) focused on estrogen metabolism, pregnancy, and the pathophysiology of preeclampsia.

    Ernise Williams, RN, (2008-2010) researched the socioeconomic inequalities and disparities in disease- related mortality among African Americans.

    Jessica Crain, PhD, (2008-2009) focused on contributions of sex to purinergic receptor regulation in microglia.

    Marjorie Curet, MS, (2008-2009) studied nucleotide modulation of microglia in breast to brain metastasis.

  • Aging T32 Scholars

    Carol Isaac, PhD, (2007-2010) focused on women’s leadership in the biomedical sciences.

    Allison Bearden, MD, MPH, (2008-2009) researched the use of probiotic agents in decolonization of patients with emerging organisms.

    Curt Irwin, PhD, (2007-2009) focused on upper extremity strength, biomechanical variations, and motor control changes that occur as people age.

    Maria Nikodemova, PhD, (2007-2009) studied the pathology of Alzheimer¿s disease.

    Carolina Schlenker MD, MPH, (2007-2008) investigated how to improve healthcare systems¿ participation in translational research, especially in Mexico and Latin American countries.

    Sayyida Abdus-Salaam (Martin), MD, MPH, (2005-2008) studied predictors of cutaneous manifestations of HIV-1/AIDS infection in blacks, disease progression, and response to therapy, as well as the establishment of protocols for routine HIV screenings.

    Pamela Summers, MD, MBA, (2006-2007) focused on dermatological problems and Alzheimers disease.

    Sabina Agrawal, DO, (2005-2006) researched vitamin D insufficiency and osteoporosis in nursing homes.

    Heather Johnson, MD, (2004-2006) studied health disparities in cardiac risk factors in older women.

    Francesca Couto, MD, (2004-2006) focused on molecular biology and research in diabetes

    Jacqueline Wiltshire, PhD, MPH, (2004-2006) explored trust in physicians among older African American women.

    Earlise Ward, PhD, (2003-2005) investigated improving mental health outcomes in the African American community.

    Lisa Arendt, PhD, DVM, (2002-2005) studied interactions of aging and prolactin biology in mammary tissue in an ER-pos transgenic model.

    Cristin Bruns, MD, (2002-2005) investigated metabolic measures with age and in male siblings of rhesus monkeys with polycystic ovarian syndrome.

    Barbara Loevinger, MD, (2002-2005) studied psychoneuroendocrinology and emotional dysregulation

    Leah Whigham, PhD, (2000-2002) focused on biological mechanisms and clinical treatments of obesity, sex, and age factors.

    Judith Houck, PhD, (2000-2002) investigated the history of menopause in the U.S.

    Jessica Bartell, MD, PhD, (2000-2003) studied the impact of access to insurance on health outcomes in older women.

    Terri Gomez, PhD, (2000-2002) focused on the role of a high fat diet in obesity and oxygen consumption.

    Kimberly Price, PhD, (1999-2000) studied the effect of birth weight on glucoregulation with age in rhesus monkeys.

    Jennifer Brockman, PhD, (1999-2000) focused on research in prolactin biology and breast cancer.