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.
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.
PhD, (2010-2012) studied linguistic differences in grant reviews for male
and female RO1 award applicants to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Kristianto, BS, (2010-2012) researched the pleiotropy effect on bone and vascular
phenotype in recombinant congenic mice.
Magua, MS, (2010-2012) studied predictors of re-hospitalization of patients who
developed nosocomial infections during index admission.
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.
Paris, MS, (2010-2011)
studied the role of communication in medication safety in adult intensive care
Brown, BS, (2009-2011)
researched mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) differentiation into orthopedic tissues.
(Maggie) Mengesha, MS, (2009-2011)
focused on mental health approaches for refugee and trauma exposed populations.
Pastore, BS, (2009-2011)
studied the impact of estrogen on protein interactions with uterine arterial
(Bukky) Akinsiku, BS, (2008-2010)
focused on the role of mathematics in success of minorities and women in
Besson, PhD, (2008-2010)
researched effective treatment in psychotherapy for racial and ethnic
Dunomes, BS, (2008-2010)
studied image guided adaptive brachytherapy for gynecological cancers.
Jobe, BS, (2008-2010)
focused on estrogen metabolism, pregnancy, and the pathophysiology of
Williams, RN, (2008-2010)
researched the socioeconomic inequalities and disparities in disease- related
mortality among African Americans.
Crain, PhD, (2008-2009)
focused on contributions of sex to purinergic receptor regulation in microglia.
Curet, MS, (2008-2009)
studied nucleotide modulation of microglia in breast to brain metastasis.
VA Women's Health Fellows
Belinda Gutierrez, PhD, (2013-2015) researched implicit
social cognition and the use of video games as tools for promoting attitude and
Brennan, MD, (2011-2014)
focused on HIV screening as well as outbreak investigation.
studied Multicultural Counseling Competence (MCC) theory and healthcare
provider factors that lead to outcome disparities among minorities, women, and
other stigmatized groups.
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
MD, PhD, (2010-2011)
studied infectious disease, particularly drug resistance and immune response to Candida
Bearden, MD, MPH, (2009-2010)
researched the use of probiotic agents in decolonization of patients with
Roberson, MD, (2008-2010)
focused on the effects of bariatric surgery on urinary and fecal incontinence.
Smith, MD, (2008-2010)
studied the differences in energy requirements in obese and lean women with and
without Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
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.
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.
PhD, MPH, (2012-2013) focused on
understanding reasons why women physicians and scientists are more likely than
men to leave biomedical research careers.
Aging T32 Scholars
Carol Isaac, PhD, (2007-2010) focused on women¿s leadership in the
Bearden, MD, MPH, (2008-2009)
researched the use of probiotic agents in decolonization of patients with
focused on upper extremity strength, biomechanical variations, and motor
control changes that occur as people age.
Nikodemova, PhD, (2007-2009)
studied the pathology of Alzheimer¿s disease.
Schlenker MD, MPH, (2007-2008)
investigated how to improve healthcare systems¿ participation in translational
research, especially in Mexico and Latin American countries.
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
Summers, MD, MBA, (2006-2007)
focused on dermatological problems and Alzheimers disease.
Agrawal, DO, (2005-2006)
researched vitamin D insufficiency and osteoporosis in nursing homes.
Johnson, MD, (2004-2006)
studied health disparities in cardiac risk factors in older women.
Couto, MD, (2004-2006)
focused on molecular biology and research in diabetes
Wiltshire, PhD, MPH, (2004-2006)
explored trust in physicians among older African American women.
Ward, PhD, (2003-2005)
investigated improving mental health outcomes in the African American community.
PhD, DVM, (2002-2005)
studied interactions of aging and prolactin biology in mammary tissue in an
ER-pos transgenic model.
Bruns, MD, (2002-2005)
investigated metabolic measures with age and in male siblings of rhesus monkeys
with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Loevinger, MD, (2002-2005)
studied psychoneuroendocrinology and emotional dysregulation
Whigham, PhD, (2000-2002)
focused on biological mechanisms and clinical treatments of obesity, sex, and
Houck, PhD, (2000-2002)
investigated the history of menopause in the U.S.
Bartell, MD, PhD, (2000-2003)
studied the impact of access to insurance on health outcomes in older women.
focused on the role of a high fat diet in obesity and oxygen consumption.
Price, PhD, (1999-2000)
studied the effect of birth weight on glucoregulation with age in rhesus
Brockman, PhD, (1999-2000)
focused on research in prolactin biology and breast cancer.