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Past Scholars and Fellows

 

R25 TEAM-Science Scholars

 

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.

 

VA Women’s Health Fellows

 

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.

 

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.