Epidemiology & Biostatistics Faculty             


Primary Faculty Members


Robert Bornschein
BORNSCRL@UCMAIL.UC.EDU  
Robert, Bornschein

 

Professor 558-0996
Description:  
Dr. Bornschein’s research interests focus on sources of childhood lead exposure, causes of lead poisoning, its developmental consequences, primary prevention and evaluation of chelation therapy. He has also conducted numerous exposure assessments of communities living adjacent to Superfund sites, with an emphasis on heavy metal exposures, residential soil and dust contamination and biomarkers of exposure. Following each of these exposure assessments, he has worked with community leaders and health officials to develop and implement screening programs and exposure reduction plans. Dr. Bornschein was a founding member of the Cincinnati Breast Cancer and Environment Research Center, served as its Deputy Director and currently serves as Center Director. His research interests include measuring biomarkers of exposure to chemicals thought to alter pubertal development, thereby altering the risk of later breast cancer occurrence. He also is interested in the communication of study findings to study families, as well as the larger community and health officials.
 
 
 

C. Ralph Buncher
BUNCHECR@UCMAIL.UC.EDU  
C. Ralph, Buncher

 

Professor 558-1410
Description:  
Dr. Buncher’s research covers many aspects of biostatistics and epidemiology. This includes the subareas of these fields related to environmental and occupational studies such as the effects of exposure to lead, clinical trials especially of pharmaceutical products, evaluating imaging systems, cancer studies especially with relation to Cincinnati and Ohio, and studies of the effects of radiation.
 
 
 

Aimin Chen
CHENAI@UC.EDU  
Aimin, Chen

 

Assistant Professor 558-2129
Description:  
Dr. Chen’s primary research interest is perinatal and pediatric epidemiology, studying environmental chemicals and reproductive and neurodevelopmental outcomes, preterm birth, and obesity. He has conducted epidemiologic research on DDT, isoflavones, lead, mercury, cadmium, and tobacco smoke. His past work includes: 1) risk and benefit analysis on DDT use for malaria control in sub-Saharan Africa; 2) effects of isoflavones (mainly genistein and daidzein) in soy infant formula; 3) heavy metal exposures and child IQ and behavior; 4) maternal smoking and child obesity; 5) maternal obesity, gestational weight gain, and infant death; 6) preterm birth subtypes and infant health. His recent research focuses are adverse pregnancy outcomes and neurodevelopment after exposures to electronic waste recycling and PBDEs in women of reproductive age and their children.
 
 
 

Ranjan Deka
DEKAR@UCMAIL.UC.EDU  
Ranjan, Deka

 

Professor 558-5989
Description:  
Dr. Deka is a molecular population geneticist by training. His primary research interest is in the area of genetics of complex diseases. He has established strong international collaborations for studying a genetic variation, epidemiology and genetics of complex diseases in diverse populations. A major thrust of his laboratory is identification of susceptibility genes predisposed to common and complex diseases. He is leading NIH funded genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to identify genetic variants associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome. He is also a co-investigator in two ongoing GWAS to identify susceptibility genes that are related to the development of intracranial aneurysms leading to hemorrhagic strokes. Dr. Deka’s other research interests are in the area of human genome diversity and evolutionary genetics. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Deka is the director of the genotyping facility at the Center for Genome Information, which houses the Affymetrix and other high-throughput genotyping platforms for GWAS and targeted association studies. Dr. Deka is the Director of an NIEHS funded training grant (T32) on Molecular Epidemiology of Children’s Environmental Health, trains pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and clinical fellows.

 
 
 

Kim Dietrich
KIM.DIETRICH@UC.EDU  
Kim, Dietrich

 

Professor 558-0531
Description:  
Dr. Dietrich is Professor of Environmental Health, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Associate Director of the Molecular Epidemiology in Children’s Environmental Health training program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health. He has also served as Associate Director of the Cincinnati Children’s Center for Environmental Health and Disease Prevention at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati. Dietrich has served as a consultant to numerous local, state, national and international agencies and organizations concerned with the impact of environmental chemical exposures on the health and development of young children. These agencies and geopolitical entities have included the National Institutes of Health (chartered membership on the NAME study section and Board of Scientific Counselors), National Academy of Sciences, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Health and Welfare Canada, the European Economic Community, the Australian Government, the World Health Organization, the United States White House Office of Science and Technology, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Sierra Club, and Environmental Defense Fund. He also currently serves as an Associate Editor for Environmental Health Perspectives. Dietrich’s research has focused on the developmental effects of prenatal and early postnatal exposure to lead in infants, toddlers, school-age children, adolescents, and young adults. He is presently examining the relationship between early exposure to lead, genetic factors, and adult criminality in a longstanding prospective longitudinal birth cohort study. His other studies include an examination of the developmental benefits of chelation therapy with succimer in a multi-center clinical trial and investigations of the effects of prenatal exposure to prevalent developmental toxicants including lead, manganese, pesticides, mercury, PCBs, tobacco smoke, drugs and alcohol in several birth cohorts. Recently he helped launch a developmental study of health effects related to primitive e-waste recycling in rural China. Dietrich uses a wide range of neuroassessment tools and biomarkers in his studies. Neurodevelopmental assessments include standardized psychometrics, measures of neuromotor functions, and advanced neuroradiological techniques including volumetric and functional magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and diffusion tensor imaging. Biomarkers of environmental exposure have included analyses of a wide range of metals and other environmental toxicants in a variety of tissues including blood, meconium, urine, and hair.
 
 
 

Erin Haynes
ERIN.HAYNES@UC.EDU  
Erin, Haynes

 

Assistant Professor 558-5427
Description:  
Dr. Haynes’ primary research interest is to examine the effect of low-level toxicant exposures on neurobehavioral outcomes by working with affected to communities. Specific research interests include evaluating biological and health outcomes in children resulting from exposure to multiple metals, such as lead and manganese, evaluating gene-environment interactions that may influence the neurobehavioral effect of metal exposure, and increasing public knowledge of environmental toxicants that threaten public health.

Dr. Haynes is also the Director of the Director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core within the NIEHS funded Center for Environmental Genetics, and Director of the Clinical and Translational Research training program.
 
 
 

Scott Langevin
SCOTT.LANGEVIN@UC.EDU  
Scott, Langevin

 

Assistant Professor 558-1066
Description:  
My research centers on the molecular epidemiology of cancer, primarily for malignancies originating in the upper aerodigestive tract. More specifically, my interests include cancer-associated epigenetic alterations, genetic/epigenetic-environment interactions, identification and evaluation of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers, and the epidemiology of head and neck cancer. My most recent work centers on developing epigenome-wide association study methodologies for application to cancer, aging or environmental research. I am also actively working on applying an epigenomic approach to mouthwash samples for identification and development of biomarkers that can be used for oral cancer detection and outcome prediction.
 
 
 

Grace LeMasters
LEMASTGJ@UCMAIL.UC.EDU  
Grace, LeMasters

 

Professor Emeritus 558-0045
Description:  
Dr. Grace LeMasters is a Professor of Epidemiology. For over two decades she has conducted research on epidemiological studies related to respiratory disease, cytogenetic effects, reproductive effects of children's health, and musculoskeletal research. She has received funding as the principle investigator of a 8 year study on diesel exposure and allergic diseases including asthma in children which examines the relationship between gene:gene and gene:environment interactions. She has conducted research on men and women in the military for over 15 years examining the effects of exposures to fuels and solvents on neurological conditions, hearing loss and male and female reproduction. Other areas of research include an 18 year pulmonary longitudinal study of health effects of refractory ceramic fiber exposure and lung cancer and lung disease. Her laboratory has examined the effects of caffeine ingestion and hormones during pregnancy and occupational risk factors related to falls and injuries during pregnancy. She serves as the director of an NIEHS training grant on Molecular Epidemiology in Children’s Environmental Health, trains predoctoral and postdoctoral PhD students and physician fellows. She serves on several national advisory committees and has published over 100 articles and book chapters in the area of occupational and environmental epidemiology.
 
 
 

Linda Levin
LEVINLS@UCMAIL.UC.EDU  
Linda, Levin

 

Research Assistant Professor 558-0050
Description:  
As a biostatistician, my focus has been the study of methodologies for analyzing longitudinal discrete and continuous data, and investigation of the effect ofmeasurement error and misclassification on estimates of association between environmental exposure and respiratory health.

Specifically, an area of interest in longitudinal analysis is the assessment of pulmonary function change over time. As chief statistician in a large
industry-wide study of the effect of an occupational exposure, I have computerized spirometric trend reports which are being used to measure
pulmonary function change for large numbers of workers. I have co-authored many publications in which longitudinal data analysis was used, including
Generalized Estimating Equations and mixture modeling approaches.

Extensive experience in exposure modeling has led to research on quantifying measurement error and determining its effect under various statistical models on estimating health effects.

Currently I am teaching a graduate level course called Categorical Data Analysis. These methods are used to analyze binary (yes/no) outcomes such as disease presence/absence, as well as categorical data.
 
 
 

Mario Medvedovic
MARIO.MEDVEDOVIC@UC.EDU  
Mario, Medvedovic

 

Associate Professor 558-8564
Description:  
Dr. Medvedovic is developing and applying new statistical and computational procedures for the analysis of complex genomic, functional genomic data. His recent work is focused on protocols for analyzing microarray data, and the development and application of unsupervised statistical learning approaches based on the Bayesian infinite mixture model.
 
 
 

Jarek Meller
MELLERJ@UCMAIL.UC.EDU  
Jarek, Meller

 

Associate Professor 558-1958
Description:  
Our research is focused on developing and applying computational approaches for data mining, analysis and knowledge extraction from biomedical data. In particular, we are active in the fields of structural bioinformatics, computational genomics and systems biology. For example, we have recently developed a number of novel methods for analysis and predictions of protein interactions, including those for membrane proteins, and for model quality assessment. We are also pursuing development of improved methods that combine docking simulations, chemical similarity and toxicogenomics in order to predict activity of environmental factors and other small molecules. We are applying these methods in the context of collaborative projects with colleagues in DEH and other departments of the UC College of Medicine and beyond, with some recent examples illustrated by collaborative papers listed below. Based on recent methodological advancements, we are also developing bioinformatics tools, e.g., for functional and structural annotation of proteins and their complexes. Several of these tools, including SABLE, SPPIDER, and POLYVIEW-3D, are available to the community as web servers and are being widely used by researchers from many countries. See, e.g., http://sable.cchmc.org for usage statistics, or search Scholar with [ (Jaroslaw OR Jarosław OR Jarek) Meller ] to see representative methodological contributions.
 
 
 

Susan Pinney
PINNEYSM@UCMAIL.UC.EDU  
Susan, Pinney

 

Professor 558-0684
Description:  
Dr. Pinney’s primary area of research is in cancer epidemiology, both genetic susceptibility and traditional incidence and prevalence studies. She is a member of the Genetic Epidemiology of Lung Cancer Consortium, a nationwide study of gene-environment interaction of cigarette smoking and lung cancer. She also is the environmental epidemiologist for the “Environmental Factors in Female Development and Disease” study of the NCI/NIEHS funded Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Director of the Breast Cancer Registry of Greater Cincinnati. Dr. Pinney’s current research also includes studies of cancer incidence in community populations and workers exposed to ionizing radiation, nephrotoxicity in populations exposed to uranium, and health effects in populations exposed to perfluoroalkyl compounds. She is Deputy Director and Director of the Integrative Health Science Core within the Center for Environmental Genetics, and also Research Director for the Fernald cohort.
 
 
 

Alexey Porollo
ALEXEY.POROLLO@UC.EDU  
Alexey, Porollo

 

Research Asst. Professor 558-1945
Description:  
Dr. Porollo’s research is focused on the development of new prediction methods and analytical tools in structural bioinformatics. He is particularly interested in protein structure prediction (prediction methods SABLE and MINNOU), identification and analysis of protein-protein, as well as protein-ligand, interactions (SPPIDER and POLYVIEW platform) in the context of environmental stimuli and insults. Applications of the computational approaches, with high medical significance, include structural and functional characterization of proteins, assessment of the impact of missense mutations on human health (MutaCYP), identification of alternative drug targets, virtual drug screening, and evaluation of potential toxic effects as part of gene-environment interaction.<br>
Dr. Porollo’s research includes a number of interdisciplinary, both intra- and interdepartmental, projects. Collaborative efforts embrace the following studies: (i) comparative genomics and metatranscriptome analysis of Pneumocystis species in the efforts to develop a long term in vitro culture medium for this obligate fungus and to characterize its host specificity; (ii) structural characterization and deorphanization of the fungal cytochrome P450s (CYPs) in the in white rot fungus (Phanerochaete chrysosporium); (iii) analysis of metalloproteome of human macrophages involved in defense against fungal infection. In addition, Dr. Porollo leads the project on discovery of new drugs for anti-Pneumocystis therapy, utilizing large-scale virtual screening and novel targets in the Pneumocystis fungal pathogen.
 
 
 

Marepalli Rao
RAOMB@UCMAIL.UC.EDU  
Marepalli, Rao

 

Professor 558-3602
Description:  
Dr. Rao’s research interests include applications of statistical methodologies in bioinformatics; calibrating an electronic nose in testing food safety; classification and clustering techniques in medical diagnostics; sample size determination in biomedical research; analysis of familial data and longitudinal data analysis; false discovery rates.
 
 
 

Rakesh Shukla
SHUKLAR@UCMAIL.UC.EDU  
Rakesh, Shukla

 

Professor Emeritus 558-0108
Description:  
Dr. Shukla’s research portfolio has been supported by both intra as well as extra-mural research initiatives . He is involved as Chief Biostatistician in various projects including on-going clinical trials. They include both Phase II and Phase III elements for the control of ventilation and control of oxygenation in trauma patients. Another one deals with developing a novel screening tool using bio-mechanical properties of bone as biomarkers of preclinical osteoporosis and risk of fracture among post menopausal women. Another area of research just completed involved investigating impact of type of respirators and sizes of particles in respiratory protections against bioaerosols in agriculture. Besides being involved in past researching statistical aspects of study protocol designs, Dr Shukla is also currently involved in researching biostatistical aspects of studies involving clinical and translation science. Research areas of interest in statistical methodology are twofold. One is in developing statistical models for count data with excess zeros and the other in applying quantile regression to medical and health data particularly in identifying prognostic factors for survival as well as delay in diagnosing various cancers.
 
 
 

Paul Succop
SUCCOPPA@UCMAIL.UC.EDU  
Paul, Succop

 

Professor 558-0525
Description:  
Dr. Succop’s research interests are in the areas of multivariate analysis, specifically structural equations modeling; and the study of techniques for handling missing data. He has also studied methods for transforming non-normal data and the use of the method of moments for transformation or parameter estimation for non-normally distributed data. Another recent interest is the development of methods for employing empirical likelihood for producing nonparametric tests of statistical hypotheses.
 
 
 

Tianying Wu
WUTG@UCMAIL.UC.EDU  
Tianying, Wu

 

Assistant Professor 556-6229
Description:  
Dr. Wu’s research focus is to understand the biologic pathways leading to the development of chronic diseases and to explore dietary/lifestyle factors that can modify these pathways for future prevention. Dr. Wu’s current research base is the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and the Nurses’ Health Study, where thousands of plasma samples are available for determining biochemical predictors of diseases. Dr. Wu has evaluated several oxidative stress biomarkers and established the fluorescent oxidation marker in her lab for large epidemiologic studies (see papers 2, 5, and 6 in the publication). Dr. Wu’s research is closely integrated with basic research, and she has a laboratory focusing on exploring and applying new biomarkers into large-scale human studies. Dr. Wu’s current projects include studies on biomarkers, especially oxidative stress related biochemical predictors of cancer and coronary heart disease in non-diabetic and diabetic men and women, and on dietary predictors of biomarkers related to carcinogenesis, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Wu also has long-standing interests in modification of diet to improve health through nutrition interventions and the implication of nutrition epidemiology methods in environmental epidemiology, focusing on the interaction between nutrition and occupational exposures in the development of complex diseases.

Specialty
Molecular epidemiology
Nutritional epidemiology

 
 
 

Changchun Xie
CHANGCHUN.XIE@UC.EDU  
Changchun, Xie

 

Assistant Professor 558-0229
Description:  
Dr. Xie is a biostatistician with experience in clinical trials, epidemiology and statistical genetics. He has been an editorial board member of American Journal of Theoretical and Applied Statistics and a reviewer for 8 statistical/medical/genetic Journals. Interest areas include hierarchical generalized linear models, frailty models (in survival analysis), multiple testing, meta analysis, nonparametric, longitudinal data, cluster analysis and multivariate statistical analysis.
 
 
 

Jun Ying
JUN.YING@UC.EDU  
Jun, Ying

 

Associate Professor, Biostatistician 558-2767
Description:  
Dr. Ying’s research interests focus on applications of statistical methodologies in various medical research areas. His recent work includes applying parametric and non-parametric methods to classify patient populations and using ROC curves to evaluate performance of classification and discrimination of a binary outcome predicted by single or multiple biomarkers. He is also interested in longitudinal data analysis; in particular using a Bayesian change point method to identify changing patterns of a biomarker or biomarkers that could lead to earlier detection of disease in a longitudinal setting. In addition, Dr. Ying has conducted researches nationwide large datasets based upon multi-stage complex study design and published several papers in peered review journals.
 
 
 

Affiliate & Secondary Faculty


Kim M. Cecil  
Kim M., Cecil

 

Description:  
Dr. Cecil’s research interests have focused on how neurological diseases, injury and exposure to neurotoxicants alter brain structure, organization, and function and how these neural changes affect executive function and behavior. She conducts magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy studies of children, adolescents and young adults at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. As part of the NIH funded Cincinnati Children's Environmental Health Center, Dr. Cecil examined the influence of childhood lead exposure on brain structure, metabolism and function in young adults. We are currently examining the prevalence of adult ADHD and persistent criminality in a longstanding prospective longitudinal birth cohort study of childhood lead exposure to determine any brain correlates with anatomical, neurochemical and functional imaging measures. Her other studies include human research populations for the examination of the late cognitive and behavioral effects of radiation injury following treatment for brain tumors, improved imaging markers of early diagnosis and treatment monitoring of bipolar disorder and the acute imaging and behavioral features of pediatric sports concussions, respectively.
 
 
 

Kari Dunning
 
Kari, Dunning

 

Professor - Aff
Description:  
Dr. Dunning’s primary research interest is injury epidemiology (prevention through rehabilitation) with application for community public health and occupational safety. Current projects include: 1) determining reliability and validity of EMS to identify older adults at risk for falls; 2) investigating injury to older works; 3) identifying factors of injury during pregnancy and fetal outcomes; 4) determining factors effecting infant mortality in Hamilton County. This research involves working closely with local health districts (Hamilton County General Health District and the City of Cincinnati) and analyzing existing databases from organizations such as the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and national survey and vital statistic databases.
 
 
 

Mark H Eckman  
Mark H, Eckman

 

Professor
Description:  
For the past twenty‐two years, Dr. Eckman has followed his passion as a general internist and a decision scientist, first as an active member of the Division of Clinical Decision Making at the Tufts University School of Medicine and the New England Medical Center (1984‐1999) and more recently as Director of the Center for Clinical Effectiveness in the Institute for the Study of Health at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (1999‐present). While at Tufts, Dr. Eckman also served as Division Director of General Internal Medicine (1996‐1999), and as President of the Medical Staff of the New England Medical Center (1996‐1998). Dr. Eckman is also a past President of the Society for Medical Decision Making (1999‐2000). As both a researcher and clinician, Dr. Eckman’s interests lie in combining both clinical and theoretic applications of decision analysis to the care of individuals and to broader issues of health policy. In particular, his methodological interests have included the application of artificial intelligence techniques to decision analysis, cost46 effectiveness analysis, the development of patient‐specific decision support tools, and the continued study and development of new decision analytic methods.
 
 
 

Jane Khoury  
Jane, Khoury

 

Assistant Professor
Description:  
Dr. Khoury is currently an assistant professor in the Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Dr. Khoury has worked with the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Stroke team for the last 14 years. She is currently involved in epidemiological studies of stroke and is co‐director of the Biostatistical core for the Cincinnati SPOTRIAS (Specialized Program of Translational Research in Acute Stroke). Dr. Khoury has also been involved in research with the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at CCHMC for the last six years. The latter involves research studies of environmental exposure to lead and clinical trials of children with asthma. For the last four years Dr. Khoury has also been part of the Biostatistical core for Dr. Marshall Anderson’s multi‐center Lung Cancer Program Project Grant. Diabetes in pregnancy has been a research interest of hers for many years and she is currently trying to expand her research to involve long‐term follow‐up of the offspring of a cohort of women with type 1 diabetes.
 
 
 

Maurizio Macaluso MAURIZIO.MACALUSO@CCHMC.ORG  
Maurizio, Macaluso

 

Professor - Affiliate 513-803-2827
Description:  
Maurizio Macaluso, MD, DPH, has 30 years of research experience in epidemiology and has held positions at the National Tumor Institute in Milan, Italy (1980-1986), at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health (UAB, 1986-2000), and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA (2000-2010).

His research work has covered a variety of topics including epidemiologic research methods; cancer epidemiology; occupational epidemiology; health effects of sexual, reproductive and contraceptive behavior; acceptability, efficacy and safety of contraceptive technology; efficacy and safety of assisted reproductive technology; infectious disease epidemiology; surveillance systems; and immunology.

He has authored over 180 publications and a larger number of presentations made at national and international conferences. During his academic career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he taught advanced doctoral courses on the analysis of epidemiologic research studies and advised over 50 masters’ students in all areas of public health and 15 doctoral students in epidemiology, biostatistics, nutrition sciences, and medical sociology.

Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
 
 
 

Jareen Meinzen Derr
JAREEN.MEINZEN-DERR@CCHMC.ORG  
Jareen, Meinzen Derr

 

Associate Professor of Pediatrics 513-636-7789
Description:  
Dr. Meinzen‐Derr is a quantitative epidemiologist in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Her overall goal is to improve outcomes in children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Her currently funded research involves understanding the needs of children who are deaf/hard of hearing and have a co‐existing disability. She has a prolific publication background in the areas of necrotizing enterocolitis, children with hearing loss, and breastfeeding. With a secondary appointment through the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Department of Environmental Health, she is involved with teaching graduate courses. She also supports the educational curricula for fellow research education within the Divisions of Neonatology, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and Pediatric Otolaryngology.
 
 
 

Ardythe Morrow  
Ardythe, Morrow

 

Professor - Aff
Description:  
Dr. Ardythe Morrow is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is also a former fellow of the Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in academic Medicine Program, MCP Hahnemenn University. Dr. Morrow’s research interests include the role of human milk in nutrition and health, vaccine surveillance, probiotic intervention trials in day care centers, asthma and childhood obesity.
 
 
 

Patrick Ryan PATRICK.RYAN@CCHMC.ORG  
Patrick, Ryan

 

Associate Professor – Affiliate 513-803-4704
Description:  
To date, Dr. Ryan has authored more than 30 publications and has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences. He has received research funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as industry and private foundations. Dr. Ryan has also been an invited speaker at numerous national conferences and universities, a guest lecturer for environmental epidemiology courses at the University of Cincinnati, and has advised masters and doctoral students in epidemiology, biostatistics, and industrial hygiene in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati. In 2006 Dr. Ryan received a STAR award from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and in 2010 he was selected as one of ten Science Communication Fellows by Environmental Health Sciences.

Dr. Ryan is the principal investigator of the Cincinnati Anti-Idling Campaign Study, an academic-community partnership to examine and reduce the impact of traffic-related air pollution at schools on children with asthma. He is also co-PI of a collaborative study to develop and field test, in a cohort of asthmatic children, a personal sensor to measure exposure to ultrafine particles. Dr. Ryan also serves as co-investigator of the Cincinnati Childhood Allergy and Air Pollution Study (CCAAPS), a longitudinal birth cohort study of the effects of diesel exhaust particles on the development of allergies and asthma. His research with the CCAAPS study includes the development of land-use regression models for air pollution exposure assessment and the association between air pollution and neurobehavioral development. Additional research includes studies of indoor pollutants and mold, environmental exposure to asbestos in Libby, MT, and the elemental composition of PM2.5.

Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
 
 
 

Susan Sherman  
Susan, Sherman

 

Lecturer
Description:  
Dr. Susan N. Sherman is an expert in both quantitative and qualitative health services and health policy research. Dr. Sherman collaborates on a wide range of research studies at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center focusing on health care institutions, health care providers, patients and families. Her primary areas of interest include: quality of life of individuals with chronic diseases, parental decision making about treatments for their children, quality improvement studies, and research about knowledge, attitudes and health-related behavior. Dr. Sherman teaches Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection Methods in Health Services Research for the Masters Program in Clinical and Translational Research.
 
 
 

Joel Tsevat  
Joel, Tsevat

 

Professor
Description:  
Dr. Tsevat is a general internist and Professor of Medicine in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is Associate Dean and Co‐ Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training; Director of Outcomes Research in the Department of Internal Medicine; Director of Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) for the Veterans Healthcare System of Ohio (Veterans Integrated Service Network [VISN] 10); and Research Director in the Center for Clinical Effectiveness in the Institute for the Study of Health. A past‐president of the Society for Medical Decision Making, Dr. Tsevat’s research interests include health‐related quality of life, in particular health status vs. utility assessment; HIV/AIDS; spirituality; cost‐effectiveness analysis; and decision analysis. He has served as principal investigator on multiple federally‐funded grants and has published over 110 peer‐reviewed papers, reviews, book chapters, and editorials.
 
 
 
Jessica Graus Woo  
Jessica Graus, Woo

 

Description:  
Dr. Woo’s research is focused on the role of adiponectin and other biomarkers in the development of obesity and its complications during childhood. Specifically, she is interested in the role of breastfeeding and human milk components in early‐onset obesity, as well as the contribution of early life events in the development of severe obesity by adolescence. Dr. Woo is also interested in how genetics and early life influences may impact a child's likelihood of developing obesity and specific metabolic complications of obesity, such as insulin resistance and dyslipidemia
 
 
 
 

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