Dr. Alexandra Noel Published in Multiple Journals

January 26, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Alexandra Noel, AGOLD Cohort 7, on her multiple publications. 

Noël A, Hossain E, Perveen Z, Zaman H, Penn A. 2020. Sub-ohm vaping increases the levels of carbonyls, is cytotoxic, and alters gene expression in human bronchial epithelial cells exposed at the air-liquid interface. Respiratory Research, 21(1): 305.

 Pinkston R, Zaman H, Hossain E, Penn A, Noël A. 2020. Cell-specific toxicity of short-term JUUL aerosol exposure to human bronchial epithelial cells and murine macrophages exposed at the air-liquid interface. Respiratory Research, 21(1): 269.

 Szafran B, Pinkston R, Perveen Z, Ross M, Morgan T, Paulsen D, Penn A, Kaplan B, and Noël A. 2020. Electronic-cigarette vehicles and flavoring affect lung function and immune responses in a murine model. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21(17), E6022.

Dr. Kedir Turi Published in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

January 26, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Kedir Turi, AGOLD Cohort 7, for being published in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 

Kedir N Turi, Christopher McKennan, Tebeb Gebretsadik, Brittney Snyder, Christine M Seroogy, Robert F Lemanske Jr, Edward Zoratti, Suzanne Havstad, Carole Ober, Susan Lynch, Kathyrn McCauley, Chang Yu, Daniel J Jackson, James E Gern, Tina V Hartert, ECHO-CREW investigators.  Unconjugated bilirubin is associated with protection from early-life wheeze and childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2021 Jan 9;S0091-6749(21)00002-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2020.12.639. Online ahead of print.

Dr. Jennifer Honda Published in Multiple Journals

January 26, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Honda, AGOLD Cohort 8, on her multiple publications. 

Nabeeh A. Hasan,Grant J. Norton,Ravleen Virdi,L. Elaine Epperson,Charmie K. Vang,Brandon Hellbusch,Xiyuan Bai,Edward D. Chan,Michael Strong,Jennifer R. Honda. Measurable genomic changes in Mycobacterium avium subsp. Hominissuis after long-term adaptation in Acanthamoeba lenticulata and reduced persistence in macrophages

Jo Hendrix, L Elaine Epperson, David Durbin, Jennifer R Honda, Michael Strong. Intraspecies plasmid and genomic variation of Mycobacterium kubicae revealed by the complete genome sequences of two clinical isolates.

 Tru Tran, Stephanie N Dawrs, Grant J Norton, Ravleen Virdi, Jennifer R Honda. Brought to you courtesy of the red, white, and blue-pigments of nontuberculous mycobacteria.

 Jennifer R Honda, Yvonne L Chan, Eric I Tong, Megan Kawatachi, Ravleen Virdi, Grant J Norton, Stephanie N Dawrs, Nabeeh A Hasan, L Elaine Epperson, James T Crooks, Edward D Chan, Michael Strong. Inaugural nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease education and research conference, Honolulu, Hawai'i, February 1-2, 2020

Alfreda Holloway-Beth Chosen as Chicago Game Changer

January 26, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Alfreda Holloway-Beth, CVD-CGE Cohort 6, who has been named as one of Chicago's 40 Game Changers Class of 2020. 


Dr. Candice Price Featured by the UCSF AME Center and Receives UCSF NORC Pilot Award

January 19, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Candice Price, FOCUS Cohort 7, on being the featured researcher by the UCSF Aging, Metabolism and Emotion (AME) Center, and on receiving the UCSF Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC) Pilot and Feasibility Award.

Dr. Paola Rosas Published in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

January 19, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Paola Rosas, FOCUS Cohort 7, on the publication of her article, Deletion of P21-activated kinase-1 induces age-dependent increased visceral adiposity and cardiac dysfunction in female mice”  in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. 

Dr. Daniela Valdez-Jasso Receives NFS Career Award

January 19, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Daniela Valdez-Jasso, FOCUS Cohort 7, on receiving the NSF CAREER Award, “Mechanical and Structural Adaptations of Blood Vessels in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

OHD PRIDE Mentee Promotions

December 22, 2020

Congratulations to the following OHD Mentees on their promotions


Krista Mincey, DrPH, MPH, MCHES (OHD PRIDE Cohort 4) was promoted to Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana.

E. Thomaseo Burton, PhD, MPH (OHD PRIDE Cohort 5) was promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

La’Marcus T. Wingate, PharmD, PhD (OHD PRIDE Cohort 7) was promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy Sciences at Howard University.

Alexis G. Heaston, Ed.D, MSPH, MAT (OHD PRIDE Cohort 7) was promoted to Assistant Professor of Public Health, Health Administration, and Health Sciences at Tennessee State University.

UCSF Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021

December 22, 2020

  1. “Psychology & Medicine; Translational Research on Stress, Mental Health, Behavior, and Disease” at UCSF, an NIMH T32 in it’s 29th year!  We are seeking PhD’s and MD’s and especially welcome URMs. We have a stellar and diverse interdisciplinary faculty.  Due Jan 5th.

All the details are here:


  1. We are offering additional postdoctoral fellowships for research on emotional well being, or on stress, race, biomarkers, and inter-generational women’s health. The latter will involve data from the 30 year longitudinal study of biracial women, and their offspring, (National Growth and Health Study).

If you are interested, please send your CV ASAP to

Dr. Melissa Fuster's Work Featured in Brooklyn College Magazine

December 22, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Fuster, RISE Cohort 6, on having her work featured in Brooklyn College Magazine