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Jocelyn M. Biagini Myers, PhD

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Molecular epidemiology; secondhand smoke exposures and biomarkers; genetic and environmental causes of asthma and allergic disease

Dr. Biagini Myers is a molecular epidemiologist who began her training with a master’s degree in epidemiology 2004 and subsequent doctorate in molecular epidemiology at the University of Cincinnati (UC) in 2008. She was also a fellow in the Molecular Epidemiology in Children’s Environmental Health training program at UC from 2001-2004. During her time at UC, she was an integral part of building a new birth cohort of children at high risk for developing allergic disease and her research interests in secondhand smoke exposures and allergic disease pathogenesis were established. Her dissertation work evaluated genetic variation in nicotine metabolism-related genes and their effects on hair cotinine levels and wheezing in young children.

Following her successful dissertation defense in 2008, she began a postdoctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children's. From 2008-2011, she collaborated on a project focused on characterizing epithelial genes in allergic diseases and delineating the mechanisms by which they contribute to the allergic response. She also assisted collaborators in developing a custom SNP-chip for studying genes related to asthma and atopic dermatitis. In addition, she was successful in receiving funding in 2009 with a PI at UC to evaluate the contributions of genetic variation in nicotine metabolism and oxidative stress-related genes in pediatric asthma development.

Dr. Biagini Myers’ long-term goal is to develop her research career as a molecular epidemiologist focused on reducing and preventing secondhand smoke-related pediatric asthma and allergic disease. She is also interested in intervention-based research for early-life prevention and reduction of smoke exposures in children and providing further evidence to promote public policies for smoking bans around children.

BS: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2001.

MS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Division of Asthma Research, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2008-2011.

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Mersha TB, Martin LJ, Biagini Myers JM, Kovacic MB, He H, Lindsey M, Sivaprasad U, Chen W, Khurana Hershey GK. Genomic Architecture of Asthma Differs by Sex. Genomics. 2015 Mar 25.

Brandt EB, Biagini Myers JM, Acciani TH, Ryan PH, Sivaprasad U, Ruff B, LeMasters GK, Bernstein DI, Lockey JE, LeCras TD, Khurana Hershey GK. Exposure to allergen and diesel exhaust particles potentiates secondary allergen-specific memory responses, promoting asthma susceptibility. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Mar 3.

Codispoti CD, Bernstein DI, Levin L, Reponen T, Ryan PH, Biagini Myers JM, Villareal M, Burkle J, Lummus Z, Lockey JE, Khurana Hershey GK, LeMasters GK. Early-life mold and tree sensitivity is associated with allergic eosinophilic rhinitis at 4 years of age. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2015 Mar;114(3):193-198.

Biagini Myers JM, Simmons JM, Kercsmar CM, Martin LJ, Pilipenko VV, Austin SR, Lindsey MA, Amalfitano KM, Guilbert TW, McCoy KS, Forbis SG, McBride JT, Ross KR, Vauthy PA, Khurana Hershey GK. Heterogeneity in Asthma Care in a Statewide Collaborative: the Ohio Pediatric Asthma Repository. Pediatrics. 2015 Feb;135(2):271-9.

Codispoti CD, LeMasters GK, Levin L, Reponen T, Ryan PH, Biagini Myers JM, Villareal M, Burkle J, Evans S, Lockey JE, Khurana Hershey GK, Bernstein DI. Traffic pollution is associated with early childhood aeroallergen sensitization. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2015 Feb;114(2):126-33.

LeMasters GK, Khurana Hershey GK, Sivaprasad U, Martin LJ, Pilipenko V, Ericksen MB, Burkle JW, Lindsey MA, Bernstein DI, Lockey JE, Gareri J, Lubetsky A, Koren G, Biagini Myers JM. N-acetyltransferase 1 polymorphism increases cotinine levels in Caucasian children exposed to secondhand smoke: the CCAAPS birth cohort. Pharmacogenomics J. 2015 Apr;15(2):189-95.

Biagini Myers JM, Martin LJ, Butsch Kovacic M, Mersha TB, He H, Pilipenko V, Lindsey MA, Ericksen MB, Bernstein DI, LeMasters GK, Lockey JE, Khurana Hershey GK. Epistasis between serine protease inhibitor Kazal-type 5 (SPINK5) and thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) genes contributes to childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Oct;134(4):891-899.

Butsch Kovacic M, Biagini Myers JM, Lindsey M, Patterson T, Sauter S, Ericksen MB, Ryan P, Assa'ad A, Lierl M, Fischer T, Kercsmar C, McDowell K, Lucky AW, Sheth AP, Hershey AD, Ruddy RM, Rothenberg ME, Khurana Hershey GK. The Greater Cincinnati Pediatric Clinic Repository: A Novel Framework for Childhood Asthma and Allergy Research. Pediatr Allergy Immunol Pulmonol. 2012 Jun; 25(2):104-113.

Martin LJ, Gupta J, Jyothula SS, Butsch Kovacic M, Biagini Myers JM, Patterson TL, Ericksen MB, He H, Gibson AM, Baye TM, Amirisetty S, Tsoras AM, Sha Y, Eissa NT, Hershey GK. Functional variant in the autophagy-related 5 gene promotor is associated with childhood asthma. PLoS One. 2012; 7(4):e33454.

Biagini Myers JM, Khurana Hershey GK, Deka R, Burkle JW, Levin LS, Bernstein DI, Villareal M, Lockey JE, Reponen T, Gareri J, Lubetsky A, Koren G, Lemasters GK. Asking the right questions to ascertain early childhood secondhand smoke exposures. J Pediatr. 2012 Jun;160(6):1050-1