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Jocelyn M. Biagini Myers, PhD

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-1110


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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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.

Brunst KJ, Ryan PH, Lockey JE, Bernstein DI, McKay RT, Khurana Hershey GK, Villareal M, Biagini Myers JM, Levin L, Burkle J, Evans S, Lemasters GK. Unraveling the relationship between aeroallergen sensitization, gender, second-hand smoke exposure, and impaired lung function. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2012 Aug;23(5):479-87.

Epstein TG, LeMasters GK, Bernstein DI, Ericksen MB, Martin LJ, Ryan PH, Biagini Myers JM, Butsch Kovacic MS, Lindsey MA, He H, Reponen T, Villareal MS, Lockey JE, Bernstein CK, Khurana Hershey GK. Genetic variation in small proline rich protein 2B as a predictor for asthma among children with eczema. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2012 Mar;108(3):145-50.

Kovacic MB, Myers JM, Wang N, Martin LJ, Lindsey M, Ericksen MB, He H, Patterson TL, Baye TM, Torgerson D, Roth LA, Gupta J, Sivaprasad U, Gibson AM, Tsoras AM, Hu D, Eng C, Chapela R, Rodríguez-Santana JR, Rodríguez-Cintrón W, Avila PC, Beckman K, Seibold MA, Gignoux C, Musaad SM, Chen W, Burchard EG, Hershey GK. Identification of KIF3A as a novel candidate gene for childhood asthma using RNA expression and population allelic frequencies differences. PLoS One. 2011;6(8):e23714.

Baye TM, Butsch Kovacic M, Biagini Myers JM, Martin LJ, Lindsey M, Patterson TL, He H, Ericksen MB, Gupta J, Tsoras AM, Lindsley A, Rothenberg ME, Wills-Karp M, Eissa NT, Borish L, Khurana Hershey GK. Differences in candidate gene association between European ancestry and African American asthmatic children. PLoS One. 2011 Feb 28;6(2):e16522.

Cortina SD, Drotar D, Ericksen M, Lindsey M, Patterson TL, Myers JM, Kovacic MB, Hershey GK. Genetic biomarkers of health-related quality of life in pediatric asthma. J Pediatr. 2011 Jul;159(1):21-26.e1.

Biagini Myers JM, Khurana Hershey GK. Eczema in early life: genetics, the skin barrier, and lessons learned from birth cohort studies. J Pediatr. 2010 Nov;157(5):704-14.

Sherrill JD, Gao PS, Stucke EM, Blanchard C, Collins MH, Putnam PE, Franciosi JP, Kushner JP, Abonia JP, Assa'ad AH, Kovacic MB, Biagini Myers JM, Bochner BS, He H, Hershey GK, Martin LJ, Rothenberg ME. Variants of thymic stromal lymphopoietin and its receptor associate with eosinophilic esophagitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010 Jul;126(1):160-5.e3.