• Research Faculty

  • A photo of Gurjit Khurana Hershey.

    Gurjit (Neeru) Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD Director, Division of Asthma Research

    is the principal investigator of a federally funded Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Center which supports, in part, the asthma and allergy-based Greater Cincinnati Pediatric Clinic Repository. She also focuses on elucidating the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the development of asthma and eczema. 

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    Jocelyn M. Biagini Myers, PhD

    is a molecular epidemiologist whose long-term goal is to develop a research career with a focus on reducing pediatric allergic disease. Her current research seeks to identify genetic and environmental causes of asthma, with a focus secondhand smoke exposure. She is interested also in interventions for reduction and prevention of smoke exposure and providing an evidence base for policy on smoking bans around children. 

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    A photo of Melinda S. Butsch Kovacic.

    Melinda S. Butsch Kovacic, MPH, PhD

    is an epidemiologist who has clinical, translational and community-based participatory research projects. Her research group studies the genetic/epigenetic, environmental and socioeconomic basis of chronic diseases such as cancer, asthma and obesity, with specific interest in understanding how environmental exposures modify risk in vulnerable families. Her research is highly interdisciplinary with collaborators across the academic health center and in the community.

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    A photo of Hong Ji.

    Hong Ji, PhD

    is a molecular biologist and epigeneticist who has a long-term interest in epigenetic basis of development and disease. Dr. Ji’s current research interests include: (a) studying epigenetic responses of epithelial cells to environmental exposure and how this relates to the pathogenesis of allergic disorders and (b) epigenetic plasticity of cells involved in allergic immune responses is a second focus.

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    A photo of Andrew W. Lindsley.

    Andrew W. Lindsley, MD, PhD

    and his lab focuses on two major research questions with significant clinical relevance; the role of sphingolipid signaling in the pathogenesis of pediatric-onset asthma and the mechanisms of humoral immune deficiency. Current B cell projects focus on the B cell defects associated with Kabuki syndrome and abnormal non-canonical NFkB signaling.


    A photo of Tesfaye Mersha.

    Tesfaye B. Mersha, PhD

    is the principal investigator of a federally funded mentored research science award (K01). The goals of his research are to develop and evaluate an efficient approach to localize asthma liability genes in diverse African American populations in collaboration with members of the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati, and to identify genes and regulatory networks that impact onset and severity of eczema. 
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