• Meet the Grom / Thornton Lab

    The Grom/Thornton lab focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of juvenile arthritis and associated diseases. We also conduct translational research to identify biomarkers and novel for rheumatic disease and novel disease imaging techniques. Learn more about the members of our research team:

    Alexei A. Grom, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

    Dr. Grom’s research has mainly involved translational projects focused on two autoimmune diseases: systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile dermatomyositis. In both projects, he applies recent advances in cellular immunology to promote better understanding of disease pathogenesis and treatment. He has been a member of the team at Cincinnati Children’s since 1998.

    Sherry Thornton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

    Dr. Thornton investigates the role angiogenesis plays in the development of arthritis and related inflammation. Better understanding this process could lead to better therapies for autoimmune arthritis. Dr. Thornton is the director of the Research Flow Cytometry Core, and the director of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at Cincinnati Children’s.

    Ndate Fall, BS, MS, Research Assistant IV

    Ndate obtained her MS from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, in 2003. Her research focuses on Juvenile Dermatomyositis and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA).

    Malinda Frederick, BS, Research Assistant IV

    Malinda obtained her BS from Thomas More College in 1999.  Her research focuses on evaluation of hemostatic and angiogenic gene deficiencies in animal models of arthritis.