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Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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"Our long-term goals are to improve the health of children by conducting research that advances the field of asthma and allergic disease research by investigating the interplay of genetics with environmental exposures."

Biography & Affiliation

Biography

As a molecular epidemiologist, I am engaged in researching pediatric allergic diseases. My special interests include asthma and food allergy, allergic disease progression, and the genomic and environmental contributions to allergic diseases in children. I was drawn to these research areas after growing up with seasonal allergies and asthma, and by my love of pediatric research.

In the Biagini Lab, our long-term goals are to improve the health of children by conducting research that advances the field of asthma and allergic disease research by investigating the interplay of genetics with environmental exposures. We are also studying the mechanisms underlying the progression of disease from food allergy to asthma and the biology underlying severe asthma in children.

We recently published the Pediatric Asthma Risk Score (PARS), which is the first continuous risk score for asthma in children. It relies on factors that are routinely collected in the assessment of a child being evaluated for allergy, asthma or both. It is superior to the traditional Asthma Predictive Index (API) with an 11% increase in sensitivity due to improved prediction in children with mild-to-moderate asthma risk.

I am an elected member to the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Asthma. I began my career in 2001 and joined the Cincinnati Children’s team in 2008.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Asthma



Blog Posts

Compromised Skin Outweighs Inheritance as Allergy Risk

Asthma and Allergy

Compromised Skin Outweighs Inheritance as Allergy Risk

Jocelyn M. Biagini, PhD2/18/2020

Education

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.

Publications

Selected Publication

A Pediatric Asthma Risk Score to better predict asthma development in young children. Biagini Myers, JM; Schauberger, E; He, H; Martin, LJ; Kroner, J; Hill, GM; Ryan, PH; LeMasters, GK; Bernstein, DI; Lockey, JE; et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2019; 143:1803-1810.e2.

NAT1 genetic variation increases asthma risk in children with secondhand smoke exposure. Brooks, CC; Martin, LJ; Pilipenko, V; He, H; LeMasters, GK; Lockey, JE; Bernstein, DI; Ryan, PH; Hershey, GK K; Myers, JM B. The Journal of asthma research. 2021; 58:284-292.

Biofilm propensity of Staphylococcus aureus skin isolates is associated with increased atopic dermatitis severity and barrier dysfunction in the MPAACH pediatric cohort. Gonzalez, T; Stevens, ML; Kyzy, AB; Alarcon, R; He, H; Kroner, JW; Spagna, D; Grashel, B; Sidler, E; Martin, LJ; et al. Allergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2021; 76:302-313.

Weighing in on asthma: Insights on BMI, magnesium, and hospitalizations from the Ohio Pediatric Asthma Repository. Schuler, CL; Myers, JM B; Kercsmar, CM; Pilipenko, VV; Kroner, JW; Simmons, JM; Austin, SR; Gunkelman, SM; Ross, KR; McCoy, KS; et al. The Journal of asthma research. 2020; 57:1280-1287.

Simultaneous skin biome and keratinocyte genomic capture reveals microbiome differences by depth of sampling. Stevens, ML; Gonzalez, T; Schauberger, E; Baatyrbek kyzy, A; Andersen, H; Spagna, D; Kalra, MK; Martin, LJ; Haslam, D; Herr, AB; et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2020; 146:1442-1445.

Disease-associated KIF3A variants alter gene methylation and expression impacting skin barrier and atopic dermatitis risk. Stevens, ML; Zhang, Z; Johansson, E; Ray, S; Jagpal, A; Ruff, BP; Kothari, A; He, H; Martin, LJ; Ji, H; et al. Nature Communications. 2020; 11.

Events in Normal Skin Promote Early-Life Atopic Dermatitis-The MPAACH Cohort. Myers, JM B; Sherenian, MG; Kyzy, AB; Alarcon, R; An, A; Flege, Z; Morgan, D; Gonzalez, T; Stevens, ML; He, H; et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. 2020; 8:2285-2293.e6.

Use of the Pediatric Asthma Risk Score to predict allergic and nonallergic asthma. Schauberger, E; Myers, JM B; He, H; Martin, LJ; Arshad, SH; Kurukulaaratchy, R; Hershey, GK K. Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. 2020; 124:629-631.e2.

Atopic dermatitis independently increases sensitization above parental atopy: The MPAACH study. Kroner, JW; Kyzy, AB; Burkle, JW; Martin, LJ; LeMasters, GK; Bernstein, DI; Lockey, JE; Ryan, P; Hershey, GK K; Myers, JM B. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2020; 145:1464-1466.

Expression quantitative trait locus fine mapping of the 17q12-21 asthma locus in African American children: a genetic association and gene expression study. Ober, C; McKennan, CG; Magnaye, KM; Altman, MC; Washington, C; Stanhope, C; Naughton, KA; Rosasco, MG; Bacharier, LB; Billheimer, D; et al. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. 2020; 8:482-492.