A photo of Jocelyn Biagini Myers, PhD.

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Biography & Affiliation


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 Myers 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

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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Compromised Skin Outweighs Inheritance as Allergy Risk

Jocelyn M. Biagini Myers, PhD2/18/2020


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.


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.

Age and early maternal smoking contribute to epithelial cell IL-13 responsiveness in a pediatric asthma population. McAlees, JW; Baker, T; Kaur, D; McKnight, C; Lindsley, A; Strait, RT; Zhang, X; Myers, JM B; Kovacic, MB; Lewkowich, IP. Allergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2019; 74:2485-2488.

The pediatric asthma risk score (PARS): making the move to the most accurate pediatric asthma risk screening tool. Sherenian, MG; Myers, JM B; Martin, LJ; Hershey, GK K. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology. 2019; 15:1115-1118.

Vitamin D supplementation attenuates asthma development following traffic-related particulate matter exposure. Bolcas, PE; Brandt, EB; Zhang, Z; Biagini Myers, JM; Ruff, BP; Khurana Hershey, GK. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2019; 143:386-394.e3.

The antiprotease SPINK7 serves as an inhibitory checkpoint for esophageal epithelial inflammatory responses. Azouz, NP; Ynga-Durand, MA; Caldwell, JM; Jain, A; Rochman, M; Fischesser, DM; Ray, LM; Bedard, MC; Mingler, MK; Forney, C; et al. Science Translational Medicine. 2018; 10:eaap9736-eaap9736.

Ohio Pediatric Asthma Repository: Opportunities to Revise Care Practices to Decrease Time to Physiologic Readiness for Discharge. Simmons, JM; Biagini Myers, JM; Martin, LJ; Kercsmar, CM; Schuler, CL; Pilipenko, VV; Kroner, JW; He, H; Austin, SR; Nguyen, H; et al. Hospital Pediatrics. 2018; 8:305-313.

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) genetic susceptibility is mediated by synergistic interactions between EoE-specific and general atopic disease loci. Martin, LJ; He, H; Collins, MH; Abonia, JP; Myers, JM B; Eby, M; Johansson, H; Kottyan, LC; Hershey, GK K; Rothenberg, ME. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2018; 141:1690-1698.

High number of early respiratory infections in association with allergic sensitization to mold promotes childhood asthma. Ramirez, LP; Wendroth, H; Martin, LJ; Pilipenko, VV; He, H; Kroner, J; Ryan, PH; LeMasters, GK; Lockey, JE; Bernstein, DI; et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2018; 141:1921-1924.e4.

Nasal DNA methylation is associated with childhood asthma. Zhang, X; Biagini Myers, JM; Burleson, JD; Ulm, A; Bryan, KS; Chen, X; Weirauch, MT; Baker, TA; Kovacic, MS B; Ji, H. Epigenomics. 2018; 10:629-641.

Adjunctive Pharmacotherapies in Children With Asthma Exacerbations Requiring Continuous Albuterol Therapy: Findings From The Ohio Pediatric Asthma Repository. Shein, SL; Farhan, O; Morris, N; Mahmood, N; Alter, SJ; Biagini Myers, JM; Gunkelman, SM; Kercsmar, CM; Khurana Hershey, GK; Martin, LJ; et al. Hospital Pediatrics. 2018; 8:89-95.