As the director of the Discover Together Biobank at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, I work to provide an ongoing and growing institutional resource of biospecimens, clinical data and genomic data to help further research and increase grant competitiveness for all our researchers. Our end goal is to improve outcomes for our patients and our community.
My early career interest and research in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) led me to working on the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded PAH Biobank. Built from scratch, the biobank is the largest consecutively enrolled collection of PAH patient participants in the world. The PAH Biobank is now a widely used resource that has resulted in numerous grants and publications.
My experience building the PAH Biobank led me to my position as director of the Discover Together Biobank. Discover Together actively partners with researchers at Cincinnati Children’s to provide biobanking infrastructure, institutional biospecimens and associated clinical/genetic data. Fostering internal and external collaboration whenever possible, Discover Together accelerates research and builds upon our existing resource for investigators at Cincinnati Children’s. My current research areas of interest include:
- Biorepository projects
- Community cohorts
- Pulmonary arterial hypertension