Meet the Lab


Melinda Butsch Kovacic, PhD

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Butsch Kovacic received her Master of Public Health from Harvard University and her PhD from The Ohio State University. One of Dr. Butsch Kovacic’s long-term goals is to improve the understanding of how the environment modifies chronic disease risk in genetically and/or economically vulnerable children. To this end, she is the PI of an ongoing study that is evaluating associations between environmental exposures and biomarkers of oxidative stress and whether or not these biomarkers will better predict risk of severe/uncontrolled childhood asthma compared to parental report of exposure alone (previous NIEHS R21 and CCTST KL2).

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Melinda Butsch Kovacic


Theresa Baker, BS, MS

Clinical Research Coordinator III

Theresa received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Dayton and her Master of Science degree in pharmacology and toxicology from Wright State University. She joined the Butsch Kovacic Lab in May of 2014. In the Butsch Kovacic Lab Theresa is responsible for coordinating, recruiting, enrolling and following up with participants in the Pediatric Environmental Exposure Study (PEES). In addition she also, collects and processes clinical data and bio-specimens from study participants as well as completing data management and organizational task for the study. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering through church and engaging in a healthy lifestyle with her boot camp family.


Theresa Baker


Sharon Sauter, BA, MS

Clinical Research Coordinator IV

Sharon received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the College of Mount Saint Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio and her master’s in industrial organizational psychology from Northern Kentucky University. She joined Dr. Butsch Kovacic’s Lab in August of 2009, and coordinates the Role of Human Papillomavirus in Fanconi Anemia study. She also does data management and regulatory compliance. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, gardening and cooking.


Sharon Sauter