Research by CHRI Investigators

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Our faculty members have a wide range of expertise, but all focus on the needs of children. CHRI investigators are involved with many industry-sponsored clinical trials, as well as investigator-initiated studies and federally funded projects. 

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Omar Abdul Rahman 

Omar A. Abdul-Rahman, MD, FACMG

Research Interests: Genetics, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Artificial Intelligence

Chad Abresch 

Chad J. Abresch, MEd, PhD

Research Interests:  Child Health Policy, Maternal and Child Health, Life Course Health Development, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Social Determinants of Health

Minnie Abromowitch

Minnie Abromowitch, MD

Research Interests: Oncology, Pediatric Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (Lymphoblastic and Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma)

Benjamin Acheampong

Benjamin Acheampong, MD, MPH

Research Interests: Cardiology, Myocardial Deformation Imaging in Children, Handheld Cardiac Ultrasound in Children in Underserved Areas

Melissa A. Acquazzino, MD 

Melissa A. Acquazzino, MD, MS

Research Interests: Oncology, Cancer Supportive Care Survivorship


Charmayne Adams, PhD, LIMHP, NCC

Research Interests: Crisis, Trauma, Stress

Seun Adetayo 

Oluwaseun A. Adetayo, MD, FAAP, FACS

Research Interests: Surgery, Cleft and Craniofacial Reconstruction, Craniosynostosis, Vascular Anomalies, Congenital, Facial Trauma

Rizwan Ahmad

Rizwan Ahmad, PhD

Research Interests: Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Barrier Function, Claudin-2


Aditya Bade

Aditya Bade, PhD

Research Interests: Neurodevelopment, Neurotoxicology

Craig Baker

Craig Baker, MD

Research Interests: Rare Disorders, Bioinformatics, Clinical Research

Jean Ballweg

Jean A. Ballweg, MD, PharmD

Research Interests: Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology Cardiomyopathy Outcomes, Genotype/Phenotype Correlations for Cardiomyopathy and Outcomes

Hamid Band

Hamid H. Band, MD, PhD

Research Interests: Kinase-Targeted Therapies, Immune-Therapies, Anti-Metastatic Therapy; Novel Bio-Markers

Nina Kortylewicz

Janina Baranowska-Kortylewicz, PhD

Research Interests: Theranostics, Neuroblastoma, Medulloblastoma, DIPG, Osteosarcoma

Jesse Barondeau

Jesse Barondeau, MD

Research Interests: Adolescent Medicine, Obesity, Rural Medicine, Mental Health, School-Based Medicine, Indian Health

Shannon Bartelt Hunt

Shannon L. Bartelt-Hunt, PhD

Research Interests: Water Quality, Environment, Nitrates


Angela Beavers, MD

Research Interests: Pediatric Oncology, Supportive Care, Bioethics, Access to Care

Jill Beck 

Jill C. Beck, MD, MS

Research Interests: Pediatric Oncology, Supportive Care, Bioethics, Access to Care

Bradford Becken

Bradford Becken, MD

Research Interests:  Infectious Diseases, Enteric Microbiome, Cystic Fibrosis, Akkermansia Muciniphila, Antibiotic Resistance, Gut-lung Axis

Claudia Berrondo

Claudia Berrondo, MD

Research Interests: Antibiotic Stewardship, Infection Prevention, Pediatric Nephrolithiasis, Healthcare Disparities Outcomes 

Ann L. Anderson-Berry, MD

Ann L. Anderson Berry, MD, PhD, FAAP, Executive Director, Child Health Research Institute

Research Interests:  Neonatology, Nutrition, Neonatology, Teaching/Quality

Kishor Bhakat 

Kishor K. Bhakat, PhD

Research Interests: Medulloblastoma, Drug Resistance, DNA Damage Repair, APE1 Acetylation, Epigenetic Regulation

Joshua Bies

Joshua Bies, MD

Research Interests: Oncology, Cancer, Immunotherapy, Cellular Therapy, CART Cells, Solid Tumors, Relapse, Refractory, Developmental Therapeutics, Novel Therapies, Bone Tumors, Osteosarcoma, Ewing's Sarcoma

Nicole Birge 

Nicole D. Birge, MD

Research Interests: Neonatology, Trisomy 13/16, Cardiac Surgery

 Ashley Blount

Ashley Blount, PhD

Research Interests: Healthcare Disparities, Maternal and Infant Health, Wellness, Pregnancy Lifecycle, Mental Health

Brianna Brei

Brianna K. Brei, MD

Research Interests: Neonatology, Human Factors Research, Medical and Health Profession Education, Neonatal Intubation Safety, Simulation

Shannon Buckley 

Shannon M. Buckley, PhD

Research Interests: Leukemia, Hematopoiesis, Hematopoietic Stem Cell, Ubiquitin Ligases, Protein Degradation

Casey Burg 

Casey J. Burg, MD

Research Interests: Pulmonology, Sleep Medicine, Asthma, Trach/Vent, CPAP Compliance, Pediatric Pulmonology 

Jason Burrows 

Jason M. Burrows, MD

Research Interests: Medical Education, Wellness, Medical Documentation, Heated High Flow Nasal Cannula, Bronchiolitis, Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Siddappa Byrareddy 

Siddappa N. Byrareddy, PhD

Research Interests: Placental Cells, Autoimmune Disorders, T Cells, Myeloid Cells, HIV, Zika, COVID-19, Immunotherapy


Mark Carlson 

Mark Carlson, MD, FACS

Research Interests: Placental Cells, Autoimmune Disorders, T Cells, Myeloid Cells, HIV, Zika, COVID-19, Immunotherapy

Kishore Challagundla

Kishore B. Challagundla, PhD

Research Interests: Neuroblastoma, Exosomes, Check Point Molecules, Immunotherapy, Ubiquitination

Nagendra Chaturvedi

Nagendra K. Chaturvedi, PhD

Research Interests:  Molecular-Based Targeted Therapy for the Pediatric Brain Tumors, Oncogenic Signaling Pathways, Small Molecule Inhibitors and Immunotherapy, Development of Clinically Relevant Animal Models of Pediatric Brain Tumors, Stem Cell Biology, Epigenetic Regulation of Pediatric Cancers

Suyong Choi, PhD

Research Interests: IBD, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis


Ojasvini Choudhry, MBBS

Research Interests: Phosphoinositide Signaling, Target Validation, Drug Discovery, Pediatric Cancer

Jason Christensen 

Jason Christensen, MD

Research Interests: Cardiology, 3D Echocardiography, Fetal Echocardiography, Cardiac MRI, Cardiac CT

Martina Clarke 

Martina Clarke, PhD

Research Interests: Human Computer Interaction, Usablity, Health Information Techology Research, Cognitive Load


Jason Cole, MD

Research Interests: Anthracycline Induced Cardiomyopthy, Echocardiography, Medical Education

 Katrina Cordts

Katrina M. Cordts, PhD

Research Interests: Pediatric Sleep, Pediatric Chronic Pain, Physical Activity

Don W. Coulter, MD

Don W. Coulter, MD

Research Interests:  Oncology, Neuroblastoma, Epidemiology, Neuroblastoma, Novel Therapeutics

Jonathan W. Cramer, MD 

Jonathan W. Cramer, MD

Research Interests:  Cardiology, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Patient Transition, and Cardiac Imaging 

Melissa Cullimore

Melissa L. Cullimore, MD, PhD

Research Interests:  Sleep, ICU, Family Engagement


Dele Davies

H. Dele Davies, MD

Research Interests:  Group A Streptococcus, Group B Streptococcus, Neonate, Perinatal, Infections

John Davis

John S. Davis, PhD

Research Interests:  Cell Signaling, Development Regulation

Shirley Delair

Shirley F. Delair, MD, MPH

Research Interests: Infectious Diseases, Neonatal Infections, Vertical Transmission of Infection, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Global Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Matthew Dennis

Matthew Dennis, MD

Research Interests: Pulmonology, Polysomnography Technologies, Chronic Non-Invasive Ventilation, Infant CPAP, Infant BPAP

Ashley R. Deschamp, MD 

Ashley R. Deschamp, MD, MS

Research Interests: Pulmonology, Cystic Fibrosis (CF), Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD), Physiologic Measures of Airway Disease, Modifiable Factors of Early Lung Disease, Gut and Airway Microbiome, Nutritional Effects on Gut Microbiome, Clinical and Translational Research

Chinenye Dike 

Chinenye R. Dike, MD

Research Interests: Gastroenterology, Carbon Dioxide Gas, Endoscopy, Pediatrics, Pancreatitis, Malnutrition


Danae Dinkel, PhD

Research Interests: Physical Activity, Motor Development, Childhood Obesity

Andrew Dudley

Andrew T. Dudley, PhD

Research Interests: Growth Plate, Cartilage, Connective Tissue, Bone Remodeling Disorders 

David Dzewaltowski 

David A. Dzewaltowski, PhD

Research Interests: Children, Cancer Prevention, Community Intervention, Population Health, Social Ecological Systems Theory, Implementation Science


Cynthia Ellis 

Cynthia R. Ellis, MD

Research Interests: Developmental Medicine, Autism, ADHD, Psychopharmacology, Interprofessional Education

Christopher Erickson 

Christopher C. Erickson, MD

Research Interests:  Cardiology, Genetics, ICDs, Arrhythmias, Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Paul Esposito 

Paul W. Esposito, MD

Research Interests:  Orthopaedic Surgery, Children’s Extremity Deformities, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Congenital and Developmental Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Musculoskeletal Effects of Pediatric Obesity

Emmanuel Eugenio 

Emmanuel E. Eugenio, MD, FAAP

Research Interests: Drug Allergy (e.g., Streamlining Undue Designations of ‘Allergy’ among Pediatric Patients), Infectious Disease (e.g., Continued Vigilance on Judicious use of Anti-Microbial Agents), Dermatology, Urgent Care


Tara Fahmie 

Tara Fahmie, PhD, BCBA

Research Interests: Functional Assessment, Severe Behavior, Function-Based Treatment


Edward Fehringer, MD

Research Interests: Baseball, Overuse Injuries, Humeral Stress, Fractures

Kristen Fishler 

Kristen P. Fishler, MS, LCG

Research Interests: Whole Genome Sequencing, NICU, Genetics Consultation, Differences of Sexual Differentiation, Provider Education

James Ford

James B. Ford, DO

Research Interests:  Oncology, Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disease, Metastatic Osteosarcoma, Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura

David Freestone

David Freestone, DO

Research Interests:  Pediatric Gastroenterology, Feeding Difficulty, Clinical Nutrition


James Gehringer

James Gehringer, PhD

Research Interests: Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Virtual Reality, Assistive Technology


Carol Gilbert, PhD, MS, BS

Research Interests: Public Health, Public Health Surveillance, Maternal/Child Health, Public Health Planning, Social Determinants of Health, Access to Care, Public Health Workforce Training

Jessica Goeller 

Jessica K. Goeller, DO, FAOCA

Research Interests: Pediatric Anesthesia, Pain, Multimodal Analgesia, Regional Anesthesia



Bracha Goldsweig 

Bracha K. Goldsweig, MD

Research Interests: Endocrinology, Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes


Nathan S. Gollehon, MD

Research Interests:  Neonatology, Medical Education, Curriculum Design and Evaluation, Medical Ethics and Decision Making at the Margin of Viability, Outcomes of Premature Delivery, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Neonatal Sepsis

Nathan Goodrich 

Nate P. Goodrich, MD

Research Interests: Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes

Bruce G. Gordon, MD 

Bruce G. Gordon, MD

Research Interests: Oncology, Research ethics, Bioethics, Pediatric Oncology Supportive Care

Jessica Gormley 

Jessica Gormley, PhD, CCC-SLP

Research Interests: Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Assistive Technology, Inpatient, Speech-Language Pathology, Feeding Therapy

Helen Grace 

Helen Grace, DO

Research Interests: Outpatient Pediatric Care, Improving Trauma Care, Antiracism


Matthew Halanski

Matthew A. Halanski, MD

Research Interests: Neuromuscular, Spinal, Deformity, Animal Model, Cast, Periosteum, Fractures


Mary Halbur, PhD, BCBA-D

Research Interests: Early Intervention, Language Acquisition, Skill Acquisition, Autism, Behavior Analytic Assessment, Caregiver and Teacher Training

Camille Hancock Friesen, MSc, MD

Research Interests: Pulse Wave Velocity, Non-Invasive Assessment of Central Blood Vessel, Systems Level Approach to Improving Child and Youth Health and Well-Being, Youth Engagement


Suzanne B. Haney, MD

Research Interests: Clinical Research Related to Child Abuse, Ethics and Health Disparities

Bethany Hansen 

Bethany A. Hansen, PhD, BCBA-D

Research Interests:  Feeding Disorders, Applied Behavior Analysis, Feeding Therapy

Alyson Hanish, PhD, MSN, RN

Research Interests: Pediatric Sleep, Melatonin, Behavioral Sleep, Adaptive Intervention, Sleep Interventions

Corrine Hanson 

Corrine K. Hanson, PhD

Research Interests: Nutrition

James Harper 

James L. Harper, MD

Research Interests: Oncology, Hemophilia Factor Trials, Pain Management, Vascular Injury in Sickle Cell

Brian Hasley 

Brian P. Hasley, MD

Research Interests: Orthopaedic Surgery, Scoliosis, Spinal Deformity 

Kate Heelan

Kate Heelan, PhD

Research Interests: Obesity, Prevention, Treatment

Breanna Hetland 

Breanna D. Hetland, PhD

Research Interests: Mechanical Ventilation, Critical Care, Integrative Therapies, Animal Assisted Therapies, Therapeutic Robots

Jennie Hill 

Jennie L. Hill, PhD

Research Interests: Childhood Obesity Treatment and Prevention, Physical Activity, Nutrition, Family Based Treatment Programs, Nutrition, Built Environment

Andrea Green 

Andrea D. Green Hines, MD

Research Interests: Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial, Stewardship, Infection Control/Prevention, Epidemiology, Public Health

Corey Hopkins 

Corey R. Hopkins, PhD

Research Interests: Drug Discovery, Therapeutics, Medicinal Chemistry

Russell Hopp 

Russell J. Hopp, DO, FAAAAI

Research Interests:  Asthma, Allergic Rhinitis, Chronic Sinusitis, Food Allergy, Atopic Dermatitis, Eosinophilia Esophagitis, Allergy

Katherine Hyde 

R. Katherine Hyde, PhD

Research Interests: AML, RUNX1, CBFB, INV(16), CXCR4



Samiksha Fouzdar Jain

Samiksha Fouzdar Jain  MB BS, DNB

Research Interests: Amblyopia, ReWnopathy of prematurity

Scott James

Scott S. James, MD

Research Interests: Patient Enrollment, Emergency Department

David Jantzen 

David W. Jantzen, MD

Research Interests: Cardiology. Echocardiography, Fetal Echocardiography, Congenital Heart Disease


Tammy Kielian 

Tammy L. Kielian, PhD

Research Interests: Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Neuroimmunology, Glial Biology, Translational Therapeutics

So-Youn Kim  

So-Youn Kim, PhD

Research Interests: Leukemia, Ovarian Development, Puberty Initiation, Hormones

Arnett Klugh

Arnett Klugh, MD

Research Interests: High-resolution Tumor Imaging, Real-time Surgical Pathology 

Ryan Koehler 

Ryan J. Koehler, MD

Research Interests: Sports Medicine, Scoliosis, Trauma, Infection, Surgical Skills

Zeljka Korade

Zeljka Korade, DVM, PhD

Research Interests:  Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Neuronal Cholesterol Metabolism, Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome, Desmosterolosis, Lathosterolosis, High-Throughput Screening, LC-MS/MS, Gene Expressions

Christopher Kratochvil

Christopher Kratochvil, MD

Research Interests:  Special Pathogens, Infectious Disease, Human Subjects Protections, Isolation, Quarantine, Vaccine

Mark E. Kusek, MD 

Mark E. Kusek, MD

Research Interests:  Neurogastroenterology, Motility, Inflammatory Bowel Disease 


Amy E. Lacroix, MD 

Amy E. Lacroix, MD

Research Interests:  GYN/Contraceptive Health, Family Planning and Sexual Health, Transitioning Care, Adolescent Health

Ling Li, MD, PhD, RDMS 

Ling Li, MD, PhD, APCA, FASE

Research Interests: Cardiology, Ultrasound Imaging, Echocardiography (Pediatric, Fetal, Adult Congenital Heart Disease), Maternal-fetal Medicine Imaging, Cardiac MRI, Cardiac CT, Function Mechanic Research

Rongshi Li 

Rongshi Li, PhD

Research Interests: Drug Design and Discovery, Natural Product Synthesis, Fragment-Based and Structure Guided Design of Enzyme Inhibitors and Protein-Protein Interaction Disruptors 

Cynthia Livingston

Cynthia Livingston, PhD, BCBA-D

Research Interests: Functional Analysis, Assessment Treatment, Problem Behavior, Destructive Behavior, Physical Activity, Exercise

Helen Lovell 

Helen B. Lovell, MD

Research Interests: Nephrology, Glomerulosclerosis, Kidney Glomerulus/Anatomy and History, Capillaries/Drug Effects, Acute Kidney Injury Therapy, Kidney Transplantation Adverse Effects

Bethany Lowndes 

Bethany Lowndes, PhD, MPH

Research Interests: Human Factors, Usability, Workload, Patient Work, Needs Assessment, Workflow


Kevin Luczynski, PhD

Research Interests: Prevention, Skills-based Prevention, Functional Communication, Protective Factors, Risk Factors, Delay Tolerance, Universal Intervention, Response to Intervention


Sid Mahapatra 

Sidharth Mahapatra, MD, PhD

Research Interests: Critical Care, Brain Tumors, Medulloblastoma, Chromosome 17 Tumor Suppressor Gene, Pediatric Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome 

Ram Mahato

Ram I. Mahato, PhD

Research Interests: Medulloblastoma, Blood-brain Barriers, Drug Delivery, Drug Resistance, Nanoparticles

Chelsea Majerus 

Chelsea R. Majerus, MD, FAAP

Research Interests: Asthma, Migraines, Trauma

John Makari 

John H. Makari MD, FAAP, FACS

Research Interests: Population Health, Urinary Tract Reconstruction, Quality of Life, Imaging, Pain Management

Christopher G. Maloney, MD, PhD

Christopher G. Maloney, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, Children's Hospital & Medical Center

Research Interests: Quality Improvement, Predictive Analytics, Big Data Mining

Amanda Marshall 

Amanda M. Marshall, MD

Research Interests: Cardiology, Minimizing Waste of Effort and Resources, Improving Clinical Outcomes, Maximization of EMRs to Facilitate Best Care Practices

Lauren Maskin, MD 

Lauren J. Maskin, MD

Research Interests:  Asthma, Skin and Soft Tissue Infections, Use of Pathways or Clinical Decision Support Tools, Patient Throughput and Discharge

Thiago Mattos

Thiago Mattos, PhD

Research Interests: Neurodevelopment, Cholesterol Biosynthesis, Lipid Metabolism, Inherited Metabolic Disorders, Lipid Peroxidation, Neuropsychopharmacology

Teri Mauch, MD, PhD 

Teri J. Mauch, MD, PhD

Research Interests: Nephrology, Embryology of Kidney, Environmental Contributions to Kidney Hypoplasia, Angiotensin, Vitamin A, Somites, Chick, ROMK, Atypical HUS


James McClay, MD, MSPH

Research Interests: Informatics, Emergency Medicine, Comparative Effectiveness, Clinical Research, Translational and Clinical Research

Russell J. McCulloh, MD 

Russell J. McCulloh, MD

Research Interests: Medical Decision-Making, Health Outcomes Research, Sepsis, Hospital Medicine, Implementation Science, Informatics

Courtney McLean

Courtney K. McLean, MD

Research Interests: Neonatology, Medical Education, Curriculum Development, Innovative Technology, Educational Research, Innovative Teaching, Simulation  

David F. Mercer

David F. Mercer, MD, PhD

Research Interests: Intestinal Failure, Short Bowel Syndrome, STEP Procedure, Enteroplasty, Microbiome, Intestinal Growth Factor, Glucagon-like Peptide 2, Teduglutide, Glepaglutide

Karoly Mirnics

Karoly Mirnics, MD, PhD

Research Interests: Brain Development, Cholesterol Biosynthesis, Transgenic Animal Models, Interneurons, Gene-Environment Interaction

Kody Moffatt

Kody A. Moffatt, MD, MS

Research Interests: Concussion, Brain Injuries, Sports Injuries 

Aaron Mohs

Aaron M. Mohs, PhD

Research Interests: Imaging, Surgical Oncology, Fluorescence, Drug Delivery, Nanotechnology

Tiffany Moore

Tiffany Moore, PhD, RN

Research Interests: Chronic Stress in Mother and Baby, Toxic Stress, Feeding Intolerance in Preterm Infants, Racism

Melissa Muff-Luett

Melissa A. Muff-Luett, MD

Research Interests: Nephrology, Dialysis Quality Improvement, PNRC, SCOPE


Maheswari Mukherjee, PhD

Research Interests: Simulation Based Training in Neonatal Resuscitation, Placental Pathology, Specialized Pro-Resolving Lipid Mediators (SPM)

DJ Murry

DJ Murry, PharmD

Research Interests: Clinical Pharmacology, Bioanalysis, Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacogenomics, Personalized Therapeutics, Translational Drug Development, Metabolomics



Aleisha Nabower, MD

Research Interests: Meningitis, Asthma, Quality Improvement


Arwa K. Nasir, MBBS

Research Interests: Childhood Behavioral Health, Childhood Behavioral Disorders, Pediatric Mental Health, Cross-Cultural Research, Global Health, Early Childhood, Psychosocial Aspect of Child and Family Health

Sathish Natarajan

Sathish Kumar Natarajan, PhD

Research Interests: Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy, Zika Virus-Induced Apoptosis, Placental Trophoblast Lipotoxicity During Maternal Obesity


Ali Nawshad, BSD, MDSc, PhD

Research Interests: Cleft Lip/Palate, TGFbeta, EMT, Craniofacial

Howard Needelman, MD 

Howard Needelman, MD

Research Interests:  Developmental Medicine, Premature Infant Development Followup, Developmental Outcomes of Infants with Congenital Heart Disease, Early Intervention Programming, Early Autism Diagnosis

Kari Neemann, MD  

Kari Neemann, MD

Research Interests: Infectious Diseases, Immunocompromised Host, ESBL-E Pathogen Transmission, Neonates

Timothy Nelson

Timothy D. Nelson, PhD

Research Interests: Obesity, Executive Control, Diet, Sleep, Physical Activity, Obesogenic Environment, Mental Health

Hana Niebur  

Hana Niebur, MD, FAAP, FAAAAI

Research Interests: AllergyOutcomes and Quality Improvement in Primary Immune Deficiency, Quality Improvement and Community Health in Pediatric Asthma, Clinical Care of Atopic Dermatitis, Evaluation and Management of Food Allergy

Bridget Norton  

Bridget M. Norton, MD

Research Interests: Pediatric Critical Care, Cardiac Critical Care, ECMO, Quality


Stephen K. Obaro, MBBS, PhD 

Stephen K. Obaro, MBBS, PhD

Research Interests:  Infectious Diseases, Pneumococcal Disease and Vaccine, Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine, HIV Infections in Children, Typhoid Fever in Children, Community Acquired Pneumonia and Invasive Bacterial Infections in Nigerian Children

Laura A. Ortmann, MD 

Laura A. Ortmann, MD

Research Interests: Critical Care, ECPR, Fluid Overload, Diuretics, Congenital Heart Surgery


Sachit Patel 

Sachit A. Patel, MD, FAAP

Research Interests: Oncology, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Bone Marrow Transplant, Umbilical Cord Blood, Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell (CART), GVHD

Eric S. Peeples, MD 

Eric S. Peeples, MD

Research Interests: Neonatology, Brain Injury, Stem Cells, Neonates, Exosomes, Neuroprotection, Vitamin D, Hydrocortisone

Guru Pendyala 

Gurudutt N. Pendyala, PhD

Research Interests: Prescription Opioids, Pre/Post Natal Inflammation, Synaptic Alterations, Extracellular Vesicles, 'Omics' Approaches, Sex Differences

Andria Powers

Andria M. Powers, MD

Research Interests: Pediatric Neurological Disorders, Pediatric Brain Tumors, Fetal MRI, Advanced Neuroimaging, Healthcare Sustainability, Mindfulness in Healthcare

Elizabeth Preas 

Elizabeth Preas, PhD

Research Interests: Caregiver Training, Supervisor and Staff Training, Treatment of Severe/Challenging Behavior, Feeding and Related Disorders, Treatment Integrity and Treatment Adherence, Evaluation of Evidence-Based Teaching Procedures, Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Activities of Daily Living, Skills Teaching Procedures


Ruben E. Quiros, MD

Ruben E. Quiros, MD

Research Interests: Pediatric Liver and Intestinal Transplantation, Infections after Liver Transplantation, Short Bowel Syndrome, Intestinal Failure and Rehabilitation, Alagille Syndrome, Autoimmune Liver Disease, Parenteral Nutrition Associated Liver Disease, Obesity-related Steatohepatitis


Chittalsinh Raulji

Chittalsinh M. Raulji, MD

Research Interests: Oncology, Hematology, Bleeding, Hemostasis, Thrombosis

Sutapa Ray

Sutapa Ray, PhD

Research Interests: Oncology, Pediatric Cancers, Medulloblastoma, STAT3, Cytokines, CDK-9


Eli Rhoads, MD

Research Interests: Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Outcomes, BDP, Tracheostomy Timing, Technology, Technologically Dependent Children, Respiratory Outcomes, Neuromuscular

Angie Rizzino 

A. Angie Rizzino, PhD, MA

Research Interests: Medullobastoma, SOX2, Cell Proliferation, Tumor Growth

dr. william rizzo

William Rizzo, MD, Scientific Director, Child Health Research Institute

Research Interests:  Sjogren Larsson Syndrome and other Inherited Metabolic Diseases

Jeffrey Robinson 

Jeffrey A. Robinson, MD

Research Interests: Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Cardiac Ablation, Arrhythmia, Cardiac Arrest, Sports Participation Screening, Electrocardiogram

Eleanor Rogan 

Eleanor G. Rogan, PhD

Research Interests: Watersheds, Agrichemicals, Pediatric Cancers, Birth Defects, Groundwater, Surface Water

Natalie Ronshaugen 

Natalie C. Ronshaugen, MD

Research Interests: Sports Related Concussion, Sports Injury


Mike Rosenthal, DSc, PT, ATC

Research Interests: Blood Flow Restriction, Training , Exercise Testing, Orthopedic, Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Extremity Rehabilitation, Patient Reported Outcomes



Afshin Salehi 

Afshin Salehi, MD, MS

Research Interests: Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Neurosurgery, Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy, Photothermal Therapy 

Jeffrey Salomon, MD 

Jeffrey Salomon, MD, MBA

Research Interests: Critical Care, Microbiome, Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiopulmonary Bypass; Intestinal Epithelial Barrier Dysfunction

Nora Sarvetnick 

Nora Sarvetnick, PhD

Research Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Autoimmunity, Viral Immunity, T cells, Mucosal Immunity, Pancreas, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Alice Sato 

Alice I. Sato, MD, PhD

Research Interests: Infectious Diseases, Viral Infections, Post-infectious Complications, Vaccines, Infection Prevention, Science Communication

Josh Sevier 

Joshua Sevier, AuD

Research Interests: Cochlear Implants, Telehealth

Christopher Shaffer 

Christopher L. Shaffer, PharmD, PhD, MS

Research Interests: Pediatric Pharmacology, Pediatric Pharmacogenomics, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics

Kari Simonsen, MD 

Kari Simonsen, MD, Chair for the UNMC Department of Pediatrics, Pediatrician-in-Chief and Senior Vice President of Pediatric Services, Children's Hospital & Medical Center

Research Interests:  Infectious Diseases, Molecular Testing for Enteric Pathogens, Tick-borne Infections, Case Reports, Clinical Trials

Gwenn L. Skar, MD 

Gwenn L. Skar, MD

Research Interests:  Infectious Diseases, CSF Shunt Infection, Host PathogenInteractions, Biomarkers, Biofilms, Diagnostics

Sheilah Synder 

Sheilah Snyder, MD

Research Interests: Documentation EMR Pathways

Joyce Solheim 

Joyce Solheim, PhD

Research Interests: CCL21, Cell Signaling, Chemokine, Ewing's Sarcoma, Immunology, Immunotherapy, Neuroblastoma, Nanomedicine, Nanoparticles

John W. Sparks, MD 

John W. Sparks, MD

Lois Starr 

Lois J. Starr, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACMG

Research Interests:  Genetic Medicine, Myhre Syndrome, Rare Disease, Aortopathy


Gordon Still, MD

Research Interests: Treatment adherence, CPAP/BPAP, Non-Invasive Ventilation

Kunal Sualy 

Kunal Sualy, MD

Research Interests: Sedatives, Opioids, Neurotoxicity, Pediatric Anesthesia

Sara Swanson

Sara Swanson, MD, PhD

Research Interests: Pediatric Cardiology, Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiac Imaging, Echocardiography, Cardiac MRI, Cardiac CT


Andrea Talukdar

Andrea M. Talukdar, MD

Research Interests: PARDS, Pediatric Sepsis, Pediatric Critical Care

Jayesh Thakker

Jayesh Thakker, MD, MBA

Research Interests: Critical Care, Urinary Biomarkers for Early Detection of Acute Kidney Injury for Patients who are on Tacrolimus following Solid-organ Transplantation

Melissa Thoene

Melissa Thoene, PhD

Research Interests: Neonatal Nutrition, Perinatal Nutrition

Heather M. Thomas, MD

Heather M. Thomas, MD

Research Interests:  Pulmonology, Cystic Fibrosis, Aerodigestive Pulmonology, Education

Zebulon Timmons

Zebulon J. Timmons, MD

Research Interests: Sepsis, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Procalcitonin

Debra Tomek

Debra Tomek, MD

Research Interests: Population Health, Community Health, Pediatric Clincial to Community Prevention Interventions

Paul Trippier

Paul Trippier, PhD

Research Interests: Drug Discovery, Small Molecules, Medicinal Chemistry, Pediatric Cancer, CNS Disorders




Joseph Vetro, PhD

Research Interests: Drug Delivery, Nanoscale Dosage Forms, Antineoplastics, Nucleic Acid Therapeutics

Hanh Vo 

Hanh D. Vo, MD

Research Interests: Gastroenterology, Liver Fibrosis, Liver Transplant, Elastography, Non-invasive Biomarkers


Maeghan Wallace 

Maegen J. Wallace, MD

Research Interests: Orthopaedic Surgery, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Surgical Outcomes, Surgical Safety, Clubfoot


Dong Wang, PhD

Research Interests: Nanomedicine, Prodrug, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Lupus, Delayed Fracture Healing, Periodontal Diseases, IBD, TBI, Spinal Cord Injury, Inflammation, Autoimmune

Jennifer Wang 

Jennifer L. Wang, DO

Research Interests: Emergency Medicine, Preventative Medicine, Community Education

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway 

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD

Research Interests: Cancer, Epidemiology, Access, Rural

Daniel Wehrmann 

Daniel Wehrmann, MD

Research Interests: Outcomes-based Research. Quality of Life

Melissa Wehrmann 

Melissa Wehrmann, MD

Research Interests: Quality of Life, Burnout, Mental Health


Timothy Welch, MD, MSPH

Research Interests: Cardiopulmonary Bypass, Neuromonitoring, Cardiac Surgery, Recovery Pathways, Pediatric Surgery


Elizabeth Wellsandt, DPT, PhD

Research Interests: ACL, Knee Injury, Osteoarthritis, Physical Therapy, Biomechanics

Sandy Willett 

Sandra L. Willett, PhD, PT, PCS

Research Interests: Pediatric Physical Therapy, NICU and Early Intervention Motor and Cognitive Outcomes, Parent-child Interaction, Parent Education with at Risk or Developmental-delayed Infants



Anji T. Yetman, MD

Anji T. Yetman, MD

Research Interests:  Cardiology, Turner Syndrome, Marfan Syndrome, Cardiovascular Genetics, Aortic Pathology, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Exercise Testing, Rural Medicine

Jae Hyuk Yoo, PhD

Research Interests:  Neurofibromatosis, Pediatric Cancer, Childhood Eye Disease

Ana Yuil-Valdes

Ana Yuil-Valdes, MD

Research Interests:  Resolution of Inflammation in Placental Tissue


Amanda Zangrillo

Amanda Zangrillo, PSYD, BCBA-D

Research Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Severe Challenging Behavior, Treatment Relapse 

Zani Zeidan

Zahi Zeidan, MD

Research Interests: Neonatology, Point of Care Ultrasound. Pulmonary Hypertension

Janos Zempleni

Janos Zempleni, PhD

Research Interests:  Extracellular Vesicles, Infants, Milk, Nutrition, Preterm Infants

Kenneth Zoucha

Kenneth A. Zoucha, MD

Research Interests: NOWS, Adolescent Addiction, Adolescent Substance Use Disorders, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome