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Jordan K Abbott MD, MA

Associate Professor
Allergy and Immunology
Research Focus: Immunology
Immunodeficiency and Immune Dysregulation
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Steven Abman MD

Professor
Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine​
Research Focus: Lung development Pulmonary hypertension
Clinical and laboratory research on mechanisms underlying lung development and pulmonary hypertension in newborns and children.
Mark Abzug

Mark Abzug MD

Vice Chair for Academic Affairs Professor of Pediatrics
Infectious Diseases
Research Focus: Infectious Disease
Viral infections and antiviral therapy in neonates and young children; enteroviruses
Heather Allan

Heather Allan MSW

Assistant Professor
Child Abuse and Neglect (Kempe Center)
Research Focus: Child welfare Comparative Effectiveness Research Disparities Dissemination and Implementation Science Outcomes Research
Program evaluation and prevention research primarily related to formal child welfare system (non-clinical, non-medical).
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Lilliam Ambroggio PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
​Emergency Medicine
Research Focus: Infectious Disease
Pneumonia, biomarkers, antibiotic stewardship, lower respiratory tract infection, pediatrics
William Anderson

William Anderson MD

Associate Professor
Allergy and Immunology
Research Focus: Asthma
Management of difficult-to-treat and severe asthma, transition from pediatric to adult care, electronic medication monitoring
Bruce Appel, PhD

Bruce Appel PhD

Professor of Pediatrics and Head, Section of Developmental Biology
Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Animal models Bioinformatics Birth defects Cognitive Disorders Developmental Disorders Disease modeling Gene Regulation Genetics Genomics Innate Immunity Neurobiology RNA Bioscience Signal Transduction Stem Cells
Genetic, cellular, and molecular mechanisms of neural development and myelination
Edwin Asturias, MD

Edwin Asturias MD

Professor of Pediatrics Section of Infectious Diseases Director for Latin America
Infectious Diseases
Research Focus: Infectious Disease Microbiology Nutrition Vaccines Virology
Vaccines
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Peter Russell Baker MD

Associate Professor
Genetics and Metabolism
Research Focus: Genetics Metabolism
Clinical research in rare inborn errors of metabolism Translational research using metabolomics to understand common diseases
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Ilango Balakrishnan PhD, M.Sc

Research Associate
Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Research Focus: Animal models Cancer Biology Immunotherapy
Immunotherapy treatment for Pediatrics brain tumor.
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Emily Bates PhD

Associate Professor
Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Animal models Birth defects Developmental Disorders Diabetes Disease modeling Genetics Neurobiology Signal Transduction
Embryonic cells need to communicate with each other to orchestrate development of complex structures like the mammalian face. Ion channels regulate electrical activity that promotes neuronal communication. We study how ion channels contribute to embryonic cell to cell communication to make structures including the face, limbs, and organs. How ion channels contribute to development is important because ion channels are the targets of thousands of medications that people may take during pregnancy and could thus alter fetal development. Our basic science research has translational applications.
Timothy Benke, MD, PhD

Tim Benke MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics Section of Neurology Director, Research-Neurosciences Institute
Child Neurology
Research Focus: Animal models Developmental Disorders Neurobiology Neuropharmacology Synaptic Signaling and Plasticity
Clinical and translational approaches to neurodevelopmental disorders associated with early life seizures that include Rett Syndrome (and MECP2 related disorders), CDKL5 disorder, GRIN disorders and FOXG1 syndrome.
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Tell Bennett MD, MS

Professor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Clinical Informatics
Predictive analytics, clinical decision support tools, EHR data, sepsis, traumatic brain injury, respiratory failure
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Eric Benz MD, MSCE

Assistant Professor
Nephrology
Research Focus: Outcomes Research Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Pediatric Kidney Transplantation
Warren Binford, JD, EdM

Wendi (Warren) Hill Binford JD, EdM

Professor of Pediatrics Section of Child Abuse & Neglect Director for Pediatric Law, Ethics & Policy, The Kempe Center
Child Abuse and Neglect (Kempe Center)
Research Focus: Epigenetics Genetics Genomics
I am a child rights expert who is interested in multidisciplinary research focused on child health and well-being within a 21st context (tech-facilitated abuse, children in war, children in migration, climate change, etc.).
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Jessica Bloom MD, MSCS

Assistant Professor
Rheumatology
Research Focus: Autoimmune Disease Outcomes Research Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
My research focus is on vasculitis in children, especially ANCA-associated vasculitis. I also work on a clinical trial for children with Down Syndrome.
Richard Boles

Richard Boles PhD

Professor
Nutrition
Research Focus: Comparative Effectiveness Research Developmental Disorders Disparities Mental Health Nutrition Obesity
Develop and test the timing, combination, and tailoring of interventions to prevent and treat pediatric obesity (behavioral, environmental, family-based, anti-obesity medications, and metabolic and bariatric surgery)
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Zoe Bouchelle MD, MSHP

Instructor
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Research Focus: Addressing Poverty and Social Needs Health Services Research
I'm passionate about engaging in practice-based and policy-focused research and implementation work that reduces the negative effects of poverty on the health and well-being of children and families. My current work focuses on programs and policies that provide income support to families, including through tax credits, cash transfers and clinic-based financial services.
Stephanie Bourque

Stephanie Bourque MD, MSCS

Assistant Professor
Neonatology
Research Focus: Health Services Research Outcomes Research Quality Improvement
- evaluating health disparities and neonatal outcomes, specifically as they relate to distance from home to hospital and non-urban residence. - actively involved in quality improvement collaboratives including the CHoSEN (Colorado Hospitals Substance Exposed Newborns), and DEFINE Colorado to improve parental engagement in the NICU and optimizing the transition from hospital to home - engaged in-unit quality improvement work as the associate medical director of the CHCO NICU
Kristen Boyle

Kristen Boyle PhD

Associate Professor
Nutrition
Research Focus: Diabetes Epigenetics Metabolism Nutrition Obesity Sex Differences Stem Cells
How intrauterine exposures increase the child's risk for obesity and diabetes into adulthood.
Martin Breuss

Martin Breuss PhD

Assistant Professor
Genetics and Metabolism
Research Focus: Bioinformatics Developmental Disorders Genetics Genomics Mosaicism Neurobiology
Origin, impact, and utility of genomic mosaicism; neurogenetics
John Brinton

John Brinton PhD

Associate Research Professor
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Biostatistics
Pulmonary topics: sleep, asthma, health outcomes of the trach and vent program, high altitude pulmonary edema, neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia, objective measures of lung function, and others. Nephrology topics: acute kidney injury, nephrotoxic exposures in the hospital, electrolyte derangements and others. Study design and analysis, power and sample size, longitudinal data analysis, dissemination and implementation research, observational study design.
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Alia Broman MD

Assistant Professor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Medical Education
Curriculum development, palliative care, simulation
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Laura D Brown MD

Professor
Neonatology
Research Focus: Developmental origins of health and disease Metabolism Nutrition Physiology
My goal is to understand the basic biology of fetal muscle development and protein metabolism to optimize body composition and growth in infants born after exposure to pathological conditions in pregnancy, including fetal growth restriction (FGR).
Maya Bunik

Maya Bunik MD, MPH

Distinguished Professor, Professor
General Academic Pediatrics
Research Focus: Disparities Health Services Research
Breastfeeding Support, Cannabinoids in breastmilk, Quality Improvement in Primary Care, Integregrated Behavioral Health
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Alexa Burger PhD

Associate Research Professor
Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Animal models Birth defects Cancer Biology Developmental Disorders Disease modeling Epigenetics Gene Regulation Genetics Hematology RNA Bioscience
I study mechanisms of vertebrate development and human disease through creating animal models. I investigate the genetic and mechanistic causes of congenital diseases and cancer affecting mesodermal organ systems. I use the zebrafish (Danio rerio) as principal model, supplemented by work in axolotl, chicken and mouse to further strengthen the link to human physiology. In addition, I developed methods for disease modeling in zebrafish, including genome editing and transgenic approaches that we constantly improve. My research focuses on three approaches: 1) defining cis-regulatory elements of tissue-specific genes to identify their involvement in vertebrate development, in particular the notochord and intervertebral discs, as well as associated diseases, such as intervertebral disc disease, 2) using genome editing to generate disease-associated alleles to inform about future disease outcome and secondary effects, and 3) assessing the genotype-phenotype association of mutations involved in disease.
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Rachel Cafferty MD

Assistant Professor
​Emergency Medicine
Research Focus: Mental Health - Suicide Prevention
Standardizing suicide risk screening and implementing ED-based interventions to link children and adolescents with elevated risk to outpatient mental health services.
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Christine L Chan MD

Associate Professor
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Cystic Fibrosis-related Diabetes Diabetes
Diabetes screening, diabetes technology for CFRD, CFRD treatments and complications
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Eileen Chang PhD, MCR

Research Instructor
Neonatology
Research Focus: Animal models Fetal Heart Development Fetal Physiology Gene Regulation Metabolism Nutrition Physiology Sex Differences
Cardiomyocyte growth, maturation, and metabolism, specifically in growth-restricted fetuses with the goal of determining therapeutic avenues to boost heart growth and improve cardiac function before and after birth. Combining in vivo, in vitro, and omics technology to understand the molecular mechanisms behind normal and growth-restricted fetal cardiomyocyte development and metabolism.
Stephanie Chassen

Stephanie Skuby Chassen MD

Assistant Professor
Neonatology
Research Focus: Developmental Disorders Metabolism Nutrition
My basic-translational research lab studies lipid metabolism by the placenta and fetus in pregnancies complicated by fetal growth restriction, with a specific interest in how in utero lipid handling (particularly of DHA) affects neurodevelopmental outcomes in childhood.
Jordan Cole

Jordan Cole MD

Assistant Professor
Child Neurology
Research Focus: Developmental Disorders
Equity of Genetic Testing for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Jillian Cotter MD, MSCS

Asst Professor
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Research Focus: Comparative Effectiveness Research Dissemination and Implementation Science Health Services Research Infectious Disease Outcomes Research
Antibiotic stewardship in pediatric pneumonia
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Curtis Coughlin II PhD, MS, MBE

Associate Professor
Genetics and Metabolism
Research Focus: Metabolism
Inborn errors of metabolism, pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy, glutaric aciduria type I, biomarkers, outcomes research
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Taylor Crue MPH

Research Associate
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition​
Research Focus: Immunology
I conduct basic and transitional research on eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and other eosinophilic GI diseases. I mainly use mouse modeling to test new treatments in drug development pipelines to give our patients another option for treatment.
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Silvania da Silva Teixeira PhD

Assistant Professor
Nutrition
Research Focus: Metabolism Nutrition Obesity Physiology Sex Differences
Research interests: impact of thyroid hormone dysregulation on metabolic health
Stephen R. Daniels, MD, PhD

Stephen R Daniels MD, PhD, MPH

Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics Pediatrician-in-Chief, Children's Hospital Colorado
Pediatrics
Research Focus: Atherosclerosis Diabetes Dyslipidemia Hypertension Left Ventricular Hypertrophy Metabolism Nutrition Obesity Pediatric Cardiology
Relationship of risk factors for adult cardiovascular disease as they appear in children and adolescents. Target organ effects of blood pressure elevation, obesity, dyslipidemia, diabetes, cigarette smoking, and other risk factors. Factors related to the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
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Shanlee Davis MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Developmental Disorders Genetics Hormones Outcomes Research Physiology Sex Chromosome Aneuploidies Sex Differences
Clinical outcomes of sex chromosome aneuploidy conditions
Heather De Keyser

Heather De Keyser MD, MSCS

Associate Professor
Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine​
Research Focus: Health Services Research Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Asthma, medication adherence, health behavior change
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Lisa Ross DeCamp MD, MSPH

Associate Professor
General Academic Pediatrics
Research Focus: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Health equity research focused on improving health and healthcare for Latino children in immigrant families and populations whose healthcare communication is in languages other than English
Cassidy Delaney

Cassidy Delaney MD

Associate Professor
Neonatology
Research Focus: Inflammation Pulmonary
The focus of my research is to elucidate the mechanisms by which platelets contribute to the initiation and progression of vascular inflammation in pulmonary hypertension. The goal of my work is to gain an understanding of the immune mechanisms that mediate platelet function, with the goal of targeting immune mediated platelet activation with novel immune modulating anti-platelet therapies to ultimately improve the outcome of newborns with pulmonary hypertension, neonatal lung injury, and inflammation.
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Peter Dempsey PhD

Professor
Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Animal models Cancer Biology Developmental Disorders Epigenetics Nutrition Signal Transduction Stem Cells
Dempsey Lab has research interests in 3 main areas 1. Epigenetic regulation of cell identity and cellular plasticity in stem cell biology and regeneration in the gastrointestinal tract. 2. Role of Larp1 RNA BP in nutrient regulation of enterocyte function in vitro and in vivo. 3. Study of photo responsive hydrogels in regulating crypt formation and fission in intestinal organoids
Caroline Dias

Caroline Dias PhD, MD

Assistant Professor
Developmental Pediatrics
Research Focus: Genetics Neurobiology
Neurogenetics
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Robert M Dietz MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Neonatology
Research Focus: Neurobiology Sex Differences Synaptic Signaling and Plasticity
Our lab studies the long-term consequences of global cerebral ischemia in the developing brain. Using unique models of cardiac arrest and resuscitation in neonatal and juvenile rodents, we examine mechanisms of synaptic plasticity, learning and memory and translation drug discovery with the hope of translational application to the children for which we care in the hospital.
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Evgenia Dobrinskikh PhD

Assistant Research Professor
Neonatology
Research Focus: Animal models Cell-Cell Communication Cell-Matrix Communication Developmental Disorders Metabolism Physiology Sex Differences
Lung development
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Sam Dominguez MD, PhD

Professor
Infectious Diseases
Research Focus: Diagnostics Infectious Disease Microbiology Virology
Diagnostic stewardship, pediatric respiratory viral infections, enteroviruses
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Andrew Donson BS

Senior Research Associate
Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Research Focus: Cancer Biology
Basic and translational pediatric neurooncology
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Lynette Driscoll PA-C

Research Instructor
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Diabetes
T2D, T1D, Diabetes and Kidney Disease, Research Team Dynamics and Collaboration,
Julia Dunn

Julia L M Dunn PhD

Assistant Professor
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition​
Research Focus: Allergy Disease modeling Immunology Inflammation Innate Immunity
The Dunn Lab explores intriguing and unexpected aspects of eosinophil biology with the goal of revolutionizing treatment of eosinophilic and allergic diseases. Research in the Dunn Lab explores: 1) how eosinophils specialize in different environments, 2) how specialized eosinophils interact with other cells in the environment, and 3) how pro-inflammatory eosinophils may be re-specialized to assist in tissue repair. Research in the Dunn Lab explores: 1) how eosinophils specialize in different environments, 2) how specialized eosinophils interact with other cells in the environment, and 3) how pro-inflammatory eosinophils may be re-specialized to assist in tissue repair.”
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Hanan Elajaili PhD

Research Instructor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Animal models Inflammation Metabolism Oxidative Stress Evaluation in Several Disease Models
Development of Electron paramagnetic Resonance (EPR)Spectroscopy and Imaging Technology
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Evren Eroglu PhD

Research Associate
Neonatology
Research Focus: Bioinformatics Disease modeling Metabolism
Understanding the basic biology, lipid, carbohydrate, protein metabolism and disease during fetal development by using high tech analytical instruments and bioinformatics techniques.
Kevin Ess, MD, PhD

Kevin C Ess MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics and Head, Section of Child Neurology
Child Neurology
Research Focus: Developmental Disorders Neurobiology
brain development, rare diseases, neurogenetic therapies
James Feinstein

James Feinstein MD, MPH

Professor
General Academic Pediatrics
Research Focus: Health Services Research Outcomes Research Pragmatic Science
Children with special healthcare needs; medication safety; pharmacoepidemiology
Nicholas K. Forman, MD, MB ChB

Nicholas K Foreman MD, ChB

Professor of Pediatrics Section of Hematology, Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplantation Director, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program
Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Research Focus: Cancer Biology Genomics Immunotherapy
Ependymoma Neurofibromatosis MPST
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Santos Franco PhD

Associate Professor
Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Animal models Bioinformatics Cancer Biology Developmental Disorders Epigenetics Gene Regulation Genomics Neurobiology Stem Cells
Normal brain development, neurodevelopmental disorders, pediatric brain tumors, neural stem cells, cell fate specification, glial cell biology
Robert Fuhlbrigge, MD, PhD

Robert Fuhlbrigge MD, PhD

Professor and Head, Section of Rheumatology
Rheumatology
Research Focus: Immunology Inflammation Innate Immunity
Immune dysregulation; Mechanisms regulating tissue-specific immune responses
Anastacia Garcia

Anastacia Marie Garcia PhD

Assistant Professor
Cardiology
Research Focus: Birth defects Disease modeling Immunology Inflammation Metabolism Signal Transduction
The Garcia lab studies the cellular mechanisms of pediatric heart disease progression with an emphasis on cell metabolism, inflammatory signaling, and lipid synthesis – we utilize both human patient samples as well as animal models to identify unique adaptations associated with pediatric heart failure.
Evgenia Gerasimovskaya

Evgenia Gerasimovskaya PhD

Associate Professor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Cell Physiology Signal Transduction Vascular Biology
My research focuses on elucidating cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in hypoxia-induced pulmonary vascular remodeling in hypoxic pulmonary hypertension (PH). Employing cellular and animal models, we explore the impact of extracellular purine nucleotides, such as ATP and ADP, as well as adenosine, on the barrier function and angiogenic responses of pulmonary artery vasa vasorum endothelial cells (VVEC). Currently, our investigations focus on assessing the potential of short-chain fatty acid butyrate to mitigate hypoxia-induced pathological angiogenic responses and barrier dysfunction in VVEC. Our goal is to uncover the underlying signaling, metabolic, and epigenetic mechanisms involved in this process and explore the potential of butyrate as a nutraceutical for vascular stabilization therapy. Additionally, we examine how hypoxic stress and viral infections, such as those caused by SARS-CoV-2, impact the enzymatic activity of purine-converting enzyme ecto-NTDPase/CD39. Specifically, we seek to determine if the Spike 1 protein of SARS-CoV-2 can directly bind to and inhibit the catalytic activity of CD39. Understanding this interaction may suggest the role of purinergic signaling in mediating the vascular pathology in COVID-19.
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Stephanie Gilley MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Nutrition
Research Focus: Nutrition
My primary goal is to improve lifelong health by optimizing nutrition during infancy and early childhood. My current projects look at the effect of high fat diet after fetal growth restriction using a mouse model, the concentration of iron in infant formula in a clinical trial, and factors that predict or alter the impact of rapid weight gain during infancy. I also care deeply about how nutrition impacts other aspects of care including recovery from acute kidney injury, costs of medical care, and how climate change and nutrition intersect.
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Melanie Gleason MS, PA-C

Senior Research Instructor
Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine​
Research Focus: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
School-based Asthma Programs
Lia Gore, MD

Lia Gore MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Head, Section of Hematology, Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplantation Co-Director, Developmental Therapeutics Program, University of Colorado Cancer Center
Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Research Focus: Cancer Biology Epigenetics Hematology Immunotherapy
Phase I drug development/early phase clinical trials. Focus on leukemias and high-risk-refractory disease.
Adam Green

Adam Green MD

Associate Professor
Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Research Focus: Cancer Biology Health Services Research
Pediatric high-grade glioma, Pediatric cancer disparities
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Lauren Gulley PhD

Clinical Instructor
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Diabetes
Currently, Dr. Gulley is a clinical research investigator on behavioral intervention trials to address youth depression and anxiety, lifestyle behaviors, and cardiometabolic disease, such as type 2 diabetes (T2D) and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She also provides psychology services within the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, a multidisciplinary pediatric weight management program at Children’s Hospital Colorado for excess weight and medical comorbidities, including T2D and PCOS.
Matthew Haemer

Matthew Haemer MD, MPH

Professor
Nutrition
Research Focus: Disparities Dissemination and Implementation Science Obesity
Behavioral interventions for childhood obesity, disparities in childhood obesity
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Simon Hambidge MD, PhD

Professor
General Academic Pediatrics
Research Focus: Vaccine Safety
Long time investigator with the CDC's Vaccine Safety Datalink, investigating the acceptance and safety of vaccines in the U.S.
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Taymour Hammoudi MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Research Focus: Bioinformatics Immunology Transplant Immunology and Immunotherapy
Immune reconstitution and related clinical outcomes after hematopoeitic stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy
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Kathleen Hannan MD, MSCS

Assistant Professor
Research Focus: Outcomes Research
Dr. Kathleen Hannan is a health services researcher with a particular interest in health disparities in the population of neonates with medical complexity and technology dependence. She follows infants discharged from our NICUs in the Special Care Clinic and is currently involved in population-level analyses and local and regional prospective studies investigating healthcare utilization and the experience of families of complex neonates.
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Lisa Hartman MD, MAS

Associate Professor
Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Research Focus: Disparities Pediatric Oncology
Pediatric Cancer, health care delivery
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Masanori Hayashi MD

Assistant Professor
Research Focus: Cancer Biology
Pediatric sarcomas, liquid biopsies
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Andrew Haynes MD

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases
Research Focus: Infectious Disease Microbiology Pharmacokinetics Pharmacology
Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antibiotics in children
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Allison Hicks MD

Assistant Professor
Allergy and Immunology
Research Focus: IgE - Mediated Food Allergy
Management of IgE-mediated food allergy including alternative treatment options for milk and egg allergy.
David Higgins

David Higgins MD, MPH, MS

Instructor/Fellow
General Academic Pediatrics
Research Focus: Health Services Research Immunizations Infectious Disease Vaccine Hesitancy Vaccines
Dr. Higgins' research focuses on improving the health of children, adolescents, and their communities by strengthening vaccine delivery, communication, and confidence.
Dana Hollinshead

Dana M Hollinshead PhD, MA, PA

Associate Research Professor
Child Abuse and Neglect (Kempe Center)
Research Focus: Child Maltreatment System Reform Systems Interventions
Child maltreatment; systems interventions; child welfare system reform; child welfare policies; differential response; family group decision making; youth transitioning from foster care; child welfare workforce perspectives, issues, and interventions.
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Jennifer Hranilovich MD

Assistant Professor
Child Neurology
Research Focus: Headache Neurodevelopment Sex Differences
Effects of exogenous testosterone and estrogen on neurodevelopment of headache in adolescence.
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Elena Hsieh MD

Associate Professor
Allergy and Immunology
Research Focus: Autoimmunity Immunology
Pediatric lupus, inborn errors of immunity, arthritis, vaccine immune response, cellular therapies, renal immune disease
Brian Jackson

Brian Jackson MAMD

Associate Professor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Clinical Ethics Medical Education Research Ethics Transport Medicine
I participate in clinical research related to transport medicine, clinical ethics, and medical education (especially as it relates to transport and ethics). I'm also a research ethics team member.
Anna Janas

Anna Janas MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Neurocritical Care Outcomes Research
Advanced neuromonitoring and outcome prediction after pediatric traumatic brain injury
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Kristin Jensen MD, MSc

Associate Professor
General Academic Pediatrics
Research Focus: Health Services Research Quality Improvement
Down Syndrome; Children and Adults with Medical Complexity; Employee Wellbeing
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Susan L Johnson PhD

Professor
Nutrition
Research Focus: Eating Behavior Nutrition Obesity
Development of children's eating behavior and weight outcome
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Megan Kelsey MD, MS

Professor
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Diabetes Obesity Sex Differences
Prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes in youth; sex differences in this area
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Suzanne Kerns PhD

Professor
Child Abuse and Neglect (Kempe Center)
Research Focus: Dissemination and Implementation Science Health Services Research Outcomes Research Psychosocial Interventions
Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for children's mental health
Vitaly Kheyfets

Vitaly Kheyfets PhD

Associate Professor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Bioinformatics Biostatistics Cardiology Pulmonary hypertension Pulmonary Vascular Disease Right Ventricle
My research is focused on linking biomechanics and molecular phenomena in pulmonary vascular disease.
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Yong-Il Kim PhD

Instructor
Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Gene Regulation Neurobiology
Transcription factors and enhancers related to hindbrain development
Robin Klein

Robin Klein MD

Associate Research Professor
Cardiology
Research Focus: Health Services Research Quality Improvement
Organization of pediatric cardiac critical care. Improving best practices.
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Kelly Knupp MD, MSCS

Associate Professor
Child Neurology
Research Focus: Clinical Trials Comparative Effectiveness Research Natural History
Dravet syndrome, infantile spasms
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M Eric Kohler MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Research Focus: Cancer Biology Immunology Immunotherapy Metabolism Signal Transduction Transplant Immunology and Immunotherapy
Our lab studies T cell biology related to their use in immunotherapy for cancer. We are especially focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells; understanding the mechanisms underlying their success and failures in patients and using this understanding to rationally design new CAR molecules to overcome current obstacles to CAR T cell therapies.
Andrew Krack

Andrew Krack MD, MS

Assistant Professor
​Emergency Medicine
Research Focus: Outcomes Research Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Pediatric emergency airway management, high-risk E. coli infections
Nancy Krebs

Nancy F Krebs MD, MS

Associate Vice Chair for Academic Affairs Professor of Pediatrics
Nutrition
Research Focus: Maternal, Infant, and Global Nutrition Nutrition
Maternal and infant Nutrition- Micronutrient requirements through stable isotope studies (viz., zinc, iron, calcium) across the life cycle; large scale RCT of nutrition supplements and/or food-based interventions, in high and low resource settings. The broad focus of these studies is to improve health outcomes (pregnancy, lactation, growth, neurodevelopment) and to characterize adaptation to different diets and physiologic states across the life span and in various disease and inflammatory states. Global Health: interventions (nutrition and other) to improve health outcomes over the 1000 days.
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Lorraine Florence Kubicek PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Developmental Pediatrics
Research Focus: Infant and Early Childhood Development Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Evaluation of Project SUCCEED (Supporting Colorado Children's Early Emotional Development). SUCCEED is a Mental Health Awareness Training grant (funded by SAMHSA) that is intended to help increase our state's capacity to address the unmet mental health needs of Colorado's children. Trainings are offered to a diverse group of individuals-professionals and nonprofessionals alike-who touch the lives of young children. This training includes, but is not limited to, (1) appreciating the foundational importance of mental health to children's overall development and well-being, (2) recognizing mental health challenges experienced by young children who are typically developing or have developmental disabilities, (3) learning effective ways to respond to tantrums, meltdowns, or other challenging or aggressive behaviors, (4) understanding when a referral to a mental health professional may be warranted, and (5) knowing how to connect with referral resources in the state.
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Sushil Kumar PhD

Instructor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Bioinformatics Inflammation Pulmonary hypertension
Exploring the Complexities of Pulmonary Hypertension: Understanding How Fibroblast-Macrophage Interactions and Extracellular Vesicle-Mediated Communication Drive Inflammation, Metabolic Shifts, and Vascular Remodeli. This perspective delves into the intricate interplay among fibroblasts, macrophages, and other immune cells, focusing on their communication through soluble or small extracellular vesicles. It elucidates how these interactions shape the vascular landscape in pulmonary hypertension, contributing to inflammation, metabolic alterations, and vascular remodeling.
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Claudia Kunrath MD

Associate Clinical Professor
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Research Focus: Pediatric Clinical Care
Asthma and pictograms, comparing dka protocol adults versus pediatrics( teenagers), med education
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Sam Lam MD, MPH

Professor
Research Focus: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Ultrasound
Caitlin Lewis

Caitlin Lewis PhD

Research Instructor
Research Focus: Animal models Pulmonary hypertension
Pulmonary macrophage phenotypes and their roles in extracellular matrix remodeling, vascular remodeling and pulmonary hypertension
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Min Li MD, PhD

Instructor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Animal models Epigenetics Immunology Inflammation Metabolism Pulmonary hypertension
I have a broad background in medical science, with specific training and expertise in cardiovascular physiology, molecular biology, and animal models of different vascular diseases. I am interested in determining the cellular and molecular mechanisms that contribute to structural remodeling of the pulmonary vasculature and to right heart dysfunction in the setting of pulmonary hypertension (PH). Current Research Projects: 1. The phenotype and metabolic reprogramming of pulmonary vascular cells (adventitial fibroblasts and macrophages) obtained from hypoxic-induce experimental PH calve and rodent models and from IPAH human patients. 2. Crosstalk of fibroblasts and immune cells (macrophages). 3. Identify disease specific chromatin and epigenetic signatures (histone acetylation/ methylation patterns, histone variance, chromatin accessibility, DNA methylation, and transcriptome profiles) in isolated pulmonary vascular cells. 4. The role of mitochondrial deacetylase, SIRT3, in regulating pulmonary vascular cell phenotype, skeletal muscle function, and exercise endurance in PH. 5. The role of perivascular adipose tissue-derived complement in regulating large pulmonary artery inflammation and remodeling in obesity-associated PH.
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Shaobing Li MD

Senior Research Associate
Infectious Diseases
Research Focus: Virology
Molecular Biological Diagnosis of Viruses
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Daniel Lindberg MD

Professor
Child Abuse and Neglect (Kempe Center)
Research Focus: Physical Abuse
Making the care and evaluation of children and families with concern for abuse more effective, safe, and fair
Nina Ma, MD

Nina Ma MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics Section of Endocrinology Director, Bone and Mineral Metabolism Program
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Mineral Metabolism Rare disorders of pediatric bone
Multicentric carpotarsal osteolysis (MCTO), MAFB gene
Aline Maddux

Aline Maddux MD, MSCS

Associate Professor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Acute Respiratory Failure Outcomes Research Physical Functioning
Outcomes after pediatric critical illness with a specific focus on physical functioning outcomes in children with invasive ventilation
Shawn McCandless, MD

Shawn McCandless MD

Professor and Head, Section of Genetics and Metabolism Chair, Department of Genetics and Metabolism Children's Hospital Colorado
Genetics and Metabolism
Research Focus: Developmental Disorders Genetics Genomics Inborn Errors of Metabolism Metabolism Obesity
Urea cycle disorders, fatty acid oxidation disorders, Prader-Willi syndrome, monogenic obesity, novel approaches to diagnosis of genetic disorders, therapeutics for genetic and metabolic disorders
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Patrick McGrath PhD

Research Instructor
Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Stem Cells
Manager of the Organoid and Tissue Modeling Core. 3D in vitro models, pluripotent stem cells, CRISPR/Cas9, adult stem cells, organoids
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Lynda Melton PA-C

Instructor
Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Research Focus: Late effects Pediatric Cancer Survivorship
Currently co-investigating with Dr. Jenna Demedis
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Kevin Messacar MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases
Research Focus: Dissemination and Implementation Science Host-Pathogen Interactions Immunology Infectious Disease Motor Disorders Neuroimmunology Outcomes Research Viral Evolution Virology
Diagnostic Stewardship; Molecular Diagnostics; Metagenomic Next-Generation; Sequencing; Pandemic Preparedness; Emerging Infectious Diseases; Central Nervous; System Infections; Meningitis; Encephalitis; Acute Flaccid Myelitis; Picornaviruses;; Enteroviruses; Enterovirus D68; Enterovirus A71; Parechoviruses; Immunologic Surveillance; Monoclonal Antibodies; Vaccine Candidate Development
Aaron Michels

Aaron Michels MD

Professor of Pediatrics Director, Clinical Immunology, Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Autoimmunity Diabetes Genetics Immunology
Our research focuses on the immunology of autoimmune diseases, with a particular focus on type 1 diabetes. Basic and translational research studies center on understanding how specific human leukocyte antigen (HLA) alleles confer diabetes risk and protection.
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Kristen Miller MS

Assistant Professor
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Biostatistics
Biostatistics for a variety of clinical research applications.
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Jaime Moore MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Nutrition
Research Focus: Disparities Metabolism Neuraldevelopmental Differences Nutrition Obesity Outcomes Research Pharmacology Physiology
Personalized pediatric obesity diagnosis and treatment
Christian Mosimann, PhD

Christian Mosimann PhD, M.Sc

Professor of Pediatrics Section of Developmental Biology
Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Animal models Bioinformatics Birth defects Cancer Biology Developmental Disorders Disease modeling Epigenetics Gene Regulation Genetics Genomics Hematology Macromolecular Structure Physiology RNA Bioscience Signal Transduction Stem Cells Structural Biology
Cell fate mechanisms of cardiovascular development and other mesodermal lineages.
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Jean Mulcahy Levy MD

Associate Professor
Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Research Focus: Cancer Biology Pediatric Brain Tumors
Development of therapies for treatment resistant central nervous system tumors.
Kristen Nadeau

Kristen Nadeau MD, MS

Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research Professor of Pediatrics
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Bariatric Surgery Diabetes Insulin Secretion Insulin Sensitivity MASLD Metabolism Obesity Pediatric Cardiology Physiology Puberty Sex Differences
Prevention and treatment of complications from youth-onset diabetes and obesity
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Stephanie Nakano MD

Associate Professor
Cardiology
Research Focus: Congenital heart disease Stem Cells Transplant Immunology and Immunotherapy
Mechanisms underlying heart failure in children with single ventricle congenital heart disease; biomarkers of immunosuppression in pediatric heart transplant recipients
Michael Narkewicz

Michael Narkewicz MD

Professor
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition​
Research Focus: Cystic Fibrosis Liver Disease
My focus is on understanding the mechanisms of CF liver disease, prediction of advanced liver disease focused on imaging and laboratory studies and proteomics.
Nidhya Navanandan

Nidhya Navanandan MD, MSCS

Assistant Professor
​Emergency Medicine
Research Focus: Asthma Host-Pathogen Interactions Outcomes Research
My research focuses on the use of clinical and translational methods to improve the quality of emergency care for pediatric asthma. Specifically, I am interested in examining the role of novel biologic and physiologic markers in characterizing and predicting emergency department treatment response to optimize treatment strategies and improve clinical outcomes for children with acute asthma exacerbations.
Hai Nguyen Tran

Hai Nguyen-Tran MD

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases
Research Focus: Infectious Disease
Pandemic preparedness, enterovirus D68, emerging infectious diseases
Natalie Nokoff

Natalie Nokoff MD

Associate Professor
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Sex Differences
Outcomes for individuals who have a difference of sex development (DSD)/intersex traits or who identify as transgender/gender diverse
Eva Nozik, MD

Eva Nozik MD

Professor Section Head, Critical Care Medicine
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Animal models Innate Immunity Metabolism Physiology Pulmonary Vascular Biology Redux Signaling
Dysregulated redox signaling in pulmonary vascular diseases
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Brandon Nuechterlein

Senior Instructor
General Academic Pediatrics
Research Focus: Transplant Immunology and Immunotherapy
Late effects post BMT and CT
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Daniel Olson MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases
Research Focus: Disease modeling Global Health Immunology Infectious Disease Inflammation Influenza Microbiology Nutrition Vaccinology Virology
My research focuses on novel approaches to emerging infectious diseases (EID) surveillance, including field-based molecular diagnostics, measuring the clinical and socioeconomic impact of EIDs in resource-limited populations, as well as the immunologic response, and assessing the benefit of community-based interventions such as vaccines. I am the Research Director at the CU-associated Center for Human Development in Southwest Guatemala, and I have cohort studies with a number of collaborators from CU, Colorado State University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and elsewhere. Always looking for collaborators!
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Rebecca (Becky) Orsi-Hunt PhD

Associate Research Professor
Child Abuse and Neglect (Kempe Center)
Research Focus: Child Maltreatment Prevention and Treatment Systems Improvement
Outcomes for children involved with child welfare; perinatal substance use and care; program evaluation; quantitative methods development
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Mauricio Palau MD

Assistant Professor
Neonatology
Research Focus: Disparities
I am a Denver Health faculty member but I partner with Susan Hwang, Christina Fisher, Stephanie Bourque, and Mariana Nino De Guzman Ramirez. We are currently looking at optimizing communication with families of patients in the neonatal intensive care unit. I have a particular interest in decreasing language barriers with Spanish-speaking patients.
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Sarah Parker MD

Professor
Infectious Diseases
Research Focus: Infectious Disease Quality
Antibiotic Stewardship, Antibiotic use, deimplementation, laboratory stewardship
Julie A. Parsons, MD

Julie A Parsons MD

Professor of Clinical Practice Pediatrics Neurology Co-Director, Neuromuscular Clinic
Child Neurology
Research Focus: Neurology
Clinical Trials for pediatric neuromuscular disorders such as spinal muscular atrophy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy, etc.
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Meghan E Pauley DO

Assistant Professor
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes
Early detection of type 1 diabetes across the lifespan; brain and cognitive outcomes in type 1 diabetes.
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Kim Pierce DNP

Senior Instructor
Infectious Diseases
Research Focus: Pediatric HIV
Pediatric, youth and young adult HIV. Pregnancy and HIV.
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Nicole M Poole MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases
Research Focus: Dissemination and Implementation Science Health Services Research Infectious Disease
Socio-behavioral drivers of antibiotic overuse in children in outpatient settings.
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Theresa L Powell PhD

Professor
Neonatology
Research Focus: Reproductive Biology
Determining the molecular mechanisms regulating nutrient transport in the human placenta and characterizing changes in placental function associated with important pregnancy complications. Dr Powell’s primary research focus is to better understand how the abnormal maternal metabolic environment of obesity and/or gestational diabetes affects placental function and the long-term health of her baby. Specifically, she is interested in identifying endocrine signals linking maternal adipose tissue and circulating lipids to placental function and fetal growth and developing novel intervention paradigms for improving the maternal metabolic environment and pregnancy outcomes.
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Laura Pyle PhD

Associate Professor
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Bioinformatics Biostatistics Diabetes Metabolism Obesity Outcomes Research Physiology Sex Differences
Biostatistics, epidemiology, mult-omics. Application areas: diabetes, metabolism, chronic kidney disease
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Elle Roberson PhD

Assistant Professor
Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Animal models Genetics Genomics Reproductive Biology Signal Transduction
We are interested in the regulatory networks controlling adult uterine remodeling, regeneration, and homeostasis
Paul Rozance, MD

Paul Joseph Rozance MD

Professor of Pediatrics Section of Neonatology The Frederick C. Battaglia Chair in Neonatology Research, Children's Hospital Colorado
Research Focus: Animal models Physiology Reproductive Biology
Research in the Rozance laboratory uses animal models (sheep and mice) to focus on the regulation of fetal growth, fetal endocrinology, pancreatic beta-cell biology, fetal nutrient and oxygen metabolism, and placental biology. Projects include defining a novel role for fetal glucagon signaling in the placenta to coordinate fetal metabolism with placental function and the role of placental lactogen in this process. These studies derive from our current goal of understanding the role of “fetal-derived” signals in regulating placental function, placental lactogen secretion, and maternal metabolism during complications of pregnancy, thus challenging the current dogma of the fetus as a passive participant in the regulation of its own growth. Other projects aim to develop a better understanding how the fetus translates nutrient and hormonal signals from the placental into anabolic signals for fetal growth with particular attention to the fetal anabolic growth factor, insulin. His focus is on placental insufficiency, IUGR and the response of the pancreatic islet and beta-cell to antenatal injury paradigms. His translational studies revolve around the broad area of perinatal insulin-nutrient metabolism and led to his clinical research interests in glucose metabolism and neonatal hypoglycemia during the transition from intrauterine to extrauterine life.
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Barry H Rumack MD

Professor
General Academic Pediatrics
Research Focus: Clinical Toxicology
Toxicology with a special emphasis on acetaminophen
Victor Ruthig

Victor Ruthig PhD

Research Instructor
Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Animal models Bioinformatics Birth defects Developmental Disorders Disease modeling Epigenetics Genetics Genomics Human cell line models Microscopy Reproductive Biology RNA Bioscience Sex Differences Stem Cells
Genetics, epigenetics, and RNA biology in sex determination, genitourinary development, genitourinary birth defects, and fertility
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Margarita Saenz MD

Associate Clinical Professor
Genetics and Metabolism
Research Focus: Birth defects Brain Malformation Chromosome 8p Imbalances Developmental Disorders EIEE Gene Regulation Genetics Neurology Rett Syndrome Ring Chromosome 14 SLC6A1 Related Disorder STXBP1 Related Disorder
Genetic studies in patients and families with congenital defects of cognition and/or physical development
Scott D. Sagel, MD, PhD

Scott Sagel MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics Section of Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center
Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine​
Research Focus: Airway Inflammation Biomarkers of Lung Disease Bronchiectasis Cystic Fibrosis Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia
My research interests include airway inflammation and infection and biomarkers of lung disease in children with CF and PCD.
Charles Sagerstrom

Charles Sagerström PhD

Vice Chair of Basic Science Research Professor of Pediatrics
Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Developmental Disorders Epigenetics Gene Regulation Genetics Genomics Neurobiology Signal Transduction
Transcriptional and epigenetic control of neural progenitor specification in the embryonic CNS
Darleen Sandoval

Darleen Sandoval PhD

Professor
Nutrition
Research Focus: Animal models Diabetes Metabolism Neurobiology Nutrition Obesity
The role of the gut-brain axis in regulation of body weight and metabolism
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Stephen Santoro PhD

Associate Professor
Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Bioinformatics Neurobiology Neuroimmunology Sensory Systems Signal Transduction Stem Cells
We are interested in how (and why) adult neurogenesis is regulated within the mammalian nervous system. A recent focus of our studies is the olfactory sensory epithelium, in which we have found that, in mice, the neurogenesis rates of a fraction of the hundreds of sensory neuron subtypes can be selectively accelerated following exposure to specific odors.These studies are anticipated to elucidate fundamental aspects about how the olfactory system develops, adapts, and frequently loses function with age and disease.
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Alyssa Schlenz PhD

Associate Professor
Developmental Pediatrics
Research Focus: Developmental Disorders Hematology Implementation Science Outcomes Research
Pediatric sickle cell disease - identification and support for neurodevelopmental disorders; improving health care outcomes using implementation science
Kami Schneider

Kami Wolfe Schneider EdD, MS, CGC

Senior Instructor
Genetics and Metabolism
Research Focus: Cancer Biology Cancer Predisposition Disparities Education Equity Genetic Counseling Genetics Health Services Research Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Diverse Healthcare Career Pipelines Community Colleges as a source of recruitment of health care professionals/genetic counselors Paired Tumor/Germline Genetic Testing Outcomes Polyposis Syndromes Paraganglioma predisposition Cancer predisposition syndromes Etc...
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Halden Scott MD, MSCS

Associate Professor
​Emergency Medicine
Research Focus: Informatics Outcomes Research Pragmatic Science
Diagnosis, resuscitation, and systems of emergency care in pediatric sepsis
Justin Searns

Justin Searns MD

Assistant Professor
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Research Focus: Infectious Disease Microbiology
Pediatric musculoskeletal infections, infectious diseases diagnostics
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Tamim Shaikh PhD

Professor
Genetics and Metabolism
Research Focus: Bioinformatics Birth defects Cognitive Disorders Developmental Disorders Disease modeling Gene Regulation Genetics Genomics Metabolism Stem Cells
Rare Disease Genetics, Genomics and Functional Studies
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Kartik Shankar PhD

Professor
Nutrition
Research Focus: Bioinformatics Diabetes Epigenetics Gene Regulation Metabolism Nutrition Obesity Reproductive Biology Sex Differences
The main focus of our research lies in deciphering the effects of maternal obesity and environmental influences on fetal and infant development. Our studies heavily employ animal models to study intrauterine development including placental function and offspring metabolism. We also collaborate with many groups leveraging longitudinal maternal-child clinical cohorts. We make use of a number of -omic methods to delve into mechanisms. Our core competencies include studying transcriptomes, epigenomes and microbiomes using sequencing-based methods in many contexts. https://shankarlab.org
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Allison Shapiro PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Alzheimer's Disease Cognitive Disorders Diabetes Neurobiology Nutrition Obesity
Brain and cognitive health across the lifecourse in people with obesity or diabetes.
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Stephanie Shea MPAS

Assistant Professor
Child Neurology
Research Focus: Neuropharmacology Precision Medicine
Clinical trials for ASO and other precision medications to treat childhood neurologic disorders
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Julie Siegenthaler PhD

Associate Professor
Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Animal models Developmental Disorders Gene Regulation Meninges Neurobiology Neuroimmunology Stem Cells
Development and function of the meninges and neurovasculature
Allison Silverstein

Allison Silverstein MD, MS

Assistant Professor
Palliative Medicine
Research Focus: Dignity in Pediatrics Health Equity Integration of Palliative Medicine Legacy-Oriented Care
Engage in a variety of clinical research projects: (1) focusing on the impact of integration of palliative medicine, (2) exploring how dignity is upheld or uplifted in pediatrics, and (3) best practices related to legacy-oriented care. Also engage in health equity research, specific to end of life and palliative medicine, as well as more broadly within the hospital system.
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Eric Simoes MD

Research Professor
Infectious Diseases
Research Focus: Infectious Disease
Respiratory viral infections short and long term effects, prevention and treatment, epidemiology
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Christiana Smith-Anderson MD

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases
Research Focus: Immunology Infectious Disease Inflammation Innate Immunity Virology
Viral infections, especially HIV, perinatal exposure to/infection with HIV, immunology of HIV-exposed infants, vaccine responses, immune responses to respiratory viruses
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Janet Snell-Bergeon PhD

Professor
Barbara Davis Center
Research Focus: Cardiology Diabetes
Cardiovascular complications of type 1 diabetes
Ronald Sokol, MD

Ronald J Sokol MD

Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition Director, Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute, Associate Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Center & Liver Transplantation Program, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Clinical & Translational Science, Chief Scientific Officer, Child Health
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition​
Research Focus: Hepatology Innate Immunity Liver Injury Mechanisms Parenteral Nutrition Associated Liver Disease
Pathogenesis, target identification and clinical outcomes in childhood cholestatic liver disease models in mice and in children, including biliary atresia, parenteral nutrition associated liver disease (intestinal failure associated liver disease), fatty liver disease, and primary sclerosing cholangitis.
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Lisa Spencer PhD

Associate Professor
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition​
Research Focus: Immunology Inflammation Innate Immunity
Mucosal tissue eosinophils in health, allergy, and IBD; allergic diseases along the skin-gut-lung axis; eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases
Claudia Staab Weijnitz

Claudia A Staab-Weijnitz PhD

Associate Professor
Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine​
Research Focus: Animal models Disease modeling Lung Regeneration Pulmonary fibrosis
Extracellular matrix, fibroblast biology, environmental toxicology, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, lung regeneration
Kurt Stenmark, MD

Kurt R Stenmark MD

Professor of Pediatrics Head, Section of Critical Care Medicine Director, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Research Laboratory
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Developmental Disorders
My laboratory is interested in determining the cellular and molecular mechanisms that contribute to structural remodeling of the pulmonary vasculature and to right heart dysfunction in the setting of pulmonary hypertension (PH).  
Erin Stenson

Erin K Stenson MD

Assistant Professor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Acute Kidney Injury
Acute Kidney Injury, Complement Biology
Christopher Stille, MD, MPH

Christopher Stille MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics and Head, Section of General Academic Pediatrics
General Academic Pediatrics
Research Focus: Children and youth with special healthcare needs Health Services Research
Improving health systems for children and youth with special healthcare needs/disabilities/chronic conditions
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Jane Stremming MD

Assistant Professor
Neonatology
Research Focus: Metabolism Nutrition
Dr. Stremming's research interests are fetal and neonatal metabolism, growth, and nutrition. She is currently studying the hormonal regulation of growth and placental nutrient transport in the normally growing fetus and the fetus with growth restriction. She is also interested in optimizing growth in the NICU using targeted human milk fortification.
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Christina Studts PhD, MSW, MSPH

Associate Research Professor
General Academic Pediatrics
Research Focus: Child Mental Health Dissemination and Implementation Science Outcomes Research Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Pragmatic Science
Implementation of evidence-based interventions in clinical and community settings
Christina Sul

Christina Sul MD

Assistant Professor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Animal models Immunology Infectious Disease Inflammation Innate Immunity
Redox regulation of innate immune response in pathogenesis of acute lung injury from infectious causes.
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Michael Swanson PhD

Senior Instructor
Genetics and Metabolism
Research Focus: Genetics Metabolism Protein Purification and Functional Studies
Treatment of inborn errors of metabolism including nonketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH)
Stanley Szefler

Stanley Szefler MD

Professor
Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine​
Research Focus: Disease modeling
My major interest is childhood asthma that includes a school-based asthma program addressing health disparities funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and NHLBI. This is a statewide program that includes assessment and management of social determinants of health. This is outreach and dissemination and implementation research.
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Minghua Tang PhD

Associate Professor
Nutrition
Research Focus: Metabolism Microbiology Nutrition Obesity
Pediatric Nutrition, infant development, gut microbiome, diet, overweight and obesity prevention.
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Nicole Tartaglia MD, MS

Professor
Developmental Pediatrics
Research Focus: Autism Cannabinoid Treatment Developmental Disorders Fragile X Syndrome Genetics Sex Chromosome Aneuploidies
Neutrodevelopmental Disorders and Medical Features in Sex Chromosome Aneuploidy (XXY, XYY, Trisomy X, XXYY, etc); Fragile X syndrome natural history and clinical trials, Cannabidiol treatment and endocannabinoids in autism
Heather Taussig

Heather Nicole Taussig PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Behavioral Health Intervention Research Drugs of Abuse Outcomes Research
Preventive intervention research with youth who have experienced extreme adversity, including maltreated youth with child welfare involvement
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Mike Tchou MD, MS

Assistant Professor
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Research Focus: Health Services Research
Overuse of diagnostic testing, learning health systems, high-value care
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Janet A Thomas MD

Professor
Genetics and Metabolism
Research Focus: Metabolism
PKU, galactosemia, HCU, OTC, and LSDs.
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Talia Gretchen Thompson PhD

Assistant Professor
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Anxiety Disorders Behavioral Health Child Development Developmental Disorders Dissemination and Implementation Science Health Services Research Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Sex Chromosome Aneuploidies
Intersection of behavioral health and physical health in rare pediatric genetic conditions.
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Suhong Tong MS

Senior Research Instructor
Endocrinology
Research Focus: Biostatistics Health Services Research Nutrition Obesity Outcomes Research
Applied statistics in clinical research
Megan Turner

Megan J Turner MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Neonatology
Research Focus: Nephrology Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
I study renal outcomes of premature and sick newborns, as well as the impact of social determinants of health screening and referral in the neonatal ICU.
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Johan Van Hove MD, PhD, MBA

Professor
Genetics and Metabolism
Research Focus: Animal models Disease modeling Metabolism Neurology Proteomics - Diagnosis
Inherited metabolic diseases, primary mitochondrial diseases, glycine, one carbon metabolism, new treatments
Michael Verneris, MD

Michael Verneris MD

Professor of Pediatrics Director of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy
Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Research Focus: Cancer Biology CAR T Cells Immunotherapy Mucosal Immunity Stem Cells Transplant Immunology and Immunotherapy
The Verneris lab focuses on the following topics: 1) Redirecting the immune system to cancer by studying CAR T cells and CAR NK cells 2) Investigating the immunological barriers to hematopoietic cell engraftment 3) Immune dysfunction in Down syndrome 4) Use of adoptive cellular therapy for inflammatory bowel disease
Christine Vohwinkel

Christine Vohwinkel MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Acute Lung Injury Disease modeling Epigenetics Gene Regulation Immunology Inflammation Innate Immunity Metabolism Structural Biology
Epimetabolic regulation of inflammation in acute lung injury
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Sarah Walker MD

Assistant Professor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Bioinformatics Shock
My research focus is on developing and validating data-driven bedside tools to guide resuscitation and improve outcomes in pediatric shock. These bedside tools will use a combination of continuous physiologic monitoring technology and data science to augment clinical decision making in real time.
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George Sam Wang MD

Associate Professor
​Emergency Medicine
Research Focus: Drugs of Abuse Recreational drugs Toxicology
Recreational drugs, toxicology
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Stephanie Wesolowski PhD

Associate Professor
Neonatology
Research Focus: Animal models Diabetes Gene Regulation Inflammation Metabolism Physiology Reproductive Biology
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Alicia White MD

Assistant Professor
Neonatology
Research Focus: Animal models Diabetes Fetal growth restriction NFkappaB
Impact of nutrients and hormones on fetal growth and pancreas development; currently investigating fetal pancreatic nutrient-stimulated β-cell NFκB signaling as a novel pathway linking early metabolic dysfunction in fetal growth restriction to type 2 diabetes later in life
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Patrick Thomas Wilson MD, MPH

Associate Professor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Asthma Global Health Non-invasive Ventilation Pneumonia
Appropriate use of non-invasive ventilation in critically ill pediatric patients.
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Kentaro Yomogida MD

Assistant Professor
Rheumatology
Research Focus: Immunology
Transcriptional regulation of lymphocyte development and function, Pathogenesis of pediatric autoimmunity
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Benjamin Yoon MD

Assistant Professor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Bioinformatics Data Science Respiratory Mechanics Waveform Signal Processing
Patient Ventilator Dyssynchrony
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Hui Zhang MD, PhD

Instructor
Critical Care Medicine
Research Focus: Animal models Epigenetics Gene Regulation Inflammation Metabolism
Pulmonary Hypertension, Lung Injury
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Sonja Ziniel MA, PhD

Associate Professor
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Research Focus: Biostatistics Health Services Research Outcomes Research Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Psychometrics Survey Methodology
My personal research interests are focused on survey methodology, and measurement. I have applied my knowledge in these areas to many content areas through the development and measurement of patient-reported outcomes, and the validation of measurement tools.
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