Current KL2 Scholars

Carmen M. Dickinson-Copeland, PhD, MSCR

Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Instructor, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Immunology

Lead Mentor: Priscilla E. Igho-Pemu, MBBS, MSCR, FACP

Dr. Dickinson-Copeland is an Instructor in the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Immunology at Morehouse School of Medicine. Her KL2 research is entitled "Progenitor cell response to lead exposure in children from rural versus urban counties in Georgia,” which focuses on the identification of molecular biomarkers, socioeconomic and environmental risk factors associated with lead exposure and toxicity among children living in both rural and urban settings. Dr. Dickinson-Copeland's research combines her biomedical translational experience with her training in health policy leadership. Her doctoral thesis included the identification and assessment of the functional roles of biomarkers for microvascular dysfunction in pediatric cerebral malaria. As a fellow of the Satcher Health Policy Leadership Institute, she received training in leadership development, health policy, and health equity. Dr. Dickinson-Copeland’s long-term goal is to advance health equity through the collaborative development of evidence-based health policy.

Complete list of Dr. Dickinson-Copeland’s published work

Andre L. Holder, MD, MS

Emory University

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, School of Medicine

Lead Mentor: Timothy G. Buchman, PhD, MD

Dr. Holder is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. The title of his KL2 project is "Characterizing Patients at Risk for Sepsis Through Big Data." He will test whether complex measurements with proven physiologic significance (e.g. pulse pressure variation, heart rate variability metrics), and novel ways of looking at existing physiologic waveforms (blood pressure, heart rate, etc.) are linked to subtle pathophysiology to sepsis, prior to its onset. Machine learning algorithms created by this project will use features deemed "important" in an existing real-time sepsis forecasting algorithm to create phenotypes based on disease trajectory, and determine how clinical actions impact those trajectories. Other areas of research interest include early sepsis resuscitation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and hemodynamic monitoring.

Complete list of Dr. Holder’s published work

Joshua M Levy, MD, MPH

Emory University

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Lead Mentor: David Guidot, MD

Dr. Levy is Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Director of Resident Research in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University. He completed his public health and medical training at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where he also completed his residency in Otolaryngology. Upon completing residency in 2015, he joined Dr. Tim Smith for fellowship in Rhinology, Sinus, and Skull Base Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. Academically, Dr. Levy is interested in aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease, and leads a multi-disciplinary research team and dedicated clinic devoted to improving outcomes for patients with combined allergy, sinus, and airway conditions. He is currently supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (KL2) as well as foundation awards from the Triological Society and American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.

Complete list of Dr. Levy’s published works

Caitlin A. Moran, MD, MSc

Emory University

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases

Lead Mentor: Igho Ofotokun, MD, MSc

Dr. Moran is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Her clinical experiences as an infectious diseases physician have driven her research interests in non-AIDS comorbidities in women living with HIV. Her KL2 project entitled “Exploring the role of sex hormones in subclinical cardiovascular disease in women with and without HIV” aims to study the association between estrogen receptor gene expression, systemic inflammation, and subclinical cardiovascular disease progression in women living with and at risk for HIV in the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) cohort.

Complete list of Dr. Moran’s published work

Bonney Reed-Knight, PhD

Emory University

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, School of Medicine

Lead Mentor: Tanja Jovanovic, PhD

Dr. Reed-Knight is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine with a research focus on psychosocial factors associated with pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The goal of her work is to use psychological research methods to address the difficulties faced by patients with pediatric IBD. Through the KL2 program, Dr. Reed-Knight’s research is focused on identifying biomarkers of anxiety and depression in youth diagnosed with IBD. To identify these biomarkers, she is analyzing the psychosocial, autonomic, and psychoneuroimmune functioning in youth diagnosed with IBD. The title of her KL2 research project is “Biomarkers of Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Youth with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.”

Complete list of Dr. Reed-Knight’s published work

Elisabeth Lilian Pia Sattler, PhD, BS Pharm

University of Georgia

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Foods and Nutrition, College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Lead Mentor: Sandra Dunbar, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, FPCNA

Dr. Sattler is an assistant professor with a dual appointment in clinical and administrative pharmacy and foods and nutrition at the University of Georgia. Her interdisciplinary academic training and research experience involves the areas of pharmacy, nutrition, public health, and aging, with specific expertise in mechanisms underlying socioeconomic disparities in chronic disease management, including food insecurity and cost-related medication non-adherence. Dr. Sattler’s research is focused on examining the clinical role of nutrition in the management of advanced heart failure, particularly in the context of evidence-based pharmacotherapy. Dr. Sattler’s clinical KL2 research project is entitled “Effect of Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Eating Pattern of Hemodynamic Markers in Advanced Heart Failure Patients.”

Complete list of Dr. Sattler’s published work

Megha K. Shah, MD, MSc

Emory University

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine

Lead Mentor: K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA

Dr. Shah is an Assistant Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at Emory University.  Prior to her position at Emory, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at University of Michigan.  Her research interests are focused on community-partnered approaches to chronic disease management, specifically for diabetes.  A particular focus is on community-partnered translational research for diabetes prevention and self-management.  Dr. Shah’s KL2 project is entitled “Better Together: Leveraging primary care and social network resources to create a patient-centered approach to improve diabetes among South Asians”.

Complete list of Dr. Shah’s published work

Vinita Singh, MD

Emory University

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine

Lead Mentor: Theresa Gillespie, PhD, MA, BSN

Dr. Singh is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the Emory University School of Medicine. The title of her KL2 research project is “Efficacy, safety, and feasibility of intranasal ketamine for uncontrolled cancer pain." Intranasal (NAS) ketamine represents an exciting approach to reduce uncontrolled cancer related pain and potential method of delivering ketamine in a needle-free, patient-friendly way as an outpatient maintenance therapy. Her research project is to conduct a clinical of intranasal ketamine in patients with cancer related pain and determine its effects in terms of patient reported outcomes as well as outcomes measured by the investigators. This project will also determine pharmacokinetics of intranasal ketamine. Her long-term goal is to become a national/international expert in non-opioid based therapies for pain.

Complete list of Dr. Singh’s published works

Howa Yeung, MD

Emory University

  • Instructor, Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine

Lead Mentor: Suephy C. Chen, MD, MS

Dr. Yeung is an Instructor in Dermatology at Emory University School of Medicine. His research has revealed disparities in skin cancer risk factors – especially indoor tanning – among sexual minority men. As a KL2 scholar, Dr. Yeung’s research efforts focus on the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of skin cancers in older persons living with HIV. His research is focused on identifying the incidence and risk factors for skin cancers in a large, diverse cohort of veterans at the intersection of long-term HIV infection and aging. His KL2 research project is entitled “Incidence and Risk Factors for Skin Cancers in the HIV Atlanta Veterans Administration Cohort Study”.

Complete list of Dr. Yeung’s published work