Current Scholars

Zhenzhen Zhang, PhD, MPH, MMed

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Assistant Professor

Hematology & Medical Oncology, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health & Science University

Primary mentor: Jackie Shannon, PhD, MPH

Mentors: Tomi Mori, PhD, MS, MBA; Pepper Schedin, PhD; Raymond Bergan, MD; Shannon McWeeney, PhD, MS; Thomas Sharpton, PhD

Dr. Zhenzhen Zhang is a medical epidemiologist examining the effects of diet on the gut microbiome and its relationship with interval breast cancer. Dr. Zhang’s BIRCWH project aims to understand the relationship between dietary inflammatory potential and the risk of interval breast cancer. Additionally, Dr. Zhang aims to examine the differences in the gut microbiome between interval and screen-detected breast cancer and their associations with dietary inflammatory potential. Dr. Zhang’s long-term career goal is to become an independent investigator and to build and lead an independent molecular epidemiology lab.

Project title: Inflammatory Diet, Microbiome and Interval Breast Cancer

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Jae Downing, PhD

Jae Downing, PhD

Assistant Professor

OHSU - PSU School of Public Health

Primary Mentor: John McConnell, PhD

Mentors: Dennis McCarty, PhD; Paula Carder, PhD

Dr. Jae Downing is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health studying the health of transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals. Dr. Downing's BIRCWH project centers on providing a greater understanding of potential patient-level barriers to accessing gender affirming care, and their relationship with substance use disorders among TGNC individuals in Oregon's Medicaid program. Dr. Downing's long-term goals focus on becoming an independent investigator focused on advancing the health of TGNC people.

Project title: Substance Use and Gender-Affirming Care in Oregon's Medicaid Program

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Julia Gooodman, PhD, MPH

Julia Goodman, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

Primary Mentors: Jeanne-Marie Guise, MD, MPH; Erika Cottrell, PhD, MPP

Mentors: Shannon McWeeney, PhD; William H. Dow, PhD

Dr. Julia Goodman is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health studying work-related determinants of maternal and child health. Dr. Goodman’s BIRCWH project focuses on understanding how health systems can identify and address work-related barriers to care among low-income pregnant people. Dr. Goodman’s long-term career goal is to become a leader in women’s health research and an independent investigator working to develop and implement strategies addressing work-related barriers to maternal and child health and healthcare utilization.

Project Title: Identifying and Addressing Work-Related Determinants of Maternal and Child Health

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