The list of OFDIR alumni is continually growing. We are privileged to have shared parts of the journeys of many incredible researchers. Some are still at OHSU, others have gone on to careers elsewhere. Get to know some of the past OFDIR Fellows below.
Tunde Akinyeke, Ph.D.
Instructor at Seattle Central College and Shoreline Community College
Tunde Akinyeke was a postdoctoral researcher at OHSU from 2014-2017. His project was called Effect of c-Myc protein in Hypothalamic and Amygdala Brain Regions of Mice Following Alcohol Exposure. Tunde investigated the influence of alcohol on c-Myc levels in the brain in different human and animal models. He is now pursuing opportunities in the Seattle area in STEM education and/or biomedical research. He has a passion for STEM outreach and getting more students of color into successful careers in STEM fields and his professional interests include molecular biology and education.
Shandee Dixon, Ph.D.
Associate Scientist, Knight Cancer Institute Center for Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR)
Shandee Dixon is an associate specialist with the Knight Cancer Institute Center for Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR). She holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Michigan. Prior to her transition to CEDAR, she was an OHSU Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion in Research in the Microbiology and Immunology Department, served as an adjunct instructor at California State University, Los Angeles and led research projects in postdoctoral positions at the University of California, Irvine, and UCLA . After leading a project establishing an “in-house“ nanobody high-affinity binder technology platform at CEDAR, Shandee now supports molecular biology efforts on multiple cancer early detection projects and is leveraging her current position to advocate for support and inclusion of other aspiring scientists from low-income and under-represented backgrounds. Shandee founded the CEDAR Health Disparities Committee which, most recently, established a recurring seminar series at the Knight Cancer Institute to ensure researchers are aware of the impact health disparities have on early detection and treatment of cancers for all Oregonians.
Eugene Manley, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Corporate Alliances at the American Association for Cancer Research
Eugene Manley, Jr. recently finished his postdoctoral term at OHSU and moved to Philadelphia to accept the position of Assistant Director for Corporate Alliances at the American Association for Cancer Research. He is a Mechanical Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, and Molecular Biologist with expertise in musculoskeletal biology and biomechanics, genomics, gene therapy, and cancer biology. Eugene is passionate about advancing the understanding of complex biological systems, driving programs to completion, and diversity and outreach.
Ginnifer Masterone, Ph.D.
User Experience Researcher at Answer Lab
Ginnifer Mastarone is a social scientist who specializes in human-computer interaction. Her work centers around the usability and usefulness of Health Information Technologies (HIT) in operational settings. Another arm of her research is the evaluation of decision aid tools that facilitate patients as they learn about medical conditions, treatment options, and engage in shared decision-making with their providers. As an OFDIR Fellow, Ginnifer was a Health Services Research Informatics Fellow at the Portland VA Health Care System where she worked closely with Dr. Kathleen Carlson to evaluate the barriers and facilitators to Prescription Drug Monitoring Program use and with Dr. Blake Lesselroth on quality improvement initiatives. In her time at OHSU she contributed greatly to the design, implementation and evaluation of software applications to improve patient access to health services. She also worked with the National Office of Human Factors Engineering to develop a user experience (UX) Toolkit to improve informatics across the VA and has been very involved with implementing health care programs using applied social science techniques. She has now brought that skill and expertise to a new position at AnswerLab.
Oscar Miranda-Dominguez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Pediatrics
Oscar is a biomedical engineer with more than nine years of experience in research, industry and academy. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. After completing his postdoctoral training period through OFDIR, he remained at OHSU for several years as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, where he has developed expertise in neuroimaging and clinical research. Currently, Oscar is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Oscar's research focuses on combining the latest findings from neuroimaging, electrophysiology, and clinical psychology for early identification of the biomarkers of psychiatric and neurological disorders. To this end, he uses functional MRI to extract unique and stable personalized brain "fingerprints" and identify shared patterns of brain connectivity among groups that generalize across studies. The goal of Oscar's research is to develop methods and technologies for building model-based approaches to therapeutics.
Assistant Professor at Brown University School of Public Health
Jeffrey Proulx's primary expertise is in developmental health psychology with a focus on the effects of stress on physical health as people age and whether stress is associated with health disparities in ethnic minority communities. His efforts bridge Native American and African-American traditional contemplative and healing practices and mainstream mindfulness practices and how mindfulness affects resilience and well-being across a person's developmental trajectory. Jeffrey’s work includes studying changes in physiological markers, such as cortisol or blood sugar levels, their relationship to stress and how responses to stress earlier in life may affect health later in life. He is recognized as a developmental health psychologist and his work integrates other disciplines including public health, medicine, molecular biology, and lifecourse sociology. After completing his postdoctoral research at OHSU, Jeffrey joined the faculty at Brown University School of Public Health where he teaches about Psychiatry and Human Behavior.
Marquitta L. Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor at the University of Portland
Marquitta L. Smith is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Portland. In her time at OHSU she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. She completed her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. During her time as an OFDIR fellow, her research involved understanding how impaired glymphatic function leads to the accumulation and propagation of proteins in protein accumulation disorders such as Alzheimer’s and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Marquitta also has an interest in teaching and promoting STEM amongst minority and disadvantaged individuals.