Past BU-CHART Trainees

Joëlla Adams, PhD, MPH

Joëlla Adams received a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Brown University where she was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein Pre-doctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct research examining the impact of mass incarceration on HIV acquisition risk for community-dwelling women using agent-based modeling. She is currently a fellow within the Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training Program on Substance Use, HIV, and Comorbidities. Before her doctoral studies, she was the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System (NHBS) Data Manager for the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. She is working with Drs. Ben Linas and Joshua Barocas to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of interventions to prevent opioid overdose deaths and reduce injection-related infections. Her long term research goal is to develop a career as an infectious disease epidemiologist with a focus on women’s health and reducing HIV disparities, particularly those related to gender, race, and experiences with the criminal justice system.

Mentors: Dr. Joshua Barocas and Dr. Benjamin Linas

Youngji Jo, PhD

Youngji Jo is originally from South Korea and received her undergraduate degree from Seoul National University in electrical engineering and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in international economics/relations.  She received her doctoral degree and postdoctoral training from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she developed and applied various costing and cost effectiveness analyses to evaluate public health programs. Her doctoral thesis research is on cost-effectiveness and scalability of an mHealth intervention to improve pregnancy surveillance and care seeking in rural Bangladesh. As a Gordis Teaching Fellow, she developed and taught a course on ‘Information and communication technology for health systems strengthening’ for undergraduate students at Johns Hopkins University.  During her postdoctoral fellowship, she worked on cost effectiveness analyses of tuberculosis control and prevention programs in various settings.

Mentors: Dr. Brooke Nichols and Dr. Robert Horsburgh

R. Taylor Pickering, PhD

Taylor received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri before completing a PhD in Nutrition in Metabolism at Boston University School of Medicine where his thesis examined depot dependent mechanisms of adipose tissue fibrosis and dysfunction. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Epidemiology also at BUSM focusing on dietary risk factors of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Wanting to return to basic science, Taylor decided to pursue laboratory research through BU-CHART and is major research interests are adipose tissue biology and interorgan communication in the context of HIV. Under the mentorship of Dr. Nina Lin, he will be examining the effects of aerobic and anaerobic exercise on immune responses in people living with HIV using a cell-based model of exercise and probing how certain antiretroviral therapies may alter adipose tissue biology. When not in the lab, Taylor can be found cycling around Boston, training on trapeze, or playing roller derby.

Mentor: Dr. Nina Lin