Research and Publication News

Recent research and articles published by faculty from Loyola University Chicago's Health Sciences Campus: the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the Parkinson School for Health Sciences and Public Health, and the Stritch School of Medicine. 

September 2020 

Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center Director William Small, Jr., MD, FACRO, FACR, FASTRO, Stritch Associate Professor Matthew Harkenrider, MD, and Assistant Professor Courtney Hentz, MD, published "NRG Oncology /RTOG Consensus Guidelines for Delineation of Clinical Target Volume for Intensity-Modulated Pelvic Radiation Therapy in Postoperative Treatment of Endometrial and Cervical Cancer–An Updatein the Int'l Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics.

School of Nursing Professor Lisa Skemp, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, Department of Health Systems, Leadership and Policy chair, published “Internet programming to reduce loneliness and social isolation in aging” in Research in Gerontological Nursing.  

School of Nursing Assistant Dean of Innovative Educational Strategies and Associate Professor Carol Kostovich, PhD, RN, CHSE, and Assistant Professor Jenny O’Rourke, PhD, APN-BC, CHSE, published “Psychological Safety in Simulation: Prelicensure Nursing Students’ Perceptions” in Clinical Simulation in Nursing 

Cancer Biology Chair and Professor Nancy Zeleznik-Le, PhD, published “BCOR Binding to MLL-AF9 Is Essential for Leukemia via Altered EYA1, SIX, and MYC Activity” in the American Association for Cancer Research’s Blood Cancer Discovery 

Cancer Biology Professor Weihang (Valerie) Chai, PhD, and post-doctoral researchers Dinh-Duc Nguyen and Pau Biak Sang published “Roles of OB-Fold Proteins in Replication Stress” in Cell & Developmental Biology 

An interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and students from Parkinson and Stritch published “Assessing the ocular surface microbiome in severe ocular surface diseases” in the Ocular Surface 

  • Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM): Ophthalmology Chair and Professor Charles Bouchard, MD, MA, Ophthalmology resident William Gange, MD, and research associate Carine Mores, MS
  • Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health: Assistant Professor Cara Joyce, PhD, Assistant Professor Michael Zilliox, PhD, and lab manager Gina Kuffel
  • Stritch students: M4 Paul de Bustros

Parkinson Assistant Professor Cara Joyce, PhD, and SSOM Assistant Professor Monsheel Sodhi, PhD, published “Sex differences in the transcription of glutamate transporters in major depression and suicide,” in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

Stritch Professor Charles Hemenway, MD, PhD and Associate Professor Eugene Suh, MD, published “Emergence of a Ph-negative Clone in a Child with Ph+ ALL” in the Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.  

Parkinson Assistant Professor Oguz Akbilgic published a case study on cardiac arrhythmia detection in the Cardiovascular Digital Health Journal 

Stritch Professor Ramzan Shahid, MD, FAAP, and William Adams, MA, biostatistician for the Clinical Research Office, publish “Emotional Intelligence Level Higher in Residents who Took a Gap Year Before Medical School,” in Advances in Medical Education and Practice 


August 2020

Stritch Associate Professor Matthew Harkenrider, MD, and Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center (CBCC) Director William Small, Jr., MD, FACRO, FACR, FASTRO, published a summary of “Criteria for Management of Uterine Carcinosarcoma” in Gynecologic Oncology.

Stritch faculty, staff, and students from the Departments of Oncology, Urology, Surgery, and Cancer Biology published "Inhibition of Histone Deacetylase (HDAC) Enhances Checkpoint Blockade Efficacy by Rendering Bladder Cancer Cells Visible for T Cell-Mediated Destruction," in Frontiers in Oncology

  • Department of Surgery and Cancer Biology: Cynthia Perez, Lourdes Plaza-Rojas, Michael Delos Reyes, Kushal Prajapati, Gopal Gupta, and José Guevara-Patiño. 
  • Department of Urology: Catherine Eden, Alex Belshoff, Spencer Hart
  • Department of Oncology: Associate Professor Elizabeth Henry, MD
  • Clinical Research Office (CRO): Operations Manager Brianna Burke

Brianna Burke, Catherine Eden, Cynthia Perez, Alex Belshoff, Spencer Hart, Lourdes Plaza-Rojas, Michael Delos Reyes, Kushal Prajepati,  Elizabeth Henry, Gopal Gupta, Jose Guevara-Patino

Stritch Assistant Professor Stephanie Berg, DO, published "Burkitt Lymphoma in the Modern Era: Real World Outcomes and Prognostication Across 30 US Cancer Centers" in the American Society of Hematology’s journal, Blood.

Assistant Professor of NursingDarlie Simerson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN, contributed to the third edition of Essential Procedures for Emergency, Urgent, and Primary Care Settings, with her chapter, “Managing Animal and Human Bites.”  

Public Health Sciences Professor Holly Kramer, MD, MPH, Associate Professor Talar Markossian, PhD, MPH, and MPH student Aelia Akbar explore “Racial differences in urinary incontinence prevalence and associated bother” in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology  

Associate Dean of Graduate Education Leanne Cribbs, PhD, Molecular Pharmacology & Neuroscience Interim Chair Kenneth Byron, PhD, and Research Assistant Professor Lyubov Brueggemann, PhD, published an article in Frontiers in Physiology. 

CBCC Director William Small, Jr., MD, FACRO, FACR, FASTRO, joins international committee of experts to publish recommendations on “Radiation therapy for gynecologic malignancies during the COVID-19 pandemic” in Gynecologic Oncology. 

Stritch Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Education Trent Reed, DO, FACEP, published "The Flipped Classroom and Simulation: A Primer for Simulation Educators" in Medical Science Educator

MNSON Assistant Professor Vicki Bacidore, DNP, APN, ACNP-BC, CEN, published “Strategies for Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Sustainability in the Emergency Department” in Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal 

Parkinson Associate Professor Oguz Akbilgic, PhD, published “Discovery and predictive modeling of urine microbiome, metabolite and cytokine biomarkers in hospitalized patients with community acquired pneumonia” in Nature Scientific Reports 

Parkinson and Stritch faculty, staff, and a student explored Dialysis, COVID-19, Poverty, and Race in Greater Chicago” in an ecological analysis published in Kidney Medicine 

  • Public Health Sciences: Associate Professor Talar Markossian, PhD, Professor Amy Luke, PhD, Assoicate Professor David Shoham, PhD, Profesor Richard Cooper, MD, Professor Holly Kramer, MD, MPH
  • Health Informatics: Assistant Professor Samie Tootooni, PhD,Research Associate Ranit Sengupta, PhD
  • Stritch M4 Siddharth Bhayani, BS

Loyola's Departments of Surgery, Cancer Biology, Urology, and Oncology collaborated to publish “Inhibition of Histone Deacetylase (HDAC) Enhances Checkpoint Blockade Efficacy by Rendering Bladder Cancer Cells Visible for T Cell-Mediated Destruction” in Frontiers in Oncology 

  • Department of Surgery and Cancer Biology: Brianna Burke, Cynthia Perez, Lourdes Plaza-Rojas, Michael Delos Reyes, Kushal Prajapati, Gopal Gupta, and José Guevara-Patiño
  • Department of Urology: Catherine Eden, Alex Belshoff, and Spencer Hart
  • Department of Oncology: Elizabeth Henry

Public Health Sciences Assistant Professor Abigail Silva, PhD, MPH, and MD/MPH student Kellie Steele were quoted by the Belleville News-Democrat in an article about Illinois’ contract tracing efforts. 

Stritch Professor James Welsh, MD, MS, FACRO, shared the story of how tortoise rides inspired his career in radiation oncology in Inside Sources.  

Stritch Associate Professor Michael Tomblyn, MD, published ACR-ACNM-ASTRO-SNMMI Practice Parameter for the Performance of Therapy with Radium-223" in the American Journal of Clinical Oncology 

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Associate Department Chair Mary Donnelly, JD, RN, published “My Chiaroscuro Moment” in Pulse– voices from the heart of medicine.  

Parkinson's Department of Public Health Sciences Associate Professor Kevin Stroupe, PhD, and Assistant Professor Abigail Silva, PhD, MPH, published Did the Affordable Care Act Decrease Veteran Enrollment in the Veterans Health Administration” in Medical Care. 

School of Nursing Assistant Professor Thao Griffith, PhD, RN, and Professor Linda Janusek, PhD, RN, FAAN, had their article, “A Behavioral Epigenetics Model to Predict Oral Feeding Skills in Preterm Infants, shared by Shaker Seminars.  

July 2020 

SSOM Associate Professors of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Amy Pittman, MD, and Eric Thorpe, MD, published two articles:

Radiation Oncology Professors Raymond Wynn, MD, and John Roeske, PhD, published “ACR-ASTRO Practice Parameter for Image-guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)” in the American Journal of Clinical Oncology.  

Stritch School of Medicine Radiation Oncology Department's Matthew Harkenrider, MD, Alexander Harris, MD, Abhishek Solanki, MD, and Alexander Harris, MD, along with the Department of Urology's  Ahmer Farooq, DO, Kristin G. Baldea, MD, Robert Flanigan, MD, and M4 Zohaib Sherwani published "Patient and physician reported toxicity with two-fraction definitive high-dose-rate prostate brachytherapy: the impact of implant interval" in the Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy.

Parkinson Associate Professor Oguz Akbilgic, PhD, published Electrocardiographic changes predate Parkinson’s disease onset,” in Nature Scientific Reports 

MNSON Assistant Professor Angela Mahaffey, PhD, explores connections among acid–base chemistry, redox reactions, and healthcare in an undergraduate nursing course in her article published in the Journal of Chemical Education. 

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Professors Martin Tobin, MD, Franco Laghi, MD, FCCP, and Amal Jubran, MD, explore “Why COVID-19 Silent Hypoxemia is Baffling to Physicians” in their article published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Assistant Professor Kimberly Oosterhouse, PhD, RN, CNE, published the editorial, “Call to action: Educating the public about delirium,” in New Directionsthe National Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence newsletter. 

Stritch's Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Program Manager Mark Torrez published the article, “Undocumented students, dislocation and the search for belonging” in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Parkinson Public Health Sciences Assistant Professor Abigail Silva, PhD, MPH, and MPH alumna Alexandrina Balanean published research about HPV in Cancer Causes & Control.

June 2020

Stritch Department of Medicine Assistant Professor Xiang Gao, PhD, MS, and Affiliate Associate Professor in Bioinformatics Qunfeng Dong, PhD, published two articles: 

School of Nursing Associate Dean of Graduate Programs Jenny O’Rourke, PhD, APN-BC, CHSE, published the the article, "Using Simulation to Evaluate Nurse Competencies," in the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development. 

PhD Program Director and Professor Barbara Velsor-Friedrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, received a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to support the Nurse Faculty Loan Program. 

Primary Care Community Health Nursing Scholar Program Director Ann Solari-Twadell, PhD, RN, MPA, FAAN, received HRSA CARES Act funding to purchase equipment to prepare students to use telehealth in community-based nursing practice. 

Radiation Oncology Professor William Small Jr., MD, FACRO, FACR, FASTRO, and Associate Professor Matthew Harkenrider, MD, published "Executive Summary of the American Radium Society® Appropriate Use Criteria for Management of Uterine Carcinosarcoma" in the Gynecologic Oncology journal. 

Dr. Harkenrider also published two articles in the following journals: 

Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics Director Mark Kuczewski, PhD, published an op-ed piece about the Supreme Court’s pending decision on DACA and the impact on the health care industry  in the Hill. 

MNSON Associate Dean for Simulation-Based Teaching and Learning Carol Kostovich, PhD, RN, CHSE, and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs Jenny O’Rourke, PhD, APN-BC, CHSE, published their article, "Establishing psychological safety in simulation: Faculty perceptions," in the August issue of Nursing Education Today.  

May 2020

A team of Stritch and School of Education faculty along with Loyola Medicine residents published an article in the Journal of Contemporary Medical Education. Congratulations Faaiza Mahmoud, Thomas P. Sullivan, David C. Ensminger, Amany Aziz, Khalid Alsabban, Terrence C. Demos, Jennifer E. Lim-Dunham.

Neurology Professor Jose Biller, MD, co-authored the 2020 edition of Concise Neurology 

Assistant Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Neuroscience Rocco Gogliotti, PhD, was awarded an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project, "A precision medicine approach to Rett Syndrome."

Cancer Biology Chair and Professor Nancy Zeleznik-Le, PhD, received a grant renewal from the NIH for another five years to fund basic and clinical research training for medical students. 

School of Nursing Professor Kathy Bobay, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, published "Nurse Continuity at Discharge and Return to Hospital" in the May/June 2020 issue of Nursing Research

Stritch Professor Carol Bier-Laning, MD, FACS, otalyngology, and Associate Professor Aziz Ansari, DO, FACP, hospital medicine, published the article, "Survival, Outcomes, and Use of Acuity Scoring Systems Following Tracheotomy in Veteran Patients," in the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) student Kailey Anichini, mentored by Associate Professor and BSN Director Jorgia Connor, received the Provost Fellowship for a project exploring the lived experience of college students recently diagnosed with chronic illness.  

April 2020

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Nursing Lindsey Garfield, PhD, RN, for publishing her article, "Pharmacology for Preterm Labor," in the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology Francis Alonzo, PhD, who was awarded an R01 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for his study, "Intercellular Communication and Pheromone Maturation in Gram-Positive Bacteria." 

M4 John Wagner reflects on his experience with Veteran Health Partner’s patient outreach program in an article, “The thing that tethers,” published in Alpha Omega Alpha’s quarterly journal, the Pharos

Congratulations to Nephrology Professors Karen Griffin, MD, FACP, and Anil Bidani, MD, for their article, “Pathophysiology of unilateral ischemia-reperfusion injury: importance of renal counterbalance and implications for the AKI-CKD transition,” published in the Journal of American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology. 

BSN students Madeline Ohlms, Emily Minneci, and Radia Daud shared their work during Loyola University Chicago's Virtual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium last week. 

Congratulations to Parkinson Associate Professor Oguz Akbilgic, PhD, and Research Associate Ibrahim Karabayir, PhD, for their article, “A Novel Learning Algorithm to Optimize Deep Neural Networks: Evolved Gradient Direction Optimizer,” published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Nursing Thao Griffith, PhD, RN, for receiving an Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses research grant to support her study, “Stress and Epigenetic Predictors of Oral Feeding Skills in Preterm Infants.”  

Congratulations to Stritch Professor Stefan Pambuccian, MD, vice chair of pathology and laboratory science, for his article, “The COVID-19 pandemic: Implications for the cytology laboratory,” published in the Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology. 

Check out this month’s research funding opportunities. For more information or assistance, please contact the Office of the Vice Dean of Research at Stritch.  

March 2020

Congratulations to Stritch Vice Chair for Faculty Development Matthew Fitz, MD, MSc, and Assistant Professor William Adams, PhD, for their article, “Which Internal Medicine Clerkship Characteristics are Associated with Students’ Performance on the NBME Medicine Subject Exam? A Multi-Institutional Analysis,” published in the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, March issue. 

Congratulations to School of Nursing Assistant Professor Kim Oosterhouse, PhD, RN for funding she received from the Network for Investigation of Delirium: Unifying Scientists to support her pilot study, “Computable Phenotyping of Delirium: Analyzing the Unstructured Data.”  

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Nursing Patricia Friend, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCNS, AGN-BC, on her article, “How DNA Sequencing Technologies are Used in Cancer Care, Now and in the Future,” in the ONS Voice, an award-winning magazine from the Oncology Nursing Society. 

Congratulations to PhD candidate Raiza Bonomo and her mentor, Virginie Mansuy Aubert, PhD, for being invited to share her research at the Science Committee of the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. 

Congratulations to Niehoff School of Nursing Associate Professor P. Ann Solari-Twadell, PhD, RN, MPA, FAAN, for editing the book, “Faith Community Nursing: An International Specialty Practice Changing the Understanding of Health,” printed by Springer in 2020. 

Explore grant opportunities through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund: 

February 2020

Congratulations to Parkinson Professor Richard Cooper, MD, for his article, “Do Polygenic Risk Scores Improve Patient Selection for Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease?” in the February 2020 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Eugene Suh, MD, for his article, “Late Mortality and chronic health conditions in long-term survivors of early-adolescent and young adult cancers: a retrospective cohort analysis from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study,” published in the February 2020 issue of The Lancet Oncology

Congratulations to Parkinson Professor Richard Cooper, MD, for his article, "Will Precision Medicine Lead to a Healthier Population?" published in the winter 2020 issue of Issues in Science and Technology

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Neurology Antonio Iglesias, MD, for his article, “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as Treatment in Multiple Neurologic Conditions,” published in the February issue of Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.  

Congratulations to Stritch Assistant Professor Harel Dahari, PhD, for receiving an RO1 grant from the NIH for his research, "Data-Driven Mathematical and Computational Modeling of Hepatitis D Infection and Treatment Response."  

Congratulations to Nursing Associate Professor Patricia Friend, PhD, APN-CNS, AOCNS, AGN-BC, and PhD student Mary Pat Johnson, MS, RN, AOCN, for receiving a research grant from the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute for their study, “Cancer Survivor Empowerment through Patient-Reported Outcomes.” 

Congratulations to MD/PhD student Marisa Luck, mentored by Professor Mashkoor Choudhry, PhD, for receiving the Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral National Research Service Award (F30) from the National Institutes of Health.

Congratulations to Neurology Assistant Professor Jigisha Thakkar, MBBS, for her article, “Leptomeningeal metastasis from solid tumors,” published in the Journal of Neurological Sciences, January 2020. 

Congratulations to Microbiology and Immunology Associate Professor Katherine Radek, PhD, for receiving an NIH-sponsored R21 grant for her research, “Targeting the CHRNA7 Receptor to Modulate Wound Antimicrobial Responses.”  

January 2020

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Surgical Research Jose Alejandro Guevara-Pantino, MD, PhD, who received an RO1 grant from the NIH for his research, “Study of Anti-Tumor Immunity and Tissue Resident Memory Cell Development by NKG2D and Ribosomal Protein S6 Signaling in T Cells.” 

Congratulations to surgical resident Emanuel Eguia, MD, clinical associate professor Marshall S. Baker, MD, and associate professor Carlos Bechara, MD, for their article, “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion on Vascular Surgery,” published in this month’s Annals of Vascular Surgery. 

Congratulations to Associate Dean of Graduate Education Leanne Cribbs, PhD, Cell and Molecular Physiology Professor Kenneth Byron, PhD, and Research Assistant Professor Lioubov Brueggemann, PhD, for their article, "Structural determinants of Kv7.5 potassium channels that confer changes in phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) affinity and signaling sensitivities in smooth muscle cells," published in a December 2019 issue of Molecular Pharmacology

Congratulations to Parkinson Assistant Professor Justin Harbison, PhD, for his study "Gravid Culex pipiens Exhibit A Reduced Susceptibility to Ultra–Low Volume Adult Control Treatments Under Field Conditions," pubished in the December 2019 issue of the Journal of American Mosquito Control Association. 

Congratulations to Nursing Assistant Professor Lindsey Garfield, PhD, RN, for her article, “Low Serum Oxytocin Concentrations are Associated with Painful Menstruation,” published in Reproductive Sciences, January 2020. 

Congratulations to Stritch Professor and Neurology Chair José Biller, MD, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, for his article, “2019 Update to the 2018 Guidelines for the Early Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Guideline for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” published in Stroke, December 2019.   

Congratulations to Parkinson Associate Professor Lara Dugas, PhD, MPH, FTOS, and Director of Biostatistics Cara Joyce, PhD, for their article, “Constraint and trade-offs regulate energy expenditure during childhood,” published in Science Advances, December 2019. 

Congratulations to School of Nursing faculty Karen Saban, PhD, RN, APRN, CNRN, FAHA, Linda Witek Janusek, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Regina Conway-Phillips, PhD, RN, Niehoff alumna Stephanie Klonowski, APRN-CNP, and Department of Socioloty Assistant Professor Helena Dagadu, PhD, for publishing their article “Qualitative Evidence for Resilience, Stress, and Ethnicity (RiSE): A Program to to Address Race-Based Stress Among Black Women at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease” in the January 2020 issue of Science Direct.

Congratulations to Parkinson Professor Talar Markossian, MPH, PhD, who was one of two candidates selected for the 2020 Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) Research Fellowship. 

Congratulations to Professor of Surgery Michael Nishimura, PhD, for his RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health for his research, "Anti-oxidant and Metabolic Phenotype in Regulating Tumor Specific T-cell Memory Response."