Current Scholars

  • Deanna Teoh, MD
    Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota Medical School

    Dr. Teoh's proposed research as a BIRCWH Scholar focuses on optimizing adherence to the current cervical cancer screening guidelines. Her objectives are to determine adherence rates to the 2012 cervical cancer screening guidelines, identify barriers to healthcare provider adherence, and to engage healthcare providers to implement and evaluate a system to improve adherence to the guidelines. Her current and past research focuses on improving patient outcomes specifically in women with gynecologic cancers or pre-malignant conditions.

  • Alicia Allen, PhD, MPH
    Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, Medical School

    (612) 624-0896 |

    Dr. Allen’s work as a BIRCWH Scholar focuses on the effect of smoking on stress-induced allopregnanolone response in women by menstrual phase, as well as the role of exogenous hormones in smoking behavior. She has conducted research with the University of Minnesota Tobacco Research Programsfor more than 10 years.Her long-term research interests include identifying the role of sex, sex hormones, and related factors along the stages of drug addiction from acquisition to maintenance to cessation and relapse.

  • Susan Mason, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

    Dr. Mason’s work as a BIRCWH Scholar focuses on psychosocial and behavioral factors linking abuse victimization to obesity and reproductive health in young women. Her other research interests include psychosocial stress and stress mechanisms, women’s health, maternal and child health, health disparities, and long-term effects of exposure to violence.

  • Rebekah Nagler, PhD
    Assistant Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication

    Dr. Nagler’s BIRCWH research explores how media conflict and controversy influences women's cancer prevention and screening behaviors, using mammography controversy as a case example. Broadly, her research interests lie at the intersection of communication, public health, and cancer prevention.

Past Scholars

  • Anne Blaes, MD

  • Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD, MPH
    Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

  • Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT
    Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

    612-626-3693 |

  • Carolyn M. Porta, PhD, MPH, RN SANE-A
    Associate Professor, University of Minnesota

    612-624-6179 |

  • Rahel Ghebre, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

  • Susanta Hui, PhD
    Associate Professor, University of Minnesota

    612-626-4484 |

  • Katy Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA
    Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

    612-626-3812 |

  • Vishal Lamba, PhD
    Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

  • Kristine M. Talley, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC
    Assistant Professor, Adult and Gerontological Health, School of Nursing

    612-624-9412 |

  • Bharat Thyagarajan, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Lab Medicine and Pathology, Medical School

    612-624-1257 |

Other Scholars

  • Melanie Nicol, PharmD, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

    612-301-9511 |

    Dr. Nicol's efforts as a Powell Center Scholar will focus on understanding antiretroviral disposition and efficacy in the female genital with the ultimate goal of improving HIV prevention options for women. Her research interests are focused on identifying factors that influence the efficacy of antivirals in tissue compartments relevant for viral transmission, shedding, and latent reservoirs.

  • Rachel Isaksson Vogel, PhD

    612-624-6928 |

    As the Masonic Cancer Center Scholar she will assess cognitive decline following chemotherapy and its impact on survivors’ daily functioning among women with ovarian cancer. The objectives of this proposed study are to further define chemotherapy-induced cognitive decline in this population and assess the potential role APOE4 carrier status plays in cognitive changes. She is interested in outcomes research, specifically, cancer survivorship among women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers.