Skip to Content

Current Fellows in the Clinical Genetics Branch

Meet the current fellows in the Clinical Genetics Branch and learn about current research training opportunities.

Bari Ballew, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Fellow

Bari BallewDr. Bari Ballew is a postdoctoral CRTA fellow in the Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB). She obtained her Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, San Diego in 2012. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on the regulation of DNA end-processing at telomeres and at DNA double strand breaks. Dr. Ballew completed her undergraduate training at Johns Hopkins University where she was awarded a Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship prior to earning her Bachelor of Science degree in molecular and cellular biology. Dr. Ballew works primarily on the telomere molecular epidemiology program with Sharon A. Savage, M.D., Chief of CGB. Her current research focuses on studies of the genetic contribution of aberrant telomere biology on human disease. She is conducting studies on disease susceptibility in patients with dyskeratosis congenita, an inherited cancer predisposition syndrome, which is caused by germline mutations in telomere biology genes, and new cancer gene discovery in DCEG’s Whole Exome Sequencing initiative.

DCEG Publications (text and abstracts from our publications database)

Julia C. Gage, Ph.D., M.P.H. - Research Fellow

Julia C. Gage Dr. Julia Gage joined DCEG as a CRTA predoctoral fellow in 2005 while pursuing a Ph.D. in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Since graduating in 2008, she has worked as a postdoctoral fellow under the guidance of Mark Schiffman, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Investigator,CGB, initially in the Hormone and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch, and now in the Clinical Genetics Branch. Her interests focus on the molecular epidemiology of human papillomavirus infection (HPV), and translating novel discoveries regarding the natural history of HPV into improved screening and diagnosis for cervical precancer. Her postdoctoral projects have included the validation of low-cost screening tests and coordinating the Itoju Study of HPV DNA Prevalence in Nigeria. Dr. Gage serves as lead analyst for NCI in the New Mexico Cervical HPV Registry Project, a statewide registry recording all cytology, HPV testing, pathology, and vaccination data, to study the impact of vaccination on screening. She is also analyzing data from the Study of Distinguish HPV Infection from Cervical Precancer (SUCCEED Biopsy) project and the Persistence and Progression (PaP) cohort. Specifically, she is conducting 1) etiologic analyses to address remaining questions in HPV natural history; 2) validation studies of novel HPV tests; 3) investigations of colposcopic error and approaches to improve targeting of underlying precancer; and 4) analyses of interpathologist reproducibility in the interpretation of biopsies and excisional specimens. In recognition of her outstanding research productivity and great promise as an independent investigator, Dr. Gage was recently promoted to Research Fellow, an important step in her career development.

DCEG Publications (text and abstracts from our publications database)

Lindsey M. Hoskins, Ph.D., M.S. - Postdoctoral Fellow

Lindsey M. HoskinsDr. Lindsey Hoskins is a CRTA postdoctoral fellow in the Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB). For her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Hoskins worked with Mark H. Greene, M.D., Former CGB Chief and Senior Investigator, Jennifer T. Loud, R.N., C.R.N.P., D.N.P., Assistant Branch Chief of CGB, and June A. Peters, M.S., C.G.C., L.M.F.T., Senior Genetic Counselor in CGB, on the impact of a positive BRCA1/2 mutation test on young women's decision-making regarding couple formation and maintenance, childbearing and family planning, and risk-reducing (prophylactic) surgeries. Dr. Hoskins published a pilot study describing preliminary observations in young female mutation carriers in Family Systems and Health, which provided the foundation for her dissertation research. She was also a co-author in a Journal of Genetic Counseling report describing the evolution of the Colored Eco-Genetic Relationship Map (CEGRM), a new tool for assessing social and relational functioning among women in Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) families, and participated in two publications (Psycho-Oncology; American Journal of Public Health) describing the application of social network analysis to CEGRM data. She is currently involved in research and manuscript preparation in the area of domestic violence, with her mentors in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Maryland. Dr. Hoskins received her B.S. in family studies and psychology at the University of Arizona in 2002. She holds a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from the University of Maryland and is a licensed MFT in the state of Maryland. She has been a collaborator on Clinical Genetics Branch-related research since February of 2005.

DCEG Publications (text and abstracts from our publications database)

Nicholas Khan, B.A. – Postbaccalaureate Fellow

Nicholas KhanMr. Nicholas Khan joined the Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB) as a post-baccalaureate fellow in November 2013. Mr. Khan received his B.A. in public health studies from the Johns Hopkins University and is earning an M.S.P.H. in health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His work prior to joining CGB includes experience with both laboratory and public health research and covers a range of topics including childhood obesity and intimate-partner violence. In DCEG, Mr. Khan will work under the mentorship of Jennifer T. Loud, R.N., C.R.N.P., D.N.P., Assistant Branch Chief of CGB, and Douglas Stewart, M.D., Investigator, CGB, on several projects, including the association of phenotype and DICER1 mutations in a prospective cohort.

Payal Khincha, M.B.B.S. - Clinical Fellow

Payal KhinchaDr. Khincha joined the Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB) as a Special Volunteer and Clinical Collaborator in July 2012 for the research component of her clinical fellowship at the Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), Washington, DC. Dr. Khincha received her M.B.B.S. degree in 2005 from Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, India, and completed a residency in pediatrics in 2009 at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY at CNMC. Dr. Khincha joined CNMC in 2011 as a clinical fellow in pediatric hematology-oncology.  In CGB she works primarily on the analysis and interpretation of clinical and genetic data from patients with dyskeratosis congenita (DC) and other inherited bone marrow failure syndromes with Sharon A. Savage, M.D., Chief of CGB, serving as her primary mentor. Dr. Khincha is also leading follow-up studies on genotype-phenotype correlations in DC. She is developing new research projects within the Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Study, with a particular focus on radiation sensitivity among family members who are TP53 mutation carriers.

Anand Pathak, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. - Postdoctoral Fellow

Anand PathakDr. Anand Pathak joined the Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB) as a postdoctoral fellow in August 2012. He earned his AB with Honors in biology from Harvard College in 1997. In 2007, he graduated from the MSTP Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine with an M.D. and a Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and biochemical pharmacology. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on understanding the role of protein phosphatase 1 and inhibitor-1 in normal and abnormal cardiac function; inhibitor-1 was determined to be an important molecular inotrope that inhibited heart failure progression. Dr. Pathak completed his clinical training and residency in preventive medicine at the University of Michigan, and earned an M.P.H. in epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2011. He is board certified in preventive medicine. Before joining CGB, Dr. Pathak worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Pathology, NIH, where he discovered a novel epigenetic biomarker for mesothelioma. Dr. Pathak has a strong interest in cancer genetics and epidemiology and has significant interest in bioinformatics. He has a genuine passion for applying these tools to large, complex data sets, and seeks to apply these skills to cancer epidemiology and genomics as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Pathak is working under the supervision of Douglas Stewart, M.D., Investigator, CGB, focusing primarily on studying novel genetic variants that contribute to risk of aggregated familial cancers.

Publications in PubMed

Back to Top

Learn about research training opportunities in the Clinical Genetics Branch.