Expert Directory

Katherine Foss

Professor, Journalism and Strategic Media, College of Media and Entertainment

Middle Tennessee State University

Journalism and Strategic Media, media studies, Health Communication, Gender Studies

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, EDS, Skeletal Dysplasia, Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders

Dr. Clair Francomano has been involved in the care of individuals with the Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes throughout her career. During her years at the National Institutes of Health, she spear-headed a longitudinal study on the natural history of EDS that ran for over 20 years. She has served on the Steering Committee for the International Consortium on the Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Related Conditions and as chair of the Committee on Classical Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome for the Consortium since 2016.

Dr. Francomano joined Indiana University in August 2019 as professor of medical and molecular genetics at the IU School of Medicine and director of the Residency Training Program in Genetics at IU. Prior to joining IU, she was the director of the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation Center for Clinical Care and Research at the Harvey Institute of Human Genetics, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, which she joined in 2005 as director of adult genetics

Dr. Francomano's research interests over the years have centered on hereditary disorders of connective tissue and skeletal dysplasias. In 1994, she became Chief of the Medical Genetics Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, where she served as Clinical Director from 1996-2001. From 2001-2005 she was Chief of the Human Genetics and Integrative Medicine Section in the Laboratory of Genetics, National Institute on Aging. She has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and lectures widely around the world about the Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and related disorders. She has a keen interest in the management of the multiple co-morbidities seen in this condition.  

Dr. Francomano attended Yale College as an undergraduate and received her M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she trained in internal medicine and medical genetics. She joined the full-time Hopkins faculty in 1984.  

James L. Frazier III

Chief, Neurosurgery, Northwest Hospital

LifeBridge Health

Neck Pain, arm pain, Low Back Pain, Leg Pain, Lumbar Stenosis, non-surgical spine care, Spinal Cord Stimulation, spinal tumor ablation, Spine Tumors, Spine trauma, cervical conditions

Dr. Frazier completed a neurosurgical residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital after earning a medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. As a medical student, Dr. Frazier received the Hunterian Medical Student Research Award for his work on interstitial chemotherapy for brain tumors. During his training, Dr. Frazier completed specialized fellowships in neuro-oncology and radiosurgery.

rare disease, Rare Disease Day, congenital disorders of glycosylation, cdg, CDGs

Hudson Freeze helps doctors and families get often long-awaited answers about their child’s rare disease. His lab focuses on developing tests for congenital disorders of glycosylation, or CDGs, an umbrella term for more than 140 mutations that disrupt sugar linking.

First discovered in the 1990s, children with CDG have varying degrees of speech and language difficulty, poor balance, motor control, vision problems, hearing impairments and seizures. 

Remarkably, children with two specific CDG mutations who receive simple nutritional supplements can have dramatic symptom improvements—sometimes even living relatively normal lives. However, for the remaining 140 mutations, no treatments exist.

Emily Frye

Director, Cyber Integration


Homeland Security, National Security, Critical Infrastructure, Cybersecurity

Emily Frye is Director for Cyber Integration at the Homeland Security Center at The MITRE Corporation. She is an expert on homeland security, critical infrastructure and cybersecurity.
Frye’s work has helped define and explore options for the future of comprehensive, nationwide cybersecurity approaches across both public and private sectors, bridge the divide between federal and state government on cybersecurity initiatives, and strengthen public-private partnerships in support of critical infrastructure security and resilience. 
Frye has served on both the Long-Range Planning Committee for the Section of Science & Technology of the American Bar Association, and as advisor to the Diversity Committee of the American Bar Association. She is an accomplished speaker and moderator, and has written about issues relating to critical infrastructure, national resilience, digital technology, national security, privacy, economic impacts of cybersecurity, and the role of insurance in Critical Infrastructure Protection. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from George Mason University and her undergraduate degree from William & Mary.  
Her speaking appearances include a cybersecurity conference hosted by the Atlantic Council in Poland and Xconomy’s Cyber Madness. She has also written in The Hill on the need for an international cyber court, and been quoted by Slate and CybersecurityTV.

Charles Fuchs

Professor; Director; Physician-in-Chief

Yale Cancer Center

Colorectal Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Yale Cancer Center, Cancer epidemiology, Cancer Prevention and Control

Charles S. Fuchs, MD, MPH, became Director of Yale Cancer Center and Physician-in-Chief of Smilow Cancer Hospital on January 1, 2017. An internationally recognized expert in gastrointestinal cancers and cancer epidemiology, Dr. Fuchs was previously profess

Dr. Lawrence Fulton

Assistant Professor and Program Director, BSHS

Texas State University

Machine Learning, Optimization, Simulation, Decision Sceince, R Coding, Python, Statistics, Sustainability, Modeling, Health Administration

Larry Fulton is an Associate Professor of Health Administration at Texas State University, San Marcos. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy / Masters of Science in Statistics from the University of Texas at Austin, his Master of Health Administration from Baylor, and three other graduate degrees. Dr. Fulton is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and maintains the credentials of Chartered Scientist and Chartered Statistician (CStat CSci) as a Fellow in the Royal Statistical Society. He is a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) of the Institute for Operations Research & Management Science, a Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CQE CSSBB) of the American Society for Quality and a Professional Statistician (PStat) of the American Statistical Association.

Lgbt, transgender children, Adolescent Medicine, Sexuality, HIV

Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH, is the Division Head of Adolescent Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and a Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a Co-Director of Lurie Children’s Gender and Sex Development Program, the first comprehensive program for gender nonconforming children and adolescents in the Midwest. Dr. Garofalo also directs Lurie Children’s Adolescent/Young Adult HIV Program and the Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention, which conducts research on topics in adolescent sexual health, gender, sexuality, HIV prevention and health disparities affecting adolescent and young adult populations at risk of acquiring HIV. He is a national expert on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health issues in youth, as well as adolescent sexuality and HIV clinical care and prevention. Dr. Garofalo is the former President of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. In 2010, he served as a committee member for the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities.  

Disease, Neurodegenerative Disorder, Amyothrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Food Chain, Obesity, Malaria

Garruto’s research interests include natural experimental models of disease, using both field and laboratory approaches. His cross-disciplinary research and interests include studies of neurodegenerative disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, food chain disorders, health transition studies, obesity and bionutrition, malaria, Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, and prion diseases, especially chronic wasting disease. 

Marie-Claire Gauduin

Assoc. Scientist, Virology & Immunology

Texas Biomedical Research Institute


Dr. Gauduin has more than 25 years of experience in HIV/AIDS research and medical microbiology. She has been working extensively on HIV and the development of novel vaccine strategies using the non-human primate model for AIDS. In her work, she uses epithelial stem cells and weakened recombinant papillomavirus as vaccine- vectors to protect against multiple low-dose mucosal challenges. Dr. Gauduin is also developing a neonatal model for tuberculosis to study HIV/TB co-infection in pediatric AIDS.

Her specific research interests are:

Early events of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) transmission in a macaque model
Host immune responses to infectious diseases
Early virus-specific T cell responses in neonates
Tuberculosis/SIV coinfection in pediatric AIDS

Michael Giberson

Associate Professor of Practice

Texas Tech University

Energy, Energy Economics, U.S. Energy Policy, Electric Power Industry, Wind Power, business economics

Michael Giberson is an associate professor of practice in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. He is an expert in the areas of energy economics, U.S. energy policy and the electric power industry. Giberson's research and writing focuses on U.S. energy policy and electric power markets, and on the law and economics of price gouging. He is a faculty affiliate at the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. Prior to joining Texas Tech in 2008 he worked with Potomac Economics, Ltd., an economic consulting firm specializing in the electric power industry. Michael Giberson has been published in Nature Energy, the Electricity Journal, the Journal of Regulatory Economics, the Pacific and Asian Journal of Energy, and Regulation magazine, and has written on U.S. energy policies and federal electric power issues for trade publications. He is co-author with Lynne Kiesling of the Knowledge Problem blog discussing economics, energy policy, technology and many other topics. Energy posts at Knowledge Problem are included at Social Media Today's The Energy Collective online community. In addition, his commentary and analysis has appeared at Alternative Energy Stocks and MasterResource. Giberson earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Texas Tech and his master's and doctorate degrees in economics from George Mason University.

Harvinder Gill

Associate Professor, Whitacre Endowed Chair

Texas Tech University

vaccine delivery, Microsystems, Nanosystems, Bio-Nanomaterials, Mucosal Vaccination, Immunomodulation, Flu Vaccination, Peanut Allergy Vaccine

Isaac Ginis

Professor of Oceanography

University of Rhode Island

atmospheric dynamics tropical cyclones hurricane forecasting modeling physical oceanography hurricane extreme coastal impact

URI’s Isaac Ginis uses computer model to predict the power of storms.

The 2019 hurricane season officially kicked off June 1. Predicting the severity of a hurricane can mean the difference between life and death. URI Professor of Oceanography Isaac Ginis makes it his business to predict the power of these ferocious storms with a computer model so successful it was adopted by the National Weather Service.

Ginis’s research efforts have resulted in pioneering advances in modeling of the tropical cyclone-ocean interactions that have led to significant improvements in hurricane intensity forecast skills.

Ginis’s research group has contributed to the development of the HWRF hurricane model used by the U.S. National Hurricane Center and Joint Typhoon Warning Center for operational forecasting of tropical cyclones in all ocean basins. He is currently leading a project funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence to develop advanced modeling capabilities for more accurate representation of hurricane hazards and impacts in Southern New England. This project allows DHS and other agencies to better understand the consequences of coastal and inland hazards associated with extreme hurricanes and Nor’easters and to better prepare coastal communities for future risks.

Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Genetics, biomolecular chemistry, Oncology

Targeting Receptor EphA2 Reduces Bladder Cancer Tumor Growth and Increases Chemotherapy Effectiveness

Genetics May Explain High COVID-19 Mortality in Italy, Inform Global Pandemic Response

Researchers Silence PRMT5 Gene to Slow Mesothelioma Using Precision Medicine

Considerations about current evolution of SARS-nCOV-2 epidemic in Italy

Understanding COVID-19 Origins First Step to Treating Cases, Stopping Spread

Turmeric and the Anti-Cancer Properties of Curcumin Discussed in Research Review

Medicine, Media & Patients: A New Professional Language

New Natural Therapeutic Agent to Fight Diabetic Nephropathy

Exploiting RB1 Predictive Value for Cancer Therapy in the Clinical Setting: Lost in Translation

Cervical Cancer During Pregnancy, Though Serious, is Highly Treatable According to New Research Review

Brain Cancer Drug Reactivates Body's Natural Defenses

Enzyme Inhibition May Lead to New Melanoma Therapy, Say Researchers at Fox Chase with Support from Sbarro Institute

Decoy Damaged DNA Discovers New Gene Repair Protein

Understanding Cancer Heterogeneity Could Further Reduce Chemo Use, Says Expert

Repurposed Parasite Drug New Weapon Against Mesothelioma

Diverse Role of CDK9 Gene in Cell Regulation Continues to Reveal Cancer Treatment Targets 25 Years After Discovery

Fluctuations of Sex Steroid Hormone Could be Culprit in Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Detecting Pompe Disease with More Accuracy Key to Urgent Intervention

Xylella: a conscience, not a science problem

From Medical Discovery to Food and Fine Arts, Italian-American Contributions Celebrated at Annual Foundation Conference

New Cancer Therapies Earn Sbarro Health Research Organization President Antonio Giordano 2017 CORE Prize for Oncology

Italian-American Researchers Present Mediterranean Diet, Health, and Longevity at Annual Medical Conference

Research Reveals Gene Differences in Mouse Model Versus Humans

Adding Radiation Treatments to Inoperable Lung Cancer Increases Survival by up to One Year

Targeting Cell Cycle Reactivation Caused by Inflammation May Provide the Way to Prevent Neuron Death in Alzheimer’s Disease

Does Radiology Contrast Medium Matter? To Fragile Cancer Patients, Yes

Clinical Data Confirms Efficacy of Pre-Surgery Chemo in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Tomato Extract Fights Stomach Cancer, Ripe for Further Study

Thorough Genotyping and Repurposed Drugs Key to Treating Small-Cell Lung Cancer, says Cancer Expert

Sbarro Health Research Organization President Re-Elected to Board of Italian American Foundation

Economic Disparities a Growing Concern for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Every Diagnosis of Cancer Should Come with One of These, Says Cancer Expert

Concussion, concussion and football, traumatic brain injuries, Youth, Neuroplasticity, post-traumatic epilepsy, concussion and sports, Sports-Related Head Injury, Brain Development, helmet studies, Neuroimaging, Genetic Markers

Before joining UCLA, Giza worked on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team. In 2011, he traveled to Afghanistan as a civilian advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense. He co-chaired the American Academy of Neurology committee that developed an evidence-based practice guideline for the management of sports concussions from 2009-2013. He currently serves on advisory committees for traumatic brain injuries/concussion with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer Federation. He has been a clinical consultant for the National Football League, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer. 

Kelly Glazer Baron

Associate Professor in the Division of Public Health, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

University of Utah Health

Health Psychology, Psychology, Clinical, Sleep Medicine

Dr. Baron is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Public Health, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She is a clinical psychologist with specialty training in Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Baron completed her bachelor's degree with honors and distinction at the Ohio State University. She completed her master's degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Utah. Her predoctoral residency in health psychology was completed at Rush University Medical School. After graduate school, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research as well as an MPH degree at Northwestern University. Prior to her position at the University of Utah, Dr. Baron held faculty positions at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Rush University Medical School.

Dr. Baron is involved in sleep research as well as providing non-drug treatment for sleep disorders. In the clinic, she provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), the most effective treatment for chronic insomnia. She also delivers cognitive and behavioral treatment for other sleep disorders including circadian disorders, problems using CPAP treatment in sleep apnea, nightmares, sleepwalking, and coping with disorders of excessive sleepiness such as narcolepsy.

Dr. Baron also translates her passion for the science of sleep and sleep disorders treatment as the director of the behavioral sleep medicine training program and is enthusiastic about increasing the training and awareness of non-drug treatments for sleep disorders because they are highly effective at improving sleep and quality of life.

Her research has been supported by the NIH, including the completion of a K23 mentored patient-oriented research award and a current 5 year R01 research project examing the role of sleep and circadian disruption on appetite regulation. Dr. Baron's research has been widely covered by the press including being featured in the press such as the New York Times, Cooking Light, Men's Health,,, and US News and World Report.

Megan Goldberg

Assistant Professor of American Politics

Cornell College

American Politics, Elections & Campaigns, Public Opinion Poll

Assistant Professor of Politics at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Ph.D. in 2019 from the department of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduate student affiliate of the MIT Political Methodology Lab. Studies American politics, focusing on state politics, political messaging, public opinion, and quantitative methodology.

Her work examines the dynamics of state politics in an increasingly nationalized context. Studies how governors and state parties shift their rhetoric towards elections, and how the mass public reacts to such shifts.  Looks for changes in ideological heterogeneity among political elites as elections approach, and how often governors use national politics to frame issues. Finally, examines the public’s response to the governor’s “going national.” Uses social media data, text analysis, and survey experiments to answer these questions.

Research addresses the relevance and consequences of a federal system when it comes to state politics and political behavior. This question is increasingly important as we are faced with evidence that state political idiosyncrasies are disappearing.

Methodologically, work looks to bring text and social media to answer this question in ways we are unable to do with existing data sources, such as state of the state addresses or state party platforms.
Professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. A member of the Institute of Medicine, Goodman is trained in infectious diseases and public health. He formerly served as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Chief Scientist and Deputy Commissioner. He worked extensively on emerging infectious diseases at FDA and with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization and others on medical countermeasures and vaccines. Goodman is director of the Center on Medical Product Access, Safety and Stewardship (COMPASS) at Georgetown and a clinician at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Ernie Goss

Director of the Institute for Economic Inquiry

Creighton University

midwest economy, Regional Economics, american economy, Labor Economics, Econometrics, Macroeconomics

Faculty director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law. He is professor of medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and professor of public health at the Johns Hopkins University. Gostin is a co-director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law and has served on numerous WHO expert advisory committees related to public health and global health security. Gostin serves on the Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola (Harvard University/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and served on the National Academy of Medicine’s Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future.