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UCSD Respiratory Medicine Fellows

Current Fellows and Research Projects

Third Year:  Manju Hurvitz, MD                                                                                
                       Residency: Naval Medical Center
                       Medical School: U. Buffalo
                       Research: Improving bipap adherence in neuromuscular disease
                       Mentor: Dr. Rakesh Bhattacharjee, Pediatric Respiratory Medicine

​Positions of Former Fellows

1. Kathyn Akong, MD, PhD, 2012. Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UCSD. 
2. Mindy Ross, MD, MBA, 2013.  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA. 
3. Matejka Cernelc-Kohan, MD, 2014. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UCSD. 
4. Taylor Inman, MD, 2016.  Staff pulmonologist, Balboa Naval Medical Hospital, San Diego.
5. Marilynn Chan, MD, 2017.  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF.
6. Divya Chhabra, MD, 2017.  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, National Jewish Center, Denver, CO.
7. Elizabeth Duong, MD, 2018.  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, with research focus, UCSD.  
8. Ruth Siew, MD 2019, Medical staff physician with research focus, UCSD.  
9. Chelsea Gatcliff, MD 2020, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Texas

Past Fellowship Research Projects

1. Kathryn Akong, MD, PhD – Host defense and neutrophil nets in pneumonia and cystic fibrosis. 
Mentor: Dr. Victor Nizet.
2. Matejka Cernelc-Kohan, MD – Role of extracellular vesicles in phenotypic alteration in lung fibrosis. 
Mentor: Dr. Jim Hagood.
3. Mindy Ross, MD – Use of bioinformatics to distinguish asthma phenotypes. 
Mentor: Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado.      
4. Taylor Inman, MD – Role of continuous glucose monitoring in cystic fibrosis related diabetes. 
Mentor: Dr. Carla Demeterco.
5. Divya Chhabra, MD - Sex differences in DNA methylation during alveolar development.
Mentor: Dr. Jim Hagood.
6. Marilynn Chan, MD - Differential methylation patterns in the developing lung.
Mentor: Dr. Bing Ren.
7. Elizabeth Duong, MD - Single cell analysis of cell types critical to lung development. 
Mentor: Dr. Kun Zhang.
8. Ruth Siew, MD -  The role of bicarbonate in cystic fibrosis pseudomonas lung infections. 
Mentor: Dr. Victor Nizet.
9. Chelsea Gatcliffe, MD -  Evaluation of the Respiratory Tract Immune Response in Pediatric Patients with Chronic Aspiration
Mentor: Dr. David Dimmock 


Notable Fellow Awards and Grants

  • Pediatric Scientist Development Program – Marilynn Chan, 2014; Elizabeth Duong, 2015.
  • NIH Loan Repayment Program – Elizabeth Duong, 2016; Ruth Siew, 2017.
  • NIH T32 Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology – Ruth Siew, 2017.
  • American Thoracic Society Assembly on Pediatrics Scientific Abstract Award, Divya Chhabra, 2018.  
  • Respiratory Disease Young Investigators’ Forum Poster Award – Elizabeth Duong, 2018



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