Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine), UCSF
Research SummaryAs an Adolescent Medicine physician and researcher, I have extensive experience working with adolescent smokers both in the clinical and research setting. Furthermore, as the PI on several NIH-funded adolescent nicotine addiction studies, I have expertise recruiting and following adolescent smokers over time. I am a member of the UCSF HDFCCC and have demonstrated a record of productive research projects in the area of adolescent smoking, including factors involved with the development of nicotine addiction such as nicotine metabolism, as well as the utilization of biomarkers to study adolescent nicotine exposure behaviors.
Given the rapid uptake of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) among teens, there is a critical need to understand the safety of these products in adolescents, including (1) how use contributes to toxicant exposure and (2) identification of possible biologic mediators of usage and dependence, such as the nicotine metabolic rate. The goal of my current research is to investigate the presence of toxicants and examine the influence of the rate of nicotine metabolism on ENDS use behaviors and nicotine dependence in adolescent ENDS-only users.
New York University, New York, B.F.A., 1990, Film and Television
Yale University School of Medicine, M.D., 1997, Medicine
Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Residency, 2000, Internal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Fellowship, 2003, Adolescent Medicine
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Adolescent Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Honors & Awards
Scholars Program, New York University
Founders Day Award, New York University
MCHB Postdoctoral Training Fellowship in Adolescent Health
Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program Fellowship
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