Cecilia Shikuma, MD, Director, Research Infrastructure Core is Professor and the Edwin C. Cadman Endowed Chair in the Department of Medicine, Director of the Hawaii Center for AIDS, and Core Director of the NIMHD-funded RMATRIX Clinical Research Resources and Facilities Core. Dr. Shikuma has considerable expertise in HIV clinical trials, including multi-site trials of the Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Unit. As the Director of the Research Infrastructure Core (RIC), Dr. Shikuma will work closely with the Community-Engagement Core (CEC) and Investigator Development Core (IDC), as well as the Ola HAWAII leadership and advisors to enhance needed facilities and equipment and sustain support personnel to provide customized research services. Dr. Shikuma will also be responsible for overseeing the Clinical Research Facility. With the assistance of the Nursing staff, she will work with the CEC and IDC to optimize study design and protocol implementation, and facilitate recruitment and retention of study participants in clinical and behavioral research.
John Chen, PhD, Core Leader is Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Complementary and Integrative Medicine and will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Biostatistics Facility. Dr. Chen and his team will provide comprehensive biostatistical expertise and participate in the Team-Science Mentoring Bootcamp. He will continue to coordinate and facilitate this critical mass of collaborative biostatisticians in providing high quality comprehensive research design, data management and analysis, consultations and support, including grant application support for Ola HAWAII investigators.
Youping Deng, PhD, Core Leader is Professor of Bioinformatics, Co- Director of the Genomics Core and Bioinformatics Director for the INBRE program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Deng will be responsible for directing the Bioinformatics Facility. Dr. Deng is well versed in molecular biology, genomics, computer science and bioinformatics and has successfully provided bioinformatics support for numerous NIH proposals and publications.
Mariana Gerschenson, PhD, Core Leader is Professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Gerschenson will oversee the Histopathology Facility. Dr. Gerschenson has a PhD in experimental pathology and has completed graduate level coursework in histology and pathology. She has used imaging methodologies, histology and immunohistochemistry in her research. Dr. Gerschenson will provide education, training and service in histological and immunohistochemical methods, including tissue processing, preservation, sectioning (microtome and cryostat), staining, and troubleshooting new methods or reagents.
Earl Hishinuma, PhD, Core Leader is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Hishinuma will oversee the Behavior Research Facility which is an innovative new facility integrating support for both human and animal behavior research resources, fostering interactions that will promote cross-disciplinary team science. Dr. Hishinuma will work closely with Dr. Marla Berry and Dr. Matthew Pitts who will be responsible for the Animal Behavioral components which include two multi- purpose modular behavior assessment systems for the evaluation of learning, memory, emotion and stress- related behaviors in mice, and four recently added metabolic cage systems for monitoring energy expenditure in animal models of diabetes, metabolic syndrome and other conditions that alter metabolism.