2018 Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholars in Women’s Health Awardees

The Johns Hopkins BIRCWH program (JH-BIRCWH) was established to develop highly qualified, independent investigators to conduct women’s health and sex and gender differences research. These independent investigators will be leaders now and in the future, developing innovative, interdisciplinary programs of research that will improve health and social outcomes for diverse women, and also men, across the lifespan. This two-year award will provide research and mentoring resources, salary support, and career development activities to faculty members.

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research is proud to announce the selection of the second cohort of Clinical Research Scholars in Women’s Health.

Kamila Alexander, PhD, MPH, RN
Assistant Professor, Community-Public Health Nursing
Mentors: Susan Sherman, PhD; Karin Tobin, PhD
Research Interests: Underlying mechanisms that inform our understanding of sexual health disparities at the intersections of HIV and intimate partner abuse prevention, healthy sexuality and reproductive well-being.

Anna Beavis, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Gynecology & Obstetrics
Mentors: Bert Vogelstein, MD; Amanda Nickles Fader, MD
Research Interests: Women’s interest in endometrial cancer screening and knowledge of the consequences of obesity; Testing utility of the Papgene mutational analysis, a novel screening technique

Lydia Pecker, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hematology
Mentors: Sophie Lanzkron, MD, MHS; Mindy Christianson, MD
Research Interests: Reproductive and sexual health in adolescent and adult women with sickle cell disease (SCD)

Anna Powell, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Gynecology & Obstetrics
Mentors: Khalil Ghanem, MD, PhD; Deborah Persaud, MD; Jean Anderson, MD
Research Interests: Improving perinatal outcomes for women living with HIV

Arthur Vaught, MD
Assistant Professor, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Surgery
Mentor: Robert Brodsky, MD
Research Interests: Targeted therapies for HELLP syndrome


BIRCWH K12 program is supported by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, as well as the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics. To learn more about the mechanism, please visit https://orwh.od.nih.gov/career-development/building-interdisciplinary-research-careers-womens-health-bircwh.