Gia Yannekis

Dr. Yannekis completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as Chief Resident. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Chemistry from Barnard College. She obtained her medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. During residency, she conducted a retrospective cohort study delineating the differential impacts of neonatal intensive care unit level and volume on morbidity of minority versus non-Hispanic white neonates and evaluated effects of delivery hospital quality on disparities in neonatal outcomes. Her work was presented at multiple national conferences and published in the Journal of Perinatology. She is interested in health services research and in particular, the effects of delivery hospital on minority outcomes. She hopes to earn her master’s in public health during the fellowship.

Dare Odumade

Dr. Odumade completed her pediatric residency at the University of California, San Diego. She received her bachelor’s degree at Hamlin University in Biology and Psychology, her medical degree and PhD at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and completed the Global Health Pediatric Research Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. She most recently worked as faculty in the Precision Vaccines Program (PVP) under the division of Infectious Diseases at Boston Children’s Hospital and directed by Dr. Ofer Levy. She worked on several projects including a National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID) U19-funded human immunology project consortium (HIPC) study on human in-vitro modeling of vaccine responses. She is interested in pursuing translational research focusing on neonatal sepsis.

Zoe Michael

Dr. Michael completed her pediatric residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program. She received her undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Athens School of Health Sciences. During residency, she worked under Dr. Sule Cataltepe at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in a retrospective study comparing the efficacy of hydrocortisone and dexamethasone for decreasing respiratory support in premature infants with developing bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). She previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Helen Christou’s lab and is interested in basic science research in neonatal lung biology.

Kelly McCullagh

Dr. McCullagh completed her pediatric residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program as Chief Resident. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Wellesley College and obtained her medical degree at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. During residency, she worked with a research team to develop an innovative, systems-based approach to address ingrained inequities in access to services that optimize care for infants followed in the NICU Growth and Developmental Support Program under Dr. Jonathan Litt. She also worked to form a task force that will review previously collected data from interviews with families/staff and health literacy assessments. She is interested in health services research and quality improvement with a focus on optimizing the outcomes for high-risk infants in the NICU GraDS program.

Lillian Juttukonda

Dr. Juttukonda completed her pediatric residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program. She received her undergradu- ate degree in Chemistry and Violin Performance, and her medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She received her PhD in Microbiology & Immunology from Vanderbilt University. During residency, she was a research associate under Dr. Elisha Wachman and Dr. Elizabeth Taglauer and investigated the placental immune response to COVID-19 using placental clinical samples. She is interested in basic and translational research, specifically examining how early life inflammation from microbial infections can alter neonatal immune development and function, and to translate this information into clinical care in the NICU.

Clare Howard

Dr. Howard completed her pediatric residency at University of California, San Francisco. She received her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Amherst College and completed a Master of Philosophy degree in Biological Science from University of Cambridge. She obtained her medical degree from the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. During residency, she studied the development of blood vessels in the fetal brain, analyzed human single cell RNA sequence data of the fetal vascular microenvironment, and identified cell-to-cell signaling networks and their evolution across multiple developmental stages. She is interested in basic science research focused on defining the unique in utero environment that contributes to brain development to ultimately improve care for extremely premature infants.