Faculty and Staff

Co-Directors

Gregory D. Zimet, PhD, HSPP

Gregory D. Zimet, PhD, HSPP

Email: gzimet@iu.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine
Research Interests:

Dr. Zimet's HPV research has focused on social/behavioral determinants of HPV vaccine acceptance and on evaluation of health messages designed to increase vaccine uptake. In addition, in collaboration with Bree Weaver and Nate Stupiansky, he recently received funding for a study of how cervical cancer screening providers communicate Pap and HPV test results to women.

J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, MS

J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, MS

Director of Adolescent Medicine
Email: jfortenb@iu.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine
Research Interests:

Dr. Fortenberry is interested in the natural history of HPV infection, adolescent health protective and health risk behaviors, sexuality, and sexually transmitted infections.

Faculty & Staff

Stewart Chang Alexander, Ph.D.

Stewart Chang Alexander, Ph.D.

Email: alexan90@purdue.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Purdue University, College of Health & Human Sciences
Department: Consumer Science
Research Interests:

Dr. Chang Alexander’s current work focuses on adolescent sexuality. His work in adolescent sexuality is among the first to examine how physicians are talking with their adolescent patients about sex. Dr. Chang Alexander is working on projects related to better understand the healthcare needs of LGBT adolescents as well as developing ways to identify and teach providers how to help all adolescents, regardless of their sexual identity, with issues related to sexuality and sexual identity. Dr. Chang Alexander and his team are currently working on a program targeting HPV “catch up” shots for college aged men. They are also in the early stages of studying the health care needs of gay men of color and transgender adolescents.

Elliot J. Androphy, MD

Elliot J. Androphy, MD

Email: eandro@iupui.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Dermatology
Research Interests:
Dr. Androphy’s research focuses on the roles of HPV E6 and HPV E2 in viral transcription, replication, cell transformation and the viral replication program and how these are mediated through interactions with cellular factors and pathways. He studies optimized chemical inhibitors of HPV E6 and the post-translational regulation of p53 activation and how these are abrogated by E6.
Benjamin P. Anthony, MD

Benjamin P. Anthony, MD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery
Email: bpanthon@iu.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Research Interests:

Dr. Anthony is a laryngologist and currently serves as the director of the Indiana University Voice Center.  His research in HPV is focused on recurrent respiratory papillomatosis.  Dr Anthony’s research involves innovative therapeutic techniques for the disease including surgical and medical treatment.  In addition, he is collaborating within the Indiana University team as well as the National Institutes of Health to find molecular targets for systemic drug treatments to treat severe RRP disease and perhaps one day cure it. 

Asok C. Antony, MBBS

Asok C. Antony, MBBS

Email: aantony@iupui.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Research Interests:

Dr. Antony’s current interest revolves around determining whether folate (and vitamin-B12) deficiency is a bona fide cofactor for accelerated HPV-16 oncogenesis. Based on studies in the laboratory, this is likely to be the case. Such research is significant because literally hundreds of millions of women in the developing world who are infected with HPV-16 also have such deficiencies. So if poor folate/vitamin-B12 nutrition was proven to be a bona fide co-factor that led to the rapid transformation of HPV-16-infected tissues to cancer, then focusing on reversing nutritional deficiency by the simple addition of folate and vitamin-B12 (both are dirt cheap) to the diet would lead to a paradigm shift in our clinical approach to managing women with early HPV-16-associated dysplasia. Indeed, preventing the stepwise progression of HPV-16 infections from dysplastic lesions to cervical cancer in developing countries by merely improving their diet would be a major advance in preventive oncology

Teresa Batteiger, MD

Teresa Batteiger, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Email: tbatteig@iu.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Infectious Disease
Research Interests:

Dr. Batteiger's research interests surround HPV epidemiology. This includes understanding how different sexual behaviors affect transmission and infection risk.

Whitney Blondeau, PhD, MBA, CHES

Whitney Blondeau, PhD, MBA, CHES

Assistant Professor
Email: whitney.blondeau@indstate.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana State University
Department: Applied Health Sciences
Research Interests:

Dr. Blondeau's research interests include health-related quality of life, cancer prevention, and HPV. Her specific research interests in HPV are focused on 1) knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of HPV; 2) epidemiology of HPV infections; 3) the increasing incidence of HPV-associated head and neck cancers, including oropharyngeal cancer. 

Darron R. Brown, MD

Darron R. Brown, MD

Email: darbrow@iupui.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Research Interests:

Dr. Brown's research interests in HPV are currently focused on 1) the natural history of HPV infections, including early events such as virus transmission, immunologic response to infection, and duration of HPV detection, and later events such as low-level persistence, viral integration, and oncogenesis, 2) epidemiology of HPV infections and HPV-associated cancers globally, and 3) continued assessment of currently-available vaccines against HPV, as well as development of new prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines against HPV infection and disease.

Anthony D. Cox, PhD

Anthony D. Cox, PhD

Email: acox@iupui.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University-Indianapolis, Kelley School of Business
Department: Marketing
Research Interests:

Dr. Cox is interested in how information on efficacy and risk surrounding HPV vaccination influences vaccination attitudes, intentions and behavior among both patients (young women) and caregivers (mothers of young girls).   For example, examining how vaccination intentions are influenced by graphical vs. non-graphical presentation of efficacy/risk information.

Dena S. Cox, PhD

Dena S. Cox, PhD

Email: dcox@iupui.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University-Indianapolis, Kelley School of Business
Department: Marketing
Research Interests:

Dr. Cox's  research focuses on how to most effectively present medical risk information to consumers, including the use of graphical presentation.   She has been a co-investigator on several NIH grants and conducts collaborative research with several colleagues at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  She has also been the PI on two grants with Merck & Company concerning the HPV vaccine (one directed at parents and the other directed at 18-26 yr old women) and is a co-investigator on two other Merck-funded grants (again concerning the HPV vaccine with PIs, Greg Zimet and Vaughn Rickert).  She is currently working on a decision aid for young women for the HPV vaccine.  She has published numerous articles in both marketing and medical journals, including Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Advertising, Health Psychology and Journal of Adolescent Health.

William N. Crabtree, PhD

William N. Crabtree, PhD

Associate Professor
Program Director, Cytotechnology Education
Email: wcrabtre@iupui.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interests:

Cytopathology

Tracy (Cummings) Imburgia, BA, CCRP

Tracy (Cummings) Imburgia, MPH, BA, CCRP

MPH Epidemiology
Project Coordinator, Adolescent Medicine
School: Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI & Indiana University School of Medicine
Department: Epidemiology & Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine
Research Interests:

Teresa is interested in HPV natural history and epidemiology, behavioral determinants of cervical cancer, and social/behavioral determinants of HPV vaccination uptake in adolescents.

V. Jo Davisson, Ph.D.

V. Jo Davisson, Ph.D.

Email: davisson@purdue.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Purdue University, College of Pharmacy
Department: Medicinal Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
Research Interests:

Molecular Design and Synthesis; Chemical and Systems Biology

Kelly Donahue, PhD, HSPP

Kelly Donahue, PhD

Clinical Psychologist
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine
Research Interests:

Dr. Donahue is exploring what influences parent decision making about HPV vaccination for their adolescent children. She is also involved in projects aimed at increasing the understanding of how HPV is transmitted between individuals.

Aaron Ermel, MD

Aaron Ermel, MD

Email: aermel@iupui.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Research Interests:

Dr. Ermel's research interests focus on 1) the natural history of HPV infections, including early events such as virus transmission, immunologic response to infection, and duration of HPV detection, and later events such as low-level persistence, viral integration, and oncogenesis; and 2) epidemiology of HPV infections and HPV-associated cancers globally

Kenneth H. Fife, MD, PhD

Kenneth H. Fife, MD, PhD

Email: kfife@iupui.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Research Interests:

Dr. Fife's current research interest is primarily in the diagnosis and prevention of HPV infection and cervical dysplasia in HIV+ and HIV- women in sub-Saharan Africa.  This is part of a broader interest in the interaction between HPV and HIV.  He also has a long-standing interest in treatment of HPV infections.

Barbara Frain, MS, SCT(ASCP) CM

Barbara Frain, MS, SCT(ASCP) CM

Email: bmcgahey@iupui.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interests:

Gynecologic cytology, Fine needle aspiration

Katharine Head

Katharine Head

Email: headkj@iupui.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Liberal Arts
Department: Health Communication
Research Interests:

Social influences in applied health communication contexts, message design, health campaign design and evaluation, new media.

Richard-Jackson-DMD

Richard Jackson, DMD

Email: rjackson@iu.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University School of Dentistry
Department: Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health
Research Interests:

My primary interest in HPV is how it relates to the increasing development  of oropharyngeal cancer in younger populations and what determines if a healthcare provider particularly a dentist or a dental hygienist will counsel a patient about the link between HPV and oropharyngeal cancer and will perform a screening. In addition having an interest in interprofessional practice and education what can be done during the training  of other health professionals (nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians) that they may also perform an oral/ head and neck examination once in practice.

Patrick J. Loehrer, MD

Patrick J. Loehrer, MD

Director IU Simon Cancer Center
Associate Dean for Cancer Research
Indiana University School of Medicine
Email: ploehrer@iupui.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Research Interests:

Dr. Loehrer is involved with cancer control projects in Kenya, including cervical cancer screening initiatives.

Beth Meyerson, MDiv, PhD

Beth Meyerson, MDiv, PhD

Co-Director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention
National Policy Director for Cervical Cancer-Free America
Email: bmeyerso@indiana.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Public Health
Department: Applied Health Science
Research Interests:

Dr. Meyerson's research interests involve health system elasticity: flexibility of health system elements to create change in health access and outcomes. Her focus is on populations experiencing health inequities with sexual health: HIV, STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), and cervical cancer (an outcome of an STD). Her work has included several system related opportunities for change: The integration of health information systems to help tell a more comprehensive health story; Organizational behaviors across sectors, practice areas or to address co-occurring disorders; Organizational behavior and rule changes such as how and when testing is offered for HIV or cervical cancer; and Translational work in public policy to allow for greater policy process engagement.

Patrick Monahan, PhD

Patrick Monahan, PhD

Email: pmonahan@iupui.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Biostatistics
Research Interests:

Dr. Monahan is interested in clinically practical psychometrics of patient reported outcomes for a behavioral medical research with a focus on cancer and mental health.

Cynthia Robbins, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Email: cyrobbin@iu.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine
Research Interests:

Medical and mental health conditions affecting juvenile justice involved youth, pediatric and adolescent reproductive health.

Rivienne Shedd-Steele

Rivienne Shedd-Steele

Director of the Indiana University Melvin and
Bren Simon Cancer Center’s Office of Health Disparities and Outreach
School: Indiana University
Department: Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center
Research Interests:

Cervical Cancer-Free Indiana 

Marcia L. Shew, MD, MPH

Marcia L. Shew, MD, MPH

Email: mshew@iu.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine
Research Interests:

Dr. Shew's research interests in HPV have primarily surrounded the epidemiology and natural history of HPV infections in adolescent women.  This has included understanding sexual behaviors and sexually transmitted infection risk factors on HPV acquisition and persistence.  Most recent focuses have included understanding HPV re-detection and low level persistence after initial HPV acquisition in a cohort of adolescent women with prolonged observation and frequent HPV testing.  Other HPV related work has included understanding HPV vaccine acceptance in adolescents and understanding sexual behaviors post vaccination.  She has also participated as a site investigator for Merck related HPV vaccine trials.

Ross Silverman, JD, MPH

Ross Silverman, JD, MPH

Email: rdsilver@iu.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Public Health
Department: Public Health/Health Policy & Management
Research Interests:

Silverman's research interests include legal, ethical and policy issues in public health and medicine, mobile health law and policy, interdisciplinary curriculum development, professional school admissions, medical humanities, human rights, and patient safety.

Sharon Stack, PhD

Sharon Stack, PhD

Science Director Harper Cancer Research Institute
Email: Sharon.Stack.11@nd.edu
More Information: Biography
School: University of Notre Dame
Department: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Interests:

Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is the 6th most prevalent cancer worldwide, ranking as a major global health problem.  Due to public health efforts encouraging smoking cessation, the incidence of HNSCC has decreased in recent years. In contrast, the incidence of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) has increased significantly (225%) over the past 15 years. Molecular studies of OPSCCs have shown that 40-80% of OPSCC diagnosed in the US contain human papilloma virus (HPV).   HPV-associated oral cancers have a different biology than HPV-negative (HPV-) cancers, with distinct phenotypic features including poor differentiation, scant keratinization, and basaloid phenotype. Patients with HPV+ OPSCC more often present with stage III-IV disease and paradoxically, data show the disease responds better to chemotherapy and radiation, such that HPV status is a strong positive prognostic factor for survival.  Current studies are aimed at obtaining differential microRNA profiles from HPV+ vs HPV- OPSCC.  The longterm goal of these studies is to utilize this information to obtain a better understanding of HPV+ OPSCC progression and metastasis.  Collaborative studies are also underway to utilize microfluidic technology to detect HPV and the HPV-oncogenic miRNA signature in oral rinse samples.  Keywords: head and neck cancers; oropharyngeal cancer, HPV, microRNA, progression, metastasis.

Michael Sim

Michael Sim, MD

Assistant Professor of Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstruction
Email: mwsim@iu.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
Research Interests:

Dr. Sim's research interests include treatment outcomes in HPV-positive head and neck cancer, biomarkers and genomic profiling of HPV-positive head and neck cancer, and oral screening for HPV. 

Lynne Sturm, PhD

Lynne Sturm, PhD

Email: lsturm@iu.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University Health
Department: Pediatrics - Riley Child Development Center
Research Interests:

Interested in evaluations of health messaging to increase uptake of HPV vaccine and in parent-teen decision-making about vaccination.

Wanzhu Tu, PhD

Wanzhu Tu, PhD

Professor of Biostatistics
Email: wtu1@iupui.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine & Fairbanks School of Public Health
Department: Medicine, Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Biostatistics
Research Interests:

Dr. Tu has led NIH and CDC funded epidemiological studies of sexually transmitted infections with Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria Gonorrhoeae, and genital infections of human papillomavirus (HPV).

Maria Venetis, PhD

Maria Venetis, PhD

Assistant Professor
Email: mvenetis@purdue.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Purdue University, Brian Lamb School of Communication
Research Interests:

Dr. Venetis is interested in interpersonal and health communication including examination of how people talk about health and how these conversations affect patient and partner outcomes. Dr. Venetis’ primary interests include physician-patient interactions and how communication during medical visits is associated with patient psychosocial outcomes such as coping and satisfaction and behavioral outcomes such as disclosure or avoidance. Dr. Venetis is also interested in how partners communicate about cancer and other "non-visible" health concerns. 

Bree Ashley Weaver, MD

Bree Ashley Weaver, MD

Email: bpitre@iu.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine
Research Interests:

Dr Weaver's research interests include natural history and epidemiology of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in adolescent males, oral HPV infection, behavioral correlates of HPV acquisition in young people, and transmission dynamics of HPV.  In her research efforts, she seeks to integrate her interests in sexually transmitted infections with her interests in adolescent sexual health and public health. Her goals are to detail the interactions and health consequences of a ubiquitous human behavior (sexual activity) on specific infectious diseases. Specifically, she hopes to advance the understanding of HPV infection in adolescent and young adult males, and impact adolescent sexual health by contributing scientific evidence to support public health interventions, primary prevention of HPV, and secondary prevention of HPV related cancers.

Shannon Wilson

Shannon Wilson

Clinical Research Specialist
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine
Research Interests:

Shannon is assisting Dr. Zimet with his research on social/behavioral determinants of HPV vaccine acceptance. She coordinates the Center for HPV Research meetings and manages the website. 

Kara K. Wools-Kaloustian, MD

Kara K. Wools-Kaloustian, MD

Email: kwools@iu.edu
More Information: Biography
School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Research Interests:

Dr. Wools-Kaloustian’s research looks at the intersection between cervical cancer screening and HIV Care and Treatment programs in East Africa.

Trainees

Anne Rietz, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Anne Rietz, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow)

School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Department: Dermatology
Research Interests:

Dr. Rietz’s research focuses on the optimization of small molecule inhibitors of HPV E6 function.  Using biochemical and molecular biological approaches she studies the interaction of small molecules to the hydrophobic pocket of HPV E6.  Identification of 'hot spots' within the pocket will drive the chemical compound optimization process.

Erika Biederman, BSN, RN

Erika Biederman, BSN, RN

Predoctoral Fellow
School: Indiana University School of Nursing
Department: Nursing, Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer Control and Prevention
Research Interests:

Ms. Biederman's research interests include identifying predictors and designing interventions related to Pap smear utilization and HPV vaccination among Hispanic women and their children. 

Susanna Foxworthy Scott, MPA

Susanna Foxworthy Scott, MPA

Research Assistant
School: Indiana University, School of Liberal Arts
Department: Communication Studies
Research Interests:

Researching message design of cervical cancer screening test results.