Symposium Speaker: Blanca E. Himes, PhD

Dr. Blanca Himes is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Himes is also affiliated with the Graduate Group in Genomics and Computational Biology. As a computational scientist, Dr. Himes’ research interests focus on using biomedical informatics approaches to better understand complex respiratory diseases such as asthma. Among the on-going projects in the Himes lab include understanding the function of disease-associated genes by altering cell-specific transcriptomes, integrating diverse genomic datasets to model cellular transcriptome changes involved in disease, and using geospatial demographic and environmental data to better understand factors that contribute to asthma prevalence and exacerbation. In addition to research, Dr. Himes is active in mentoring students, and she blogs occasionally to address topics posed by young students such as career advice, personal motivation for doing research, and parenthood. Dr. Himes’ research potential and leadership skills have been recognized with the UCSD Sang-keng Ma Memorial Award (2001) and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology Student Leadership Award (2007).

Recent Publications

  1. Kan, M, Himes, BE. Insights into glucocorticoid responses derived from omics studies. Pharmacol. Ther. 2020; : 107674. PubMed PMID:32910934 .
  2. Taquechel, K, Diwadkar, AR, Sayed, S, Dudley, JW, Grundmeier, RW, Kenyon, CC, Henrickson, SE, Himes, BE, Hill, DA. Pediatric Asthma Health Care Utilization, Viral Testing, and Air Pollution Changes During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2020; : . PubMed PMID:32827728 PubMed Central PMC7438361.
  3. Joo, J, Hobbs, BD, Cho, MH, Himes, BE. Trait Insights Gained by Comparing Genome-Wide Association Study Results using Different Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Definitions. AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci Proc 2020; 2020 : 278-287. PubMed PMID:32477647 PubMed Central PMC7233028.
  4. Moore, JH, Barnett, I, Boland, MR, Chen, Y, Demiris, G, Gonzalez-Hernandez, G, Herman, DS, Himes, BE, Hubbard, RA, Kim, D et al.. Ideas for how informaticians can get involved with COVID-19 research. BioData Min 2020; 13 : 3. PubMed PMID:32419848 PubMed Central PMC7216865.
  5. Mak, ACY, Sajuthi, S, Joo, J, Xiao, S, Sleiman, PM, White, MJ, Lee, EY, Saef, B, Hu, D, Gui, H et al.. Lung Function in African American Children with Asthma Is Associated with Novel Regulatory Variants of the KIT Ligand KITLG/SCF and Gene-By-Air-Pollution Interaction. Genetics 2020; 215 (3): 869-886. PubMed PMID:32327564 PubMed Central PMC7337089.
  6. Xie, S, Hubbard, RA, Himes, BE. Analysis of Spatial Trends in Smoking Status Among Patients with Obstructive Airway Diseases Highlight Potential for Targeted Smoking Cessation Interventions. AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2019; 2019 : 1256-1265. PubMed PMID:32308923 PubMed Central PMC7153095.
  7. Diwadkar, AR, Kan, M, Himes, BE. Facilitating Analysis of Publicly Available ChIP-Seq Data for Integrative Studies. AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2019; 2019 : 371-379. PubMed PMID:32308830 PubMed Central PMC7153109.
  8. Xie, S, Hubbard, RA, Himes, BE. Neighborhood-level measures of socioeconomic status are more correlated with individual-level measures in urban areas compared with less urban areas. Ann Epidemiol 2020; 43 : 37-43.e4. PubMed PMID:32151518 PubMed Central PMC7160852.
  9. Balamuth, F, Alpern, ER, Kan, M, Shumyatcher, M, Hayes, K, Lautenbach, E, Himes, BE. Gene Expression Profiles in Children With Suspected Sepsis. Ann Emerg Med 2020; 75 (6): 744-754. PubMed PMID:31983492 PubMed Central PMC7261647.
  10. Parker, MM, Chase, RP, Lamb, A, Reyes, A, Saferali, A, Yun, JH, Himes, BE, Silverman, EK, Hersh, CP, Castaldi, PJ et al.. Correction to: RNA sequencing identifies novel non-coding RNA and exon-specific effects associated with cigarette smoking. BMC Med Genomics 2019; 12 (1): 166. PubMed PMID:31739789 PubMed Central PMC6859605.
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Dr. Himes on Twitter

Dr. Himes on Twitter

@dccc_phd @AJRogers_ICU Good point. Not sure whether there was one since I was gone by then!

@dccc_phd @AJRogers_ICU Oh there were complaints @dccc_phd ! Here is another one: "Now, this woman “leader” and her intellectually defunct posse of well-decorated weaklings are blowing smoke again and posturing for image, publicity and politic’s sake." medium.com/@noorchashm/th…

@AJRogers_ICU @IshmailSaboor and here are complaints about it by @jflier (behind paywall, so I didn't bother reading) bostonglobe.com/opinion/2019/0…

@AJRogers_ICU @IshmailSaboor I haven't been back there @AJRogers_ICU - ha! Here is what it looks like though (empty): bwhbulletin.org/2018/11/30/nab…

@IshmailSaboor You reminded me of a lecture hall at BWH that was like that and changed a few years ago. Other institutions have also changed their walls (not without controversy) npr.org/sections/healt…

Congratulations to you @AliceaK15! Your enthusiasm and initiative has helped make @Penn better for many students. twitter.com/AliceaK15/stat…

Great event yesterday that included @JLGomezMD and @AJRogers_ICU Recording will be on the @atscommunity website soon twitter.com/ATS_GG/status/…

Looks great @garyweissman twitter.com/Penn/status/12…

The Himes Lab Website

Curriculum vitae