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. Martin, JA, Crane-Droesch, A, Lapite, FC, Puhl, JC, Kmiec, TE, Silvestri, JA, Ungar, LH, Kinosian, BP, Himes, BE, Hubbard, RA et al.. Development and validation of a prediction model for actionable aspects of frailty in the text of clinicians' encounter notes. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2021; : . PubMed PMID:34791302 .
  2. Sayed, S, Diwadkar, AR, Dudley, JW, O'Brien, J, Dvorin, D, Kenyon, CC, Himes, BE, Hill, DA, Henrickson, SE. COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Reductions in Pediatric Asthma Exacerbations Corresponded with an Overall Decrease in Respiratory Viral Infections. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2021; : . PubMed PMID:34785388 PubMed Central PMC8590625.
  3. Cao, G, Lam, H, Jude, JA, Karmacharya, N, Kan, M, Jester, W, Koziol-White, C, Himes, BE, Chupp, GL, An, SS et al.. Inhibition of ABCC1 Decreases cAMP Egress and Promotes Human Airway Smooth Muscle Cell Relaxation. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol 2021; : . PubMed PMID:34648729 .
  4. Xie, S, Meeker, JR, Perez, L, Eriksen, W, Localio, A, Park, H, Jen, A, Goldstein, M, Temeng, AF, Morales, SM et al.. Feasibility and acceptability of monitoring personal air pollution exposure with sensors for asthma self-management. Asthma Res Pract 2021; 7 (1): 13. PubMed PMID:34482835 PubMed Central PMC8420032.
  5. Park, HR, Vallarino, J, O'Sullivan, M, Wirth, C, Panganiban, RA, Webb, G, Shumyatcher, M, Himes, BE, Park, JA, Christiani, DC et al.. Electronic cigarette smoke reduces ribosomal protein gene expression to impair protein synthesis in primary human airway epithelial cells. Sci Rep 2021; 11 (1): 17517. PubMed PMID:34471210 PubMed Central PMC8410828.
  6. Diwadkar, AR, Yoon, S, Shim, J, Gonzalez, M, Urbanowicz, R, Himes, BE. Integrating Biomedical Informatics Training into Existing High School Curricula. AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci Proc ; 2021 : 190-199. PubMed PMID:34457133 PubMed Central PMC8378629.
  7. Singh, D, Marrocco, A, Wohlleben, W, Park, HR, Diwadkar, AR, Himes, BE, Lu, Q, Christiani, DC, Demokritou, P. Release of particulate matter from nano-enabled building materials (NEBMs) across their lifecycle: Potential occupational health and safety implications. J Hazard Mater 2022; 422 : 126771. PubMed PMID:34391975 PubMed Central PMC8595827.
  8. Holmes, JH, Beinlich, J, Boland, MR, Bowles, KH, Chen, Y, Cook, TS, Demiris, G, Draugelis, M, Fluharty, L, Gabriel, PE et al.. Why Is the Electronic Health Record So Challenging for Research and Clinical Care? Methods Inf Med 2021; 60 (1-02): 32-48. PubMed PMID:34282602 .
  9. Leszinsky, L, Xie, S, Diwadkar, A, Greenblatt, RE, Hubbard, RA, Himes, BE. Impact of Individual versus Geographic-Area Measures of Socioeconomic Status on Health Associations Observed in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2020; 2020 : 707-716. PubMed PMID:33936445 PubMed Central PMC8075432.
  10. Goddard, PC, Keys, KL, Mak, ACY, Lee, EY, Liu, AK, Samedy-Bates, LA, Risse-Adams, O, Contreras, MG, Elhawary, JR, Hu, D et al.. Integrative genomic analysis in African American children with asthma finds three novel loci associated with lung function. Genet Epidemiol 2021; 45 (2): 190-208. PubMed PMID:32989782 PubMed Central PMC7902343.
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Dr. Himes on Twitter

Dr. Himes on Twitter

@sarkerabeed @ciminoj OMG, and here I am about to do an analysis like this for BMIN503/EPID600. This is very meta.

@RhubbBstat Of course. Got to get people to agree somehow.

@healthdatavic Thanks for officially recording the moment!

Backstage with @CaturDNA @RhubbBstat for a #SACNAS #NDiSTEM2021 session about using Electronic Health Record data for research sacnas365.junolive.co/live/panels/795

Looking forward to talking about my #CommunityCollege experience in the #SACNAS #2021NDiSTEM Diverse STEM Career Pathways for Community College Students panel Oct 25 at 3pm EST sacnas365.junolive.co/live/panels/11…

If you went to a #CommunityCollege tell current #SACNAS #2021NDiSTEM about it. There are many #transferstudents among us. I went to @palomarcomets before attending UCSD

Welcome to those of you who are first-time #2021NDiSTEM attendees. Here's a throwback of some UCSD McNair Scholars visiting the Birth Home of MLK Jr while attending the @sacnas 2000 meeting in Atlanta. It was the first national conference most of us attended.

test Twitter Media - Welcome to those of you who are first-time #2021NDiSTEM attendees. Here's a throwback of some UCSD McNair Scholars visiting the Birth Home of MLK Jr while attending the @sacnas 2000 meeting in Atlanta. It was the first national conference most of us attended. https://t.co/iZEQ4TjPch

It has been a pleasure to talk to so many talented students this week during @SACNAS #NDiSTEM2021 Here I am with @minniescientist for #1on1Mentoring

test Twitter Media - It has been a pleasure to talk to so many talented students this week during @SACNAS #NDiSTEM2021 Here I am with @minniescientist for #1on1Mentoring https://t.co/KPfeoPaMKZ

It is past 10/17, but still: @Penn_SACNAS twitter.com/sacnas/status/…

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Curriculum vitae