Symposium Speaker: Ky’Era Actkins, BS

Ky'Era Actkins is a graduate student in Biomedical Sciences at Meharray Medical College in Nashville, TN. Ky'Era earned a Bachelor's of Science at the University of Alabama majoring in Biology. Ky'Era is a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Lea Davis at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as part of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, and she is interested in using computational genomics to study health disparities with a focus on reproductive health.  Her research currently focuses on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), where she as part of the electronic Medical Records & Genomics (eMERGE) Network have developed computable phenotyping approaches to identify cases of PCOS for downstream genomic studies.  Ky'Era is also interested in diversity in research, and she is currently a member of the American Society of Human Genetics Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.


Recent Publications

  1. Actkins, KV, Beasley, HK, Faucon, AB, Davis, LK, Sakwe, AM. Calcium-Sensing Receptor Polymorphisms at rs1801725 Are Associated with Increased Risk of Secondary Malignancies. J Pers Med 2021; 11 (7): . PubMed PMID:34357109 PubMed Central PMC8304025.
  2. Actkins, KV, Srinivasan, S, Spees, LP, Turbitt, E, Allen, CG, Roberts, MC. Uptake of Genetic Testing Among Patients with Cancer At Risk for Lynch Syndrome in the National Health Interview Survey. Cancer Prev Res (Phila) 2021; 14 (10): 927-932. PubMed PMID:34341014 PubMed Central PMC8492535.
  3. Dennis, JK, Sealock, JM, Straub, P, Lee, YH, Hucks, D, Actkins, K, Faucon, A, Feng, YA, Ge, T, Goleva, SB et al.. Clinical laboratory test-wide association scan of polygenic scores identifies biomarkers of complex disease. Genome Med 2021; 13 (1): 6. PubMed PMID:33441150 PubMed Central PMC7807864.
  4. Actkins, KV, Singh, K, Hucks, D, Velez Edwards, DR, Aldrich, M, Cha, J, Wellons, M, Davis, LK. Characterizing the Clinical and Genetic Spectrum of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in Electronic Health Records. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2021; 106 (1): 153-167. PubMed PMID:32961557 PubMed Central PMC7765638.
  5. Zhang, Y, Ho, K, Keaton, JM, Hartzel, DN, Day, F, Justice, AE, Josyula, NS, Pendergrass, SA, Actkins, K, Davis, LK et al.. A genome-wide association study of polycystic ovary syndrome identified from electronic health records. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2020; 223 (4): 559.e1-559.e21. PubMed PMID:32289280 .
  6. Joo, YY, Actkins, K, Pacheco, JA, Basile, AO, Carroll, R, Crosslin, DR, Day, F, Denny, JC, Velez Edwards, DR, Hakonarson, H et al.. A Polygenic and Phenotypic Risk Prediction for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Evaluated by Phenome-Wide Association Studies. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2020; 105 (6): . PubMed PMID:31917831 PubMed Central PMC7453038.
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Ky'Era Actkins on Twitter

@CaitlinAllenPhD @PPHFutureLeader Great question! Based on our results, I would be interested to see how other variables like healthcare access, employment, and geographic location play a role in our association.

@erin_turbitt @PPHFutureLeader I am interested in understanding the relationship between the ADI and other variables like BMI and smoking within our dataset. I would also love to continue exploring how the ADI impacts other health outcomes related to PCOS as well.

Happy to participate in my first Twitter conference with @PPHFutureLeader. Check out my poster on #PCOS and socioeconomic status. #PPHposter

test Twitter Media - Happy to participate in my first Twitter conference with @PPHFutureLeader. Check out my poster on #PCOS and socioeconomic status. #PPHposter

Wow! I'm completely speechless. Thank you to the @PPHFutureLeader organizers for this award!…

Thank you!!!…

@jscdavis No worries! It was also recorded 😊

Thank you! I’m so lucky to have you as my close friend, collaborator, and a constant inspiration throughout this journey. Beyond happy that we’ve been able to do this together.…

I passed my defense!!! 😊🙌🏾 Thank you to everyone who came to my presentation and gave their support. It meant the world to me. Officially #PhDone

Thank you for sharing! I can’t believe it’s finally that time. #DefenseIncoming…