Past Crew Member: Brittany M. Hollister, PhD

Previous Position

Crawford Graduate Student, co-mentored with Drs. Amy Non and Melinda Aldrich (2012-2017)

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Post-doctoral Fellow, mentored by Vence L. Bonham, Jr, JD and Susan J. Persky, PhD (2017-2019)

Current Position

Academic Program Specialist III, University of Florida Genetics Institute (2019-present)

Brittany Hollister earned her PhD in human genetics at Vanderbilt University under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Non (Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California San Diego), Dr. Melinda Aldrich (Assistant Professor in the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University), and Dr. Dana Crawford (Associate Professor in Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at Case Western Reserve University). Prior to her PhD, Brittany earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Rollins College in 2012. Brittany's dissertation was the investigation of gene-environment interactions between genetic variants contributing to blood pressure and socioeconomic status in African Americans. Brittany's research interests span anthropology, human genetics, health disparities, and biomedical informatics. In addition to research, Brittany was active in teaching and mentoring serving as a teaching assistant for Dr. Non's anthropology classes as well as a senior student mentor to undergraduate students in the lab.

Recent Publications

  1. Sabatello, M, Diggs-Yang, G, Santiago, A, Easter, C, Jacoby Morris, K, Hollister, BM, Hahn, M, Baker, K, McCormick, A, Greene-Moton, E et al.. The need for an intersectionality framework in precision medicine research. Am J Hum Genet 2023; 110 (10): 1609-1615. PubMed PMID:37802041 PubMed Central PMC10577071.
  2. Hollister, BM, Schopp, EM, Telaak, SH, Buscetta, AJ, Dolwick, AP, Fortney, CJ, Bonham, VL, Persky, S. Educational considerations based on medical student use of polygenic risk information and apparent race in a simulated consultation. Genet Med 2022; 24 (11): 2389-2398. PubMed PMID:36053286 .
  3. El Ansari, YS, Kanagaratham, C, Burton, OT, Santos, JV, Hollister, BA, Lewis, OL, Renz, H, Oettgen, HC. Allergen-Specific IgA Antibodies Block IgE-Mediated Activation of Mast Cells and Basophils. Front Immunol 2022; 13 : 881655. PubMed PMID:35865546 PubMed Central PMC9294179.
  4. Hollister, BM, Zilbermint, M, Minniti, CP, Buscetta, AJ, Abdallah, KE, You, S, Soldin, SJ, Meyer, JS, Stratakis, CA, Bonham, VL et al.. Lower hair cortisol among patients with sickle cell disease may indicate decreased adrenal reserves. Am J Blood Res 2021; 11 (2): 140-148. PubMed PMID:34079627 PubMed Central PMC8165714.
  5. Hollister, BM, Yaremych, HE, Goldring, MR, Persky, S. Mothers' and fathers' cognitive and affective responses to epigenetics concepts. Environ Epigenet 2019; 5 (4): dvz021. PubMed PMID:33244405 PubMed Central PMC6875654.
  6. Persky, S, Yaremych, HE, Goldring, MR, Ferrer, RA, Rose, MK, Hollister, BM. Investigating the Efficacy of Genetic, Environmental, and Multifactorial Risk Information When Communicating Obesity Risk to Parents of Young Children. Ann Behav Med 2021; 55 (8): 720-733. PubMed PMID:33196082 PubMed Central PMC8311788.
  7. Desine, S, Hollister, BM, Abdallah, KE, Persaud, A, Hull, SC, Bonham, VL. The Meaning of Informed Consent: Genome Editing Clinical Trials for Sickle Cell Disease. AJOB Empir Bioeth 2020; 11 (4): 195-207. PubMed PMID:33044907 PubMed Central PMC7710006.
  8. Kanagaratham, C, El Ansari, YS, Sallis, BF, Hollister, BA, Lewis, OL, Minnicozzi, SC, Oyoshi, MK, Rosen, R, Nurko, S, Fiebiger, E et al.. Omeprazole inhibits IgE-mediated mast cell activation and allergic inflammation induced by ingested allergen in mice. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2020; 146 (4): 884-893.e5. PubMed PMID:32194041 PubMed Central PMC7492424.
  9. Hollister, BM, Gatter, MC, Abdallah, KE, Armsby, AJ, Buscetta, AJ, Byeon, YJJ, Cooper, KE, Desine, S, Persaud, A, Ormond, KE et al.. Perspectives of Sickle Cell Disease Stakeholders on Heritable Genome Editing. CRISPR J 2019; 2 (6): 441-449. PubMed PMID:31742431 PubMed Central PMC6919256.
  10. Hollister, BM, Farber-Eger, E, Aldrich, MC, Crawford, DC. A Social Determinant of Health May Modify Genetic Associations for Blood Pressure: Evidence From a SNP by Education Interaction in an African American Population. Front Genet 2019; 10 : 428. PubMed PMID:31134134 PubMed Central PMC6523518.
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