Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS
Yerby Fellow: 2019 –
Mentor: Gina McCarthy
Research Interests: Dr. Renee N. Salas is an expert in climate change and health who engages in large data research to better understand how climate change is impacting the health care system. She served as the lead author for the 2018 and 2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief, and will again in 2020. Her work has been published in high-impact journals and featured in mainstream media outlets. A few recent notable accomplishments include serving as the Co-Director for The New England Journal of Medicine’s Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Initiative, on the planning committee for the National Academy of Medicine’s Climate Change and Human Health Initiative, as an expert witness before Congress. She received her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Science in Clinical Research from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Renee continues to work under the mentorship of Gina McCarthy: Professor of the Practice of Public Health (Department of Environmental Health) and Director, Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE).
Patricia S. Grace, PhD
Yerby Fellow: 2021–
Mentor: Sarah Fortune and Galit Alter (Ragon Institute)
Research Interests: Dr. Patricia (Patty) S. Grace received her PhD in Immunology from New York University, where her dissertation work focused on understanding T cell immunity during Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB) in humans. Passionate about harnessing immunity to improve TB vaccines, diagnostics, and therapies; she has continued to study immune responses to TB in her postdoctoral work. As a Yerby Fellow, Patty’s research focuses on the antibody responses that develop in humans with TB disease and using monoclonal antibodies she aims to understand how features of TB humoral immunity contribute to protection in animal models of Mtb infection. Patty is co-mentored by Sarah Fortune at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease and by Galit Alter at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard.
Adedotun A. Ogunbajo, PhD, MPH
Yerby Fellow: 2020–
Mentor: Phyllis Kanki and Alexander Tsai (HMS)
Research Interests: Dr. Adedotun (Ade) A. Ogunbajo holds a PhD in behavioral and social health sciences from Brown University and a MPH in social and behavioral sciences from Yale University. His dissertation explored how psychosocial health outcomes and substance use influences sexual risk taking among gay and bisexual men in Nigeria. As a Yerby Fellow, he is continuing to broadly focus on the intersection of structural barriers and sexual health outcomes among racial and sexual minority communities both in the United States and various Sub-Saharan African countries. Ade’s fellowship is held jointly with the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and the Harvard Chan School.
Lorena S. Pacheco, PhD, MPH
Yerby Fellow: 2020–
Mentor: Frank Hu and Steven Gortmaker
Research Interests: Dr. Lorena S. Pacheco received her doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the University of California San Diego-San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health. Her research interests include nutrition and chronic disease prevention, particularly cardiometabolic disease prevention, metabolomics, and dietary interventions. She is a practicing bilingual and multicultural registered dietitian nutritionist, having worked with a number of community-based health initiatives in diverse populations in the U.S. and Latin America, as a dietitian and research collaborator. She recently joined the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition and is working on several nutritional epidemiological projects including analyses of the Nurse’s Health Studies, Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, and Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Lorena will also be working with the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness (CHOICES) Study team.