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Dr. Beatrice Golomb

 

Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD is the director of the Golomb Research Group.  She has served as a primary care doctor for a panel of veteran patients for over 15 years.  Dr. Golomb is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.  She received a BS in physics (summa cum laude) from the University of Southern California.  Dr. Golomb also has an MD and PhD from UC San Diego. 

Dr. Golomb’s research interests include: the balance of treatment risks and benefits; research methods and inference from evidence; and the relation of oxidative stress and mitochondrial function to health, aging, behavior, illness, environmental and medication effects, nutrition, and bioenergetics more generally.  She is best known for her work on Gulf War Illness, statins, placebos--and chocolate.  A number of her studies have been featured in the national and international print, radio and television media, from the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and the Economist to Jon Stewarts’s The Daily Show. 

 

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Janis Ritchie

 

Janis Ritchie is the lead research group coordinator and oversees the day-to-day functioning of the office, as well as each of the individual projects and serves as the primary supervisor of grant development.  She has a BSN from the University of Michigan, with past experience in surgery and home health care.  After an experience working with patients at a VA nursing facility, Janis developed a strong interest in veteran health.  She has worked for Dr. Golomb for over 10 years and managed several research studies to include a 1000 person trial of non-cardiac endpoints in statin cholesterol drugs and several smaller studies of Gulf War illness. 

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Hayley Koslik

 

Hayley Koslik received her degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. She joined the Golomb Research Group as an undergraduate in December 2011 and enjoyed the work so much she stayed post-graduation to work as a full-time research assistant. Previously she individually recruited, screened, and saw participants for the study of bioenergetics in Gulf War veterans, which assessed mitochondrial dysfunction in ill Gulf War veterans (compared to healthy volunteers); she later used the results to present at the UC San Diego Undergraduate Research Conference where she received special acknowledgement from the Vice Chancellor of the University. Hayley is now pursuing her MPH at San Diego State University.

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Roel Sanchez

Roel Sanchez graduated from medical school at the University of Montemorelos in Mexico. He decided to move to the United States to integrate clinical research with his medical career. After finishing a Clinical Research Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego he joined the Golomb Research Group in May 2018. Roel is currently coordinating the Gulf War Veteran Muscle Biopsy Study to better understand muscle cells and how it relates with Gulf War Illness. Roel aspires to continue his medical education and become a primary care physician with a focus on helping the Hispanic community.

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Emily Nguyen

Emily Nguyen graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Human Biology and minor in Psychology. She joined the Golomb Research Group in July 2017, and is currently coordinating the "Mitochondrial and Nuclear Genetics in Gulf War Illness" study. She works with genetic testing companies, 23andMe and GeneDx, to examine how genes related to chemical detoxification of Gulf War exposures in veterans may contribute to the development of Gulf War illness. Emily hopes to leave a lasting, positive impact in people’s lives as she aspires to treat patients with utmost care as a future physician.

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Paloma Cortez

Paloma Cortez earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology from the University of California, Merced. She became a member of the Golomb Research Group in September of 2018. Paloma is the study coordinator for the “Gene Expression in Gulf War Illness” study, which assesses how genes are expressed differently in those affected by Gulf War Illness compared to healthy volunteers and how it may contribute to the development of Gulf War Illness. Paloma aspires to pursue a career in medicine as a geriatric physician with a focus in preventative care.   

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Aubrey Bunday

Aubrey Bunday graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. She joined the Golomb Research Group in October of 2017. She is currently coordinating the “Metabolomics in Veterans with Gulf War Illness” study, which assesses whether there are profiles of chemicals, or “metabolites,” that differ in those with versus without Gulf War Illness. Aubrey is interested in preventative care and desires to provide support and care to others by becoming a primary care physician.

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Arthur Pavlovsky

Arthur Pavlovsky graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Nutritional Science with an emphasis in Physiology and Metabolism. He originally joined as a part-time volunteer in the summer of 2018 and finally joined the Golomb Research Group full-time in July of 2019. He is currently coordinating the “Membrane Properties in Veterans with Gulf War Illness” study, which evaluates altered membrane constituents due to various Gulf exposures. Arthur’s passion for caring for those around him continues to motivate him to achieve his ultimate dream of being a physician.


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Bruce Miller

Bruce Miller has an M.S. in Information and Computer Science from UC Irvine, and has recently been studying a pre-medical curriculum.  Bruce is interested in medication adverse reactions and chronic multisystem illnesses.

 

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Bella Nguyen

 

Bella Nguyen is a graduate from the University of California, San Diego with a major in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and a minor in Global Health. She began her work with the Golomb Research Group in March 2015, and is currently spearheading the Statin Adverse Effect Study. Under the mentorship of Dr. Golomb and others, she has managed communication and recruitment for survey participants in hopes of learning more about the events that occur in reaction to taking statins or other cholesterol-lowering drugs. She strives to become a researching physician with a focus on helping underserved communities.  

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 Paul Chavez

Paul Chavez graduated from the University of California, Merced with a degree in Human Biology and minor in Management, Business, Economics. He joined the Golomb Research Group in January 2019 and has adapted a role of study coordinator for the “Genetic Factors in Electrosensitivity (ES)” study. With guidance of the group, he seeks to understand whether specific genetic factors are associated with an emerging condition termed “electrosensitivity”. Paul wants to pursue a career in the medical field as a physician where he wants to provide care to under-represented communities.  

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