Postdoctoral Research Associates

Karyn Stewart, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Public Health Sciences
Department of Surgery
stewartka@wudosis.wustl.edu
(314) 286-0805

EDUCATION
PhD, Syracuse University, 2013

RESEARCH
Dr. Stewart's research and teaching interests primarily focus on health in the black community, giving attention to both racial and nativity disparities. Dr. Stewart has taught Introduction to Sociology as well as Sociology of Black Americans and Health in the Black Community. In her research, she examines the relationships of race, nativity, and pre-pregnancy body mass index on birth outcomes among black women. Of note, her work has identified key health factors that eliminate the significance of the foreign-born advantage in risk of low birth weight among black women in the Central New York region from 2004-2010. Her work also adds complexity to the discourse on health and body mass index by identifying being underweight as a particular risk factor for low birth weight among U.S.-born black women in this same region and during this same time period. She is interested in examining maternal child health in the black community and maternal influences on cancer risk for their children as well as themselves. She is particularly interested in the influence of BMI, nutrition, and pregnancy weight gain.

Elizabeth Odom, MD
Resident/Clinical Trainee
Department of Surgery
odome@wudosis.wustl.edu
(314) 632-8028

EDUCATION
Residency, Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Jewish Hospital Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2011-Present
MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 2011
BS, University of Arizona, 2006

RESEARCH
Dr. Odom is a plastic surgery resident with particular interest in breast cancer and reconstruction after breast cancer surgery. She is dedicating a year to exploring patient outcomes and satisfaction after reconstruction. She will also evaluate socioeconomic, insurance status and accessibility to this realm of care.


Rajiv Parikh, MD
Research Fellow
Department of Surgery
parikhr@wudosis.wustl.edu
(314) 747-0541

EDUCATION
MD, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, 2012
BS, Emory University

RESEARCH
Dr. Parikh's research focuses on the outcomes of autologous fat grafting in reconstructive breast surgery and outcomes following tissue expander/implant breast reconstruction.


Saira Khan, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Public Health Sciences
Department of Surgery
khans@wudosis.wustl.edu
(314) 747-0964

EDUCATION
PhD, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2016
MPH, Drexel University, 2008
BS, Southeast Missouri State University, 2004

RESEARCH
Dr. Khan's primary research as a cancer epidemiologist has been focused on prostate cancer aggressiveness and progression in a cohort study. Future research goals in underserved and under-represented populations that aim to slow cancer progression, improve survival and outcomes, and reduce disparities in cancer patients is planned during her postdoctoral research program.


Marvin Langston, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Public Health Sciences
Department of Surgery
langstonm@wudosis.wustl.edu
314-747-7749

EDUCATION
PhD, University of Arizona, 2016
MPH, Saint Louis University, 2012
BS, University of Notre Dame, 2010

RESEARCH
Dr. Langston's primary research agenda is broadly three-fold: trace elements and cancer risk, measurement of spatially derived cancer risk factors, and infectious agents and prostatic inflammation.


Marquita Lewis, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Public Health Sciences
Department of Surgery
lewism@wudosis.wustl.edu
314-747-0483

EDUCATION
PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2016
MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011
MS, Southern Illinois University-Springfield Campus, 2007
BS, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

RESEARCH
Dr. Lewis’ research interests primarily focuses on social determinants of health and community based participatory research.  Her previous research has investigated the association of social determinants of health, namely socioeconomic status, access to care and social support, and congenital heart disease (CHD) incidence. She has also investigated novel methods to evaluate training and protocol adherence of community lay workers who deliver a diabetes management curriculum to community members.