In the era of large “team science,” the value and importance of collaboration cannot be overstated.

Collaboration is a natural and necessary component of our research. We have cultivated a team of researchers across the globe with expertise in social, environmental, and clinical epidemiology, genetics, statistical methods, asthma outcomes, pediatric and adult pulmonology, virology, and immunology. Together we will bridge the gaps among genetic, social, and environmental determinants of asthma health disparities.

Notable Collaborators

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Luisa N Borrell, DDS, PhD 
Distinguished Professor Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
City University of New York


Race and ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and neighborhood effects as social determinants of health

José Rodríguez-Santana, MD, FAAP, FCCP
Centro de Neumología Pediátrica
Puerto Rico


Dr. Rodríguez-Santana has over 30 years of experience practicing as a pediatric pulmonologist and intensive care physician. He is the CEO and Director of El Centro de Neumología Pediátrica (“El Centro”), which is part of the largest clinical network for the care of children with respiratory diseases in Puerto Rico.

Max Seibold, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept. of Pediatrics
National Jewish Health


Identifying genetic determinants and biomarkers of complex lung diseases, including asthma and pulmonary fibrosis

Noah Zaitlen, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept. of Neurology
University of California, Los Angeles


Development of statistical and computational tools to understand the genetic basis of complex phenotypes from genetic and functional genomic data with a special focus on cancer, variation in cancer drug/treatment response, and cancer gene-environment interactions in admixed populations

Maria Pino Yanes
Universidad de La Laguna

Asthma, Genomics, Precision Medicine, Next-Generation Sequencing, Genetic Ancestry

Elad Ziv, MD
Dept. of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco


Human Genetics, Medical Genetics, Population Genetics, Breast Cancer

Additional faculty collaborations

Ryan Hernandez (UCSF), Carol Ober (Chicago), Kathleen Barnes (John’s Hopkins), Evan Eichler (University of Washington), Jim Gauderman (USC), Charles Rotimi (NIH/NHGRI), Mario Castro (Washington University), L. Keoki Williams (Henry Ford), Fernando Martinez (University of Arizona), Blanca Himes (University of Pennsylvania), Neil Trivedi (UCSF), Rajesh Kumar (Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago), Pedro Avila (Northwestern University), Stephanie London (NIEHS), Scott Weiss (Harvard), and Kathy Giacomini (UCSF). We have contributed our data to national and international consortia to study asthma, obesity, and eczema.

Other Collaborations

American Asthma Foundation (AAF)

We have made existing cohorts available to more than 27 American Asthma Foundation-sponsored investigators. The Asthma Genetics Core assists investigators with study design and provides genotyping and expertise with statistical genetic analyses.

Asthma Biobank-centered partnerships

The Asthma Biobank has facilitated research on asthma in minority populations by scores of laboratories around the world, including multiple Sandler Asthma Basic Research Center (SABRE)- and AAF-funded investigators, and by national and international consortia. Data obtained from the Asthma Biobank have allowed us to build multiple national and international collaborations. Since the Biobank received funding in 2008, we have collaborated with 67 individual investigators, and with two national and six international consortia. We also allow our databank to be used for replication of promising results from other investigative groups.

Consortium partnerships