Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows
The area of Health Equity encompasses a multidisciplinary approach to research, where fellows engage in a wide range of investigations across basic, clinical, translational, community-engaged, and population-based research domains. This field spans the biomedical sciences, social sciences, behavioral sciences, psychological sciences, and related disciplines. The primary focus is addressing health inequalities and disparities within diverse populations. Fellows delve into various aspects, including the study of pathogenesis, chronic diseases, mental health conditions, disease prevention and treatment strategies, access to healthcare services, and public health interventions. By examining these facets, the field of Health Equity strives to advance our understanding of the underlying factors contributing to unequal health outcomes and to develop interventions that promote fairness and inclusivity in healthcare delivery and health-related outcomes.
Marisol Marroquín is a social worker with extensive clinical practice and research experience, which overall aims to improve health and mental health equity for historically marginalized communities, in particular for communities that are Latinx and autistic. Dr. Marroquín uses innovative strategies to collaborate with and highlight the voices of the Latinx and neurodiverse communities.
Jennifer S. Sun’s research combines her expertise in microbiology, entomology, neuroscience, and biochemistry to investigate how insects’ sense of smell can be altered by the bacteria which reside in their gut. Insects use their sense of smell to locate mates and food sources which, for biting insects, may include human hosts.
Joshua Gills comes from a thorough educational and research background that includes exercise and cognitive research protocols, biostatistics and experimental design, and physiology/kinesiology. He is the co-coordinator over an NIA-funded randomized controlled trial examining the effects of aerobic exercise on brain health in older African Americans, where he oversees the study’s day-to-day operations, as well as writes manuscripts and concurrent administrative grant proposals.