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Awards Committee

The purpose of the Awards Committee is to solicit nominations for and supervise the administration of SER awards. The Awards Committee is also charged with developing new awards for SER, in concert with the Executive Committee, to reflect particular areas that should be rewarded by SER members.


Lauren McCullough

Awards Committee Co-Chair

Dr. Lauren E. McCullough is Rollins Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health. Her overarching research interests are in the life-course epidemiology of breast cancer, specifically the contributions of obesity and the social environment to the tumor epigenome and microenvironment, as well as disparities in cancer outcomes. Her research program integrates molecular epidemiology, epigenetics and other biomarkers for disease risk and progression; environmental and reproductive epidemiology; disparities research; and causal inference methods. The abiding goal of Dr. McCullough’s research is to improve cancer outcomes in underserved populations by identifying targets for pharmacologic, behavioral, and policy intervention.


Emory University
Rollins School of Public Health
1518 Clifton Road
CNR 3037
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404-727-4595

Bryan James

Bryan James

Awards Committee Co-Chair

Bryan James, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center (RADC), and the Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Community Epidemiologic Research, at Rush University Medical Center. His research focuses on social, psychological, behavioral and medical determinants of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and cognitive decline, as well as describing the societal impact of ADRD. Recent NIH-funder work focuses on cognitive impairment after hospitalization and the consequences of the timing of clinical dementia diagnosis. Read more


Bryan James
RUSH University
600 S. Paulina St.
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Award Committee Members

Alex Mutombo Baleka

Alison Simmons

Astrid Berena Herrera

Audrey Jane Gaskins

Bill Strohsnitter

Cande Ananth

Claire Bosire

Elizabeth Masterson

Ernest Amankwah


Felice Le-Scherban

Kara Michels

Maria Cuellar

Matthew Mimiaga

Meredith Shiels

Minkyo Song

Mollie Wood

Nasser Laoual

Olugbemiga Ekundayo


Parichoy Pal Choudhury

Ransome Eke

Rupak Shivakoti

Sean Hennessy

Timothy Ihongbe

Yan Wang

Zeyan Liew