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Charles T. Bartunek, JD

Charles T. Bartunek

Leading the negotiation of industry-sponsored research agreements, as well as those concerning the sharing of data, materials, and other information with academic and industry partners.


Brent Bell, CRA

Brent A. Bell

Provides leadership in compliance and customer service for pre-award and non-financial post-award administration by assisting in developing and submitting proposals, serving as a resource for sponsor policies and regulations, and issuing and negotiating incoming and outgoing subawards and outgoing consulting agreements.


Karen E. Burke, CCRP

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Karen Burke leads the Office of Research Compliance (ORC) and works closely with other relevant offices in the Research Institute to develop, maintain, and enhance the integrity of the program.


Susan J. Back, MD

Susan J. Back

Dr. Back's research focuses on ultrasound and advanced ultrasound applications as well as genitourinary imaging.


Rochelle Bagatell, MD

Rochelle Bagatell

Dr. Bagatell’s research focuses on improving therapies for children with neuroblastoma. She leads clinical research studies designed to critically evaluate current therapies for children with high-risk and relapsed disease, and is committed to conducting studies of new therapies for this population. She is currently pursuing research designed to evaluate biomarkers for response to targeted therapy in children with high-risk disease.


L. Charles Bailey, MD, PhD

L. Charles Bailey

Dr. Bailey’s research centers on the development of learning health systems. This endeavor includes the creation of methods to share data across hospitals, recognize the clinical implications of information gathered from different sources, and provide support to clinicians to use this information more effectively.


Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD

Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE

Dr. Balamuth is a key institutional leader in pediatric sepsis and a rising national leader in pediatric sepsis recognition and care.


Robert N. Baldassano, MD

Robert N. Baldassano

Dr. Baldassano’s research focuses on children who have inflammatory bowel diseases, and he oversees a large team of researchers at CHOP working to translate discoveries in the laboratory into direct patient care for children. One promising area of current research involves investigating the intestinal microbiomes of children with inflammatory bowel diseases.


Frank M. Balis, MD

Frank M. Balis

Dr. Balis's research focuses on the clinical pharmacology of anticancer drugs, new drug development, and clinical trial design and endpoints. He studies the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of anticancer drugs and has applied pharmacological principles to clinical trial design and clinical drug development. He is developing new biomarkers to serve as surrogate endpoints of drug toxicity or efficacy in clinical trials.


Brenda L. Banwell, MD

Brenda L. Banwell

A clinician-investigator and chief of the Division Neurology, Dr.Banwell's research interests center on multiple sclerosis onset during childhood and its impact.


Lamia P. Barakat, PhD

Lamia P. Barakat

Dr. Barakat's research is focused examining risk-and-resilience models to characterize adaptation. Another focus of investigation is translation of these models into empirically supported assessment (psychosocial screening) and family-based, mHealth interventions to improve disease management and quality of life for youth with chronic health conditions as well as to support medical decision-making for adolescents and young adults with cancer.


David M. Barrett, MD, PhD

David M. Barrett

Dr. Barret's research program focuses on immune function of children with cancer. His research involves investigating possible immune deficiencies that result in children developing cancer and developing immune-based therapies for childhood cancer.


Craig H. Bassing, PhD

Craig H. Bassing

Dr. Bassing's research program focuses on the genetic, epigenetic, and biochemical mechanisms by which mammals develop their immune systems while suppressing autoimmunity and genomic aberrations that cause leukemia or lymphoma.


Hamid Bassiri, MD, PhD

Hamid Bassiri

Dr. Bassiri studies the ways in which the immunometabolic features of lymphocytes are altered within solid tumor environments, and how modulating these features may enhance anti-tumor immunity.


Andrew J. Bauer, MD

Andrew J. Bauer

Dr. Bauer's academic and clinical career are focused on improving the care of children and adolescents with thyroid disease. He has extensive experience and knowledge of thyroid pathophysiology and tumorigenesis, and has been critical to the clinical success of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Thyroid Center.


Edward M. Behrens, MD

Edward M. Behrens

Dr. Behrens' research focuses on the pathogenesis and treatment of cytokine storm syndromes, including the hemophagocytic syndromes Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and Macrophage Activation Syndrome (MAS).


Jean B. Belasco, MD

Jean B. Belasco

Dr. Belasco’s clinical and research work focuses on pediatric cancers, palliative care, neuro-oncology, neurofibromatosis, and lymphatic vascular malformations.


Louis M. Bell, MD

Louis M. Bell

Dr. Bell, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, has research expertise in areas including computerized clinical decision support to improve the quality of care; epidemiology, management and treatment of common pediatric infectious diseases; the use of primary care practice-based research networks for clinical research; and quality improvement through the use of clinical pathways.


Aditya N. Belwadi, PhD

Aditya N. Belwadi

Dr. Belwadi's research focuses on injury biomechanics and automotive safety, with an aim to understanding and comparing the human body's tolerances to impact across various ages. He uses a combination of computational and physical test models in his research to develop patient-specific specifications, ultimately focusing on reducing injury.


Tami D. Benton, MD

Tami D. Benton

Dr. Benton's research focuses primarily on pediatric mood and anxiety disorders, sickle cell disease and psychiatric conditions, HIV and psychiatric conditions, neuroimmunology and mood disorders, health services research, eating disorders, and ethnically diverse children.


Robert A. Berg, MD

Robert A. Berg

Dr. Berg is a resuscitation scientist with extensive clinical and preclinical translational laboratory experience in the areas of cardiac arrest, VF, defibrillation, and personalized physiologic-directed CPR. He has substantial expertise in conducting multicenter observational and interventional trials.


Jeffrey M. Bergelson, MD

Jeffrey M. Bergelson

Dr. Bergelson's research focuses on the interaction of viruses with their cellular receptors. His lab identified receptors for echoviruses, coxsackieviruses, and adenoviruses, and studied their structure, physiologic function, and role in virus infection and pathogenesis in animals.
He is particularly interested in  the cell biology of virus entry into cells, and receptor-induced signals required for specific events in the entry process.


Kathrin M. Bernt, MD

Kathrin M. Bernt

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Bernt's goal is to further the understanding of the role of transcriptional regulation in pediatric hematopoietic stem cell biology and leukemia, and translate findings into novel therapies.


Seema Bhatnagar, PhD

Seema Bhatnagar

Dr. Bhatnagar's research aims to further the understanding of the neural basis of individual differences in response to stressful experiences. This includes identifying neural substrates that produce resiliency or vulnerability to the effects of stress and determining treatments to mitigate vulnerability and to promote resiliency through both preclinical and translational studies.


Elizabeth J.K. Bhoj, MD PhD

Elizabeth J.K. Bhoj

Dr. Bhoj's genetics research aims to discover new human disease genes, their mechanisms, and potential targeted therapies. In addition to ongoing gene discovery efforts, Dr. Bhoj focuses on three novel genes that lead to pediatric neurologic dysfunction: TBC1 domain-containing kinase, Histone 3.3 (H3F3A and H3F3B), and MAP4K4.


Gerd Blobel, MD, PhD

Gerd Blobel

Dr. Blobel investigates the fundamental mechanisms involving transcription factors, chromatin regulators, and higher order chromatin. He is gearing his basic science discoveries towards genetic and epigenetic treatment modalities. In addition, Dr. Blobel is interested in mechanism of epigenetic memory.


Nathan J. Blum, MD

Nathan J. Blum

Dr. Blum is the principal investigator for the national multi-site Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Research Network (DBPNet). Recent studies in the network relate to the assessment and treatment of attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).


Christopher P. Bonafide, MD

Christopher P. Bonafide

Dr. Bonafide’s research focus is on developing, evaluating, and implementing interventions at the intersection of patient safety and technological innovation, and measuring the impacts of these interventions on children and families. His research includes methods drawn from clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical informatics, systems engineering, and implementation science.


Jeffrey R. Boris, MD, FACC, FAAP

Jeffrey R. Boris

Dr. Boris is interested in the clinical outcomes in patients with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, an increasingly recognized disorder of autonomic nervous system dysfunction that is estimated to affect as many as one to three million American children and adults.


Kristopher R. Bosse, MD

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The cure rate for children with neuroblastoma is unacceptable, making it imperative that new therapies are developed. Dr. Bosse's laboratory is focused on discovering and developing new neuroblastoma cell surface immunotherapeutic targets. Along with his colleagues, Dr. Bosse's aim is to capitalize on the robust differential expression of these molecules with immune-based therapies and also define their mechanisms of overexpression and roles in tumorigenesis.