Two CPH Faculty Members Receive NIH-K Grants to Support Research and Career Development


  • Janaya Greene
November 21, 2017
Julianna Nemeth, PhD (left), and Steve Oghumu, PhD (right), each received Career Development (K) Awards from the National Institutes of Health.
Julianna Nemeth, PhD, and Steve Oghumu, PhD, each received Career Development (K) Awards from the National Institutes of Health.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) presented CPH faculty members Julianna Nemeth, PhD, and Steve Oghumu, PhD, with Career Development (K) Awards, providing them with additional funding for their research projects and developmental support in the early stages of their careers.

Nemeth, an assistant professor (practice) of health behavior and health promotion at CPH, focuses on reducing health disparities for people impacted by high levels of violence; examining the correlation between exposure to violence and use of substances. She will use her grant to develop smoking cessation interventions for homeless youth.

“Mary Ellen Wewers worked extensively with me as I was developing the grant itself and the application,” Nemeth said. “Pam Salsberry, who is a professor here, also was instrumental in looking at some of my formative drafts of my proposal and giving me ideas and suggestions. The Institute for Population Research grant group was wonderful in supporting me, too.”

Oghumu is a research scientist and adjunct assistant professor of environmental health sciences at CPH. His studies primarily focus on oral cancer and ways to control the disease’s development using compounds that modify the immune response. Oghumu will use his NIH-K grant to determine how black raspberries, a food that CPH researcher have found may prevent cancer development, affect immune cells. The knowledge gained from this research could be used to improve oral cancer prevention and treatment. 

“Many professors within the college have been very helpful,” Oghumu said. “A number of professors here are my mentors, like Dr. [Chris] Weghorst, who is my primary mentor. The dean of the college (William Martin II, MD] and the interim chair of environmental health sciences [Mike Bisesi, PhD] have also been very supportive. I wouldn’t have gotten this without them.”


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The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 23rd among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, and also includes the top 7-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice, and the NCI-funded Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (CERTS).