Dr. Beatrice Golomb
Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD is the director of the Golomb Research Group. She has served as a primary care doctor for a panel of veteran patients for over 15 years. Dr. Golomb is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She received a BS in physics (summa cum laude) from the University of Southern California. Dr. Golomb also has an MD and PhD from UC San Diego.
Dr. Golomb’s research interests include: the balance of treatment risks and benefits; research methods and inference from evidence; and the relation of oxidative stress and mitochondrial function to health, aging, behavior, illness, environmental and medication effects, nutrition, and bioenergetics more generally. She is best known for her work on Gulf War Illness, statins, placebos--and chocolate. A number of her studies have been featured in the national and international print, radio and television media, from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Economist to Jon Stewarts’s The Daily Show.
Janis Ritchie is the lead research group coordinator and oversees the day-to-day functioning of the office, as well as each of the individual projects and serves as the primary supervisor of grant development. She has a BSN from the University of Michigan, with past experience in surgery and home health care. After an experience working with patients at a VA nursing facility, Janis developed a strong interest in veteran health. She has worked for Dr. Golomb for over 10 years and managed several research studies to include a 1000 person trial of non-cardiac endpoints in statin cholesterol drugs and several smaller studies of Gulf War illness.
Hayley Koslik received her degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. She joined the Golomb Research Group as an undergraduate in December 2011 and enjoyed the work so much she stayed post-graduation to work as a full-time research assistant. Previously she individually recruited, screened, and saw participants for the study of bioenergetics in Gulf War veterans, which assessed mitochondrial dysfunction in ill Gulf War veterans (compared to healthy volunteers); she later used the results to present at the UC San Diego Undergraduate Research Conference where she received special acknowledgement from the Vice Chancellor of the University. Hayley has a strong interest in counseling and wants to develop her clinical skills working with Gulf War veterans.
Andrea Almaguer received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Holy Names University. She came on board as a volunteer and recent graduate in December 2015. Currently she is working as a research assistant on the Electrohypersensitivity Study. She enjoys the depth of her work and the chance to learn from Dr. Golomb, as she aspires to become a Primary Care Physician and specialize in Family Medicine. She was accepted to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine but felt moved to instead to finish working on the Electrohypersensitivity Study in hope to bring awareness to an area of great need.
Alexis Bui started working for the Golomb Research Group in July 2013 as a part-time administrative assistant, but became a full-time research assistant shortly after graduating from the University of California, San Diego, with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Chemistry. Previously, she presented six studies at two different American Heart Association meetings, one of which gained national media attention. Currently, she is managing the UCSD Gulf War Illness Treatments Tried Study, which aims to jumpstart treatment research for Gulf War veterans affected by Gulf War Illness. With a passion for education in public health, Alexis endeavors to become a physician to help improve the lives of others.
Bella Nguyen is a second year undergraduate student at the University of California, San Diego with a major in General Biology and a minor in Global Health. She began her work with the Golomb Research Group in March 2015, and is currently spearheading the Statin Adverse Effect Study. Under the mentorship of Dr. Golomb and others, she has managed communication and recruitment for survey participants in hopes of learning more about the events that occur in reaction to taking statins or other cholesterol-lowering drugs. She strives to become a family practitioner with a focus on helping underserved communities.
Alexander (Alex) Fung is a third year undergraduate at the University of
California, San Diego. He is majoring in Human Biology in hopes of
becoming an orthodontist. He started working for the Golomb Research Group
in the Spring of 2015, and is currently working on the Gulf War
Bioenergetics Study. Alongside the research staff, he has conducted
study participant visits as well as created reaction time tests which are
used during Bioenergetics study visits. He hopes to use the skills he has
learned from his time with The Golomb Research Group to contribute back to
the community and his family in the future as a valuable member of the