Dr. Meghan Borysova receives NIH Loan Repayment Program Award

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Meghan Borysova, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management, was awarded funding through the 2012-2014 National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program (LRP).  Under the mentorship of Arthur Williams, PhD, chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, she will spend the next two years engaging in NIH mission-relevant research in exchange for repayment of student loans.

The LRP is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.  According to the program’s website, “The purpose of the Health Disparities Research LRP is to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals to research careers that focus on minority health or other health disparity issues.”

Dr. Borysova’s current research project examines the cross-racial and ethnic health of inmates, which has ethnical and fiscal implications on the incarcerated communities and the communities into which they return.  “Through understanding the cross-racial and ethnic health of incarcerated communities we will better understand the etiologies of disparities in the general population,” said Borysova.

She earned a doctorate in cancer biology from the University of South Florida. Her research was based at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (Moffitt) and focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of carcinogenesis.

“I came to the College of Public Health one year ago and continue to be inspired by the work being done here and the people in the COPH community!,” said Borysova. “Personal health and wellness are a priority for me and my family.  All individuals deserve to enjoy a great sense of well-being, and I hope that my work can help toward the goal of maximizing the health of the individuals in our communities.”

Dr. Borysova is originally from Chicago, but grew up in Michigan. She earned a bachelor of science in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Although she has lived many places, Tampa will be home for years to come.  Meghan and her husband Dr. Sergiy Borysov, a scientist at Moffitt and USF, met in a local research laboratory. They have four children and are committed to raising them in Tampa Bay and establishing their careers at USF.

“I plan to follow an academic research path working toward maximizing the health of all individuals.  USF is on the cutting edge of research and has such a positive impact on the health of the Tampa Bay community. I hope to remain part of that effort.”