Marisa holds an MS in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. She specializes in cancer biology, immunology, and genetics. Marisa began working with BioNews in 2018, and has written about science and health for SelfHacked and the Genetics Society of America. She also writes/composes musicals and coaches the University of Pittsburgh fencing club.
Lower income is associated with a significantly higher risk of certain kidney diseases, including lupus nephritis, a new study found. The study, “Socioeconomic Position and Incidence of Glomerular Diseases,” ... Read more
An educational program done in small, local, and peer-led groups, called the Chronic Disease Self‐Management Program, was seen as helpful by African-American women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), improving ... Read more
Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) are more common in pregnant women with systemic lupus erythematosus than those without the chronic autoimmune disease, and pose an increased risk of heart ... Read more
A newly identified genetic signature may provide clues into the mechanisms underlying systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and open new potential avenues to personalized treatments. The research, “Integrated, multi-cohort analysis ... Read more
Two comprehensive tools can reliably measure changes in disease activity in people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a new study suggests. The findings support the use of these instruments — ... Read more
Physical and emotional abuse during childhood may increase the risk of developing systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) later in life, a new study has found. The study, “Association of Childhood ... Read more
Adding investigational anifrolumab to standard therapy lowers disease activity, limits the need for corticosteroids, and eases skin symptoms in people with moderate to severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a ... Read more