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Elena Flowers, PhD, RN

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentPhysiological Nursing
Address2 Koret Way
San Francisco CA 94143
Phone415-476-0983
EmailElena.Flowers@ucsf.edu
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    University of California, San FranciscoPh.D.2012 Nursing
    University of California, San FranciscoM.A.S. in Clinical Research2010 Graduate Division (Advanced Training in Clinical Research)
    University of California, San FranciscoM.S.2007 Nursing
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    American Heart Association2012Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award Finalist
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation2014Nurse Faculty Scholars Finalist
    Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association2017Fellow
    American Heart Association2017Fellow

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    My program of research focuses on precision medicine and risk for type 2 diabetes in high risk racial groups. Specifically, I am studying the utility of epigenetic biomarkers for risk detection and prediction of response to risk-reduction interventions. Current studies include investigation of microRNA expression in individuals who are insulin resistant, and prediction of response to both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions.


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    1. Singh KP, Kober KM, Dhruva AA, Flowers E, Paul SM, Hammer MJ, Cartwright F, Wright F, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Risk Factors Associated With Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea in the Week Prior to the Next Cycle and Impact of Nausea on Quality of Life Outcomes. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 May 29. PMID: 29857180.
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    2. Carrico AW, Flentje A, Kober K, Lee S, Hunt P, Riley ED, Shoptaw S, Flowers E, Dilworth SE, Pahwa S, Aouizerat BE. Recent stimulant use and leukocyte gene expression in methamphetamine users with treated HIV infection. Brain Behav Immun. 2018 Apr 18. PMID: 29679637.
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    3. Flentje A, Kober K, Carrico A, Neilands TB, Flowers E, Heck N, Aouizerat B. Minority Stress and Leukocyte Gene Expression in Sexual Minority Men Living with Treated HIV Infection. Brain Behav Immun. 2018 Mar 13. PMID: 29548994.
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    4. Zhou M, Fukuoka Y, Mintz Y, Goldberg K, Kaminsky P, Flowers E, Aswani A. Evaluating Machine Learning-Based Automated Personalized Daily Step Goals Delivered Through a Mobile Phone App: Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 Jan 25; 6(1):e28. PMID: 29371177.
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    5. Singh KP, Miaskowski C, Dhruva AA, Flowers E, Kober KM. Mechanisms and Measurement of Changes in Gene Expression. Biol Res Nurs. 2018 Jan 01; 1099800418772161. PMID: 29706088.
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    6. Singh KP, Dhruva AA, Flowers E, Kober KM, Miaskowski C. A review of the literature on the relationships between genetic polymorphisms and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2018 Jan; 121:51-61. PMID: 29279099.
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    7. Flowers E, Kanaya AM, Fukuoka Y, Allen IE, Cooper B, Aouizerat BE. Preliminary evidence supports circulating microRNAs as prognostic biomarkers for type 2 diabetes. Obes Sci Pract. 2017 Dec; 3(4):446-452. PMID: 29259803.
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    8. Binford SS, Hubbard EM, Flowers E, Miller BL, Leutwyler H. Serum BDNF Is Positively Associated With Negative Symptoms in Older Adults With Schizophrenia. Biol Res Nurs. 2018 Jan; 20(1):63-69. PMID: 29050493.
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    9. Flowers E, Miaskowski C, Conley Y, Hammer MJ, Levine J, Mastick J, Paul S, Wright F, Kober K. Differential expression of genes and differentially perturbed pathways associated with very high evening fatigue in oncology patients receiving chemotherapy. Support Care Cancer. 2018 Mar; 26(3):739-750. PMID: 28944404.
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    10. Flowers E, Gadgil M, Aouizerat BE, Kanaya AM. Circulating micrornas associated with glycemic impairment and progression in Asian Indians. Biomark Res. 2015; 3:22. PMID: 26966540; PMCID: PMC4785747.
    11. Flowers E, Aouizerat BE, Abbasi F, Lamendola C, Grove KM, Fukuoka Y, Reaven GM. Circulating microRNA-320a and microRNA-486 predict thiazolidinedione response: Moving towards precision health for diabetes prevention. Metabolism. 2015 Sep; 64(9):1051-9. PMID: 26031505; PMCID: PMC4546550.
    12. Flowers E, Molina C, Mathur A, Reaven GM. Use of plasma triglyceride/high-density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio to identify increased cardio-metabolic risk in young, healthy South Asians. Indian J Med Res. 2015 Jan; 141(1):68-74. PMID: 25857497; PMCID: PMC4405943.
    13. Flowers E, Won GY, Fukuoka Y. MicroRNAs associated with exercise and diet: a systematic review. Physiol Genomics. 2015 Jan 01; 47(1):1-11. PMID: 25465031.
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    14. Prasad M, Flowers E, Mathur A, Sridhar V, Molina C, Turakhia M. Effectiveness of a community screening program for metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular risk factor identification in young South Asians adults. Diabetes Metab Syndr. 2015 Jan-Mar; 9(1):38-41. PMID: 25470638.
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    15. Pickham D, Flowers E, Drew BJ. Hyperglycemia is associated with corrected QT prolongation and mortality in acutely ill patients. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2014 May-Jun; 29(3):264-70. PMID: 23364575; PMCID: PMC4140190.
    16. Flowers E, Aouizerat BE. MicroRNA associated with dyslipidemia and coronary disease in humans. Physiol Genomics. 2013 Dec 15; 45(24):1199-205. PMID: 24170031; PMCID: PMC3882685.
    17. Flowers E, Molina C, Mathur A, Reaven GM. Adiposity and cardiovascular risk clustering in South Asians. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2013 Dec; 11(6):434-40. PMID: 24004335; PMCID: PMC3882736.
    18. Flowers E, Singh K, Molina C, Mathur A, Aouizerat BE. MicroRNA associated with atherogenic dyslipidemia in South Asian men. Int J Cardiol. 2013 Oct 12; 168(5):4884-5. PMID: 23871617; PMCID: PMC3809319.
    19. Sathe A, Flowers E, Mathur A, Garcia DM, Kotrys J, Gandhi R, Molina C, Mathur A. A culturally specific health coaching program targeting cardiovascular disease risk in South Asians: rationale, design, and baseline data. Ethn Dis. 2013; 23(3):304-9. PMID: 23914415.
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    20. Flowers E. Response to: the important role of microRNAs in lipid metabolism. Metabolism. 2013 Mar; 62(3):e3. PMID: 23142164.
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    21. Flowers E, Froelicher ES, Aouizerat BE. MicroRNA regulation of lipid metabolism. Metabolism. 2013 Jan; 62(1):12-20. PMID: 22607769; PMCID: PMC3440514.
    22. Flowers E, Froelicher ES, Aouizerat BE. Gene-environment interactions in cardiovascular disease. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2012 Dec; 11(4):472-8. PMID: 21684212; PMCID: PMC3197961.
    23. Flowers E, Froelicher ES, Aouizerat BE. Measurement of MicroRNA: a regulator of gene expression. Biol Res Nurs. 2013 Apr; 15(2):167-78. PMID: 22204760.
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    24. Flowers E, Molina C, Mathur A, Prasad M, Abrams L, Sathe A, Malhotra D, Basra R, Malgesini N, Ratnam G, Aouizerat BE, Turakhia MP. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome in South Asians residing in the United States. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2010 Oct; 8(5):417-23. PMID: 20939706.
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