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May – Dr. Sparkenbaugh is an invited faculty speaker at the NHLBI Workshop on Reproductive Health in Women and Girls with SCD: From Gaps to Solutions. Sign up to attend virtually here:

March – Dr. Sparkenbaugh attended the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society (HTRS) Scientific Symposium in Orlando, Florida. She served as a social media ambassador for the meeting! Prior to the meeting, Dr. Sparkenbaugh attended the HTRS Research Colloquium where she presented on career transitions and networking to junior faculty.

BRC Members Stephanie Reitsma, Erica Sparkenbaugh, and Bobby Lee

February  – Dr. Sparkenbaugh presented a seminar at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.

January – Our work evaluating the role of FXII was accepted into Blood! Thanks to many people who made this publication possible!

Dr. Sparkenbaugh co-authored a Crosstalk article in JTH with BRC colleague Dr. Patrick Ellsworth, discussing the role of ADAMTS13 and VWF in thrombo-inflammation in sickle cell disease.


December – The Sparkenbaugh lab attended the ASH annual meeting, with two posters!

Dr. Ramadas presenting her poster at ASH
Ms. Lowder presenting her poster at ASH









October – Dr. Sparkenbaugh was an invited speaker at the Gordon Research Conference on Plasminogen Activation and Extracellular Proteolysis.

July – Dr. Sparkenbaugh attended the ISTH Annual Meeting in London, UK.

May – Dr. Sparkenbaugh was awarded a pilot grant from the NC TRaCS for a project on thrombosis risk of SCD women on hormonal contraception.

April – The Sparkenbaugh Lab attended the 10th Symposium on Hemostasis at UNC Chapel Hill, April 28-30.

March – Our new technician Laiya joined the group. Welcome Laiya!

February – Our technician Megan is moving to Colorado to help another PI start their new lab and serve as lab manager. She will be amazing in this new position, but we will miss her!


December – Dr. Sparkenbaugh presented two oral abstracts at the 2021 American Society of Hematology Meeting.

– Dr. Nirupama Ramadas joined our lab as a postdoctoral scholar. Welcome Niru!

July – Dr. Sparkenbaugh served as Twitter Ambassador for @ISTH during the 2021 ISTH Conference.

April – Kailyn Lowder joined our lab as an undergraduate research assistant! Welcome Kailyn!

March – Dr. Sparkenbaugh presented at the 2021 Hemostasis & Thrombosis Research Society Scientific Symposium.

March – Dr. Sparkenbaugh gave a seminar at Regis University Biology Department.

JanuaryDr. Sparkenbaugh received an R01 from NHLBI.


December – Dr. Sparkenbaugh presented at the 2020 American Society of Hematology World Congress.

September – Dr. Sparkenbaugh presented at the 2020 Federation for Sickle Cell Disease Research Network Annual Meeting.

June – We returned to the lab after three months off of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are happy to be back and working again!

March – Megan Miller joined the lab right before we were shut down for the COVID-19 pandemic.


December – Dr. Sparkenbaugh presented at the 2019 American Society of Hematology World Congress.

October – Dr. Sparkenbaugh was promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine.