Leona W Ayers, MD

Leona Ayers


College of Medicine



Academic Title

Faculty Emeritus

Research Program

Translational Therapeutics

Research Interest

Infection ● Cancer ● Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia ● pneumonia ● Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated

Leona Ayers, MD, is a member of the Translational Therapeutics Program at the OSUCCC – James, where her research is focused on biospecimens and biorepositories, digital image analysis of tissue features, and HIV/AIDS-related lymphoma.

Dr. Ayers serves as co-Investigator of the Midwestern Division of the Collaborative Human Tissue Network, a national research tissue procurement group with an emphasis on cancer research that assists academic and commercial research investigators, having served as Principle Investigator from 2010 - 2019.

She spent nearly 20 years as a principal investigator for the AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource, a project of the National Cancer Institute’s AIDS Malignancy Consortium, which assists researchers working in the areas of HIV infection and malignancy.

Dr. Ayers has published extensively in academic and medical journals. Most recently, she published articles in Infectious Agents and Cancer, Journal of Biological Chemistry and Clinical Cancer Research.

Office Location

1505 Polaris

2001 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240




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