Dr. Badaki-Makun's overarching clinical and research focus is on the care of the acutely ill or injured child. Her early research career centered on improving resuscitation outcomes in pediatric patients in cardiopulmonary arrest. For this early work, she was awarded both the American Academy of Pediatrics Ken Graff Young Investigator and the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium Young Investigator Awards.
She continues her work in resuscitation in the clinical and educational arenas.
Her recent research centers on enhancing the diagnosis and management of acute complications in patients with sickle cell disease. She is the recipient of a K12 Career Development Award in Hematology for her research dedicated to enhancing the early diagnosis and management of acute chest syndrome in sickle cell patients using novel radiographic and serum biomarkers. As part of this K12 Award, she is completing her PhD in Clinical Investigation at the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.