Epidemiology Faculty Profiles

Along with providing education and training, Department of Epidemiology faculty and researchers have achieved national and international reputations for excellence in their respective fields of research and expertise. Short summaries of faculty are detailed below.

Department Chair

Lynda Lisabeth Joseph N.S. Eisenberg, PhD, MPH
Infectious disease, transmission modeling, risk assessment, waterborne pathogens, vectorborne disease.

Core Faculty 

Sara Adar Sara Dubowsky Adar, ScD, MHS
Environmental epidemiology, exposure science for epidemiology, ambient air pollution, traffic-related pollutants, community noise, vulnerabilities, interventions.

Ella AugustElla T. August, PhD, MA, MS
Public health capacity building, scientific development, science writing and critical thinking.

Kevin BakkerKevin M. Bakker, PhD, MSc
Mathematical modeling, vaccine preventable diseases, environmental and demographic drivers of infectious disease, immunological response to infection

bakulskiKelly M. Bakulski, PhD
Environmental and genetic etiology of neurological disorders.

Ana Baylin Ana Baylin, MD, Dr.P.H.
Nutritional epidemiology, cardiovascular disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, global health.

Matthew Boulton Matthew L. Boulton, MD, MPH
Global health, infectious diseases, especially vaccine preventable, childhood immunizations, preventive medicine, health workforce & capacity building, scientific publication and journal editing.

andrew brouwerAndrew Brouwer, PhD, MS, MA
Mathematical modeling; statistical modeling; infectious disease transmission modeling; cancer prevention, incidence, and survival; human papillomavirus (HPV); transition analysis; gender-minority health.

buxtonMiatta Buxton, PhD, MPH
Maternal and child health, inflammation, cervico-vaginal and systemic cytokines, environmental epidemiology, maternal nutrition, maternal and child health disparities, global health and low resource settings.

liming dongLiming Dong, PhD
Neuropsychiatric epidemiology, aging, health disparities.

Joseph Eisenberg Joseph N.S. Eisenberg, PhD, MPH
Infectious disease, transmission modeling, risk assessment, waterborne pathogens, vectorborne disease.

Marisa Eisenberg Marisa C. Eisenberg, PhD, MS
Mathematical modeling, parameter identifiability and estimation, infectious diseases, cholera and waterborne diseases, and cancer modeling.

nancy fleischerNancy L. Fleischer, PhD, MPH
Social epidemiology, health disparities, social determinants of health, non-communicable disease risk, global health, immigration, and health.

Betsy Foxman Betsy Foxman, PhD
Molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases, with particular emphasis on the role of the microbiome.

Aubree Gordon Aubree Gordon, PhD
Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Influenza, Dengue, Global Health.

Alexis HandalAlexis J. Handal, PhD, MPH
Environmental epidemiology; occupational epidemiology; worker health; labor exploitation; social epidemiology; social inequities in health; reproductive epidemiology; maternal and child health; child development; community-engaged research; CBPR; global  health 

Sioban Harlow Sioban D. Harlow, PhD
Womens health, occupational health, reproductive epidemiology, international health.

Jana HirschtickJana L. Hirschtick, PhD, MPH
Social determinants of health, health inequities, community-driven research, urban health, criminal justice system, mental health, tobacco use.

 Jihyoun JeonJihyoun Jeon, PhD, MS
Risk prediction modeling, Mathematical/Statistical method development for cancer risk assessment, Smoking and lung cancer trend, Cancer screening, COPD.

Sharon Kardia Sharon L.R. Kardia, PhD
Genetic epidemiology with a focus on genetics of common chronic diseases, especially cardiovascular disease and hypertension.

Carrie Karvonen-Gutierrez Carrie A. Karvonen-Gutierrez, PhD, MPH
Women's health; aging epidemiology; midlife health; obesity; chronic diseases including diabetes and musculoskeletal conditions.

lindsay kobayashiLindsay C. Kobayashi, PhD, M.Sc.
Aging; global health; epidemiology; social epidemiology; cognitive aging; health disparities.

Gwenyth O. LeeGwenyth O. Lee, PhD, M.H.S.
Global Health, Infant and child undernutrition, enteric disease.

Lynda Lisabeth Lynda D. Lisabeth, PhD, MPH
Stroke health disparities with a focus on understanding the excess burden in special populations, including Mexican Americans and women.

ryan maloshRyan E. Malosh, PhD, MPH
Epidemiology of respiratory virus infections, influenza vaccine effectiveness, test-negative and cohort study designs, infectious disease transmission modeling.

Emily Martin Emily Toth Martin, PhD, MPH
Clinical and molecular epidemiology of viral and bacterial diseases.

Daniel McConnell Daniel S. McConnell, PhD
Estrogen and androgen assays or pathways.

Carlos Mendes de Leon Carlos F. Mendes de Leon, PhD
Epidemiology of aging, life course epidemiology, health disparities, global social epidemiology, psychosocial risk factors for disability and cognitive decline in late life.

Rafael Meza Rafael Meza, PhD
Cancer risk assessment, multistage carcinogenesis models, smoking and lung cancer risk, cancer epidemiology, public health policy modeling, mathematical modeling of chronic and infectious disease prevention, cancers with infectious disease etiology, HPV-related cancers.

mezukBriana Mezuk, PhD
Psychiatric epidemiology; depression and anxiety; aging; life course; medical-psychiatric comorbidity; diabetes; frailty; suicide; social disparities in health.

Alison Mondul Alison M. Mondul, PhD, MSPH
Molecular and nutritional epidemiology, modifiable risk factors and cancer etiology.

Arnold Monto Arnold S. Monto, MD
Occurrence, etiology, and prevention of infectious diseases in industrialized and developing countries, frequency and cause of respiratory infections in families living in the community, Ebola.

Lewis MorgensternLewis B. Morgenstern, MD 
Race/ethnic and gender disparities in stroke, access to health care and acculturation of Hispanic Americans, community and professional education for acute stroke treatment and stroke prevention, social epidemiology.

Belinda Needham Belinda L. Needham, PhD, MA
Health Disparities; Aging and the Life Course; Biodemography.

Marie O'Neill Marie S. O'Neill, PhD
Environmental epidemiology, air pollution, climate change, environmental equity, international health, cardiovascular mechanisms, and birth outcomes.

Sung Kyun Park Sung Kyun Park, Sc.D., MPH
Environmental and occupational epidemiology, gene-environment and nutrient-environment interactions, multi-pollutants and pollutant mixtures, with a focus on cardiometabolic and age-related diseases.

Celeste Pearce Celeste Leigh Pearce, PhD, MPH
Etiology and Prevention of Ovarian and Breast Cancers.

Josh PetrieJoshua G. Petrie, PhD, MPH
Epidemiology and transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses, influenza vaccine effectiveness, and serologic correlates of immunity.

no photo available Patricia A. Peyser, PhD
Genetics and cardiovascular disease.

Laura Johnson PowerLaura Power, MD, MPH
Preventive medicine, communicable disease epidemiology and prevention, vaccine-preventable diseases, interprofessional education, training physicians in public health and preventive medicine.

Alexander Rickard Alexander H. Rickard, PhD, MSc, BSc
How bacteria interact with one another in environmental or medically relevant situations and the resulting ramifications for human health.

Jennifer Smith Jennifer A. Smith, PhD, MPH 
Genetic epidemiology and social epigenomics of age-related chronic diseases and their risk factors, including cardiovascular disease, ischemic brain injury, and cognition.

Eduardo Villamor Eduardo Villamor, MD, MPH, Dr.P.H.
Pediatric and perinatal epidemiology, nutritional epidemiology, nutrition and infection, nutritional intervention trials, developmental origins of health and disease, child and maternal nutrition.

Abram WagnerAbram L. Wagner, PhD, MPH
Vaccine hesitancy; epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases; China; global health

Zhenhua Yang Zhenhua Yang, MD, PhD 
Epidemiology of tuberculosis (TB) in the U.S and globally, genetic diversity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis clinical strains and its clinical and epidemiological relevance and implications for the development of new TB vaccines and therapeutics.

Wei ZhaoWei Zhao, PhD
Genetics epidemiology of human complex diseases, health disparity, social genomics, cardiovascular disease, cognition, and dementia.

Jon ZelnerJon Zelner, PhD
Infectious diseases, social epidemiology, spatial epidemiology, mathematical modeling, network analysis, tuberculosis, diarrheal disease.

Faculty with Joint Appointments

Sarah Burgard Sarah A. Burgard, PhD, MS
Population health, racial ethnic and socioeconomic disparities, job strain and job insecurity, stratification of sleep.

Carol Chenoweth Carol E. Chenoweth, MD, MS
Nosocomial infections and antibiotic resistance in nosocomial and community-acquired, antibiotic-resistant enterococci.

philippa clarkePhilippa J. Clarke, PhD, MSc
Aging, disability, built environment, quantitative methods.

Joel Gagnier Joel J. Gagnier, PhD ND, MSc, BA
Clinical epidemiology, clinical research design, meta-analyses, musculoskeletal conditions.

William Herman William H. Herman, MD, MPH
Screening, diabetes, diabetes complications, diabetes and pregnancy, diabetes epidemiology, managed care, health economics.

Powel KazanjianPowel Kazanjian, MD, PhD
History of Bacteriology, History of Epidemics, History of Sexually Transmitted diseases.

Catherine KimCatherine Kim, MD, MPH
Women's health, diabetes, cardiovascular risk.

Sofia Merajver Sofia D. Merajver, MD, PhD

Lona modyLona Mody, MD, MSc
Translational epidemiology of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) in vulnerable populations, develop and disseminate interventions to prevent infections in high-risk vulnerable populations

Bhramar MukherjeeBhramar Mukherjee, PhD
Studies of gene-environment interaction, Bayesian methods, statistical methods for case-control and other outcome dependent sampling schemes, applications in epidemiology.

David Musch David C. Musch, PhD, MPH
Clinical trials, glaucoma treatment, quality of life assessment.

Duane Newton Duane W. Newton, PhD
Clinical microbiology and molecular diagnostics; development of molecular assays for the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases.

Wei PerngWei Perng, PhD
Use of epidemiologic methods to investigate relations of the perinatal period with future obesity and related metabolic consequences; elucidating biological mechanisms that underlie accrual of excess adiposity during early life.

Sarah ReevesSarah Reeves, PhD, MPH
Pediatric health services research; health services utilization and preventive care among children with chronic conditions.

 Aruna Sarma Aruna V. Sarma, PhD, M.H.A.
Natural history of and racial differences in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer.

Howard SteinHoward Stein, Hon B.A., MA, PhD
Socio-economics of developing economies with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Lauren WallnerLauren Wallner, PhD, MPH
Cancer care delivery and health services research; Quality, delivery and coordination of cancer care; Designing, evaluating and implementing interventions to improve cancer care.

Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty

Christine Joseph Christine L.M. Joseph, PhD, MPH, BSc
Racial/ethnic health disparities; racial differences in asthma incidence, prevalence, and severity/control; the role of IgE in asthma; factors related to asthma management and control in urban adolescents; medication adherence, school-based health.

 Mark KatzMark Katz, MD
Influenza, respiratory infections, vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine effectiveness, cholera


Juan MarquezJuan Luis Marquezi, MD, MPH

Eve Mokotoff Eve D. Mokotoff, MPH
Efficiently collecting relevant surveillance data and making HIV/AIDS surveillance data useful.

Aimin Zhang Aimin Zhang, MD, MPH, MS
Environmental and occupational epidemiology; Metal metabolism and toxicity; Biomarker development of lead (Pb) exposures; Medical management of radiation exposure.

LEO Instructors

Andrew BrouwerAndrew Brouwer, PhD, MS, MA
Mathematical modeling; infectious disease, especially environmentally transmitted diseases; cancer, especially those related to HPV or other infectious etiologies; parameter identifiability.

Miatta BuxtonMiatta Buxton, PhD, MPH
Maternal and child health, inflammation, cervico-vaginal and systemic cytokines, environmental epidemiology, maternal nutrition, maternal and child health disparities, global health and low resource settings.

Barbara Dunn

JihyoJihyoun Jeonun Jeon, PhD, MS
Risk prediction modeling, Mathematical/Statistical method development for cancer risk assessment, Smoking and lung cancer trend, Cancer screening, COPD.

Peter Larson

Gwen lee Gwenyth O. Lee, PhD, MHS

Global Health, Infant and child undernutrition, enteric disease.

Scott Ratliff, MS, B.S.
Linear and nonlinear modeling applied to epidemiologic research, genetic epidemiology

Aruna SarnaAruna V. Sarma, PhD, M.H.A.
Natural history of and racial differences in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer.

abram wagnerAbram Wagner, PhD, MPH
vaccine hesitancy; epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases; China; global health

kate wilhelmiKate Wilhelmi, MA, BA
Professional Development Seminar and internship preparations

Emeritus Faculty

Lawrence Bielak Lawrence F. Bielak, DDS, MPH
Epidemiology and genetics of atherosclerosis and its risk factors.

Stephen Eklund Stephen A. Eklund, DrPH, D.D.S., MHSA
Dental public health, health services research, assessment for treatment needs, outcomes of dental care, and international oral health.

Kathleen Ford Kathleen Ford, PhD
Social and behavioral aspects of the AIDS epidemic, sexual behavior, and sexually transmitted diseases (U.S. adolescents and international populations), cognitive and physical functioning in aging populations, migration, health and well being.

David Garabrant David H. Garabrant, MD, MPH
Occupational and environmental epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, neuroepidemiology and neurotoxic agents, colon cancer, pancreas cancer, environmental exposure to dioxins.

gilsdorfJanet R. Gilsdorf, MD
Haemophilis influenzae pathogenesis, epidemiology of respiratory pathogens in day care, antigenic diversity of H. influenzae.

Ernest Harburg Ernest Harburg, PhD, MA, BSS
Anger, anger-coping and its effects on medically morbid conditions, e.g., high blood pressure, resolution of such conflict.

Millicent Higgins Millicent W. Higgins, M.B., B.S., MD, DPH, FAACP.(Hon)
Epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular and chronic pulmonary diseases and obesity; familial and genetic factors influencing susceptibility to environmental exposures.

James HouseJames S. House, PhD
Social psychology, political sociology, social structure and personality, psychosocial and socioeconomic factors in health, survey research methods.

George Kaplan George A. Kaplan, PhD
Role of behavioral, social, psychological, and socioeconomic factors in disease prevention and health promotion; role of "upstream" and "downstream" factors in maintaining health, delaying disease, and improving function.

James KoopmanJames S. (Jim) Koopman, MD, MPH
Analysis and control of infection transmission systems, theoretical basis for epidemiological analysis, causal modeling of epidemiological processes, complex systems, networks, public health surveillance.

Carl Marrs Carl F. Marrs, PhD
Molecular epidemiology of bacterial pathogens.

Hal MorgensternHal Morgenstern, PhD
Kidney disease, musculoskeletal conditions, cancers, neuropsychiatric disorders, injuries, heart disease; clinical and outcomes research, occupational and environmental health, psychosocial aspects of disease, and epidemiologic methods.

Friedrich Port Friedrich K Port, MD, MS, FACP
Clinical outcomes studies for patients with chronic diseases.

julia richardsJulia E. Richards, PhD
Mapping, cloning and characterizing genes involved in inherited eye diseases, including prevalent complex diseases such as glaucoma as well as some simple Mendelian disorders that affect the eye.

David Schottenfeld David Schottenfeld, MD, MS
Cancer epidemiology and prevention, with focus on prostate, breast, endometrial and colorectal cancers.

wilsonMark L. Wilson, ScD
Ecology of infectious disease, spatial pattern analysis, global change and health.