Faculty & Staff

Richard Cooper, MD

Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences
Interests: cardiovascular disease across the African 

diaspora, genomics, race in biomedical research

Amy Luke, PhD

Vice ChairDepartment of Public Health Sciences
 Institute of Public Health

Interests: nutrition, obesity, hypertension, obesity

David Shoham, PhD, MSPH

Associate Professor
Director, Master of Public Health Program

Interests: social epidemiology

Majid Afshar, MD, MSCR

Assistant Professor
Interests: Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Guichan Cao, MS

Research Instructor
Interests: design, implementation, and analysis of medical and publicly available datasets including NHANES.

Julie Darnell, PhD, MHSA

Associate Professor
Interests: public health systems research, health disparities, uninsured, free clinics, survey design and administration

Qunfeng Dong, PhD

Associate Professor
Interests: Bioinformatics

Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, PhD

Interests: survival analysis, genetics of hypertension, vitamin D

Lara Dugas, PhD, MPH, FTOS

Assistant Professor
Interests: physical activity, obesity, type 2 diabetes, gut microbiota, intermediary metabolites, adolescent health

Xiang Gao, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Interests: Bioinformatics

Justin Harbison, PhD

Assistant Professor
Interests: vector-borne diseases, mosquito control, urban runoff, environmental exposures

Cara Joyce, PhD

Assistant Professor
Interests: biostatistics, clinical research

Ruth Kafensztok, DrPH

Assistant Professor
Interests: injury surveillance, traffic injuries, emergency medical services

Holly Kramer, MD, MPH

Associate Professor
Interests: kidney disease, athersclerosis, hypertension, obesity

Talar Markossian, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Interests: health services, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of cancer patient research

Steven Scaglione, MD

Assistant Professor
Interests: NASH, Acute Liver Failure, Hep C, Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Abigail Silva, PhD

Assistant Professor
Interests: Health equity, health care access, cancer care quality and outcomes

James Sinacore, PhD

Associate Professor
Interests: vailidity of measurement instruments, domestic violence screening, visual display of quantitative information

Kevin Stroupe, PhD

Associate Professor
Interests: Health economics, cost-effectiveness, health policy

Bamidele Tayo, PhD

Associate Professor
Interests: genetic mapping of complex diseases, development of statistical methods for genetic linkages

Frances M. Weaver, PhD

Interests: neurologic conditions, prevention of secondary conditions, program evaluation, use of administrative and clinical data for research, implementation research

Michael Zilliox, PhD

Assistant Professor
Interests: Finding cancer biomarkers, the microbiome in health and disease, bioinformatics and mapping the transcriptome

Dmitriy Dligach, PhD

Assistant Professor

Heather E. Wheeler, PhD

Assistant Professor
Interests:  methods to harness gene regulation within complex trait association and prediction studies