Faculty & Staff

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Richard Cooper, MD

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

diaspora, genomics, race in biomedical research

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Amy Luke, PhD

Vice ChairDepartment of Public Health Sciences
Director,
 Institute of Public Health
Professor

Interests: nutrition, obesity, hypertension

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David Shoham, PhD, MSPH

Associate Professor
Director, Master of Public Health Program

Interests: social epidemiology

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Majid Afshar, MD, MSCR

Assistant Professor
Interests: Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

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Guichan Cao, MS

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

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Julie Darnell, PhD, MHSA

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

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Qunfeng Dong, PhD

Associate Professor
Interests: Bioinformatics

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Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, PhD

Professor
Interests: survival analysis, genetics of hypertension, vitamin D

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Lara Dugas, PhD, MPH, FTOS

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

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Xiang Gao, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Interests: Bioinformatics

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Justin Harbison, PhD

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

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Cara Joyce, PhD

Assistant Professor
Interests: biostatistics, clinical research

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Ruth Kafensztok, DrPH

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

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Holly Kramer, MD, MPH

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

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Talar Markossian, PhD, MPH

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

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Steven Scaglione, MD

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

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Abigail Silva, PhD

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

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James Sinacore, PhD

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

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Kevin Stroupe, PhD

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

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Bamidele Tayo, PhD

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

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Frances M. Weaver, PhD

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

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Michael Zilliox, PhD

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

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Dmitriy Dligach, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Heather E. Wheeler, PhD

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