Faculty

Primary Faculty

Patience Afulani, PhD, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Global Health
  • Implementation Science
  • Lifecourse
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health, health equity, quality of care, person-centered care, respectful maternity care, global health, implementation science, food security, migrant health, minority health


Bruce Agins, professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Bruce Agins, MD
Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Global Health
  • Infectious Disease


Isabel Elaine Allen

Isabel Elaine Allen, PhD, MS
Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Biostatistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Research Methods in Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Analytics & Data Visualization, Meta-analysis & synthesis research, Clinical Research Design & Analysis, Biometrics, Biostatistics, big data, data analysis, data display, data science, data visualization, machine learning, patient-generated health data, patient-reported outcome measures


Alexis Beatty, MD, MAS
Associate Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
  • Epidemiology of Cardiovascular and Neurological Disorders
  • Implementation Science

Research Interests:
  • Cardiovascular disease, cardiac rehabilitation, health disparities, digital health, implementation science


Henrik Bengtsson, professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Henrik Bengtsson, PhD, MS
Associate Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Bioinformatics
  • Genetic Epidemiology


Caryn Bern, professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology & biostatistics

Caryn Bern, MD, MPH
Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Global Health
  • Infectious Disease

Research Interests:
  • Chagas disease, visceral leishmaniasis, pathogenesis, diagnosis


Dennis Black

Dennis Black, PhD
Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Epidemiology of Aging
  • Lifecourse


Paige Bracci, PhD, MPH, MS
Associate Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology


Joelle Brown

Joelle Brown, PhD
Associate Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Global Health
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Disease
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Reproductive health, Health economics, HIV/AIDS, Implementation science, Infectious disease, Maternal health, Women's health


John A. ("Tony") Capra, PhD
Associate Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Bioinformatics
  • Machine Learning

Research Interests:
  • using the tools of computer science and statistics to address problems in genetics, evolution, and biomedicine


June Chan, professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

June Chan, DSc
Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Cancer Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • How diet, exercise, other lifestyle factors are associated with better outcomes in men with prostate cancer; testing if changes in behavior after diagnosis improve cancer survivorship; disseminating evidence-based recommendations and tools to help people with cancer adopt healthier lifestyle practices and improve survivorship


Ingrid Chen, assistant professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Institute for Global Health Sciences

Ingrid Chen, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor

Research Area(s):

  • Global Health
  • Infectious Disease

Research Interests:
  • Malaria


Iona Cheng, associate professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Iona Cheng, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Cancer Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • The role of genetics, health behaviors, environmental exposures, and neighborhood factors on cancer incidence and prognosis


Alison Cohen, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
  • Lifecourse
  • Social Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • health equity, adolescent and young adult health, social determinants of health, community-based participatory research, program and policy evaluation, environmental health justice, research-practice partnerships


Mara Decker, assistant professor in UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Mara Decker, DrPH
Assistant Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Lifecourse
  • Social Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Sexual and reproductive health, youth and adolescents, applied research, social epidemiology, health and empowerment, program evaluation, health disparities, global health and development, demographic change and the environment, human rights, social ecology


Nadia Diamond-Smith, assistant professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Nadia Diamond-Smith, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Global Health
  • Lifecourse
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Maternal and child health in the developing world with a focus on gender inequality/women's empowerment, family planning and abortion and nutrition in the preconception and pregnancy period


Suzanne Dufault, PhD
Assistant Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Biostatistics
  • Global Health
  • Infectious Disease

Research Interests:
  • clinical trials, Bayesian methods, simulation studies, dengue, tuberculosis, reproducible research

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Neelam Feachem, professor at UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences

Neelam Sekhri Feachem, MS
Associate Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Global Health

Research Interests:
  • Health policy, financing, and management of health care systems


Jean Feng, PhD
Assistant Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Machine Learning

Research Interests:
  • Machine learning, Statistical computing, High-dimensional data


Efstathios (Stathis) D. Gennatas, MBBS, PhD
Assistant Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Machine Learning

Research Interests:
  • Neuroscience, neuroimaging, brain development, neurodegenerative disease, neurology, psychiatry, oncology; applied health data science for basic biomedical research and clinical applications; Machine learning research for precision medicine: multimodal data analysis, interpretability, trustworthiness, fairness in predictive modeling, data science and visualization software development


David V. Glidden, PhD
Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Biostatistics

Research Interests:
  • HIV treatment, HIV prevention, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, Biostatistics, Survival analysis, Competing risks, Multiple events, Causal Inference, Clinical trials, LGBT health


Scarlett Gomez, professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Scarlett Gomez, PhD, MPH
Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Cancer Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • The role of social determinants of health, including race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, immigration status, sociocultural factors, and neighborhood contextual characteristics, on health outcomes


Rebecca Graff, ScD
Assistant Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Genetic Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • prostate cancer, kidney cancer, cancer risk factors, cancer survivorship, genetics, pleiotropy, metabolomics, molecular subtyping


Margaret Handley, professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH
Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
  • Global Health
  • Implementation Science
  • Lifecourse
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology
  • Research Methods in Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Intervention design, linking public health and primary care interventions to address health disparities, implementation and dissemination sciences, chronic disease prevention, safety net innovation, public health literacy, migration and health/trans-national health, and environmental pollution


Robert Hiatt

Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD
Professor
[email protected]

Research Area(s):

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Social Epidemiology

Research Interests:
  • Robert Hiatt is Associate Director for Population Science at Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research interests include: cancer epidemiology, especially breast cancer, cancer prevention & screening, health inequities, health services & outcomes research, social determinants of cancer, environmental health research, environmental exposures in early development related to cancer, mathematical modeling of cancer, global health science


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