Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work Faculty

Department of Biostatistics

  • Changwon Yoo - Statistical Machine Learning Group (SMLG) has state of art servers to develop and disseminate innovative statistical methods for Big Data Analytics (BDA). The group’s research draws from statistical machine learning, genomics, and neuroscience and seeks to identify and build statistical methods in big data such as genomics, proteomics, neuroimaging, and clinical data. The research is highly collaborative because understanding diseases mechanisms and coming up with better treatments and prevention in medicine and public health inevitably involve analyzing complex and big data. Curriculum Vitae

Department of Dietetics and Nutrition

  • Juan P. Liuzzi - Autophagy is a protective response to ethanol toxicity. Although it has been known for decades that zinc confers protection against ethanol toxicity, the potential role of zinc in the modulation of autophagy has just begun to be understood. Understanding how zinc modulates autophagy could help develop new therapeutic approaches for the prevention or treatment of diseases associated with excessive ethanol consumption such as alcoholic liver disease and alcohol related brain damage. Curriculum Vitae

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

  • Diana Azzam - My research investigates metastatic and therapy-resistant cancer stem cells as well as novel treatments aimed at targeting them in the most lethal types of breast and ovarian cancers. I am also implementing a patient-specific ex vivo drug screening and genomics profiling platform to guide individualized treatments for children and adults with relapsed or refractory solid tumors and leukemias. Curriculum Vitae
  • Jeremy Chambers - Scaffold proteins are critical components of signal transduction and integration. Scaffolds influence spatial and temporal aspects of signaling by promoting interactions among signaling components, such as kinases. It is the mission of the Chambers lab to understand how these scaffolds and their constituents alter cellular biology in the contexts of aging and human disease. Curriculum Vitae
  • Marcus S. Cooke - Biomonitoring oxidative stress. Genome-wide, sequence-specific approaches to studying the formation and repair of oxidatively damaged DNA. The role of the (d)NTP pool in genome instability. Curriculum Vitae
  • Alok Deoraj - Gene and environment interactions. Complex environmental exposure and microbiome influence on neuroendocrine regulation of reproductive aging and impairment, Identify theranostic gene candidate(s) and biomarkers of the etiology of cancer and neurodegenerative disorders using zebrafish models. Curriculum Vitae
  • Quentin Felty - Areas of research interest include: (i) molecular toxicological studies of the adverse effects of exposure to estrogen and estrogenic endocrine disruptors on the vascular system; (ii) the identification of novel estrogen redox signaling molecules; (iii) and the role of reactive oxygen species in angioproliferative disorders that impact pulmonary hypertension and breast cancer invasiveness. Curriculum Vitae
  • Tomás R. Guilarte - My laboratory is interested in understanding the role of environmental pollutants on neurological and neurodegenerative diseases and mental health. Our work is supported by funding from NIEHS related to environmental metals neurotoxicology (lead and manganese). Another major focus of our research has been to validate and apply Translocator Protein 18 kDa (TSPO) as an in vivo biomarker of brain injury and inflammation that is applicable to assess the effects of environmental chemicals on the CNS as well as to assess the onset and progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Recent studies are focused in understanding the function of TSPO in glial cells. Our work is multidisciplinary and we use methods ranging from behavior, to neuronal systems, cellular and molecular approaches including molecular imaging (Positron Emission Tomography to Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and primary culture of brain cells. Our ultimate goal is for our basic science studies to be translational and utilize the scientific findings to devise strategies to mitigate environmentally-induced neurological disease in the public health context and to change policy for the benefit of the public at large. Curriculum Vitae
  • Deodutta Roy - Application of Human Genomics to Public Health Sciences-molecular prevention. Areas of research interest include: Identifying the biological pathways by which reactive oxygen species (ROS) increase an individual’s susceptibility to develop aggressive antiestrogen-independent metastatic breast cancer via influencing a redox sensitive transcription factor - Nuclear Respiratory Factor-1 (NRF-1); Evaluation of pathoepigenetic/genetic mechanisms of glioblastoma and role of gene-endocrine disruptor interactions in brain health; Integrative stochastic modelling to identify biological pathways and networks contributing to the susceptibility of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases; Targeted stem cell nano therapy of cancer and other environmental chronic complex human diseases. Curriculum Vitae