Faculty and Staff

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A.J. Agopian, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: (713) 500-9815
Room Number: RAS E507 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Birth Defects
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Environmental and Occupational Exposures
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David Aguilar, PhD

Associate Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Phone Number: (713) 500-9814
Room Number: RAS E431 (Houston)

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Heyreoun An Han, PhD

Faculty Associate

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Phone Number: (713) 500-9466
Room Number: RAS W1010 (Houston)

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Justin Bahl, PhD

Associate Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

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Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (713) 500-9356
Room Number: RAS E703 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Epidemiology
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Phylodynamics
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Sara A. Barton, MS

Faculty Associate

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: (713) 500-9812
Room Number: RAS E535 (Houston)

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Eric Boerwinkle, PhD

Dean, Kozmetsky Family Chair in Human Genetics

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: (713) 500-9058
Room Number: RAS W114A (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Human genetics
  • bioinformatics
  • DNA variation
  • coronary heart disease
  • hypertension
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Sara J. Bowne, PhD

Faculty Associate

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: (713) 500-9836
Room Number: RAS W520 (Houston)

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Jan Bressler, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: (713) 500-9919
Room Number: RAS E503 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Disease control
  • aging
  • molecular genetics
  • genetic epidemiology
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Eric Brown, PhD

Associate Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (713) 500-9355
Room Number: RAS E719 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Immunology
  • infectious disease
  • mechanisms of immune evasion
  • vaccine development
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Arch I. Carson, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Occupational Health

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Phone Number: (713) 500-9465
Room Number: RAS W1020 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Occupational lung disease
  • industrial toxicology
  • international occupational health
  • occupational health surveillance systems
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Cynthia L. Chappell, PhD

Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (713) 500-9026
Room Number: RAS W644 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Parasitology
  • gastrointestinal parasites
  • immune response to parasites
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Han Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: (713) 500-9958
Room Number: RAS E517 (Houston)

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Ru-Jye Chuang

Faculty Associate

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Phone Number: (713) 500-9383
Room Number: RAS E615 (Houston)

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Sadie Conway, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Phone Number: (713) 500-9262
Room Number: RAS W610 (Houston)

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Maria Cooper

Faculty Associate

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Phone Number: (512) 346-6178
Room Number: WFB 1050-14 (Houston)

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Stephen P. Daiger, PhD

TSMatney Prof MF Johnston DisChr in Environmental & Genetic Sciences

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

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Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: (713) 500-9829
Room Number: RAS W522 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Human molecular genetics
  • human population genetics
  • medical genetics
  • human gene cloning
  • linkage mapping
  • retinitis pigmentosa
  • macular degeneration
  • inherited retinal diseases in humans
  • mutation detection
  • retinal disease genes RP1 and IMPDH1.
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Charles Darkoh, PhD

Associate Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (713) 500-9368
Room Number: RAS E715 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Microbial pathogenesis
  • molecular basis of enteric infectious diseases
  • molecular epidemiology
  • diagnostics
  • drug discovery
  • vaccine development
  • host-pathogen interactions
  • metabolomics
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R. Sue Day, PhD

Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Phone Number: (713) 500-9317
Room Number: RAS E1027 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Epidemiology
  • nutrition
  • dietary assessment methodology
  • obesity
  • cardiovascular disease
  • cancer
  • chronic disease
  • dietary interventions and health promotion
  • physical activity
  • Hispanic populations
  • children
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Paul De Vries, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: (713) 500-9809
Room Number: RAS E429 (Houston)

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George P. Delclos, MD

Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Phone Number: (713) 500-9459
Room Number: RAS W1018 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Occupational hazards of healthcare workers
  • occupational and environmental respiratory disease
  • international aspects of occupational health
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Xianglin L. Du, MD, PhD

Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Health Systems Research, Policy, and Practice
Phone Number: (713) 500-9956
Room Number: RAS E631 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Clinical Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and cancer
  • health services and outcomes research
  • claims-based healthcare studies
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Herbert L. DuPont, MD

Mary W. Kelsey Chair in the Medical Sciences

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (713) 500-9366
Room Number: RAS E729 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Worldwide study of the epidemiology
  • microbiology
  • genetic susceptibility
  • treatment and prevention of acute diarrhea
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Herbert L. DuPont, MD

Mary W. Kelsey Chair in the Medical Sciences

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (713) 500-9366
Room Number: RAS E743 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Worldwide study of the epidemiology
  • microbiology
  • genetic susceptibility
  • treatment and prevention of acute diarrhea
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Robert John Emery, DrPH

Professor of Occupational Health & Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

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Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Phone Number: (713) 500-9469
Room Number: RAS W1022 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Comprehensive approaches to health and safety
  • health and safety program outcome measures
  • health and safety for special populations
  • occupational radiation protection
  • hazardous waste management
  • emergency preparedness and response
  • training
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Myriam Fornage, PhD

Professor, & The Laurence & Johanna Favrot Distinguished Professor in Cardiology

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: (713) 500-2463
Room Number: RAS E453 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Genetic epidemiology of brain aging
  • Stroke
  • gene expression
  • genomics
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Megan L. Grove-Gaona

Principal Laboratory Specialist

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Phone Number: (713) 500-9833
Room Number: RAS W406A (Houston)

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Inkyu Han, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Phone Number: (713) 500-9260
Room Number: RAS W642 (Houston)

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Craig L. Hanis, PhD

Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: (713) 500-9807
Room Number: RAS E423 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Genetic epidemiology
  • genetics of type 2 diabetes and its complications
  • genomic approaches to identifying genes for common diseases.
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Blake Hanson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (713) 500-9357
Room Number: RAS E739 (Houston)

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James E. Hixson, PhD

Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: (713) 500-9834
Room Number: RAS W422 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Molecular genetics of common diseases including cardiovascular disease
  • obesity
  • and diabetes
  • SNP discovery and analysis in population-based studies of common diseases
  • allelic effects on gene expression and protein function related to common diseases and measured risk factors.
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