Faculty and Staff

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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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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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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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Charles Darkoh, PhD

Assistant 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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George DiGiovanni, PhD

Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (915) 747-8509
Room Number: 096 412 (El Paso)

Research Interests:

  • Waterborne pathogens
  • bacterial source tracking
  • environmental microbiology
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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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Lu-Yu Hwang, MD

Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (713) 500-9382
Room Number: RAS E717 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Pediatrics
  • infectious disease
  • perinatal transmission
  • viral epidemiology
  • cancer epidemiology
  • hepatitis virus/liver cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • HTLV/leukemia
  • EBV/nasopharyngeal cancer
  • viral oncology.
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Zhi-Dong Jiang, MD, DrPH

Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (713) 500-9371
Room Number: RAS E741 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Epidemiology of travelers’ diarrhea
  • genetic factors for acute diarrhea
  • enteric pathogens
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Kristina Mena, PhD

Associate Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (915) 747-8514
Room Number: 096 407 (El Paso)

Research Interests:

  • Water quality
  • food safety
  • microbial risk assessment
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Shaper Mirza, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (713) 500-9263
Room Number: RAS W632 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Molecular and cellular immunology and bacterial pathogenesis. Emphasis and expertise is with host pathogen interaction with particular emphasis on pathogenesis of Streptococcus pneumoniae in healthy individuals and individuals with co-morbidities such as diabetes mellitus
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Alan Nyitray, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (713) 500-9354
Room Number: RAS E707 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Epidemiology of anal human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
  • screening for anal HPV-associated lesions and cancer
  • HPV vaccination
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • HPV and HIV co-infection
  • sexual health.
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Theresa Ochoa, MD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (713) 500-9374
Room Number: RAS E713 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Diarrhea in children
  • Protective factors in human milk
  • with special emphasis on lactoferrin
  • enteric pathogens
  • Neonatal sepsis in developing countries
  • Pneumococcus
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Catherine L. Troisi, PhD

Associate Professor of Management, Policy & Community Health

Management, Policy & Community Health

Department: Management, Policy & Community Health
Center: Center for Infectious Diseases
Phone Number: (713) 500-9164
Room Number: RAS E909 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • particularly viral diseases:  viral hepatitis
  • HIV
  • influenza
  • public health practice
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