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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Abul Alamgir, PhD

Associate Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Phone Number: (210) 276-9012
Room Number: OTC 1121 (San Antonio)

Research Interests:

  • Workplace health and safety issues
  • epidemiology of injuries
  • program and economic evaluation
  • workplace surveillance system
  • socio-economic onsequences of injury and¬†disease
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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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Bijal Balasubramanian, MBBS, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Phone Number: (214) 648-1343
Room Number: 00V V8.106C (Dallas)

Research Interests:

  • Doctor-patient interaction-related factors that contribute to racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in cancer screening and treatment and practice-level Factors that impact the quality of health care provided to primary care patients.¬†
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Frank Bandiera, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Phone Number: (214) 648-1080

Research Interests:

  • Tobacco control
  • mental health
  • substance abuse
  • health disparities
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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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Jennifer Below, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: (713) 500-9846
Room Number: RAS E429 (Houston)

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Eric Boerwinkle, PhD

Professor & Chair, Department of Epidemiology, & Kozmetsky Family Chair in Human Genetics

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: (713) 500-9816
Room Number: RAS E447 (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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Raul Caetano, MD, MPH, PhD

Professor, Dallas Regional Campus

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Phone Number: (214) 648-1080
Room Number: 00V V8.112C (Dallas)

Research Interests:

  • Epidemiology of substance abuse
  • violence
  • drinking and alcohol-related problems among US ethnic minority groups
  • diagnostic procedures in alcohol abuse and dependence
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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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Sharon P. Cooper, PhD

Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Phone Number: (210) 276-9008
Room Number: OTC 1100 (San Antonio)

Research Interests:

  • Occupational injury
  • surveillance of injury and illnesses in farm workers
  • working adolescents
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Stephen P. Daiger, PhD

Thomas Stull Matney, PhD Endowed Professor 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

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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R. Sue Day, PhD

Associate Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
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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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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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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David Douphrate, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Phone Number: (210) 276-9005
Room Number: OTC 1124 (San Antonio)

Research Interests:

  • Cause and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • ergonomics
  • workplace safety
  • and occupational health and safety management
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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 Services Research
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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Robert John Emery, DrPH

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

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

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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Susan P. Fisher-Hoch, MD

Professor of Epidemiology

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Hispanic Health Research Center
Phone Number: (956) 755-0635
Room Number: RAC S2.330C (Brownsville)

Research Interests:

  • Virology
  • Lassa and Ebola hemorrhagic fevers
  • tuberculosis
  • human Papilloma virus
  • biocontainment
  • microbiology
  • molecular epidemiology
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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 E401 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Genetic epidemiology of brain aging
  • Stroke
  • gene expression
  • genomics
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Kelley Pettee Gabriel, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Dell Center for Healthy Living
Phone Number: (512) 391-2525
Room Number: UTA 6.338 (Austin)

Research Interests:

  • Measurement of physical activity and sedentary behavior
  • epidemiology of physical activity and cardiovascular- and cancer- related health outcomes in women across the lifespan
  • physical activity and non-pharmacological lifestyle interventions for prevention or management of chronic disease
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David Gimeno, PhD

Associate Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Phone Number: (210) 276-9011
Room Number: OTC 1120 (San Antonio)

Research Interests:

  • Occupational and social epidemiology
  • work organization
  • social inequalities
  • multilevel statistical models
  • work disability
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Rose Gowen, MD

Faculty Associate

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Phone Number: (956) 882-5165

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D. Michael Hallman, PhD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Department: Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Center: Human Genetics Center
Phone Number: (713) 500-9893
Room Number: RAS E431 (Houston)

Research Interests:

  • Genetic epidemiology of chronic disease
  • especially atherosclerotic disease and diabetes
  • genetic analysis of longitudinal data.
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