Learn More About Research at UTSPH

The University of Texas School of Public Health provides a direct service to communities through the research efforts of its campuses, divisions and research centers and the Institute for Health Policy. It is the school’s objective to translate its discoveries into policies and programs that have a beneficial impact on the health of the public across Texas and globally.

The school’s research centers have been developed by faculty to enhance areas of interdisciplinary research. The centers play an important role in supporting the diverse areas of public health and give students excellent opportunities to interact in real world work environments.

What We Do

The Office of Research provides faculty and students with leadership, guidance and coordination of:

  • Pre-award activities for grant and contract proposals;
  • Approval of culminating experience, thesis and dissertation proposals (prior to beginning the research) for human subjects risks, compliance with HIPAA guidelines, scientific merit and relevant School of Public Health and University of Texas Health Science Center policies.

All students of the School of Public Health submit their culminating experience, thesis or dissertation proposal to the Office of Research after their academic committee has approved and signed it for review and approval by the Associate Dean for Research.

Recent Faculty Publications

Abbass, I. M., Virani, S. S., Michael Swint, J., Chan, W., & Franzini, L. (2014). One-year outcomes associated with using observation services in triaging patients with nonspecific chest pain. Clinical Cardiology, doi:10.1002/clc.22319 [doi]

Aitken, S. L., Joseph, T. B., Shah, D. N., Lasco, T. M., Palmer, H. R., DuPont, H. L., Xie, Y. & Garey, K. W. (2014). Healthcare resource utilization for recurrent clostridium difficile infection in a large university hospital in houston, texas. PloS One, 9(7), e102848. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102848 [doi]

Albero G, Castellsague X, Lin H-Y, Fulp W, Villa LL, Lazcano-Ponce E, Papenfuss M, Abrahamsen M, Salmerón J, Quiterio M, Nyitray AG, Lu B, Bosch FX, Giuliano AR. Male circumcision and the incidence and clearance of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in men: the HPV Infection in Men (HIM) cohort Study. BMC Infectious Diseases. 14:75. DOI: 10.1186/10.1186/1471-2334-14-75. PMID: 24517172.

Anderson, A. M., Ross, M. W., Nyoni, J. E., & McCurdy, S. A. (2014). High prevalence of stigma-related abuse among a sample of men who have sex with men in Tanzania: Implications for HIV prevention. AIDS Care, , 1-8. doi:10.1080/09540121.2014.951597 [doi]

Archer, N. P., Wilkinson, A. V., Ranjit, N., Wang, J., Zhao, H., Swann, A. C., & Shete, S. (2014). Genetic, psychosocial, and demographic factors associated with social disinhibition in Mexican-origin youth. Brain and Behavior, 4(4), 521-530. doi:10.1002/brb3.236 [doi]

Baraniuk, S., Tilley, B. C., del Junco, D. J., Fox, E. E., van Belle, G., Wade, C. E., . . . & PROPPR Study Group. (2014). Pragmatic randomized optimal platelet and plasma ratios (PROPPR) trial: Design, rationale and implementation. Injury, 45(9), 1287-1295. doi:10.1016/j.injury.2014.06.001 [doi]

Bayraktar, S., Amendola, L., Gutierrez-Barrera, A. M., Hashmi, S. S., Amos, C., Gambello, M., Ready, K. J. & Arun, B. (2014). Clinicopathologic characteristics of breast cancer in BRCA-carriers and non-carriers in women 35 years of age or less. Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland), doi:S0960-9776(14)00159-3 [pii]

Berg, R. C., & Ross, M. W. (2014). The second closet: A qualitative study of HIV stigma among seropositive gay men in a southern U.S. city. International Journal of Sexual Health : Official Journal of the World Association for Sexual Health, 26(3), 186-199. doi:10.1080/19317611.2013.853720 [doi]

Businelle, M. S., Poonawalla, I. B., Kendzor, D. E., Rios, D. M., Cuate, E. L., Savoy, E. J., Ma, P., Baggett, T. P., Reingle, J. & Reitzel, L. R. (2014). Smoking policy change at a homeless shelter: Attitudes and effects. Addictive Behaviors, 40C, 51-56. doi:S0306-4603(14)00288-3 [pii]

Calloway, E. E., Roberts-Gray, C., Ranjit, N., Sweitzer, S. J., McInnis, K. A., Romo-Palafox, M. J., & Briley, M. E. (2014). Method of assessing parent-child grocery store purchasing interactions using a micro-camcorder. Appetite, 83C, 1-9. doi:S0195-6663(14)00393-6 [pii]

Calo, W. A., Ortiz, A. P., Suarez, E., Guzman, M., & Perez, C. M. (2014). Association of cigarette smoking and metabolic syndrome in a Puerto Rican adult population. International Journal of Preventive Medicine, 5(7), 849-856.

Caughey, M. C., Loehr, L. R., Key, N. S., Derebail, V. K., Gottesman, R. F., Kshirsagar, A. V., Grove, M. L. & Heiss, G. (2014). Sickle cell trait and incident ischemic stroke in the atherosclerosis risk in communities study. Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation, 45(10), 2863-2867. doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.114.006110 [doi]

Chang, Y., Gallon, L., Shetty, K., Chang, Y., Jay, C., Levitsky, J., Ho, B., Baker, T., Ladner, D., Friedewald, J. Abecassis, M. Hazen, G. & Skaro, A. I. (2014). Simulation modeling of the impact of proposed new simultaneous liver and kidney transplantation policies. Transplantation, doi:10.1097/TP.0000000000000270 [doi]

Chemaly, R. F., Dantes, R., Shah, D. P., Shah, P. K., Pascoe, N., Ariza-Heredia, E., . . . & Mulanovich, V. (2014). Cluster and sporadic cases of herbaspirillum spp. infections in patients with cancer. Clinical Infectious Diseases : An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, doi:ciu712 [pii]

Chien, L. C., & Yu, H. L. (2014). Impact of meteorological factors on the spatiotemporal patterns of dengue fever incidence. Environment International, 73C, 46-56. doi:S0160-4120(14)00202-5 [pii]

Clague, J., Reynolds, P., Henderson, K. D., Sullivan-Halley, J., Ma, H., Lacey, J. V., Jr, Chang, S., Delclos, G. L., Du, S. L., Forman, M. R. & Bernstein, L. (2014). Menopausal hormone therapy and lung cancer-specific mortality following diagnosis: The California teachers study. PloS One, 9(7), e103735. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103735 [doi]

Cogle, C. R., Wise, E., Meacham, A. M., Zierold, C., Traverse, J. H., Henry, T. D., . . . Lai, D., . . .  Sayre, S. L., . . . Taylor, D. (2014). A detailed analysis of bone marrow from patients with ischemic heart disease and left ventricular dysfunction: BM CD34, CD11b and clonogenic capacity as biomarkers for clinical outcomes. Circulation Research, doi:CIRCRESAHA.114.304353 [pii]

Conway, S., Pompeii, L., & Gimeno, D. (2014). 0403 an exposure assessment model for long working hours. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 71 Suppl 1, A114-2014-102362.360. doi:10.1136/oemed-2014-102362.360 [doi]

Delk, J., Springer, A. E., Kelder, S. H., & Grayless, M. (2014). Promoting teacher adoption of physical activity breaks in the classroom: Findings of the Central Texas CATCH middle school project. The Journal of School Health, 84(11), 722-730. doi:10.1111/josh.12203 [doi]

DelliFraine, J. L., Wang, Z., McCaughey, D., Langabeer, J. R., 2nd, & Erwin, C. O. (2014). The use of six sigma in health care management: Are we using it to its full potential? Quality Management in Health Care, 23(4), 240-253. doi:10.1097/QMH.0000000000000039 [doi]

Dickerson, A. S., Pearson, D. A., Loveland, K. A., Rahbar, M. H., & Filipek, P. A. (2014). Role of parental occupation in autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and severity. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8(9), 997-1007. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2014.05.007 [doi]

Do, A. N., Irvin, M. R., Lynch, A. I., Claas, S. A., Boerwinkle, E., Davis, B. R., Ford, C. E., Eckfeldt, J. H., Tiwari, H. K., Limdi, N. A. & Arnett, D. K. (2014). The effects of angiotensinogen gene polymorphisms on cardiovascular disease outcomes during antihypertensive treatment in the GenHAT study. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 5, 210. doi:10.3389/fphar.2014.00210 [doi]

Donnelly, R., & Springer, A. (2014). Parental social support, ethnicity, and energy balance-related behaviors in ethnically diverse, low-income, urban elementary schoolchildren. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, doi:S1499-4046(14)00582-X [pii]

DuPont, H. L. (2014). Challenges and opportunities in the management of clostridium difficile infection. Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, , 1-12. doi:10.1586/17474124.2014.939630 [doi]

Escoffery, C., Fernandez, M. E., Vernon, S. W., Liang, S., Maxwell, A. E., Allen, J. D., Dwyer, A., Hannon, P. A., Kohn, M. & DeGroff, A. (2014). Patient navigation in a colorectal cancer screening program. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice : JPHMP, doi:10.1097/PHH.0000000000000132 [doi]

Fernandez, M. E., Melvin, C. L., Leeman, J., Ribisl, K. M., Allen, J. D., Kegler, M. C., Bastani, R., Ory, M. G., Risendal, B. C., Hannon, P. A., Kreuter, M. W. & Hebert, J. R. (2014). The cancer prevention and control research network: An interactive systems approach to advancing cancer control implementation research and practice. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention : A Publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, Cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology, doi:1055-9965.EPI-14-0097 [pii]

Fujimoto, K., & Williams, M. L. (2014). Racial/Ethnic differences in sexual network mixing: A log-linear analysis of HIV status by partnership and sexual behavior among most at-risk MSM. AIDS and Behavior, doi:10.1007/s10461-014-0842-8 [doi]

Giuliano AR, Nyitray AG,  Kreimer AR, Pierce Campbell CM, Goodman MT, Sudenga SL, Monsonego J, Franceschi S. EUROGIN 2014 roadmap: Differences in HPV infection natural history, transmission, and HPV-related cancer incidence by gender and anatomic site of infection. International Journal of Cancer. DOI: 10.1002/ijc.29082. PMID: 25043222.

Goldman, J. G., Stebbins, G. T., Leung, V., Tilley, B. C., & Goetz, C. G. (2014). Relationships among cognitive impairment, sleep, and fatigue in Parkinson’s disease using the MDS-UPDRS. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, doi:S1353-8020(14)00296-X [pii]

Gupta, S., Sun, H., Yi, S., Storm, J., Xiao, G., Balasubramanian, B. A., Zhang, S., Ashfaq, R. & Rockey, D. C. (2014). Molecular markers of carcinogenesis for risk stratification of individuals with colorectal polyps: A case-control study. Cancer Prevention Research (Philadelphia, Pa.), 7(10), 1023-1034. doi:10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-14-0140 [doi]

Hill, D. L., Schwarz, A. J., Isaac, M., Pani, L., Vamvakas, S., Hemmings, R., Carrillo, M. C., Yu, P., Sun, J., . . . & Stephenson, D. (2014). Coalition against major Diseases/European medicines agency biomarker qualification of hippocampal volume for enrichment of clinical trials in predementia stages of alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s & Dementia : The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, 10(4), 421-9.e3. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2013.07.003 [doi]

Holmes, M. V., Dale, C. E., Zuccolo, L., Silverwood, R. J., Guo, Y., Ye, Z., . . . Boerwinkle, E., . . . InterAct Consortium. (2014). Association between alcohol and cardiovascular disease: Mendelian randomisation analysis based on individual participant data. BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 349, g4164. doi:10.1136/bmj.g4164 [doi]

Hsia, R. Y., Akosa Antwi, Y., Weber, E., & Brownell Nath, J. (2014). A cross-sectional analysis of variation in charges and prices across California for percutaneous coronary intervention. PloS One, 9(8), e103829. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103829 [doi]

Hu, T., Rianon, N. J., Nettleton, J. A., Hyder, J. A., He, J., Steffen, L. M., Jacobs, D. R., Criqui, M. H., & Bazzano, L. A. (2014). Protein intake and lumbar bone density: The multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis (MESA). The British Journal of Nutrition, , 1-9. doi:S0007114514002220 [pii]

Hwang, J. Y., Sim, X., Wu, Y., Liang, J., Tabara, Y., Hu, C., . . . Hixson, J. E., . . .  Kim, B. J. (2014). Genome-wide association meta-analysis identifies novel variants associated with fasting plasma glucose in east asians. Diabetes, doi:DB_140563 [pii]

Jitnarin, N., Poston, W. S., Haddock, C. K., Jahnke, S. A., & Day, R. S. (2014). Tobacco use pattern in a national firefighter cohort. Nicotine & Tobacco Research : Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, doi:ntu131 [pii]

Joshi, N., Hamdan, A. M., & Fakhouri, W. D. (2014). Skeletal malocclusion: A developmental disorder with a life-long morbidity. Journal of Clinical Medicine Research, 6(6), 399-408. doi:10.14740/jocmr1905w [doi]

Kaplan, M. S., Huguet, N., Caetano, R., Giesbrecht, N., Kerr, W. C., & McFarland, B. H. (2014). Economic contraction, alcohol intoxication and suicide: Analysis of the national violent death reporting system. Injury Prevention : Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, doi:injuryprev-2014-041215 [pii]

Kowalkowski, M. A., Day, R. S., Du, X. L., Chan, W., & Chiao, E. Y. (2014). Cumulative HIV viremia and non-AIDS-defining malignancies among a sample of HIV-infected male veterans. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (1999), 67(2), 204-211. doi:10.1097/QAI.0000000000000289 [doi]

Lazard, A., & Mackert, M. (2014). User evaluations of design complexity: The impact of visual perceptions for effective online health communication. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 83(10), 726-735. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2014.06.010 [doi]

Le, P., Griffiths, U. K., Anh, D. D., Franzini, L., Chan, W., Pham, H., & Swint, J. M. (2014). The economic burden of pneumonia and meningitis among children less than five years old in hanoi, vietnam. Tropical Medicine & International Health : TM & IH, doi:10.1111/tmi.12370 [doi]

Leaffer, E. B., Hesdorffer, D. C., & Begley, C. (2014). Psychosocial and sociodemographic associates of felt stigma in epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior : E&B, 37, 104-109. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2014.06.006 [doi]

Li, Q., Liu, X., Gibbs, R. A., Boerwinkle, E., Polychronakos, C., & Qu, H. Q. (2014). Gene-specific function prediction for non-synonymous mutations in monogenic diabetes genes. PloS One, 9(8), e104452. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0104452 [doi]

Liu, F., Yang, X., Mo, X., Huang, J., Chen, J., Kelly, T. N., Hixson, J. E., . . . Gu, D. (2014). Associations of epithelial sodium channel genes with blood pressure: The GenSalt study. Journal of Human Hypertension, doi:10.1038/jhh.2014.78 [doi]

Lopez, D. S., Peskoe, S. B., Tsilidis, K. K., Hoffman-Bolton, J., Helzlsouer, K. J., Isaacs, W. B., Smith, M. W., & Platz, E. A. (2014). Association of variants in genes related to the immune response and obesity with BPH in CLUE II. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, doi:10.1038/pcan.2014.36 [doi]

Lu, X., Wang, L., Lin, X., Huang, J., Charles Gu, C., He, M., Shen, H., He. J., Zhu, J., Li, H., Hixson, J. E., . . . Gu, D. (2014). Genome-wide association study in Chinese identifies novel loci for blood pressure and hypertension. Human Molecular Genetics, doi:ddu478 [pii]

Luneburg, N., Lieb, W., Zeller, T., Chen, M. H., Maas, R., Carter, A. M., . . . Fornage, M.,. . . Boger, R. H. (2014). Genome-wide association study of L-arginine and dimethylarginines reveals novel metabolic pathway for symmetric dimethylarginine. Circulation.Cardiovascular Genetics, doi:CIRCGENETICS.113.000264 [pii]

Matijevic, N., Wang, Y. W., Wade, C. E., Holcomb, J. B., Cotton, B. A., Schreiber, M. A., Muskat, P., Fox, E. E., Del Junco, D. J., Cardenas, J. C., Rahbar, M. H., Cohen, M. J. & PROMMTT Study Group. (2014). Cellular microparticle and thrombogram phenotypes in the prospective observational multicenter major trauma transfusion (PROMMTT) study: Correlation with coagulopathy. Thrombosis Research, 134(3), 652-658. doi:10.1016/j.thromres.2014.07.023 [doi]

Maxwell, A. E., Hannon, P. A., Escoffery, C., Vu, T., Kohn, M., Vernon, S. W., & DeGroff, A. (2014). Promotion and provision of colorectal cancer screening: A comparison of colorectal cancer control program grantees and nongrantees, 2011-2012. Preventing Chronic Disease, 11, E170. doi:10.5888/pcd11.140183 [doi]

Mitchell, L. E., Agopian, A. J., Bhalla, A., Glessner, J. T., Kim, C. E., Swartz, M. D., Hakonarson, H., & Goldmuntz, E. (2014). Genome-wide association study of maternal and inherited effects on left-sided cardiac malformations. Human Molecular Genetics, doi:ddu420 [pii]

Mosalpuria, K., Hall, C., Krishnamurthy, S., Lodhi, A., Hallman, D. M., Baraniuk, M. S., Bhattacharyya, A., & Lucci, A. (2014). Cyclooxygenase-2 expression in non-metastatic triple-negative breast cancer patients. Molecular and Clinical Oncology, 2(5), 845-850. doi:10.3892/mco.2014.327 [doi]

Moye, L. (2014). DAMASCENE and meta-ecological research: A bridge too far. Circulation Research, 115(5), 484-487. doi:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.114.304767 [doi]

Muntner, P., Davis, B. R., Cushman, W. C., Bangalore, S., Calhoun, D. A., Pressel, S. L., Black, H. R., Kostis, J. B., Probstfield, J. L., Whelton, P. K.,  Rahman, M. (2014). Treatment-resistant hypertension and the incidence of cardiovascular disease and end-stage renal disease: Results from the antihypertensive and lipid-lowering treatment to prevent heart attack trial (ALLHAT). Hypertension, doi:HYPERTENSIONAHA.114.03850 [pii]

Murray, K. O., Garcia, M. N., Rahbar, M. H., Martinez, D., Khuwaja, S. A., Arafat, R. R., & Rossmann, S. (2014). Survival analysis, long-term outcomes, and percentage of recovery up to 8 years post-infection among the houston west nile virus cohort. PloS One, 9(7), e102953. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102953 [doi]

Nyitray AG, Iannacone MR. The epidemiology of human papillomaviruses. In: Ramírez-Fort MK, Khan F, Rady PL, Tyring SK, eds. Human Papillomavirus: Bench to Bedside. Vol 45. Basel: Karger; 2014:75-91.

Pantenburg, B., Ochoa, T. J., Ecker, L., & Ruiz, J. (2014). Feeding of young children during diarrhea: Caregivers’ intended practices and perceptions. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 91(3), 555-562. doi:10.4269/ajtmh.13-0235 [doi]

Piller, L. B., Simpson, L. M., Baraniuk, S., Habib, G. B., Rahman, M., Basile, J. N., Dart, R. A., Ellsworth, A. J., Fendley, H., Probstfield, J. L., Whelton, P. K., & Davis, B. R.; for the ALLHAT Collaborative Research Group. (2014). Characteristics and long-term follow-up of participants with peripheral arterial disease during ALLHAT. Journal of General Internal Medicine, doi:10.1007/s11606-014-2947-1 [doi]

Qi, Q., Kilpelainen, T. O., Downer, M. K., Tanaka, T., Smith, C. E., Sluijs, I.,  . . . Nettleton, J. A., & Qi, L. (2014). FTO genetic variants, dietary intake and body mass index: Insights from 177 330 individuals. Human Molecular Genetics, doi:ddu411 [pii]

Qu, H. Q., & Jiang, Z. D. (2014). Clostridium difficile infection in diabetes. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 105(3), 285-294. doi:S0168-8227(14)00270-8 [pii]

Rahbar, M. H., Samms-Vaughan, M., Dickerson, A. S., Loveland, K. A., Ardjomand-Hessabi, M., Bressler, J., . . . Grove, M. L., . . .  Boerwinkle, E. (2014). Role of fruits, grains, and seafood consumption in blood cadmium concentrations of jamaican children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8(9), 1134-1145. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2014.06.002 [doi]

Rahbar, M. H., Samms-Vaughan, M., Dickerson, A. S., Loveland, K. A., Ardjomand-Hessabi, M., Bressler, J., Shakespeare-Pellington, S., Grove, M. L., Pearson, D. A., & Boerwinkle, E. (2014). Blood manganese concentrations in jamaican children with and without autism spectrum disorders. Environmental Health : A Global Access Science Source, 13, 69-069X-13-69. doi:10.1186/1476-069X-13-69 [doi]

Rahbar, M. H., Samms-Vaughan, M., Ma, J., Bressler, J., Loveland, K. A., Ardjomand-Hessabi, M., Dickerson, A. S., Grove, M. L., . . . Boerwinkle, E. (2014). Role of metabolic genes in blood arsenic concentrations of jamaican children with and without autism spectrum disorder. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(8), 7874-7895. doi:10.3390/ijerph110807874 [doi]

Rajan, S. S., Cai, Y., Yi, M., Tsai, C. L., & Du, X. L. (2014). Use of hematopoietic growth factors in elderly lung cancer patients receiving chemotherapy: A SEER-medicare-based study. American Journal of Clinical Oncology, doi:10.1097/COC.0000000000000104 [doi]

Reingle Gonzalez, J. M., Caetano, R., Mills, B. A., & Vaeth, P. A. (2014). An assessment of individual-level factors associated with alcohol treatment utilization among mexican americans. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 47(5), 347-352. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2014.06.011 [doi]

Remigio-Baker, R. A., Allison, M. A., Schreiner, P. J., Szklo, M., Crum, R. M., Leoutsakos, J. M., Franco, M., Carnethon, M. R., Nettleton, J. A.,  . . . Golden, S. H. (2014). Difference by sex but not by race/ethnicity in the visceral adipose tissue-depressive symptoms association: The multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 47, 78-87. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2014.05.004 [doi]

Restrepo, B. I., & Schlesinger, L. S. (2014). Impact of diabetes on the natural history of tuberculosis. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, doi:S0168-8227(14)00279-4 [pii]

Restrepo, B. N., Beatty, M. E., Goez, Y., Ramirez, R. E., Letson, G. W., Diaz, F. J., Piedrahita,. L. D., & Osorio, J. E. (2014). Frequency and clinical manifestations of dengue in urban medellin, colombia. Journal of Tropical Medicine, 2014, 872608. doi:10.1155/2014/872608 [doi]

Robertson, C. S., Hannay, H. J., Yamal, J. M., Gopinath, S., Goodman, J. C., Tilley, B. C., . . . Rubin, M. L., Benoit, J. S., & Swank, P. (2014). Effect of erythropoietin and transfusion threshold on neurological recovery after traumatic brain injury: A randomized clinical trial. Jama, 312(1), 36-47. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.6490 [doi]

Ross, M. W., Nyoni, J., Ahaneku, H. O., Mbwambo, J., McClelland, R. S., & McCurdy, S. A. (2014). High HIV seroprevalence, rectal STIs and risky sexual behaviour in men who have sex with men in dar es salaam and tanga, tanzania. BMJ Open, 4(8), e006175-2014-006175. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006175 [doi]

Safdar, Z., Tamez, E., Chan, W., Arya, B., Ge, Y., Deswal, A., Bozkurt, B., Frost, A., & Entman, M. (2014). Circulating collagen biomarkers as indicators of disease severity in pulmonary arterial hypertension. JACC.Heart Failure, 2(4), 412-421. doi:10.1016/j.jchf.2014.03.013 [doi]

Salas-Wright, C. P., & Vaughn, M. G. (2014). A “refugee paradox” for substance use disorders? Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 142, 345-349. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.06.008 [doi]

Sang, P., Yang, L. Q., Ji, X. L., Fu, Y. X., & Liu, S. Q. (2014). Insight derived from molecular dynamics simulations into molecular motions, thermodynamics and kinetics of HIV-1 gp120. PloS One, 9(8), e104714. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0104714 [doi]

Savas, L. S., Vernon, S. W., Atkinson, J. S., & Fernandez, M. E. (2014). Effect of acculturation and access to care on colorectal cancer screening in low-income latinos. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health / Center for Minority Public Health, doi:10.1007/s10903-014-0061-4 [doi]

Schick, U. M., Auer, P. L., Bis, J. C., Lin, H., Wei, P., Pankratz, N., . . . Fornage, M., . . . on Behalf of the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute GO Exome Sequencing Project. (2014). Association of exome sequences with plasma C-reactive protein levels in >9000 participants. Human Molecular Genetics, doi:ddu450 [pii]

Segal, C. G., Waller, D. K., Tilley, B., Piller, L., & Bilimoria, K. (2014). An evaluation of differences in risk factors for individual types of surgical site infections after colon surgery. Surgery, doi:S0039-6060(14)00272-4 [pii]

Sexton, K. (2013). Evolution of public participation in the assessment and management of environmental health risks: A brief history of developments in the united states. Journal of Public Health Research, 2(2), e18. doi:10.4081/jphr.2013.e18 [doi]

Sexton, K., & Salinas, J. J. (2014). Concurrent fetal exposure to multiple environmental chemicals along the U.S.-mexico border: An exploratory study in brownsville, texas. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(10), 10165-10181. doi:10.3390/ijerph111010165 [doi]

Shay, L. A., & Lafata, J. E. (2014). Understanding patient perceptions of shared decision making. Patient Education and Counseling, 96(3), 295-301. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2014.07.017 [doi]

Sheu, T., Heymach, J. V., Swisher, S. G., Rao, G., Weinberg, J. S., Mehran, R., . . . Gomez, D. R. (2014). Propensity score-matched analysis of comprehensive local therapy for oligometastatic non-small cell lung cancer that did not progress after front-line chemotherapy. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, doi:S0360-3016(14)03491-9 [pii]

Shuval, K., Finley, C. E., Barlow, C. E., Gabriel, K. P., Leonard, D., & Kohl, H. W.,3rd. (2014). Sedentary behavior, cardiorespiratory fitness, physical activity, and cardiometabolic risk in men: The cooper center longitudinal study. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 89(8), 1052-1062. doi:10.1016/j.mayocp.2014.04.026 [doi]

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PI Name

Investigator Type


Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) Mena, Kristina (PI) U of TX EL PASO
Maternal Residential Proximity to Shale Gas Extraction and Pregnancy Outcomes Whitworth, Kristina Walker (PI) NIH
Symanski, Elaine (CI)
Buffer Zones/Infill Development – Environmental and Public Health Effects of Traffic Congestion and Increased Vehicle Emissions Triggered by Infill De Zhang, Kai (PI) TxDoT
Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment at the ISS:  Data Needs and Methods to Quantify Health Risks Associated with Microorganism Exposures via Air an Mena, Kristina (PI) USRA
Rare Variants and NHLBI Traits in Deeply Phenotyped Cohorts Boerwinkle, Eric (PI) U of Washington
Morrison, Alanna C. (CI)
Tooth agenesis as a clinical marker for colon cancer Liu, Xiaoming (PI) NIH
Clonal Spread of Clostridium difficile Strains of Community and Hospital Origin at a University Hospital in Houston and Evaluation of State of Art Met DuPont, Herbert L. (PI) DSHS
Jiang, Zhi-Dong (CI)
Impact of Amino Acid Variants and Interaction on Lipid Profiles and Incidents CHD Boerwinkle, Eric (PI) GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Wei, Peng (CI)
Economic Contraction and Alcohol-Related Suicides:  A Multilevel Analysis Caetano, Raul (PI) U OF CALIFORNIA
Development and dissemination of a model to predict optimal security personnel staffing for hospitals Reingle, Jennifer (PI) IHSSF
Unifying Molecular Evolution, Spatial Epidemiology and Host Adaptation of Emerging Influenza A Viruses Bahl, Justin (PI) ST. JUDE
Consulting Services Agreement DuPont, Herbert L. (PI) BCM
Jiang, Zhi-Dong (CI)
Culturally Adapted Brief Motivational Intervention for Heavy Drinking Latinos Brown, Louis (PI) U of TX EL PASO
Social and Cultural Influences on Cardiovascular Risk in South Asians Fujimoto, Kayo (PI) NW-U
Culturally adapted brief motivational intervention for heavy drinking latinos Fernandez-Esquer, Maria E. (PI) U of TX EL PASO
GO! Austin / VAMOS! Austin Byrd-Williams, Courtney Erin (PI) FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES
Evaluation of Community Coalitions in Mexico Brown, Louis (PI) PC
Reaching Medicaid and Vulnerable families to transform preventive health through a community health worker outreach Brown, Louis (PI) CITY OF El Paso
Balcazar, Hector (Co-PI)
Salud y Vida:  Greater support for better health Reininger, Belinda M. (PI) VALLEY BAPTIST LEGACY FOUNDATION
Peer Facilities VISN Contract FY14-15 Rajan, Suja (PI) VAMC




Office of Research Staff

Associate Dean for Research
Laura E. Mitchell, PhD
Office: RAS E547
Phone: 713-500-9954

Administrative Coordinator/Pre-award Database
Pat Perez
Office: RAS W206
Phone: 713-500-9064
Fax: 713-500-9068

Research Coordinator/Student Research
Rebecca Novak
Office: RAS W210
Phone: 713-500-9055
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Research Coordinator/Research Awards
Peggy Weinshilboum
Office: RAS W212
Phone: 713-500-9310
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Unit 1:
Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

Faculty Lead
Craig Hanis, PhD
Office: RAS W423
Phone: 713-500-9807

Staff Lead
Alma Farias-Barba
Office: RAS W636
Phone: 713-500-9235

Faculty Lead
Eric Boerwinkle, PhD
Office: RAS E447
Phone: 713-500-9816

Staff Lead
Tressie Wallace Jackson
Office: RAS E451
Phone: 713-500- 9805

Unit 2:
Health Promotion & Behavioral Science and
Management, Policy & Community Health

Faculty Lead
Susan Tortolero, PhD
Office: UCT 2080
Phone: 713-500-9634

Staff Lead
Lyan Ha
Office: UCT 2066
Phone: 713-500-9618

Staff Lead
Lashawda Martin
Office: UCT 2058
Phone: 713-500-9607

Unit 3:

Faculty Lead
Barbara Tilley, PhD
Office: RAS W922
Phone: 713-500-9524

Staff Lead
Michelle Yao
Office: RAS E835
Phone: 713-500-9505

Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials

Faculty Lead
Barry Davis, Ph.D.
Office: RAS W916
Phone: 713-500-9515

Staff Lead
Larry Cormier
Office: RAS E823
Phone: 713-500-9522

Unit 4:
Dell Center

Faculty Lead
Deanna  Hoelscher, Ph.D.
Office:  UTA 6.310
Phone: 512—391-2510

Staff Lead
Harold Flenoy
Office: UTA 6.306
Phone: 512-391-2515


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