GHREAT Faculty



Baum, Emily
Associate Professor, History

Research Interests:
I study modern China, with a particular interest in illness and social deviance. My first book, The Invention of Madness: State, Society, and the Insane in Modern China (University of Chicago Press, 2018), examines the history of insanity in early twentieth-century Beijing. My current research looks at the regulation and practice of fortune telling, divination, and occultism in contemporary China. I am additionally interested in global and comparative histories of psychology, psychiatry, medicine, and popular religion. At UC Irvine, I teach courses on modern Chinese history, East Asian/world history, and comparative medical history.
Contact:
emily.baum@uci.edu
 

Bernard, Hans-Ulrich
Professor

Research Interests:
Papillomaviruses and cervical cancer
Contact:
Public Health/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
hbernard@uci.edu
 

Bic, Zuzana
Lecturer SOE

Research Interests:
Study the impact and application of lifestyle medicine (nutritional medicine, exercise, stress management) on slowing the process of aging and developing of other chronic degenerative diseases (headaches, diabetes II, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia/chronic cancer, fatigue syndrome, arthritis, depression, macular degeneration, drug abuse and others). Develop and implement corporate health programs. Develop health literacy programs for the K-12 curriculum and for the general public.
Contact:
zbic@uci.edu
 

Bruckner, Tim
Associate Professor, Program in Public Health; Planning, Policy, and Design

Research Interests:
I conduct population health research, which traces its origins from epidemiology, human ecology and demography. My work examines the extent to which health of societies responds to sudden perturbations in the ambient environment. These perturbations occur at the ecological level and include economic downturns, cold spells, the introduction of a casino, 9/11, and health policy changes. A core tenet of my work is that understanding adaptations to sudden changes in the environment provide insight into human behavior and biology.
Contact:
tim.bruckner@uci.edu
 

Detrano, Robert
Professor

Research Interests:
Developing research and educational programs related to cardiovascular disease in China.
Contact:
rdetrano@uci.edu
 

Forthal, Donald
Professor

Research Interests:
Research interests: I study immune responses to HIV and related viruses. My laboratory is particularly interested in understanding antibody responses that are required for protection against sexual transmission of HIV as well as antibody responses that might enhance HIV infection. During my time as an EIS officer at the CDC, I worked with hemorrhagic fever viruses in Sierra Leone and with HIV in east and central Africa.
Contact:
dnfortha@uci.edu
 

Goodwin, Michele Bratcher
Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy

Research Interests:
Professor Goodwin's global health policy work spans organ, sex, child pornography, and marriage trafficking. Her work includes on the ground field research in India, the Philippines, South Africa, interviewing and documenting black market trading in the human body for sex and marriage. She is one of the leading international voices on organ transplant policy and its global implications as well as one of the early writers about the social, medical, and legal tensions involving assisted reproductive technology. She is the President of Defense for Children International-US and Director of the Center for Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.
Contact:
mgoodwin@law.uci.edu
 

Gideonse, Theodore K.
Assistant Professor of Teaching

Research Interests:
HIV/AIDS, substance use, incarceration, public health communication, health provider education, qualitative methods, ethnography
Contact:
t.gideonse@uci.edu
 

Grant Ludwig, Lisa
Professor, Public Health Graduate Director, Public Health

Research Interests:
My research group addresses natural hazards and disasters from a geologic perspective, with emphasis on earthquakes. Earthquakes are a major threat to public health globally and locally in California. We focus on defining the potential for large earthquakes, and working collaboratively on developing forecasts, hazard models and effective responses. Results of our work are applied for disaster preparedness planning, structural design, land-use planning, seismic risk assessment and public education about earthquake hazard.
Contact:
lgrant@uci.edu
 

Hardt, Heidi
Assistant Professor, Political Science -- Guest speaker on the International Politics of Climate Change in Prof. Scott Bartell’s course PH 173: Health and Global Environmental Change, Apr 2017

Research Interests:
My research examines how and why international organizations engage in conflict management. My work examines multilateral decision-making processes, international crisis management operations, international organization efficiency and dysfunction, institutional memory, adaptation and gender mainstreaming in operational effectiveness. I have expertise in NATO, the EU, the UN, the African Union, international security, crisis management, organizational culture, organizational learning, gender representation and gender mainstreaming.
Contact:
hhardt@uci.edu
 

Lynch, Cecelia
Professor

Research Interests:
Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies and the Institute for International, Global and Regional Studies (IIGaRS) at UCI. Her area of expertise is international relations, and her research centers on religion, ethics, humanitarianism, and NGOs. She is currently conducting research with NGO representatives in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the U.S., including on health issues such as HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and refugee health (material and spiritual). She is Co-Editor of The CIHA Blog (Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa: www.cihablog.com).
Contact:
clynch@uci.edu
 

Montoya, Michael
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Chicano/Latino Studies, Population Health & Disease Prevention, and Nursing Science

Research Interests:
Research focuses on the relationship between the creation of medical scientific knowledge on complex diseases and social disparities in access to health care. This research interest in the social context of disease is a central question in medical anthropology and has significant implications for health care and treatments available in Chicano/Latino communities. Dissertation on “Genetics of Inequality: Configurations of Race and Mexican Ethnicity in Diabetes Genetic Epidemiology” analyzes how diabetes has come to be understood in the epidemiological community as a ‘minority’ disease.
Contact:
mmontoya@uci.edu
 

Noymer, Andrew
Associate Professor, Population Health and Disease Prevention

Research Interests:
Health and Mortality, especially selective mortality and multi-cause interaction; the 1918 Influenza Pandemic; Demography; Methods; Mathematical Sociology.
Contact:
noymer@uci.edu
 

Ogunseitan, Dele
Professor of Public Health & Professor of Social Ecology Chair, Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention Public Health

Research Interests:
I have three ongoing research programs. I am interested in the environmental and human health effects of industrial development with respect to pollution prevention and remediation. My laboratory is focused on the microbiological basis of pollutant detection and elimination. My research in industrial ecology is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to environmentally-benign product design and life cycle assessment of materials that affect human health and the environment. My work in the interface of health and development is focused on understanding the burden of diseases associated with environmental pollution and specific industrial development projects.
Contact:
Oladele.Ogunseitan@uci.edu
 

Parker, Daniel M
Assistant Professor GHREAT Faculty Director

Research Interests:
I am an infectious disease epidemiologist and a demographer and most of my work concerns spatial and spatiotemporal patterns in infectious diseases. Much of my research has focused on malaria along the Thailand-Myanmar (Burma) border. I also do research on tuberculosis among migrants as well as maternal and child health. I am particularly interested in the ways that human movement and migration patterns influence the distribution of infectious diseases, treatment seeking behavior and health outcomes. Results of these types of analyses are beneficial for informing public health interventions.
Contact:
dparker1@uci.edu
 

Ries, Maureen
Assistant Clinical Professor

Research Interests:
Healthcare workforce capacity building in east Africa and global women's health issues. Dr. Ries is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Seed Global Health and works with the Peace Corps in placing volunteer physicians and nurses in hospitals and academic institutions in Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda to address critical health educator needs.
Contact:
riesm@uci.edu
 

Ro, Annie
Assistant Professor, Program in Public Health, UC Irvine

Research Interests:
I am a public health demographer who studies the social determinants of immigrant health. I focus on four interrelated influences on immigrant health: 1) conditions in the sending country; 2) the social context of reception in receiving countries; 3) cultural adaptation processes; and 4) individual demographic characteristics (ie, ethnicity, gender education).
Contact:
annie.ro@uci.edu
 

Rousseau, Julie
Asst. Clinical Professor

Research Interests:
Julie Rousseau, PhD, CNM, RN is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Program in Nursing Science at UCI. She teaches women’s health, professional issues, and research for both undergraduate and graduate students. She is an advocate for the midwifery model of care working with the American College of Nurse-Midwives. As a medical and nursing historian her research focuses on cultural analyses of gender, health, and conflict across geographic and historical divides.
Contact:
jroussea@uci.edu
 

Schmidt, Terry L.
Lecturer, Program in Public Health Lecturer, Paul Merage School of Business

Research Interests:
Global Health Law and Diplomacy and Global Health Leadership.
Contact:
tschmidt@uci.edu
 

Schwegler, Armin
Professor, Spanish and Portuguese Associate Editor, Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages

Research Interests:
My research and course offerings emphasize the study of the Spanish language from a linguistic perspective, while also exploring language in its social, cultural and historical contexts. During the past few years, this has led me to explore in depth how population genetics (DNA) research can complement linguistic and historical research in an effort to reconstruct Latin America's extensive African origins (slave trade).
Contact:
aschwegl@uci.edu
 

Silver, Roxane Cohen
Professor of Psychological Science, Medicine, and Public Health; Associate Director, ADVANCE Program, Office of Inclusive Excellence

Research Interests:
At some point, most people encounter stressful events that can have a major impact on the course and direction of their lives. They or those they love may be confronted with a disabling accident, serious illness, death, or violent crime. In my work, I attempt to investigate systematically the acute and long-term reactions to these personal traumas, as well as the impact of larger community disasters such as terrorist attacks, earthquakes or firestorms, school shootings, and war. I seek to identify individual, social and societal factors that facilitate successful adjustment to stressful life events and to identify myths concerning the coping process. I also explore the long-term physical, cognitive, emotional, and social effects of traumatic experiences and consider the impact of beliefs and expectations of one’s social network on the adjustment process. Finally, my research highlights predictors of individual and community resilience, the cumulative effects of collective traumas, and the role of traditional and social media in transmitting the stress of community disasters beyond the directly impacted community.
Contact:
rsilver@uci.edu
 

Sparks , Lisa
Adjunct Professor

Research Interests:
Communication, health, aging, and cancer communication science
Contact:
lsparks1@uci.edu
 

Tang, William C.
Professor, Biomedical Engineering Professor (Joint Appointment), Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor (Joint Appointment), Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests:
Dr. Tang’s research focuses on studying biological systems at the micro- and nano-scales with mechanically-derived modalities. In traditional biomechanics, the human body is viewed as an intricate collection of interacting mechanical structures and systems that exhibit both static and dynamic mechanical behaviors. These studies are usually confined to the level of the entire organisms, physiological subsystems, or individual organs. The rapid advances in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technologies offer a set of powerful tools that allows studying biomechanics at the micro scale. This will shed lights on the finer details of biomechanics, and may uncover fundamental knowledge of the origin of mechanical behaviors in living organisms.Dr. Tang is developing devices and platforms that enable both in-vitro and in-vivo studies of the mechanical aspects in physiological activities involving cells, tissues, and organs. They would be suitable for interfacing and interrogating the mechanical phenomena of interest within the targeted physiological activities at the length-scales that are beyond the reach of traditional biomedical instrumentations. His vision is that these devices and platforms will enable new research efforts to understand the significance of biomechanics at the most basic unit of life -- the cell. He also aims at enabling clinically-relevant applications that require accurate real-time data on the stress-strain distributions in the organs or physiological systems for investigation and diagnosis of the mechanical implications of health and diseases within the organs. One of the ultimate goals is to leverage the understanding in physiological phenomena researched with these tools to develop prosthetic devices to restore both sensory and motor functions that are mechanical in nature within the body.
Contact:
wctang@uci.edu
 

Timberlake, David
Assistant Professor

Research Interests:
Genetic epidemiology, epidemiology of tobacco, alcohol and other substances of abuse
Contact:
dtimberl@uci.edu
 

Vega, Charles P.
Clinical Professor, Family Medicine Director, UC Irvine Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC), Family Medicine Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Research Interests:
Vega directs the family medicine residency program and the acclaimed Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC), the first medical education program in the country designed to meet the needs of underserved Latinos. As such, he stands at the forefront of one of the most pressing issues in healthcare today.
Contact:
cpvega@uci.edu
 

Yan, Guiyun
Professor, Public Health

Research Interests:
Malaria is a major public health problem in sub-Saharan Africa. The East African highlands (1,500m above sea level) were either free of malaria or had very low incidences; however, since late 1980s malaria epidemics have frequently occurred in some highland areas. We examine the mechanisms leading to the resurgence of malaria in African high-elevation areas, including climate, land use, topography and antimalarial drug resistance in the Plasmodium parasites. We found that deforestation and swamp reclamation affect microclimatic and nutritional conditions of larval habitats, increase the survivorship of malaria vectors at larval and adult stages, shorten the development time of malaria parasites, and significantly increase mosquito vectorial capacity. We are developing models to predict the spread of malaria infections in an epidemic, and evaluating new malaria vector control methods for outdoor transmission control.
Contact:
guiyuny@uci.edu
 

Gould Runnerstrom, Miryha
Associate Professor of Teaching Public Health Director, Undergraduate Education Public Health Director, Undergraduate Honors Research Program Public Health

Research Interests:
My research interests include behavioral and environmental influences on health and well-being, the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as how rapid global environmental changes are affecting the health of the world's populations.
Contact:
miryha@uci.edu
 

Davé, Bhumy
Assistant Clinical Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interests:
Neuromuscular recovery after childbirth, medical education, global health--prevention and treatment of fistulas
Contact:
bdave@uci.edu
 

LeBrón, Alana M.W.
Assistant Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies Assistant Professor, Public Health

Research Interests:
Dr. LeBrón’s primary areas of research include processes that shape the production, maintenance, exacerbation, and mitigation of social inequalities; implications of social inequalities for inequities in health; and opportunities for intervention. Much of Dr. LeBrón’s scholarship centers on the intersections of race, socioeconomic position, immigrant generation, citizenship status, and gender with inequities in health, with a focus on the health of Latina/o communities and community-engaged strategies for understanding and addressing health inequities. Through qualitative and quantitative research methods, Dr. LeBrón’s scholarship examines the mechanisms by which racism shapes health inequities, and factors that disrupt these processes. For example, her research considers the health equity implications of immigration policies and sentiments towards immigrants, neighborhood social and economic contexts, and government-issued ID policies and practices. Dr. LeBrón’s scholarship also evaluates the health equity implications of community-driven strategies to mitigate these processes.
Contact:
alebron@uci.edu
 

Wu, Jun
Associate Professor, Public Health Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Research Interests:
Dr. Wu's research program focuses primarily on environmental exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology. The overarching goal of our research is to more accurately characterize personal exposures to environmental agents, particularly air pollution and built environment factors, and examine associated health effects. Recent and current studies involve human exposure assessment (field measurement and spatiotemporal modeling), applications of geographical information system (GIS) in tracking time-activity patterns, environmental exposures, and diseases, and investigation of the influence of air pollution and built environment on pregnancy and other health outcomes.
Contact:
junwu@uci.edu
 

Sami, Mojgan
Lecturer, Program in Public Health Orange County Partnerships to Improve Community Health

Research Interests:
Global urbanization and its impact on health, equity, and ecological sustainability in vulnerable populations, including historically underserved communities, such as urban slums in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently studying the impact of sustainable transportation infrastructure to increase physical activity indicators in wellness corridors of 3 under-served cities in Orange County; and the relationship between indigenous food systems and collective well-being of Adivasi communities in eastern India.
Contact:
msami@uci.edu
 

Edwards, Rufus
Professor, Epidemiology

Research Interests:
Air Pollution. Human exposures to air pollution, Indoor air pollution, Paint emissions, Emissions of climate altering pollutant species, Health co-benefits
Contact:
edwardsr@uci.edu
 

Hui, Elliot
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests:
The Hui Lab is focused on leveraging microtechnology to understand and improve human health. Global Health Diagnostics - How can we bring hospital laboratory tests into the homes of families living in limited-resource settings? We are building computers that run on air pressure instead of electricity. We envision automated laboratories on a microchip that can be cheaply stamped out of plastic.
Contact:
eehui@uci.edu
 

Phillip, Kavita
Associate Professor, History

Research Interests:
Kavita Philip is an Historian of science and technology in colonial and post-colonial South Asia. She is author of "Civilizing Natures: Race, Resources and Modernity in Colonial South India" (2004), and co-editor of four interdisciplinary volumes that bring technology into dialogue with radical history, political science, media arts, and public policy.
Contact:
kphilip@uci.edu