GHREAT Faculty



Baum, Emily
Asst. Professor

Research Interests:
Baum studies the ways in which behavioral and emotional disorders (what we might consider "mental illness") have historically been conceptualized and treated in Chinese medicine. Her research also focuses on the introduction of Western psychiatry to East Asia in the early twentieth century, and the problems of translation and epistemological reorientation that accompanied the introduction of this new discipline. Although much of her research is historical, she is also interested in the globalization of Western mental health practices in contemporary China.
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:
Impact and application of lifestyle medicine on slowing the process of aging and the development of chronic diseases. Develop health literacy programs for the K-12 curriculum and the general public
Contact:
zbic@uci.edu
 

Bruckner, Tim
Assistant Professor

Research Interests:
My research focuses on mental health policy in lower and middle income countries. Although several cost-effective strategies can reduce the disability associated with mental disorders, the fraction of those affected who receive appropriate treatment remains disturbingly low. Bruckner works with the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and country ministries of health (e.g., Brazil) to augment their professional workforce and effectively treat persons with these largely neglected mental disorders. Other projects include epidemiologic assessment of the prevalence of specific, stigmatized disorders (e.g., schizphrenia) in North Africa.
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
Chancellor's Professor

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
 

Grant Ludwig, Lisa
Professor

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

Research Interests:
My research focuses on exploring how international organizations affect and respond to conflict. This includes peace operations, post-conflict peacebuilding and development initiatives. My recent research aims to identify the conditions under which organizations learn and fail to learn from their experiences with crisis management. This work involves interviews with ambassadors, civil and military personnel and other practitioners at organizations including the UN, NATO, the European Union and African Union.
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
Assistant Professor

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

Research Interests:
The historical demography and epidemiology of influenza pandemics; the evolution of life expectancy; health and mortality in developing countries.
Contact:
noymer@uci.edu
 

Ogunseitan, Oladele
Professor of 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 heath and development is focused on understanding the burden of diseases associated with environmental pollution and specific industrial development projects.
Contact:
Phone: (949) 824-6350, 0611
Email: Oladele.Ogunseitan@uci.edu

Anteater Instruction & Research Offices (AIRB)
653 E. Peltason Road
Suite 2010, 2nd Floor
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3957
 

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
Asst. Professor

Research Interests:
Ro is a health demographer who studies the health trends of migrant populations. Her research focuses on how characteristics of sending countries affect the physical health of migrants in their destination countries. She also studies how social, economic, and environmental conditions contribute to immigrants’ health patterns with longer residence in their destination countries.
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

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

Schwegler, Armin
Director, Global Cultures

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. Courses I routinely teach include History of the Spanish Language, Intro to Spanish Phonetics and Phonology, Latin American Spanish, Spanish in the USA, Introduction to Pidgin and Creole Languages, Language and Globalization, and the Senior Capstone Seminar in Global Cultures. As of late, I have also been teaching courses on “Genetics, the Brain, and the Origins of Language(s)”.
Contact:
aschwegl@uci.edu
 

Silver, Roxane
Professor

Research Interests:
My research focuses on acute and long-term psychological and physical reactions to stressful life experiences, including personal traumas such as serious illness or loss, as well as larger collective events such as war, firestorms, terrorist attacks, and other community disasters across the world (including the 2010 8.8 earthquake in Chile and the 2006 destructive earthquake in Yogyakarta, Indonesia). I am also one of the founding Directors of Psychology Beyond Borders, an international nonprofit organization that facilitates research, intervention and policy development in the prevention, preparedness and response to terror attacks, conflict, or natural disasters across the world.
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

Research Interests:
Microfluidic devices for hand-portable platforms for disease diagnoses and whole blood analyses to address global health issues. On-site studies on applicability and requirements for deploying hand-held diagnostic devices in global settings, particularly malaria, HIV, and other infectious diseases in rural Thailand, Peru, and other regions with unmet health needs.
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

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

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 epidemic prevention.
Contact:
guiyuny@uci.edu