Faculty Research Interests

Our faculty's research interests include air pollution, environmental and occupational health, cancer, HIV/AIDS prevention, disease ecology, Bayesian inference, statistical methods for observational studies in population health, epigenetics, social determinants of health, health equity, women's health, healthcare quality metrics and tobacco control.

Name Research Interests
Olorunfemi Adetona, PhD
Assistant Professor

Air Pollution, Environmental and Occupational Health, Inhalation Toxicology, Molecular Epidemiology, Environmental Risk Assessment

Sarah E. Anderson, PhD
Associate Professor

understanding psychosocial influences on children's growth and development with a particular focus on childhood obesity prevention

Rebecca Andridge, PhD
Associate Professor

Developing and evaluating statistical methods for handling missing data and for group-randomized trials

Kellie J. Archer, PhD
Chair and Professor

Statistical methods for the analysis of data from high-throughput genomic assays, Discrete and ordinal response modeling, Statistical computing, Supervised learning and data mining

Micah Berman, JD
Associate Professor; Joint Appointment, College of Law

Tobacco control and prevention, the intersection between public health research and legal doctrine

Michael Bisesi, PhD
Sr. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor; Interim Chair

assessment (monitoring) of human exposure to and control of toxic and infectious agents; applied environmental toxicology and microbiology; and hazardous material/emergency incident recognition/response

Ashley Felix, PhD
Assistant Professor

Cancer epidemiology; women’s health; racial disparities; molecular epidemiology; screening and early detection

Amy Ferketich, PhD
Professor

tobacco control: smoking cessation, tobacco use surveillance, tobacco policy, and tobacco regulatory science

Maria Gallo, PhD
Associate Professor
Randall Harris, MD, PhD
Professor
Jennifer Hefner, PhD
Assistant Professor

management practices, healthcare quality metrics, clinical informatics

C. Tory Harper Hogan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Darryl B. Hood, PhD
Associate Professor

Inhalation Toxicology (prenatal exposure models autism), Developmental neurobiology (somatosensory cortex), Behavioral neurobiology (development of structure-specific paradigms), Environmental and biochemical toxicology (Nitroxides, PAH’s), Dispersion modeling of PAH’s in environmental justice communities, Structural biology, protein structure and function, Environmental-exposure health assessment questionnaire development, Modeling exposures across lifetime using public health exposome approach

Thomas P. Huber, PhD, MS ECS
Assistant Professor

positive and collaborative leadership and teamwork in healthcare organizations

Ayaz Hyder, PhD
Assistant Professor, Affiliated Faculty, Translational Data Analytics

Systems Science, Agent-Based Modeling, Birth Outcomes/Infant Mortality, Environmental Epidemiology, Air Pollution, Citizen Science, Opioid epidemic, Food insecurity, Smart Cities, Health Economics

Mira Katz, PhD
Professor

reducing cancer disparities among minority and underserved populations

Gail Kaye, PhD
Associate Professor, Clinical Public Health, Director, Undergraduate Programs

childhood obesity prevention, creating healthy food environments, nutrition policies that foster healthy food environments, community based nutrition interventions

Eben Kenah, PhD
Associate Professor

Survival analysis, Epidemiologic methods, Stochastic processes, Phylogenetics and casual inference

Liz Klein, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Tobacco control; primary prevention of chronic disease; social determinants of health, Policy, systems and environmental change; primary prevention; public health evaluation

Kathryn Lancaster, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor

design, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral and multilevel interventions to reduce substance use and engage those living with HIV into the continuum of care

Jiyoung Lee, PhD
Professor, Thematic Program Director, Infectious Disease Institute

- Cyanotoxin exposure and health risks,
- Cyanobacteria, cyanophage, and toxin ecology,
- Microbiome & resistome in environments and hosts,
- Food-water-climate nexus & emerging infectious diseases,
- Zoonotic pathogens: transmission dynamics between domains and human health,
- Sustainable intervention of pathogen and antibiotic resistance spread,
- Linkage between public health and ecosystem health,
- Urban water microbiology,
- Microbial source tracking

Stanley Lemeshow, PhD
Professor

Genetics of PTEN in Cowden and related syndromes and familial cancer, genetic alterations in the epithelial and stromal compartment of prostate adenocarcinomas,, innate immunity: elucidation and modulation cancer therapy, genetics of PTEN and molecular-based patient care, reducing cervical cancer in Appalachia, breast cancer prevention through nutrition, stress, aging and wound healing

Teresa Long, MD, MPH
Special Advisor - Community Engagement and Partnership
Bo Lu, PhD
Professor

Causal Inference, Observational Study, Propensity Score Adjustment with complex designs, Optimal Matching, Survey sampling methodology, Small Area Estimation, Large population survey analysis, Statistical methods for observational studies in population health, health outcome research and social sciences

William J. Martin II, MD
Dean and Professor, College of Public Health

Lung injury and repair; asthma

William C. Miller, MD, PhD, MPH
Chair and Professor
Julianna Nemeth, PhD, MA
Assistant Professor

Health Equity,
Trauma-informed Health Behavior Intervention Development,
Vulnerable, Traumatized Populations (Sexual & Domestic Violence Survivors, Homeless Youth),
Tobacco Control & Cessation,
Intersection of Violence Exposure, Mental Health, Brain Injury & Substance Use,
Community-Engaged Evaluation & Research

Andy Ai Ni, PhD
Assistant Professor

High-dimensional variable selection with survival outcomes, Individualized treatment regimen estimation with survival outcomes; Outcome-dependent sampling designs; High-dimensional variable selection with measurement error

Alison Norris, MD, PhD
Associate Professor; Joint Appointment, College of Medicine/Infectious Diseases

sexual and reproductive health with a goal of preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and improving reproductive outcomes for women and men

James Odei, PhD
Assistant Professor - Clinical

Spatial, Temporal, and Spatio-Temporal Statistics,
Environmental and Ecological Statistics,
Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling,
Statistical Data Visualization,
Infectious Diseases (HIV/AIDS, TB, etc.),
Environmental Epidemiology,
Statistical methods for observational studies in population health, health outcome research and social sciences,
Behavioral Medicine and Psychology,
Breast Cancer Prevention

Susan Olivo-Marston, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor - Clinical, Co-Director Public Health Honors Program

My research focuses on using epidemiologic and animal models to investigate how cancer risk is modified by lifestyle. I am particularly interested in the effects of environmental exposures and dietary modifications on cancer risk. More specifically, I am interested in how early life exposures to these factors impacts adult cancer risk. My research uses population-based studies and animal models with the goal of moving between these two disciplines. Much of my research has focused on the impact of early nutrition and obesity on adult cancer risk, specifically breast and colon cancer. Another area of my research is on the impact of childhood secondhand smoke exposure on adult cancer risk and nicotine dependence. More recently, we have started research focusing on how occupational exposures among firefighters impacts cancer risk.

Tasleem Padamsee, PhD
Assistant Professor

HIV/AIDS
Breast cancer prevention
U.S. health policy
Health care institutions
Health disparities
Women's health
Comparative health politics
Qualitative research methods
Comparative and historical research methods

Michael Pennell, PhD
Associate Professor

Design and analysis of group randomized trials, first hitting time models for survival analysis, Bayesian nonparametrics, toxicological risk assessment

Phyllis Pirie, PhD
Chair and Professor

preventing smoking by youth and programs that curb smoking by pregnant women including studies on the effects of second-hand smoke on infants and children

Laura Pomeroy, PhD
Assistant Professor

Disease ecology, Phylogenetics, Computational biology, Multilevel modeling, Spatial analytics

Paul L. Reiter, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Colorectal Cancer, Cancer, Uterine Cervical Cancer, Anus Cancer, Papillomavirus Infections, Mouth Cancer, Condylomata Acuminata, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome

Grzegorz A. Rempala, PhD
Professor

Complex Stochastic Systems Theory, Molecular Biosystems Modeling, Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Genomics

JaNelle Ricks, DrPH, MPA
Assistant Professor

sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention, health disparities, social determinants, adolescent health, sexual and gender minority health, program evaluation

Julie Robbins, PhD
Assistant Professor - Clinical, MHA Program Director

best practices for improving quality in healthcare delivery, including:  electronic health record implementation, patient safety, and strategic human resource management

Megan E. Roberts, PhD
Assistant Professor

adolescent and young adult health, health disparities, and tobacco use

Pamela Salsberry, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Community Outreach and Engagement; Professor

2014-2019 Associate Director, Institute for Population Research. NIH, NICHD P2CHD058484 $2,876,507 (PI: Dr. John Casterline)
2014-2019 Co-investigator. KICS: Kids in Columbus Study. Crane Center for Early Childhood Research & Policy. 
2015-2016 Principal Investigator. A community approach to lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes in high risk women with a history of gestational diabetes. $11,300. CTSA, Pilot and Collaborative Studies Program.
2015-2016 Principal Investigator, Early life contexts, stress, and developmental gains over the school year. Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy.
2013-2015 Co-Investigator (mentor). Pathways to shortened gestation among Black women. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, F31 Award. July1, 2013 (Student: Shannon Gillespie)
2010-2014 Principal Investigator. Pathways to overweight and pubertal timing in African-American and White girls. National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Nursing Research, RO1 NR009384, $1,203,364.
2011-2013 Co- investigator (mentor). Early life nutritional environments and cognitive ability in children. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Nursing Research. F31, NR012878 $70,278. (Student: Rika Tanda)

Patrick Schnell, PhD
Assistant Professor

Bayesian inference, clinical trials, treatment effect heterogeneity, simultaneous inference, and complex diseases.

Judith Schwartzbaum, PhD
Associate Professor
Sharon Schweikhart, PhD
Associate Professor
Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor

Reproductive Justice, social determinants of health, adverse birth outcomes, minority health, epidemiology methods

Eric Seiber, PhD
Associate Professor; Director of the Center for HOPES
Abigail Shoben, PhD
Associate Professor

Group sequential methods, longitudinal data, epidemiologic applications, clinical trials

Chi (Chuck) Song, PhD
Assistant Professor

Developing methods for statistical genetics and genomics and methods for meta-analysis or integrative analysis of high-throughput data

Min-Ae Song, PhD
Assistant Professor - Practice

Epigenetics, Biomarkers of Exposure, Biomarkers of effects, Cancer Risk Factors, Gene-Environment Interactions, Molecular Epidemiology, Tobacco, Cancer Prevention, Cancer, Molecular Carcinogenesis, and Multi-Omics Data
Dr. Song is the Principal Investigator on a 2015-2017 OSU-CERTS Pilot Project ($100K): Effects of Electronic Cigarette Use on the Human Lung.

Qinghua Sun, MD, PhD
Assistant Dean for Global Public Health and Professor

1. Effects of particulate air pollution and tobacco smoke on human health, especially pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and obesity
2. Exercise and diet intervention on cardiovascular function and disease development
3. Climate change/global warming on major human diseases

Andrew Wapner, DO, MPH
Assistant Professor - Clinical, Director, Center for Public Health Practice, Director, Master of Public Health Program for Experienced Professionals

population health planning through integration of health care and public health, with a focus on social and physical environments and their impact on health status

Christopher M. Weghorst, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and Professor

Molecular mechanisms of oral carcinogenesis and prevention

Mark H. Weir, PhD
Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer - College of Medicine, Griffith University, Core Faculty - OSU Sustainability Institute, Director - Ecology Epidemiology and Population Health Program, Infectious Disease Institute

QMRA – quantitative microbial risk assessment
Complex systems modeling and analytics
Health effect optimization through environmental and engineering controls
Water treatment technology and policy
Uncertainty in decision analyses 

Thomas Wickizer, PhD
Chair and Stephen F. Loebs Professor
Wendy Yi Xu, PhD
Assistant Professor

health policy and prevention, particularly focusing on socioeconomically disadvantaged population

Marcel Yotebieng, MD, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor

Implementation science
Clinical trials
Program evaluation
Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, Hepatitis B, and other viruses
HIV care and treatment with a focus on Pediatric care
Maternal and Child health
Infectious diseases; including Tuberculosis