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Robert Dubrow, MD, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Research Interests

Brain Neoplasms; Epidemiology; Glioma; HIV Infections; Climate Change

Dr. Dubrow serves as Faculty Director of the Climate Change and Health Initiative. During the Fall 2016 Term, he is teaching CDE 547a, Climate Change and Public Health. In the Spring 2017 Term he will teach EPH 555a, Practicum in Climate Change, Sustainability, and Public Health. Dr. Dubrow is interested in health co-benefits of climate change mitigation and in occupational heat stress.

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Martin Klein, MPH, PhD

Senior Advisor, Dean's Office

Director, InnovateHealth Yale; Executive Director, Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative

Research Interests
Social Entrepreneurship; Health and Innovation

Dr. Martin Klein is Executive Director of the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative and Senior Advisor to the dean of the Yale School of Public Health. He is also the founder and director of InnovateHealth Yale, a program in social impact and entrepreneurship.

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Serap Aksoy, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Trypanosomiasis, African; Tsetse Flies; Global Health

Dr. Aksoy is interested in pursuing research at the interface of climate change and insect physiology. Incidence of vector-borne diseases has been increasing in temperate climates and feared to be influenced by climate change effects globally. Dr. Aksoy is interested in analyzing climate change impacts on key insect physiologies that affect population densities and disease transmission traits. Changes in reproductive physiology would modify insect population densities, an essential parameter...

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Michelle L. Bell, PhD

Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Professor of Environmental Health

Research Interests

Environmental Health; Epidemiology

Dr. Bell researches how environmental conditions, especially air pollution and weather, impact public health. Her work bridges disciplines of epidemiology, atmospheric science, engineering, and biostatistics. The overall aim of this work is to perform policy-relevant research that contributes to well-informed decision-making and to greater public understanding of environmental health hazards. Work on climate change includes research on how a changing climate could affect health through...

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William Ronald Boos

Associate Professor of Geology and Geophysics

Dr. Boos works to understand the physical processes that control the distribution of water over tropical and subtropical continents. His research group is actively studying the fundamental dynamics of monsoons, which deliver water to billions of highly vulnerable people in Asia, Africa, and the tropical Americas. He also works on the genesis of tropical cyclones and other topics in climate dynamics. His group’s work is leading to improved understanding of tropical rainfall variability on a...

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Xi Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and Assistant Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Affiliated Faculty, Department of Economics

Research Interests

Aging; Air Pollution; Child; Cognition; Economics; Pensions; Social Behavior; Climate Change; Social Networking

Dr. Chen works on climate change and early childhood development. Specifically, he is evaluating the impact of extreme temperatures in the last few decades on birth outcomes in China, especially birth defects. He is also evaluating the impact of winter heating policy in China on fetal growth. His future research agenda includes studying the impact of climate change on cognitive functioning, mental health, and early life health capital trajectories.

Dr. Chen has been collaborating with...

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Jamie Emory Childs, ScD

Senior Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Bartonella; Borrelia; Hantavirus; Leptospira; Lyme Disease; Rabies; Rickettsia; Global Health; Zoonoses; Arenavirus

Dr. Childs’ research focuses on zoonotic diseases, including hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), caused by a hantavirus maintained in the prairie deer mouse host, and leptospirosis, caused by leptospires maintained in the Norway rat host. Outbreaks of these diseases are driven by weather patterns and climate variation. The initial outbreak of HPS in the southwestern US followed an El Niño event that resulted in increased rainfall and an unusually warm winter. These conditions facilitated deer...

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Miraj U. Desai, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry

RESEARCH INTERESTS
community mental health; qualitative and participatory research; global health; prejudice and discrimination; philosophy of science; and South Asian studies

Dr. Desai is interested in psychological and political perspectives on climate change. His main concern is understanding and addressing issues of climate justice, e.g., that those most affected by climate change (the global poor, islanders) are the ones least responsible for it. He has written on psychology and climate...

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Nicole Cardello Deziel, PhD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Dr. Deziel is leading a project related to exposure to shale gas development (“hydraulic fracturing”) and risk of childhood leukemia. Within the context of this project is an assessment of proximity to unconventional oil and gas development and drinking water contamination and an evaluation of spatial and temporal trends of unconventional oil and gas development. She is also working with Dr. Michelle Bell at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies to explore associations between...

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Durland Fish, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Babesia; Babesiosis; Borrelia; Chikungunya virus; Climate; Epidemiology; Biological Evolution; Insect Vectors; Lyme Disease; Parasitology; Public Health; Ticks; Global Health; Evolution, Planetary; Climate Change

Dr. Fish conducts research on the impact of climate change upon vector-borne diseases. His studies on changes in the geographic distribution and severity of Lyme disease due to global warming predict minimal geographic change in risk for the US, but a potential increase in disease severity for the endemic areas of the Midwestern states. The predicted case increase for Canada has already been observed. He is currently conducting a study on climate change impact upon mosquitoes and mosquito-borne...

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Alison P Galvani, PhD

Burnett and Stender Families Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis (CIDMA)

Research Interests

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Africa, Southern; Ecology; Economics; Epidemiologic Methods; Epidemiology; Biological Evolution; HIV; Influenza, Human; Parasitology; Public Health; Tuberculosis; Global Health; Evolution, Planetary; Infectious Disease Medicine

Dr. Galvani pursues research at the interface of disease modeling and climate change. She is interested in analyzing the cost-effectiveness of programs designed to tackle climate change with respect to their impact on health outcomes both locally and globally. Identifying how climate change, as well as greenhouse gas pollution, influence morbidity and mortality associated with mosquito borne illnesses such as dengue fever and malaria, bacterial diseases from contaminated water such as cholera,...

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Debbie L Humphries, PhD, MPH

Clinical Instructor in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Developing Countries; Ghana; HIV; Hookworm Infections; Malaria; Parasitology; Public Health; Vietnam; Global Health; Nutrition Policy

Dr. Humphries’ research focuses on nutrition and infectious disease in low- and middle-income countries, as well as on healthy food access globally. She is interested in the ways climate change is affecting food access, and the impact of food systems on environmental change. She has collaborated on several studies in the Bolivian Andes that investigate use of traditional foods and pathways by which climate change is affecting household food production. In the context of climate change, she is...

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Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Program Director- BA-BS/MPH Program in Public Health at Yale

Research Interests

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Epidemiology; Ethics; HIV; Human Rights; Public Health; Violence; Global Health; Infectious Disease Medicine; Diseases

Dr. Khoshnood is interested in the humanitarian response to violent conflicts and in the health of refugees and displaced populations, including “climate refugees” displaced by direct or indirect consequences of climate change. He is involved in ongoing projects among refugees and displaced populations in Lebanon and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Khoshnood teaches a course entitled "Responding to Violent Conflict: Epidemiological Methods & Public Health...

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Albert Icksang Ko, MD

Department Chair and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Department Chair - Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Research Interests

Dengue; Epidemiology; Leptospirosis; Urban Health; Global Health; Meningitis, Bacterial; Infectious Disease Medicine

Dr. Ko, Chair of the Yale School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases and member of the CCHI Executive Committee, studies health problems that have emerged from rapid urbanization and social inequity. He is particularly interested in the role that climate and climate change plays, together with the urban ecology and social marginalization, in the emergence of infectious diseases in slum communities. He coordinates an NIH-supported research and training program on...

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Anthony Leiserowitz

Senior Research Scientist in Forestry and Environmental Studies

Dr. Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, studies public risk perception and engagement with the issue of climate change. His research investigates the psychological, cultural, and political factors that influence public knowledge, attitudes, policy support, and behavior. Areas of interest include public perceptions of and responses to the health risks of climate change, as well as how the communication of health risks affects public engagement across...

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Michael Anthony Mendez

Associate Research Scientist

James & Mary Pinchot Faculty Fellow

Dr. Mendez investigates through the fields of urban planning, public health, and Science & Technology Studies (STS) how the built environment, policymaking process, and social movements influence sustainability and population health in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. His research agenda is motivated by more than a decade of senior-level experience in the public and private sectors, where he conducted applied research and actively engaged in the policymaking process. This...

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Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Director, Office of Public Health Practice

Director, Global Health Concentration

Research Interests

Brazil; Breast Feeding; Child Health Services; Community Health Workers; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; HIV; Mexico; Obesity; Rwanda; Global Health; Healthcare Disparities

Dr. Pérez-Escamilla’s research focuses on maternal-child nutrition in low- and middle-income countries, as well as on measuring and assessing the causes and consequences of household food insecurity (HFI) globally. He served on both the 2010 and 2015 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees, and as a result he has developed a strong interest in the factors influencing the translation of scientific knowledge into evidence-informed public health policy guidelines. He is particularly interested...

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Virginia Elizabeth Pitzer, ScD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Ecology; Immunization; Paratyphoid Fever; Rotavirus; Typhoid Fever; Global Health

Dr. Pitzer’s research focuses on mathematical modeling of infectious diseases. Climate-related projects involve elucidating drivers of the seasonality and spatiotemporal patterning of environmentally transmitted pathogens, including: (1) the seasonal determinants of respiratory syncytial virus transmission; (2) the links between climate, water source, and historical patterns of typhoid fever mortality in the United States; and (3) the impact of variable rainfall on the transmission dynamics of...

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Joseph S Shapiro

Assistant Professor of Economics and of Forestry And Environmental Studies

Dr. Shapiro studies adaptation to climate change and other environmental goods. His work has analyzed how the relationship between extreme heat and mortality in the U.S. evolved over the twentieth century, and the extent to which air conditioning, electricity, and other technological innovations have driven that evolution. His work also compares how weather-mortality relationships vary with a region's baseline climate, as a benchmark for potential long-term adaptation to climate change. More...

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Jodi Sherman, MD

Associate Professor Term

Environmental Compliance Officer

Affiliated Faculty, Climate Change and Health Initiative, School of Public Health

Research Interests

Conservation of Natural Resources; Drug Contamination; Environment Design; Environment, Controlled; Environmental Pollution; Fresh Water; Public Health; Soil; Equipment Reuse; Greenhouse Effect; Ecosystem; Environmental Medicine; Carbon Footprint; Environmental Policy; Patient Harm; Chemicals and Drugs; Health Care

Dr. Sherman’s area of expertise is the climate and health impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and unsustainable practices stemming from the health sector itself. She is working to bring attention to pollution prevention within health care as an issue of patient safety and quality care. Her past research explored the life cycle greenhouse gas impacts of anesthetic drugs and devices. She is currently funded by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation to investigate the climate impacts of...

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Jeffrey Townsend, PhD

Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Director of Bioinformatics, Yale Center for Analytical Sciences

Research Interests

Algorithms; Bacteria; Bacterial Infections and Mycoses; Beer; Bread; Cell Transformation, Neoplastic; Coccidioidomycosis; Computing Methodologies; Biological Evolution; Fungi; Genetic Engineering; Microbiological Phenomena; Models, Genetic; Models, Theoretical; Mycoses; Neoplasm Metastasis; Neoplasms; Phylogeny; Viruses; Wine; Models, Statistical; Likelihood Functions; Logistic Models; Polymerase Chain Reaction; Sequence Analysis, DNA; Nonlinear Dynamics; Molecular Epidemiology; Gene Transfer Techniques; Crops, Agricultural; Evolution, Molecular; Nature; Sequence Analysis, Protein; Gene Expression Profiling; Public Health Informatics; Microarray Analysis; Genetic Speciation; Host-Pathogen Interactions; Genetic Phenomena; Mathematical Concepts; Metabolic Phenomena; Organisms; Phenomena and Processes

Dr. Townsend’s interests include evaluation of the effects of climate change on infectious disease distribution, transmission, and evolution. In particular, he is interested in the performance of uncertainty analysis to assess the potential future effects of global anthropogenic change on vector distributions, infectious disease transmission and spread. He is currently performing research on historical and current-day climate-driven changes in disease burden due to changes in temperature and...

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Paul Eugene Turner, PhD

Henry Ford II Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Dr. Turner conducts research on effects of temperature on phenotypic performance of RNA virus pathogens, such as dengue virus. While it appears that global warming is contributing to geographic range expansion of disease vectors, such as mosquitoes, less is known about whether RNA virus pathogens are generally capable of expanding their ranges alongside vectors. It is possible, for example, that only certain virus genotypes within the pathogen population are predisposed to spread, or are...

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Nadine Unger

Associate Research Scientist

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Global atmospheric pollution and climate modeling, atmospheric chemistry

Dr. Unger’s research quantifies the environmental impacts of criteria air pollutants on climate change, and human and ecosystem health. Dr. Unger developed a novel multi-pollutant approach to climate change impact assessment based on economic sectors, a valuable method for identifying policy options that tackle a range of different pollutants and activities. She has worked on the effects of aviation sector...

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Vasilis Vasiliou, PhD

Department Chair and Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health) and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Research Interests

Alcoholism; Aldehyde Dehydrogenase; Diabetes Mellitus; Environmental Health; Glutathione; Gout; Ophthalmology; Genomics

Dr. Vasilis Vasiliou is a member of the Executive Committee of the Climate Change and Health Initiative, Professor of Epidemiology, and Chair of the Environmental Health Sciences Department at the Yale School of Public Health. His research interests include mechanisms of cellular responses to environmental stress, gene-environment interactions, alcohol toxicity, pharmacogenetics and the evolution of gene families.

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Zheng Wang, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Biostatistics

Dr. Wang, a fungal biologist, is interested in understanding how fungi respond to environmental stimuli and how these responses evolved. Fungi exhibit huge global diversity and include many severe human pathogens. Dr. Wang’s interests include studying genetics and functional genomics of fungal growth and pathogenicity and investigating how environmental changes (including climate change), as well as human activities, would affect fungal growth and distribution. Currently he is studying dynamics...

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Joshua Warren, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

Dr. Warren researches environmental exposures and their impact on human health, with a focus on developing spatial and spatiotemporal statistical methods to improve the understanding of underlying associations between disease and exposure. His current work seeks to improve the identification of susceptible periods during pregnancy where increased exposure to ambient air pollution more adversely impacts the developing fetus. Dr. Warren has interest in understanding how air pollution levels may...

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Daniel Martin Weinberger, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Americas; Bacterial Infections; Biology; Carrier State; Communicable Disease Control; Denmark; Epidemiologic Methods; Europe; Fourier Analysis; Iceland; Influenza, Human; Netherlands; Population Characteristics; Public Health; Respiratory Tract Infections; Streptococcus pneumoniae; Diseases

Dr. Weinberger works to understand the epidemiology of common respiratory infections that afflict young children and the elderly and seeks to use this information to develop more optimal interventions to reduce disease burden. He has studied the seasonal drivers of respiratory disease epidemics, including the effects of climate and co-infections on disease transmission and susceptibility to developing invasive infections. He has also worked with collaborators in Brazil and New Caledonia to...

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Yawei Zhang, MD, PhD, MPH

Section Chief and Associate Professor Tenure

Chief, Section of Surgical Outcomes and Epidemiology, Department of Surgery

Research Interests

Air Pollution; Epidemiology; Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin; Neoplasms; Pregnancy; Thyroid Neoplasms; Survivors; Genomics; Biostatistics

Dr. Zhang is a member of the Executive Committee of the Climate Change and Health and has a major interest in reproductive health epidemiology. She has established a large birth cohort study in China to investigate effects of various environmental and other exposures and genetic and epigenetic changes on adverse pregnancy outcomes and developmental health. Influences of air pollution and climate change, as well as their joint effects with other environmental as well as psychosocial factors, on...

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