CCHI Team

Robert Dubrow

Robert Dubrow

Dr. Robert Dubrow is Faculty Director of the Climate Change and Health Initiative and Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. During the 2016-2017 academic year, he will teach a graduate-level course on climate change, energy, and health, as well as an undergraduate seminar. Dr. Dubrow is interested in health co-benefits of climate change mitigation and in occupational heat stress.

Martin Klein

Dr. Martin Klein is Executive Director of the Climate Change and Health Initiative and Associate Dean for Development and External Affairs at the Yale School of Public Health. He also founded and directs InnovateHealth Yale, a program in social impact and entrepreneurship.

Vasilis Vasiliou

Vasilis Vasiliou, PhD

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.

Albert Ko

Albert Ko

Dr. Albert Ko is a member of the Executive Committee of the Climate Change and Health Initiative, Professor of Epidemiology, and Chair of the Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases Department at the Yale School of Public Health. His research focuses on the health problems which have emerged as a consequence of rapid urbanization and social inequity.

Yawei Zhang

Dr. Yawei Zhang
Dr. Yawei Zheng is a member of the Executive Committee of the Climate Change and Health Initiative and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences. Her research interests include etiology and prognosis of adult malignancies and risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Michelle Bell

Michelle Bell
Dr. Michelle Bell is a member of the Executive Committee of the Climate Change and Health Initiative, Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Professor of Environmental Health at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on how environmental conditions, especially air pollution and weather, impact public health.

Durland Fish

Dr. Durland Fish is a Senior Consultant of the Climate Change and Health Initiative, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and Professor Emeritus of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His research focuses on ecology and prevention of vector-borne diseases, including Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, West Nile virus infections and dengue fever.

Alyssa Parpia

CCHI Pre-Doctoral Fellow

CCHI Pre-Doctoral Fellow

Alyssa Parpia is a PhD student in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases and a Yale Climate Change and Health Pre-doctoral Fellow. Her work focuses on identifying drivers of infectious disease transmission and quantifying the impact of public health interventions on curtailing spread. Alyssa's dissertation research aims to better understand the influence of climate on transmission of dengue virus via statistical spatio-temporal and mathematical modeling. She holds a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Development Studies and Biochemistry from Queen’s University, Canada.

Sappho Gilbert

CCHI Pre-Doctoral Fellow

CCHI Pre-Doctoral Fellow

Sappho Gilbert is a CCHI Pre-Doctoral Fellow and doctoral student in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology. Her research interests include mental wellness, community health, food security, nutrition, and climate change in the Arctic. Through her work in these areas, she aims to also address salient issues of humanitarian health, human rights, indigenous rights, and ethics. Sappho earned her Master’s in Public Health from Dartmouth College and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in political science.

Saskia Comess

Saskia Comess

CCHI Graduate Fellow and Research Assistant

Saskia is the CCHI Graduate Fellow and Research Assistant. She is a second-year master's student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. She is interested in the impact of climate change on food systems and agriculture and would like to address issues in communicating climate and health science to the public. Saskia graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor's in Science, Technology & Society and a minor in Mathematics.