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Amy Brown Amy Brown, Professor of Entomology; Affiliate in MIAEH
  amybrown@umd.edu

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Dr. Brown coordinates the State of Maryland Pesticide Education & Assessment Program. Her research focuses on identifying practices that minimize exposure and can be effectively implemented, and on health effects of pesticide exposure.

Dr. Brown's web page.


No Picture Kristen Burwell, Graduate Research Assistant
1222 School of Public Health   kburwell@umd.edu

 



Kristen Burwell is a PhD student in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park School of Public Health. She will be obtaining her degree in Environmental Health and Toxicology where her interests are in environmental epidemiology, cumulative risk assessment, water quality, health disparities, and environmental justice. Furthermore, she received her MPH degree in community-based health from Mercer University (MU) School of Medicine in 2008 and her BS degree in biology with a minor in public health from James Madison University (JMU) in 2006. She currently works as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Sacoby Wilson on studies that use a community-based participatory research framework to assess the inequitable distribution of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), air toxics, hazardous waste sites, and health-promoting infrastructure in communities in South Carolina and Maryland.


Antonio Busalacchi Antonio J Busalacchi, Professor Atmostpheric and Oceanic Science; Affiliate in MIAEH
  tonyb@essic.umd.edu

 

(301) 405-5599



Antonio Busalacchi is the Director of ESSIC and a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science. Tony came to ESSIC in 2000, after serving as Chief of the NASA/Goddard Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes. Tony received his Ph.D. degree in oceanography from Florida State University in 1982. He has studied tropical ocean circulation and its role in the coupled climate system. His interests include the study of climate variability and prediction, tropical ocean modeling, ocean remote sensing, and data assimilation. His research in these areas has supported a range of international and national research programs dealing with global change and climate, particularly as affected by the oceans.

Dr. Busalacchi's Webpage


Rita Colwell Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor - Affiliate in MIAEH
Biomolecular Sciences Building   rcolwell@umd.edu

 

301.405.9550



U.S. Science Envoy to Southeast Asia, Dr. Colwell is a Distinguished Professor at both the University of Maryland at College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has focused her research on global infectious diseases, water and health, and is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world. Dr. Colwell served as the 11th Director of the National Science Foundation from 1998-2004. She is recipient of the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize awarded on September 9, 2010 by the King of Sweden.


Laura Dalemarre Laura Dalemarre, Program Associate
1227--SPH Bldg #255   ldalemar@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-5706



Laura Dalemarre is program associate for the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) lab directed by Dr. Sacoby Wilson. She previously interned at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) where she did rotations in both the Department of Pharmacologic Therapies and the Homeless Prevention Branch. Laura earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Florida and her Master's in Public Health from Florida International University.


No Picture Nicole Deziel, Research Fellow, NIH, Bethesda, MD, National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch; Adjunct in MIAEH
  dezielnc@mail.nih.gov

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(301) 402-7825



 


Robert Feldman Robert Feldman, Professor of Behavioral and Community Health; Affiliate in MIAEH
2387 SPH Bldg.   rfeldman@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-2519



Dr. Robert Feldman is an occupational health psychologist with a primary appointment in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health where he teaches a course entitled Health Education in the Workplace. He is co-author of Occupational Health Promotion: Health Behavior in the Workplace. Before coming to the University of Maryland, Dr. Feldman was on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in the Divisions of Health Education and Occupational Medicine working on the NIOSH Educational Resource Center. His current research includes workplace smoking cessation among Costa Rican government workers and US Latino workers. For the past 15 years Dr Feldman has been evaluating NIEHS Hazardous Materials Worker Health and Safety Programs.


Rachel Goldstein Rachel Rosenberg Goldstein , Graduate Research Assistant, Ph.D. Candidate
  rerosenb@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-5509



Ms. Rosenberg's research interests focus on water quality and safe drinking water sources. Ms. Rosenberg is currently working on a study to evaluate the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus spp. (VRE), and coagulase-negative Staphylococcus (CoNS) in wastewater, reclaimed wastewater used for spray irrigation, and dermal and nasal swabs from spray irrigation workers. This study will evaluate potential inhalation and dermal exposures from reclaimed wastewater in occupational settings. To evaluate the presence of MRSA and VRE, Ms. Rosenberg is using standard membrane filtration methods, centrifugation, and direct plating techniques. Her findings will be important in assessing possible microbial risks from using reclaimed wastewater, which is likely to become a more common water source.


Michael Grantham Michael Grantham, Research Assistant Professor
SPH Rm 2234D   grantham@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-4081



Dr. Michael Grantham completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Pekosz lab. His recent work on the molecular determinants of influenza A virus assembly focused on the M2 ion channel protein resulted in two first author papers in J. Virology (the top ranked journal devoted specifically to virology); He is also a coauthor of paper in press at PNAS. He earned a Ph.D. in virology at Louisiana State for work on glycoprotein B from herpes simples virus type 2 and received B.S. degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Emporia State University. Michael is working on influenza virus aerosol generation from humans.


Muhiuddin Haider Muhiuddin Haider, Research Associate Professor
2242AA SPH Bldg.   mhaider@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-2438



Muhiuddin Haider is a skilled public health professional who has managed and led diverse public health projects and research studies in more than a dozen countries worldwide over thirty years, on behalf of several international agencies and universities. He has developed expertise in the areas of health communications, health promotion, health education, and social marketing, health policy and assessment. His research into strategies of behavior change, application of social marketing tools and communications capacity building has led to several acclaimed publications. He has led major public health projects in several countries in Africa and Asia, for which he utilized technical skills to stimulate innovative and culturally sensitive approaches grounded in organizational and technical soundness.

Dr. Haider teaches several courses on Global Health. His recent research and programmatic work has focused on avian and pandemic influenza.


No Picture Shizuka Hsieh, Assistant Provost for the Sciences, Associate Professor of the Chemistry Department, Trinity Washington University; Adjunct in MIAEH
  shsieh@smith.edu

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(202) 884-9299



Dr. Hsieh is Assistant Provost for the Sciences and Associate Professor of Chemistry at Trinity Washington University. Formerly Associate Professor of Chemistry at Smith College, she has environmental research experience in elucidating photochemical sources of atmospheric OH radicals and in quantifying volatile organics in air and water. She holds a DPhil from Oxford University, under a Marshall Scholarship, and a BA from Carleton College. She is recipient of a Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award and a former AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at US EPA. Her current atmospheric research builds upon her work at EPA focused on environmental justice.


Anwar Huq Anwar Huq, Research Professor, Maryland Pathogen Research Institute; Affiliate in MIAEH
3132 Bioscience Research Building   huqanwar@gmail.com

 

(301) 405-7428



Dr. Anwar Huq is a Professor in the Maryland Pathogen Institute at the University of Maryland. He came to Maryland as a faculty in the Department of Microbiology in 1989. He received his PhD in microbiology from the University of Maryland in 1984 He has studied the ecology of Vibrio cholerae and plankton, more specifically copepods, its host in the environment that lead to major findings in the survival, multiplication and transmission of this pathogen in the environment.

Dr. Huq's research interest includes understanding of pathogens, focusing on waterborne pathogens with the ultimate goal of disease prevention and or intervention. Bacterial pathogens that are occurring naturally in the environment cannot be eradicated. Moreover, with global climate change, significant impact is expected to take place on many of these pathogens. His work on the ecology, survival, transmission and detection of V. cholerae with ultimate goal for prediction and prevention of the disease cholera involving conventional microbiological methods, immunological methods, and molecular biology, along with oceanography, limnological methods and satellite remote sensing technology. Dr. Huq has also worked extensively on safe drinking water for people in developing countries.


No Picture Lee Hurt, Deputy Director, Office of Surveillance and Quality Initiatives, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maternal and Childe Health Bureau, Baltimore, MD; Adjunct in MIAEH
  lhurt@umd.edu

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(410) 707-7123



 


Chengsheng Jiang Chengsheng Jiang, Research Assistant Professor
2234L School of Public Health   cjiang89@umd.edu

 

3014055138



Dr Jiang has experience in GIS, spatial statistics, spatial sampling design, data analysis, data mining, air pollution exposure assessment,climate change, GPS application in environment health, human behavior classification, large data sets, spatial database and software design and implementation. His current research focus on evaluation effects of the climate change on publich health and environmental justice, relation between adverse health effect (eg. cancer risk) and social economic status and environmental health.


Sam Joseph Sam Joseph, Research Professor (MIAEH) and Emeritus Professor of Microbiology
2234L -- SPH Bldg #255   swj@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-0389



BSA from the University of Florida, Gainesville in bacteriology and chemistry; MS and PhD from St. John's University in microbiology. Former Professor and Chair, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics (Microbiology), University of Maryland; Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, UMB; and Former Director, Infectious Diseases Program, Naval Medical Research and Development Command, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. More than 120 refereed publications currently in press with six additional in preparation; and 15 books and chapters. Member of Sigma Xi; Elected Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Extensive contract and grant work with FDA, Naval Medical Research and Development Command; Agency for International Development; Agricultural Experiment Station; USDA; Maryland Department of the Environment.


Ivor Knight Ivor Knight, Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President of Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc.; Adjunct in MIAEH
  ivor.knight@canon.uslifesciences.com

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Dr. Knight is currently the Vice President and Director of Research and Development at Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc. His research interests include rapid molecular genetic techniques for pathogen detection, human genetics and diagnostic applications as well as the global movement of infectious disease agents and international cooperation to control infectious diseases.

More information on Dr. Knight


No Picture Prachi Kulkarni
1222 School of Public Health Building   prachik@umd.edu

 



Prachi Kulkami has a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston

University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to being admitted

to the School of Public Health, she was a research fellow at the Food and Drug Administration.


Mei-Ling Lee Mei-Ling Ting Lee, Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Affiliate in MIAEH
2234R SPH Bldg #255   mltlee@umd.edu

 

301-405-4581



Dr. Mei-Ling Ting Lee is Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Director of the Biostatistics and Risk Assessment Center (BRAC) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Lee's current research is focused in the following areas: (a) Statistical Methods for Genomic and Proteomic Data; (b) Threshold Regression Models for Risk Assessments: with Applications in Cancer, Environmental Research and Occupational Exposure; (c) Rank-based Nonparametric Tests for Correlated Data: with Applications in Epidemiology and Genomics; (d) Statistical Applications in Microbiology and Pharmacokinetics;(e) Multivariate Distributional Theory and Applications.

Dr. Lee holds Fellowship status in several international statistical organizations, including the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the Royal Statistical Society. She was named the Mosteller Statistician of the Year in 2005 by the American Statistical Association, Boston Chapter. Dr. Lee has published a book on "Analysis of Microarray Gene Expression Data" and co-edited two other books. Dr. Lee is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the international journal Lifetime Data Analysis, the only international statistical journal that is specialized in modeling time-to-event data. The journal is currently publishing the nineteenth's volume.

Click here to Dr. Mei-Ling Ting Lee's research webpage


Fengjie Liu Fengjie Liu, Research Associate
1222 School of Public Health Building   fengjie@umd.edu

 



Dr. Fengjie Liu received her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Medical College of Wisconsin and studied molecular mechanisms underlying a pediatric cancer, alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. She earned her B.S. degree with honors in biochemical engineering at Beijing Technology and Business University, China. She also has experience in gene therapy using adeno-associated viral vectors and microarray detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) viruses. She earned the first prize for technology achievement award for the work of SARS microarray development. Dr. Liu is currently a research associate at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland School of Public Health, studying influenza virus transmission in humans. She is also involved in the research on exhaled breath analysis using immuno-PCR to detect biomarkers for lung inflammation.


Elisabeth Maring Elisabeth Fost Maring, Research Assistant Professor & Director Global Health Initiatives
1142N SPH Bldg.   efmaring@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-8339



Elisabeth Fost Maring, Ph.D., is Director of Global Health Initiatives in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, within the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park. She directs the Global Public Health Scholars program, a living and learning program for academically talented freshman and sophomore students at UMCP. She completed a Fulbright Fellowship, has led study abroad programs, and has traveled extensively through India. She is currently developing a Public Health without Borders program in collaboration with Engineers without Borders (EWB) at UMCP. Marings areas of research include community violence, substance abuse, at-risk youth, healthy homes, and cross-cultural and international research on families. Maring has a background with University of Maryland Extension and as a direct service provider to low-income, high-risk adolescents and their families. She is a skilled qualitative researcher and is interested in resilience research, looking for opportunities to broaden protective factors that lead to positive health outcomes for individuals and families. Maring earned her doctorate in Family Science from the University of Maryland in 2006 and her master of education degree in Education from Harvard University in 1996.


No Picture James McDevitt, Instructor, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts; Adjunct in MIAEH
  jmcdevit@hsph.harvard.edu

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(617) 432-0988



Dr. James J. McDevitt received his master's degree in Industrial Hygiene and PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore Maryland and completed a 3 year post-doctoral fellowship in Environmental Health Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is diplomat of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. He has over 10 years of experience practicing industrial hygiene as an active duty member of the United States Air Force and in private consulting. He is currently an instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health and his research is focused on infections disease transmission and intervention.


Shirley Micallef Shirley Micallef, Assistant Professor, Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, Affiliate in MIAEH
  smicall@umd.edu

 



Shirley A. Micallef received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in plant biology from the University of Malta and a Ph.D. in microbial ecology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. Her main interests include the microbial ecology of bacteria in soil and how microorganisms interact with plants. Her current research is focusing on food safety of fruits and vegetables, specifically looking at Salmonella on pre-harvest tomatoes and using bacterial models to investigate possible means of contamination of crops with human pathogens residing in the environment.


Donald Milton Donald Milton, Professor and Director (MIAEH) & Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, & Affiliate Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, and the Maryland Pathogen Research Institute
2234V -- SPH Bldg #255   dmilton@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-0389



Dr. Milton earned a BS in Chemistry from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (Cum Laude), an MD from Johns Hopkins University and a DrPH (Environmental Health) from Harvard University. He trained in medicine at Emory and Boston Universities and Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Harvard. He previously served on the faculties of the Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health and the Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Health and Environment. He is currently Professor and Director of the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, MD, Affiliate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland, Adjunct Senior Lecturer on Occupational and Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health and Honorary Professor, Department of Community Medicine, University of Hong Kong. He is board certified in internal and occupational medicine and has 20 years of experience in occupational medicine referral practice. He teaches courses on environmental and occupational hygiene, aerobiology, toxicology, indoor air quality, respiratory epidemiology, physiology, pathology, pathophysiology. Dr. Milton is a past chair of the ACGIH Bioaerosols committee and a member of the committee since 1988. He a member of the editorial boards of Applied Environmental Microbiology, Indoor Air, and BMC Public Health. He is a recipient of the Lloyd Hyde Research Award of Emory University, the Harriet Hardy Award from the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and was elected a Fellow of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate in 2008.

Dr. Milton leads multidisciplinary investigations of the health effects of bioaerosols with three major themes: 1) the relationship of asthma onset and exacerbation to exposure to allergens and microbial products, 2) investigation and prevention of airborne infection transmission, and 3) exhaled breath analysis. His asthma research includes studies of occupational asthma and the impact of ambient bioaerosols on asthma exacerbation, especially the impact of low level, early life endotoxin exposure on the risk of childhood allergy and asthma. His research on mechanisms and prevention of airborne infection transmission includes productivity effects of rhinovirus colds in office workers and asthmatic children, mathematical models, and laboratory and epidemiological studies of control methods for influenza and agents of biological warfare and terrorism. Exhaled breath analysis is a unifying theme with ongoing work on exhaled gas and particle phase biomarkers for lung inflammation and studies of exhaled particles as the vehicle of airborne communicable disease transmission.

Click here to learn about the Got Flu? study and to join the 2012-13 influenza surveillance program.

Click here to see Dr. Milton's recent presentation on mechanisms of transmission of swine flu, given at the Institute of Medicine August 12, 2009.

Dr. Milton's Lab Webpage


No Picture Robert Mitkus, Computational Toxicologist, Office of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, USFDA, Rockville, MD; Adjunct in MIAEH
  robert.mitkus@fda.hhs.gov

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(301) 827-6083



 


No Picture Rianna Murray, Graduate Research Assistant
1222 School of Public Health   rmurray@umd.edu

 



Rianna Murray is a Master's of Public Health (MPH) student at the University of Maryland College Park. Her degree concentration is Environmental Health, and she is interested in issues of Environmental Justice, especially surrounding water and air quality of people from underserved populations of color. Her current work with Dr. Sacoby Wilson at the University of Maryland College Park and Dr. Janet Phoenix of the DC Environmental Health Collaborative focuses on environmental justice issues faced by underserved communities along the Anacostia River in both the District of Columbia and Maryland. The primary aims of this work are to conduct a human health impact assessment of communities near the river to investigate diseases and outcomes associated with toxic hotspots along the river, and to educate and promote healthy living among these populations using a community based participatory research framework.


Raghuram Murtugudde Raghuram Murtugudde, Professor Atmostpheric and Oceanic Science; Affiliate in MIAEH
Erth Sys Sci 5825   mahatma@umd.edu

 

(301) 314-2622



Professor Murtugudde studies the effects of the ocean's microscopic floating plants, or phytoplankton. He has discovered that, in aggregate, phytoplankton produce enough heat to affect large-scale weather patterns. In work funded by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, Murtugudde has discovered that climate models must take into account the effects of phytoplankton to predict El Niños and La Niñas. Recent work focuses on downscaling climate predictions to local scales needed for public health policy and environmental public health research. He is currently collaborating with Dr. Amir Sapkota on several projects.


No Picture Jennifer D Parker, Health Research Scientist, CDC/NCHS; Adjunct in MIAEH
Office of Analysis and Epidemiology, National Center for Health Statistics   jdparker@cdc.gov

 

(301) 458-4419



Dr. Parker is Health Research Scientist, Office of Analysis and Epidemiology, National Centers for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based in Hyattsville, MD. She is a biostatistician with a strong interest in environmental health. Dr. Parker recently created new links between data sets maintained by the National Center for Health Statistics, including NHIS and NHANES, and air pollution data maintained by the EPA. Her work on air pollution health effects includes examination of impacts on asthma, cardiovascular disease, and reproductive health.


Robin Puett Robin Puett, Assistant Professor MIAEH and Assistant Professor Epidemiology and Biostatistics
2234EE -- SPH Bldg #255   rpuett@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-5610



Dr. Robin Puett was awarded an MPH in Behavioral Sciences from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and doctorates in Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences by the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She completed post-doctoral training with the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and comes to MIAEH from the faculty of the University of South Carolina. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of environmental and spatial exposure assessment and epidemiology. More specifically, much of her research has explored the relationship of ambient air pollution exposures with chronic disease (i.e. cardiovascular disease and diabetes) and mortality. Ongoing and future research in this area is targeted to examine additional health outcomes (e.g. cognitive impacts and breast cancer), the biological pathways involved, and important potential modifiers of these relationships, such as diet and physical activity. Her spatial exposure assessment, epidemiology and statistics work examines neighborhood contextual and built environment factors associated with physical activity, obesity, and chronic diseases. Health disparities is a cross-cutting issue addressed in her spatial and environmental research and teaching programs.


Greg Raspanti Greg Raspanti
2242 School of Public Health   graspant@umd.edu

 

(304) 405-2438



Greg Raspanti is originally from Philadelphia, PA where he earned a BS in Health Education from West Chester Univeristy of PA. He is a former US Peace Corps volunteer where he taught health education to middle school children and worked in a preventative medical unit in Moldova. Greg earned his MPH from UMD in MIAEH in May 2012 and will be working with Dr. Amir Sapkota with his Indoor Air Pollution study in Nepal. He is also a TA in the Scholar's Global Public Health program.


No Picture Bonnie Richter, Senior Epidemiologist, Department of Energy (DOE); Affiliate in MIAEH
  Bonnie.Richter@hq.doe.gov

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(301) 903-4501



Dr. Bonnie S. Richter is the senior epidemiologist at the U.S. Department of Energy. She has been at the Department since 1990 and served as the Director of the Office of Illness and Injury Prevention, 2003-2007. Dr. Richter's professional training is in occupational and environmental epidemiology. She received her A.B. (biology) from Clark University, Worcester, MA, earned an M.P.H. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and received a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Richter provides the technical expertise for an illness and injury surveillance system of DOE workers, and has conducted epidemiologic studies among workers, as well as residents of communities near DOE sites, potentially exposed to chemical or radionuclides. Trained as a virologist, she is also responsible for pandemic planning for the Department. She has taught epidemiologic methods to diverse audiences, from graduate students to community groups. She currently represents DOE on the National BioDefense Science Board, and a CDC Advisory Board on environmental health. Dr. Richter served on the President's Task Force on Environmental Health and Safety Risks to Children, the Federal Interagency Working Group on Women's Health and the Environment, and the National Children's Study Chemical Exposure Group. Prior to joining DOE, Dr. Richter worked for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.


Maurice Rocque Maurice Rocque, Coordinator
2334T   mrocque@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-5509



Mr. Rocque comes to MIAEH with a wealth of administrative experience gathered at UMCP, including three years in the College of Education and four years in the School of Public Policy.


Amir Sapkota Amir Sapkota, Assistant Professor MIAEH & Assistant Professor Epidemiology and Biostatistics
2234F -- SPH Bldg #255   amirsap@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-8716



Dr. Amir Sapkota holds a joint appointment at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Sapkota received his PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and his BS in Chemistry from Clark University. He joins the growing number of faculty at UMCP after successfully completing post-doctoral work at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France.

Understanding exposures that occur among individuals and identifying markers of cellular responses that can predict the development of future diseases enables public health practitioners to identify specific subpopulations at risk, who subsequently can be targeted with proper interventions to prevent such disease occurrence. Within this framework, Dr. Sapkota's primary research interests lie in the area of exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology. He is interested in utilizing personal air measurements, as well as urinary and serum biomarkers to understand the risk of diseases associated with exposures to various air pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), in the environment and at the workplace. At UMCP, Dr. Sapkota will work on a range of topics including the inner city environment and asthma; impacts of traffic on community air pollution; and indoor air pollution from solid fuel usage in developing countries and risk of lung cancer, to name a few.

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Amy Sapkota Amy R Sapkota, Associate Professor MIAEH and Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
2234P -- SPH Bldg #255   ars@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-1772



Dr. Amy R. Sapkota has a joint appointment with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She received a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the Yale School of Public Health and a BS in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Sapkota also holds a Certificate in Risk Sciences and Public Policy, and completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Environmental Microbial Genomics Group within Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Lyon, France.

Dr. Sapkota's research interests lie in the areas of environmental microbiology, exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology, with a focus on evaluating the complex relationships between the environment, food and water production systems, and human infectious diseases. Current research projects include: 1) evaluating changes in bacterial antibiotic resistance as large-scale poultry farms transition to organic practices; 2) investigating the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in tertiary-treated wastewater used for spray irrigation; 3) evaluating environmental and socioeconomic disparities in the risk of food and waterborne illness; and 4) utilizing next-generation sequencing methods to identify the bacterial communities present in cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products and environmental tobacco smoke. Other areas of interest include the human health impacts associated with exposures to bacterial pathogens prevalent in the Chesapeake Bay.


Paul Turner Paul Turner, Assistant Professor MIAEH and Assistant Professor Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Room 2234J   pturner3@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-6583



Dr Paul C Turner is a new tenure track faculty within the Maryland Institute for Applied and Environmental Health; having recently left the Molecular Epidemiology Unit, University of Leeds, UK. Dr Turner obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and his undergraduate BSc with honors in Biochemistry and Toxicology at the University of Surrey, UK. He was also a visiting scientist at Johns Hopkins University in 2003 and 2005.

Dr Turner's research interests include understanding (1) the role of fungal toxins (mycotoxins) in chronic disease etiology, (2) establishing intervention strategies to restrict such exposures. Mycotoxins, which include the Aspergillus toxins aflatoxin and ochratoxin A, and the Fusarium toxins deoxynivalenol and fumonisin, contaminate up to 25% of the world's food supply. They are suspected agents in both acute and chronic disease. Aflatoxins are potent liver toxins and carcinogens, and are additionally suspected to cause growth faltering and immune-suppression. Four billion people are estimated to live in regions that are at risk of dietary exposure to aflatoxin. Fundamental research question include (a) understanding synergistic interactions between aflatoxin and hepatitis virus in liver cancer risk; (b) understanding the mechanism(s) of observational data on dose related aflatoxin growth faltering; (c) understanding the potential contribution that aflatoxin plays in early life morbidity and mortality in developing countries, including modulations in susceptibility to infections; (d) development and implementation of sustainable interventions to restrict exposure in the most vulnerable groups; (e) understanding of global climate change models and their impact on changing world patterns and levels of toxin exposure.

Fusarium mycotoxins have been implicated in esophageal cancer, though their potential role remains poorly explored. Deoxynivalenol, also known as vomitoxin, modulates the immune system and is associated with growth faltering in animals. Fumonsins have been linked to neural tube defects, and are a suspected co-risk factor in aflatoxin driven liver cancer. The recent development of an exposure biomarker for DON and a strong candidate for fumonisin provides the opportunity to better understand their potential role in human chronic disease, and better inform intervention strategies.


Sacoby Wilson Sacoby Wilson, Assistant Professor MIAEH & Assistant Professor Epidemiology and Biostatistics
2234D -- SPH Bldg #255   swilson2@umd.edu

 

(301) 405-3136



Dr. Wilson's research focuses on environmental justice, environmental health, environmental health disparities, built environment, air pollution monitoring, including the use of passive samplers and semi-continuous monitors, community-based participatory research (CBPR) and community-owned and managed research (COMR). He trained in secondary data analysis, advanced geographic information systems and spatial methods, and other quantitative and qualitative approaches. He has extensive experience performing monitoring of air pollution in neighborhoods located near industrial hog operations and the use of spatiotemporal mapping for human exposure assessment. Dr. Wilson received his PhD and MS degree in environmental health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a two-time EPA STAR fellow, Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program, and past Chair of the Environment Section of the American Public Health Association.

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