Shivam Gupta was promoted from assistant scientist to associate scientist at the March meeting of the advisory board in the Department of International Health. Gupta is an epidemiologist who specializes in developing and applying methodological approaches to monitor and evaluate diverse public health programs involving large populations in low- and middle-income countries.
Jeffrey Leek was promoted from associate professor to professor at the March meeting of the advisory board in the Department of Biostatistics. Leek is a biostatistician and data scientist who specializes in public health genomics, data science as a science, and meta-research.
Zhibin Wang was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor at the March meeting of the advisory board in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. Wang is an epigeneticist who focuses on how epigenetic codes are established and how they go awry as a result of environmental stimuli, thereby contributing to human diseases.
Charvonne Holliday, an assistant professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, and Genee S. Smith, an assistant professor in Environmental Health and Engineering, received 2017-18 Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions' Pilot Project Program awards. The program supports new and early stage investigators working on projects related to place-based determinants of health disparities and minority health. Holliday's proposal is titled "Racial/Ethnic Differences in Unintended Pregnancy Risk: A Place-Based Comparison." It focuses on intimate partner violence, or IPV, and associated sexual/reproductive health outcomes among women. She uses mixed research methods and a community-oriented approach to understand how experiences of IPV intersect with broader socio-structural health determinants and perpetuate deeply entrenched disparities. Smith's proposal is titled "A Multi-level, Multi-domain Analysis of Health Disparities Within US Gentrified Neighborhoods" and examines the impact of race and class on neighborhood-level environmental exposures and subsequent health disparities. She utilizes large national datasets to explore the synergistic effects of inequities in the built, natural, and social environments and conducts community-based participatory research to address local environmental concerns.
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