Our Staff

Pavani K. Ram, Director

Pavani Ram, MD, was appointed the director of the Office of Global Health Initiatives in March 2013. She joined the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health in the School of Public Health and Health Professions in 2005.

An internist by training, Ram began her career in public health as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2001. As a medical epidemiologist at CDC from 2003 to 2005, she worked to promote household water treatment to prevent diarrheal disease, one of the leading causes of child mortality worldwide. Ram has worked in more than a dozen countries, with research foci on child survival, handwashing with soap and indoor air quality. She teaches Global Health (EEH 521) and the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (EEH 573) and mentors master’s and doctoral students in epidemiology and community health and health behavior.

Lina Mu, Associate Director

Lina Mu, PhD, was named associate director for the Office of Global Health Initiatives in the Fall of 2014. She is an associate professor within the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health. Mu specializes in environmental epidemiology, air and water pollution, and cancer molecular epidemiology. She joined the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health in the School of Public Health and Health Professions in June 2008.