Our Staff

Lina Mu, Director

Lina Mu, PhD, was appointed director of the Office of Global Health Initiatives on October 1, 2017. She served as assoicate director from fall 2014 until her current appointment. 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.

Pavani K. Ram, Associate Director

Pavani Ram, MD, served as director of the Office of Global Health Initiatives from March 2013 to September 2017. 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.

Maria Chavan, Coordinator

Maria Chavan, MEd, joined the Office of Global Health Initiatives in fall 2017. At UB she previously served as assistant director of General Education and was graduate assistant in the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Maria is completing her PhD in global and comparative studies in education at UB.