Faculty focus on understanding the determinants and prevention of disease, on the role of environmental factors in health and disease and on the administration of health programs to implement that understanding.
Harvey Arbesman, MD, MS Clinical Assistant Professor
Projects: Arbesman is an epidemiologist, board-certified dermatologist and Vice President of ArbesIdeas, a biomedical sciences research and consulting company. ArbesIdeas merges expertise in epidemiology, the creative problem solving process, medicine and healthcare to develop innovative solutions to biomedical sciences-related challenges.
Specialty/Research Interests: ALS biomarkers, melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, psoriasis, biomedical hypotheses
Matthew R. Bonner, PhD, MPH Associate
Specialty/Research Interests: Roles of occupational/environmental exposures and genetic susceptibility in the development of cancer. Specifically, occupational exposure to pesticides and cancer; exposure to ambient air pollution and breast cancer; and genetic susceptibility to lung cancer from residential radon and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure.
Erin Campbell, MD, MPH Clinical Assistant Professor
Projects: Her scholarly activities include co-teaching, evaluating, and presenting the results of the Cooking for Health Initiative class series. The non-credit classes use a multidisciplinary approach to teach clinically relevant nutrition to medical and public health students.
Specialty/Research Interests: Improving the nutrition education of health trainees, especially medical students, effective behavior change counseling for patients, comprehensive lifestyle medicine/intensive behavior modification programs for patients to improve chronic disease risk factors and outcomes, lifestyle medicine
Ying (Jessica) Cao, PhD Assistant Professor Health Services Policy and Practice
Projects: Cao is a behavioral economist whose research interests focus on judgment and decision-making in health and health care, empirical health policy analysis and global health issues. Her on-going projects involve economics of food and nutrition; consumer choices and household decisions on health service utilization and healthcare facility selection; and market demand for and effect of health insurance, etc.
Specialty/Research Interests: Health economics, behavioral economics, experimental economics, decision-making in health and healthcare, health services policy and practice, and cost-benefit analysis.
Jo L. Freudenheim, PhD UB Distinguished
Professor, Interim Chair
Projects: Diet and alcohol. Cancer epidemiology in Puerto Rico.
Interests: Diet and alcohol consumption in relation to cancer,
particularly breast cancer. Understanding how genetic factors may
interact with diet to influence disease risk; how tumor
characteristics may vary with dietary, genetic and other exposures;
and the impact of exposures in early life on breast cancer
Kim S. Griswold, MD, MPH Research Associate Professor
Projects: Griswold is the medical director of
a program that serves survivors of political and state-sponsored
torture living in Western New York through an intensive case
management and strength-based, client-centered model. She is
co-investigator on a project to increase the primary care workforce
size, leadership potential, diversity and commitment to
patient-centered medical home (PCMH) models of practice in
underserved areas throughout the region, state and nation. T
Specialty/Research Interests: Griswold conducts research projects related to psychiatry, cultural care and public health and is currently involved in breast health education of refugee and immigrant women and preparing trainees to care for vulnerable populations such as those patients living in poverty, seeking asylum and/or recovering from trauma.
Katarzyna Kordas, PhD Associate Professor
Projects: Dr. Kordas works predominantly in international settings, with her primary research site being located in Montevideo, Uruguay. Together with colleagues and excellent research team from the Catholic University of Uruguay and the University of the Republic of Uruguay, they have been developing a research program in pediatric environmental epidemiology since 2006. Currently, they are conducting a longitudinal study on the cognitive and behavioral effects of low-level exposure to multiple metals in school children. Recently, Kordas spent 3 years at the University of Bristol in the U.K. working with the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), and has developed several projects related to the predictors and effects of environmental exposures in pregnant women and their offspring.
Specialty/Research Interests: environmental epidemiology, global health, toxic metals and child development, health effects of metal mixtures, nutrient-metal interactions, dietary predictors of toxicant exposure, gene-environment interactions
Heather A. Lindstrom, PhD Research Assistant Professor
Projects: Lindstrom is the Research Director and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University at Buffalo. Lindstrom was previously the Director of the Division of Disease Control at the Erie County Department of Health and an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer (2004-2006) in the Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Specialty/Research Interests: intersection of public health and emergency medicine, sexually transmitted infections, aging and health communication/risk perception
Arthur Michalek, PhD, FACE, Professor
Specialty/Research Interests: Cancer training and prevention in low- and middle-income countries, interplay between infectious disease and chronic disease
Specialty/Research Interests: Environmental epidemiology, in particular cancer etiological studies in relation to environmental pollution. Associations between indoor and outdoor air pollution with lung cancer; water pollution with liver function alteration and three upper-GI cancers (esophageal, stomach and liver cancer). Current research includes biological response to the dramatic change in air quality; gene-environmental interaction in the development of lung cancer; and gene expression and breast cancer survival.
Michael F. Noe, MD, MPH Associate Dean, Community Relations and Clinical Affairs
Projects: Developing SPHHP collaboration with Capital University in Beijing, China.
Graduate training of physicians in preventive medicine; medical
management, with a particular interest in quality improvement in
health care; geriatric medicine, with a particular interest in
long-term care; and addressing the health risks of those in the
informal (family) caregiver role through structured interventions
using psycho-educational methods to improve their psychological
health and self-care.
James R. Olson, PhD, UB Distinguished
Director, Division of Environmental Health Sciences
Specialty/Research Interests: Assessing the health risks and biomarkers of exposure, effect and susceptibility to organophosphate (OP) pesticides and persistent halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons.
Pavani Kalluri Ram, MD Associate
Projects: Hand washing with soap, household water treatment and sanitation, household ventilation/air quality in Asia and Africa.
Specialty/Research Interests: Improving child survival in
resource-poor settings; evaluating programs that promote hand
washing with soap; assessing whether the perinatal period is a
unique teachable moment for hand washing behavior; assessing
whether the risk of secondary transmission of influenza from index
case-patients to household contacts will be reduced with intensive
hand washing promotion.
Carole B. Rudra, PhD, MPH Research Assistant Professor
Projects: She is a perinatal epidemiologist with an interest in both behavioral and environmental exposures.
Specialty/Research Interests: impact of physical activity on pregnancy complications, maternal wellness, geographic information systems for exposure assessment in epidemiologic studies of physical activity, the built environment, and environmental exposures
Xuefeng Ren, MD, PhD Assistant
Projects: Water, arsenic, obesity/diabetes, DNA methylation. The impact of exposure to organotins on health in China (Inner Mongolia).
Interests: Biomarkers of carcinogenesis; molecular and cellular
biology; toxicology; and genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of
environmental mutagens and carcinogens in relation to cancer and
other health outcomes. Specifically, to understand how genetic and
epigenetic factors and environment exposures interact to cause
cancer and other diseases, and to develop molecular tests for early
detection, prognosis and potentially novel therapeutic
Hong Xue, PhD, MS, Research Assistant Professor
Specialty/Research Interests: Conducting interdisciplinary research in public health, integrating economics, nutrition, epidemiology, and systems science in studying obesity and non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) in the global context; developing economic and systems modeling of obesity and NCDs using big health data sets (‘big data’); studying food systems and global health.