Our Faculty

Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Children collecting water from a well.

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.

Matthew R. Bonner.

277 Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5385

Fax: (716) 829-2979

mrbonner@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Environmental and occupational epidemiology; cancer epidemiology; pesticides; air pollution; radon; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; phthalates.

Ying (Jessica) Cao.

268H Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5369

Fax: (716) 829-2979

ycao25@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor, Division of Health Services Policy and Practice
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics/Projects: Health economics; behavioral economics; experimental economics; decision-making in health and healthcare; health services policy and practice; cost-benefit analysis. 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.

Jo L. Freudenheim.

270D Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5375

Fax: (716) 829-2979

jfreuden@buffalo.edu

Chair
UB Distinguished Professor
Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics/Projects: Cancer epidemiology, using epidemiologic tools to understand carcinogenesis at the population, individual, tissue and molecular levels in order to better prevent and control the disease. Recent projects include a study of the breast microbiome and a study of DNA methylation in lung tissues from smokers, non-smokers and electronic cigarette users.

Katarzyna Kordas.

234 Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5340

Fax: (716) 829-2979

kkordas@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions
Co-Director
Community for Global Health Equity
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: 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.

Lina Mu.

273A Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5381

Fax: (716) 829-2979

linamu@buffalo.edu

Director, Office of Global Health Initiatives
Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Environmental epidemiology; air pollution; water pollution; cancer molecular epidemiology (primarily lung cancer, breast cancer and Upper-GI cancers); gene-environment interaction; cancer survival.

273A Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5381

Fax: (716) 829-2979

linamu@buffalo.edu

Ekaterina (Katia) Noyes.

270C Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5386

Fax: (716) 829-2979

enoyes@buffalo.edu

Director, Division of Health Services Policy and Practice
Director, MPH Concentration in Health Services Administration
Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Outcomes and quality of care assessment; economic evaluation of healthcare programs; comparative effectiveness research; multidisciplinary team science and stakeholder engagement; and regional care delivery in surgical oncology.

James R. Olson.

273 Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2319

Fax: (716) 829-2979

jolson@buffalo.edu

Director, Division of Environmental Health Sciences
UB Distinguished Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions
UB Distinguished Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Research Topics: Assessing the health risks and biomarkers of exposure; effect and susceptibility to organophosphate (OP) pesticides and persistent halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons.

273 Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2319

Fax: (716) 829-2979

jolson@buffalo.edu

Pavani Kalluri Ram.
Research Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Child survival; handwashing; global health; diarrheal diseases; acute respiratory infections; infectious disease epidemiology.

Xuefeng Ren.

276 Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5384

Fax: (716) 829-2979

xuefengr@buffalo.edu

Director, MPH Concentration in Environmental Health
Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Environmental health and toxicology; environmental epigenetics; mechanism(s) of metal carcinogenesis; development of alternative and novel prevention and treatment approaches for human diseases related to environmental exposures; and FRY gene and cancer progression.

276 Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5384

Fax: (716) 829-2979

xuefengr@buffalo.edu

Laura Smith.

275 Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5382

Fax: (716) 829-2979

lesmith6@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Mycotoxin exposure, pregnancy exposure, birth outcomes.

275 Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5382

Fax: (716) 829-2979

lesmith6@buffalo.edu

Meng Wang.

234A Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5341

Fax: (716) 829-2979

mwang54@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Environmental exposure monitoring, air pollution modeling, health impacts of environmental exposures.

234A Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5341

Fax: (716) 829-2979

mwang54@buffalo.edu

Kim Griswold

Research Associate Professor

Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health