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Editorial Board


Travis Sanchez, DVM, MPH

Professor of Epidemiology, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, USA

Research Focus

Travis Sanchez's research interests include: disease surveillance evaluation, HIV/AIDS prevention, infectious disease, public health practice and sexual health/behavior


Dr. Sanchez received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1994. After a veterinary internship at North Carolina State University, Dr. Sanchez practiced as an emergency veterinarian in the Metro Atlanta area until he returned to the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and received his Master of Public Health degree in International Health and Epidemiology in 2000. Dr. Sanchez began his public health career working for the Georgia Division of Public Health in the notifiable diseases epidemiology section and coordinated the state’s district epidemiologist program. He came to CDC in 2001 and worked for the Surveillance Branch in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and later for the newly created Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch (BCSB) as a project officer for the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System. In 2005, he became BCSB’s Associate Chief for Science and served for extended periods as an Acting Team Leader and the Acting Branch Chief for BCSB. Dr. Sanchez participated in CDC’s IETA program in Vietnam in 2005 and worked closely with CDC’s Associate Director for Science in 2007 during a training detail. From 2008-2009 he was the Chief of the Epidemiology and Strategic Information Branch of the CDC-South Africa Office. From 2009-2011, Dr. Sanchez served as the Associate Chief for Science in the HIV Epidemiology Branch at CDC. In 2011 he took an associate professor appointment with the Rollins School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology.

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Kirti Sundar Sahu, PhD

Senior Data Analyst, Canadian Red Cross, Canada

Research Focus

Data Analyst, health informatics, health economics, health policy, population health informatics


Dr. Kirti, a healthcare professional by training, earned his Ph.D. in Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, Canada. With over 10 years of academic experience in the healthcare domain, he serves as a seasoned Senior Data Analyst at the Canadian Red Cross. Dr. Kirti leverages his expertise to provide data-driven insights, proficiently using tools such as Microsoft Azure, Databricks, Google BigQuery, GCP, Python, R, SQL, QGIS, ArcGIS, and data visualization. He specializes in handling Bigdata including data from the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable data, reinforced by his Google Data Analytics certification. His extensive research and project management background make him a valuable asset for organizations seeking data-driven solutions.

Yuvaraj Krishnamoorthy, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, ESIC Medical College & Hospital, Chennai, India

Research Focus

Yuvaraj Krishnamoorthy is a public health researcher whose main research interests include evidence synthesis, health economics, health policy and systems research and non-communicable disease epidemiology.


Dr. Krishnamoorthy received a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Community Medicine from the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, India. After post graduation, Dr Krishnamoorthy has completed Senior Residency at JIPMER. Dr. Krishnamoorthy is currently working as Assistant Professor under Department of Community Medicine at ESIC Medical College & Hospital, Chennai, India, where he is leading several government funded health system research projects.

Tsz Ho Kwan, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Research Focus

Dr. Kwan’s research interests include infectious diseases epidemiology, HIV/STI prevention clinical trials, digital health interventions, social network, bioinformatics, machine learning, and legal epidemiology.


Dr. Kwan earned his PhD in public health at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also received a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. His research work spans from using molecular and network approaches for understanding infectious disease transmission dynamics to conducting clinical trials using drugs, vaccines, and digital innovations for HIV/STI prevention in the MSM community. He is a member of the Hong Kong Advisory Council on AIDS. Dr. Kwan is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, and S.H. Ho Research Centre for Infectious Diseases at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in where he oversees multiple infectious diseases surveillance and intervention research projects.

Onicio B. Leal Neto, BSc, MPH, PhD

Senior Researcher at Department of Computer Science, ETH Zurich

Research Focus

Digital epidemiology, social epidemiology, data science, digital health


Onicio B. Leal-Neto is biomedical scientist, holds a master degree and PhD in Public Health and Epidemiology. He is senior researcher at the Department of Computer Science, ETH Zürich. He is also consultant for digital innovations at Ending Pandemics (California) and Digital Health Expert at Singularity University. Leal-Neto's research focuses on health innovation and the application of technologies in managing epidemics and pandemics. He skillfully integrates crowdsourcing, wearables, data science, and machine learning in his work, with a global reach that includes countries like Malawi, Kenya, and Ivory Coast. His proficiency in health technologies has been sought after by prominent organizations such as UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank, and various governments. In addition to his academic and consulting roles, Leal-Neto is also an entrepreneur. He founded the startup Epitrack, which successfully sold in 2021, marking a significant milestone in his career. His diverse roles and achievements showcase a deep commitment to advancing public health through technological innovation.

Duygu Islek Yaras, MD, MPH, PhD

Post-doctoral fellow at Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, USA

Research focus

Dr. Islek’s research interests include, HIV prevention, cardio-metabolic disease epidemiology, health inequalities and global health.


Currently, Dr. Duygu Islek Yaras is a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Epidemiology, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. Her research focuses on association between HIV prevention and comorbidities in sexual minority populations. She has an MD from Ege University and an MPH from Dokuz Eylul University. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from Emory University. She worked as a Prevention Effectiveness fellow at the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention at the CDC. Prior to her PhD, she worked as a research associate at the University of Liverpool where she worked on modelling the impact of health policy scenarios on future heart disease. She has a continuing collaboration with Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health as a Bernard Lown scholar at Cardiovascular Health, and she is a fellow of The International Society of Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention (ISCEP).

Christos D Argyropoulos, MSci Ch Eng, MSc, MSc, PhD, DIC

Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, European University Cyprus

Research Focus

Dr. Christos D. Argyropoulos research interests based on the importance of multidisciplinary. In general, he deals with critical and complex issues at the interface of public health and engineering. More specifically his research interests include: public health communication, occupational health and safety, public health preparedness, environmental health, one health, air pollution, healthcare risk management and health policy.


Dr. Christos Argyropoulos is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Risk Assessment and Public Health at the School of Medicine, European University Cyprus. He holds an Integrated Master’s degree (5-years) in Chemical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens in 2006. He also received two Master's degrees (MSc.) in "Computational Mechanics" and "Mathematical Modelling in Modern Technologies and Financial Engineering" from the same university in 2008 and 2010, respectively. He earned his D.I.C. and Ph.D. in Computational Fluid Dynamics from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London in 2015.

Akshaya Bhagavathula, PharmD, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Department of Public Health, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA

Research Focus

Dr. Akshaya’s research interest include Infodemiology, Digital Epidemiology, Bigdata analytics, epidemiology, Biostatistics


Dr. Akshaya has over a decade of experience working in clinical epidemiology and digital health in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Europe. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at North Dakota State University in the United States. Since 2013, Dr. Bhagavathula has worked as a frontline health worker and field epidemiologist in more than two dozen countries with international health organizations. Dr. Bhagavathula has also co-authored over 200 research publications and designed large scale cohorts and registries.

William C. Goedel, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health, United States

Research Focus

Dr. Goedel's primary area of interest is highly aligned with the "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Applications in Public Health and Spatial Epidemiology" section.


William C. Goedel, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health. He is a social epidemiologist whose work aims to understand how the distribution of power and privilege in society shapes the conditions of neighborhoods and how these neighborhoods, in turn, shape the health of residents and visitors. His work seeks to identify geographic areas that are disproportionately impacted by a range of public health issues yet are underserved by current public health efforts as a means of advancing health for all communities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in global public health from New York University's College of Global Public Health and a Doctor of Philosophy in epidemiology from Brown University's School of Public Health. 

Xiangwei Li, PhD

Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, China
Research Focus

Dr. Xiangwei Li's area of interest are Aging and geriatric epidemiology and infectious disease epidemiology, including frailty, HIV/STI prevention, and tuberculosis. 


Xiangwei Li is a principle investigator and professor at the School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, specializing in epidemiological and molecular epidemiological research, with a particular focus on aging and elderly health, and infectious diseases. Prior to joining the School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Xiangwei Li worked at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College and the German Cancer Research Center, where he gained extensive experience in the field of epidemiology and medical research.

Naser Alsharairi, PhD

Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith University, Australia

Research Focus

Digital epidemiology, electronic public health interventions, maternal and child health, social determinants of health, theories of behaviour and behaviour change, health policy, polyphenols/flavonoids and human health, gut microbiota in health and disease, longitudinal data analysis.


Dr. Alsharairi, an experienced research fellow, earned his Ph.D. in Public Health at Griffith University, Australia. He served as an adjunct research fellow for the Health, Mind and Body research group at Griffith university from 2017 to 2021. He is currently served as an Associate Editor of Public Health Nutrition, in addition to serving as an advisory board member of other journals.

Zhiyuan Wu, MPH, PhD

Post-doctoral fellow at Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

Research Focus

Dr. Wu research interests include nutrition health and cardio-metabolic disease epidemiology leveraging cohort data and multi-omics data.


Currently, Dr. Wu is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research focuses on identification of risk factors and biomarkers utilizing cohort data and omics platforms. Dr. Wu received an MPH from Capital Medical University. He received his PhD in Epidemiology from Capital Medical University and Edith Cowan University. He is a member of Global Health Epidemiology Research Group and International Society of Global Health and co-leads several government funded research projects aming to promote cardio-metabolic health.

Amin Nakhostin-Ansari, MD, MPH

Research fellow, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Research Focus

Dr. Nakhostin-Ansari’s research interests include public health, preventive medicine, internal medicine, epidemiology, non-communicable diseases, and health professions education.


Dr. Nakhostin-Ansari earned his MD-MPH degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2020 and has since served as a research fellow there. As a co-founder of PEAK Research, he is dedicated to teaching research principles to students in the health professions and has mentored numerous junior researchers and students throughout his career. His research during the COVID-19 pandemic focused on public health practices and the impact of the pandemic on population health. Additionally, he has conducted extensive studies on the epidemiology, burden, and risk factors of non-communicable diseases at both national and international levels.

George Jó Bezerra Sousa, PhD

Technical consultant, Brazilian Health Ministry

Research Focus

George Sousa is an epidemiologist whose interests include data analysis from national health systems, Infectious disease epidemiology, focusing on tuberculosis, HIV, and leprosy (Hansen’s Disease), data analysis, mostly time series, and spatial analysis.


Dr. George Sousa currently serves the Brazilian Health Ministry at the General Coordination of Hansen’s Disease Surveillance and Eliminating Diseases. His main roles include time series and spatial data analysis, mathematical models, training, and education. Also, he collaborates with the Ceará State University as a co-advisor of graduate students and is a Professor of data analysis and introduction to spatial analysis. Previously, he supervised health professionals in the infectious disease residence for their scientific and research methodology training and was part of the Ethics Research Board of the Ceará State University.

Yuan Fang, PhD

Researcher, Department of Public Health, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Research Focus

Dr. Yuan Fang primary research interests are the determinants of maternal and child health, understanding how parents, children, their families, and the broader environment impact their health and well-being. Additionally, she is also interested in the effect evaluation of interventions in “real-world” settings. 


Dr. Yuan Fang, currently doing her postdoctoral research in the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. She holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine, a master’s degree in epidemiology and statistics, a PhD degree in public health.  Dr. Fang have acquired a broad research experience that spans different aspects, including medicine, epidemiology, public health, and psychology. 

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Edward Mensah, PhD, MPhil

Editor-in-Chief, Online Journal of Public Health Informatics; University of Illinois at Chicago, United States

Research Focus

Professor Mensah was the principal investigator of the federally funded health information exchange program for the State of Illinois and has served as a visiting scholar in economics at the University of Chicago. His areas of research include health economics and policy, public health informatics, health services research, and eHealth valuation. He has published over 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals.


Edward Mensah is the Founding Director Emeritus of the graduate public health informatics program at UIC and a founding member of the health informatics and information technology session (HIIT) of the American Public Health Association (APHA). He has served as a subject matter expert in the development of value propositions for public health informatics projects at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Professor Mensah is the founding editor of the Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, a visiting professor (measurement of wellbeing) at the Department of business economics at the University of Lille (France) and an external examiner at The University of Cape Coast (Ghana).

Patrick Sullivan, PhD, DVM

Professor of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, USA

Research Focus

Patrick Sullivan is currently the PI of NIH-supported research grants to explain black/white disparities in HIV among MSM, to develop improved methods for online HIV prevention studies, and to pilot a couples-focused HIV prevention intervention for MSM. He also serves as Co-Director of the Emory CFAR's Prevention Sciences Core.


Dr. Sullivan has 17 years of experience in HIV epidemiology, prevention, and behavioral surveillance in the United States and in international settings. He worked in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 12 years, including service as a Branch Chief and Acting Deputy Division Director in the Division of HIV AIDS Prevention. He also has experience in design and oversight of biomedical prevention trials, having served as the Associate Director of Scientific Support for the NIH-funded HIV Vaccine Trials Network, where he was responsible for overseeing the development of HIV vaccine trial sites in developing countries, including African countries.