Travis Sanchez, DVM, MPH
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, USA
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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Stefan Baral, MD FRCPC CCFP
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
Stefan Baral's focus includes assessing the coverage of HIV prevention, treatment, and care services for key populations; metrics to track progress on stigma and data utilization assessment and optimization, and implementation of research methods to optimize the effectiveness of HIV prevention, treatment, and care programs.
Stefan Baral is an Associate Professor and the director of the Key Populations Program (KPP) in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He focuses on using the scientific tools of public health to address the health and rights of marginalized populations in the HIV response. Dr. Baral completed his certification as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada focused on Community Medicine, with advanced training in infectious diseases and public health practice.
Heather Bradley, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA
Heather Bradley is an epidemiologist whose main research interests include HIV prevention and treatment outcomes, surveillance methodology, and the intersection of infectious diseases with the US opioid epidemic.
Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia State, Dr. Bradley worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in various divisions, including the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and the Division of STD Prevention. From 2016-2018, she was the Associate Chief for Science for the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, where she oversaw the training and research of more than 50 epidemiologists in the Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch. She received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2009.
Dr. Bradley also worked as a senior research associate for the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health from 2005 to 2010. During that time, she managed a multi-site research study evaluating the integration of family planning and voluntary HIV counseling and testing services in Ethiopia.
John Brownstein, PhD
Harvard Medical School, USA
Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston, USA
John Brownstein was trained as an epidemiologist at Yale University. Overall, his research agenda aims to have translation impact on the surveillance, control and prevention of disease. He has been at the forefront of the development and application of public health surveillance including HealthMap.org, an internet-based global infectious disease intelligence system. The system is in use by over a million people a year including the CDC, WHO, DHS, DOD, HHS, and EU, and has been recognized by the National Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. Dr. Brownstein has advised the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House on real-time public health surveillance.
Ziad El-Khatib, PhD
Associate Professor, Global Health, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Epidemiologist, Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Austria
Dr. El-Khatib focuses on epidemiology, implementation science, interventions evaluation, infectious diseases, immunization, NCDs and research capacity building.
Dr. El-Khatib received his PhD in epidemiology and global health at the Karolinska Institute (in collaboration with Stanford University and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Johannesburg). He has worked and served in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East as an epidemiologist. He did his postdoc in cancer epidemiology at McGill University, which included establishing a clinical trial to look at additional benefits for HPV vaccines. Currently, Dr. El-Khatib is an epidemiologist at the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety and he is an associate professor in global health at the Karolinska Institute.
Mircea Focsa, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara, Romania
Mircea Focsa is a medical doctor and specialist in public health and healthcare management. His great attraction to the IT domain lead his research to fields like database and knowledge management, bio-signals and image processing, biostatistics, and medical ontology. He earned hi PhD in medical informatics and was involved as member or team leader in several European and national research projects related to EHR systems (QREC, EHR-QTN, epSOS). He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Medical Informatics at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara and recently became an Expert Evaluator of the European Commission for eHealth Projects.
Amy Lansky, PhD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy, USA
Amy Lansky’s research focus includes HIV prevention, design and implementation of surveillance for HIV, reproductive health, and substance use outcomes. She has published on issues such as HIV risk among people who inject drugs, sampling methods for reaching high-risk populations, uptake of HIV prevention guidelines, and HIV testing behaviors.
Amy Lansky serves as the Senior Advisor for Strategy in CDC’s Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy. In this role, she provides consultation and technical assistance to CDC programs in developing new initiatives and strategies. Prior to this role, she served in the Obama Administration as Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy and as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Dr. Lansky served as Deputy Director for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Science in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at CDC for more than six years.
Ali Mokdad, PhD, BS
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), USA
Ali Mokdad's research interests include survey methodology, health surveys, surveillance, chronic diseases, and emergency and response.
Dr. Ali Mokdad leads the survey and surveillance activities at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Prior to joining IHME, Dr. Mokdad worked at the CDC, starting his career there in 1990. He served in numerous positions with the International Health Program; the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity; the National Immunization Program; and the National Center for Chronic Diseases Prevention and Promotion, where he was Chief of the Behavioral Surveillance Branch.
Patrick Sullivan, PhD/DVM
Emory University/Rollins School of Public Health, USA
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.
Kirti Sundar Sahu, PhD
Senior Data Analyst, Canadian Red Cross, Canada
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
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.
Yuvaraj 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.