Faculty

Primary Faculty

Tara Sabo-Attwood

Tara Sabo-Attwood

Associate Professor And Chair
Phone: (352) 294-5293

Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and a member of the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology and Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Her doctoral training was in the area of aquatic toxicology and she moved into environmental pulmonary pathology as an NIEHS postdoctoral fellow at the University of Vermont. Dr. Sabo-Attwood directs a laboratory group that investigates molecular mechanisms that drive various health impacts associated with environmental exposures to agents which include endocrine disruptors, mineral fibers, and nanomaterials. She is a National Academy of Science Kavli Fellow in Nanotoxicology and serves on a number of scientific boards including the International Academy of Sciences, is a member of the EPA Chartered Science Advisory Board and a Research Associate with the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program.

Her work in nanomaterials and other particulates (secondary organic aerosols) specifically spans toxicological assessments, primarily in a rodent model of influenza virus susceptibility and in aquatic vertebrates focused on nano-enabled applications relevant to improving water quality in aquaculture settings and understanding the impact that carbon-based materials (singly and in hybrid form with metals) have on growth and nutrient uptake in fish. Dr. Sabo-Attwood is also investigating chemical profiles present in water sources in developing nations, such as Haiti. Her most recent work has centered on understanding the connection between nature and wellness, utilizing ‘green space’ to improve health outcomes in an environmentally safe environment (optimal air quality). Her research is currently funded by NIH, NSF, and USDA.

Afsar Ali

Afsar Ali

Research Associate Professor

Afsar Ali, Ph.D. was born and raised in Bangladesh where he obtained his BS in Soil Microbiology and MS in Microbiology with honors from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Following his academic achievement, he joined in International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B), a world class research Institution in the world involving research on diarrheal pathogens.

In 1990, Dr. Ali was accepted as a graduate student with full scholarship in the Department of Microbiology in the University of Microbiology where he obtained MS in Enteric Microbiology. He then obtained his Ph.D. in molecular biology/biotechnology from Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES) program from the same University. Later, He joined as an Instructor in the department of epidemiology in the school of Medicine in the University of Maryland at Baltimore where he was later promoted to Assistant Professor. On July 1, 2008, Dr. Ali moved to University of Florida where he has been working as a Research Associate Professor in the department of environmental and global Health in the School of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP), and in Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI).

Dr. Ali’s research work has resulted in many publications published in diverse peer reviewed journals, including Science, Nature Microbiology, mBIO, Emerging Infectious diseases (EID), Nature Scientific reports and ASM journals.

Joseph H Bisesi, Jr

Joseph H Bisesi, Jr

Assistant Professor & PhD/MHS Direc
Phone: (352) 294-4703

Dr. Joseph Bisesi is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and a member of the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology and the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from Clemson University in 2005, 2007, and 2011, respectively. He then completed his post-doc at the University of Florida, where he studied molecular toxicology. Dr. Bisesi then joined the Department of Environmental and Global Health in 2014. In addition to his teaching and research program, Dr. Bisesi currently serves as the program director for Ph.D. and Masters programs.

Dr. Bisesi’s training is grounded in environmental toxicology with a focus on studying the effects of waterborne toxicants in humans and aquatic organisms. His dissertation research was focused on understanding the impacts of antidepressants on the brain biochemistry and feeding behavior of aquatic organisms. Additional training in the examination of molecular mechanisms of toxicants in mammalian and fish models allows Dr. Bisesi to work across human health toxicology and ecotoxicology to address complex public and environmental health issues related to environmental contaminants. Dr. Bisesi’s current research program is focused on elucidating the effects and toxic mechanisms of numerous emerging contaminates, including nanomaterials, plasticizers, and pharmaceuticals as well as legacy contaminants of concern including pesticides and heavy metals. Much of his research is focused on the gastrointestinal system, which is an understudied target of chemical contaminants. His research has been published in numerous high impact environmental journals including Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and Environmental Science: Nano. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Bisesi current projects include: probing the contributions of phthalate plasticizers to the obesity epidemic using zebrafish as a model, examining the desorption behavior of pharmaceuticals and pesticides bound to carbon nanomaterials in fish gastrointestinal systems, and exploring the impacts of heavy metals to aquatic organisms under varying pulsed exposure and water quality conditions, and examining the presence and impacts of environmental toxicants in developing countries including Haiti and Zambia.

Amy Blue

Amy Blue

ASO VICE PRESIDENT & CLIN PROF
Phone: (352) 273-8477

Amy Blue, PhD, is the associate dean for educational affairs at the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions, and associate vice president for interprofessional education in the UF Health Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs. She is also a clinical professor in the PHHP Department of Environmental and Global Health. Dr. Blue holds a doctorate in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University and completed a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Post-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky. Following completion of her fellowship, she joined the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Dean’s Office and Department of Surgery as an assistant professor and medical educator. In 1998, Dr. Blue moved to the Medical University of South Carolina where she served as the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Evaluation in the MUSC College of Medicine, and advanced to Professor, Family Medicine. In 2007, Dr. Blue was promoted to Assistant Provost for Education at MUSC. In that role, she established and directed the university’s interprofessional education program, Creating Collaborative Care. Dr. Blue has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications regarding medical and interprofessional education. Her educational research interests have included measures of professionalism in medical students, funded by the National Board of Medical Examiners, and assessment and evaluation practices, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has served in national leadership roles, including chair of The Generalists in Medical Education, chair of the Southern Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and was a founding member of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. Dr. Blue has been elected as a faculty member to the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha, holds honorary membership to the National Pharmacy Leadership Society, Phi Lambda Sigma, and membership to the public health honorary society, Delta Omega. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Interprofessional Care and the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice. Dr. Blue served as a member of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel that wrote the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Report in 2011. In 2013, she was elected Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice, Dentistry Academy. In 2018, she was awarded the Association of American Medical Colleges Southern Group on Educational Affairs Career Educator award for sustained excellence in educational leadership and scholarship. Most recently, she was selected to be a public member of the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Ilaria Capua

Ilaria Capua

PROF
Phone: (352) 392-1981

https://ilariacapua.org/

Eric S Coker

Eric S Coker

Clinical Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 273-9188

Eric S. Coker, MS, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health. He received a B.S. in Environmental Health Science from the University of Washington in 2006, an MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Exposure Science from the University of Washington in 2009, an MS in Global Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco in 2011, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from Oregon State University in 2016. After his Ph.D. work, Dr. Coker spent one year as an Environmental Epidemiologist at the New Mexico Department of Health, and two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley in Global Health and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology. Dr. Coker joined the Department of Environmental and Global Health at the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor in the summer of 2018.

Dr. Coker’s research interests are at the intersection of social determinants of health, population susceptibility, and environmental chemical exposures, and investigating how these factors combine to cause health effects and drive health disparities in maternal and child health. He is particularly interested in studying populations in urban environments; where numerous social and health inequalities coexist and where people are simultaneously exposed to multiple environmental stressors throughout the life-course. Dr. Coker brings together his expertise in epidemiology, environmental health and exposure science, advanced biostatistical methods, and spatial and field epidemiology to pursue environmental epidemiology studies domestically in the U.S. and internationally (e.g., East Africa). His research has focused on the health and developmental effects from prenatal exposure to air pollution mixtures and chemical pesticide mixtures, as well as joint exposure to the built environment, social deprivation, and air pollution.

Andy Kane

Andy Kane

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 273-9090

My research program focuses on environmental and public health issues involving the human interface with aquatic and marine systems. Transdisciplinary collaboration and a community-based approach facilitate examination contaminant and water quality stressors on biota and host/pathogen interactions. Recent efforts have focused on behavioral toxicology, seafood safety in the Gulf of Mexico following DWH, oyster resource restoration and community-based science in Gulf coast communities, and health and safety of Gulf seafood workers. Additional interests include coastal oyster and clam aquaculture, water conservation and reuse, environmental reservoirs of non-tuberculous mycobacteria, teaching and scientific communication.

John Lednicky

John Lednicky

Research Professor
Phone: (352) 273-9204

John Lednicky has BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Microbiology. After graduation with a BS degree, he worked as a clinical microbiology technician and attained two professional certifications: M(ASCP) and RM(NRCM). For both certifications, his specialty areas were in bacteriology and mycology. Thereafter, he worked with Staphylococcus aureus for his MS degree, and had planned on pursuing a PhD in biochemical physics. Instead, he studied transcription regulation by transcription factor SP1 in a macaque polyomavirus (SV40) model for his PhD work.

Prior to joining the University of Florida, Dr. Lednicky was an assistant professor of pathology at the Loyola Medical Center in Illinois. He then worked in industry, where he engaged in biodefense-related work, aerobiology related to inhalation exposure studies in small animal models, various projects with avian influenza H5N1 and other influenza viruses, and the production of biodiesel from alga.

Dr. Lednicky’s current research focus areas at UF are: (a) aerovirology, (b) virus discovery, (c) virus surveillance with emphasis on arthropod-borne viruses, and (d) influenza virus studies. His laboratory discovered Rhinovirus C-51 and a unique variant of Human polyomavirus 9, and was the first to detect Zika and Mayaro viruses in Haitians. More recently, his laboratory was the first in the world to discover Madariaga and Keystone viruses in humans. His laboratory is also involved with the isolation of viruses that are causing lethal infections in farmed deer of Florida.

Song Liang

Song Liang

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 273-9203

Dr. Song Liang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health, and Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida. He received a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Zoology from Southwest University in 1989 and 1992 in China, and went on to study at the University of California at Berkeley where he received a M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences in 1999 and his PhD in 2003.

Dr. Liang’s research interests include epidemiology, ecology, risk assessment of environmentally-mediated infectious diseases, and human health impact of environmental and climate change. Over the past 15 years, he has been studying socio-environmental determinants and control of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) related neglected tropical diseases (e.g. schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis) through both empirical and mechanistic approaches. More recently, his work has expanded to understand human exposure to water/foodborne pathogens (e.g. Campylobacter spp.) and associated infection and disease risks in the settings of low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Dr. Liang has received funding from NIH, NSF, USAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) etc. to conduct research work on these areas. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles in journals including the Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of USA (PNAS), Bulletin of World Health Organization (BWHO), PLoS Medicine/NTDs, and Nature Climate Change. Dr. Liang currently serves as an adviser to the World Health Organization’s Guidelines Development Group (GDG) on control and elimination of schistosomiasis.

Anthony T Maurelli

Anthony T Maurelli

Associate Chair And Professor
Phone: (352) 294-5029

Anthony T. Maurelli, Ph.D. is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Environmental and Global Health. He received a B.S. in Biology from Villanova University, Villanova, PA in May, 1974. He received a Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology in June 1983, from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Birmingham, AL under the direction of Dr. Roy Curtiss III. After his Ph.D. work, Dr. Maurelli spent three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Chargé de Recherche with Prof. Philippe Sansonetti in the Service des Entérobactéries at the Institut Pasteur, Paris, France.

In 1986, Dr. Maurelli accepted a position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD. He was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in 1992 and then to Professor in 1999. He held joint appointments as graduate faculty in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Emerging Infectious Diseases Graduate programs. Dr. Maurelli joined the Department of Environmental and Global Health, College of Public Health and Health Professions, and the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI), University of Florida in January 2016. He is also affiliate graduate faculty of the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Department of the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Maurelli is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Academy of Microbiology. He recently completed service as Secretary-Treasurer of the Chlamydia Basic Research Society and Mini-reviews Editor for Infection and Immunity. Dr. Maurelli directs an active, NIH-funded basic research program in his laboratory at the EPI in Gainesville and the UF-EPI Haiti Labs in Gressier and Baradères, Haiti. He has had continuous funding from the NIH for over 20 years.

Sarah L McKune

Sarah L McKune

RES AST PROF
Phone: (352) 273-9449

Sarah L. McKune, MPH, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health and the Center for African Studies. She holds a B.A. in French and Sociology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., and earned a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University in 2002. She completed a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida’s School for Natural Resources and the Environment in 2012 and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow for a collaborative effort between UF and the CGIAR’s collaborative research program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS).

Dr. McKune joined PHHP in 2013 as the Director of Public Health Programs, a position from which she ran the campus and online MPH and Public Health Certificate programs for the College. In 2016, she joined the Department of Environmental and Global Health in a joint appointment with the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. She is affiliate faculty in the School for Natural Resources and the Environment and advises students from a variety of units across campus, including Sustainable Development, Anthropology, Food and Resource Economics, Medical Geography, and Sociology, as well as those operated by EGH, including Public Health and One Health.

Eric J Nelson

Eric J Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

AST PROF
Phone: (352) 294-8536

Dr. Nelson is a pediatric hospitalist and sees patients at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Board-certified in pediatrics, Dr. Nelson earned his medical degree from Tufts University. He then completed a pediatric residency at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University followed by a pediatric global health fellowship from Stanford. 

Dr. Nelson is currently on faculty at the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute and is an Assistant Professor with the UF Department of Pediatrics. Prior to joining UF in 2016, Dr. Nelson served as Pediatric Global Health Physician Scientist and Instructor for the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stanford University.

Dr. Nelson enjoys spending time with his family, playing the cello, sailing and playing soccer.

Bernard A Okech

Bernard A Okech

Research Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 273-5254

Dr. Okech has a bachelors degree in zoology, a masters degree in parasitology and a PhD in medical entomology. His research career started at the National Museums of Kenya where he studied parasites in birds and the at the University of Nairobi where he studied poultry helminthiasis. At the Center for Biotechnology and Research Development in KEMRI, he conducted research on leishmaniasis in a rodent model. For his doctoral work, he conducted extensive research on environmental factors affecting the development of malaria parasites in the mosquito. He continues in the field of vector borne disease research to date. He has extensive field experience in Africa and the Caribbean. In his spare time, Dr. Okech paints, plays the Ukulele and fixes old electronic equipment.

Elizabeth A Wood

Elizabeth A Wood

PRG DIR & CLIN AST PROF
Phone: (352) 294-8549

Elizabeth Wood, DHS is a Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and, also, serves as the Bachelors of Public Health Director. She received her B.A. in Religion, with an emphasis on Islamic Studies, from the University of Florida in 2010, and an MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2012 from the University of Florida. She went on to complete her DHS in Global Health at Nova Southeastern University in 2016.

Dr. Wood has a vast variety of research interests that include integrating gender and nutrition within agriculture extension services, how gender-based violence contributes to child development in rural Tajikistan, and the relationship between access to clean water and reproductive health in Haitian women. She has also collaborated with academic institutions abroad to build public health workforce capacity, as well as developed the first ever undergraduate study abroad program in Haiti at the University of Florida.

Affiliate Faculty

Name College/Institute Contact
Bagamian, Karoun, PhD Bagamian Scientific Consulting karoun@bagamiansci.com
Bardosh, Kevin, PhD UF Anthropology and Emerging Pathogens kevinbardosh@ufl.edu
Brown, Mary, PhD UF College of Veterinary Medicine mbbrown@ufl.edu
Havelaar, Arie, PhD UF Department of Animal Sciences ariehavelaar@ufl.edu
Johnson, Judith, PhD UF College of Medicine jajohnson@pathology.ufl.edu
Lauzardo, Michael, MD UF College of Medicine mike.lauzardo@medicine.ufl.edu
Morris, John Glenn, MD UF College of Medicine jgmorris@epi.ufl.edu
Petroze, Robin, MD, MPH UF College of Medicine robin.Petroze@surgery.ufl.edu
Ryan, Sadie Jane PhD UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sjryan@epi.ufl.edu
Vittor, Amy MD, PhD UF College of Medicine amy.vittor@medicine.ufl.edu
Wisely, Samantha, PhD UF Wildlife Ecology & Conservation wisely@ufl.edu

Courtesy Faculty

 Name College/Institute Phone                  
Blackmore, Carina, DVM, PhD Florida Department of Health (850) 245-4732
Clark, Gary, PhD CMAVE, ARS, USDA (352) 374-5910
Evans, Andrew J., PhD, PE Retired, UF College of Environmental Engineering  
Focks, Dana A. PhD Retired, UF Dept. of Environmental and Global Health  
Fukuda, Mark, MD Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (301) 319-3297
Gibbs, E. Paul, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS Retired, UF College of Veterinary Medicine (352) 294-4182
Keith, Bahareh, D.O. UF College of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine (352) 273-5400
Hernandez, Jorge A. PhD, MPVM, DVM UF CVM Large Animal Clinical Sciences (352) 392-2212 x1-4105
Higgins, Charles, CAPT, MS National Park Service Office of Public Health (202) 513-7217
Isaza, Ramiro, DVM, MS, MPH UF College of Veterinary Medicine (352) 392-2235 x5743
Lyons, Arthur, PhD, MD, COL, MC Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (301) 319-9021
Pulliam, Juliet, PhD UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (352) 273-6684
Psychas, Paul, MD UF Health Family Medicine – Eastside (352) 265-7015
Redden, Edsel, MS HPNP 2149 (386) 937-3229
Robbins, Deanna S. PhD Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (352) 376-1611 x5222
Schoepp, Randal, PhD US Army Medical Institute of Infectious Diseases (301) 619-4159
Stuchal, Leah, PhD CEHT-Building 471, Room 2 (352) 294-4641
Vulpe, Christopher, PhD, MD UF College of Veterinary Medicine (352) 294-4010
Waltzek, Thomas, PhD, DVM UF College of Veterinary Medicine (352) 273-5202