Key Collaborators

aghoward Annie Green Howard, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, is a post-doctoral researcher who works with missing data, longitudinal and correlated data, structural equation models, and whose research interests include cardiovascular disease and global health.
north_kari_2_2009 Kari North, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Epidemiology, primarily focuses her research on identifying the genetic and environmental influences of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its risk factors, including obesity, dyslipidemia, and hypertension. Dr. North participates in several national NIH-sponsored epidemiological studies including the Family Heart Study (coronary heart disease), the HyperGEN study (hypertension), and the Strong Heart Family Study (CVD).

Christy Avery, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Epidemiology, specializes in cardiovascular epidemiology. Her specific research areas include  genetic epidemiology, pharmacogenomics, and translation-oriented methods to assess the burden of cardiovascular diseases in diverse populations. She also teaches graduate courses on epidemiologic data analysis and population burden measures in cardiovascular disease epidemiology.

Misa Graff, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor who specializes in the genetics of obesity and cardiovascular disease risk traits, with an overarching goal of integrating understanding of both genetic and environmental risk factors for disease, particularly among minority populations.
Allison E. Aiello, Ph.D., is Professor of Epidemiology, Director of the Graduate Studies Committee, and a Carolina Population Center Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Aiello also serves as co-director of the Biosocial Training Program and as an adjunct faculty member at UNC’s School of Medicine.
Sean Sylvia, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. As a health and development economist, Dr. Sylvia’s research focuses on designing and evaluating innovative approaches to improve the delivery of health services in developing countries. In past and ongoing projects, he has studied the design of performance-based incentives for providers, the implementation of school-based health and nutrition programs, community health worker interventions to improve early childhood health and development, and the measurement of and interventions to improve the quality of primary care in low-resource settings.
Michael R. Kosorok, Ph.D., is W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics and Professor of Statistics and Operations Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. His research expertise is in biostatistics, data science, machine learning and precision medicine, and he has written a major text on the theoretical foundations of these and related areas in biostatistics (Kosorok, 2008, Springer) as well as co-edited (with Erica E. M. Moodie, 2016, ASA-SIAM) a research monograph on dynamic treatment regimes and precision medicine.
Danyu Lin, Ph.D., is the Dennis Gillings Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics, a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and a member of the Center for AIDS Research. Dr. Lin has made many fundamental contributions to statistical methods for the designs and analysis of biomedical studies, especially in the areas of survival analysis and statistical genetics. Several of his methods have been incorporated into commercial software packages and commonly used in biomedical studies. Dr. Lin has extensive applied research experience in cancer, AIDS, psychiatry and cardiovascular diseases.
Anthony Fodor, Ph.D., is is a Professor in the Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition to participating in numerous studies that have linked the state of the human microbial community to health and disease, Dr,. Fodor was a member of the data analysis team analyzing 16S rRNA data generated from the Human Microbiome Project and, more recently, the Microbiome Quality Control Project.  His research interests include algorithm development and pipeline automation in the service of establishing robust techniques for reproducible meta-analyses.
Shufa Du, MD, Ph.D., is a Nutritional Epidemiologist interested in how underlying factors (education, Income, and genetics) affect dietary behaviors and physical activity/inactivity and in turn health outcomes (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity). His expertise spans medical, dietary, and cardiometabolic arenas. As the project director and an investigator, Dr. Du has been working on an international collaborative cohort study, the China Health and Nutrition Survey, and serving as a mentor on an NIH Fogarty training project, Nutrition-Related Non-communicable Diseases Prevention Training in China. Dr. Du has a long-term collaborative relationship with the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which serves as one of the host institutions for students’ global fieldwork internships.
popkin Barry M. Popkin, Ph.D., W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, established the Division of Nutrition Epidemiology at UNC and has an extensive portfolio of obesity epidemiology research spanning the globe. He studies the dynamic shifts in dietary intake and physical activity patterns and trends and obesity and other nutrition-related diseases, and his research program focuses globally on understanding the shifts in stages of the transition and programs and policies to improve the population health linked with this transition (see for more information).
adair Linda Adair, Ph.D., Professor of Nutrition, is a biological anthropologist interested in factors influencing the health and nutrition of women, infants, and children in developing countries. Adair focuses on the long term health and functional consequences of early child nutrition.
guilkey David Guilkey, Ph.D., is Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Economics and one of the CPC ‘sstatistical advisors. He is interested in statistical problems associated with large survey data sets. His current work involves both domestic and international data sets.
karen-mohlke-resized Karen Mohlke, Associate Professor of Genetics, works to identify genetic variants and genes that influence common human traits with complex inheritance patterns, seeking to understand the biological function of the identified variants and genes. Currently, she and her lab are investigating susceptibility to type 2 diabetes and obesity, as well as variability in cholesterol levels, blood pressure, body size, weight gain and early growth.
althomps Amanda Thompson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology, is a biological anthropologist specializing in human growth and nutrition. Her research combines biocultural and public health approaches to examine how the physiology of human growth and development is shaped by environmental factors, maternal-infant interaction and feeding practices in early life and the lasting impacts of this early environment on health and reproductive well-being throughout the lifespan.