Key Collaborators

popkin Barry M. Popkin, Ph.D., W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition (PhD, agricultural economics) 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).
herringa Amy Herring, Sc.D., Professor, Biostatistics, collaborates with students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty members at UNC and other universities on research involving new statistical methods and innovative applications of statistics in public health and medicine. Long-standing research interests include environmental health science, reproductive epidemiology, maternal and child health, neonatology, and nutrition and obesity.
north_kari_2_2009 Kari North, Associate Professor, 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).
adair Linda Adair, Ph.D., Professor in 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 a Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Economics and is one of the CPC statistical advisors. He is interested in statistical problems associated with large survey data sets. His current work involves both domestic and international data sets.
aghoward Annie Green Howard, Clinical Assistant Professor, 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.
karen-mohlke-resized Karen Mohlke, Associate Professor, 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, 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.
 MayerDavisElizabeth Beth Mayer-Davis, Department Chair in Nutrition, Nutrition, has focused her career in the area of diabetes, including the epidemiology and natural history of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and adults. Her research addresses the many ways in which nutrition can impact on the risk for development of diabetes, and on the risk of complications of either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Other work involves translational research to develop, implement and evaluate interventions designed to facilitate improvement in diabetes self-management, metabolic status, and quality of life for individuals with type 2 diabetes who live in medically underserved communities. Dr. Mayer-Davis currently serves as the American Diabetes Association’s Vice President for Health Care and Education.
 imgres Daniel Rodriguez, Professor, City & Regional Planning, focuses his research on the relationship between transportation and the built environment. He has studied how the built environment affects the behavior of travelers, and how transportation investments can be used to stimulate re-development. His work is driven by practical problems and aims to inform planners and policy-makers.
 Song_Yan-300x206 Yan Song, Associate Professor, City & Regional Planning, is interested in low carbon and green cities, land use planning and scenarios, plan evaluation, land use regulations, spatial analysis of urban spatial structure and urban form, land use and transportation integration, and how to accommodate research in above fields by using planning supporting systems such as GIS and other computer-aided planning tools. Her current research projects also document evolution of China’s urban land and housing policies and urban spatial structure in the era of China’s transition toward a market economy.