We conduct research across a wide range of areas, integrating approaches to public and community health, biostatistics, epidemiology, and computational biology to address critical problems affecting human health. Some examples of our on-going research projects are highlighted below.
Jonathan Haines, PhD, has been studying genetics and Alzheimer’s Disease for over 20 years and is researching the genetic factors that may or may not contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease in individuals 60 years of age or older.
The PQHS team is conducting research and/or advising on research in the areas of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease and multiple sclerosis, neurological conditions including epilepsy, ophthalmological conditions including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), age-related cataract and Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy (FECD), as well as several types of cancer and cancer precursors.
Dr. Satya Sahoo aims to characterize the role of brain connectivity in neurological disorders such as epilepsy using integrative graph models and highly scalable computational techniques.
For over two decades, Dr. Jonathan Haines has studied genetic factors that contribute to diseases of aging and “successful” aging in the Old Order Amish.
Dr. Erika Trapl uses a classical epidemiological approach to study what is both a health and social issue: the use of cigars, cigarillos, and little cigars (CCLC) by adolescents and young adults.
The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods and the Center for Reducing Health Disparities are actively studying how changes in the neighborhood food environment affect the health of a community.
Dr. Cathy Stein is a genetic epidemiologist who is conducting a study in Uganda to examine individuals that are presumed resistant to M. tuberculosis infection, also called RSTRs.
Dr. Daniel Tisch is an infectious diseases epidemiologist studying methods to eliminate lymphatic filariasis.