Faculty & Staff
Our Global Infectious Disease faculty have a wealth of experience in global health, policy, epidemiology, modeling, and other elements of infectious disease research and practice. Take a look at some of their current research and projects.
Note to PhD prospects: Not all faculty take PhD students. Please reach out to individual faculty members to ascertain whether they are open to new PhD students.
Shweta Bansal, Ph.D.
Dr. Shweta Bansal’s laboratory focuses on the social interactions that facilitate infectious disease transmission between hosts. The goal is to understand how social behavior and population structure shape infectious disease transmission and how knowledge of such processes can improve disease surveillance and control.
Ellen P. Carlin, D.V.M.
Assistant Research Professor; Program Director, GLID MS
Dr. Ellen Carlin’s research interests are in the epidemiology of emerging infections with a focus on zoonoses. She also works on domestic and global policy analyses, studying the adequacy and impacts of policies, statutes, and collaborations on biothreat risks. (Note: Dr. Carlin does not take PhD students.)
Rebecca Katz, Ph.D.
Dr. Rebecca Katz’s research is focused on global health security, public health preparedness and health diplomacy. Much of her work focuses on the domestic and global implementation of the International Health Regulations and global governance of public health emergencies.
Steven Singer, Ph.D.
Professor; Director of Graduate Studies, GLID PhD
Dr. Steven Singer’s research is focused on understanding mucosal immunity and applying that understanding to improve human and animal health. His laboratory specializes in experimental studies with the protozoan parasite Giardia duodenalis.
Associate Research Professor
Sharon Abramowitz is a medical anthropologist who specializes in community engagement, mental health, gender violence, epidemic preparedness and response. She has been a leading global advocate for strengthening social science and risk communications and community engagement (RCCE) capacity, metrics, and utilization in public health emergencies.
Felice Apter, Ph.D.
With more than 30 years of experience in biomedical science and global health policy and programming, Dr. Felice Apter has deep knowledge in advancing complex international health efforts across governmental, non-governmental, academic, and philanthropic organizations. (Please note that adjunct professors do not take PhD students.)
Peter Armbruster, Ph.D.
Davis Family Distinguished Professor
Research in Dr. Peter Armbruster’s laboratory is focused on understanding processes of phenotypic evolution in natural populations and the molecular bases of adaptation.
Deus Bazira, Dr.P.H.
Dr. Deus Bazira is the Director of the Center for Global Health Practice and Impact at Georgetown. He has more than 25 years of experience in global health and health systems strengthening with field work experience in more than 15 countries spanning health policy development, health sector regulation, and public health programming.
Senior Biostatistician & Research Professor
Stephanie is a statistician and a research instructor with the Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security. She develops, documents, and evaluates data-driven systems in healthcare and public health. In this work, Steph collaborates closely with healthcare providers, legal experts, and health systems researchers to use data and emerging AI/ML technologies to inform real-world questions.
Jishnu Das, Ph.D.
Dr. Jishnu Das is a professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Jishnu’s work focuses on health and education in low and middle-income countries, with an emphasis on social markets, or common, but complex, conflagrations of public and private education and health providers operating in a small geographical space.
Jesse Goodman, M.D.
Dr. Jesse Goodman directs Georgetown COMPASS, which focuses on science based policy and research to address unmet public health needs with an emphasis on product development and access and antimicrobial resistance and stewardship.
Charles Holmes, M.D.
Dr. Charles Holmes leads a multi-disciplinary policy focused research group testing large-scale strategies to improve information for public health decision-making and the development of more effective and efficient models of healthcare delivery in low resource settings, and practices medicine on the infectious disease service.
Matthew Kavanagh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Director, Global Health Policy & Politics Initiative, O’Neill Institute
Dr. Matthew Kavanagh works at the intersection of global health, law, and political economy. His research and policy work focus on the drivers of access to healthcare and medicines in low- and middle-income countries and the impact of human rights and constitutional protections on health outcomes.
John Kraemer, J.D.
Dr. John Kraemer’s work focuses on the intersection of empirical evidence and public health policy. Substantively, he mainly studies women and children’s health in rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa and road safety for vulnerable road users.
Sivan Leviyang, Ph.D.
Dr. Sivan Leviyang’s laboratory centers on modeling viral infection and immune response. The viral work mostly involves modeling early HIV infection with the goal of improving the understanding of the early CTL and antibody response and their effect on intrahost HIV evolution and pathogenesis.
Christopher Loffredo, Ph.D.
Dr. Christopher Loffredo’s research focuses on environmental and genetic causes of cancer and birth defects, and especially on the roles that genetics play in mediating the risks from environmental chemical exposures.
Mark Meyer, Ph.D.
Dr. Mark Meyer’s primary areas of methodological research are functional data analysis, wavelet and spline-based regression, categorical data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, Bayesian statistics, and environmental statistics.
John Monahan, J.D.
Senior Advisor to the President for Global Health
Professor John Monahan is the Senior Advisor for Global Health to Georgetown University President John J DeGioia; Senior Fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy; and Senior Scholar, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.
Martha Nelson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Nelson is a computational biologist with the National Institutes of Health who studies pathogen evolution. She uses large-scale genetic data to study rapidly evolving RNA viruses at the human-animal interface, including coronavirus and influenza. (Please note that adjunct professors do not take PhD students.)
Babatunji Oni, M.D.
Senior Program Director
Dr. Babatunji Oni is a physician with training in business administration, public health, and project management committed to the cause of expanding global health equity and improving the quality of clinical care and outcomes.
Radhakrishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.
Dr. Padmanabhan’s laboratory has been studying the basic mechanisms of dengue virus RNA translation and replication and 5’-capping using membrane-bound complexes isolated from infected cells. Using proteomics approach, they are working on identification of viral and host proteins in the purified membrane-bound replication complexes that are active in the in vitro replication assay.
Alexandra Phelan, Ph.D.
Dr. Alexandra Phelan works on legal and policy issues related to infectious diseases, with a particular focus on emerging and reemerging infectious disease outbreaks and international law.
Michael Plankey, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael Plankey’s research expertise has focused on the methodological approaches to analyze complex longitudinal data related to the syndemic production of social, psychological and behavioral risk factors and HIV health outcomes among sexual minority and race/ethnicity minority men and women.
Paul Roepe, Ph.D.
Dr. Paul Roepe’s laboratory hopes to elucidate mechanisms of resistance to cytotoxic drugs, so that better therapy can be developed, and to also design, synthesize and test new drugs based on that information.
Ronda Rolfes, Ph.D.
Dr. Ronda Rolfes’ research group is interested in how microbial cells sense environmental conditions and how they use that information to change gene expression to affect cell morphology and physiology.
Erin Sorrell, Ph.D.
Dr. Erin Sorrell is interested in operational and implementation research questions related to sustainable health systems strengthening, with an emphasis on the prevention, management, and control of infectious diseases in humanitarian situations, and particularly countries and regions affected by conflict. (Please note that Dr. Sorrell is not taking PhD students for Fall 2023 admission, but is open to PhD students rotating through her lab.)
Claire Standley, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
Dr. Claire Standley’s research focuses on the analysis of health systems strengthening and international capacity building for public health, with an emphasis on prevention and control of infectious diseases in both humans and animals, as well as public health emergency preparedness and response.
Michael Stoto, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael Stoto’s research includes methodological topics in epidemiology and statistics including systematic reviews/meta-analysis and other analytical methods for comparative effectiveness research, community health assessment, evaluation methods, and performance measurement.
Christian Wolf, Ph.D.
Research in Dr. Christian Wolf’s research group is very interdisciplinary and includes organic reaction development, green chemistry, catalysis, chirality, optical sensing, high-throughput screening methodology and drug discovery.