Epidemiology Research

Our renowned faculty members provide students with training in effective research practices and methods. We work with our students to apply their epidemiology research to a variety of health problems here in North Carolina and around the world.

The Faculty Interest Matrix provides a comprehensive, multilevel snapshot of all research and tenure track faculty interests.

Our Outstanding Research Includes:

  • Professor Mike Cohen’s research on the early initiation of antiretroviral therapy created a paradigm shift in the way HIV and AIDS patients are treated worldwide and was featured on the cover of Science magazine in 2011 for “Breakthrough of the Year.”
  • Professor Ralph Baric discovered a new live vaccine approach for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and novel coronaviruses, bringing the world one step closer to a usable vaccine.
  • Associate Professor Kari North’s research identified genetic variants that influenced the amounts of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in the blood.
  • Assistant Professor Karin Yeatts and Dr. Eric Whitsel’s research revealed that cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes, were associated with chemical air pollutant properties.
  • Associate Professor Julie Daniels is examining time trends, geographic patterns, and environmental and other risk factors for autism in North Carolina. Her research is leading to a clearer understanding of the causes and risk factors for autism.