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.

Research highlights

  • 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.” Watch the video.
  • Professor Ralph Baric discovered a new live vaccine approach for SARfor SARS 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.

Faculty research interests

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

Research areas


Cancer Epidemiology

Cancer Epidemiology

Cardiovascular Epidemiology

Cardiovascular Epidemiology

Environmental Occupational

Environmental Occupational


Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Injury Epidemiology

Injury Epidemiology

Pharmacoepi - demiology

Pharmacoepi – demiology


Reproductive Pediatric

Reproductive Pediatric

Social Epidemiology

Social Epidemiology

Genetic Epidemiology

Genetic Epidemiology


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