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Title
Professor, Full-time
Department of Oncology
Phone
313-576-8651
Biography
 Dr. Abrams is a professor in the Department of Oncology and is the Director of the Biostatistics Core at the Karmanos Cancer Institute and the integrated Biostatistics Unit. Her research interests are the application of biostatistical methods to cancer research projects and the assessment of new biostatistical methods for applicability to cancer research projects. As a biostatistician, she collaborates with cancer research investigators on the design and analysis of their projects.
Title
Associate Professor, Full-time
Department of Oncology
Phone
313-578-4209
Biography
Dr. Beebe-Dimmer is an associate professor in the Department of Oncology. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of genitourinary cancers, primarily cancers of the prostate and urinary bladder. Since joining the Karmanos Cancer Institute in 2007, most of her effort has been devoted to the study of racial disparities in prostate cancer incidence and outcome, particularly the role that obesity and associated co-morbidiites play in this disparity.  
Title
Assistant Professor, Part-time
Phone
(313) 224-9154
Title
Associate Professor, Full-time
Department of Oncology
Phone
313 578-4203
Biography
Dr. Bock is an associate professor in the Department of Oncology. Her research interests include cancer epidemiology, genetic epidemiology of cancer, and prostate cancer. Dr. Bock serves as a consultant to our MPH Program and has taught FPH 7250 Applied Epidemiology and FPH 7240 Epidemiology.
Title
Associate Professor, Full-time
Department of Oncology
Phone
313-576-8655
Biography
Dr. Chen specializes in the design and statistical analyses of research projects in the basic science and clinical programs of the Department of Oncology, as well as for researchers across the School of Medicine who are members of the Karmanos Cancer Institute. She functions as the primary statistical collaborator on research projects directed by investigators from the (former) Molecular Biology and Genetics Program, the Population Studies and Prevention Program, and the Molecular Imaging and Diagnostics Program. Her research interests include adaptive clinical trial design, biomarker discovery, high dimensional genomic or proteomic data mining, pharmacogenomic modeling, and Bayesian statistics.
Title
Associate Professor, Full-time
Department of Oncology
Phone
313-578-4204
Biography
Dr. Cote is an associate professor in the Department of Oncology. She is also a scientific member of the Population Studies and Disparities Research Program at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. Dr. Cote’s research focuses on the intersection of molecular epidemiology and health disparities. She is specifically interested in examining genetic and molecular factors in lung and female cancers that impact disease occurrence or prognosis in underserved populations.Dr. Cote has been a WSU faculty member since 2005, and is PI of a Komen-funded project describing the risk of breast cancer after a benign breast lesion in African American women and a Komen Graduate Training in Disparities Research grant, which will fund 3 PhD students in Cancer Biology, with a focus on breast cancer disparities.  She is a co-Investigator on a study of ovarian cancer in African American women, an active member of the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium
Title
Assistant Professor, Full-time
Department of Oncology
Phone
313-576-8654
Biography
Dr. Dyson is an assistant professor for the Department of Oncology. His current research interests include bioinformatics, statistical genetics, methodology development for high throughput data analyses, design of experiments, design of pre-clinical studies and statistical computing.   
Title
Adjunct Faculty
Biography
Dr. Fritsch has a PhD in Healthcare Administration and over 25 years experience in various healthcare settings. Starting his career as an occupational therapist, Dr. Fritsch worked in psychiatry and occupational health before transitioning into rehabilitation services management, health plan consulting and teaching. He currently specializes in Affordable Care Act compliance and business controls and is a Pharmacy Services Manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. Dr. Fritsch teaches FPH 7100 Healthcare Organization and Administration, a core MPH course.
Title
Associate Professor, Full-time
Population Health Sciences
Office Address

6135 Woodward Ave, Rm 1128
Detroit, MI 48202 USA

Phone
(313) 577-0732
Biography
Dr. Ghosh is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences. He is also a faculty member at the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics. Dr. Ghosh's methodological research focuses on survival analysis, generalized linear model, multilevel model, model selection in high dimensional data, machine learning and Bayesian paradigm. He is also interested in design and analysis of clinical trials. His current research focus are issues related to missing data, sample size, and bias in longitudinal clinical trials.  On the application side, his major focus is on health services, outcomes research and mental health.  Dr. Ghosh teaches FPH 7020 Biostatistics 2.
Title
Assistant Professor, Full-time
Population Health Sciences
Phone
(313) 577-9143
Biography
Dr. Gleason-Comstock is a public health researcher and educator with joint appointments in the Cardiovascular Research Institute and the Center for Urban Studies. Dr. Gleason is a Master Certified Public Health Education Specialist (MCHES), teaches Community Health Education in the WSU Masters of Public Health program, and advises and mentors graduate and medical students. She has served on WSU doctoral dissertation committees in the School of Nursing/Nurse Advanced Practice, College of Education/Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations, and the Department of Communications. Her focus is translational research and community health engagement. She is currently Principal Investigator for Achieving Blood Pressure Control Through Enhanced Discharge (AchieveBP), a behavioral patient education randomized control trial (RCT) and Reducing Heart Disease in Detroit (Detroit HeartBeat), a community-based outreach and risk reduction intervention and evaluation.  Dr. Gleason-Comstock teaches FPH 7760 Community Health Education.
Title
Assistant Professor, Full-time
Population Health Sciences
Office Address

6135 Woodward, IBio Rm. 2127
Detroit, MI 48202

Phone
(313) 577-2286
Biography
Dr. Jamesdaniel has a joint appointment with the Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (IEHS). Dr. Jamesdaniel's research focusses on redox sensitive molecular mechanisms underlying the adverse health impacts of noise, a pervasive environmental stressor. Noise induces oxidative stress to affect physiological as well as psychological well-being. Since proteins determine the functional state of a cell, he employs a proteomic approach to elucidate signaling mechanisms/pathways that regulate noise-induced hearing impairment as well as stress response. He uses a similar approach to investigating drug-induced and age-related oxidative stress and functional impairment of the central as well as peripheral auditory system.  He teaches FPH 7420 Principles of Environmental Health.  
Title
Assistant Professor, Full-time
Population Health Sciences
Phone
(313) 577-9812
Biography
As a researcher, Dr. Janisse serves as a biostatistician on many NIH funded grants. His research focuses on the development and application of new statistical tools for modeling dose-response relationships, non-linear developmental changes and the estimation of critical points in these relationships. He is also interested in studying the impact of alcohol, cocaine and other teratological substances on the fetus.  He teaches FPH 7015 Biostatistics 1.
Title
Associate professor, Full-time
Department of Pharmacy and Health Science
Phone
313-577-1215
Biography
Dr. Kilgore is an associate professor in pharmacy practice. His research interests are in epidemiology, medicine, infectious diseases, public health and international health. 
Title
Associate Professor, Full-time
Population Health Sciences
Phone
(313) 577-2124
Biography
As a social and health psychologist, Dr. Lucas conducts research on the psychological and social determinants of stress and health. Some of his past and ongoing research has explored relationships between perceived fairness and health, and this has especially included examining whether fairness uniquely affects well-being in African Americans. He also collaborates with other members of the department on applied research topics that have ranged from the treatment and integration of immigrants to identifying and reducing occupational stress in police officers. Finally, Dr. Lucas plays an active role in the educational mission of the department both through formal instruction of medical and MPH students, and also through participation in various student research collaborations.  He teaches FPH 7210 Research Methods for Public Health.
Title
Professor, Full-time
Associate Chair for Research
Phone
(313) 577-8199
Biography
Dr. Misra is the Associate Chair for Research and a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences. As an epidemiologist with expertise in perinatal and social epidemiology, much of her work focuses on racial and socioeconomic disparities in perinatal health with an emphasis on preterm birth. In 2008, she co-chaired the Psychosocial Factors Workgroup for the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General Conference on Preterm Birth. She is currently on the editorial board for the Journal of Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. Her research focuses on social and biomedical factors which may influence perinatal outcomes and which may explain the increased risks of infants born to poor and minority women. This includes examining the intersection between women's health prior to pregnancy and outcomes of pregnancy. 
Title
Associate Professor, Full-time
Population Health Sciences
Phone
(313) 577-1179
Biography
Dr. Podolsky is a geneticist and biostatistician who very much enjoys collaborative research. He especially values being part of a research team that attempts to develop more personalized approaches to health care, including preventive medicine. His current research focuses on two aspects of attempts to develop more personalized approaches to health care: the analysis of genome-wide DNA methylation data and the analysis of multivariate longitudinal data. The research focused on methylation data is developing methods to identify genomic regions that show differences in methylation. DNA methylation is potentially important for understanding how changes in the genome may lead to changes in disease risk and progression since methylation of DNA can be altered in response to changes in the environment. His research centers on the analysis of multivariate longitudinal data and has the goal of modeling disease development and/or progression.
Title
Professor, Full-time
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Phone
(313) 577-4376
Biography
Dr. Michael Rybak is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Director of the Anti-Infective Research Laboratory, and Professor of Medicine (Adjunct) for the Division of Infectious Diseases at Wayne State University.
Title
Professor, Full-time
Phone
(313) 577-0880
Biography
Dr. Schwartz participates in the Medical Education Department as a course director for the New Patient Population Physician course.An accomplished epidemiologist, cancer researcher, medical educator and family physician, she previously served as director of the Introduction to the Patient Course (now Clinical Medicine 1 and 2) and the Family Medicine Clerkship. She has been a full professor with the School of Medicine and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Population Studies and Disparities Research Program since 2005. During her career she has served as advisor and mentor to medical students, public health students and junior faculty. She received the WSU College Teaching Award in 1997, 2000 and 2003.Dr. Schwartz also served as interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences from 2010 to 2011.
Title
Adjunct Faculty
Biography
Dr. Ware has a PhD in epidemiological sciences and Master's degrees in pubilc health and statistics from the University of Michigan.  She is a research investigator at the University of Michigan Research Center for Group Dynamics in the Biosocial Methods Collaborative and part-time faculty for the Wayne State University MPH Program.  Her research focuses on health disparities in biological and social determinants of chronic diseases, particularly psychiatric disorders and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Her work seeks to identify, explain, and reduce socioeconomic, gender, and racial/ethnic health disparities across the life course. She has a love of teaching and incorporates technology and non-traditional approaches into FPH 7350 SAS Programming and FPH 7240 Epidemiology.  
Title
Associate Professor, Full-time
Population Health Sciences
Phone
(313) 577-0244
Biography
Dr. Xu is a board-certified family physician with an MS degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis. She is a member of the Division of Population Health Sciences, and faculty in the MPH graduate program. She is also a member of the Population Studies and Prevention Program at the Karmanos Cancer Institute and currently on the editorial board for the Journal of Family Practice.Her clinical practice serves a diverse patient population including White, African-Americans and Asians, in particular Chinese. Dr. Xu's research interests include primary care, cancer control and prevention, and helping patients make more informed decisions. She recently completed a 5-year study on racial disparities in prostate cancer treatment decision-making funded by the American Cancer Society. She enjoys teaching both medical students and residents in clinical medicine in the ambulatory setting.