PROMoTeR Center News

March 2017

Christine Lu was invited to give a presentation, titled “Genomic Medicine: Access, Coverage and Ethics” at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) in March in Washington DC.

Peter James

Member of the Faculty

Trained in environmental health and epidemiology, Peter has focused his research on estimating the influence of geographic contextual factors, including exposure to nature, the built environment, the food environment, air pollution, light pollution, noise, and socioeconomic factors, on health behaviors and chronic disease.

DPM Faculty Receive Prestigious Mentoring Awards

DPM Professor and Vice-Chair Emily Oken, MD, MPH and Assistant Professor Jason Block, MD, MPH are the recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Awards from Harvard Medical School in recognition of their distinguished records of mentoring.  The Excellence in Mentoring Awards were established to recognize the value of quality mentoring relationships and the impact they have on professional development and career advancement in basic/clinical medicine, research, teaching, and administrati

Karen Switkowski

Research Scientist

Karen Switkowski, PhD, MPH, is a Research Scientist in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Her background is in nutrition science and epidemiology, and she is primarily interested in researching associations of early-life nutrition, including maternal diet and nutritional status during pregnancy, with child health outcomes. Dr. Switkowski works in the Obesity Prevention Program and mainly on Project Viva, a longitudinal study of mother-child pairs.

Joanne Sordillo

Research Scientist

Joanne E. Sordillo, ScD, MS, is a Research Scientist in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She is an asthma epidemiologist with a background in clinical laboratory science, environmental exposure assessment and the microbiome.  Dr. Sordillo specializes in gene by environment interaction studies, and is PI of an NIH funded study on An Integrative Genomics Approach to Gene by Environment Interactions in Asthma.

Rui Wang

Associate Professor

Dr. Rui Wang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Medicine (DPM) at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.  She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Wang received her PhD Degree from Harvard University. Her research interests include the design and analysis of cluster randomized trials, where a group of subjects, as opposed to individuals, are randomized to each of the treatment arms in the trial.

Julia Marcus

Assistant Professor

Julia Marcus, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Her primary interest is in optimizing the delivery of health services for infectious diseases, specifically HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Her work has focused on preexposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention, as well as the long-term outcomes of chronic HIV infection.