Clinical Research Mentors
The Program in Public Health has agreements with various clinical research faculty.
Prior to admission, a research mentor-match process takes place. This is conducted by the program but all matriculating students will have an identified mentor prior to starting the program. Applicants are encouraged to review the list of mentors in advance of submitting an application.
Anissa Abi-Dargham, MD,
|Dr. Abi-Dargham directs the Multi Modal Translational Imaging Lab and oversees a multidisciplinary team with expertise in multiple neuroimaging modalities used in tandem to address important questions about the brain mechanisms of schizophrenia, including the complex alterations of dopamine transmission in schizophrenia and their relationship to clinical symptoms, cognition and response to treatment, as well as their interrelatedness to glutamate dysfunction.
Scott Moeller, Ph.D. Vice Chair for Research & Associate Professor, Psychiatry
|Dr. Moeller’s research uses behavioral and neuroimaging (including MRI and PET) approaches to investigate cognitive and emotional impairments in human drug addiction. One of his main interests is in studying compromised self-awareness of addiction severity and cognition (insight), such that individuals addicted to drugs (including opioids) do not sufficiently perceive the extent of their impairments and need for treatment.
Stella Tsirka, Ph.D.
|Dr. Tsirka’s research focuses on neuroimmune interactions in the physiological and pathological central nervous system (CNS); specifically she examines the interactions between the resident immune cells of the brain and the spinal cord, the microglia, with the cells of the CNS parenchyma and the peripheral immune system.
Apostolos Tassiopoulos, MD
|Dr. Tassiopoulos has
Dr. Bennett-Guerrero’s research interests include the safety and effectiveness of blood transfusion, surgical site infection, postoperative morbidity, and cancer recurrence. He is currently leading a 2,000 patient multicenter randomized trial to prevent death after cancer surgery.
Paolo Boffetta, MD, MPH
Dr. Paolo Boffetta is an epidemiologist. He is conducting research on cancer and other chronic diseases, where he contributes to the understanding of the role of occupation, environment, alcohol, smoking and nutrition in disease development. He is currently involved in numerous studies both in the USA and Internationally.
Reza Dashti, MD, Ph.D., IFAANS, FACS
|Dr. Dashti’s area of expertise is cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery. Especially his clinical interest is surgical and endovascular treatments for revascularization of intracranial and extracranial vessels. His research is focused on factors affecting outcomes of various disease process presenting with hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke.
Alexander Stessin, MD, Ph.D. Radiation Oncologist
|Dr. Stessin is a radiation oncologist specializing in cutting-edge radiotherapeutic treatments for breast cancer, GI cancers, as well as CNS and pediatric malignancies. He has successfully conducted several investigator-initiated clinical trials on novel uses of SBRT for pancreatic cancer patients, breast cancer patients not undergoing surgery, and is currently leading a clinical trial of combination treatment with pre-operative stereotactic radiosurgery and immunotherapy for patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma. He has also co-directed a radiation biology laboratory where his investigations have focused on novel treatments for glioma and strategies to mitigate radiation-induced cognitive dysfunction in patients receiving radiation to the brain.