Summer Research Opportunities
Department Executive Officers
- Biostatistics—Kathryn Chaloner, Ph.D.
- Community and Behavioral Health—Edith A. Parker, Dr.P.H.
- Epidemiology—James Torner, Ph.D.
- Health Management and Policy—Keith Mueller, Ph.D.
- Occupational and Environmental Health—Peter Thorne, M.S., Ph.D.
Areas of Research Interest
Corinne Peek-Asa, Injury Prevention Research Center, Occupational and Environmental Health
Dr. Peek-Asa conducts a broad research program in injury control
and prevention through the University of Iowa Injury Prevention
Research Center. The Center examines all aspects of injuries as
a health issue, including unintentional (e.g. motor vehicle crashes)
and intentional (e.g. domestic violence) injuries and ranging from
critical care to disability. Peek-Asa has specific opportunities
in the areas of workplace violence, domestic violence, rural traumatic
injury, and geographical mapping applications.
Tara Smith, Associate Professor and Co-Director of The University of Iowa's Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases
Dr. Smith is trained in bacterial pathogenesis and molecular epidemiology of infectious disease. Her research focuses on the molecular epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus, examining rural exposures that put one at risk for colonization and infection with this pathogen. Other ongoing and past work has examined Streptococcus species, including Streptococcus pyogenes (group A streptococcus); Streptococcus agalactiae (group B streptococcus), and Streptococcus suis.
Students working with Dr. Smith have the potential to carry out both laboratory-based research examining the prevalence and molecular epidemiology of many of the bacterial pathogens mentioned above, as well as the opportunity to obtain experience in field work, collecting bacterial samples from both humans and animals. An overview of ongoing projects in Dr. Smith’s lab can be found on the Center’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/142968592442476/
Students interested in research fellowships in public health are encouraged to contact the appropriate Department. Applications from students from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply.
Kathryn Chaloner, Ph.D.
Edith Parker, Dr.P.H.
James Torner, Ph.D.
Keith J. Mueller , Ph.D.
Peter Thorne, M.S., Ph.D.