About Us

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health or disease in populations to respond to and control health problems. Our discipline serves as the quantitative foundation for public health interventions and is a critical science for evidence-based medicine.

At the Division of Epidemiology at NYU School of Medicine, our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of people locally and around the world by discovering true causes of disease and identifying persistent and emerging trends across diverse population groups. We do this by building scientific understanding of the inter-relationship of genetic, environmental, and social factors that impact human health and translating this knowledge to public health action, and by training the next generation of scientists.


Our faculty members are actively engaged in a wide range of epidemiologic research, applying state-of-the art study designs and analytic methods to identify effective population health prevention and treatment strategies. Our research includes:

  • Investigating indoor and outdoor air pollution in New York City and other parts of the country
  • Identifying biomarkers of breast cancer risk prediction in young women in our Women’s Health Study
  • Investigating genetic and environmental factors for colorectal cancer and its risk prediction
  • Understanding the relationship between the human microbiome and malignancy
  • Identifying inherited genetic traits that influence drug treatment response and recurrence in cancer
  • Developing new methods and metrics for population health surveillance
  • Studying social determinants of chronic diseases

New methods for research are supported by the Division of Epidemiology laboratories in genetics and in the human microbiome and genetics, as well as the extensive facilities at NYU School of Medicine.

Research Projects



We offer PhD training in Epidemiology through our Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Our faculty also teach a Selective Concentration in Epidemiology for medical students.

Faculty & Staff


Lorna Thorpe, PhD, MPH, Professor; Vice Chair for Strategy and Planning, Department Population Health; Director, Division of Epidemiology
Jiyoung Ahn, PhD, MS, RD, Associate Professor
Yu Chen, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor
George Friedman-Jimenez, MD, DrPH, Assistant Professor
Richard B. Hayes, DDS, PhD, MPH, Professor
Tomas Kirchhoff, PhD, Associate Professor
Karen Koenig, PhD, Research Assistant Professor
Michael Marmor, PhD, Professor
Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, MD, Professor

Postdoctoral Fellows

Tess Clendenen, PhD
Brandilyn Peters, PhD


Liz Clancy, Program Manager
Yelena Afanasyeva, Senior Database Analyst
Sukhleen Bedi, Research Coordinator
Dia Beggs, Student Research Assistant
Liang-Yu Chen, Project Assistant
Serena Chen, Student Research Assistant
Hee Sun Choi, Project Assistant
Alicia Deschamps, Project Associate
Alexis Feinberg, Data Analyst
Jeanine Futterman, Nurse Manager
Teresa Gonzalez, Research Coordinator
Gwendolyn Hicks, Program Assistant
So Un Kim, Student Research Assistant
Rania Kanchi, Data Analyst
Shoshanna Levine, Project Director
Edith Lewis, Program Assistant
Jesse Lima, Project Assistant
Priscilla Lopez, Data Analyst
Honghong Luo, Research Scientist
Lin Yong Luo, Project Coordinator
Wanda Martinez-Duperon, Project Assistant
Deborah Min, Research Coordinator
Jacquelyn Nakamura, Student Research Assistant
Acran Salmen Navarro, Program Coordinator
Latoya Skerrette, Research Coordinator
Andrea Thompson, Research Nurse
Albert Tovar, Research Data Associate
Fen Wu, Senior Research Scientist


The Division of Epidemiology's monthly Epidemiology Seminar Series is held on the second Thursday of every month at noon, at 227 E. 30th Street, Room 718, unless otherwise announced.