Research Faculty Actively Recruiting Graduate Students for Fall 2022

The following research faculty have indicated that they are actively recruiting graduate research assistants for fall 2022 admission. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, and additional faculty may choose to recruit from the applicant pool. However, the information below is intended to help you as a prospective applicant to select a potential major advisor that closely matches your research interests.

Dr. Roman Shrestha


Research area keywords: mHealth, HIV, substance use, global health

Program (MS/PhD): PhD

Number of openings: 1

Brief description of research: We have multiple ongoing projects, both in domestic and international settings, that focus on HIV and substance use prevention using mHealth technologies as an innovative platform to scale-up prevention efforts in key populations (e.g., PWID, MSM, TGW). Graduate students are involved in all phases of research, including grant writing, data collection tool/survey development, recruitment, retention, data management and analyses, and manuscript writing.

Specific certifications/skills required: Bachelor’s degree in health-related field and familiarity with statistical software such as R, SAS, or SPSS (MS); Master's degree in health-related and familiarity with statistical software such as R, SAS, or SPSS (PhD)

Dr. Ran Xu


Research area keywords: biostatistics, systems science, data analytics, public health, health promotion

Program (MS/PhD): MS

Number of openings: 1

Brief description of research: Students will have opportunities to learn about data science and systems science approaches, and apply them to study empirical problems across various health domains, such as developing food image recognition technology to evaluate the community food environment, applying social network analysis to understand and facilitate the design of online health intervention, evaluating the impacts of community's emergency food system and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption on public health.

Specific certifications/skills required: Have taken statistics/biostatistics course. Familiarity with statistical software such as R or STATA. Interest in public health problems.