Faculty Honors


Mara Minguez, MD, MSc, assistant professor of Population and Family Health and Pediatrics, was selected as a 2022 National Hispanic Medical Association Leadership Fellow for her outstanding accomplishments and proven dedication to the Hispanic community. Learn more.

Melissa DuPont, PhD, assistant professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Epidemiology, will serve as a grant application reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) upcoming Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTC): Equity Center in the Employment Domain grant competition.

Zhezhen Jin, PhD, professor of Biostatistics, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics for demonstrating distinction in research in statistics and leadership that has influenced the profession. His contributions have been ground-breaking in important areas of statistics and biostatistics, including survival analysis, resampling methods, and statistical computing.

Merlin Chowkwanyun, PhD, Donald Gemson Assistant Professor of sociomedical sciences and principal investigator of the Toxic Docs project (www.toxicdocs.org), received a new three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to expand the collection of documents in the project, the world’s largest database of material on toxic substances for academic researchers, environmental health scientists, journalists, and policy analysts. The $350,000 grant for this new iteration will go towards leveraging recent innovations that allow for even larger-scale, mass digitization of documents, and a companion site, Toxic Tools (www.toxicdocs.tools), for users to have new ways of probing the material beyond a full-text search. It also includes a new Freedom of Information Act wing that will use responses from public records requests.

Chowkwanyun was also selected as one of the 2022-2023 recipients for the Center for Environmental Health and Justice in Northern Manhattan (CEHJNM)'s Career Development Award for his ongoing research.

Alwyn Cohall, MD, professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Population and Family Health, was named 2022-2023 Vanneck-Bailey Scholar. The award is given annually to support a Columbia Medical Center faculty member to develop educational programs that will “ensure that its students are among the finest physicians entering the profession, skilled in the knowledge and practice of medicine and modeling compassionate, humanistic care to all patients.” With the support of the Vanneck-Bailey Scholar Award, Dr. Cohall proposes “to support content creation, service-learning activities, and exposure to individuals with lived experience in the carceral system as means of building a curriculum responsive to recommendations set forth by the AAMC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Competencies which broadly call for the expansion of learning opportunities addressing health care inequities arising from systemic racism and personal bias.”

Nour Makarem, PhD, assistant professor of Epidemiology received the Trudy Bush Award for Cardiovascular Disease Research in Women’s Health, to be presented during the EPI | Lifestyle 2022 Scientific Sessions in Chicago. Makarem was recognized at the Annual Joint Council Dinner on Thursday, March 3. The award is named for Trudy Bush, PhD, MHS, who was also a former faculty member at Columbia Public Health, to honor her outstanding leadership in the field of women’s health and contributions to cardiovascular science.

Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, professor of Epidemiology, and Salim Abdool Karim, PhD, MBBCH, DSc, professor of Global Health, were awarded the VinFuture Special Prize for Innovators from Developing Countries for their groundbreaking research on HIV prevention in South Africa. The $500,000 prize recognizes the work of scientists in the developing world. Read more

Gary Miller, PhD, professor of Environmental Health Sciences, was named an AAAS Fellow, one of 5 faculty from Columbia. American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world's largest scientific society. Miller is being recognized for his work in pharmacology, toxicology, and neuroscience, particularly in understanding neurotransmitter storage, Parkinson’s Disease, and how non-genetic factors influence health. He is responsible for popularizing the idea of the exposome—how things like living conditions, diet, pollution, and other environmental factors trigger changes in the body that can lead to disease and shorter lifespans.