Members

  • Alan Cohen, PhD (co-director)

    • Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences (in the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center)

    Alan Cohen's expertise is in evolutionary biology, complex systems theory, and aging. In the SOH program, he contributes an understanding of how information is shared within biological systems in order to maintain dynamic equilibrium and how these dynamics underpin health.

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  • Martin Picard, PhD (co-director)

    • Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine (in Psychiatry, Neurology and the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center)

    Martin Picard’s expertise is in mitochondrial psychobiology, stress physiology, and the energetics of resilience and aging. In the SOH program he contributes to the integration of psychobiological processes and the role of mitochondria as a determinant of intrinsic health.

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  • Nour Makarem, PhD

    • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

    Nour Makarem’s expertise is in cardiovascular epidemiology, sleep epidemiology, and health equity. In the SOH program, she contributes to elucidating the role of multidimensional health behaviors (sleep and circadian health, dietary patterns, and the 24-h behavioral cycle) in healthy longevity and physiological and socioecological resilience.

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  • Julie Herbstman, MSc, PhD

    • Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

    Julie Herbstman's expertise is in molecular and environmental epidemiology, child/maternal/women's health, longitudinal studies. In the SOH program, she contributes an understanding of the development and dynamics of health (including development and aging) across the life course.

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  • John Beard, MBBS, PhD

    • Irene Diamond Professor of Productive Aging (in Health Policy Management, Epidemiology and in the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center) at CUMC

    John's research frames health from the perspective of functioning rather than the presence or absence of disease, and he applies this approach to many aspects of the aging process ranging from biological drivers through to its societal implications.  

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  • Daniel Belsky, PhD

    • Associate Professor of Epidemiology (in the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center)

    Dan's expertise is in quantification of biological aging and life-course epidemiology.  In the SOH program, he contributes to measurement development and life-course conceptualization and modeling of health.

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  • Kiros Berhane, PhD

    • Chair of Biostatistics
    • Cynthia and Robert Citron-Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Professor of Biostatistics
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  • Linda P. Fried, MD MPH

    • Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health
    • DeLamar Professor of Public Health
    • Professor, Epidemiology and Medicine
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  • Molei Liu, PhD

    • Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    Molei is interested in developing novel analytical tools to address statistical challenges in large-scale and complex biomedical data sets such as electronic health record (EHR) and biobank data.

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  • Daniel Malinsky, PhD

    • Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    Daniel Malinsky's expertise is in causal modeling, especially using probabilistic graphical models and other tools in machine learning and statistics.  In the SOH program, he helps bridge the gap between biological theory and empirical inference.

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  • Sen Pei

    • Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

    Sen Pei’s expertise is in mathematical modeling, complex systems, and network science. In the SOH program, he contributes to the development of analytical tools to quantify intrinsic health.

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  • Ying Wei, PhD

    • Professor of Biostatistics

    Ying's methodological research focuses on quantile regression, a powerful modeling strategy designed to capture comprehensive associations in complex systems.

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