Professor Daniel Parker  

Professor Daniel M Parker 

Daniel M. Parker is an Assistant Professor in Public Health at the University of California in Irvine. He is also the Director of GHREAT, a global health initiative within the Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention. His research focuses on spatial epidemiology (especially of infectious diseases), spatial demography and global health. He earned a BA in Anthropology (certificate in Medical Anthropology and Global Health) from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2009 and a dual PhD in Anthropology and Demography from The Pennsylvania State University in 2014. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Shoklo Malaria Research Unit, a field station of the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, from 2014 – 2017.

His CV can be found here
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Lab Members & Visiting Scholars

Image: Sara Goodman  

Sara Goodman
PhD Student

Sara Goodman, MPH is a 2nd year PhD student at UCI Irvine. Her research interests include infectious diseases, particularly Hepatitis C and sexually transmitted diseases including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV/AIDS. She is also interested in global health and vulnerable populations. Sara served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, 2011-2013 which sparked her interest in Public Health. She has worked as an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, specializing in HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infection. She currently volunteers at the Orange County Public Health Department working on their Hepatitis C data. Her current research focus involves using Hepatitis C surveillance data to better understand the disease burden in Orange County and the Hepatitis C treatment cascade and why people are not being retained in care.

     Image: Brook Jeang  

Brook Jeang
PhD Student

Brook is a PhD student in Public Health at the University of California, Irvine. She earned her BA/MS in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University where her research focused on tissue engineering and drug delivery. As a research associate at City of Hope National Medical Center, her work focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell immunotherapy for the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer patients with brain metastases. She hopes to apply her experiences with immunoassays and bioengineering towards her current research interest in point-of-care diagnostics in low-resource settings.


Karen Dewey, MPH graduate


Karen Dewey
MPH, 2019

Karen Dewey recently completed her MPH at University of California Irvine with a focus in epidmeiology. She has a BA in Biology from Reed College where she worked on characterization of the PerC protein in enteropathogenic E coli. She is equally interested in the epidemiological and microbiological aspects of infectious disease. Her current work involves spatial analysis of meliodosis in Lao PDR and the epidemiology of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae in Orange County. 

Sayambhu Saita  

Sayambhu Saita
Visiting Scholar, 2019

Sayambhu visited us in 2018, returned to finish his PhD in Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University, Thailand in June 2019 and is now a faculty member at Thamassat University in Lampang, Thailand. 



Highly motivated prospective graduate students who are interested in joining the team are encouraged to get in touch. Research in the group is interdisciplinary.  At this time, I’m particularly interested in (highly motivated) prospective graduate students with interests in infectious diseases or global health, with skills and interests in GIS, computer science and statistics. Please send your CV (including publications) and a succinct description of your research interests and goals. I receive many generic emails from prospective students and postdocs and I do not have time to respond to all of them. Your chances will increase if you’ve clearly looked at what I do, understand the group’s interests, and have an idea of how you might fit in to the group. We value individuals who are motivated to do science and public health and who have skills that will positively contribute to the group.

Prospective graduate students should take a look at the application requirements for the Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention:

Some potential funding opportunities are listed below:

The UC Presidential Fellowship:
The GloCal Health Fellowship:
The NIH also has funding opportunities for graduate students and postdocs: