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


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Natasha Glendening, MSc
PhD student

Natasha Glendening has an MSc from The London School of Economics in African Development. In her masters work she researched the international response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and its influence on health behavior. Natasha is mainly interested in infectious disease epidemiology and the dynamics of disease outbreaks in low resource settings, as well as the use of GIS for analysis. She is currently working on a project concerning malaria knowledge and attitudes among migrants in a mining village in Ethiopia. 

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Gaëlle T. Sehi, MPH
PhD student

Gaëlle obtained her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has a background in biochemistry and worked extensively in a lithium battery lab (focusing on the discovery of new analytical techniques)  and  marine molecular biology lab (where she studied the genomic selection of different species of brown algae). She is interested in studying vector borne diseases in Sub Saharan Africa.

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Maia Tarnas, BA
PhD student

Maia earned a BA in Community Health and Middle Eastern Studies from Tufts University. She is a fellow at the Tufts Initiative for the Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases and has previously conducted research with the International Society for Infectious Diseases. Her research interests include conflict and health, epidemiology, and infectious diseases.


Lab Alumni


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. 

Hector, BS Honors Student  

Hector Manuel Jr. Garcia
BS (Honors) 

Hector was a Senior Honors Student in the BS Program in Public Health and he did his honors thesis on how student living arrangements (i.e. whether they live on campus versus off campus) influences uptake of the flu vaccine. 

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: