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Faculty Grants

The Dornsife School of Public Health has experienced an extraordinary increase in our research engagement over the past few years. Our research continues to inspire change in urban and global health policy and practice. 

"We strive to link our research to our policy and practice mission in a way that is valuable for practice but that also promotes creativity, innovation and the intellectual thrill of research itself," said Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology.

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Alex Quistberg

10/7/20: Urban Health Collaborative Professor Alex Quistberg Awarded $690,000 K01 Award From NIH

Alex Quistberg, PhD, MPH, got an award for the Built Environment, Pedestrian Injuries and Deep Learning (BEPIDL) study, which will focus on developing neighborhood built environment indicators and examining their association with pedestrian safety in Bogota, Colombia.

Mariana LazoAna Martinez-Donate

10/1/20: Mariana Lazo, MD, PhD, ScM, associate research professor, and Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD, professor, both in the department of Community Health and Prevention, received COVID-19 supplement funding from an existing $275K R21 from NICHD grant.

The new additional budget of $250K will provide COVID-19 specific training to our cohort of Latino community leaders so they can support other community members with COVID-19 risk reduction, access to testing, and treatment. They will also be evaluating the impact of peer-driven intervention, as well as the Latino Health Collective and the website led by this research group.

Alex Ortega

9/29/20: Professor Ortega Awarded $2.7 Million R01 Award From NIH

Alex Ortega, PhD, was awarded an NIH grant to study access to healthcare for Latino youth in mixed status families in California. Researchers that will address four specific goals in the context of families’ citizenship and documentation status compositions.

Sharrelle Barber

9/1/20: Professor Barber Awarded $2.2 Million R01 Award From NIH

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH, will lead a research team that will examine how changing neighborhoods influence hypertension and diabetes control.

8/31/20: Drexel Researchers Receive Funding for Racial Equity Projects - Just over $100,000 was awarded to 22 faculty and professional staff through Drexel's Rapid Response Research & Development Fund.

8/25/20: HRSA Names Dornsife a Maternal and Child Health Public Health Catalyst Program Grant Recipient - Dornsife receives funding to expand maternal and child health education.

5/21/20: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Drexel's Rapid Response Research and Development Fund Awardees


5/2/19: Studying Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders in Puerto Rico Before and After Hurricane Maria - Alex Ortega, PhD, professor of health policy in the department of Health Management and Policy at Dornsife, is principal investigator for an R01 grant by the National Institutes of Health.

Ann Klassen

1/30/19: Drexel Team Receives Funding to Study Vaccine Hesitancy in Tajikistan - Ann Klassen, PhD, professor in the department of Community Health and Prevention in the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, is the principal investigator.


Usama Bilal

10/2/18: Drexel Researcher Receives NIH Director's Early Independence Award to Study City Growth - Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, has been awarded a $1.25-million Early Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

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