Klausner Research Group

The Klausner Research Group, directed by Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, is housed in the Division of Inequalities of Global Health within the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at the University of Southern California.

Research Opportunity for USC Students

In collaboration with the Hepatitis Unit of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, our team will develop a case management protocol and train a team of volunteer student case workers. We are contacting cases of Hepatitis C infection to educate, recommend treatment and assess the barriers to treatment.

We are looking for volunteer student case workers. 

Responsibilities: Case workers will conduct phone calls during the week; join team meeting calls; participate in mandatory training activities; data reporting and presentation, 

We ask for at least 10hr/week commitment to participate in the project. 

Opportunities: Students will have the opportunity to learn about Hepatitis C case management, epidemiology and public health response, patient education, and the use of REDCap (data entry, reporting, presentation), 

Applicants must be USC students. Send your CV to Chrysovalantis.stafylis@med.usc.edu


Syphilis in Babies. Highest Rates in 50 Years. What Can Be Done?​

The Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Applied Studies (IDEAS) Initiative and the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health invite you to a hybrid seminar featuring Irene A. Stafford, MS, MD an associate professor and maternal-fetal medicine physician with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.

Dr. Stafford’s clinical interests include syphilis trends and testing. She has interviewed with multiple national and local news outlets to discuss the ongoing rise of syphilis in Houston, Texas and across the United States. In 2022, Dr. Stafford received a $3.3M grant to develop a molecular diagnostic test for congenital syphilis. Dr. Stafford is the PI for the multicenter study, which includes Baylor College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of California, the University of Southern California, and The Ohio State University, will also focus on neurodevelopment testing of babies born with syphilis.

Dr. Stafford also leads a perinatal syphilis program at UT Physicians, the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, where she has dedicated a clinic day for patients with syphilis.


A Position Statement on Monkeypox as a Sexually Transmitted Disease

Researcher Spotlight

Jeffrey Klausner, MD, Awarded Funding from Open Philanthropy Towards Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health in Low-Resource Settings


Over the last 2 years, Jeffrey Klausner, MD, MPH, has received four gifts from Open Philanthropy towards his research on the prevention and control of infectious diseases centering on sexual and reproductive health in low- and middle- income countries. Open Philanthropy is a grantmaking organization which aims to use its resources to help others address gaps in global public health. Klausner, a physician and epidemiologist, has worked in public health for over 25 years with entities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. With the ongoing global syphilis crisis, Klausner has dedicated his research towards interventions that have a practical and direct application to communities with the greatest need.