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.


Pediatric Vaccine Hesitancy in the US & Around the World

The Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Applied Studies (IDEAS) Initiative and the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health invite you to a seminar featuring Dr. James Conway, MD, FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Office of Global Health at UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), and Dr. Andrea Kim, PhD, MPH, Director of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Control Program at LADPH and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences (DPPHS) at USC.

Dr. Roksana Karim joined the University of Southern California (USC) faculty in 2007; soon after receiving her doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the USC Population and Public Health Sciences (previously known as Preventive Medicine). She was trained as a physician in Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh. Her overarching research interest is women’s health. She has worked extensively on the impact of association of sex hormone concentrations with metabolic factors, atherosclerosis/cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and cognition. Dr. Karim also has a vast interest in infectious diseases. She was an investigator in the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) and published on HIV-associated endocrine and cardiovascular complications in women participating in the WIHS. She also initiated a STI screening study in pregnant women in Bangladesh.

Dr. AKM Fazlur Rahman is the Executive Director at the Centre for Injury Prevention, Health Development and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB). Dr. Rahman also has also been working as Professor of Epidemiology, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences in Dhaka. Before joining the present post, he worked in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Institute of Child and Mother Health, Dhaka, Bangladesh in the capacity of Associate Professor. He developed injury surveillance methods for low-income countries. Dr. Fazlur served as Regional Public Health Advisor for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh for COVID 19 management. He has been involved in many infectious disease research initiatives including ‘Capacity Assessment for Response to Infectious Diseases of Public Health Importance in Bangladesh’.

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


A Position Statement on Monkeypox as a Sexually Transmitted Disease

Researcher Spotlight

Dr. Babalola’s Lecture on Global Health Research at Azusa Pacific University

On Wednesday, Oct 19th, 2022, Dr. Chibuzor Babalola was invited by Dr. Koy Parada at Azusa Pacific University to give a guest lecture to her senior nursing students. Dr. Babalola discussed valuable lessons learned in global health research, shared her personal experiences and presented our research projects in Botswana and South Africa.