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College of Public Health Advising

Mark A. James, PhD

Professor and Chair, Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences & Epidemiology

PhD, Tropical Medicine, University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, 1979; MS, Zoology, University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, 1975; BS, Zoology, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 1972

Dr. James is professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences after serving the College of Public Health as founding dean. He also is executive director of Global Health Programs in the college. Prior to his arrival at Kent State University, he served 21 years as a faculty member in the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. While at Tulane he served as vice chair of the Department of Tropical Medicine where he was responsible for the academic programs in public health. Dr. James served as chair of the school’s Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee for 11 years, thus he was responsible for recruitment, management, and evaluation policies and procedures for faculty in the tenure, clinical, and research tracks across various disciplines. He also served as chair of the Biomedical Institutional Review Board that reviews human subjects research protocols for the Tulane University Health Sciences Center. He is presently a member of the Kent State IRB. Dr. James has received numerous honors for his teaching effectiveness. Finally, Dr. James has maintained an active research program in immunity to infectious diseases. His prominence in the immunology of malaria is international in scope. He currently serves as chair of the scientific advisory group for the NIAID/NIH-supported Latin American Center of Excellence in Malaria Research.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Billo, MA, Johnson ES, Doumbia SO, Poudiougou B, Sagara I, Diawara SI, Diakite M, Diallo M, Doumbo OK, Tounkara A, Rice J, James MA, Krogstad DJ. Sickle cell trait protects against Plasmodium falciparum infection. American Journal of Epidemiology (in press-2012).

Solarte Y, Manzano MR, Rocha L, Hurtado H, James M, Arevalo M, Herrera S. Plasmodium vivax sporozoite production in Anopheles albimanus mosquitoes for vaccine clinical trials. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2011; 84: 28-34, doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2011.09-0499.

Londono-Renteria BL, Eisele TP, Keating J, Carvajal D, Palacios D, James MA, Wesson D. Antibody response against Anopheles albimanus (Diptera: Culicidae) salivary protein as a measure of mosquito bite exposure in Haiti. Journal of Medical Entomology 2010; 47: 1156-1163.

Rabito FA, Carlson J, Holt E, Iqbal S, James MA: Cockroach exposure independent of sensitization status and association with hospitalizations for asthma in inner-city children. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2011; 106: 103-109.

Koehler J, Bolton M, Rollins A, Snook K, deHaro E, Henson E, Roger L, Martin L, Krogstad D, James M, Rice J, Davison B, Veazey R, Prabhu R, Amedee A, Garry R, Cogswell F: Altered immune responses in rhesus macaques co-infected with SIV and Plasmodium cynomolgi: an animal model for coincident AIDS and relapsing malaria PLoS ONE 4(9): e7139. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007139.

Nardell EA, Bucher SJ, Brickner PW, Wang C, Vincent RL, Becan-McBride K, James MA, Michael M, Sliney DH, Wright J: Safety of upper room ultraviolet germicidal air disinfection for room occupants: results from the tuberculosis ultraviolet shelter study (TUSS). Public Health Reports 2008; 123: 52-60.

Buekens P, Almendares O, Carlier Y, Dumonteil E, Eberhard M, Gamboa-Leon R, James M, Padilla N, Wesson D, Xiong X: Mother-to-child transmission of Chagas’ disease in North America: Why Don’t We Do More? Maternal and Child Health Journal 2007, DOI 10.1007/s10995-007-0246-8.

Praba-Egge AD, Montenegro S, Arevalo-Herrera M, Hopper T, Herrera S, James MA: Human cytokine responses to mesoendemic malaria on the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 2003; 97: 327-337.


Research Areas
  • Immunology of Malaria
  • Global Health
  • International Research Ethics
Mark A. James, PhD
College of Public Health
305A Lowry Hall
Fax: 330-672-6505