July 21, 2017

Faculty News

Sean Young, Ph.D., has accepted a assistant professor position in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. He began on June 19 and comes to the COPH from Iowa City, IA. 

After completing his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, Young earned a Master of Arts in geography from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a doctorate in geography from the University of Iowa.

Health and medical geography uses geographic concepts and methods to investigate health and disease topics. This includes looking at spatial patterns and spatio-temporal trends created by interactions between the host, the environment, and a pathogen or external agent. By incorporating population, behavioral, and environmental characteristics, medical geography and disease ecology are uniquely positioned to examine relationships between the environment and health outcomes.

Young will serve as a Medical Geographer for the college. His background is in geospatial mapping, GIS, and remote sensing. Young’s interests are in a number of areas. Specifically, he studies numerous infectious diseases in the Unites States and abroad, including influenza, MRSA, and MERS; and other health topics such as allocation of and access to health care services, environmental justice, and area-level covariates of newborn health.


C O P H Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology Mohammed S. Orloff, P h D

Mohammed Orloff, PhD

Mohammed Orloff, Ph.D., associate professor in the epidemiology department will be collaborating as a visiting associate professor at Aga Khan University in Nairobi. He will be working with the university to study the behavior of cancers in Kenya compared to the United States and South America.

Orloff and colleagues have also recently presented his research a numerous conferences in the form of a oral presentation, poster presentation or panelist. These include:

  • Orloff, M. Microbiome changes associated with lung cancer. Third Annual Conference Arkansas Bioinformatics Consortium (AR-BIC) – Microbiome and Biomedical Informatics, Little Rock, April 24-25, 2017. http://www.arkansasbioinformatics.org/docs/AR-BIC_2017_V6.pdf
  • Bircan, E., Jin, J., Penney, R., Apopa, P., Orloff, M. OLFML3 and SP1 Together Act as Biomarkers to Distinguish Subtypes of Lung Cancer. 14th Annual MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (MCBIOS) Conference, March 23-25, 2017. Poster.
  •  Orloff, M. Microbiome and Host Genome Cross-talk in Lung Cancer Tissues. 14th Annual MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (MCBIOS) Conference, March 23-25, 2017. Invited talk.