Edward Peters, DMD, ScD

Dr. Peters is Professor and Chair of the LSU School of Public Health’s Epidemiology Program and an epidemiologist with the Louisiana Tumor Registry. In addition, he established and directs the Epidemiology Data Center. Dr. Peters has been at the LSU School of Public Health and the Louisiana Cancer Research Center since 2004 when he was recruited to help expand the cancer research program. Since 2005, he has led the development of the MPH and PhD programs in Epidemiology.Dr. Peters’s research interests focus on using epidemiologic tools to examine disparities of chronic diseases. This research examines the effects of social determinants of health influence disparate disease outcomes through a transdisciplinary perspective. He was the Co-PI of the Women’s and Their Children’s Health Study that was established to examine the health effects from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He has active research projects in oral, ovarian, and prostate cancer. He is currently the recipient along with The Health Enrichment Network of a HRSA grant to establish the Louisiana Rural Oral Health Network, whose mission is to serve as the community voice to increase rural oral health access, equity, and literacy in a collaborative framework through research, education, and service.  In this capacity, he is building on his expertise in epidemiology and dental public health to address oral health disparities in rural Louisiana.

Founding Manager
Megan Bronson, MPH
Project Coordinator
Hasheemah Afaneh, MPH

Hasheemah Afaneh, MPH serves as the project coordinator for the Epi Data Center. She received her master’s of public health from LSU Health Sciences Center- Behavioral and Community Health Sciences program and her bachelor’s degree from Birzeit University in Palestine. She primarily coordinates a Network Planning Health Resources and Services Administration grant and engages stakeholders for an oral health needs assessment in rural Louisiana. Prior to her role here, she conducted community-based participatory research using the Healthy Neighborhood Discovery Tool to examine assets and barriers to healthy living in New Orleans. She also has experience working in academic, non-profit and hospital settings in the international sphere, specifically the West Bank and East Jerusalem territory of Palestine. She is an active member on numerous committees that aim to advance inclusion, diversity and equity in the systems we interact with. Her research interests lie in neighborhood health disparities, access to mental health and health, and human rights.

Madhav KC, MPH

Madhav is a third year Ph.D. student in Epidemiology at LSUHSC School of Public Health in New Orleans. He is also the administrator of LSUHSC REDCap instance. He received an MPH in Epidemiology from LSUHSC School of Public Health in 2017. He has more than 4 years of experience in survey design and administration across multiple platforms including REDCap, SurveyGizmo, and TeleForm. He provides statistical assistance to EDC clients including school of Medicine, School of Public Health, and Medical Centers. He is currently involved in Louisiana-North Carolina Prostate Cancer Project (PCaP) project. His research interests include cancer Epidemiology, social Epidemiology, and epidemiologic methods.

Ashley Fenton, MS
PhD student – Community Health Sciences (CHS) program
Taseen Karim
MPH candidate – Epidemiology (EPID) program
Victoria Peluso
MPH candidate – Epidemiology (EPID) program