Human Science Faculty

The Department of Human Science includes faculty members with expertise in diverse scientific disciplines.  Faculty members advance and disseminate scientific knowledge through research, teaching, and scholarship. Departmental areas of interest include cancer, cell biology, environmental health, genetics, health promotion, occupational health, physiology, microbiology, virology, and behavioral and social science.

The faculty regularly involves undergraduate students in their innovative academic activities. Many work with students in the Discovery Center, which is a state-of-the-art teaching laboratory, and often will encourage undergraduates to author or co-author manuscripts or present their findings at research meetings.

Department Chair

Rosemary K. Sokas
Professor (On Sabbatical: 2017-2018)
Research Interests: Occupational Health and Safety

Pablo M. Irusta
Associate Professor (Acting Chair: 2017-2018)
Research Interests: Cell Signaling, Respiratory Viruses, Cell Cycle, Aging

Our Faculty

Laura Anderko
Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care
Research Interests: Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Justice, Children's Environmental Health, Public Health

Allan Angerio
Associate Dean for Education and Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor Emeritus

Debbie Barrington
Assistant Professor

Carol RT Day
Adjunct Assistant Professor
(Director, Health Education Services)
Research Interests: Emotional Intelligence and College Health, Community-Based Learning, Assessment

Yaron Dayani
Research Associate

David Goldsmith
Adjunct Associate Professor
Research Interests: Environmental Health, Occupational Health

Whitney Austin Gray
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Phil Hagan
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Health Impacts of the Environment

Pablo M. Irusta
Acting Chair and Associate Professor
Research Interests: Cell Signaling, Respiratory Viruses, Cell Cycle, Aging

Patrick Kilcarr
Director, Center for Personal Development

Jan LaRocque
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Genome Instability, DNA Damage Response

Wei-Han Liu
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Environmental Pollution and Impact, Environmental Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Modeling

Daniel Merenstein
Associate Professor
(Director of the Research Division, Department of Family Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital)
Research Interests: Clinical Trials, Probiotics, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Primary Care Medicine

Ted Nelson
Assistant Professor

Leslie Nickels
Adjunct Assistant Professor
(Team Lead-Office of Health Communication, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
Research Interest: Work and Workplaces as Social Determinants of Health

Todd Olson
Adjunct Assistant Professor
(Vice President of Student Affairs, Georgetown University)
Research Interests: Health Promotion, College Student Development, Team Dynamics, Group Dynamics, College Health, Community Development

Joan Riley
Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Health Promotion, Well Being, College Student Development, Curriculum Infusion

Janet Russell
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Blythe Shepard
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Kidney, Glucose Handling, Olfactory Receptors, and Diabetes

Ira Shoulson
Research Interests: Regulatory Science and Medicine, Public Policy (Health, Education), Experimental Therapeutics and Neuropharmacology, Neurodegenerative Disorders (Parkinson's and Huntington diseases)

Alexander Theos
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Cell Biology; Lysosome-Related Organelle Biogenesis

Jason Tilan
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Vascular Physiology; Arteriogenesis and Angiogenesis; Tumor Angiogenesis; Stress Physiology

James Welsh
Associate Professor
(Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital)

Ronit Yarden
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Breast Cancer, Genetics, DNA Damage Response, Cell Cycle

Our Staff

Carol Hom
Program Coordinator 

Dashiell Massey
Lab Coordinator, Discovery Center