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Cara Frankenfeld

Assistant Professor, Department of Global and Community Health

Expertise: Chronic Disease, Diet, Cancer, Illness, Public Health, Epidemiology, Environment, Women’s Health

Cara Frankenfeld is an assistant professor of epidemiology in the Department of Global and Community Health.  Her work seeks to understand the way that diet, environment, and our host bacteria interact to affect human health.  She is also working on how we measure diet and in the relationship between dietary flavonoids and isoflavonoids (particular compounds in fruits, vegetables, and soy and other legumes) and chronic conditions. 


She is a member of the American College of Epidemiology, the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the American Society for Nutrition.


Frankenfeld completed a M.S. in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Washington, where she studied the relationship between markers of intestinal bacteria profile and postmenopausal breast cancer risk factors.  In addition to this main area of study, she also worked on projects evaluating the validity of food frequency questionnaires, footwear and fall risk in the elderly, and risk factors for meningioma.  She completed post-doctoral work at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the National Cancer Institute.   She has also provided consulting expertise in the areas of environmental and occupational epidemiology, including dioxins, asbestos, and electric and magnetic fields. 

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

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Kathryn H. Jacobsen

Assistant Professor

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Expertise: Infectious Diseases, Germs, Pandemics, Public Health, Epidemiology, Global Health

Jacobsen is an assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Services’ Department of Global and Community Health. She teaches courses in epidemiology and international health, and is an expert in infectious diseases and how diseases spread. Her research seeks to better understand the health effects of economic and infrastructural development using a diverse range of epidemiologic methods, including the development of mathematical models of infectious disease transmission and field research. Jacobsen can speak about the spread of germs and about the specific risks one faces when traveling, using bathrooms, hotels, etc. She has worked with collaborators in Africa and South America designing, conducting, and analyzing program evaluations and studies of infectious disease epidemiology, and is the author of the textbook, Introduction to Global Health.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,