Public Health & Equity Mentors

The 2020 list of faculty members in the public health and equity fellowship program is provided below. The program welcomes more mentors who are to be committed in mentoring students and joining the Community of Research Scholars for research public health and equity. Students who wish to apply to the program can also reach out to other preferred mentors outside this list to seek their mentorship. Those not on the list will be asked to apply for eligibility. This will require a relevant background related to the program’s goals, a commitment to participating in and contributing to the year-long program, and a willingness to join Marquette’s Community of Research Scholars (CoRS).  The mentor application can be found here. Mentors should be actively involved in research related to health equity and/or public health and developing a research project related to COVID-19 or racial injustice.  A matching fund ($1,500) is requested from the mentor or the mentor’s academic unit at Marquette. However, projects from mentors who are unable to provide matching funds will be considered (please contact the program directors for more information).

This is an academic year-long program that expects students to make regular (approximately 10 hrs/wk) contributions during both the fall and spring semesters and to regularly participate in program activities (faculty seminars, group presentations, etc…). Mentors must be able to provide a scope of work and support that meets this expectation.

Email Dr. Joseph Byonanebye ( or Dr. Nilanjan Lodh ( for any questions or if interested in becoming a research mentor and to nominate a student. 


2020 Program Mentors:

1. Dr Sameena Mulla - Department of Social and Cultural Sciences; studying the impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence survivors and services. Dr. Mulla is interested in medical anthropology, gender-based violence, health and law.

2. Dr. Nil Lodh - Department of Clinical Laboratory Science; Dr. Lodh is involved in COVID-19 projects related to mis and dis-information; data collection, analysis and interpretation and to determine the heath disparity among vulnerable Milwaukee communities.

3. Dr. Walter Bialkowski - Department of Computer Science; studying solutions to optimize public food service distribution to meet the growing need brought upon by sudden unemployment.

4. Dr. Sandra Hunter - Department of Physical Therapy; studying physical activity habits and mask-wearing observance during COVID-19 pandemic.

5. Dr. Elizabeth Angeli - Department of English; studying emergency medical services (EMS), how language and decision making impact patient care in populations impacted by COVID-19.

6. Ms. Toni Uhrich - Department of Physical Therapy; studying long-term physiological and psychological impacts of COVID-19. Ms. Toni will be mentoring fellows interested in Athletic & Human Performance Research Center Student Research Initiative (AHPRC SRI).

7. Dr. Joseph Byonanebye - Department of Biomedical Sciences; applies the socio ecological model to explore factors and impact of COVID-19 at individual, institutional and community levels. He is developing a research on the role of churches in COVID-19 and, he is also interested in assessing occupational health challenges and opportunities in communities impacted with COVID-19.

8. Dr. Alexandre Martins - Department of Theology; studying bioethical issues around COVID-19, and the impact of these ethical issues Dr. Martins is happy to mentor fellows interested in Bioethics, Health Care and COVID-19.

9. Dr. Dora Clayton-Jones - College of Nursing; Uses community based participatory research (CBPR) and qualitative research methods in developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions that optimize self-management behaviors and health care transition readiness. She is exploring the impact of COVID19 with young adults living with SCD.

10. Dr. John Mantsch - Department of Biomedical Sciences, studying the impact of COVID-19 on opioid use disorder and mental health in urban Milwaukee.