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Luke C. Mullany, PhD

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Suite W5009
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2005
MHS, Johns Hopkins University, 2002
BS, University of Notre Dame, 1997


My overall research aims to increase infant and neonatal survival in low-resource settings through the development of effective, low-cost interventions that may be implemented at the community level. Current activities include investigation of sunflower seed oil as a topical emollient therapy for reduced infection and mortality, mode(s)/mechanism of action of sunflower seed oil and skin barrier function and integrity, expanding the use of oxytocin for prevention and treatment of PPH beyond facility deliveries, uterotonic use in home and facility deliveries in South Asia, etiology of neonatal infections, role of community based workers in neonatal/maternal health.

I am also interested in the impact of human rights violations on population health, and the application of epidemiological tools to investigate this relationship. 

Honors and Awards

Global Acheivement Award (2015)

Delta Omega (2005)

Bradley R. Sack Family Scholarship Award (2002) – Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Fogarty AITRP New & Minority Investigator Award (2000-2001) – Hopkins Fogarty Aids International Training and Research Program

Phi Beta Kappa (1997)

  • neonatal health, child survival, umbilical cord infection, skin infection, skin barrier function, chlorhexidine, omphalitis, low birth weight, human rights, sunflower seed oil, emollient therapy, oxytocin
  • Stanton CK, Newton S, Mullany LC, Cofie P, Tawiah-Agyemang C, Adiibokah E, Darcy N, Khan S, Armbruster D, Gyapong J, Owusu-Agyei S. Effect on postpartum hemorrhage of prophylactic administration of oxytocin 10 IU administered via UnijectTM by peripheral health care providers at home births in four districts in Ghana: a community-based, cluster-randomized trial. PLoS Med. 2013 Oct;10(10):e1001524.

  • Debes AK, Kohli A, Walker N, Edmond K, Mullany LC. Time to initiation of breastfeeding and neonatal morbidity and mortality: A systematic review. BMC Public Health 2013, 13(Suppl 3):S19.

  • Mullany LC, Khatry SK, Katz J, Stanton CK, Lee AC, Darmstadt GL, LeClerq SC, Tielsch JM. Injections during labor and intrapartum-related hypoxic injury and mortality in rural southern Nepal. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013 Jul;122(1):22-6.

  • Mullany LC, Shah R, Arifeen SE, Mannan I, Winch PJ, Hill A, Darmstadt GL, Baqui AH. Chlorhexidine cleansing of the umbilical cord and separation time in rural Sylhet District, Bangladesh: a cluster-randomized trial. Pediatrics. 2013 Apr;131(4):708-15.

  • Mullany LC,  Saha SK, Shah MR, Islam S, Rahman M, Islam M, Rahman MR, Arifeen SE, Darmstadt GL, Baqui AH. Impact of 4.0% chlorhexidine cord cleansing on bacteriological profile of the newborn umbilical stump in rural Sylhet District, Bangladesh: a community-based, cluster-randomized trial. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2012; 31(5):444-450.