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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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MS, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, 2016
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

Selected publications from the past 5 years

  • Mullany LC, Arifeen SE, Khatry SK, Katz J, Shah R, Baqui AH, Tielsch JM. Impact of chlorhexidine cord cleansing on mortality, omphalitis, and cord separation time among facility-born babies in Nepal and Bangladesh. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2017 Oct;36(10):1011-1013.
  • van Boetzelaer E, Ho LS, Gutman J, Steinhardt LC, Wittcoff A, Barbera Y, Ngoy P, Harvey SA, Mullany LC. Universal versus conditional three-day follow up visit for children with uncomplicated fever at the community level: design of a cluster-randomized, community-based, non-inferiority trial in Tanganyika, Democratic Republic of Congo. BMC Pediatr. 2017 Jan 26;17(1):36. doi: 10.1186/s12887-017-0792-1
  • Islam MS, Saha SK, Islam M, Modak JK, Shah R, Talukder RR, Rahman M, Arifeen SE, Baqui AH, Darmstadt GL, Mullany LC. Prevalence, serotype distribution, and mortality risk associated with Group B streptococcus colonization of newborns in rural Bangladesh. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016 Dec;35(12):1309-1312.
  • Mullany LC, Newton S, Afari S, Adiibokah E, Agyemang CT, Cofie P, Brooke S, Owusu-Agyei S, Stanton CK. Oxytocin-in-UnijectTM devices to prevent post-partum hemorrhage in the community in rural Ghana: a simulated study of the effects of cumulative heat exposure and storage conditions. Glob Health Sci Pract 2014;2(3):285-294.
  • 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.