Ayodeji Awopegba, DMD, MPH, Research Program Manager
Carla Clemens, BA, Administrative Program Coordinator
Christopher K. Doyle, MFA, Instructional Designer
Olufemi Erinoso, BDS, MPH, Senior Research Program Coordinator
Ashley Grant, MPH, Research Program Manager
Graziele Grilo, MSc, Senior Research Program Coordinator
Jeffrey Hardesty, MPH, Research Program Manager
Michael Iacobelli, MPH, Research Program Manager
Bekir Kaplan, MD, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Asim Khan, MA, Communications Associate
Naseeb Kibria, MSE, Research Program Manager
Marela Kay Minosa, MSPH, Senior Research Data Analyst
Reema Nainani, MBA, Senior Grants and Contracts Analyst
Sejal Saraf, BDS, MPH, Senior Research Program Coordinator
Mark Spires, MPH, Research Program Manager
Deana Trimble, BS, Research Assistant
Ashley Waith, MBA, Administrative Coordinator
Kevin Welding, PhD, Senior Biostatistician
Ayodeji Awopegba, DMD, MPH manages a variety of projects at IGTC, including the Global E-cigarette Policy Scan that explores different approaches employed by countries to regulate e-cigarettes. He provides support for IGTC’s online tobacco control training programs. Awopegba also assists with other research, evaluation, and capacity building projects at IGTC. As a research assistant at the Institute during his master of public health studies, he contributed to the development of the TPackSS project. He previously worked as a dental officer for federal and state hospitals in Nigeria. Awopegba received his dental degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and his master of public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Carla Clemens, BA provides administrative and program support for IGTC. She assists and coordinates director-related administrative tasks, oversees the Institute’s Certificate Program in Global Tobacco Control, as well as collaborates with research and communications staff on special projects. She holds a bachelor of arts in biology, sociology, and Spanish from Goshen College, Indiana. Prior to joining IGTC, Clemens worked in the International Injuries Research Unit in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center as a Rehabilitation Technician.
Christopher K. Doyle, MFA is redesigning the IGTC online course, Global Tobacco Control: Learning from the Experts. Prior to IGTC, he was an accessibility specialist with the Maryland State Department of Education. Before that he worked in the education publishing field from 2008 to 2015 as an editor, writer, and accessibility specialist. Doyle holds a master of fine arts in creative writing and publishing arts from the University of Baltimore and a bachelor of arts in creative writing and philosophy from Loyola University Maryland.
Olufemi Erinoso, BDS MPH supports the development and dissemination of country level factsheets for the TPackSS project. As a research assistant at the Institute during his master of public health studies, he contributed to the TPackSS project by coding tobacco packs for compliance with health warning requirements. Femi previously worked as a senior resident at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria where he managed a tobacco smoking cessation clinic. He graduated with a bachelor of dental surgery from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and master of public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Ashley Grant, MPH works on a variety of projects at IGTC that focus on the marketing of tobacco products online and at the point-of-sale. In 2016 Grant designed and coordinated an assessment of tobacco marketing near schools in 14 countries, and currently manages a study that seeks to characterize the marketing of flavored cigarettes in five countries in Latin America. She also contributed to a study to assess e-cigarette marketing online and at the point-of-sale in Russia, and has provided technical assistance for air quality monitoring projects in several countries. Grant received her master of public health degree in global health from Tufts University and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in environmental health at Tulane University.
Graziele Grilo, MSc is responsible for the overall management of a mixed-methods study examining the youth appeal of packs sold in Mexico City, an extension of the TPackSS project. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from State University of Campinas, Brazil, and earned her master of science in women’s and gender studies at Towson University. Before joining the Institute, she worked on a qualitative study to identify factors contributing to gender-based violence and sexual risk (STIs/HIV) for female university undergraduate students in Ethiopia. As a graduate student, she managed the Arts Integration Institute at Towson University, helping to develop and implement a partnership with the Refugee Youth Project and Patterson High School in Baltimore City. Grilo is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Jeffrey Hardesty, MPH currently works on several projects at IGTC, including an experimental study of cigarette health warning labels in China, sustainability of philanthropic initiatives, and approaches to use social media and online communities to encourage higher levels of public engagement in smoke-free issues. He previously conducted clinical research at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health aiming to increase patient participation in non-small cell lung cancer clinical trials in an ethical manner. Hardesty received his master of public health from Johns Hopkins with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics
Michael Iacobelli, MPH leads the monitoring of field data collection for the TPackSS project, and manages the intake and coding process of packs from 14 countries around the world. He leads contract activities with in-country data collection agencies and supports in-field training. Iacobelli holds a master of public health from George Washington University School of Public Health and previously worked as a research associate at Evidera.
Bekir Kaplan, MD is currently a post-doctoral fellow at IGTC. His research at the Institute focuses on cigarette health warning labels, compliance with smoke-free legislation in Turkey and the effects of toxins from waterpipe (hookah) smoke in real-world setting. Kaplan received his medical doctorate in 2007 and a public health specialist degree from Hacettepe University in 2011. He previously worked at the Turkish Ministry of Health in Ankara between 2012 and 2015 where he was in charge of conducting several national surveys on behalf of the Ministry of Health.
Asim Khan, MA is responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies to effectively disseminate the work of the Institute through multiple channels, including the web and electronic media. He is also involved in creating multimedia content and design projects for IGTC. Khan holds a master of arts in media design/publications design from the University of Baltimore, and a bachelor of arts in sociology from McDaniel College.
Naseeb Kibria, MSE supports a number of capacity building initiatives at the Institute including the Regional Tobacco Control Leadership Programs and the tobacco control research networks in Bangladesh and Indonesia. Previously she was involved with a multi-country study to measure levels of secondhand smoke exposure in public places. She also managed a multi-year project in Vietnam aimed at building the tobacco control capacity of the Ministry of Health. Kibria previously worked as a program manager on asthma and environmental health issues at the national headquarters of the American Lung Association in Washington, DC. She holds a bachelor of dental surgery degree from Dhaka Dental College, Bangladesh, and a master of science and education in public health from the University of Toledo, Ohio.
Marela Kay Minosa, MSPH works on a variety of projects at IGTC, ranging from managing an assessment of tobacco advertising’s impact on youth smoking in Southeast Asia to conducting statistical analysis for a study on the availability of e-cigarettes in Russia. Minosa holds a bachelor of science in statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master of science in public health concentrating in global disease epidemiology and control from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a graduate student, Minosa worked with the Baltimore City Health Department’s Tobacco Program and contributed to a study examining environmental risk factors for asthma among peri-urban community residents of Lima, Peru.
Reema Nainani, MBA is the contact for financial issues at IGTC. She provides financial support by monitoring and forecasting budgets, processing procurement contracts, and financial reporting. She is responsible for pre- and post-award management for IGTC staff. Nainani holds a master of business administration from Gujarat University, India and a master of science in international studies with a focus on international business and economics from Oklahoma State University.
Sejal Saraf, BDH, MPH manages the smokeless tobacco/bidi component of the TPackSS project, in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. As a research assistant at the Institute during her master of public health studies, she helped with development of a TPackSS codebook, coding of tobacco packs for health warning label, and preparing factsheets. Saraf previously worked as a senior dentist for various nonprofit organizations and private clinics in India. She received her dental degree from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India, and her master of public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Mark Spires, MPH is responsible for managing various research projects at IGTC, including the investigation of ways to utilize social media and online communities to encourage higher levels of public engagement in smoke-free issues, and projects evaluating levels of tobacco control policy compliance and implementation fidelity. Prior to joining IGTC, Spires worked on evaluating the sustainability of hygiene promotion education in South Africa and interned with the World Health Organization. Spires received a bachelor of arts in international cultural studies and holds a master of public health in global health from Brigham Young University. He has also earned a graduate-level certificate in health and human rights from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Spires is currently pursuing a PhD in public health at the University if the Western Cape, South Africa.
Deana Trimble, BS is an assistant on the TPackSS project, coding tobacco packs for compliance with health warning requirements, pack features and marketing appeals. Trimble previously interned at the National Cancer Institute assisting on various projects that supported behavioral health and team science research. She was also a research assistant at the University of Maryland Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science. Trimble graduated with a bachelor of science in behavioral and community health from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Ashley Waith, MBA is the first point of contact at IGTC and is responsible for administrative tasks that support the Institute’s staff. She is a 2012 master of business administration graduate from the University of Baltimore, and received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Stevenson University.
Kevin Welding, PhD leads analysis for the TPackSS project, and provides statistical support on a variety of other projects at IGTC. During his doctoral studies, he studied the effectiveness of state-level cigarette excise taxes on older smokers in the U.S. His work in the domestic fiscal policy area highlighted the significance of the global market and of tobacco control policies that complement cigarette taxation. Welding received his doctoral degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his masters in applied economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.