Mark James

Mark A. James, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean - Diversity and Global Health
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Dr. James is a Professor of global health and Associate Dean for Diversity and Global Health in the College of Public Health. Prior to his arrival at Kent State University, he served 21 years as a faculty member in the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. While at Tulane he served as vice chair of the Department of Tropical Medicine where he was responsible for the academic programs in public health. Dr. James served as chair of the school’s Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee for 11 years, thus he was responsible for recruitment, management, and evaluation policies and procedures for faculty in the tenure, clinical, and research tracks across various disciplines. He also served as chair of the Biomedical Institutional Review Board that reviews human subjects research protocols for the Tulane University Health Sciences Center. He is presently a member of the Kent State IRB. Dr. James has received numerous honors for his teaching effectiveness. His prominence in the immunology of malaria is international in scope.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Krystosik AR, Curtis A, BurticaP, Ajayakumar J, Squires R, Davalos D, Pacheco R, Bhatta MP, James MA. Community context and sub-neighborhood scale detail to explain dengue chikungunya, and zika patterns in Cali, Colombia. PLoS ONE 12(8):  e0181208.

Reneker JC, Cheruvu V, Yang J, Cook CE, James M, Moughiman CM, Congeni JA. Differential diagnosis of dizziness after a sports-related concussion based on descriptors and triggers: an observational study. Injury Epidemiology 2015; 2: 22.

Billo, MA, Johnson ES, Doumbia SO, Poudiougou B, Sagara I, Diawara SI, Diakite M, Diallo M, Doumbo OK, Tounkara A, Rice J, James MA, Krogstad DJ. Sickle cell trait protects against Plasmodium falciparum infection. American Journal of Epidemiology (2012, 176:S175-S185).

Solarte Y, Manzano MR, Rocha L, Hurtado H, James M, Arevalo M, Herrera S.Plasmodium vivax sporozoite production in Anopheles albimanus mosquitoes for vaccine clinical trials. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2011; 84: 28-34, doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2011.09-0499.

Londono-Renteria BL, Eisele TP, Keating J, Carvajal D, Palacios D, James MA, Wesson D. Antibody response against Anopheles albimanus (Diptera: Culicidae) salivary protein as a measure of mosquito bite exposure in Haiti. Journal of Medical Entomology 2010; 47: 1156-1163.

Rabito FA, Carlson J, Holt E, Iqbal S, James MA: Cockroach exposure independent of sensitization status and association with hospitalizations for asthma in inner-city children. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2011; 106: 103-109.

Koehler J, Bolton M, Rollins A, Snook K, deHaro E, Henson E, Roger L, Martin L, Krogstad D, James M, Rice J, Davison B, Veazey R, Prabhu R, Amedee A, Garry R, Cogswell F: Altered immune responses in rhesus macaques co-infected with SIV and Plasmodium cynomolgi: an animal model for coincident AIDS and relapsing malaria PLoS ONE 4(9): e7139. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007139.

Nardell EA, Bucher SJ, Brickner PW, Wang C, Vincent RL, Becan-McBride K, James MA, Michael M, Sliney DH, Wright J: Safety of upper room ultraviolet germicidal air disinfection for room occupants: results from the tuberculosis ultraviolet shelter study (TUSS). Public Health Reports 2008; 123: 52-60.

Buekens P, Almendares O, Carlier Y, Dumonteil E, Eberhard M, Gamboa-Leon R,James M, Padilla N, Wesson D, Xiong X: Mother-to-child transmission of Chagas’ disease in North America: Why Don’t We Do More? Maternal and Child Health Journal 2007, DOI 10.1007/s10995-007-0246-8.

Praba-Egge AD, Montenegro S, Arevalo-Herrera M, Hopper T, Herrera S, James MA: Human cytokine responses to mesoendemic malaria on the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 2003; 97: 327-337.


PhD, Tropical Medicine, University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, 1979, MS, Zoology, University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, 1975, BS, Zoology, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 1972


Immunology of infectious diseases, Development of global health programs, global health disparities in Brazil and Colombia, global health scholars program, malaria in Latin America, neglected tropical diseases, research ethics education in Latin America

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Global Understanding Research Initiative