About the Program

Emory wants to create a new breed of scientist.

M2M is designed to educate graduate students in both lab and population sciences. Students enroll in one of four tracks and work with mentors in Emory's college, medical school and public health school. The M2M faculty come from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines including medicine, public health and anthropology.  There also is a collaborative relationship with faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology and researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Program Co-Directors

Kenneth L. Brigham, MD

Nael McCarty, MD

Marcus Professor of Cystic Fibrosis 
Division of Pulmonology, Allergy/Immunology, Cystic Fibrosis, and Sleep 
Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine 
Director, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Center for Cystic Fibrosis and Airways Disease Research 
Director, Emory+Children’s CF Center of Excellence 
Director, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Laney Graduate School

In the McCarty lab, we focus on the molecular physiology of ion channels and receptors, with emphasis on epithelial chloride channels. Our specific focus is the pathophysiology of Cystic Fibrosis, including the structure/function of CFTR and its many roles in the airway. We pioneered the use of peptide toxins as probes of chloride channels. We also have projects that study the functional consequences of heterodimerization among GPCRs, the role of CFTR in regulation of sweat composition, and the molecular ecology of predator-prey interactions in the marine environment.

The goal of the Center for Cystic Fibrosis and Airways Disease Research is to engage Atlanta researchers in basic and translational research that will lead to a better understanding of the pathophysiology of this disease and/or generate new devices and treatments to increase the length and quality of life for CF patients.  We collaborate with researchers at Emory, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia.


Julie A. Gazmararian, PhDJulie A. Gazmararian, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health

After receiving her master's degree, Dr. Gazmararian worked for the American Public Health Association in Washington, DC as its Scientific Programs Coordinator where she was involved in a broad range of public health issues.  She then received her doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan and subsequently entered the Epidemic Intelligence Service program at the CDC.  While at CDC, she worked in the Division of Reproductive Health where she was involved in a variety of projects.  In addition to her domestic work, Dr. Gazmararian was involved in several short-term public health assignments in Jamaica, Brazil, Bangladesh and Armenia.  From 1994 to 2001, she worked at the USQA Center for Health Care Research where she served as the Director for Scientific Research and, for the last two years as the Director of the Center.  At the Center, she was the lead researcher on multiple studies.  She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and teaches Social Epidemiology. She is leading a multi-disciplinary health literacy workgroup at Emory University, has served as an editor of the AMA book on health literacy, as well as contributed to the IOM report on health literacy.  Her primary research interests include issues addressing health disparities and working in underserved populations.  Her current studies explore the link between health and education in both early childcare and elementary school settings. She has over 120 publications in peer reviewed journals and has received extensive external funding from federal and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Gazmararian is excited about the opportunity to bridge population and basic sciences as a unique educational undertaking. She is especially excited about the quality of students enrolled in the program. "We have a fantastic group of students and believe that this type of program is laying the groundwork for educating the scientists of the future," she says.