Juan Leon, PhD
Hubert Department of Global Health
Dr. Juan Leon is an Associate Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health, with joint appointments in the Departments of Environmental Health and Epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health and the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine at Emory University. Dr. Leon received, from Dartmouth College, a BA in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology; and from Northwestern University, a PhD in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis and an MPH in Epidemiology.
He is a member of the Center for Global Safe Water. The mission of his group is “To prevent enteric and parasitic diseases in vulnerable populations of the Americas through: 1) developing effective and sustainable interventions through applied research, 2) influencing policy, and 3) mentoring the next generation of public health professionals. We create real world solutions through ethical research that values individual dignity and engages the communities we serve.” He is currently working on the relationship between an infant’s nutritional status and rotavirus vaccine efficacy in Bolivia, prevention of produce-associated outbreaks from domestic and imported foods in the southern U.S. and Mexico, and reduction of neglected infections of poverty (e.g. Chagas disease) in immigrant Latin Americans in Georgia (U.S.).
In the classroom, he teaches both parasitology and core human biology principles to public health students through problem-based learning. Since joining the Emory faculty in 2008, he has mentored over 80 undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and faculty in professional and research skills through his active research group, theses, and domestic and global and field practica. Mentees have obtained numerous awards, competitive funding, presentations at national and international conferences, and peer-reviewed publications.