Faculty & Staff

Water, Climate and Health Program affiliated Faculty & Staff

Jesse E. Bell, PhD - Claire M. Hubbard Professor of Health and Environment

Dr. Bell is the Claire M. Hubbard Professor of Water, Climate and Health and Director of the Water, Climate and Health Program at UNMC. In addition, he is the Director of Water, Climate and Health at the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska. His expertise is focused on understanding the impacts of changes in the environment and climate on human and natural processes.

Meghan Langel, MPH - Water, Climate and Health Program Manager

Meghan manages the administrative and operational aspects of the Water, Climate and Health Program. She was the lead coordinator of two large, federally funded clinical trials, and has expertise in pre and post award research administration. Most recently Meghan was the Director of Research for the College of Allied Health Professions at UNMC.

Siddhi Munde, MS - Research Data Analyst

Siddhi joined the UNMC College of Public Health as a research data analyst in 2020. She works on water quality and health outcome research. She is responsible for data engineering, visualizations, spatial data analysis and machine learning based modelling. Her research interest is integration of geo-information analytics and public health.

Balkissa Ouattara, MD, MPH - Student Researcher

Dr. Ouattara is a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at UNMC. She is a lifelong advocate for children’s health and is interested in assessing and preventing the health outcomes of childhood exposure to environmental hazards. Her research focuses on the relationship between pediatric cancer incidence and nitrate concentration across Nebraska watersheds.

Jagadeesh Puvvula, PharmD, MPH - Student Researcher

Jagadeesh is a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health at UNMC. His doctoral research includes the epidemiologic assessment of agrichemicals in water, extreme climate events, along with air quality and its relationship to adverse human health outcomes.

Eleanor Rogan, PhD - Professor and Chair

Dr. Rogan serves as the Interim Assistant Director of the Water, Climate and Health Program, as well as Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental, Agricultural & Occupational Health. Dr. Rogan's research focuses on mechanisms of carcinogen activation. Presently, she is using a watershed network approach to investigate the role of waterborne contaminants in pediatric cancer and birth defects.