Dr. Malinee Neelamegam
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Education & Experience:
I received a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the National University of Malaysia. At the University of South Florida, I completed the MPH degree in Epidemiology and Global Health Practice and the PhD degree in Epidemiology. Prior to joining the HSC faculty, I completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University/University of Malaya focused on aging in people living with HIV. I have previously worked as a Research Officer with the Ministry of Health Malaysia.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
My teaching efforts over the years have focused on epidemiology, global health, and health disparities. I have taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. In the School of Public Health, I teach Foundations of Public Health, Practical Applications in Epidemiology, and Principles of Epidemiology. I have also had the opportunity to conduct research methods seminars for residents and health care workers in the U.S. and Malaysia. In addition, I have mentored graduate and undergraduate students.
Professional Activities & Awards:
I am an active member of the International AIDS Society, the Gerontological Society of America, the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the American Public Health Association (APHA). I received a Fulbright grant for my graduate studies. I received the Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian government for my PhD research, which also received the Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Award.
My research is focused on successful aging in vulnerable populations. Most of my research explores cognitive aging. I have examined the effect of prescription medication use and opioids on cognition, cancer beliefs and attitudes in older adults, and cognitive decline in people living with HIV. My current areas of research include understanding aging in people living with HIV, and the impact of social determinants of health and adverse life experiences on successful aging. I am interested in working with underrepresented populations both locally and globally and leveraging technology and implementation science frameworks to improve models of care for older adults.