The Center faculty come from all four UCSF schools and conduct research and teaching in every aspect of tobacco control, from efforts by the tobacco industry to manipulate international politics to the molecular biology of nicotine addiction.


Carolyn Hendrickson, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor


Robert Hiatt, MD

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Primarily focused on cancer epidemiology and studies of cancer etiology, early development, the environment and social determinants.  Dr.

Sabrina Islam, PhD, MS

Postdoctoral Scholar

Sabrina Islam, PhD received her doctorate in Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences) with a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the CTCRE in August 2022, she completed a training fellowship in prevention science and alcohol research at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Islam is interested in qualitative and mixed-methods approaches to studying differential patterns of risk associated with substance use and structural levels of stigma among sexual and gender minority populations.

Dan Kabella, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Danielle Kabella, PhD received a doctorate in Human and Social Dimension of Science and Technology at Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation. Their doctoral research offers an ethnographic study that makes visible alternative strategies Chicanx communities use to articulate place-based drug recovery futures in New Mexico. They have co-developed and implemented ways of connecting their scholarship to broader and diverse audiences.

John Kane, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Dr. John Kane is an endocrinologist and director of the UCSF Lipid Clinic. He is also an associate director of the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute.

Kane's research on lipoprotein metabolism, the management of lipoprotein disorders, and the genetic basis of heart disease and stroke is known worldwide through his publications in refereed journals and book chapters.

Cristin Kearns, DDS, MBA

Associate Prof. in Residence
Preventive & Restor Dent Sci

For the last decade, Dr. Kearns has been working to establish food industry documents research as a new area of investigation that transforms the way people think about sugar and the sugar industry’s role in promoting health inequities related to dental caries, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. In 2018, her research and document collecting efforts culminated in the launch of the UCSF Food Industry Documents Archive (FIDA), a collection of more than 600,000 sugar-industry related documents, which is part of the UCSF Industry Documents Library (IDL).

Salomeh Keyhani, MD


Dr. Keyhani is a primary care provider and UCSF investigator based in the San Francisco VA Health Care System. She is interested in improving health care delivery and also has an interest in clinical outcomes research. She is currently leading multiple VA and NIH funded cohort studies examining the health effects of cannabis.

Minji Kim, PhD

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Minji Kim's research interest focuses on message effects and persuasion. She is particularly interested in the effect and boundary conditions of tailored communication. Kim received a Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation examining the positive and negative role of character-audience similarity in anti-smoking campaigns using various themes.

Peter Kovacs, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Peter Kovacs, PhD, received his doctorate in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interest is the intersection between the history of audio-visual mass media and marketing communication. Dr. Kovacs' first book, Big Tobacco and American Broadcasting, 1923-1971, is slated for publication by UT Press.

Shannon Kozlovich, PhD

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Shannon Kozlovich, PhD, has a doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Washington State University where her research focused on the impact of genotype and menthol on tobacco toxicity and carcinogenic effects. The work with menthol opened her eyes to the impact scientific evidence has on public policy, or rather, the impact it should have.

Lisa Kroon, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy

Dr. Lisa Kroon is a Professor of Clinical Pharmacy in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Co-Vice Dean of Clinical Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the School of Pharmacy at the University of California in San Francisco. In 2020, she was appointed the Assistant Chief Pharmacy Officer for Clinical Innovation, Education, and Research in the UCSF Health Pharmacy Enterprise, where she oversees ambulatory pharmacy practice. Dr.

Susan Lee, MD


Dr. Susan M.Lee recently completed a trial investigating a smoking cessation program implemented preoperatively, through which she gained an understanding of the challenges of implementing a multidisciplinary program and techniques to overcome these challenges.  She has since successfully established strong ties with community agencies, such as the Smokers' Helpline, and collaborated with other researchers, culminating in a peer-reviewed publication and implementation of the program clinically.