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.


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.

Danielle 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

Asst 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.

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

Department Chair and Professor
Clinical Pharmacy

Dr. Lisa Kroon is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Kroon received her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan and then completed two years of residency at UCSF in pharmacy practice and hospital pharmacy administration. She has been a member of the UCSF faculty since 1996. In 2020, she was appointed the Assistant Chief Pharmacy Officer for Research, Education, and Clinical Services in the UCSF Health Pharmacy Enterprise.

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.

Heather Leutwyler, RN, PhD, NP

Associate Professor
Physiological Nursing

Dr. Leutwyler has extensive research and clinical experiences working with adults with serious mental illness, and her research focuses on identifying factors associated with poor physical health among adults with schizophrenia and conducting interventions to promote physical health among adults with serious mental illness. Currently, Dr.

James Lightwood, PhD

Associate Professor
Clinical Pharmacy

Research program involves estimating the changes in direct healthcare costs due to changes in smoking behavior in large populations, and changes in exposure to passive smoking and health care cost and utilization attributable to adoption of smoke-free laws. Dr. Lightwood has done research in cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis of disease prevention and management programs, cost savings attributable to smoking cessation, and the economics of infectious disease control