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.


Matthew Springer, PhD

Professor of Medicine


Dr. Matthew L. Springer received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985 and his PhD from Stanford University in 1992. He did postdoctoral research at Stanford and continued his research there as a senior scientist until joining the UCSF faculty in 2003, where he is currently one of two non-clinicians on the faculty of the Division of Cardiology. The close juxtaposition of his basic research background with the clinical cardiologists in the Division has resulted in an active translational research program.

Gideon St Helen, PhD

Asst. Professor In Residence

The focus of my research program in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, as shown in the image below, is the utility and evaluation of biological markers (biomarkers) of tobacco use and exposure for epidemiology, risk assessment, product regulation, and identification of susceptibility factors.

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Hugh Sturrock, PhD

Assistant Professor
Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Hai-Yen Sung, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Aging
Institute for Health Aging

Research focuses on costs of smoking, costs of illness, evaluation of the economic impact of tobacco taxation and other tobacco control policies, secondhand smoke exposure, and cancer screening and outcomes. Dr.

Janice Tsoh, PhD

Professor In Residence

I am a practicing clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The mission of my research program is to promote health equity by developing accessible interventions to facilitate individuals' acquisition of skills and/or utilization of evidence-based treatment.

Yvette Van Der Eijk, PhD

Postdoc Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Yvette did a PhD in public health ethics at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore and a BSc in Biochemistry (Pharmacology) at the University of Surrey, UK. As part of her studies, she was also based at the University of Turku (Finland), Hastings Center (New York), University of Tübingen (Germany), Brocher Foundation (Switzerland), and WHO Regional Office for Europe (Denmark). After her PhD she worked as a Public Health Analyst at Newcastle City Council, UK, and as a freelance consultant for the WHO Regional Office for Europe's tobacco control programme.

Maya Vijayaraghavan, MD, MAS

Assistant Professor of Med

My research focuses on tobacco use in vulnerable populations, with a particular emphasis on interventions with the homeless population. My population-based research includes the analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal data, including the analysis of national data, to examine the use of novel tobacco products and the efficacy of tobacco control policies on reducing tobacco use in low-income populations.

Manali Vora, BDS

Postdoc Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Manali Vora, DDS earned her DDS in Dental Surgery from Gujarat University, India in 2014, recently received her MPH in Epidemiology at University of Washington, Seattle. She was sensitized to the tobacco epidemic during her training as a dentist and has since then been passionate about tobacco dependence prevention and treatment research.

Priyanka Vyas, PhD

Postdoc Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Priyanka Vyas, PhD started her career as a journalist in New Delhi, after completing her BA in political science from Wilson College, Mumbai.  During her stint as a reporter covering trade and policy issues, she became interested in how policies could be better analyzed and implemented.  This single most desire to influence policy decisions led her to move to the US for further education.

Yingning Wang, PhD

Institute for Health Aging

Dr. Wang's current research areas include: nondaily smokers, other tobacco use, the correlation between quitting, cigarette consumption reduction and other tobacco use, economic cost of tobacco products use and secondhand smoke exposure.

Shannon Watkins, PhD

Postdoc Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Shannon Lea Watkins is a scholar of public affairs whose work aims to illuminate social and structural barriers that individuals face in achieving their full health potential to inform efforts to promote health equity. Her current work investigates patterns of tobacco initiation, product change, and cessation among youth and young adults, with a particular focus on the role of additive flavors in tobacco initiation, use, and tobacco-related health disparities.

Justin White, PhD

Asst Professor in Residence
Institute for Health Policy Studies

Justin White, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Health Economics in the UCSF School of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is also an affiliate of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education and Global Health Sciences at UCSF.