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.


Prescott Woodruff, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine in Residence

esearch program includes clinical and basic science approaches to study the effects of cigarette smoke on lung inflammation. He is also the Principal Investigator on the NIH-funded Spiromics Project and a Co-investigator on the COPD Clinical Research Network. Dr. Woodruff received his B.A, from Wesleyan University in 1989, received his M.D. degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1993, and completed Internal Medicine residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Tingting Yao, PhD

Institute for Health Aging

Dr. Yao's research focuses on the economic impact of tobacco products. Her current studies include estimating the economic costs of secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure and the impact of price on the demand for electronic cigarettes in U.S. Her previous research include estimating healthcare costs of SHS exposure and analyzing cigarette purchasing behaviors among smokers in China.

Valerie Yerger, MA, ND

Associate Professor
Social Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Yerger's research focuses on the tobacco industry’s targeting of African American communities, the use of menthol in tobacco products, smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing. Dr. Valerie Yerger is a licensed naturopathic doctor and Associate Professor in Health Policy at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University, who honored her as one of its Distinguished Alumni when the award was first presented in 2004.