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.


Justin White, PhD

Assistant Professor
Institute for Health Policy Studies

Justin White, Ph.D., is Associate 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, the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Institute for Global Health Sciences at UCSF.

Prescott Woodruff, MD


Research 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.

Fan Xia, PhD

Assistant Professor
Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Most of my past and current research is oriented around causal mediation analysis. A part of my work provides a comprehensive guide to applied statisticians and epidemiologists that can help them navigate the philosophical subtleties and abundant methodology in causal inference.

Amit Yadav, PhD

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Amit Yadav, PhD, received his Doctorate in Law with a focus on Public Health, Tobacco and International Trade and Investment Treaties from the National Law School of India University Bangalore, India. He has also completed MPhil and LLM from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. Other Research and Leadership Trainings Completed by him include, Dissemination and Implementation Training for Waterpipe Research from the U.S.

Tingting Yao, PhD

Assistant Professor
Institute for Health & Aging

Dr. Yao's research focuses on the economic impact of tobacco products and marijuana. Her current studies include estimating the impact of price on the demand for cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and marijuana. Her previous research includes estimating the impact of price on the demand for cigarettes and the economic costs of secondhand smoke exposure.

Valerie Yerger, ND

Social Behavioral Sciences

Valerie B. Yerger, ND is a licensed naturopathic doctor and Associate Professor in Health Policy at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a former Health Disparities Scholar of the National Institutes of Health. The overarching goal of Dr. Yerger’s work is to frame the disproportionate burden of tobacco among marginalized communities as a social injustice and to inform public health policies so they effectively reach and engage these communities.