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

How monetary and social incentives can be used to promote healthy behavior, informed by research from the field of behavioral economics focusing on chronic disease prevention, notably smoking cessation, in low- and middle-income countries.

Prescott Woodruff, MD


Clinical and basic science approaches to study the effects of cigarette smoke on lung inflammation.

Tingting Yao, PhD

Assistant Professor
Institute for Health & Aging

The economic impact of tobacco products.

Valerie Yerger, ND

Social Behavioral Sciences

Tobacco industry targeting African American communities and the use of menthol in tobacco products, smokefree policies in multiunit housing.