Luma Akil, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Concentration: Environmental and Occupational Health

Department of Behavioral and Environmental Health



350 W. Woodrow Wilson Drive, Suite 320
Jackson, MS 39213-7681
Office Phone: 601-979-3105
P.O. Box 17067 (JSU Campus Mail Only)



The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 

   Bachelor of Science



Jackson State University

    Master of Science


  Environmental Sciences

Jackson State University

    Doctor of Philosophy


  Environmental Sciences


Research/Professional Interests:

  • Environmental and climatic changes
  • Food-safety
  • Global infectious diseases
  • Obesity and health disparities
  • Artificial Neural Networks and Predictive models
  • Geographical Information System
  • Risk Assessment


Positions and Honors:

  • Awarded Best of the show vote poster at 12th RCMI International Symposium on Health Disparities (2010).
  • Second place winner at 11th Annual Conference on Eliminating Health Disparities–Healthy Eating II: Winning the War against Obesity, poster presentation (2011).


Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

  1. Akil, L and Ahmad, H.A. (2016). The Recent Outbreaks and Reemergence of Polio-Virus in War and Conflict Affected Areas.
  1. . International Journal of Infectious Diseases 49(8): 40-46. PubMed ID 27237735.
  2. Akil, L. and Ahmad, H.A., 2016. Salmonella Infections Modelling in Mississippi using Neural Network and Geographical Information System (GIS). BMJ Open 2016;6:e009255. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009255.  PMID: 26940103 PMCID: PMC4785344
  3. He, X., Akil, L., Aker, W.G., Hwang, H-m., and Ahmad, H.A. (2015). Trends in Infant Mortality in United States: A Thorough Investigation of Southeastern States from 2005-2009. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(5), 4908-4920. PMID: 25955527 PMCID: PMC4454945
  4. Akil, L. Reddy R.S and Ahmad, H.A., 2014. Effects of Climate Change on Salmonella Infections. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. December 2014, 11(12): 974-980. doi:10.1089/fpd.2014.1802. doi:10.1089/fpd.2014.1802. PubMed PMID: 25496072.
  5. Akil, L. and Ahmad, H.A., 2011. Relationships between Obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases in Four Southern States and Colorado. JHCPU, volume 22(4): 61-72. .  PMCID: PMC3250069, NIHMS342422
  6. Mahmud, O., Dates, C., Akil, L., and Ahmad, H. A., 2011. Recent Trends in HIV and Tuberculosis in the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa. IJERPH Volume 8 (6): 2524-2532. PMCID: PMC3138039
  7. Akil, L., H.A. Ahmad, 2011. Effects of Socioeconomic Factors on Obesity Rates in Four Southern States and Colorado. Ethnicity and Disease, Volume 21, Winter 2011. PMCID: PMC3101796 NIHMSID: NIHMS285430.


Book Chapter

H. Anwar Ahmad and Luma Akil. Environmental and Socioeconomic Effects on Salmonella Infection Rates. Salmonella. INTECH Publications. Accepted 2017


 Dr. Akil’s CV