Luma Akil, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor
Concentration: Environmental and Occupational Health

Department of Behavioral and Environmental Health

 

Contact:

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

 

Education:

The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 

   Bachelor of Science

  05/2001

  Biology

Jackson State University

    Master of Science

  08/2009

  Environmental Sciences

Jackson State University

    Doctor of Philosophy
    Degree 

  08/2013

  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