EH Faculty


Justin Remais  

Updated: 12/01/2014    [update]
Associate Professor (Graduate Faculty)

Global Environmental Heath

Department of:
Environmental Health

Rollins School of Public Health
1518 Clifton Road, NE
Claudia Nance Rollins Bldg, Room 2023
Atlanta, GA 30322
tel: 404.712.8908
fax: 404.727.8744

MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2002, University of California at Berkeley
PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, 2006, University of California at Berkeley
Additional Appointment(s):
Director, Graduate Program in Global Environmental Health
Associate Professor of Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Jointly Appointed
Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Associated Faculty
Courses Taught:
EH 582: Global Climate Change: Health Impacts and Response
EH 586: Advanced Seminar in Climate Change and Health: Research and Policy
EHS 750: The Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease
GH 582: Env, Climate & Infect Disease
Career Overview:

Areas of Interest/Research:
Global Health
Infectious Disease
Risk Assessment
Safe Water
Selected Research Projects:

2006 - 2013: Environmental Change and Parasite Diffusion in China (NSF EEID)

2009 - 2012: Assessing the Cumulative Climate-Related Health Risks in the Eastern U.S. (CDC)

2011 - 2016: Models for improving surveillance of environmentally-mediated infectious diseases in China (NIAID)

2012 - 2014: Flood-related pathogen risk models appropriate for low resource settings (NSF CBET)

2014 - 2019: Analytical methods for estimating the joint climatological-social drivers of water quality and supply in contrasting tropical zones (NSF WSC)

Selected Publications:

See all current publications on the Remais Research Group website
Moore J,
Remais, J

Developmental models for estimating ecological responses to environmental variability: structural, parametric, and experimental issues
Acta Biotheoretica
, 62: 69-90, 2014.
Remais, J
, Hess J, Ebi K, Markandya A, Balbus J, Wilkinson P, Haines A, Chalabi Z
Estimating the health effects of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies: addressing parametric, model and valuation challenges
Environmental Health Perspectives
, 22: 447-455, 2014.
Hodges M, Belle J, Carlton C, Liang S, Li H, Luo W, Freeman MC, Liu Y, Gao Y, Hess J,
Remais, J

Delays in reducing waterborne and water-related infectious diseases in China under climate change
Nature Climate Change
, 4: 1109-15, 2014.
Remais, J
, Zeng G, Li G, Tian L, Engelgau M
Convergence of non-communicable and infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries
International Journal of Epidemiology
, 42: 221-227, 2013.
Wu J, Dhingra R, Gambhir M,
Remais, J

Sensitivity analysis of infectious disease models: methods, advances and their application
Journal of the Royal Society Interface
, 10: 2013.
Remais, J
, Eisenberg J
Balancing Clinical and Environmental Responses to Infectious Diseases
The Lancet
, 379: 1457-1459, 2012.
Gong P, Liang S, Carlton E, Jiang Q, Wu J, Wang L,
Remais, J
Urbanization and Health in China
The Lancet
, 379: 843-852, 2012.
Carlton E, Liang S, McDowell J, Li H, Luo W,
Remais, J

Regional disparities in the burden of disease attributable to unsafe water and sanitation in China
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
, 90: 578-587, 2012.
Moore J, Liang S, Akullian A,
Remais, J

Cautioning the use of degree-day models for climate change projections: predicting the future distribution of parasite hosts in the presence of parametric uncertainty
Ecological Applications
, 22: 2237-2247, 2012.
Xiao N,
Remais, J
, Brindley P, Qiu D, Spear R, Lei Y, Blair D
Polymorphic microsatellites in the human bloodfluke, Schistosoma japonicum, identified using a genomic resource
Parasites & Vectors
, 4: 2011.
Remais, J
, Zhang J.
Environmental Lessons from China: Finding Promising Policies in Unlikely Places
Environmental Health Perspectives
, 119: 893-895, 2011.
Worrell C, Xiao N, Vidal J, Chen L, Zhong B,
Remais, J

Field Detection of Schistosoma japonicum Cercariae in Environmental Water Samples by Quantitative PCR
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
, 11: 2192–2195, 2011.
Dhingra R, Christensen ER, Liu Y, Zhong B, Wu C-F, Yost MG,
Remais, J

Greenhouse gas emission reductions from domestic anaerobic digesters linked with sustainable sanitation in rural China
Environmental Science & Technology
, 45: 2345–2352, 2011.
Remais, J
, Xiao N, Akullian A, Qiu D, and Blair D
Genetic assignment methods for gaining insight into the management of infectious disease by understanding vector, host and pathogen movement
PLoS Pathogens
, 7: 4, 2011.
Zhang J, Mauzerall D, Zhu T, Liang S, Ezzati M,
Remais, J

Environmental health in China: challenges to achieving clean air and safe water
The Lancet
, 375: 1110 - 1119, 2010.
Remais, J
, Akullian A, Ding L, Seto E.
Analytical methods for quantifying environmental connectivity for the control and surveillance of infectious disease spread
Journal of the Royal Society Interface
, 7: 1181-93, 2010.
Gambhir M, Bockarie M, Tisch D, Kazura J,
Remais, J
, Spear R and Michael E
Geographic and ecologic heterogeneity in elimination thresholds for the major vector-borne helminthic disease, lymphatic filariasis
BMC Biology
, 8: 22, 2010.
Remais, J
, Zhong B, Carlton EJ, Spear RC
Model approaches for estimating the influence of time-varying socio-environmental factors on macroparasite transmission in two endemic regions
, 1: 213-220, 2009.
Remais, J
, Liang S, Spear RC
Coupling hydrologic and infectious disease models to explain regional differences in schistosomiasis transmission in southwestern China
Environ. Sci. Technol.
, 42: 2643–2649, 2008.
Hung, YW,
Remais, J

Quantitative detection of Schistosoma japonicum cercariae in water by real-time PCR
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
, 2: e337, 2008.
Remais, J
, Hubbard A, Wu Z, Spear RC
Weather-driven dynamics of an intermediate host: mechanistic and statistical population modelling of Oncomelania hupensis
Journal of Applied Ecology
, 44: 781-791, 2007.
Liang S, Seto E,
Remais, J
, Zhong B, Yang C, Hubbard A, Davis G, Gu X, Qiu D, Spear RC
Environmental effects on transmission and control of parasitic diseases exemplified by schistosomiasis in Western China
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
, 104: 6879-6880, 2007.
Driscoll AJ, Kyle JL,
Remais, J

Development of a novel PCR assay capable of detecting a single Schistosoma japonicum cercaria recovered from Oncomelania hupensis
, 131: 497-500, 2005.
Other affiliations and Activities:

Associate Professor of Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Jointly Appointed
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Associated Faculty
Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research website:

Dr. Remais is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. His research bridges host, environmental, and parasitic disease phenomena using mathematical and statistical modeling of host-environment interactions, landscape genetics, and field epidemiology to illuminate the fundamental processes of disease spread in changing environments. His NIH- and NSF-funded research in China examines the spatial and temporal factors that propagate environmentally-mediated infectious diseases, with the goal of improving the timing and targeting of control and surveillance activities. He also develops risk models aimed to protect populations from, and prepare populations for, the various health risks associated with climate change. His current project in this area (with colleagues at Emory, funded by the U.S. CDC) quantitatively examines multiple health risks that are directly, proximally, and distally related to climate change: infectious disease vectors, heat stress and outdoor air pollution. His teaching has included undergraduate and graduate level courses in Climate Change and Health, Global Environmental Health and Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease. Dr. Remais holds a master’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a doctorate in Environmental Health Sciences, both from the University of California at Berkeley.

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