Justin Remais

Justin Remais

Associate Professor and Head, Environmental Health Sciences
School of Public Health
(510) 643-8900
(510) 643-5056
Research Expertise and Interest
Infectious disease dynamics, methodological issues in infectious disease surveillance, infectious diseases, infectious disease epidemiology, global environmental change, climate change, global change, urbanization, mathematical modeling, computational modeling
Research Description

Prof. Justin Remais' research advances methods for estimating the health risks that result from a wide range of environmental changes, such as those associated with rapid urbanization, industrialization, changes in water resources, and a changing and more variable climate. His research group at Berkeley is presently investigating the dynamics of key infectious diseases in rapidly changing environments, including through NIH- and NSF-funded projects with partners in China, Ecuador and Senegal that address fundamental questions regarding how infectious diseases spread, and what can be done to interrupt their transmission. Prof. Remais led a team that published seminal work in The Lancet on of the health consequences—both adverse and beneficial—of rapid urbanization in China, and its interaction with population aging and other demographic trends. In other work, he led the first international research effort to estimate the burden of water, sanitation and hygiene-attributable infectious diseases across China in the presence of a changing climate. He is presently leading NSF- and NIH-funded research investigating how hydrodynamics and social dynamics interact to influence the transmission of waterborne pathogens in Ecuador and China, and how agrochemical use influences the transmission of parasitic diseases in West Africa. His group's other NIH-funded research is developing of new approaches for simulating and optimizing surveillance networks to detect existing and emerging infectious diseases under changing epidemiological and environmental conditions, with a focus on diarrheal diseases, malaria, dengue, leptospirosis, TB, Japanese encephalitis, schistosomiasis and HFMD. His research projects in California include an investigation of the changing epidemiology of West Nile Virus in the state, and research on the spread of coccidioidomycosis through drought and heavy rainfall cycles. Prof. Remais received his MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.



In the News

July 22, 2019

How fat prawns can save lives

Before bite-sized crustaceans like crayfish, shrimp and prawns land on our dinner plates, they first have to get fat themselves — and it turns out they relish the freshwater snails that transmit the parasite that causes schistosomiasis, the second most devastating parasitic disease worldwide, after malaria.
June 18, 2019

When it comes to climate change, don’t forget the microbes

Scientists are rightly focused on anticipating and preventing the major impacts that climate change will have on humans, plants and animals. But they shouldn’t forget the effect on Earth’s microbes, on which everything else depends, warns a group of 33 biologists from around the globe.