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Justin V. ​Remais, PhD, MS

Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Chair, Environmental Health Sciences Division

Justin Remais is Professor and Chair of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at UC Berkeley. He studies the dynamics and spread of infectious diseases in changing environments, such as those associated with rapid urbanization, industrialization, changes in water resources, and an increasingly variable climate.
Phone: (510) 643-8900
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Address: 2121 Berkeley Way #5301
Berkeley, CA 94720


Justin Remais is Professor and Chair of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. An engineer by training, Prof. Remais’ research uses statistical, mathematical, and computational approaches to study the impact of environmental change on the dynamics of infectious disease transmission. He leads a cluster of studies examining the spread of West Nile virus, TB, leptospirosis, schistosomiasis, coccidioidomycosis, and enteric infections as they respond to rapid urbanization, industrialization, migration, changes in water resources, and a changing and more variable climate, among other factors. He has led (as PI or co-PI) >$13 million in extramural research projects since being appointed to the Berkeley faculty, including collaborative research in California, China, Ecuador, and Senegal. He serves as Deputy Editor of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases and Academic Editor of PLoS Global Public Health. Prof. Remais received his MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

Research Interests

  • Environmental dynamics of infectious diseases
  • Global environmental change and health
  • Methodological issues in the projection of infectious disease risks in response to environmental change
  • Optimizing infectious disease surveillance in low- and middle-income countries
  • Mathematical and statistical modeling of infectious disease transmission
  • Dynamics of waterborne and vector-borne infections in rapidly changing environments


  • PhD – Environmental Health Sciences
    University of California, Berkeley
  • MS – Civil and Environmental Engineering
    University of California, Berkeley
  • BA – Environmental Science
    University of California, Berkeley


Courses Taught

    • PBHLTH 273
    • Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease
    • PBHLTH 271G
    • Health Implications of Climate Change
    • PBHLTH 292
    • Capstone seminar for EHS MPH Students

Articles Featuring Justin Remais:

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