Anil T. Mangla Promoted to Director for the Infectious Disease and Immunization Program

Anil T. Mangla, Ph.D., M.P.H., FRIPH., adjunct professor of epidemiology within the College of Public Health, has been promoted to the position of Director for the Infectious Disease and Immunization Program. Dr. Mangla has worked with the Division of Public Health for the past four years as a Senior Epidemiologist in the Environmental Health Program. He brings a wealth of knowledge with regard to infectious diseases, heavy metal toxicology, epidemiology and community advocacy. In addition to his work in DPH, Dr. Mangla is actively involved in preparing the next generation of public health professionals in his capacity as an adjunct professor at U.G.A. and Mercer University, School of Medicine.

Dr Mangla begun his infectious disease career in 1988 under Dr. James Becvar at the University of Texas-El Paso. In 1993 he had an opportunity to be mentored and complete his Ph.D under world known infectious disease expert, Professor W. David Nes. Their research involved mechanistic enzymology using sterol pathways to identify inhibitors for opportunistic diseases like Tuberculosis, Candida and Prototheca. He then completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota under the leadership of Professor Karin Musier-Forsyth, an authority of Nucleic Acid-Protein Interactions in HIV.

Dr. Mangla served as president of Africa Solutions and as chair for Sub – Saharan African Youth and Family Services in Minnesota . During this period, he focused on HIV and TB in the foreign born populations and facilitated services for refugees. He completed an MPH at the University of Minnesota as a Bush Leadership fellow. He interned with Congresswoman Betty McCollum evaluating PEPFAR. Dr. Mangla also served as co-president with Congressman Arlen Erdarl for the United Nations Association of Minnesota from 2003-2005.

Dr. Mangla is a wonderful asset to the College of Public Health. Each semester he teaches either an undergraduate or graduate global health course for students from multiple disciplines within the university. His dedication to the training of future public health leaders is one-of-a-kind.

Posted April 30, 2010.