Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi



The Epidemiology And Translational Research Lab focuses on projects aimed to better understand the epidemiology of chronic disease prevention across the lifespan. We are committed to training the next generation of epidemiologists and public health practitioners. Food security is a primary focus of our research lab, due to its high prevalence in the state of Mississippi, and its negative impacts on health. Our research lab employs epidemiology methods to answer research questions with meaningful public health relevance, that can then be translated into practice. Community relationships are at the heart of the research we conduct to ensure that the work we do is relevant, and has a practical application. The team supports an inclusive research environment that encourages inquiry through epidemiologic methods, sound logic and unconventional thinking.


If you are looking to partner with us on research related to food security or chronic disease prevention or are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in gaining research experience, please contact the lab director, Dr. Victoria Zigmont, at