Angela Malek is a research assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She earned her MPH and PhD degrees in epidemiology in 2006 and 2011, respectively, from Pitt Public Health.
Malek is principal investigator of a K01 career development award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute investigating long-term maternal and infant complications in pre-eclampsia, with a focus on health disparities. She serves as co-principal investigator of a recently awarded, internal pilot grant to study racial/ethnic disparities in systemic lupus erythematosus clinical and genetic factors. In addition, Malek is co-investigator on a CDC-funded study with investigators at Pitt Public Health examining environmental risk factors for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
She has served as co-investigator on studies that examined environmental risk factors for ALS in the Women’s Health Initiative, HIV self-testing among partners of women in Uganda, and nutritional epidemiology projects focused on patterns of dietary intake using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data, and as a post-doctoral scholar on a CDC-funded comorbidities in epilepsy study. Research collaborations have additionally focused on cancer disparities and risk factors for stroke in the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study. Malek received the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, Sandra A. Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease or Hypertension Epidemiology and Prevention in 2020 for work related to her K01. In 2017, she received the MUSC John R. Raymond Mentoring Fellowship Award. She serves on departmental-level committees and is active within scientific organizations. To date, she has published 42 peer-reviewed papers, 13 as first author, and two book chapters.
Of her time at Pitt Public Health, Malek said: "Pitt Public Health has had a significant impact on my life and my career. I received excellent training in epidemiology and public health, obtained extensive research experience, and established long-term research collaborations while at Pitt Public Health. This has led to numerous research, training, and professional development opportunities including the creation of new, multidisciplinary collaborations, receiving a NHLBI K01 award, and becoming a faculty member of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina."
Her favorite part of her job: "I enjoy the continuous learning, challenges, and rewards involved with conducting epidemiologic research and a career in academia. My favorite parts of my job include the colleagues with whom I work, the people for whom the research is being done, and the many opportunities available to make a difference by improving the health of the public."