Preeti Zanwar, PhD, MPH, MS

Preeti Zanwar, PhD, MPH, MS

Instructional Assistant Professor

Epidemiology & Biostatistics
School of Public Health
212 Adriance Lab Road
College Station, TX   77843-1266

Education and Training

Post-Doctorate, Health of Older Minorities, NIA Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, Sealy Center on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch, 2014

PhD, Health Economics / Health Services Research, University of Texas School of Public Health, 2012

Pre-Doctorate, Innovation for Cancer Prevention Research Fellowship, CPRIT/UTHealth, 2011

MPH, Epidemiology, University of Texas School of Public Health, 2009

MS, Biological Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine / University of Houston - Clear Lake, 2007

BS, Biological Sciences, University of Houston, 1999

Research Interests

  • Viral Infections in Cancer
  • Cancer Screening and Survivorship
  • Health Disparities and Disability
  • Epidemiology, Economics, Demography and Biology of Aging
  • Modelling Healthcare Costs and Counts
  • Health Technology and Health Outcomes
  • Economic Evaluations in Health & Medicine

Teaching Interests

  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Sample Survey Methodology


Available at:

Gimm G, Blodgett E, Zanwar P. Access to Preventive Services for Working-Age Adults with Physical Limitations. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Revise and Resubmit, 2017.

Zanwar P, Blodgett, E., Gimm, G. Gender Disparities in Clinical Preventive Service Use among Community Dwelling Older Adults with Disabilities. (Work in Progress)

Zanwar, P, Luisa Franzini. Disparities in healthcare utilization and expenditures in overweight and obese adults with end-stage renal disease. (Work in Progress)

Zanwar P, William Wierda, Janet S. Butel. Polyomaviral infections in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. (Work in Progress)

Gimm, G., Blodgett, E., Zanwar P. Examining access to care for younger vs. older dual-eligible living in the community. Disability and Health 2016 Jul;9(3):431-8. PMID: 26781192

Zanwar, P, Lin, Y.L., Kuo, Y.F., Goodwin, J.S. Downstream tests, treatments, and annual direct payments in older men cared for by primary care providers with high or low prostate specific antigen screening rates using 100 percent Texas U.S. Medicare public insurance claims data: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Health Services Research 2016 Jan 15;16:17. PMID: 26772175

Zhang, S., Sroller, V., Zanwar, P., Chen, C.J., Halvorson, S.J., Adjami, N.J., Hecksel, C.W., Swain, J.L., Wong, C., Sullivan, C.S., Butel, J.S. Viral microRNA effects on pathogenesis of polyomavirus SV40 infections in Syrian Golden Hamsters. PLoS Pathogens 2014 Feb. 6. PMID: 24516384

Zanwar P. Microbial Infection, Leukemia and Lymphoma Associated with. In: Nelson K. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Metagenomics: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2013 (Chapter)

Kusne, S., Vilchez, R.A., Zanwar, P., Quiroz, J., Mazur, M.J., Heilman, R.L., Mulligan, D.C., Butel, J,S. Polyomavirus JC urinary shedding in kidney and liver transplant recipients associated with reduced creatinine clearance. Journal of Infectious Disease 2012 Sep 15; 206(6):875-80. PMID: 22802433

Thomas, L.D., Milstone, A.P., Vilchez, R.A., Zanwar, P., Butel, J.S., Dummer, S.J. Polyomavirus infection and its impact on renal function and long-term outcomes after lung transplantation. Transplantation 2009 Aug 15; 88(3):360-6. PMID: 19667938

Patel N.C., Vilchez R.A., Killen D.E., Zanwar P., Sroller V., Eldin K. W., López-Terrada D., Butel JS. Detection of polyomavirus SV40 in tonsils from immunocompetent children. Journal of Clinical Virology 2008 Sep; 43(1):66-72. PMID: 18539521 

Thomas L.D., Vilchez R.A., White Z.S., Zanwar P., Milstone A.P., Butel J.S., Dummer S.J. A prospective longitudinal study of polyomavirus shedding in lung-transplant recipients. Journal of Infectious Disease 2007 195:442-449. PMID: 17205484

Meneses A., Lopez-Terrada D., Zanwar P., Killen D.E., Monterroso V., Butel J.S., Vilchez R.A. Lymphoproliferative disorders in Costa Rica and Simian virus 40. Haematologica 2005 Dec; 90(12):1635-42. PMID: 16330436

Vilchez R.A., Lopez-Terrada D., Middleton J. R., Finch C., Killen D.E., Zanwar P., Jorgensen J.L., Butel J.S. Simian virus 40 tumor antigen expression and immunophenotypic profile of AIDS-related non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Virology 2005 Nov 10; 342(1):38-46. PMID: 16122775

McNees A. L., White Z., Zanwar P., Vilchez R. A., Butel J. S. Specific and quantitative detection of human polyomaviruses JCV, BKV, and SV40 by real time PCR. Journal of Clinical Virology 2005 Sep; 34 (1):52-62. PMID:  16087125

Vilchez R. A., Wong C., Brayton C., Zanwar P., Killen D. E., Jorgensen J. L., Butel J. S. Differential ability of two simian virus 40 strains to induce malignancies in hamsters. Virology 2004 Dec 5; 30(1):168-77. PMID: 15527843