Frank Bandiera is an epidemiologist whose research has focused on tobacco use among special and vulnerable populations, especially ethnic minorities, people with mental disabilities, and populations with drug addictions. He served as an assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health, where he examined the complex interdisciplinary relationships among tobacco use, substance use, and mental health in diverse populations. Specifically, Frank has investigated mortality among persons with substance abuse and mental health challenges, and the difference in tobacco use among special populations. Frank also served as a Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellow at FDA. Frank received his BA in psychology from the University of Miami, his MPH from the University of Florida, and his PhD from the University of Miami. He completed his postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of California System. His portfolio includes minority health and health disparities.