Current PhD Students | Environmental Health

April Ballard

April Ballard

Email: april.ballard@emory.edu
From:  Cox’s Creek, Kentucky 
Year Entered Program: 2018
Previous Degrees: BA, Biology and Spanish Language and Literature, Transylvania University (2014); MPH, Environmental Health and Epidemiology, University of Kentucky (2017)
Research Interests: WASH, gender, and climate change; rural and vulnerable populations; novel research measure and method development

Brittney Baumert

Brittney Baumert

Email: brittney.olivia.baumert@emory.edu
From: Durham, North Carolina
Year Entered Program: 2016
Previous Degrees: BS Environmental Health Science, University of Georgia (2013); MPH Epidemiology, University of Georgia (2015)
Research Interests: Environmental epidemiology

Jianzhao Bi

Jianzhao Bi

Email:  jianzhao.bi@emory.edu
From: Wuhan, China
Year Entered Program: 2016
Previous Degrees: BS Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University (2014); MS Atmospheric Remote Sensing, Tsinghua University (2016)
Research Interests: Satellite remote sensing of particulate matter (PM2.5), statistical models and machine learning techniques for air pollution exposure assessment
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Ian Buller

Ian Buller

Email: ibuller@emory.edu
From: Tucson, AZ
Year Entered Program: 2013
Previous Degrees: BA Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado; MA Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Boulder
Research Interests: Infectious disease ecology, vector-borne diseases, surveillance under imperfect detection, stochastic models, spatial dynamics
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Che-Jung Chang

Che-Jung Chang

Email: ccha242@emory.edu
From: Taiwan
Year Entered Program: 2017
Previous Degrees: BS in Nursing Science, National Taiwan University; MS in Environmental Health, National Taiwan University
Research Interests: Exposure science and occupational health

Anna Chard

Anna Chard

Email: achard@emory.edu
From: Atlanta, Georgia
Year Entered Program: 2015
Previous Degrees: Political Science, College of Charleston; MPH, Emory University
Research Interests: Evaluation of infectious disease programs, particularly WASH-related disease; improving methodology for the measurement of environmental exposures, disease outcomes, and health behaviors.

Danielle Clarkson-Townsend

Danielle Clarkson-Townsend

Email: danielle.clarkson-townsend@emory.edu
From: Boston, MA
Year Entered Program: 2016
Previous Degrees: BS Biology, Tufts University (2012); MPH, Emory University (2016)
Research Interests: Epigenetics, circadian rhythm biology, developmental exposures, environmental justice, and science communication

Miranda Delahoy

Miranda Delahoy

Email: mjdelah@emory.edu
From: Washington, D.C.
Year Entered Program: 2014
Previous Degrees: BA Mathematics and Politics, Oberlin College; MSPH Environmental Health and Epidemiology, and Certificate in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Emory University
Research Interests: Diarrheal disease, WASH, epidemiology, environmental enteropathy, seasonality of infectious diseases

Frederick Goddard

Frederick Goddard

From: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Year Entered Program: 2016
Previous Degrees: B.Eng. in Engineering Design, MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2015)
Research Interests: International WASH with a focus on the impacts of water treatment technologies on health

Andrea Gonzalez

Andrea Gonzalez

Email: andrea.lya.gonzalez@emory.edu
From: San Juan, Puerto Rico 
Year Entered Program:
2015  
Previous Degrees: 
BS Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras; MS University of Puerto Rico-Medical Science
Research Interests: Exposure to environmental contaminants in pregnant women and infants

Ian Hennessee

Ian Hennessee

Email:  ian.patrick.hennessee@emory.edu
From: Atlanta, Georgia
Year Entered Program:
 2018 
Previous Degrees:
BA, Sociology, Emory University (2010); MPH, Global Epidemiology, Emory University (2015) 
Research Interests: Infectious disease ecology, vector borne disease, climate change, spatial epidemiology 

Sabrina Sharmin Haque

Sabrina Sharmin Haque

Email: sshaque@emory.edu 
From: Suffolk, Virginia 
Year Entered Program:
 2017 
Previous Degrees: 
BS, Neuroscience and Public Health, College of William and Mary; MPH, Environmental Health Sciences with Certificate in Global Health, Columbia University
Research Interests: Water resource management, climate, WASH, nutrition, food security, international development

Sydney Hubbard

Sydney Hubbard

Email: sydney.corinne.hubbard@emory.edu
From: Lancaster, Ohio
Year Entered Program:
 2018 
Previous Degrees:
BS, Biology, University of Dayton (2009); MPH, Epidemiology, Emory University (2011)
Research Interests: urban WASH, impact evaluations, diarrheal disease, epidemiology

Candis M. Hunter

Candis M. Hunter

Email: candis.mayweather.hunter@emory.edu
From: Baton Rouge, LA
Year Entered Program: 2014
Previous Degrees: BS Chemistry, Spelman College; MSPH Environmental Health-Epidemiology, Emory University
Research Interests: Reproductive and children's environmental health, nanotechnology, environmental justice/health disparities, evaluation, and community-based participatory research

>> Learn about Candis's research 

Tyiesha Johnson

Tyiesha Johnson

Email: tyiesha.johnson@emory.edu
From: Silver Spring, Maryland
Year Entered Program: 2016
Previous Degrees: BS Environmental Science & Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County (2012); MPH (Environmental & Occupational Health), Drexel University (2014)
Research Interests: Maternal and child health, birth outcomes, household contaminants (i.e. mold, environmental tobacco smoke, metals), asthma, environmental justice, health disparities

Frederica Lamar

Frederica Lamar

Email: flamar@emory.edu 
From: Atlanta, Georgia
Year Entered Program: 2017
Previous Degrees: BS Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; MSPH Global Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Research Interests: WASH and behavior change interventions in developing nations and resource-limited areas

Jiawen (Fred) Liao

Jiawen (Fred) Liao

From: Chengdu, China
Year Entered Program: 2016
Previous Degrees: BS Environmental Sciences, Peking University (2014); MS Environmental Health Sciences, University of California Berkeley (2016)
Research Interests: Air pollution, exposure science, climate change

Samuel Peters

Samuel Peters

Email: sam.peters@emory.edu
From: Eau Claire, WI
Year Entered Program: 2015
Previous Degrees: BS Chemistry, Saint Olaf College
Research Interests: Sustainable agricultural techniques, agricultural emissions, and climate change modeling

Elizabeth Tess Sajewski

Elizabeth Tess Sajewski

Email: Elizabeth.sajewski@emory.edu 
From: Lloyd Harbor, New York
Year Entered Program: 2017
Previous Degrees: BSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University (2013)
Research Interests: Infectious disease dynamics, enteric diseases, WASH, impact of climate change on infectious disease, environmental justice

Julia Silva Sobolik

Julia Silva Sobolik

Email: Julia.sobolik@emory.edu 
From: Ashland, Oregon
Year Entered Program: 2017
Previous Degrees: H.B.S Biology, Oregon State University; H.B.A International Studies in Biology, Oregon State University; MPH Global Health, Emory University; MS Microbiology, University of Washington
Research Interests: Environmental microbiology, diarrheal diseases, and water quality

Molly Steele

Molly Steele

Email: molly.steele@emory.edu
From: Cody, WY
Year Entered Program: 2015
Previous Degrees:  BS Biological Sciences, Montana State University; MS Ecology, Pennsylvania State University; MPH Epidemiology, Emory University
Research Interests: Infectious disease ecology, SIRS models, impact of vaccination on infectious disease dynamics

Jennifer Stowell

Jennifer Stowell

Email: Jennifer.stowell@emory.edu
From: Springville, Utah
Year Entered Program: 2015
Previous Degrees: BS Geography, Brigham Young University; MPH, Emory University
Research Interests: Using spatial tools, remote sensing, and predictive models to evaluate the impact of climate change on health as well as exploring avenues where spatial analysis and modeling apply to multiple aspects of environmental science and epidemiology

Pei Wen (Millie) Tung

Pei Wen (Millie) Tung

Email: millie.tung@emory.edu
From: Taiwan
Year Entered Program: 2018
Previous Degrees: BS Public Health, Taipei Medical University (2015); MPH Environmental Health Sciences with Certificate in Toxicology, Columbia University (2017)
Research Interests: children’s environmental health re: air pollution and neurodevelopment

Aimée Vester

Aimée Vester

Email: aimee.vester@emory.edu
From: West Bloomfield, MI
Year Entered Program: 2014
Previous Degrees: BS Neuroscience, University of Michigan
Research Interests: Neurotoxicology; neurodegenerative disease

Bryan Vu

Bryan Vu

Email: bryan.vu@emory.edu
From: Garden Grove, California
Year Entered Program: 2018
Previous Degrees: BS Biology, California State University, Long Beach; MPH, University of California, Irvine; MSPH in Environmental Health and Epidemiology, Emory University
Research Interests: Applications of satellite remote sensing data, Geographic Information System (GIS), exposure modeling, air pollution and its epidemiological impacts