PhD Students

The Department of Epidemiology has between 45 and 50 students pursuing the PhD degree at any one time. To learn more about some of our students and their research, please view the profiles below.

Zachary Binney

Zachary Binney

Year in Program: 4
Previous Education: BA, University of Chicago; MPH, Emory University
Faculty Advisors(s): Cecile Janssens
Research Area:Sports injuries, football (NFL), predictive modeling, epidemiologic methods.
Working Dissertation Title: Epidemiology and Prediction of Injuries in the National Football League (NFL)

Carolyn Brown

carolyn brown

Year in Program: 3
Previous Education: ScB, Brown University; MSPH, Johns Hopkins University
Faculty Advisor(s): Patrick Sullivan
Research Interests: HIV prevention for key populations, international HIV prevention, LGBT stigma and health outcomes.

Armen Byrd

Armen Byrd

Year in Program: 3
Previous Education: BS, University of Florida; MPH, University of Florida
Faculty Advisor(s): Robin Bostick
Research Interests: Dietary patterns, the microbiome and risk for cancer incidence and mortality.

Michael Garber

Michael Garber

Year in Program: 3
Previous Education: BS, University of Michigan; MPH, Emory University
Faculty Advisor(s): Terry Hartman
Research Interests: Structural and environmental barriers to physical activity; social determinants; mHealth.

Aaron Holleman

Aaron Holleman

Year in Program: 3
Previous Education: BA, Rice University; MPH, Johns Hopkins University
Faculty Advisor(s): Jennifer Mulle
Research Interests: Genetic and molecular epidemiology of neuropsychiatric illness.

Minxuan Huang

Minxuan Huang

Year in Program: 2
Previous Education: BS, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; MS, Johns Hopkins University
Faculty Advisor(s): Viola Vaccarino
Research Interests: cardiovascular disease, psychiatric symptoms, epidemiology methods.

Amyn Malik

Amyn Malik

Year in Program: 3
Previous Education: MBBS, Aga Khan University; MPH, Johns Hopkins University
Faculty Advisor(s): Neel Gandhi
Research Interests: Infectious diseases especially Tuberculosis (TB), Drug Resistant TB, Pediatric TB.

Amanda Payne

Amanda payne

Year in Program: 5
Previous Education: BS, Georgia Institute of Technology; MPH, Emory University
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Mulle
Research Interests: Hemostatic and thrombotic disorders, hemoglobinopathies, genetic epidemiology.
Working Dissertation Title: Genetic Risk Factors for Inhibitor Development among Persons with Hemophilia.

  • "Invasive Pneumococcal Disease among Children with and without Sickle Cell Disease in the United States, 1998-2009" Payne AB, Link-Gelles R, Azonobi I, Hooper WC, Beall BW, Jorgensen JH, Juni B, Moore M, for the Active Bacterial Core Surveillance Team. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2013 Jul 9; [Epub ahead of print]
  • "A study of prospective surveillance for inhibitors among persons with haemophilia in the United States" Soucie JM, Miller CH, Kelly FM, Payne AB, Creary M, Bockenstedt PL, Kempton CL, Manco-Johnson MJ, Neff AT; the Haemophilia Inhibitor Research Study Investigators. Haemophilia. 2013 Nov 22; [Epub ahead of print]

Pratik Pimple

Pratik Pimple

Year in Program: 4
Previous Education: MBBS, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences; MPH, Emory University
Faculty Advisor(s): Viola Vaccarino
Research Interests: Investigating the effect of mental/psychosocial stress on chronic diseases, particularly investigating the path-physiological and genetic polymorphisms, which can explain the association between stress and cardiovascular disease.
Working Dissertation Title: Psychosocial Stress & Cardiovascular Disease: Association and Mechanisms.

Ryan Saelee

Ryan Saelee

Year in Program: 2
Previous Education: BA and MPH; University of California Berkeley
Faculty Advisor(s): Viola Vaccarino and Tene Lewis
Research Interests: psychosocial stress, discrimination, racial/ethnic disparities, cardiovascular health.

Supriya Sarkar

Supriya Sarkar

Year in Program: 3
Previous Education: BS, Vanderbilt University; MPH, Johns Hopkins University
Faculty Advisor(s): Kristin Wall
Research Interests: HIV prevention, cost-effectiveness, infection disease and health economic modelling.

Danielle Sharpe

Danielle Sharpe

Year in Program: 2
Previous Education: BS, Georgia Tech; MS, University of Florida
Faculty Advisor(s): Eli Rosenberg
Research Interests: Disease surveillance; infectious disease epidemiology; mobile technology-based and Internet-based research methods to reach marginalized, hard-to-reach populations.

Kaitlyn Stanhope

Kaitlyn Stanhope

Year in Program: 3
Previous Education: BA, Brown University; MPH, Emory University
Faculty Advisor(s): Carol Hogue
Research Interests: Reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, immigration, social epidemiology.

Miriam VanDyke

Miriam VanDyke

Year in Program: 3
Previous Education: BS, University of Alabama at Birmingham; MPH, Emory University
Faculty Advisor(s): Tene Lewis
Research Interests: Social Epidemiology; Impact of Race, Class, and Place on Health; Economic Policy and Health; Psychosocial stress and Cardiovascular Disease.