Student Profiles

Epidemiology

  • Cristina Espinosa-Da Silva

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2017

     

  • Nicole Glass Nabors

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2017

     

  • Rudy Patrick

    • Degree Program:Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2017

     

  • Daniel Crouch

    Daniel Crouch

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2018
    • Advisor: Dr. Shaffer
    • Email: djcrouch@health.ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: He/Him/His

    Environmental and infections disease epidemiology

    I love life, but it's more fun with kids.

    Hobbies: movies, beach days, exercising, surfing, swimming, golfing, hiking, and saving Princess Peach

    Favorite food: Indian curry, sushi, falafel Favorite

    Movie: Pan's Labyrinth

     

  • Jordan Killian

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2018

     

  • Benjamin Schumacher

    Benjamin Schumacher

    Aging and behavioral epidemiology

    Ben was born and raised in San Diego, where he obtained both his B.S. in Public Health (UCSD) and MPH in Epidemiology (SDSU). Ben, his wife, and their Mini Australian Shepherd, Henry, are excited for him to finish his dissertation titled, "Developing, Validating, and Applying Measurements of Relative Intensity Activity from Observational Accelerometry Studies"

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  • Alexis Garduno

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2019
    • Advisor: Dr. Rany Salem and Dr. Andrea LaCroix
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Genetic and Behavioral Factors with Diabetes Outcomes, Data Science, Aging, Health Disparities

    Alexis received a bachelors in bioengineering from Stanford University. After graduating in 2015, she worked in SF to support product development and pre-clinical studies for a Series A biotech start-up. Her background in engineering biomedical devices and interest in advanced technology motivated her path focused on designing studies that promote equitable use of these technologies in diverse populations. She completed a masters in epidemiology from the Oregon Health and Science University - Portland State University School of Public Health, while managing a diabetes coaching incentive program and supporting analysis for HEDIS-initiatives at Moda Health. She spent a lot of the winters outdoor rock-climbing and taking trips to Bend, which was her second home. Alexis started in the doctoral program in 2019, and is currently supported by the T32 program in Advanced Data and Analytics for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. She is also the 2020 APHA recipient of the Laurence Branch Doctoral Research Award. When not staring at a computer, she spends most of her free time surfing and rock climbing, and really enjoys introducing people to the great outdoors.

  • Adrienne Suazo

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2019
  • Osika Tripathi

    Osika Tripathi

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2019
    • Advisor: Dr. John Bellettiere
    • Email: otripath@health.ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Secondhand and thirdhand cannabis smoke, health disparities, global health

    Osika has a Bachelor of Science (B.S) degree in psychology and a minor in Community Health from UC Davis (2015). She then moved to San Diego and completed her MPH in epidemiology at SDSU (2017). After completing her MPH, she worked as a data analyst for the DoD HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP), working on seroprevalence of HIV and STI studies in Liberia, Guinea, Cameroon, Ethiopia, and Burundi. Osika's research interests includes social, cultural, environmental, and biological factors that affect health disparities, specifically cannabis and tobacco smoking behaviors, cancer prevention, treatment and outcomes. Currently, Osika continues working on HIV/AIDS prevention, and is working on projects concerning cancer mortality among Asian and Hispanic populations in the US as well as cannabis and tobacco smoking behaviors among high risk populations across the world.

  • Alex Posis

    Alex Posis

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2019
    • Advisor: Dr. LaCroix and Dr. Shaffer
    • Email: aposis@health.ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: He/Him/His

    Epidemiology of aging

    Alex grew up in San Diego... and is still here in San Diego. He received his bachelor's degree in neuroscience from the land of the mighty Banana Slugs, UC Santa Cruz. He also has a master's in public health from San Diego State University. His current research interests revolve around aging and injury epidemiology. To recharge, he enjoys hanging out with family and friends, running, biking, and camping. You can find him walking Alfie the corgi at sunset.

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  • Anaïs Teyton

    Anaïs Teyton

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020
    • Advisor: Dr. Tarik Benmarhnia
    • Email: ateyton@ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Climate change and health; Environmental Epidemiology

    Anaïs is from San Diego and graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Environmental Earth Science. It was during this time that Anaïs became fascinated by the intersection between climate change and health, which is why she completed a Master of Advanced Studies in Climate Science and Policy from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography as well as a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at New York University. Anaïs was selected as a graduate researcher for the Climate Change Research Initiative at NASA, where she examined land surface temperature and heat-related health effects in at-risk New York City neighborhoods. She was also the senior research assistant and interim data manager at NYU's Population Impact, Recovery, and Resilience. Anaïs is especially interested in environmental equity and identifying population interventions to minimize health risks from climate change that simultaneously aid vulnerable populations and do not compromise the integrity of ecosystems.

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  • Eric T. Hyde

    Eric T. Hyde

    Physical activity, wearable devices, CVD, and cancer

    I went to high school in Shanghai for 3 years and it was WILD!

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  • Nhat Thai

    Nhat Thai

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020
    • Advisor: Dr. Shaffer
    • Email: nqthai@health.ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: He/Him/His

    Pediatric health, social determinants of health, health equity

    I was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States when I was 10 years old. I graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Biology. I am currently with the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties working on their community health needs assessment process. I am also doing autism and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease research. Some of my hobbies include swimming, hiking, doing escape rooms. When I am feeling nerdy, I will build Gundams and watch animes for fun. Fun facts: 1) I can do a little small trick with my nose (I can show it to you in person); 2) I created and managed a MapleStory private server in high school; 3) I am a boba addict.

  • Nora Satybaldyeva

    Nora Satybaldyeva

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020
    • Advisor: N/A
    • Email: ksatybal@ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Cannabis / tobacco use, adolescent populations, mental health, data science

    I was born in Kazakhstan and moved to Los Angeles when I was in the third grade. I received my BS in Biology with a minor in Russian Language from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and an MPH in Epidemiology from San Diego State University. I am interested in using freely available data (such as social media) to understand cannabis use among adolescents and young adults. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, hiking, cooking, and spending time with my dog, Kenny.

  • Giovanni Applon

    Giovanni Applon

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2021
    • Email: gappolon7560sdsu.edu

     

    Education

    New York University, New York, NY: 2019

    Master of Public Health – Epidemiology

     

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA: 2013

    Bachelor of Science – Respiratory Care Therapy

     

    Biography

    Mr. Appolon is a first-year student in the Joint Doctoral Program with a concentration in Epidemiology. He received his Bachelor of science degree in Respiratory Care and worked as a respiratory therapist (RT) for several years. As an RT, he executes respiratory modalities and administer medication to those who were suffering from pulmonary disorders. He also has experience working for the New Hampshire Department of Health Covid Response team as a Congregate setting investigator where he conducted outbreak investigations to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. He has received his MPH in epidemiology from New York University and conduced tobacco research working with the Population Assessment of Tobacco Health (PATH) survey. His research interest lies with tobacco research, chronic respiratory diseases and covid-19. He is also interested in researching health disparities among minority and LGBT communities.

    Publication

    • Appolon, G. E. (2020). Electronic Cigarettes and their Effects on Developing Symptoms of Respiratory Diseases among the Youth. Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine.
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  • Nicole Pippard

    Nicole Pippard

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2021
    • Advisor: N/A
    • Email: npippard@ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Active duty military and veteran mental health

    Nicole is a first year Epidemiology JDP student whose interests lie in mental health over a life course, particularly in active duty military and Veteran populations. Prior to beginning the program, she worked in local government and academia contributing to work in health communication, health education, and research related to both physical activity and aging. She earned her MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan in 2020 (Go Blue!) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from the University of California, San Diego in 2017. Outside of her professional life, she is an avid runner and dog mom to a spoiled Australian Shepherd. While in San Diego, Nicole looks forward to going to the Zoo and Safari Park, trying new restaurants and breweries, and hopes to take up surfing and stand up paddleboarding!

  • Maria D. Lopez Gurrola

    Maria D. Lopez Gurrola

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2021
    • Advisor: Dr. Andrea LaCroix
    • Email: mlopezgurrola@ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Sedentary Behavior and Social Determinants of Physical Activity

    Dr. Maria Lopez Gurrola earned her M.D. at Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Tijuana, Mexico, and her MPH at National University. Maria has over 8 years of public health research experience in the Hispanic/Latino community. Her work with community health research along the US/Mexico Border and work analyzing and managing complex survey data for the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, strengthened her passion and desire to pursue a PhD in public health epidemiology. Her primary interest is understanding health disparities in the underserved communities, specially the Hispanic/ Latinx Community, and the role of sedentary behavior and social determinants of health in chronic disease and aging.

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Health Behavior

  • Sandy Bohan

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2015
  • Hena Din

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2016

     

  • Erin Dougherty

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2016

     

  • Chelsea Chapman

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2017

     

  • Julie Cakici

    Julie Cakici

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2018
    • Advisor: Dr. Cinnamon Bloss
    • Email: jacakici@eng.ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research and improving access and acceptability of genomic research for underrepresented and vulnerable communities.

     

    I became passionate about bioethics during my first year as an undergrad, which led me to change schools and pursue a Liberal Arts education from St. John's College (aka The Great Books school). Before making the transition, I took a year off to travel around Europe where I lived and worked in several countries. After graduating from St. John's (and after some soul searching), I pursued my BS in Nursing and became a Pediatric Emergency Nurse. During that time, I also obtained a Certificate in Pediatric Bioethics. I went on to be a Research Nurse studying genomic testing in the neonatal intensive care setting and rare diseases. I moved to San Diego to help start the Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine, where I was the Manager of Genomic Research before pursuing my doctoral degree. Outside of work, I have a long history of working with refugees and advocating for migrant rights. I also love watching sports (particularly the Kansas City teams), hiking, and playing with my crazy Husky.

     

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  • Petrona Gregorio

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2018

     

  • Adhana McCarthy

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2018

     

  • Jijiang Wang

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2018

     

  • Jack Andrzejewski, MPH

    Jack Andrzejewski, MPH

    Jack Andrzejewski (pronouns: they/them/theirs) has been working to reduce social inequities since 2011. Addressing social inequities requires broad social change and calls for interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration. Key figures for Jack have been transgender activists, critical race theorists, feminist and queer theory scholars, radical ecologists, educational theorists, sexual and gender minority health scholars, humanitarians, and AIDS activists. The work of these figures continues to inform the way in which Jack thinks about equity and health. Within the field of public health, Jack hopes to build upon collaborative efforts to address health disparities among marginalized populations. Since 2016, Jack's work has focused primarily on transgender health. In particular, Jack is interested in how access to quality, gender affirming health services relates to positive health outcomes for transgender folks. Additionally, they seek to reduce health disparities among transgender people by investigating social and structural factors such as transgender stigma and discrimination and developing intervention strategies to mitigate such factors. Their work is informed by theoretical frameworks that include the gender affirmation framework, minority stress, intersectionality, and syndemics theory. Their primary outcomes of interest are HIV/AIDS and other STIs, substance use, and mental health.

    I love the beach and spending time outdoors. I love to swim, go for runs, bike, hike, and play volleyball. I also love good food, good company, and a queer dance party.

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  • Nicole Chimbetete

    Nicole Chimbetete

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2019
    • Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Anderson, MPH, MS, PhD
    • Email: nchimbet@health.ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Nutrition and Health Disparities

    I am a Ph.D. student concentrating in Health Behavior at the University of California, San Diego. My academic journey started when I left my home country, Zimbabwe, to pursue a BS in Dietetics and Nutrition at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. I then earned an MPH in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota where I also completed my Dietetic Internship. I am currently working with Dean Cheryl Anderson at the UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health where I wrote my credentialing exam to be a Registered Dietitian. I am now involved in the design and implementation of randomized clinical trials in nutrition (feeding studies and behavioral interventions) and as well as performing data analyses. I am passionate about examining relationships between structural and social barriers as exposures for various long-term nutrition-related chronic diseases in underrepresented communities. In my 'super-woman hours', I serve as a co-coordinator for the JDP Buddy Program by matching current students with incoming students. I also serve as a Student Representative and active member of the JDP Student Association. When I am not busy with all the above, I love going out for brunch and hiking with friends. I have also recently purchased my first beach umbrella so beach-chilling is the latest vibe. The pandemic also helped me continue my passion of cooking and documenting my home-cooking adventures.

  • Aachal E. Devi

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2019
    • Advisor: Dr. Tracy Finlayson
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Oral health equity

    I was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. My drive as a public health professional comes from thinking about the role health behaviors play in our everyday life. I am always curious to understand the factors contribute to behavior change, that help build desired behaviors and break down the undesired behaviors. I strive to develop evidence-based interventions that facilitate behavior change at institutional, communal, household and individual levels. My academic training and background are in clinical dentistry, public health, and social and behavioral sciences. I am a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. Over the last 7 years I have work in program development and planning, and both quantitative and qualitative oral health research studies. In India, I trained local women from villages near Puducherry to become dental health workers to provide preventative dental care to schoolchildren. I completed my MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2017. After my MPH, I completed a dental public health (DPH) residency program at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Here I got to Motivational Interviewing course for the Alaska Dental Therapy Educational Program and delivered the course in Anchorage in 2018. My residency opened an opportunity to study Sociology at the University of Chicago as an Oral Health Fellow where I explored exploring the concept of perceived trust and its influence on dental service utilization among older adults My current project “Motivate ME” is an oral health intervention for Latino adolescents where we are using motivational interviewing as a strategy to understand adolescent’s oral health behaviors by providing a non-judgmental and empathetic space for them to voice their opinions and motivations about their oral health and guide them through improving in their oral hygiene behaviors only if they are ready for a change.

     

  • Marisa Torres-Ruiz

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2019

     

  • Dina Hamideh

    Dina Hamideh

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2019
    • Advisor: Camille Nebeker
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Social and Structural determinants of health

  • Danielle Campbell

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020

     

  • Patricia Dionicio

    Patricia Dionicio

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020
    • Advisor: Dr. Sara Gombatto and Dr. Katrina Maluf
    • Email: pdionici@ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

    Reducing health disparities among underserved Latino/a/x/e and Hispanic populations; community-clinic based interventions to promote healthy lifestyles through the use of technological modalities, telemedicine, and mobile health (mHealth) strategies. Chronic disease prevention and management through the implementation of physical activity and exercise.

    I grew up in the smoldering town of Redding, CA raised by my incredible and inspirational parents from Guerrero, Mexico. Upon moving to Southern CA, I fell in love with the diversity and community present at Cal State Long Beach (GO BEACH!) where I ultimately received my bachelors in Kinesiology - Exercise Science, Master of Public Health - Community Health Science, and my 2 spoiled cats. I love mentoring and enjoy hiking, being outdoors, kbbq, tacos de al pastor/lengua, and fruitful conversations (research and random topics are both welcome). I am so grateful to be in the field of Public Health engaging in research important to my own community and to be surrounded by the countless opportunities, mentors, and networks present here in San Diego!

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  • Junghwan Park

    Junghwan Park

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020
    • Advisor: Dr. Eric Heckler
    • Email: jup014@ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: He/Him/His

    Health, Public Data, Open Science, Physical Activity, Visual Programming

    I worked in the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare from 2011 to 2020 with a Computer Engineering Specialization. I have pursued how to support welfare and health policies using computer technology, and how to create new policies on the technological capabilities. I believe that a diverse technology culture, including collaborative m-health, open science, and open data, will play a valuable role in achieving a sustainable and healthy society.

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  • Linda Salgin

    Linda Salgin

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020
    • Advisor: Dr. Jerel Cazo
    • Email: lsalgin@health.ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Dissemination & Implementation Science

    I'm originally from Los Angeles and have lived in San Diego since 2013. I am a Program Manager at SYHealth where my expertise is in the development and implementation of service and research oriented programs in community based settings. I pride myself on being able to work directly with researchers, clinical staff and community members to identify strategies that support successful, efficient and sustainable implementation of research programs within the context of health centers. I'm an extroverted introvert that loves to spend time with friends and explore new places, but also loves a quite afternoon coupled with a nice nap! I usually spend my weekends hiking with my dog, Kahlua or making my way down to the beach.

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  • Jessica Swartz

    Jessica Swartz

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020
    • Advisor: Dr. Lori Tuttle
    • Email: j1swartz@health.ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Women's health, health disparities, physical activity and rehabilitation science, LGBTQ+ health, pregnancy and postpartum healing

    Jessica is a women's health physical therapist, excited to translate her clinical practice into research! She grew up as a military brat and has lived all over the United States and the world - She still travels every single chance she gets! She settled for many years in Arizona, where she attended Arizona State University and earned her BS in Kinesiology and BA in Psychology (Go Devils!). She went on to obtain her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from San Diego State University in 2016 and joined the faculty as an adjunct professor in 2019. When she's not studying or travelling, you can find her lifting heavy weights, dancing her tail off (she was a cheerleader from middle school through college), watching scary movies, nerding out over all things pop culture, or reading trashy YA novels. She also loves exploring all of the culinary delights and liquid refreshments the world has to offer!

     

  • Rowena Tam

    Rowena Tam

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020
    • Advisor: Dr. Lori Tuttle, PT, PhD
    • Email: rmtam@ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Women's Health/Oncology Rehabilitation

    Rowena grew up in Southern California. She was a student-athlete who graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in Communications Studies and a minor in Public Policy while also competing in D1 NCAA Cross Country and Track & Field. After graduating, she combined her interests in kinesiology and helping others by completing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at San Diego State University. She works as an outpatient physical therapist with an emphasis on women's health. In her spare time, Rowena likes to go camping with her fur baby and husband, running on trails with friends, and perfecting her pie recipe.

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  • Victoria Telles

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020

     

  • Shuwen Li

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2021
  • Carrie Nacht

    Carrie Nacht

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2021
    • Advisor: Dr. Erik Stolhom
    • Email: cnacht@ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Reducing health disparities of HIV/STIs among high-risk sexual, gender, and racial/ethnic minority groups.

    I'll try anything if it involves being outside or eating good food! I also love traveling, music, reading, and trying new things.

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  • Alana Lopez

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2021
  • Marina Katague

    • Degree Program: Health Behavior JDP
    • Entry Term: 2021

Global Health

  • Kazi Priyanka Silmi

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2015
  • Alma Behar

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2016
  • Carlos Rivera Saldana

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2016
  • Michael Ediau

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2017
  • Katherine Schmarje Crockett

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2017
  • Lara Schwarz

    Lara Schwarz

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2017
    • Advisor: Dr. Tarik Benmarhnia
    • Email: lnschwar@health.ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Global climate epidemiology

    Lara obtained her bachelor's degree in Environment focusing on the ecological determinants of health from McGill University and a Master in Public Health in Epidemiology from San Diego State University. Her research focuses on the interface between climate and health, applying epidemiological methods to reveal the impacts of extreme weather on population health. Lara’s goal is to quantify the effects of extreme weather events in understudied regions of the globe to understand and address global health disparities that will be accentuated in the context of climate change. In her free time, Lara will be found climbing rocks, camping under the stars, or exploring the underwater world.

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  • Gabriel Carrasco Escobar

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2018
  • Nabamallika Dehingia

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2018
    • Advisor: Dr. Anita Raj
    • Email: nadehingia@ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Gender-based violence

    Nabamallika Dehingia has multiple years of experience working in gender related studies. Prior to joining the program, she was a research manager at a monitoring and evaluation firm in India, working on studies related to women's maternal and reproductive health. Her current research focusses on violence against women, and social inequities in women's health outcomes. Integrating her love for analytics and passion for gender equality, her current research explores the use of big data and machine learning models for studying gender issues in low resource settings. In her free time, you'll find her baking or tending to her little garden.

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  • Briana Chronister

    Briana Chronister

    Environmental health

    Briana Chronister, MS, is a PhD student in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - San Diego State University (SDSU) Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, Global Health track. She is currently a predoctoral trainee on the T32 in Advanced Data Analytics for Behavioral and Social Sciences Grant funded by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and is a Hispanic College of Excellence scholar. Her research interest is in environmental health, and more specifically, in identifying social and behavioral factors that increase exposures to toxic chemicals, and assessing their subsequent effects on health. This includes identifying the relationship between toxic exposures and their influence on cancer, cognitive changes, and mental health outcomes. Likewise, she is also interested in identifying the relationship between the built environment, social and behavioral factors, and pesticide exposure. Before beginning her doctoral work, Briana completed her undergraduate and graduate degree at the University of Notre Dame where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, and Master of Science in Global Health.

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  • Derek Conkle-Gutierrez

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2019
  • Arnab K Dey

    Arnab K Dey

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2019
    • Advisor: Dr. Anita Raj
    • Email: akdey@health.ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: He/Him/His

    Health Inequities, Maternal Health, Reproductive Health, Social Determinants of Health

    Arnab is a Ph.D. student in Public Health (Global Health Track) and contributes to the Center of Gender Equity and Health at UC San Diego as a pre-doctoral fellow. His research interests are around intersections of social determinants of health in determining inequities in reproductive and maternal health care utilization focusing on low- and middle-income settings. Before starting his Ph.D. arnab worked for 7 years in the field of Measurement and Evaluation, working on large scale, complex health system interventions in India. During this time, he worked closely with programs that worked on Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health interventions at the community, facility and health system level. This exposure gave him a unique opportunity to learn how large scale programs are designed, implemented and evaluated in a real-world setting. Arnab loves to collaborate with colleagues from different fields to learn and apply innovative methods to answer his research questions. Over the past few years, he has applied traditional epidemiological methods, supervised machine learning algorithms and natural language processing to his work. In his free time, Arnab enjoys playing the harmonica and plays table-tennis with friends whenever he gets the chance!

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  • Shweta Tomar

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2019
  • Alec Calac

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020
  • Alhelí Calderón Villarreal

    Alhelí Calderón Villarreal

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020
    • Advisors: Dr. Steffanie Strathdee & Dr. Georgia Kayser
    • Email: acv001@health.ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    I am interested in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) access among vulnerable populations, social determinants of health, health equity, health policies, migration and health, period poverty, environmental justice, intersectionality, and mental health. I have a special interest in working with people experiencing homelessness, migrant populations such as people who have been deported, refugees and displaced individuals, people who inject drugs, indigenous people, and especially women who have been rendered structurally vulnerable.

    I like nature and traveling. My favorite region in the world is the "Cali-Bajas", that includes California in the US, and Baja California and Baja California Sur in Mexico. You can find everything in this three states, mountains, deserts, forest, cliffs, pristine beaches, reefs, amazing food, wine and craft beer, and many fun things to do. I love how diverse the landscape it, but also the people and the unique border dynamic.

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  • Elizabeth Frost

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Reed
    • Email: efrost@ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Border health, WaSH, Women's economic empowerment

    Elizabeth is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Elizabeth received her Masters in Public Health from the UTHealth Science Center at Houston and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Houston in 2016. Upon completion of the MPH/MSW program, Elizabeth worked as a case manager for a refugee resettlement agency in Houston and developed a community-based health education intervention for Burmese refugee women living in Houston. Elizabeth then joined the Peace Corps to serve in Rwanda as a maternal and child health volunteer. In public health, Elizabeth has conducted research on topics ranging from nutrition, cancer and tobacco, HIV prevention, refugee health, and women’s health. Her current research interests are in border health and the impact of water access on women’s health, particularly women living in the colonias along the U.S.-Mexico border. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys hiking, running, and exploring new places and food.

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  • Laila Hamzai

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020
  • Marian Marian

    Food insecurity, NCDs, child & maternal health

  • Rose Naigino

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020
  • Jennifer Bailey

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2021
  • Araz Majnoonian

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2021
  • Francisca Rivera

    Francisca Rivera

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2021
    • Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Reed
    • Email: frivera@ucsd.edu
    • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Maternal Health, Migrant Health, Gender Equity and Empowerment

    When I am not studying I am focused on my garden and plant babies, as well as my human kiddos! I spend most of my free time taking small trips with my kids and enjoying time with the family. I am a dog person, I love to eat what I grow, and enjoy learning about my cultura!

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  • Ashley Swing

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2021
  • Jasmin Uysal

    • Degree Program: Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2020

Alumni

  • Adam Maihofer

    • Degree Program: Epidemiology JDP
    • Entry Term: 2015
  • Sara McElroy

  • Paige Sheridan

  • Nicole Glass Nabors

  • Purva Jain

  • Chelsea Obrochta

  • Ben Schumacher

  • Matthew Stone

  • Haley Ciborowski

    • Degree Program: Global Health JDP
    • Entry Term: 2015
  • Carlos Rivera Saldana

  • Brittnie Bloom