MPH Students

Lina Babiker

Lina BabikerCombined Degree Student, Bachelor of Health Science, University of Florida
Mentor: Xinguang (Jim) Chen, MD, PhD, FACE
Research Interests: Infectious disease, health disparities

Scott Cohen

Scott CohenBachelor of Science, Microbiology and Cell Science and Nutritional Sciences, University of Florida
Mentor: Hui Hu, PhD
Research Interests: Public health surveillance, spatial epidemiology, infectious disease, and critical care medicine

Carly Crump

Carly CrumpCombined Degree Student, University of Florida
Mentor: Catalina Lopez-Quintero, MD, PhD

Annika Czizik

Annika CzizikCombined Degree Student, Bachelor of Science, Medical Geography in Global Health, University of Florida
Mentor: Jinying Zhao, MD, PhD
Research Interests: Spatial epidemiology, GIS, neuro-psychiatric epidemiology, infectious diseases

Scout Farrow

Scout FarrowMentor: Deepthi Varma, PhD, MPhil, MSW

Kaeli Flannery

Kaeli FlanneryCombined Degree Student, Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, Minor in Health Disparities, University of Florida
Mentor: Xinguang (Jim) Chen, MD, PhD, FACE
Research Interests: Social epidemiology, health disparities, cross-cultural studies, community-based participatory methods

Charlee Ford

Charlee FordMentor: Yan Wang, PhD

Alexis Guttenberg

Alexis GuttenbergBachelor of Science, Neuroscience and Behavior, Minor in Psychology, Florida Atlantic University
Mentor: Catherine W. Striley, PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE
Research Interests: Psychiatric epidemiology and clinical trials

Johanna Hernandez

Johanna HernandezBachelor of Science, Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida
Mentor: Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH
Research Interests: Infectious disease, HIV, and health disparities

Papa Hoyeck

Papa HoyeckBachelor of Science, Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida
Mentor: Yan Wang, PhD
Research Interests: I’m interested in infectious disease (specifically virology) and neuroscience.

Nicholas Kowalkowski

Nicholas KowalkowskiMentor: Volker Mai, PhD, MPH

Janet Lopez

Janet LopezMentor: Xinguang (Jim) Chen, MD, PhD, FACE

Deja McPhee

Deja McPheeBachelor of Science, Psychology and Human Services, Kennesaw State University
Mentor: Thomas A. Pearson, MD, MPH, PhD
Research Interests: Infectious disease, women’s health, chronic disease, nutrition, and health disparities

Katlyn Montalbano

Katlyn MontalbanoCombined Degree Student, Bachelor of Science, Microbiology and Cell Science, Minor in Bioinformatics, University of Florida
Mentor: Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE
Research Interests: Infectious disease, biosecurity, antibiotic resistance

Jaquelyn Nagy

Jaquelyn NagyCombined Degree Student, Bachelor of Science, Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida
Mentor: Volker Mai, PhD, MPH
Research Interests: Malaria and other vector-borne illnesses

Afton Nourzad

Afton NourzadBachelor of Science, Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida
Mentor: Huaizhen Qin, PhD
Research Interests: Infectious diseases, preventative care, and genetic epidemiology

Adeyemi Oshodi

Adeyemi OshodiMentor: Catalina Lopez-Quintero, MD, PhD

Demetra Maria Pantelis

Demetra Maria PantelisBachelor of Science, Chemistry, University of Florida
Mentor: Krishna Vaddiparti, PhD, MPE, MSW
Research Interests: Health disparities, chronic diseases, violence prevention, mental health

Lara Elizabeth Saikaly

Lara Elizabeth SaikalyBachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Florida
Mentor: Jinying Zhao, MD, PhD
Research Interests: Epidemiology of cancer and dermatological conditions, health disparities

Ruba Sajdeya

Ruba SajdeyaDoctor of Medicine, Al-Quds University
Mentor: Lusine Yaghjyan, MD, MPH, PhD
Research Interests: Hospital epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, chronic disease, cardiovascular epidemiology, preventive epidemiology

Kallen Shaw

Kallen ShawCombined Degree Student, Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Florida
Mentor: Volker Mai, PhD, MPH
Research Interests: I am interested in research concerning vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. My focus is on where outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases occur and how we can increase vaccination rates. I am also interested in the rise of antibiotic resistance and alternatives to antibiotics.

Ann-Aicha St. Cyr

Ann-Aicha St. CyrBachelor of Science, Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida
Mentor: Deepthi Varma, PhD, MPhil, MSW
Research Interests: Maternal and child health, pediatric oncology, health disparities

Mai Tanaka

Mai TanakaMentor: Xinguang (Jim) Chen, MD, PhD, FACE

Jemma Thompson

Jemma ThompsonMentor: Lusine Yaghjyan, MD, MPH, PhD

Anu Vats

Anu VatsMentor: Volker Mai, PhD, MPH

Amy Vickers

Amy VickersMentor: Hui Hu, PhD

Kayvon Yazdanbakhsh

Kayvon YazdanbakhshCombined Degree Student, University of Florida
Mentor: Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE

Henry William Young II

Henry William Young IIBachelor of Science, Biology, Georgia Southern University
Doctor of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia
Mentor: Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE
Research Interests: Opioid prescribing practices, opioid abuse, alternatives to opioids for the management of pain

Patricia Zielinski

Patricia ZielinskiCombined Degree Student, Bachelor of Health Science, University of Florida
Mentor: Krishna Vaddiparti, PhD, MPE, MSW
Research Interests: Epidemiology of psychiatric disorders as well as autoimmune and infectious diseases, focusing specifically on neurological disorders