MPH Students

Alan Salvador Alonso

Alan Salvador AlonsoDoctor of Medicine, Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina
Mentor: Mattia Prosperi, MEng, PhD
Research Interests: Infectious diseases, specifically HIV

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

Alyssa Lynn Berger

Alyssa Lynn BergerBachelor of Science, Biology, Minor in Leadership Development, University of Florida
Mentor: Krishna Vaddiparti, PhD, MPE, MSW
Research Interests: Social epidemiology, infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders, and understanding how diet and lifestyle choices impact overall health and longevity

Benjamin Joseph Borgert

Benjamin Joseph BorgertMentor: Hui Hu, PhD

Nicole Castro Mejia

Nicole Castro MejiaBachelor of Science, Biology, University of Florida
Mentor: Kelly K. Gurka, MPH, PhD
Research Interests: My research interests include infectious diseases, preventative care, and 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

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

Sydney Alanis Fuller

Sydney Alanis FullerBachelor of Science, Cell and Molecular Biology, Minors in Chemistry and Psychology, King University
Mentors: Kelly K. Gurka, MPH, PhD; Cindy Prins, PhD, MPH, CIC, CPH
Research Interests: Endocrinology and sexual health

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.

Charnae Denise Jones

Charnae Denise JonesMentor: Deepthi Varma, PhD, MPhil, MSW

Nicholas Kowalkowski

Nicholas KowalkowskiMentor: Volker Mai, PhD, MPH

Yuan Li

Yuan LiMentor: Mattia Prosperi, MEng, PhD

Janet Lopez

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

Andrew Joseph Manhan

Andrew Joseph ManhanBachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Florida
Mentor: Volker Mai, PhD, MPH
Research Interests: Infectious diseases and global health disparities

Zachary Mannes

Zachary MannesBachelor of Science, Psychology, Human Development, Virginia Tech
Master of Science, Clinical Psychology, University of Florida
Mentor: Hui Hu, PhD
Research Interests: Biopsychosocial determinants of substance misuse and the development and implementation of interventions to address substance misuse for medically underserved populations

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

Amber Miller

Amber MillerBachelor of Health Science, University of Florida
Mentor: Krishna Vaddiparti, PhD, MPE, MSW
Research Interests: Chronic disease, cardiovascular epidemiology

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

Daniel Alejandro Oyola-Guzman

Daniel Alejandro Oyola-GuzmanBachelor of Science, Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida
Mentor: Krishna Vaddiparti, PhD, MPE, MSW
Research Interests: Refugee health and infectious diseases

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

Nirali Patel

Nirali Patel
Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bhavnagar University
Mentor: Lusine Yaghjyan, MD, MPH, PhD
Research Interests: Oral epidemiology and cancer epidemiology

Aater Qureshi

Aater QureshiMentor: Cindy Prins, PhD, MPH, CIC, CPH

Leeashaa Ranee Ramoutar

Leeashaa Ranee RamoutarBachelor of Science, Biology, University of Florida
Mentor: Lusine Yaghjyan, MD, MPH, PhD
Research Interests: Infectious diseases, cancer, vaccination programs, child health and care

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

Pamela Sanchez

Pamela SanchezBachelor of Science, Health Education, University of Florida
Mentors: Deepthi Varma, PhD, MPhil, MSW; Ting-Yuan (David) Cheng, PhD
Research Interests: Chronic diseases, cardiovascular disease, cancer 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

Jacob James Wainwright

Jacob James WainwrightBachelor of Science, Community Health, Minor in Global Health Promotion, Indiana University
Mentor: Volker Mai, PhD, MPH
Research Interests: Communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS

Curtis Warren

Curtis WarrenBachelor of Science, Biology, Ohio Northern University
Mentors: Xinguang (Jim) Chen, MD, PhD, FACE; Kelly K. Gurka, MPH, PhD
Research Interests: Molecular epidemiology with breast cancer and opioid control measures

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