MPH Students

Lina Babiker

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

Kristi Bachan

Kristi BachanMentor: Deepthi Varma, PhD, MPhil, MSW

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

Brenton Collinsworth

Brenton CollinsworthMentor: Kelly K. Gurka, MPH, PhD

Carly Crump

Carly CrumpMentor: Catalina Lopez-Quintero, MD, PhD

Catalina Delgado

Catalina DelgadoMentor: Yun Zhu, PhD, MS

Christopher Donnelly

Christopher DonnellyMentor: Catherine W. Striley, PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE

Isis Escandon

Isis EscandonMentor: Cindy Prins, PhD, MPH, CIC, CPH
Research Interests: Hospital epidemiology, infection control, and zoonotic diseases

Scout Farrow

Scout FarrowMentor: Deepthi Varma, PhD, MPhil, MSW

Erin Ferguson

Erin FergusonMentor: Krishna Vaddiparti, PhD, MPE, MSW
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Minor in Public Health, Spelman College
Master of Science, Clinical Psychology, University of Florida
Research Interests: Substance abuse, risky sexual behaviors, HIV, health disparities, and chronic illness

Kaeli Flannery

Kaeli FlanneryBachelor 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
Research Interests: Infectious disease, antibiotic resistance patterns, hospital acquired infections, and factors that contribute to the aforementioned topics

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

Melanie Hare

Melanie HareMentor: Jerne Shapiro, MPH
Research Interests: Psychiatric epidemiology and aging

Jeffrey Haydu

Jeffrey HayduMentor: Lusine Yaghjyan, MD, MPH, PhD

Sabrina Hendrick

Sabrina HendrickMentor: Deepthi Varma, PhD, MPhil, MSW

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.

Emma Hunniford

Emma HunnifordMentor: Krishna Vaddiparti, PhD, MPE, MSW
Research Interests: Global health

Nicholas Kowalkowski

Nicholas KowalkowskiMentor: Volker Mai, PhD, MPH

Andrew McCabe

Andrew McCabeMentor: Catalina Lopez-Quintero, MD, PhD
Research Interests: Infectious disease, women’s health, chronic disease, nutrition, and health disparities

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 MontalbanoBachelor 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 NagyBachelor of Science, Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida
Mentor: Volker Mai, PhD, MPH
Research Interests: Malaria and other vector-borne illnesses

Shalini Nair

Shalini NairMentor: Xinguang (Jim) Chen, MD, PhD, FACE
Research Interests: Cancer epidemiology, infectious disease, and health disparities

Jonathan Narvaez

Jonathan NarvaezMentor: Yan Wang, PhD

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

Esther Olasoji

Esther OlasojiMentor: Jerne Shapiro, MPH

Adeyemi Oshodi

Adeyemi OshodiMentor: Catalina Lopez-Quintero, MD, PhD

Nicholas Paiano

Nicholas PaianoMentor: Xinguang (Jim) Chen, MD, PhD, FACE

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

Xin Qian

Xin QianMentor: Mattia Prosperi, MEng, PhD

Edward Quinn

Edward QuinnMentor: Xinguang (Jim) Chen, MD, PhD, FACE
Research Interests: Racial health inequalities, psychosocial stress, and epigenetics

Maisey Ratcliffe

Maisey RatcliffeMentor: Huaizhen Qin, PhD
Research Interests: Epidemiology of cancer

Myles Reader

Myles ReaderMentor: Jinying Zhao, MD, PhD

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

Sneha Sathish

Sneha SathishMentor: Krishna Vaddiparti, PhD, MPE, MSW
Research Interests: Neurological degenerative disorders and chronic disease

Kallen Shaw

Kallen ShawBachelor 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.

Rachael Shaw

Rachael ShawMentor: Volker Mai, PhD, MPH

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: Cindy Prins, PhD, MPH, CIC, CPH

Jemma Thompson

Jemma ThompsonMentor: Lusine Yaghjyan, MD, MPH, PhD

Amy Vickers

Amy VickersMentor: Hui Hu, PhD

Regan Wagner

Regan WagnerMentor: Yun Zhu, PhD, MS

Sarah Waldo

Sarah WaldoMentor: Huaizhen Qin, PhD

Kayvon Yazdanbakhsh

Kayvon YazdanbakhshMentor: 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

Lillian Zeman

Lillian ZemanMentor: Yan Wang, PhD
Research Interests: Pancreatic cancer

Patricia Zielinski

Patricia ZielinskiBachelor 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