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

Scout Farrow

Scout FarrowMentor: Deepthi Varma, PhD, MPhil, MSW

Erin Ferguson

Erin FergusonMentor: Krishna Vaddiparti, PhD, MPE, MSW

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

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

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

Nicholas Kowalkowski

Nicholas KowalkowskiMentor: Volker Mai, PhD, MPH

Janet Lopez

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

Andrew McCabe

Andrew McCabeMentor: Catalina Lopez-Quintero, MD, PhD

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

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

Maisey Ratcliffe

Maisey RatcliffeMentor: Huaizhen Qin, PhD

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

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

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