Sarina Abrishamcar 

MPH Student (Epidemiology) 

I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in June 2020 with a B.S. in Pharmacology. During my undergraduate years, I became increasingly interested in the intersection of data science and public health. I worked as a Data Science Project Management intern at Evidation Health, a digital health company that leverages data collected from smart devices for better health outcomes. My research interests lie in epigenetics, molecular epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, neurological and psychological disorders, and GxE interactions. I hope to apply my life science background to epidemiological research. I am working with Dr. Huels on projects within the Pregnancy And Childhood Epigenetics (PACE) consortium as a data analyst, looking at environmental impacts on pregnancy and early life using epigenetics.

E-mail: sarina.abrishamcar@emory.edu

Emily Drzymalla

MPH Student (Epidemiology) 

I studied genetics at Texas A&M University and in 2019, received a BS in Genetics. During my undergraduate studies, I developed an interest in epigenetics and worked as a research assistant under Dr. Rodolfo Aramayo studying the effect of the Sms-2 protein on meiotic silencing and repeat induced point mutation in Neurospora crassa. From there, due to an interest in disease spread and the population-based nature of public health, I enrolled in Rollins School of Public Health. Currently, I am a graduate student pursing a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. While at Rollins, I have developed an interest in mental health and have become a member of the genetic and molecular epidemiology certificate program. I am working with Dr. Huels on my thesis project which involves investigating the possible association between maternal depression during pregnancy and altered DNA methylation in newborns.

E-mail: emily.m.drzymalla@emory.edu

Claire Rowcliffe

MPH Student (Epidemiology) 

I graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2018 with a B.S in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology. During my undergraduate studies, I became interested in public health due to my desire to be involved in health care as well as scientific research. I am a second year MPH Epidemiology student enrolled in the Rollins School of Public Health as well as a member of the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology certificate program. My main interests involve genomics, epigenetics, neurological disorders, reproductive health, and environmental health. I am working with Dr. Huels on my thesis research which involves investigating associations between prenatal indoor air pollution exposure and neurodevelopment at 2 years of age and if these associations are mediated by differential DNA methylation levels in newborns. 

E-mail: claire.rowcliffe@emory.edu

Lauren Russell

MPH Student (Epidemiology) 

I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015 with a B.S. in Genetics. After a few year stint at a biotechnology company, my interest in public health grew from the shortcomings I saw in industry. I moved into the field and worked on a project that assessed healthcare delivery in people with disabilities in Texas, which solidified my interest in using data to inform policy that can improve the quality of life of those living with disabilities. I am now a second year epidemiology MPH at Emory Rollins School of Public Health. I am working with Dr. Huels on my practicum experience. The project is associated with the Trisomy 21 Research Society, using data to better understand how COVID-19 effects people with Down syndrome and effectively communicating this information to the Down syndrome community. 

E-mail: lauren.russell2@emory.edu

Xichi Zhang

MPH Student (Epidemiology) 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I graduated in 2018 from George Washington University majoring in biology. During my undergraduate and my gap year, I worked as a research assistant under the guidance of Dr. Tongzhang Zheng and Dr. Simin Liu. My project was focused on investigating the role of sucrose non-fermenting related kinase (SNRK) gene on white adipose tissue development and adipose inflammation in mice model. In order to learn more knowledge and skills in the public health, I applied to the Master of Public Health in epidemiology at Rollins. In my first year, I developed my research interest in cancer and genetic epidemiology. Currently, I am working with Dr. Huels on my thesis project which focuses on determining whether exposure to ambient air pollution during early pregnancy (from week 0 to week 13) affects maternal thyroid function. 

E-mail: xichi.zhang@emory.edu

Yining Zhang

MPH Student (Epidemiology) 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I received a B.S. in Preventive Medicine (Public Health) in 2017 from Capital Medical University. After an internship in a local department of public health, I felt constrained by a paucity of expertise and moved on to graduate education. I am now at the second year of the Epidemiology MPH track at the Rollins School of Public Health. I have developed broad research interests and genetic epidemiology. I am working with Dr. Huels on several projects within the Pregnancy And Childhood Epigenetics (PACE) consortium. I take up a REAL position as a data analyst for projects within the PACE consortium, which investigate the relationships of DNA methylation and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms and general psychopathology. 

E-mail: yining.zhang@emory.edu

EDUCATION

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