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

Xichi Zhang

MPH Student (Epidemiology) 


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


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