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

Patrick Feany
MSPH Student (Epidemiology) 

I graduated California State University, Long Beach in 2018 with a B.S. in mathematics. During my undergraduate studies my mentor, Dr. Godwin Orkeh, convinced me that public health is where I can have the biggest impact on society. While working on my MSPH, I have become more interested in statistical methods and data management. I am working with Dr. Huels on my applied practice experience project looking at the effects of COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine on people with Down Syndrome.

E-mail: patrick.feany@emory.edu

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Dakotah Feil
MPH Student (
Epidemiology) 

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a B.S. in data science and subsequently spent time working in a Detroit computer security startup.  During my undergraduate years, I had developed an interest in the intersection of mathematics, computing, and health and later decided to pursue a role in the public health space. I then worked as a programmer in Dr. Cristen Willer’s human genetics lab at the University of Michigan, where I gained an appreciation for genetic epidemiology and was able to learn about GWAS, polygenic risk scores, and their potential applications in the advancement of precision medicine. My professional interests are quite broad and include the intersection of environmental health and genetic epidemiology, health disparities, infectious disease, and transitional research strategies. Currently, I am working with Dr. Huels to complete my thesis, investigating whether the association between prenatal indoor air pollution exposure and neurodevelopment is mediated by differential levels of epigenetic modification in newborns.

E-mail: dnfeil@emory.edu

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Sara Van Cor
MPH Student (Epidemiology) 

I graduated from Smith College in 2018 with a B.S. in Molecular Biology and Genetics. I began working in microbial genetic research in my undergraduate program where I became interested in infectious disease and data analysis. My research in comparative proteomics of enteropathogenic Escherichia coli with Dr. Christine White-Ziegler brought me to a conference in Atlanta where I decided to pursue epidemiology as a career. I am now a second-year MPH candidate at Emory in the Epidemiology program pursuing a Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology Certificate. While my research interests still include genetic and infectious epidemiology, I have also developed interests in neurodevelopment, neurological disease, and the environmental causes of disease. I am a data analyst for Dr. Huels investigating the links between environmental factors and cancer in children under the age of 5 in Georgia. I am also working with Dr. Huels on my thesis project examining the links between prenatal exposure to pollutants and neurodevelopment, and how the newborn transcriptome mediates this association.

E-mail: sara.van.cor@emory.edu

Yining Zhang

MPH Student (Epidemiology) 

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

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