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

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Rachel Boehm 
MPH Student (Epidemiology) 

I graduated from the University of Oregon in 2013 with a B.A. in International Studies, emphasizing on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. My interest in public health grew from field experience in Dakar, Senegal and Kumasi, Ghana where I worked in the HIV and Malnutrition wards of L’Hôpital d’Enfants Albert Royer and as Operational Director for Exponential Education, respectively. I returned to the United States to pursue work in health for marginalized communities, where I worked at a community health center. Here I gained invaluable public health experience working in various public health intervention programs ranging from addiction, chronic pain management, mental health and nutrition services for LGBTQIA2S+, low income and people living with HIV. I am now a second year MPH student at Rollins specializing in Epidemiology. I am working with Dr. Huels on my thesis, examining the connection between air pollution exposures, socioeconomic factors and embryonal cancers in 0–4-year-olds.

E-mail: rachel.boehm@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

Elaina Sinclair
MPH Student (Global 
Epidemiology) 

Elaina is a second-year student in the Global Epidemiology program at the Rollins School of Public Health, and is also pursuing a certificate in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Elaina has bachelor’s degrees in community health, epidemiology and Spanish from Indiana University Bloomington. Prior to coming to Emory University, Elaina worked as a Research Associate and Program Evaluator for a large mental and behavioral health organization. Elaina is most interested in the environmental determinants of infectious diseases and health equity, especially as it pertains to the health and well-being of women and children. Previously, Elaina has worked on a variety of research projects and has found a particular passion for the intersection of WASH and Neglected Tropical Diseases. 

E-mail: elaina.sinclair@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