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Hasan Abu-Amara, MPH, BS (PhD 2024, Doctoral Program in Epidemiologic Science)
Foxman Lab
am currently studying biofilms, prostate cancer and the microbiome.



Fatima Bacharouche (BS 2020, Undergraduate Biology)
Foxman Lab
I am an undergraduate student hoping to pursue a Master's degree in Public Health. I am looking forward to learning more about the human microbiome through research. 










Deesha Bhaumik, MS (PhD, Doctoral Program in Epidemiologic Science)
Foxman Lab
I am interested in using the microbiome as a tool for studying the progression of health outcomes in the context of behavioral characteristics and environmental exposures.










Freida Blostein, MPH (PhD, 
Doctoral Program in Epidemiologic Science)
Foxman Lab
I'm interested in using epidemiological methods and computation biology to examine how microbes, hosts and environments interact in the context of disease states. I'm especially interested in applying concepts from evolutionary theory to human disease. 










Shannen Bolde (MPH 2018, 
General Epidemiology (Epidemiology Methods and Applications))
Foxman Lab
Pilot study investigating bacteria of the gut microbiome as people go through substance use treatment, and how this relates to mood, stress, anxiety, and depression.




Khalil Chedid (PhD , Doctoral Program in Epidemiologic Science)

Martin Lab
Antibiotic resistance gene transfer from VRE to MRSA.





Bonnie Cheng
Martin Lab





Peter DeJonge, MPH (PhD , Doctoral Program in Epidemiologic Science)
Martin Lab











Rich Evans
Martin Lab







Ali Farhat (BS 2019, Microbiology)
Rickard Lab
Investigations with antimicrobials against biofilm formation.









Michael Fiebig (BS 2021, Microbiology, Epidemiology)
Foxman Lab
I am studying Microbiology and German Studies in LSA, and looking to do a PhD program. I have a background in working with algae and the gut microbiome.


Noelle Fleury (BS 2022, Epidemiology, LSA)

Martin Lab
In this lab we explore the risk factors and outcomes of the co-infection of two antibiotic resistant bacteria while also trying to find alternative methods for VRE colonization screening.









Sydney Foote (BS 2017, Microbiology, LSA)
Martin Lab
I have been investigating the presence of rhinovirus and enterovirus D-68 in saliva samples.










Boran Gao







Annie Gencay
Foxman & Gordon Labs










Jason Golec (BA, Undergraduate Public Health, 
Community and Global Health)
Foxman Lab











Kristine Green (BS 2019, Public Health Sciences)
Gordon Lab
I am an undergraduate student with a goal of pursing a Master's degree at the School of Public Health. I am excited to learn more about epidemiology through hands on experience. 









Katherine Hanslits (MPH 2017, General Epidemiology (Epidemiology Methods and Applications))
Martin Lab
I analyze electronic medical record data to investigate risk factors for co-infection with MRSA and VRE.










Julien Heidt (BS 2019, Microbiology, LSA)
Rickard Lab












Greorge Hewitt (BS 2019, 
Sociology)
Gordon Lab
I was given the chance to work in the lab and I could not pass it up. I know it will be great work experience for me.











Liam Hicks (MPH 2018, 
Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology)
Foxman Lab
Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci




Gregory Hoy (MD, PhD 2027, 
Doctoral Program in Epidemiologic Science, Medical Scientist Training Program)
Gordon Lab
I am broadly interested in global health and the epidemiology of infectious diseases, especially their characteristics and presentation in low-resource settings.









Spenser Jett (BS 2020, Undergraduate Microbiology
)
Rickard Lab
I am interested in oral biofilm development, and interactions between fungi and bacterial biofilms.





Sarah Karram (MPH 2020, Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology) 
Foxman Lab
I am... doing research on lead exposure in oral biofilms. I'm excited to put my degree in microbiology to good use...










Emily Kiernan (BS, Undergraduate Public Health)
Martin Lab
I am a junior in the undergraduate Public Health program. I plan to get a Master's degree in Public Health concentrated in Epidemiology after undergrad and I would like to become involved in research related to infectious diseases and molecular epidemiology.  










Jesse Kim (BS 2018, Microbiology, Epidemiology)
Martin Lab
Research in hospital acquired bacterial infections. 










Alli Knox
Foxman Lab





Maria Konja
Martin Lab





Greg Kruse
Rickard Lab






John Kubale







Jeremy Kuo (MPH 2018, Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology)
Foxman Lab
I am assisting Emily Menard on the PROMPT study for her capstone project.









Joseph Leishman (MPH 2019, 
Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology)
Rickard Lab
Investigation of ocular and contact lens biofilms.










Ting Luo PhD 2018 (PostDoc) Graduated
Rickard Lab











Johnnie Lin (BS 2023, Epidemiology)
Martin Lab









Barrett Long (BS, MCDB)
Foxman Lab










Anastashia Magee
Martin Lab






Hannah Maier, PhD (PostDoc) Graduated
Gordon Lab
I study risk factors for virus transmission in the tropics (currently influenza in Nicaragua).









Emily Menard, MPH (PhD, Epidemiology)
Foxman Lab
STI co-infection dynamics










Mara Metler (BS 2023, Neuroscience, Epidemiology)
Foxman Lab
In this position, I will be processing dental samples from families in the Appalachian region in the United States to help determine what impacts people's health. I hope to continue on throughout the summer to even more projects relating to Epidemiology and how people's health is changed based on familial roots, the environment, and more. 









Andrew Miller
Martin Lab





Katherine Miller (MPH 2018, Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology)
Gordon Lab
I am currently using hemagglutinin inhibition assays to study various Influenza strain cross-reactivity among our children's cohort from Nicaragua.









Jae Min Shin
Rickard Lab











Beth Moran
Foxman Lab





Noah Newman (MPH 2018, Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology)
Martin Lab
Tracking household transmission patterns of Respiratory syncytial virus using Sanger Sequencing.











Sophia Ng, PhD, MPH (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Epidemiology)
Gordon Lab
Infectious Disease Epidemiology







Payal Patel (MPH 2021, 
Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology)
Foxman Lab












Shauna Paulson (BS , double major in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) and Korean Studies)
Martin Lab











Eden Penn 
Gordon Lab






Jessica Plemmons
Martin Lab






Chethan Prakash, MBBS (MPH 2021, Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology)
Rickard Lab
I am interested in infectious diseases and immunology and seek learn and grow in these fields.









Niharika Ragesh, BS (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology)
Martin Lab
I am a Bachelor's degree recipient currently working in the Martin lab to help sort out pathogens obtained from various hospital locations globally for the OVERCOME project. I will also be working as a research assistant with the MFIVE study, obtaining samples from individuals who potentially have the flu to deduce the strain of Influenza virus that is currently prevalent, as well as looking at the efficiency of the flu vaccine in order to help create potential improvements and modifications in the Public Health policies around the flu virus to better combat the infectious disease.





Derek Samarian (PhD , Doctoral Program in Epidemiologic Science)
Foxman Lab
Interspecies bacterial interactions in oral biofilms and their affect on periodontal disease.









 
Emma Schmidt (BS 2020, Undergraduate Public Health)
Foxman Lab
I am an undergraduate student hoping to pursue a career in public health, particularly epidemiology.












Jaclyn Skradski, PharmD (MPH 2017, Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology)

Rickard Lab












Rashna Soonavala
Gordon Lab





Thea Spindel (BS 2020, 
Undergraduate Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Hispanic Studies)
Martin Lab
I will be working on a project with Noah Newman trying to figure out RSV transmission within a household. 











Amanda Synowiec, AS (BS 2018, Microbiology)
Foxman Lab
I'm an undergraduate student with a passion for all things microbial! 










Andreea Taran 
Martin Lab





Haozhe Tian, BS (MPH 2021, Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology)
Rickard Lab




Alexandria Tricoche (MPH 2019, Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology)
Gordon Lab
I am interested in studying emerging infectious diseases on a global scale as well as studying respiratory viruses and zoonoses in tropical environments.









Rebecca Tutino, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
Gordon Lab
I will be examining the influence of social factors on the incidence of influenza in a cohort of families in Nicaragua.



Amit Vahia
Gordon Lab





Kelly Walblay
Gordon Lab



Olivia Yancey (MPH 2021, 
General Epidemiology (Epidemiology Methods and Applications))
Martin Lab
My interests include infectious disease epidemiology specifically in waterborne pathogens. My goals are to use my skills in microbiology, GIS, and epidemiology in a public health lab to help solve the nations most current health concerns.  











Maryam Younus (BS 2021, Engineering)
Foxman Lab
I'm a sophomore studying Computer Science Engineering. I want to pursue a career in bioinformatics after graduating.



Caroline Yuhas (MPH 2018, Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology)
Rickard Lab
I am investigating the effect of antimicroibals in dental products on dental biofilms. 

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