Amir Abdolahi received his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia in Biology and Mathematics and MPH degree in Epidemiology from Eastern Virginia Medical School. His research interests include addiction studies and clinical trials in Parkinson's Disease. Post graduation, Amir is interested in the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service program or doing clinical research for pharmaceuticals. When Amir is not indulged in his studies and pulling all-nighters, his hobbies include disk-jockeying, serving as a volunteer EMT, and teaching taekwondo, which he currently holds a 4th degree black belt in.
Natalia Golub is an M.D. / Ph.D. student in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Natalia is in her first year of the Epidemiology PhD program. Her mentor is Edwin VanWijngaarden. Her research interests include disparities in access to and quality of healthcare, refugee health, preventive medicine, and pediatrics.
Megan Herr received a B.S. in Natural Science Individualized Studies with minors in Chemistry and Biology from Daemen College in May 2009. Megan is a first year doctoral student in the epidemiology program.
Kimberly McKee has a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and an MPH from the University of Rochester. She is a second year student in the Epidemiology Program and is interested in health disparities as they relate to environmental epidemiology and social determinants of health.
Dana Olzenak received her MS degree in Physical Therapy from D’Youville College and her DPT, a clinical doctorate degree, from Drexel University. In addition, she earned her MBA from Clarkson University with a focus in human resource management. Dana has practiced as a physical therapist in a variety of settings, however most recently in the area of outpatient pediatrics and early intervention. Prior to entering the PhD program in Epidemiology, she taught in a physical therapy program in the areas of clinical education and pediatrics and coordinated student internships. Dana’s research interests include pediatric health disparities and the role of exercise in physical disability and obesity in children.
Erin Philbrick completed her undergraduate studies at University of Rochester in 2009 with a double major in Biology and Health and Society. Erin is a doctoral student with a concentration yet to be decided. Her hobbies include watching baseball, doing crosswords and KenKens and reading mystery/suspense novels.
Kathleen Spellane received a B.A. in Economics from LeMoyne College and an MBA from the University of Rochester. Prior to entering the PhD program in Epidemiology, Kathleen worked in management capacities in treasury and corporate finance in both the computer and utility industries. Currently, Kathleen is a doctoral candidate whose research interests include the role of exercise in disease prevention and the comparative effectiveness of medical therapies in the context of disease prevention.
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