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Recent Graduates



Linxi Liu

Daniel Lopez, PhD


Julie Kittel

Nicole Mayo


Rui Li

Hayley Martin, M.D., Ph.D.

Ameliorating Alzheimer’s Disease tau pathology through immunomodulation: A novel role for interleukin 4 and glatiramer acetate

Advisor: Ann Dozier, RN, Ph.D., FAAN


Allison Ciesla

Ashley Holub

Phillip Meacham

Meng Wang

The Influence of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators on Cardiac and Mental Health in Patients with Long QT Syndrome.


Molly McCann, Ph.D.

Degree of Bystander-Patient Relationship and Prehospital and Emergency Department Care for Opioid Overdose

Advisor: Todd Jusko, Ph.D.

Now: Post-doctoral fellow at Henry Ford Health System


Martina Anto-Ocrah, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Reproductive and Sexual Functioning after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTMI) in Woman

Advisor: Courtney Jones, Ph.D., M.P.H. & Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Now: Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine & OB/GYN at University of Rochester

Anna Lynn Williams, Ph.D.

Inflammation and Cognitive Function in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Survivors

Advisor: Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.


Vanessa Assibey-Mensah , Ph.D. M.P.H

Gestational Exposure to Ambient Particulate Matter Pollution and Risk of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy in Western New York

Advisor: David Rich, Sc.D., M.P.H.

Now: Epidemiologist, Health Commissioner’s Office at Philadelphia Department of Health

Adan Becerra, Ph.D.

Childhood and Adulthood Stress Exposures in Relation to Late-Life Cognitive Function: A Life Course Perspective

Advisor: Christopher Seplaki, Ph.D.

Now: Senior Epidemiologist (NIH) at Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.

Timmy Li, Ph.D.

The Association between Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Disparities in Emergency Medical Services Use and Quality of Emergency Stroke Care

Advisor: Courtney Jones, Ph.D., M.P.H. & David Rich, Sc.D., M.P.H.

Now: Dir. Of Clinical Res. Med. & Asst. Prof. of Emergency Med. at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Heather McGrane-Minton

Does Bitter Taste Sensitivity Predict Vegetable Intake in Children?

Advisor: Diana Fernandez, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Now: Visiting Assistant Professor, Wegman's School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College

Deven Patel, Ph.D.

The Association between Urban Green Space and Depressive Symptoms in a Cardiac Rehabilitation Population

Advisor: Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Now: PostDoc Fellow at National Cancer Institute


Heather Elder, Ph.D.

An Investigation of HIV Treatments and Body Mass Index (BMI) on HIV-Infected Patients’ Cardio-Metabolic Profiles and Quality of Life

Advisor: Christopher Seplaki, Ph.D.

Now: Epidemiologist and Project Coordinator at Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health

Natasha Golub, M.D., Ph.D.

Longitudinal Health Outcomes in Former Refugees

Advisor: Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Now: Resident, General Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins/Bloomberg, MD


Megan Herr, Ph.D.

Antidepressant Use and Risk of Central Nervous System Metastasis

Advisor: David Rich, Sc.D., M.P.H.

Now: Assistant Member / Assistant Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center

Kimberly McKee, Ph.D.

Cumulative physiologic dysfunction and pregnancy: biological mechanisms of neighborhood deprivation on birth outcomes

Advisor: Diana Fernandez, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Now: Research Investigator, Dept. of OB/GYN at University of Michigan

Dana Olzenak, PT, DPT, Ph.D.

The Association between Motor Proficiency and Participation in School-aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Advisor: Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Now: Director at St. Lawrence County Health Dept., NY


Amir Abdolahi, Ph.D, M.P.H

Insular Cortex Damage from Stroke and Possible Disruption of Nicotine Dependence: The MINDS Study

Advisor: Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Now: Sr. Clinical Research Scientist at Philips Healthcare


Kristin Evans, Ph.D.

The Relationship of Local High and Low Energy Density Food Prices to Children’s BMI

Advisor: Diana Fernandez, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Now: Qualitative Operations Associate at Bank of America

Courtney Jones, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Trauma Triage: The Effect of Age on EMS Provider Clinical Judgment and Prehospital Guidelines for Transportation of Injured Patients

Advisor: Susan Fisher, M.S., Ph.D.

Now: Assistant Professor , Emergency Medicine & Public Health Sciences at University of Rochester

Denisse Licon, Ph.D, M.P.H.

The Association between Race, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status and Cervical Cancer Screenings and Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia in Monroe County

Now: Epidemiologist, Mgr. at City of Columbus

Lauren Parlett, Ph.D.

The Association of Prenatal and Infant Phthalate Exposure and Childhood Asthma Symptoms

Now: Research Manager at HealthCore, Inc.


Elizabeth Brownell, Ph.D. M.A.

The Effect of Immediate Postpartum Depo-Provera on Early Breastfeeding Cessation

Now: Director, Connecticut Human Milk Research Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Claire Hoffmire, Ph.D.

Examination of Sleep Disturbances in Children with Down Syndrome and Multiple Comorbidities in New York State

Now: Health Science Specialist at VA Administration Medical Center

Roni Kobrosly, Ph.D.

An Epidemiologic Investigation into the Relationship between Stress, Allostatic Load, and Depressive Disorder Among Older Adults

Now: Machine Learning Engineer at Dia & Co.


Emil Scosyrev, Ph.D.

The Effect of Neo-adjuvant Platinum-based Combination Chemotherapy on Pathological Down- staging and Survival of Patients with Locally Advanced Bladder Cancer

Now: Senior Epidemiologist at Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation


Lisa Kakinami, Ph.D.

Differences in the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease among People with HIV, Hepatitis C, or Co- infection

Now: Assistant Professor , Department of Math & Statistics at Concordia University

Adam Simning, Ph.D., M.D.

Anxiety and Depression in Older Adult Public Housing Residents: Prevalence, Correlates, and Implications for Care

Advisor: Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Now: Intern & Residency at Psychiatry, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester


Katherine Eisenberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Lead Exposure in Refugee Children in the United States

Advisor: Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Now: Asst. Professor of Family Medicine at UR Medicine & Dentistry

Jessica Elder

Now: Product Director, HEOR at Boehringer Ingelheim


Jennifer Lynn Kelly, Ph.D.

Now: Contract Academic Editor at American Journal Experts

Corrine Ringholz, Ph.D.

Now: Digital Innovation Specialist at Food and Agrecultural Organization


Swati K Basu, Ph.D.

Now: Senior Epidemiologist at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Thomas Richardson, Ph.D., M.B.A., PA-C

Now: Managing Director at T Shaped Consulting, LLC

Timothy Ryan, Ph.D.

Now: Chief Operating Officer at Sathi, LLC