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Rachel ChristelerRachel Christeler

Rachel Christeler began the Epidemiology PhD program in 2017.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica, NY.  She has also received her Masters in Public Health from Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University.  She has over four years of social service and public benefits work experience.  Her research interests include refugee health and environmental epidemiology.

Allison CieslaAllison Ciesla

Allison Ciesla is a graduate from St. Lawrence University where she majored in Computer Science and Biology. She received her M.S. in Epidemiology from Case Western Reserve University in 2012. Allison has an interest in take home exposures: what are we doing in the workplace that affects the health of our families?  Her other areas of research include neurological development and aging in relation to occupational exposures and hazards. Allison is currently working with OB/Gyn Research as a research coordinator for the UPSIDE study.

Ashley HolubAshley Holub

Ashley Holub joined the Epidemiology PhD program in 2015. Prior to entering the department, she received her BS in psychology from the University at Buffalo (UB). She has also received an MA in general psychology from Medaille College. Her past work experience includes research with the Depression and Research Treatment Team at UB and in clinical trials as a study coordinator. Her research interests include psychiatric epidemiology, polypharmacy and developmental disabilities.

Julie KittelJulie Kittel

Julie Kittel entered the Epidemiology PhD program in 2017. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Music from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010, and subsequently completed her Masters degree in Experimental Psychology at the College of William and Mary in 2012. She also worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans in Waco, TX studying postdeployment mental health in recent veterans. Her research interests are suicide prevention and health-related risk factors for suicide, such as obesity and binge drinking. She is also interested in the relationship between stigma and prejudice and suicidal behavior.

Rui Li

Rui LiRui Li joined the Epidemiology PhD program at the Department of Public Health Sciences here in 2016. She got her Bachelor’s degree of Preventive Medicine from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, with her previous research mainly focused on behavioral sciences as well as mental health of vulnerable subgroups such as men who have sex with men. Currently her research interests include suicide prevention, determinants of mental health from a life course perspective, with a particular focus on the female population.

Linxi LiuLinxi Liu

Linxi Liu joined the Epidemiology PhD program in 2016 after completing her undergraduate degree at Sichuan University in Chengdu China. Her current research focused on clinical trials and cohort studies in cardiovascular research and applying epidemiologic methods to imaging research.

Daniel Lopez

Daniel Lopez

Daniel A. Lopez joined the Epidemiology PhD program in 2018. He received his Bachelor’s in History from University of California-Los Angeles. He also has an M.A. In Latin American Studies from Stanford University and an MPH from CUNY – Hunter College. Prior to joining the program he worked with the Hispanic Community Health Study cohort for 8 years. His main research interest is examining risk factors related to cognitive decline and cardiovascular disease. He hopes to continue doing research on minority groups in the future. ​

Hannah MartinHayley Martin

Hayley Martin is an MSTP student with research interest in maternal child health epidemiology. Her current research is focused on the impact of prenatal care delivery on breastfeeding outcomes. Following the completion of her PhD, she will return to medical school and plans to complete her residency in a primary care field. She attended SUNY Geneseo where she studied biology and anthropology.

Nicole MayoNicole Mayo

Nicole Mayo joined the Epidemiology PhD program in 2017. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with an Interdisciplinary Master's degree in Public Health and Kinesiology with emphases in epidemiology and exercise physiology - as well as an undergraduate in Kinesiology. Her thesis work involved the development and implementation of a free community-based weight loss program targeting underserved communities of Southern California. Her current research interests include the effect of physical activity and diet as protective measures against neurodegenerative diseases, as well as investigating novel modifiable risk factors related to cardiovascular disease.

Molly McCann

Molly McCann

Molly McCann began the Epidemiology PhD program in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology, with a Neuroscience Specialization, from Stony Brook University. She has also received her Master’s Degree in Epidemiology from the University of Albany, School of Public Health. Her past work experience includes working for the New York State Department of Health, in the Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology. Her research interests lie within clinical epidemiology and mental health outcomes, primarily substance abuse and post-overdose morbidities. She currently works for Dr. Courtney Jones in Emergency Medicine Research.

Philip Meacham, M.S.

Philip MeachamPhilip Meacham earned a dual Bachelors of Science in Statistics and Applied Mathematics, summa cum laude, from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011. He then began graduate studies at Georgetown University and earned a Masters of Science in Biostatistics in 2013. During this time, he worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a research analyst with the National Institute of Child Health and Development.

He began his doctoral studies in Epidemiology in 2013 at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and he works in the clinical trials office at the Wilmot Cancer Institute. His focus is in cancer epidemiology, and he is particularly interested in prevention of second cancers, risk prediction modeling, and applying novel statistical methodology in clinical research. His current doctoral research is in identifying predictors of subsequent lymphoid malignancies, and evaluating the population that develops these, in order to better understand cancer etiology in the hematologic setting.

Marina OktapodasMarina Oktapodas

Marina Oktapodas began the Epidemiology PhD program in 2014. I completed my Masters in Epidemiology at the University of Buffalo in 2014. I am currently a third year doctoral student. My research interest and working dissertation project are within children's environmental health, specifically relating to immune health, infection and vaccine response.

Meng WangMeng Wang

Meng Wang joined the Epidemiology PhD grogram in 2014. She received her Bachelor of Preventive Medicine and MS in Epidemiology from Peking University in Beijing, China. Prior to entering the department, she worked as a research assistant in the George Institute for Global Health (China Office) and Peking University Clinical Research Institute. Her research interests include cardiovascular epidemiology and clinical epidemiology.  Currently she is a research assistant in the Heart Research Follow-up Program at URMC.  Her PhD thesis is "The Influence of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators on Cardiac and Mental Health in Patients with Long QT Syndrome".

AnnaLynn WilliamsAnnaLynn Williams

AnnaLynn Williams graduated from the University of Rochester with an undergraduate degree in Biology. Her research interests lie in cancer survivorship, and the University of Rochester has a number of leading researchers in this field. As Epidemiology students we are encouraged to find collaborators through the medical center which affords me an opportunity to work with leading experts in cancer survivorship research. Her dissertation research is examining inflammation and cognitive function in chronic lymphocytic leukemia survivors.