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Ashley HolubAshley Holub

Home Town: Medford, NY

Undergraduate Degree: Psychology BS

Areas of Interest in your field: Psychiatric epidemiology, access to care, developmental disabilities

Background/Profile: 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.

Why did you choose The University of Rochester? The affiliation with the medical center offers unique research opportunities as well as the variety of faculty interests.

What are your career aspirations? Industry-Pharmaceutical

What are some of the things you have learned since you came to Rochester? A greater understanding of statistical methods and study design.

Hannah MartinHayley Martin

Hometown: Brunswick, New York

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology, Anthropology minor; SUNY Geneseo ‘13

Areas of Interest in your field: Maternal Child Health, Health Disparities, Women’s Health, Primary Care Delivery

Background/Profile: I grew up in Vermont and Upstate New York, and have been living in Western New York since 2009. During my undergrad years I enjoyed working on community health projects both locally and abroad, and hope to continue global public health work in the future. Outside of school I enjoy gardening, cooking, and hiking.

Why did you choose The University of Rochester? I fell in love with the sense of community and collaboration at The U of R during my interview and re-visit process. The combination of a biopsychosocial approach to medicine, a long history of stellar physician scientist training, and strong public health research made Rochester’s MSTP program the right fit for me.

What are your career aspirations? Primary care physician scientist with research focus in women’s health

What are some of the things you have learned since you came to Rochester? Research projects are never as simple as you thought they would be, but persistence, team work, and the internet can solve almost any problem.

Any advice for prospective students? Use your research interests as a guide when deciding on programs, but don’t lose all flexibility. Find projects and mentors that will help you develop new skills and explore new fields.

Molly McCannMolly McCann

Hometown: Scotia, NY

Undergraduate Degree: Biology, Neuroscience Specialization

Areas of Interest in your field: Clinical Epidemiology, Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Background/Profile: Received BS from Stony Brook University in 2011, and MS in Epidemiology from University at Albany, School of Public Health in 2015. Began PhD program in Epidemiology in the Fall of 2015.

Why did you choose The University of Rochester? The partnership with Strong Memorial and the Medical School was a major deciding factor for me, since I am interested in more clinical research. There are also a lot of resources and networking opportunities here, and the U of R casts a wide net across Western NY.

What are your career aspirations? Full time faculty and associate professor at a major research institution

Any advice for prospective students?

  1. Stick by your cohort, they are your best support system
  2. Mentors can make you, or break you. Choose wisely!
  3. Google Scholar. Always.