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PalomaPaloma Avendano is an empirical research fellow at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Statistics. She was a research assistant on the team from 2020-2021, and worked on a variety of tasks and projects, from literature reviews to data collection and analysis. Her main interests are Maternal Health, and Labor Economics.

KatieKatie Bisson graduated from the University of Rochester in 2020 with a B.A. in Economics.  As a research assistant, she provided support on various projects incorporating data analysis and environmental health.

ErinErin Campbell is a research analyst at Resources for the Future (RFF) in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Environmental Health, B.A. in Economics, and a minor in Statistics. She was a research assistant on the team from 2019-2021 and worked on a variety of tasks and projects, from literature reviews to data cleaning/analysis and writing. Her work focuses mainly on environmental-justice, -economics, and -epidemiology.

DenhamAlina Denham is a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Health Care Policy of Harvard Medical School. She completed her PhD in Health Services Research and Policy at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2021. She worked as a graduate research assistant at HEEL in 2017-2021, examining the impact of shale gas development on hospital utilization and mortality and researching the problem of unclassified drug overdose deaths. While at the Lab, Alina co-authored eight papers with Dr. Hill. Alina's current research program focuses on understanding how disadvantaged populations use various health care services in combination and on investigating the issues of "silent missingness" in claims data. Learn more about Alina's work on her website.

LiuLinxi Liu joined the Epidemiology PhD program at University of Rochester in 2016. Prior to entering the department, she received her BS in Preventive Medicine from Sichuan University, China, in 2013. She also received an MS in Epidemiology from University of Pittsburgh in 2016. Her research focused on cardiovascular health issues in the Unconventional Natural Gas Development (UNGD) industry.

ArunArun Ramesh is a research fellow at Stanford Law School. He graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Data Science, a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Mathematics. He was a research assistant on the team from 2020-2021 and worked on projects focusing on the impacts of environmental policy on health outcomes, such as drinking water quality to coal production. He was involved in tasks ranging from literature reviews to data cleaning/analysis to writing.

Vasu

Tarsha Vasu graduated from the University of Rochester in 2020 with a B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Business Analytics. As a part of the team, she worked on different projects, helping with writing literature reviews, data cleaning and analysis. She primarily worked on projects relating to the environmental and health impacts of natural gas production and environmental inequities and injustices.

Samiksha

Samiksha Vittalraj studied Public Health at the University of Rochester and graduated in 2020. As a research assistant, she provided support on various projects incorporating data cleaning and data analysis, including projects related to COVID state specific data and Coroner/Medical Examiner systems across states.

ZavezAlexis Zavez is a statistics PhD student in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She received her BA in Economics and Statistics from Swarthmore College. In the lab, Alexis studied drinking water quality and patterns in drinking water contamination. Her research interests also include quantifying the adverse economic and health outcomes that result from contaminated drinking water.

ZhangLujia Zhang is an incoming PhD student in the Global Health and Population department at Harvard University. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 2019 with a B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Environmental Health. She is primarily interested in understanding how healthcare interventions and financing mechanisms can provide more cost-effective and equitable ways to deliver healthcare in low- and middle-income countries.

SenqiSenqi Zhang is a master's student at Columbia University studying data science. He graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in data science in 2021. He was a research assistant on the team from 2020-2021. He helped on data acquisitions, cleaning and analysis. He mainly worked on the HEI project, conducting spatial analysis on road and CoreLogic data.