Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

Brendan Ceretto-Clark

Hello! My name is Brendan Ceretto-Clark and I’m a first-year MSPH student in the biostatistics department. I grew up in Fort Myers, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with a major in statistics and two minors (actuarial science and business administration). During my undergraduate studies, I found my passion for research through my work as a study coordinator for Dr. Henken’s laboratory at the University of Florida’s Food Science and Human Nutrition department. After graduation, I joined Dr. Henken’s lab as a team leader where I worked hands-on in multiple human clinical trials focusing on gastrointestinal health and the impact of gut microbiota. My experiences in research and my work as a data analyst in the Southern HIV & Alcohol Research Consortium at the University of Florida led me to pursue higher education and a career in biostatistics. When I was considering graduate schools, I toured Rollins and I knew it was the school for me. During my time here, I have met amazing faculty and students and learned more than I could ever imagine in such a short time. I am honored to currently be applying my skills in the classroom to the workforce as a global cancer prevention analyst at the American Cancer Society. I specialize in cancer prevention science and tobacco taxation reform in India and Latin America, and it would not have been possible without the Rollins REAL program. Outside the classroom, I love to go scuba diving, play ultimate frisbee, play the saxophone, and explore the great city of Atlanta. If you have any questions about Rollins, life as an aspiring biostatistician, or where the best food in Atlanta can be found, feel free to reach out!

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Victoria Kennerley

Hi! My name is Victoria Kennerley and I’m a second-year MSPH student in the biostatistics department. I am originally from Titusville, Florida and recently graduated from the University of Florida as a double major in mathematics and statistics. I first decided that I wanted to pursue a career in biostatistics after participating in the Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh the summer after my first year in undergrad. After my experience at Pitt, I became involved with the Southern HIV & Alcohol Research Consortium at the University of Florida and spent two summers interning in the biostatistics branch of the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, MD. Though I initially was determined to get out of the south for graduate school, my mind was quickly changed after visiting Atlanta and speaking with current students and faculty. At Rollins, I have found an incredible community that inspires me regularly, several opportunities to push myself in my career, and an amazing set of faculty and staff that never fail to impress me with their willingness to help and care for the students. I currently work as a data analyst with the Biostatistics Collaboration Core and am additionally involved in RSGA as one of the two BIOS representatives. Outside of Rollins, I really love living in Atlanta because there are always things to do in the city, an endless amount of good food and concerts, and great hiking a short drive away. I’m so glad that I chose Rollins and hope to help show you why you should choose Rollins, too!

 

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Izzy Saridakis

My name is Izzy and I am a first-year MSPH student in the biostatistics department. I am originally from Richfield, Ohio but moved to Atlanta in 2016 to begin my Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Emory. While at Emory, I also minored in Anthropology, competed on the Varsity Track and Field Team, and traveled to Nicaragua with the Emory Public Health Brigade. I decided to pursue an MSPH in biostatistics when I discovered the Emory 4+1 BS/MSPH in biostatistics program. I found that the field of public health and specifically biostatistics combined my interests in mathematics/statistics, healthcare, and social justice. I started at Rollins in fall 2019 while concurrently completing my Bachelor’s Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. I will graduate with my BS in 2020 and will then stay an additional year to complete the Master’s part of my program at Rollins. I truly enjoyed my first three years at Emory and so I was excited at the thought of spending another year at the University and in the city of Atlanta. Since starting classes at Rollins, I have found the students welcoming and the professors intelligent and caring. Every day I am impressed by the amount of opportunities we are offered at Rollins – whether academically driven or just for fun. While the students and their interests are extremely diverse, there are plenty of opportunities for anyone with any interests. I have truly found a home here and hope you find yours here too!