My name is Aaron Blakney and I am a second-year MPH candidate in Environmental Health, with a focus in Environmental Epidemiology and Exposure Science. I was born on the shores of Lake Erie in Erie, Pennsylvania, and attended Penn State in State College where I received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resource Management. Before coming to Rollins, I worked at nonprofit agencies, conservation districts, and the Centers for Disease Control. My primary academic interest is the interaction between environmental contaminants and human disease, as well as how environmental factors influence chronic disease patterns, like cardiovascular disease and cancer. At Emory, I’m involved with the Student Organization and Response Team, Graduate Student Government Association, and Rollins Environmental Health Action Committee. I work within the Division of Birth Defects at the Centers for Disease Control through Emory’s REAL program during the school year. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking the North Georgia mountains, training for my next race, or trying a new restaurant in one of Atlanta’s many neighborhoods.
Hi! My name is Becky and I am a first-year MSPH candidate in Environmental Health and Epidemiology with a certificate in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH). I am from Racine, Wisconsin and went to University of Wisconsin-Madison where I got a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with certificates in Global Health and Environmental Science. While at UW-Madison, I worked as a research assistant in a pilot-scale drinking water treatment facility as well as a co-op performing environmental surveys for a civil consulting firm. After working in a global health setting in a project for Engineers Without Borders, I developed an interest in the public health side of WASH infrastructure development, which is what lead me to pursue a degree at Emory. At Emory, I am involved in WARP, the WASH Action, Research, and Practice student organization, and I work as a graduate research assistant in the department of Environmental Health where I analyze the effectiveness of a sanitation and hygiene intervention in modifying community WASH behaviors an Ethiopia. When I’m not in classes, I am often discovering new restaurants and coffee shops or exploring the many parks and walking paths around Atlanta!
Hi everyone! My name is Sophia, and I am a second-year MSPH candidate in Environmental Health and Epidemiology. I was born in Santa Ana, California but raised in Gilbert, Arizona for most of my life. I graduated from Arizona State University with my Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. I discovered my interest in Public Health when I went abroad on a summer medical internship through ASU to Nicaragua. I mostly spent my time learning how to diagnose and treat patients, but for a week, I learned about public health by performing home visits in rural communities. I developed an interest in environmental risks and its role in human health, especially in regards to air pollution and exposure science. Here at Rollins, I have a REAL position with the Department of Environmental Health where I analyze satellite predictions of PM2.5 concentrations in urban settings. When I’m not on campus, I’m usually on a trail with my dog. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about Rollins or Atlanta!
Hi! My name is Madison Lee, and I am a first-year MPH candidate in Environmental Health and pursuing the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Certificate. I was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia and then went to Raleigh to attend North Carolina State University (GO PACK). I double majored in chemistry and environmental science and graduated in May 2019! Currently, I am working a REAL position as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Household Air Pollution Intervention Network (HAPIN) trial, which assesses the association between liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cook stoves and pregnancy outcomes versus traditional cook stoves. I chose Rollins, in part, for all the opportunities to get involved in research either in the department or in collaboration with other organizations and universities. My background is heavy in analytical laboratory experiences through internships with Duke Energy’s Environmental, Health and Safety Department and undergraduate research in a soil biogeochemistry group, but my REAL position and other opportunities at Rollins enable me to gain experience with community-based research. When I am not thinking about air pollution and WASH, I am finding another coffee shop to explore or running at Lullwater Preserve or any other trails! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have!
Hi! I’m Amanda Liew, a second-year Global Environmental Health student, with a concentration in infectious disease ecology. I’m a native ATL-ien, born and raised in the suburbs about 40 minutes northeast of Atlanta! I majored in Biology at Georgia Tech and graduated in May 2018. I’ve had some experiences working in several different labs, including a reptilian cognition lab at Zoo Atlanta and a biomedical engineering lab at Emory that works with pediatric traumatic brain injury and cerebral blood flow monitoring. My interests in public health are all over the place, but I’m especially partial to zoonotic infectious diseases and neglected tropical diseases. I chose to come to Rollins because of its strong partnership with the CDC, and I’m so glad I did! If there’s anything I’ve learned in my time here, it’s that a 2-year degree is not enough time, especially if you love research. There are so many faculty members doing awesome things, and I wish I had all of the time in the world to check it all out. With that said, I’m grateful for the opportunity to be here at Emory, and I hope you join our awesome community here! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
Hi All! I am Sharlene Martin, a first year Environmental Health student. I was born in Northern California, but grew up in Singapore. I graduated from Agnes Scott College, in May of 2019, with a BA in Public Health and a minor in Biology. My undergraduate work was in data analysis of lead in DeKalb County public schools systems, hospital infectious disease control surveillance and residential Radon data collection. Ever since my junior year in undergrad, I have wanted to attend Rollins. I have visited Emory multiple times during my junior and senior year for research and loved the constructive environment and supportive individuals all throughout campus. When I had the opportunity to visit Rollins during my senior year, my previous feelings were confirmed. It is this supportive community environment, wide range of concentrations and research opportunities that helped me decide that Rollins is the place for me. When I am not studying, I enjoy eating out at Atlanta’s many restaurants, Broadway shows, and other attractions. I love showing people around the city which allows me to meet new people and share my appreciation for the city with others. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Hi, y’all! My name is Ana Rodriguez, and I am a first-year Global Environmental Health student pursuing a certificate in the Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health. I am from the Tennessee Valley, and I received my Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Environmental Science from Stetson University in 2018. Before coming to Rollins, I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and also worked as a STEM Program Facilitator for Girls Inc. of San Antonio. My interests lie with global climate change and creating policy to implement better infrastructure to protect and support marginalized communities in the wake of natural disasters. In addition to serving as one of the Environmental Health Representatives for RSGA, I am a member of Emory’s Weightlifting Club and enjoy exploring Atlanta. I am excited to be at Rollins and look forward to all the opportunities available within the next year and a half!
Hey y’all! My name is Morgan Zabow, and I am a first-year MPH candidate in Environmental Health. I was born in Cary, North Carolina, but spent most of my life growing up in suburban Atlanta. I attended the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) for undergrad, where I majored in Biology and minored in Sociology. After graduation, I moved to rural Alabama and worked for a community health-care nonprofit, which focused on serving the vulnerable members of the community. My primary focus of study is on climate and health, and I am interested in learning more about how climate change is going to be impacting vulnerable populations the most. Here at Rollins, I work as the operations manager of Climate@Emory, which is an organization that spreads awareness of all the different climate-related amazing things going on at Emory and beyond. When I am not on campus, I am usually running on different trails around campus, finding the next concert to attend, or watching any Georgia sports team!