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Alejandra Alvarez

My name is Alejandra and I’m a second-year Epidemiology MPH student at Rollins. I grew up in San Francisco, CA, and left the Bay Area for Philadelphia where I completed my undergraduate degree at Haverford College in Spanish and Health Studies. After college I completed an internship in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I worked with immigrant and refugee women from South America. After that, I returned to San Francisco and worked as a kidney transplant clinical research coordinator for a year and a half before coming to Rollins. In the beginning of the semester my main research interests were infectious diseases like HIV, but now I am more interested in water-borne diseases. Part of why I enjoy being a Rollins student is because of the resources Rollins has to offer its students, including lots of lunch lectures on topics like water-borne diseases that got me so interested in water-borne diseases in the first place. Another resource I have been able to take advantage of is REAL, which allows me to work in a public health and epi focused job. I currently work with RZHRG (Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group) where I am learning so much about HIV prevention initiatives in Rwanda and Zambia. Not only have I been taking advantage of everything Rollins has to offer, but I have also been taking time to explore Atlanta and I’m excited to discover even more (still looking for good Mexican food that reminds me of home, I’ll let everyone know when I find THE spot).


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Erin Anderson

Hi everyone!  My name is Erin and I’m a second-year Epidemiology MSPH student here at Rollins. I’m originally from Carlisle, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) in 2016 with a degree in Community Health.  After graduation, I spent two years in Los Angeles, California working at the Los Angeles County Tuberculosis Control Program as part of the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program. My experiences working with the homeless population in Los Angeles really solidified my interests in infectious disease surveillance and outbreak response, and Rollins was definitely the right choice for me!  I currently work as an Epidemiology Assistant with the Surveillance, Epidemiology and Outbreak Investigations Branch in the Division of TB Elimination at the CDC, and I’m also a member of the Student Outbreak Response Team (SORT) here at Emory. So far, I’m loving everything that Rollins and Atlanta have to offer, and I can’t wait to share my experience with you!


Emma Butturini

Hi all! My name is Emma and I am a first year Global Epidemiology student. I am originally from Connecticut and I finished high school in Florida. I graduated this past May from Wake Forest University where I majored in Biology and minored in Health Policy and Administration. During my junior year of undergrad I had the opportunity to participate in a multi-country study abroad program, which solidified my desire to pursue public health. We traveled to India, South Africa, and Brazil where we conducted fieldwork and studied the intersections of community structures and health outcomes. Here at Rollins I am a member of the Student Outbreak Response Team and I am currently a graduate research assistant with the Rwanda Zambia HIV Research group. One of my favorite things about being at Rollins so far is how excited all of the professors are to be teaching, even in the introductory classes, share their passions, and help students discover their own. In my spare time I love to explore new places, cook, and try new foods, so if you need any restaurant recommendations, or if you have any questions about Rollins or life in Atlanta, feel free to reach out!


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Eric Evans

Hello! My name is Eric. I am currently a second year Epidemiology MPH student from Lawrenceville, VA. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Japanese from Brigham Young University. During that time I worked with cell cultures and mass spectrometry to find innovative cancer-promoting proteins and dietary influences on neurodegenerative disease precursor proteins. I decided to come to Rollins because I knew it would be the best way for me to move my career into a field where I could make a difference. There are so many opportunities here to work with professors and professionals to find your passion in Public Health. I have found every teacher to be interested in what I want to do with my career and extremely helpful in providing me with the tools to move forward. I am currently volunteering with the Viral Vector Vaccines Study Group in conjunction with the CDC, working with Typhoid Fever with the Center for Global Safe WASH, and doing data analysis with the Division of Digestive Diseases at the Emory Clinic. I look forward to hearing any questions for you about what kind of opportunities await you here at Rollins!


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Meghan Herring

Hey everyone! My name is Meghan Herring and I am a second-year global epidemiology MPH student. I am also in the humanitarian emergencies certificate program. I am originally from Minnesota, then moved out to the northeast for undergrad at Boston College. I studied biology and medical humanities at BC and loved exploring Boston! After graduation I moved to Honduras where I volunteered at a home for children through an organization called Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos. While in Honduras, I worked as a patient coordinator at a free ambulatory surgery center and fell in love with public health. When looking at MPH programs, I was blown away by all of the opportunities and connections offered at Rollins both domestic and international. I was excited about exploring a new part of the country and haven’t been disappointed. I am currently working at the Georgia Department of Public Health, am a member of Rollins’ Student Outbreak and Response team, and regular attendee of the Vaccine Dinner Club. When I am not studying or trying to solve the worlds many problems, I love exploring Atlanta, playing tennis, cooking and reading romance novels! I am quite chatty and would be happy to talk more about Rollins, so feel free to email me with any questions!


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Cassie Kersten

Hi everyone! My name is Cassie and I am a second-year Global Epidemiology MPH student from Minnesota. While completing my undergrad at the University of Minnesota Rochester, I worked for three years as a teaching assistant and contributed to research projects in both virology and educational biochemistry.  I was exposed to public health through a collaboration with the local public health department where UMR students helped with the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment– and I fell in love! After graduating, I spent two years working in cancer research and volunteering in the cancer ward at Mayo Clinic. I also got married, and adopted two adorable cats! At Rollins, I am interested in studying infectious disease preparedness and response. I am currently working in influenza pandemic preparedness in the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the CDC for a REAL job and I am 2019 Co-President of the Student Outbreak and Response Team (SORT) at Rollins. I love Rollins, and would be more than happy to answer any questions that you have!


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Krystyn Malveaux

Hey y’all! My name is Krystyn and I am a second-year MPH student in the Epidemiology Department. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and came to Rollins straight from my undergraduate program at the University of Texas San Antonio. I graduated with a B.S. in Public Health and a minor in Management of Technology. During my undergraduate program, I had the opportunity to be in the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars program, which reinforced my interest in public health work. After graduating, coming to Rollins was an easy decision for me considering the welcoming environment, amazing faculty and staff, and the ability to improve my research skills and build networks simultaneously. My main interests in public health fall within the maternal and child health field, and the combination of the courses offered and the certificate program training assured me that I will gain valuable skills and knowledge allowing me to excel within the field. When I am not at Emory, you can find me exploring Atlanta with my friends because you can always find something fun to do here. Feel free to ask me any questions about Emory or Atlanta, and I hope you enjoy your experience at Rollins!


Katherine Millsaps

Hi there! I am Katherine Millsaps and I’m a first year Epidemiology student in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene certificate program. My hometown is Orlando, Florida but I spent the last 4 years in Tampa for undergrad at the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!) While at USF, I majored in Biological Health Sciences with a minor in Infection Control, which is where my passion for Public Health originated with interests focusing around food/waterborne diseases. I also had the opportunity to plan the university’s homecoming and USF weeks my last year as well as participating in research at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute. I came to Rollins straight after undergrad because of the endless opportunities and hands-on learning Emory is known for. Currently, I am a REAL student working at the CDC for the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Protocol and Validation Team in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. Besides all that, I love cooking and trying out new recipes or restaurants for inspiration as well as exploring everything Atlanta has to offer while adjusting to colder weather than I am use to!


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Amber Moore

Hi everyone! My name is Amber and I’m a second-year Epidemiology MPH student in the Mental Health certificate program. I was born and raised in Ohio, and I attended The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!!) for my undergraduate career. Directly after I graduated with a degree Environmental Public Health, I started here at Rollins. A few of the reasons why I chose Rollins were to be challenged and interested in my classes, to pursue research, and to experience the city of Atlanta. My thesis is on the intersection of mental health and women’s health. I have also been working as a Research Assistant at the CDC in the Chronic Viral Diseases Branch studying Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for over a year. Outside of Rollins, I love exploring the city with friends and painting. Feel free to reach out to me if you ever have any questions about Rollins, research, or Atlanta!


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Leah Moubadder

Hi everyone! My name is Leah and I’m a second-year MPH Epidemiology candidate and am also in the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology certificate. I was born and raised in Plymouth-Canton, Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2016. During my senior year I was employed in the lab of a community-based eye-bank that is dedicated to the restoration of sight. After graduation, I spent about two years in a cancer biology lab at the University of Michigan, in the department of Radiation Oncology, where I helped characterize kinases involved in DNA-repair pathways. These experiences helped shape my interests and guide me towards population-health, where I knew I would be able to explore the marriage of science and community engagement. I chose Rollins because of the clear dedication to their students, the open, welcoming and diverse student body and the endless resources that the School of Public Health provides. Not to mention, I fell in love with all that Atlanta has to offer! My research interests lie in the intersection of chronic diseases, environmental exposures and epigenetics. So far, I have been able to work with faculty whose interest align well with mine, where I have gained valuable skills and mentorship. When I’m not studying on campus, I spend my time on the trails in Atlanta with my dog and trying all of the great food! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have about Rollins or Atlanta!


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Muhammad Zia ul Haq

Hi, I’m Zia and I graduated in Medicine from Nishtar Medical College, Pakistan before practicing as a general practitioner for a year. I published two papers related to risk of thrombosis in patients having CVC and atypical presentation of TB in patients with DM. I received the Fulbright Award from US Department of State and got selected at one of the finest inclusive institutes of the US, Emory University. I am pursuing Epidemiology as a major and my research area of interest is liver and digestive diseases. I plan on pursuing internal medicine residency after the graduation.


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Ajilé Owens

Hi! My name is Ajilé and I am a first-year global epidemiology student pursuing the certificate in humanitarian emergencies. I am originally from Hinesville, Georgia, but did my undergraduate education at Duke University in North Carolina. I graduated in May 2019, with dual degrees in Sociology and Global Health, with a concentration in Infectious Diseases. During my time at Duke, I did field work in Madagascar, studying zoonotic disease risk and social network contacts, but my passion has always been to study infectious diseases & natural disasters. This is inspired by years of growing up in a hurricane-prone region of Georgia, and is ironically what led me back to Georgia for my graduate career! Since coming to Emory, I’ve started working in the Department of Environmental Health, on a WASH and gender project. I am also a current member of the Student Outbreak and Response Team (SORT). Outside of all of that, most of my free-time is spent running in Lullwater, binging horror movies, and searching for the best taco place in Atlanta. Feel free to message me about any of these things!


Dallas Rohraff

Hi Everyone! My name is Dallas and I am a first year Global Epidemiology MPH student who will be completing the WASH certificate. I am from Michigan and completed my undergraduate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Grand Valley State University. During my undergrad, I worked in several research labs where I worked on projects exploring antibiotic activity, cell division, and epigenomics. After graduating, I worked for two years at the University of Michigan hospital as a research technician. My research here focused on Lupus and other autoimmune diseases. My passion for public health developed during a study abroad experience in Ghana. I worked for nearly two months with an NGO on WASH projects, including water sampling in rural communities and creating a locally produced biosand filter. One of my favorite projects involved providing a short health education curriculum on infectious disease prevention, a handwashing station, and soap making lessons to a local primary school. At Rollins, I am passionate about learning epidemiological methods that I can apply to my many interests, including WASH, infectious disease, and more! I look forward to sharing my experiences and sharing my love of Rollins!


Tamsin Smith

Hi everyone! My name is Tamsin and I am a first year MPH candidate in the Epidemiology department. I am from central New York. I graduated from Cornell University with a BS in biology and society, with minors in Infectious Disease Biology and Community Food Systems. Before I graduated, I traveled to Malawi for a summer. As a gap year, I worked in the health promotion department at Cornell as a Public Health Fellow, delivering wellness programs and contributing to research for the health center. I fell in love with Rollins after many conversations with the faculty, administration, and students—everyone was so supportive and their passion for the field really showed! I was also amazed by the breadth of the programs here. I am interested in infectious disease ecology and am in the Complex Humanitarian Emergencies certificate. Outside of my coursework, I am one of the Epidemiology department’s RSGA representatives, and an active member of WARP, the WASH organization. I am working for a local dance studio to create a senior mobility program. When I’m not on campus, I love to go on runs and hikes around the Atlanta area, and volunteer at community gardens. Please reach out to me with any questions you have about Rollins and living in Atlanta—I’m loving it and I’m sure you will too!


Shreya Tailor

Hi everyone! My name is Shreya Tailor and I’m a first year MPH student in the Epidemiology Department! I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and came straight to Rollins after completing my undergraduate program. I graduated with a Bachelors of Health Promotion with a Emphasis in Health Services from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!)! This past summer, I had the opportunity to work with the National Museum of Dentistry developing an oral health resource database and creating a children’s health day plan! After getting into Rollins, I was so amazed and appreciative of the welcoming community of students and professors. My main interests in public health include the intersection of chronic diseases, oral health and hygiene access. I am confident that my time at Rollins will provide valuable opportunities and unique skills to succeed. When I’m not at Emory, I am an avid foodie, traveler, and love to read! Feel free to reach out with any questions or to recommendations to explore the Emory community!


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Zaena Tessema

Hello! My name is Zaena and I am a second-year Global Epidemiology MPH candidate here at Rollins. I was born in Clemson, South Carolina and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health. After graduating, I spent 4 years working on expanding health services and health education for underserved and underrepresented populations in the Maryland, DC and Baltimore regions. I decided to go back to school to expand my technical skills and explore my interests in public health preparedness, WASH and infectious disease. After Visit Emory, I knew that Rollins was the perfect place for me to do that. I have already learned so much and met so many amazing people and look forward to the rest of my time here. When I’m not studying or in class, you can find me playing with my dog, eating my way around Atlanta, finding great live music or hanging out with friends. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about Rollins, what it’s like to go back to school after working for a few years, good places to eat in the area, or the REAL program. I look forward to showing you all the amazing things this school has to offer!


Kyle Winston

Hello! My name is Kyle and I’m a first-year Epidemiology MPH student here at Rollins. I’m also in the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology certificate program. I grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and came to Rollins right after finishing my undergraduate program at Mississippi State University, where I studied microbiology and history. While I was there, I contributed to a research project to genetically engineer pest resistance into soybean crops and I wrote about the history of public health in Mississippi. I really fell in love with public health when I worked on projects to improve family and child health during my last year there. As I was exploring public health programs, I was blown away by how great the Rollins community is and how many opportunities there are to make a difference here. After I came to Visit Emory, it was an easy choice. At Rollins, I’m interested in studying infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and genetic epidemiology. The courses and certificate program here made me confident that I will gain the skills I need to be successful. When I’m not at Rollins, I love to read books of many kinds, explore the hiking trails all around Atlanta, and try my best at phone photography. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I would love to share my experience with you!