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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!


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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!


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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. After I graduate from Rollins, I hope to pursue a PhD in Mental Health and become a Behavioral Epidemiologist studying suicide and injury prevention. Currently, I’m working as a Research Assistant at the CDC in the Chronic Viral Diseases Branch studying Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Outside of Rollins, I volunteer in the Arts in Health program at Winship Cancer Institute, and I love exploring the city with my friends. 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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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!