Epidemiology

Epidemiology

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Emma Butturini

Hi all! My name is Emma and I am a second 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!

Sammie Chavez
Sammie Chavez

Hey there! My name is Sammie and I am a first-year epidemiology student who is also pursuing the social determinants of health certificate here at Rollins. Growing up in a military family, I am from everywhere and nowhere, but most recently have been in Florida. I received my BS in nutritional sciences at the University of Florida in 2018. Though I was originally on a pre-med track, I quickly realized during my gap years that a career in public health better suited my interests. Being accepted to and attending Rollins has reaffirmed the daunting switch and now I couldn’t be happier with my decision! I have already learned so much in my first semester and I love the sense of community that exists among students and staff at Rollins, even in an online environment. My interests in public health include sexual health, women’s health, and the intersection of social determinants. Outside of school, I have a passion for movement, whether it be yoga, weightlifting, swimming, running, or dancing, I love it all. Additionally, I am so excited to explore the Atlanta food scene once the pandemic is over. Feel free to reach out, we are here for YOU!

Ronak Ghiya
Ronak Ghiya

Hello Everyone! My name is Ronak and I am a first-year epidemiology student at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. I obtained my Bachelor’s and Medical Degrees from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. I am currently at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA pursuing additional training in preventive medicine focusing on health equity, advocacy, and policy. I plan to serve the community via a career in primary care with a focus on preventive medicine and public health to address social determinants at underserved population levels and to promote the overall health of society. We can encourage patients to optimize their health through preventive and lifestyle measures via evidence-based, rejuvenating, and sustainable solutions. Please feel free to reach out regarding any of these topics! Thank you!

Sahil Jiwani
Sahil Jiwani

Hi everyone! My name is Sahil and I am a first-year Epidemiology student at Rollins! I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area but lived in Austin, Texas for the past four years. I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin this past May where I majored in Public Health and minored in Business. Alongside my degree in Epidemiology, I am participating in the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology certificate program. I recently started as a graduate research assistant with Dr. Goodman where I will be working with a group of students on a project regarding Disorders of Sex Development (DSD). Outside of Emory, I am working with a non-profit organization called CORE to provide free COVID-19 testing to all communities in the Atlanta area. My first few months at Rollins have been nothing short of what I expected coming in, and I look forward to taking many interesting classes and connecting with like-minded peers over the next couple of semesters. I mean what better time is there to be studying public health other than during a pandemic! In my free time, I really enjoy going on runs, hanging out with friends (pre-COVID times), hiking, exploring the city, and trying new restaurants! If you have any questions about my transition into Rollins, my experience thus far, or just want to talk, please feel free to reach out to me!

Katy Krupinsky
Katy Krupinsky

Hello!  My name is Katy and I am a first year MPH student in Epidemiology.  I am originally from Tempe, AZ; but I have spent the last three years in Fort Collins, CO for undergrad at Colorado State University where I studied Microbiology.  During my time at CSU, I was involved in a wide variety of non-academic organizations and worked in a lab focused on mathematical models of tuberculosis.  I fell in love with the field of public health because of the ability for the work done in this field to make a huge impact on our present world.   More specifically, I am interested in how mathematical models can be used to inform decisions about management of high-prevalence infectious diseases (i.e. tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV).  I love Rollins because of the amazing community which the students here work to create and the fact that the program is designed to promote all-around student success.  When I’m not at Rollins, you can find me work on fun crafts, going to the ice rink to skate, or looking for a cool new place to explore.

Callie McLean
Callie McLean

Callie McLean is pursuing her MPH in Epidemiology and is interested in infectious diseases, social determinants of health, and global health. She is originally from Charleston, SC and graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College in 2019 with her B.S. in Public Health and a minor in Spanish. She is currently working as a graduate research assistant for IANPHI. When she’s not in class or working, you can find her trying all of Atlanta’s food options, enjoying Piedmont Park, or getting her steps in on the Beltline!

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Katherine Millsaps

Hi there! I am Katherine Millsaps and I’m a second 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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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 second-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!

Dan Popkin
Dan Popkin

Hi everyone! My name is Dan Popkin and I am a first year Epidemiology student. I am originally from just outside of New York City. I recently graduated in May of 2020 from North Carolina State University, where I majored in Animal Science, as well as Biological Sciences. I also minored in both Zoology and Nutrition. During my time at NC State, I worked in an infectious disease research lab where I solidified my passion for public health. My public health interests include infectious diseases, One Health, and hospital-acquired infections. I chose to attend Rollins for the application-based learning opportunities, as well as the community dynamic that I felt. Currently, I am a REAL student working at the CDC in the One Health office. Outside of my coursework, I enjoy exploring the different restaurants and opportunities that Atlanta has to offer!

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Dallas Rohraff

Hi Everyone! My name is Dallas and I am a second 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!

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Tamsin Smith

Hi everyone! My name is Tamsin and I am a second 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!

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Shreya Tailor

Hi everyone! My name is Shreya Tailor and I’m a second 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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Kyle Winston

Hello! My name is Kyle and I’m a second-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!