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Lisa Emerson

My name is Lisa and I’m a MSPH Global Epidemiology candidate. I grew up in Western North Carolina and attended Clemson University for my undergraduate degree (Go Tigers!). After graduating Clemson I worked for a year for a Maternal-Fetal Medicine office then chose to come to RSPH to work with faculty who match my interests. My main research interests include infectious disease, WASH, and neglected tropical diseases. After my MSPH degree I hope to continue on to my PhD and work towards eliminating neglected tropical diseases. In my time at RSPH I’ve come to love the community of students, the many opportunities we have, and the local brunch scene! I can’t wait to meet you and tell you all about why I love Rollins!


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Pauline Harrington

Hello! My name is Pauline and I am a second year Epidemiology MPH student at Rollins. I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) in 2016 with a degree in Women’s Studies. After I graduated from U of M, I spent a year doing an AmeriCorps program where I was teaching math to 7th graders in Newark, New Jersey. I decided to come to Rollins to pursue my MPH because since the first time I visited there was no question that it was the place for me. I’ve met so many amazing faculty, staff, and fellow students who inspire me each and every day. There are endless opportunities here and so many connections to be made in any area of interest. My interests are focused on infectious diseases, specifically TB and HIV, and women’s health issues. Additionally, though I’m not a Global Epidemiology student, I have been able to gain global experience during my time at Rollins. I spent my summer working on a drug-resistant TB research study in South Africa, which was considered a GFE project and counted as my practicum. Since I moved to Atlanta, I have fallen in love with this city (and its weather). There is so much to do and countless places to explore. I enjoy riding my bike through neighborhoods, finding new coffee shops to study at, and trying new restaurants around the city. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about my experience at Rollins!



Jennifer Imaa

Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer and I am a second year MPH student in the Epidemiology department. I graduated from the University of Southern California (the real USC!) with a B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies and a minor in Natural Sciences. After graduation I worked for a year and a half as an Admin Specialist for the Biomedical Informatics Program at UCLA and then went abroad and taught English and Science in Thailand and Colombia. I found my way back stateside and began working as a medical scribe in the emergency room of a hospital in an underserved area of Los Angeles and finally made my way down to Atlanta to pursue my MPH. My varied experiences shaped my interest in public health, especially on a global scale. The great thing about Rollins is the vast amount of opportunities available to do research and gain work experience with renowned faculty or with nearby organizations like the CDC in virtually any public health topic that interests you. My interests lie in WASH and infectious diseases and I am confident my time at Rollins will set me up for success in this sector. When not focusing on trying to get As and finding ways to go on vacays, I like to hunt for the best brunch places in Atlanta and concerts around the city. Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about Rollins or the city of Atlanta in general!


Zara Khan

Hello! My name is Zara, and I am a second-year Epidemiology MPH student in the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology certificate program. Originally from Houston, Texas, I came to Rollins directly after graduating from Rice University, where I majored in Cognitive Sciences and minored in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities. In undergrad, I worked on research projects ranging from neural stem cell delivery to patients with traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, to adverse childbirth outcomes in rural Malawi, to the influence of internet and social media use on young women’s sexual schema and attitudes toward sexual risk behavior. Rollins was my first choice for public health training because of the diverse research strengths of the faculty and the countless opportunities for professional development, both in Emory and Atlanta. My REAL position at the CDC and my work as a Rollins lab assistant have helped sharpen my interests in reproductive epidemiology, neurodevelopment, and epigenetics. When I’m not actively worrying about how environmental compounds affect developmental outcomes, I enjoy reading, crafting, and telling everyone I know to eat at Desta Kitchen. Feel free to ask me anything you’ve been wondering about Rollins, research, or Atlanta!


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Tori Konrad

Hi y’all! I’m Tori Konrad, and I am a second year GLEPI (Global Epidemiology) MPH student here at Rollins. Originally I’m from West Virginia, but I moved to Georgia for undergrad at Mercer University (Go Bears!) where I first discovered my passion for global, public health. I graduated in May of 2016 with a degree in Global Health and Spanish. In the year between undergrad and Rollins, I worked as a public health research assistant for West Virginia University, and there realized I wanted to focus my future work/research on maternal health and chronic diseases. Attending Rollins was the clear choice for me after learning about all the opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as the engaging community environment. I’m currently working at the CDC in the Birth Defects Branch and even in my first semester, I’ve learned so much from my mentors and applying what I’ve learned in my classes. I’ve made great friends at Rollins who inspire me everyday with their passion for public health, but we also make sure we have time to explore the ATL while trying our hands at adulting. Feel free to email me–I’d love to tell you more about why I love Rollins!


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Mike Mortillo

Hello! My name is Mike and I am a second year Epidemiology student here at Rollins, also
pursuing a certificate in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology. I was born and raised in New Jersey, and completed my undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA (Go Hokies!) At Virginia Tech, I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry, and worked in a laboratory studying host immune interactions with C. perfringens. I was also a tour guide at Virginia Tech, which was one of the main reasons why I decided to become a Rollins Ambassador. I decided to attend Rollins because of the challenging curriculum, vast amounts of research associated with the school, supportive environment fostered by both students and faculty, and of course, the amazing opportunity to live in Atlanta! I have loved attending Rollins and living in Atlanta so far – it is an incredible school and city, filled with amazing people. Upon graduation, I hope to work for the CDC or other government agency, before eventually returning to school to complete my PhD in a related field. When I am not in school or at work, you can often find me outside running around the streets of Atlanta with classmates. Feel free to chat with me if you ever see me around Rollins, I would love to get to know you! Hope you enjoy your Emory experience!


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Sierra Patterson

Hi! My name is Sierra Patterson and I am a second year Epidemiology student. I graduated from North Carolina State University with a major in Biological Sciences (Human Biology Concentration). While in undergrad, I conducted psychology research that required a lot of interaction with the public. After graduating, I performed research centered around finding a biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease, which mainly required bench work. Throughout my research experiences, I’ve found that I enjoy being behind the scenes of research, while also having some interaction with the public. Therefore, I chose to pursue Epidemiology. I decided to come to Rollins because of its vast resources, proximity to the CDC, and the fact that it’s located in Atlanta. So far, I’ve really enjoyed my time at Rollins. I’ve learned so much in my first semester and although I’m an Epidemiology student, I’ve learned a lot of things that can be applied to various public health fields. Furthermore, my REAL position teaches me new things, while also allowing me to apply what I’ve learned in the classroom. The Rollins community is very welcoming and everyone’s ultimate goal is making sure that you succeed in the future. I’m excited about being able to share my love for Rollins with you and I look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful community!


Susanna Trost

Hello! My name is Susanna and I am a second year Epidemiology student at Rollins. I’m from the Philly suburbs and received my B.S. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Public Health from the University of Delaware in 2017 (Go Blue Hens!). My undergraduate research focused on autism and encouraged me to pursue public health. After visiting Rollins, I knew it was the perfect choice. Everyone is so passionate about public health and the opportunities available to students are endless. Currently, I am working as a Program Assistant for the Division of Global HIV and TB at CDC and as a graduate research assistant for PRISM Health at Rollins. I am very interested in infectious disease epidemiology. When I’m not at Rollins, I love exploring Atlanta and hanging out with the wonderful friends I’ve met in the program. Please reach out to me with questions you have about Rollins, Atlanta, or anything else!


Huimin (Mia) Zhong

Hello! My name is Huimin (Mia) Zhong and I’m 2nd year Global Epidemiology student here at Rollins. I’m pursuing a certificate in Gene and Molecular Epidemiology as well. Originally from Chengdu, Sichuan, China, I graduated in 2016 from University of Oregon (Go Ducks!!) with a B.S in Human Physiology and minor in Chemistry. I’m very outdoorsy person and really enjoy hiking, biking, swimming and camping! My academic interests are HIV/AIDs and Diabetes prevention in both domestic and global level. Rollins provide me the best platform for the most advanced studies, researches and programs. I felt overwhelming at beginning because of the great resources here. Fortunately, I got lots of helps from my new friends here, ADAPs, mentors and professors. This amazing helping atmosphere is one of the reasons that I fall in love with Rollins in the first places. Life is not an easy journey and places with comprehensive strong support like Rollins is the best choice to find your team for life! I feel like a destiny to be here and I hope others who made or will make the same decision as me can feel the same way!