Research of Current M2M Students

Sarah Connolly

Track

Population Processes and Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

Research Focus

  • Immune system host factors and their relevance to heterosexual HIV transmission.
  • Using epidemiologically linked serodiscordant transmission pairs, examine how these factors contribute to the risk of acquiring HIV.
  • Explore the possible mechanisms which could shed light on the transmission event and aid in vaccine trial design.

Kristine Dennis

Track

Biomarkers and Development of Acute and Chronic Diseases

Research Focus

  • Characterizing metal-binding compounds in foods.
  • Determining mechanisms of digestion and absorption of glutathione-related compounds and the impact of metal binding on digestion and absorption of these compounds.
  • Using metabolomics to study nutritional and toxicological metal exposures and health outcomes in human populations.

Siran He

Track

Biomarkers and the Development of Acute and Chronic Diseases

Research Focus

  • Overarching goal: to improve the health of populations with adequate and balanced nutrition throughout life cycles and across generations, especially in low- and middle-income countries, and among underserved populations in the U.S.
  • Life cycle epidemiology
  • Long-term health consequences of early life nutrition.
  • Biomarkers of cardio-metabolic diseases.
  • Health innovations and entrepreneurship (e.g., mHealth).

Yunfeng Huang

Track

Public Health Genomics

Research Focus

  • Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms for cardio-metabolic health, focusing on cardiovascular diseases.
  • Gene-environment interactions for coronary artery diseases with a particular interest in lifestyle-related risk factors.

Vrinda Kalia

Track

Public Health Genomics

Research Focus

  • Creating a platform to study the effects of complex environmental exposures on neurodegeneration using high-resolution metabolomics (HRM) in Caenorhabditis elegans.
  • High-throughput screening to measure the effects of known neurotoxicants on dopaminergic homeostasis in C. elegans using HRM.
  • Making use of the genetic malleability of C. elegans to study gene x environment interactions that can influence the effect of toxicants on dopaminergic function.

Anna Knight

Track

Public Health Genomics

Research Focus

  • Changes in DNA methylation, gene expression, and microbiome compositions that may be predictive of pregnancy complications in African American women.
  • Gestational age acceleration and neonatal health.

Taryn McLaughlin

Track

Population Processes and Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

Research Focus

  • Understanding the impact of coincident infections on the immunological response to the bacteria that causes tuberculosis.
  • How this relates to health outcomes in these individuals.

Jordan Murphy

Track

Predictive Health and Society

Research Focus

  • Understanding the impact of coincident infections on the immunological response to the bacteria that causes tuberculosis.
  • How this relates to health outcomes in these individuals.

Kristin Bratton Nelson

Track

Population Processes and Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

Research Focus

  • Epidemiology and transmission dynamics of drug-resistant tuberculosis.
  • Infectious disease modeling and molecular epidemiology of disease in low and middle-income countries.

Joseph Roberts

Track

Biomarkers and the Development of Acute and Chronic Diseases

Research Focus

  • Nutritional influences on skeletal homeostasis and repair.
  • Transcriptional mechanisms of fracture repair.
  • Identifying inflammatory biomarkers of delayed fracture healing in aging and disease.

Aimée Vester

Track

Biomarkers and Development of Acute and Chronic Diseases

Research Focus

Assess whether combined pyrethroid pesticide and stress hormone exposures exert additive effects on dopamine system in ADHD, using a neurodevelopmental mouse model and the CDC's NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) cohort.