Past Students - where are they now?
Nahnsan is a junior studying public health and information management & technology. He plans on attending graduate school for either epidemiology or data science. His interest in both these subjects have led him to work on a research project on the public health effects of countries, based on violent and non-violent conflicts within the country. He also plans on working on a project studying the ideal strategy in targeting community malaria elimination. Nahnsan is involved with the Syracuse University Literacy Corps where he tutors and works with local Syracuse students throughout the city from grades K-12.
Kennedy Johnson is in the class of 2019, majoring in Public Health and Anthropology. After graduation she would like to pursue graduate school for her MPH in Epidemiology. She studied abroad in Kenya which caught her interest in pursuing work in Global Health with a focus in maternal and child health.
Idris graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Health and Exercise Science and Public Health. Idris's interest in global health has led him to work in research about sanitation and trachoma. Idris is now pursuing an MPH at George Washington University in Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control.
Rim is a senior public health and biology student, originally from Yemen, who plans to attend medical school post-graduation. Ideally she would like to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology. Her interests in public health have led her to work on research about sanitation in schools in Southern Province, Zambia. Rim spends time volunteering at the local hospital and as an emergency medical technician (EMT).
Lauren is a junior public health and neuroscience student, who plans to dedicate her life to helping others by pursuing a career in public or global health. Lauren's passion for public health has led to her interest in research working to improve indoor residual spray intervention efforts for malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as research studying the impact of community sanitation on neonatal and infant mortality. Outside the lab, Lauren keeps herself busy by being a resident advisor, working as a Volunteer Coordinator for Camp Kesem Syracuse and the Special Events Coordinator for the Society for Public Health Education, and volunteering at a local hospital.
Ryan Patel is a sophomore biology student in the College of Arts and Sciences who plans on attending medical school post-graduation. His interests in public health have led him to work on research involving best practices for spraying houses with insecticide to prevent the spread of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. His current projects include mastering Stata, mentoring first-generation STEM students in the STEM Residential College, volunteering at three Syracuse hospitals, and fundraising for Camp Kesem, a group that provides a free summer camp for children who have been affected by a parent’s cancer. Connect with Ryan on LinkedIn.
Lauren is pursuing a masters of public health. She is passionate about vector-borne disease transmission dynamics and coffee. Her research interests include ecological and environmental drivers affecting disease transmission and maternal and child health studies. When she is not working to master her R, Stata, python, Arc Map and GIS skills, Lauren spends time volunteering at the local hospital, training for a marathon, and watching The Office. Connect with Lauren on Linkedin.
Erik graduated from Syracuse University May 2017 in Public Health and Neuroscience. He graduated from the University of Washington with a Master's degree in Public Health in 2019. As part of the Larsen lab, he spent part of a summer in Zambia working with Akros doing topology cleaning of official Zambia District Boundary file, including the geometry alignments and sliver elimination as well as data enumeration and buffer creation on national Malaria Spray projects. Erik also interned with Knox County Health Department conducting an efficacy study of the IMPACT mapping package and is currently Interning with the Oak Ridge National Lab Office of Workforce development as an external evaluator of the SEPA and ITEST programs to better improve the recruitment of high school students into STEM fields.
Thomas Grisham, MPH
Thomas works as a program research specialist conducting HIV registry data cleaning activities, with a specific focus on de-duplcation of New York's HIV registry. He merges records when they contain information on the same person, and resolves cases where records are intertwined. He also works with other states to identify duplicate cases between states to give more accurate data to be used in program planning, program implementation and research.
Fang Wang, MS
Fang achieved her master's of science in nutrition and her thesis examined the sensitivity and specificity of nutrition screening tools to predict clinical outcomes among Chinese hospitalized gastro-intestinal patients. She is now living in Beijing, China receiving training in the internal medicine department of the Peking University Hospital and conducting research on gastrointestinal stromal tumors.