Alumni

mary boyle

Pediatric Resident
Department of Pediatrics
Jacobi Medical Center

Mary Boyle received her medical degree from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 2009 and practiced medicine in Ireland, the UK, and Australia, specializing in Pediatrics. She undertook a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2012, and was an Accelerated MPH Student in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health 2014-15.  With Dr. Shaman, she acted as Study Coordinator on his three-year project, “The Virome of Manhattan: a Testbed for Radically Advancing Understanding and Forecast of Viral Respiratory Infections.”

KAI CHEN

Visiting Research Scholar

Kai was a visiting research scholar under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Kinney for 16 months. He started his PhD in fall of 2013 in School of the Environment, Nanjing University, China. He received a BA in Environmental Science from Nanjing University in 2011. He worked on the mortality risks of outdoor temperature and ambient ozone pollution in China under a changing climate. He plans to continue working with Dr. Kinney on the health effects of air pollution and climate change while finishing his PhD degree at Nanjing University. He will be defending his thesis in the summer of 2016.

REA DABELIC, PHD

Associate Research Scientist
Technical Service Scientist
BioLegend

Rea was a post-doctoral and then associate research scientist at Columbia University.  She received her PhD in Microbiology and Cell Science at the University of Florida, where she studied the immune response to viruses and developed antiviral therapies. At Columbia University she focused on innate immunology of viral infections, the prevalence of respiratory viruses in the environment, and how environmental conditions affect the viability of these pathogens.

THERESAH FIAGBE

Study Coordinator
taf2126@cumc.columbia.edu

Theresah Fiagbe received her medical degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology, School of Medical Sciences, Ghana, in 2011. After completing medical school she practiced as a general and emergent care physician for 3 years and continued to pursue and  complete an MPH in Epidemiology from the Mailman school of Public Health, Columbia University (2015-2016). At Columbia, Theresah worked with Dr. Shaman as Study Coordinator on his new three-year project, “The Virome of Manhattan: A Testbed for Radically Advancing Understanding and Forecast of Viral Respiratory Infections.”

Chuanxi Fu

Guangzhou CDC

Chuanxi Fu was a visiting post-doctoral research fellow at Columbia  He studied herd protection from rotavirus vaccination in low coverage areas. Other research topics of interest include research into the rates at which maternal antibodies (hand-foot-mouth disease, measles, polio and meningitis) in infants wane.

Ruiyun Li

Doctoral Student 
Beijing Normal University

Ruiyun was a China Scholarship Council Doctoral Candidate at Columbia.  She is presently enrolled in the doctoral program of the Department of Global Change and Earth System Science at Beijing Normal University, and is pursuing interdisciplinary work studying biogeography and the environmental determinants of infectious disease transmission.

YING LI, PHD

Earth Institute Postdoc Fellow 2011-14

Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Department of Environmental Health
College of Public Health
East Tennessee State University

Dr. Li collaborated with Dr. Patrick Kinney on two projects at Columbia University: 1) assessing the health impacts of PM2.5 air quality regulation in the US, and 2) assessing the co-benefits of greenhouse gas reduction in the transportation section in Beijing, China. She recently joined the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at East Tennessee State University as an Assistant Professor. She will be teaching Human Ecology in Fall 2014 and Environmental Analysis in Spring 2015. Her future research will continue to focus on health impact assessment for ambient air pollution.

JAIME MADRIGANO, PHD

Earth Institute Postdoc Fellow 2011-13

Associate Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation

Dr. Jaime Madrigano’s research focuses on vulnerability to environmental exposures, with a specific focus on air pollution and weather.  As an Earth Institute postdoctoral research fellow, Dr. Madrigano collaborated with Dr. Patrick Kinney.  She investigated the relationship between air pollutants, temperature, and mortality, with a particular focus on investigating the role of neighborhood social and environmental characteristics in heat wave-related mortality.  She also conducted an interdisciplinary study on risk perception and decision-making in climate change and public health in collaboration with researchers at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University.  Dr. Madrigano continues her work as an assistant professor at the School of Public Health at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  

Jennifer Nguyen, ScD

T32 Postdoc Fellow 2014-16

Data Scientist
Delos

Jennifer received her ScD in Environmental Health and Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she studied the correlation between indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity exposure, and weather as a trigger of arrhythmias. At Columbia, Jennifer expanded on her research to consider influenza. In collaboration with mentors Drs. Patrick Kinney and Dr. Jeff Shaman and researchers from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, she investigated the inter-relationship between weather, influenza, and cardiac outcomes in NYC. Jennifer continues to explore the link between the environment and health as a data scientist at Delos.

Elisaveta Petkova, DrPH ‘14

Research Associate
National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute
Columbia University

Dr. Petkova has recently joined the research team of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) at the Earth Institute. She is currently working on projects related to environmental health policy, public health preparedness and response to natural disasters, radiological safety and the human health impacts of climate change. Prior to joining NCDP, she spent four years at the Columbia Climate and Health Program with Dr. Patrick Kinney where she carried out multidisciplinary research on the population health impacts of air pollution and temperature extremes. Dr. Petkova has also served as a consultant on a variety of initiatives related to environmental health risk assessment, communication and management.

Ashlinn quinn, PhD'16

Health Scientist 
Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health

Ashlinn Quinn completed her PhD in the Climate and Health track of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health in May 2016. She studies the health impacts of climate change adaptation strategies, indoor environmental conditions, and the health effects of indoor cookstoves.  Ashlinn holds a B.A. with dual majors in Psychology and Music at UC Berkeley and an M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies she worked in outreach and education at organizations including the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, New York’s public television station Thirteen/WNET, and Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.

Hannah Smith

Medical Student
Oregon Health Sciences University

Hannah Smith received her BA in Biology from Reed College and was employed as a laboratory technician at Columbia University Medical Center. Her work as a laboratory technician involved developing protocols for managing and analyzing samples taken during respiratory virus surveillance.

James Tamerius, PhD

Earth Institute Postdoc Fellow 2011-13

Assistant Professor
Department of Geographical and Sustainable Science
Iowa University

Dr. James Tamerius studies the relationships between climate and human health. As an Earth Institute postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Tamerius collaborated with Dr. Jeffrey Shaman. He investigated relationships between climate and influenza seasonality across temperate and tropical climates. He also participated on a study aimed at sampling airborne pathogens in subways and other public spaces in NYC; and he investigated the relationship between indoor and outdoor weather conditions across residences of NYC. Dr. Tamerius continues his work as an assistant professor at the University of Iowa in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences.

KATE WEINBERGER, PHD ’15

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Institute at Brown for Environment and Society; Brown University

Kate Weinberger is the first PhD graduate of the Climate and Health Program. As a postdoc at Brown, she will be examining vulnerability to extreme temperatures and storms in New England. During her five years in the program, Kate participated in interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Fordham University, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the MSPH Department of Epidemiology. Her dissertation characterizes both the temporal and the spatial distribution of tree pollen in New York City andexamines how these distributions are linked to allergic disease outcomes, including the development of allergic sensitization and the exacerbation of allergic asthma. Her work highlights the importance of understanding these relationships as massive urban tree planting programs progress, and as the length and severity of the pollen season change in response to increased temperatures and carbon dioxide concentrations.

Zheng Zhou, Scd

Postdoc Research Scientist

Data Scientist
Capital One

Zheng received his ScD in Global Health and Population from Harvard University. As a postdoc research scientist at Columbia, he worked on the Ghana Randomized Air Pollution and Health Study (GRAPHS) under Dr. Darby Jack. He assessed personal exposure to household air pollution from burning biomass fuels, specifically examining the relationship between PM2.5 and carbon monoxide exposure. He has taken on a new role as a Data Scientist at Capital One.