Students

NHS students are doing amazing things! There is too much to list everything here, but here is a snapshot of their interests and current work. You can read more about what the NHS students are up to in the student newsletters under the Resources tab

Moriah Bellisimo

Year of Entry: 2015

Previous Education: Georgia Southern University (BS, Nutrition and Food Science), Georgia State University (MS, Nutrition)

Faculty Mentor: Thomas Ziegler and Jessica Alvarez

Research Interests: Body composition and metabolism; human performance

Larelle H. Bookhart

Year of Entry: 2017

Previous Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BS, Health Policy and Management), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MPH, Nutrition)

Faculty Mentor: TBD

Research Interests: Maternal and child nutrition, community based nutrition interventions, health equity, and childhood and prenatal influences on chronic disease risks. 

Catherine Cioffi

Year of Entry: 2015

Previous Education: Cornell University (BS, nutrition) 

Faculty Mentor: Miriam Vos

Research Interests: Childhood obesity and associated cardiometabolic disease

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Miranda A. Cook

Year of Entry: 2017

Previous Education: Appalachian State University (BA, Interdisciplinary Studies), Emory University (MPH, Epidemiology)

Faculty Mentor: TBD 

research Interests: obesity prevention, nutrition & physical activity epidemiology, socioeconomic determinants of health, food security, health behavior

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Joel Conkle

Year of Entry: 2014

Previous Education: University of South Carolina (BA, Anthropology and Spanish), Tulane University (MPH, International Health and Development)

Faculty Mentor: Reynaldo Martorell

Research Interests: micronutrient supplementation and fortification, infant and young child feeding, nutritional assessment technology

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Shruthi Cyriac

Year of entry: 2016

Previous Education: St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi (BA, Economics), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (MA, Development Studies)

Faculty Mentor: Reynaldo Martorell

Research Interests: Implementation Research in Nutrition programs, Process evaluations, Mixed-methods research, Costing, Micronutrient Deficiencies, Fortification, Maternal and Child Nutrition, Agriculture-Nutrition Linkages, Global Health and Nutrition Policy, International Nutrition, South Asia

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Kristine Dennis

Year of Entry: 2016

Previous Education: Luther College (BA, Biology), Emory University (MPH, Epidemiology)

Faculty Mentor: Dean Jones

Research Interests: metabolomics, nutrition and cancer, molecular nutrition, interaction of nutritional and environmental exposures

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Emily Faerber

Year of Entry: 2014

Previous Education: Western Washington University (BS, Cellular and Molecular Biology), University of Washington (MPH, Nutrition)

Faculty Mentor: Amy Webb Girard

Research Interests: Complementary feeding and child growth, Maternal/infant nutrition and epigenetics

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Lucas Gosdin

Year of Entry: 2017

Previous Education: Auburn University (BS, Social Work), Emory University (MPH, Global Health)

Faculty Mentor TBD

Research Interests include maternal and child nutrition, food environment, agriculture, and global nutrition

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Sara Hanson

Year of entry: 2014

Previous Education: Virginia Tech (BS, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise), San Diego State University (MS, Exercise Physiology, MS, Nutritional Sciences)

Faculty Mentor: Aryeh Stein

Research interests: Physical activity epidemiology, non-communicable diseases, global health, adolescent health

Siran He

Year of Entry: 2015

Previous Education: Sun Yat-Sen University (2010, Bachelor of Medicine), Johns Hopkins University (2012, MSPH in International Nutrition)

Faculty Mentor: Aryeh D. Stein

Research Interests: Global health, life cycle epidemiology, international nutrition, long-term consequences of early nutrition, maternal and child nutrition, double burden of malnutrition, non-communicable diseases, cardiometabolic diseases, nutrition biomarkers

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Rebecca Jones

Year of Entry: 2015

Previous Education: Centre College (BA, Biochemistry and History), Emory University (MPH, Global Health)

Faculty Mentor: Solveig Cunningham

Research Interests: Childhood Obesity, Refugee/migrant populations, Structural Equation Modeling, Diabetes 

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Alysse Kowalski

Year of Entry: 2015

Previous Education: University of Central Florida (BS, Microbiology & Molecular Biology), Emory University (MPH, Global Health)

Faculty Mentor: Aryeh Stein

Research Interests: global maternal and child nutrition, implementation science, life course epidemiology, human capital development

Leila Larson

Year of Entry: 2013

Previous Education: University of British Columbia (BASc, Geological Engineering), Columbia University (MPH, Environmental Health, Global Health)

Faculty Mentor: Reynaldo Martorell

Research Interests: consequences of malnutrition on early child development; effects of multiple micronutrient powders on child development

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Whitney Leet

Year of Entry: 2016

Previous Education: Virginia Tech (BS, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise; BA, Spanish), Georgia State University (MS, Nutrition)

Faculty Mentor: Venkat Narayan

Research Interests: Diabetes, epigenetics, obesity, public health policy

Rukshan Mehta

Year of Entry: 2016

Previous Education: University of Toronto (BS, Human Biology, Psychology), University of Toronto (MSW, Social Work)

Faculty Mentor: TBD

Research Interests: The intersection between environmental and food systems exposures and nutrition, environmental enteropathy; lactation, breastfeeding, sustainable nutrition interventions and implementation science, program evaluation. 

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Maria Jose Ramirez

Year of entry: 2015 

Previous Education: San Francisco de Quito University (BS, Human Nutrition), Mexican National Institute of Public Health (INSP) (MS, Nutrition)

Faculty Mentor: Aryeh Stein 

Research Interests: Consequences of early-life environments in the development of adult health and human capital. Health and economic effects of migration. Program Evaluation. 

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Elizabeth C. Rhodes

Year of Entry: 2013

Previous Education: Brown University (AB, Sociology), Harvard School of Public Health (SM, Social and Behavioral Medicine)

Faculty Mentor: Venkat Narayan

Research Interests: double burden of malnutrition, lifestyle interventions to prevent diabetes, women's empowerment and nutrition, implementation science in nutrition

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Joseph Roberts

Year of Entry: 2015

Previous Education: North Carolina State University (BS, Nutrition Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (MS, Molecular and Biochemical Nutrition)

Faculty Mentor: Hicham Drissi

Research Interests: Dietary Bioactive Compounds; Nutrigenomics; Musculoskeletal health; Fracture Repair

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Reshma Roshania

Year of Entry: 2016

Previous Education: Rutgers University (BA, Anthropology and South Asian Studies), Emory University (MPH, Behavioral Sciences)

Faculty Mentor: TBD

Research Interests: Right to Food, food systems, nutrition policy, human migration, climate resilience, maternal and child nutrition. 

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Meriah Schoen

Year of Entry: 2017

Previous Education: Emory University (BS, Anthropology and Human Biology) Georgia State University (MS, RDN, Nutrition)

Faculty Mentor: TBD

Research Interests: Inborn Errors of Metabolism, The effect of early feeding strategies on body composition

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Ahlia Sekkarie

Year of Entry: 2016

Previous Education: University of Virginia (BS, Biology), Emory University (MPH, Epidemiology) 

Faculty Mentor: TBD                                                                                      

Research interests: Maternal and child nutrition, birth defects prevention, childhood obesity prevention

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Samrawit F. Yisahak

Year of Entry: 2012

Previous Education: Cornell University (BS, Nutritional Science)

Faculty Mentor: Venkat Narayan

Research Interests: Pathophyisology and epidemiology of diabetes and NAFLD in globally understudied populations

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