Epidemiology Doctoral Student Profiles
HEATHER ROZJABEK, MPH
Biography: Heather received her M.P.H degree in Epidemiology from Drexel University School of Public Health and a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Biochemistry from Haverford College. Heather’s research interests include cancer prevention and control, health outcomes, and quality of care.
For her Master’s thesis, she worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and conducted a geospatial analysis of a county-level colorectal cancer burden index and the locations of cancer education sessions across Pennsylvania. Prior to starting her doctoral program, Heather worked at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences providing scientific and administrative support for several large cancer screening initiatives that assess cancer screening in clinical practice. The focus of this research included risk-based screening, the balance between benefits and harms of screening, and comparative effectiveness of new screening technologies for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer. In addition, Heather worked on the evaluation of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program and surveys assessing the process of multidisciplinary treatment planning for cancer patients.
Publications: Cristea IM, Rozjabek H, Molloy KR, Karki S, White LL, Rice CM, Rout MP, Chait BT, MacDonald MR. Host factors associated with the Sindbis virus RNA-dependent RNA polymerase: role for G3BP1 and G3BP2 in virus replication. J Virol 2010; 84(13):6720-32.
Yabroff KR, Short PF, Machlin S, Dowling EC, Rozjabek HM, Li C, McNeel T, Ekwueme DU, Virgo KS. Access to Preventive Healthcare for Cancer Survivors. Am J Prev Med. 2013; 45(3):304-12.
Dowling EC, Chawla N, Forsythe LP, de Moor J, McNeel T, Rozjabek HM, Ekwueme DU, Yabroff KR. Lost Productivity and Burden of Illness in Cancer Survivors and Individuals with and without other Chronic Conditions. Cancer. 2013; 119(18): 3393-401.
Tenorio SL, O’Donnell CI, Hernandez J, Rozjabek HM, Lynch D, Marcus PM. Culturally sensitive approaches to recruitment and retention of Hispanics in the National Lung Screening Trial. J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Jun 19.
LEZHOU (JOE) WU, MPH
Biography: Lezhou earned a Bachelor of Medical Science from Wenzhou Medical University in China and MPH from Drexel University School of Public Health. Before joining Drexel, he worked as a data analyst/research coordinator in Heart, Lung, and Blood Vessel Center, Tongji University School of Medicine in Shanghai, where his work mainly focused on the research of left ventricular remodeling and hemodynamic indexes and have been published on the peer-reviewed journals, like J hyper, Int Angiol, and Eur Heart J.
At Drexel, Lezhou has worked with Dr. Lisa Ulmer in the WISE WOMAN Program, as well as Pennsylvania Cancer Education Network (PCEN). His master thesis research was to evaluate impacts of lifestyle intervention on diet and physical activity among low-income women. He has wide research interests, including chronic diseases (CVD, cancer), infectious disease (HIV), molecular epi, and research about social determinants and health disparity.
Publications: Wu L, Zhang L, Ai Z, Zou L, Zhu Y, Bao Y, Li J, Kang S, Fan H, Zhang D, Fan L, Liu Z, Li J. Association between risk factors and left ventricular remodeling in middle-aged and aged population: a community-based study. Journal of Hypertension 2012 Sep; 30(9):1862-73. PMID: 22796707.
Wu L, Wang Y, Zheng L, Li J, Hu D, Xu Y, Hasimu B, Yuan H, Yang J, Sun Y, Ma Y. Distribution of brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity values and optimal cut-off in distinguishing subjects with clinical condition in Chinese population. International Angiology 2012 Jun; 31(3):252-9. PMID: 22634980.
Kang S, Fan HM, Li J, Fan LY, Miao AY, Bao Y, Wu LZ, Zhu Y, Zhang DF, Liu ZM. Relationship of arterial stiffness and early mild diastolic heart failure in general middle and aged population. European Heart Journal 2010 Nov; 31(22):2799-807. PMID: 20797980
Zhu Y, Wang J, Bao Y, Qiao YX, Wu LZ, Li J, Li J, Hu DY. A cross-sectional study on the treatment goals of blood pressure, serum lipids and blood glucose in elderly patients with coronary heart disease. Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi (National Medical Journal of China) 2011 Jun 7; 91(21):1479-85. PMID: 21914285 (Article in Chinese)
Wu L, Li J. Diagnostic progress in heart failure (review). Journal of Tongji University (Medical Science), 2011, 32(2). (Article in Chinese)
STEPHANIE MAYNE, MHS
Biography: Stephanie Mayne received her MHS in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her BS in Biology from the University of Michigan. She currently works in clinical research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on studies related to chronic disease prevention, health services research, and health information technology. Her research interests include chronic disease epidemiology and the social determinants of obesity and chronic disease in children and adolescents.
Publications: Fiks A, Grundmeier R, Mayne S, Song L, Feemster K, Karavite D, Hughes C, Massey J, Keren R, Bell L, Wasserman R, Localio R, “Effectiveness of Decision Support for Families, Clinicians, or Both on HPV Vaccine Receipt.” Pediatrics, 2013; 131(6):1114-24.
Mayne S, Karavite D, Grundmeier RW, Localio R, Feemster K, DeBartolo E, Hughes CC, Fiks AG, “The Implementation and Acceptability of an HPV Vaccination Decision Support System Directed at Both Clinicians and Families.” AMIA Annu Symp Proc, 2012;2012:616-24.
Fiks AG, Mayne S, Localio AR, Alessandrini EA, Guevara JP, “Shared Decision Making, Health Care Expenditures and Utilization Among Children with Special Health Care Needs,” Pediatrics, 2012; 129(1):99-107
DAVID KERN, MS
Biography: Dave received his M.S. in Biostatistics from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a B.S. in Mathematics from Drexel University. Dave’s research interests include chronic diseases and their association with environmental factors, specifically obesity, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic disorders.
Dave worked at HealthCore Inc. prior to starting his doctoral program, managing observational research studies across multiple disease areas, including: COPD, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout among others. These studies included the use of administrative claims data, medical chart review, and patient surveys to follow patients retrospectively and prospectively. In addition, Dave has recently worked for Temple University’s Psychology department as a data analyst, and as a biostatistician for the WIHS cohort study at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Publications: Simpson RJ Jr, Tunceli K, Ramey DR, Neff DR, Kern DM, Hsieh HM, Wertz DA, Stephenson JJ, Marrett E, Tomassini JE, Jacobson TA. Treatment pattern changes in high-risk patients newly initiated on statin monotherapy in a managed care setting. J Clin Lipidol. 2013 Sep-Oct;7(5):399-407.
Stephenson JJ, Kern DM, Agarwal SS, Zeidman R, Rajagopalan K, Kamat SA, Foley J. Impact of natalizumab on patient-reported outcomes in multiple sclerosis: a longitudinal study. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2012 Dec 27;10:155.
Ellman LM, Vinogradov S, Kremen WS, Poole JH, Kern DM, Deicken RF, Brown AS. Low maternal hemoglobin during pregnancy and diminished neuromotor and neurocognitive performance in offspring with schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2012 Jun;138(1):81-7.
Kaplan RC, Sinclair E, Landay AL, Lurain N, Sharrett AR, Gange SJ, Xue X, Hunt P, Karim R, Kern DM, Hodis HN, Deeks SG. T cell activation and senescence predict subclinical carotid artery disease in HIV-infected women. J Infect Dis. 2011 Feb 15;203(4):452-63.
Alan Sim, MS
Biography: Alan Sim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Houston and a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health. He has worked for state and federal organizations including MD Anderson Cancer Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US Air Force on topics related to population and public health informatics, integrated disease surveillance, and health care data standards.
His research interests include HIV and chronic disease. He is currently investigating the relationship between treatment of HIV with Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) and metabolic factors associated with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Publications: Javaheri S, Casciello M, Rubal B, Sim A, Leonard J, Feig J, Shry E. Lipid Control in Patients Undergoing Peripheral Arterial Revascularization Procedures Compared to Coronary Arterial Revascularization Procedures, American College of Cardiology Annual Conference, Mar 2006.
Steindel S, Loonsk JW, Sim A, et al. Introduction of a Hierarchy to LOINC to Facilitate Public Health Reporting. Proc AMIA Symp. 2002: 737–741.
Jernigan DB, Davies J, Sim A. Data Standards in Public Health Informatics (Chapter 11), Public Health Informatics and Information Systems, 1st edition, 2002: 213-238.
Sim A, Whitaker JP, Fichtner, RR; Development of a Metadata Registry Prototype. CDC IRM Update. October 1999. 13(3).
Ginger Stringer, MPH
Biography: Ginger holds a B.A. in Biochemistry from Bryn Mawr College and an M.P.H. from Drexel University. Additionally, she has taken graduate courses in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of California, Irvine and in Business and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. Ginger's work experience includes biostatistics, cancer research, emergency medical response, environmental consulting, project management, and coaching athletics. Her research interests include cancer epidemiology and injury epidemiology. Her current research focuses on breast cancer biomarkers that may be associated with risk and outcome disparities.
Dan Figueras, MPH
Biography: Dan Figueras earned his BA in Secondary Education in Biology from SUNY Plattsburgh. He taught for 6 years at the Bronx High School of Science, covering subjects such as: biology, human physiology, introduction to research methods, epidemiology, nutritional science and health. Dan earned his MPH from Tulane University in 2006, with a concentration is epidemiology. He is also finish up a Certification in GIS from Lehman College in New York. Dan's primary research interests are infectious disease and risk assessment (toxicology).
Andrew Klink, MPH
Biography: Andrew Klink holds a B.S. in Medical Microbiology & Immunology and French from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and an M.P.H. from Drexel University School of Public Health. His Master’s research focused on health outcomes among subjects with rheumatoid arthritis. Currently, Andrew is involved in clinical research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Division of Rheumatology focusing on pharmacoepidemiology and outcomes research in pediatric vasculitis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).
Publications: Weiss PF, Klink AJ, Hexem K, Burnham JM, Leonard MB, Keren R, Localio R, C Feudtner. Variation in inpatient therapy and diagnostic evaluation of children with Henoch-Schönlein purpura, Journal of Pediatrics. Vol 155(6):812-8. 2009.
Weiss PF, Klink AJ, Localio R, Hall M, Hexem K, Burnham JM, Keren R, Feudtner C. Corticosteroids may improve clinical outcomes during hospitalization for Henoch Schönlein purpura. Pediatrics. Vol 126(4):674-81. 2010.
Weiss PF, Klink AJ, Luan X, Feudtner C. Temporal association of Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and parainfluenza pediatric hospitalizations and hospitalized cases of Henoch-Schönlein purpura. Journal of Rheumatology. Vol 37(12). 2010.
Anna Wallace, MPH
Biography: Anna Wallace received her BS in Anthropology & Sociology at the University of Utah and her MPH in Epidemiology & Public Health at Yale University. Ms. Wallace has extensive experience working with large, complex administrative claims datasets to perform epidemiologic research. Her primary area of interest is etiologic factors for autism spectrum disorders, although she is currently also involved in research that focuses on risk of surgical site infections and blood and blood product safety.
Wallace AE, Anderson GM, Dubrow R. (2008). Obstetric and Parental Psychiatric Variables as Potential Predictors of Autism Severity . Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , 38(8): 1542-54.
Motsko SP, Wallace AE, Pollack M, et al. (2008). Analysis of a Marker for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Among 167 Million Insured US Patients . Poster presented at the 24 th International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management (Copenhagen, Denmark August 17-20, 2008).
Yu H, Solari P, Wallace AE, et al. (2008). Effect of Patients ’ Out-of-Pocket Cost on Adherence and Persistence with Omalizumab (Xolair) Therapy for Allergic Asthma . Poster presented at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 13 th Annual International Meeting (Toronto, Canada May3-7, 2008).
Barron JJ, Wallace AE, Carson R, & Marton J. (2007). Healthcare Utilizations and Cost Analysis of Oral Linezolid versus Intravenous Vancomycin in the Outpatient Setting . Poster presented at the 45 th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Disease Society of America (San Diego, CA October 4-7, 2007).
Jing Sun, MPH
Biography: Jing Sun holds a Bachelor of Medicine from Guangdong Medical College in China and an MPH from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She has conducted research on a seafood diet and the prevalence of hypotension and Papanicolaou screening awareness and involvement by Hmong American women in La Crosse County, Wisconsin. Currently, her research interests are infectious disease epidemiology and early cancer detection surveillance.
Publications: Sun, J., Chen, Y., Liu, D.Q., Chen, J.J., Wu, H.Y., Xu, T. & Pan, M. (2008). An investigation of the relationship between seafood diet and prevalence of hypertension in three villages of Zhanjiang, Guangdong. China Pratical Medicine, 3, 22-24.
Leonard Emuren, MPH
Biography: Leonard Emuren is a physician trained at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has been practicing as a medical doctor in Nigeria since graduation in 1997. He also has a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Epidemiology from Eastern Virginia Medical School/Old Dominion University, Norfolk in 2010. His research interest is in infectious disease with emphasis on HIV/AIDS.
Neena George, MPH
Biography: Neena obtained her MPH in Epidemiology from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and her BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In addition to cancer research, her work experience includes disease surveillance and investigation. Her main research interest is in cancer epidemiology. Neena’s current research is focused on disparities in breast cancer outcomes.
Bo Park, MPH
Biography: Bo has a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California Berkeley and MPH from Dartmouth College. She has worked at World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment program looking at rescue worker exposures and disease prevalence during 9/11 clean-up and at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigating causes and prevention methods of chemical accidents in United States. She would like to apply environmental exposure epidemiology in women's reproductive issues.
Publication: Woskie, S. R., Kim, H., Freund, A., Stevenson, L., Park, B. Y., Baron, S., Herbert, R., de Hernández, M. S., Teitelbaum, S., de la Hoz, R. E., Wisnivesky, J. P. and Landrigan, P. (2011), World Trade Center disaster: assessment of responder occupations, work locations, and job tasks. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 54: 681–695. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20997
Aimee Palumbo, MPH
Biography: Aimee Palumbo received her MPH in Epidemiology from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include infectious diseases including chronic viral infections and chronic outcomes of infectious diseases.
Her master's research explored the impact of gene mutations on cognitive impairment in HIV positive women. During this time she also worked for GW and the DC Department of Health in the Bureau of Epidemiology of the HIV/AIDS Administration. Aimee completed the CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship program in healthcare-associated infections at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and subsequently worked for the state as an enteric disease epidemiologist.
Publications: Trivedi T, DeSalvo T, Lee L, Palumbo A, et al. Excess hospitalizations and mortality associated with norovirus outbreaks in nursing homes, 2009-2010. JAMA (in press)
Palumbo AJ, Loveless PA, Moll ME, Ostroff S. Evaluation of Healthcare-Associated Infection Surveillance in Pennsylvania Hospitals. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2012; 33(2):105-111.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Invasive Group A Streptococcus in a Skilled Nursing Facility---Pennsylvania, 2009-2010. MMWR 2011; 60:1445-1449.
Michael T. LaVasseur, MPH
Biography: Michael holds his BA in Molecular Biology and Medical Anthropology from Sarah Lawrence College and his MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the CUNY Hunter School of Public Health. He is a predoctoral fellow with the Collaborative Research Group on Health Policy and Promotion at CUNY York College. His research focus is on social networks and the application of network methodologies in diminishing health disparities. He has held positions at the HIV Research Center of Columbia University, the Bureau of Environmental Policy and Surveillance at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Population Council, and Weill Cornell Medical College.
LeVasseur MT, Kelvin EA, Grosskopf NA. Intersecting Identities and the Association Between Bullying and Suicide Attempt among New York City Youth: Results from the 2009 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey, American Journal of Public Health (Accepted July 15, 2012).
Neal Goldstein, MS
Biography: Neal Goldstein received his undergraduate degree in Information Science from the University of Delaware, and his graduate degree in biomedical informatics from Oregon Health & Science University. Neal's background is in medical imaging, with specific focus on women's health, and worked in industry for 10 years prior to starting his PhD at Drexel. His research interests involve crossing the informatics tools and techniques in the public health domain. Recent publications include co-authoring a chapter on organizational and social challenges of implementing PACS, and a literature review of up-to-date percentages in vaccine registries.