Current SURE-EH Trainees

Gabino Junior Abarca is a junior in Public Health. He joined the program in June 2016 under the mentorship of Dr. June Spector, Assistant Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Inspired by the work experiences of his parents and himself harvesting fruit, Gabino’s research investigates the association between heat exposure, volume/hydration status and kidney injury using data collected from orchard workers in Eastern Washington state. As a first generation college student and the son of immigrants, Gabino experienced some culture shock upon entering the UW. But his desire to earn a college degree combined with the support of his family have helped assure him that he was on the right path. Since that first quarter, he has also become a UW McNair Scholar and was profiled in a DEOHS News release in August 2016.

Christine Perez Delgado is a senior in Public Health who joined the program in November 2015. Her faculty mentor is Dr. Rich Fenske, Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Her research focuses on reducing agricultural worker risks through new and emerging technologies. Initially, Christine analyzed urine samples from pesticide handlers to look for biomarkers of acetamiprid exposure.  With that project complete, she is now involved in a field investigation analyzing pesticide drift into neighboring fields utilizing water sensitive paper.

As a daughter of Mexican immigrants, Christine grew up speaking Spanish at home while learning English at school.  She will use her fluency in Spanish to help communicate the findings to the workers. Christine is one of several students to obtain a reappointment to the SURE-EH program.

Yasmin Everson is a junior in the Department of Environmental Health. She joined the program in September 2016 and works with faculty member Dr. Julia Cui, Assistant Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Yasmin’s project will focus on understanding the relationship in gut microbiome to the ontogeny of drug-processing enzymes ontogeny in liver of germ-free mice. The goal of her study is to determine the developmental regulation of drug metabolizing enzymes using germ-free mice as a model system. Yasmin’s future aspiration is to become an Environmental Health Specialist. Currently, she works weekends at the YMCA in her hometown, and she has become active in the UW’s Peer Health Educators program.

Niloufar Ghodsian is a senior in Environmental Health. She transferred to the UW from South Seattle Community College in fall 2015, and joined the program in November 2015.  Her faculty mentor is Dr. Chris Simpson, Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.   Her research will focus on biological monitoring of exposure to combustion products, including diesel exhaust and wood smoke. Growing up in Shiraz, Iran, Niloufar observed the health impacts from poor quality first hand. In this project, she will be able to analyze samples from Kenyan HIV-1 infected children and their caregivers who were exposed to indoor air pollution. Niloufar is one of several students to obtain a reappointment to the SURE-EH program and is in the process of applying to graduate school.

Daysha Gunther is a senior in Public Health. She transferred to UW from Seattle Central Community College and joined the program in November 2015 and is one of several students to obtain a reappointment to the SURE-EH program. Her faculty mentor is Dr. Scott Meschke, Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Her research will focus on development of enhanced methods for environmental surveillance of Poliovirus. The project seeks to improve current surveillance methods where barriers constrain environmental detection of pathogens. She presented her research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Tampa, Florida in Fall 2016.

Daysha is in the process of applying to graduate school. She seeks to serve as a role model for others, especially for women and Natives in science.

Medina Khedir is a senior in Political Science. She entered the program in October 2016. Her faculty mentor is Dr. Anjam Hajat, Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Medina’s research will try to determine if poor and minority groups are exposed to higher concentrations of air pollution as compared to other economic and racial groups. As well as being a SURE-EH trainee, Medina is also a Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) fellow. An Ethiopian immigrant, a Muslim, and a first generation college student, Medina hopes to pursue a career that will allow her to focus on health policy and immigrant populations.