Current SURE-EH Trainees

Kaya Bramble is a Senior majoring in Industrial & Systems Engineering. She joined SURE-EH in June 2020 under the mentorship of Dr. Lianne Sheppard, Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Kaya's research is part of Dr. Sheppard's ACT-TRAP study and focuses on using collected data and predictions to determine the relationship between ultrafine particle (UFP) air pollution exposure with income and race in the Greater Seattle Area. During her second year with the program, Kaya will investigate the following questions: What is the relationship between UFP exposure and demographics (race, ethnicity, income, socioeconomic status) in the Seattle area? How do UFP exposure disparities compare to other pollutants such as BC and PM2.5? And what is the relationship between exposure disparities and historic redlining?

In May 2021, Kaya was one of twelve students to receive the University of Washington's Undergraduate Research Symposium Population Health Recognition Award for her research project "Ultrafine Particle Inequality by Race, Ethnicity, and Income in Seattle." 

Emelin Delgado is a Junior majoring in Anthropology: Medical Anthropology & Global Health. She joined the program in the summer of 2021 under the mentorship of Dr. June Spector, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Emelin's research area will focus on the prevention of heat-related illnesses. By analyzing sleep and activity data that has been collected through the HEAT study, she will look at how heat exposure in farmworker housing affect sleep and how accurate and approachable bi-lingual messages about wildfire smoke be developed for farm and forestry workers.

Hannah Flores is a Junior majoring in Microbiology. She joined the program in the summer of 2021 under the mentorship of Dr. Karen Levy, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Hannah will be looking at the impact of RV resident wastewater on community environmental health. Specifically, she will determine what is the optimized method for sampling and processing RV wastewater for downstream detection of pathogens and how does the RV pumping program effect community environmental health.

Ahram Lee is a Junior majoring in Physiology and Biophysics. She joined the program in the summer of 2021 under the mentorship of Dr. Julia Cui, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Ahram's research area is Characterizing the interactions between environmental chemicals and gut microbiome during neurodegenerative diseases. Specifically, her research will ask how developmental exposure with varying doses of PCB affect the dysbiosis of the gut microbiome.

Aarti Tandon is a Senior majoring in Food Systems, Nutrition and Health. She joined the SURE-EH in the summer of 2021 under the mentorship of Dr. Eddie Kasner.  Aarti's research area is agricultural worker safety, proper pesticide use procedures and equipment, bilingual health and safety messaging via mobile apps and social networks. She will focus on understanding user analytics to improve app experiences specifically- how do user characteristics inform or explain their interaction with the ‘Pesticide Labels Now’ application?

Ashley Thapa is a Senior majoring in Public Health - Global Health. She joined the program in Summer 2021 under the mentorship of Dr. Karen Levy, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Ashley's research will focus on TAC Positive Control validation for analysis of child stool samples. She will look at how to best develop reference organisms to use as positive controls for TAC validation and what are the results of TAC validation for reference organism.