Faiza Awale is a Senior majoring in Public Health. She joined SURE-EH in June 2022 under the mentorship of Dr. Karen Levy, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Faiza's research asks "What are the sources and quantities of household fecal contamination, an important exposure pathway for enteropathogens, in ECoMiD households?" She will run quantitative PCR assays for microbial source tracking (MST) markers on environmental samples collected in Ecuador households including floor, hand rinses, domestic water etc. to assess the abundance and sources of household fecal contamination.
Emelin Delgado is a Senior 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 original research area focused on the prevention of heat-related illnesses. By analyzing sleep and activity data that has been collected through the HEAT study, she looked 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.
Currently, she is working on bringing awareness to H-2A worker housing and employer compliance with local, state, and federal housing standards. Specifically, she is asking: What is the distribution of H-2A (temporary agricultural) workers among housing types within the Pacific Northwest region? Does compliance with local, state, and federal standards differ among housing types and states within the Pacific Northwest region?
Ahram Lee is a Senior 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. In Ahram's 1st year of research she looked at Characterizing the interactions between environmental chemicals and gut microbiome during neurodegenerative diseases. Specifically, her research asked how developmental exposure with varying doses of PCB affect the dysbiosis of the gut microbiome.
Now in her 2nd year, she is focusing on how BPA, BDE-99, and PCB effects the organs’ RNA and protein on male conventional mice that are PND-5 and PND 60.
Nede Ovbiebo is a Senior majoring in Biochemistry and Public Health. She joined SURE-EH in June 2022 under the mentorship of Dr. Lianne Sheppard, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Her research area focuses on brain health and air pollution: Traffic related air pollution (TRAP) producing adverse health outcomes in older adults and examining the relationship between air pollution exposure and physical performance. Her research asks "Is there an association between physical performance outcomes and the effects of traffic related air pollution concentrations (UFP, and secondarily BC) after adjusting for potential confounding variables at baseline (age, sex, year enrolled in the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) cohort)?"
Julio Ramos-Vazquez is a Senior majoring in Public Health-Global Health. He joined SURE-EH in June 2022 under the mentorship of Dr. Tania Busch-Isaksen, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Julio's research investigates if there a way to differentiate between indoor PM sources without needing participant input? He will be looking at whether or not he can see the difference between activities that predominantly produce PM 2.5 vs. activities that predominantly produce PM 10 by collecting experimental data from pilot households and analyze them using R to see if there are any behaviors that can be distinguished using the indoor sensors alone.
Anysiah Taylor is a Sophomore majoring in Public Health - Global Health She Joined SURE-EH in October 2022 under the mentorship of Dr. Erica Fuhrmeister. Her research area is the surveillance of antimicrobial resistance genes in wastewater to determine what is the clinical significance of CTX-M-15 and CTX-M-55 and how does the dry season in comparison to the wet season impact the abundance of these specific genes in Seattle wastewater? She will be testing methods to amplify and sequence antibiotic resistant genes (CTX-M type,) in wastewater samples to differentiate gene alleles in samples. And will determine if the labs workflow is operating favorably to correctly identify AMR alleles in samples.