Current SURE-EH Trainees

Hank Flury is a senior majoring in Statistics. He joined the program in June 2019 under the mentorship of Dr. Lianne Sheppard, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.  Hank’s research area is part of the ACT-TRAP study that aims to link traffic-related ultrafine particulate matter, as well as other pollutants, to the process of aging in the brain, namely Alzheimer’s Disease by using mobile monitoring from 100’s of site around the Seattle area. Hank’s research will help determine the optimal method for the estimation of site-specific annual average pollutant concentrations.

Matthew Gomez is a senior in Microbiology. He joined SURE-EH in June 2018 under the mentorship of Dr. Julia Cui, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.  Matthew's research area focus’ on gut microbiome and what role it may play in the connection between chemical dysbiosis and adverse health outcomes like cancer and inflammation. Currently, he is looking at how early life exposure to different environmental contaminants (BDE-47, TBBPA, BPS) may cause persistent dysbiosis in adult male mice.

Diana Marquez is a junior in majoring in Environmental Health. She joined SURE-EH in June 2019 under the mentorship of Dr. June Spector, Assistant Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Diana’s research will focus on heat as an environmental exposure affecting agricultural workers. Specifically, she will be studying the effects across a summer season of Heat Education and Awareness Tools (HEAT) training intervention versus a comparison training on heat prevention knowledge among agricultural workers in eastern Washington state.

Gabby Mascarinas is a junior in majoring in Environmental Health. She joined SURE-EH in June 2019 under the mentorship of Dr. Julia Cui, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.  Her research will be look at the effects of a medication that lowers LDL cholesterol levels within the cardiovascular system by inhibiting the gene PCSK9. Specifically, does the lack of the PCSK9 gene cause non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) through changes in bile acid homeostasis?

Bruk Samson Molla is a junior in majoring in Environmental Health. He joined SURE-EH in September 2019 under the mentorship of Dr. Julia Cui, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.  His research will investigate if PCSK9 drug has a role in cholesterol levels in the liver by using a PCSK9 Knockout (PCSK9 KO) mouse model. How much does the high fat/high cholesterol diet affects the bile acid components of a PCSK9 KO out mice liver?