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Graduate student profiles

Tyler Gerken, a DEOHS graduate student, holding water sampling bottles in the middle of a field of tall grass.

Tyler Gerken

MS, Environmental Health (EH)

UW DEOHS student Tyler Gerken, School of Public Health master’s fellowship winner, traces infectious bacteria in Hawai’i’s waters

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Hannah Echt

MS, Occupational Hygiene (OH)

DEOHS master’s student helps coffee workers breathe easier

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Kholood Altassan

PhD, Environmental and Occupational Hygiene (EOHY)

By tackling infectious disease in her native Saudi Arabia, this DEOHS student is breaking new research ground

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Marissa working in a cafeteria taking food safety notes

Marissa VanRy

MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH)

Research on the health benefits of solar panels creates new opportunities for DEOHS student Marissa VanRy

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Trevor Peckham

PhD, Environmental and Occupational Hygiene (EOHY)

DEOHS student turns research into action by helping to shape worker safety policies in the Washington State Legislature

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Brianna Willis

MPH, One Health (ONE)

Brianna Willis, SPH master’s fellowship winner, forges a new path in One Health

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Miriam Caulkins tests samples on-site in an orchard.  Photo: Jose Carmona.

Miriam Calkins

PhD, Environmental and Occupational Hygiene (EOHY)

Award-winning DEOHS student studies the risks outdoor laborers face with rising temperatures

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Joseph Dempsey

PhD, Environmental Toxicology (Tox)

DEOHS student Joe Dempsey—the UW School of Public Health’s new Magnuson Scholar—studies how the gut microbiome shapes human health and disease

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Jackson preparing to collect wastewater from a septic system. Photo by John Zinza, Washington State Department of Health.

Meagan Jackson

MS, Environmental Health (EH)

DEOHS student’s work leads to environmental recommendations to create cleaner waterways

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