Meet our graduate students

Hear from DEOHS graduate students about their research



Graduate student profiles

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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 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 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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Meagan Jackson

MS, Environmental Health (EH)

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

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Magali Blanco

PhD, Environmental and Occupational Hygiene (EOHY)

First-of-its-kind study led by DEOHS uses car-mounted sensors to map exposure to Seattle traffic pollution—and reveal its possible link to dementia

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Kori VanDerGeest

MPH, Environmental Health (EH)

In Washington’s Yakima Valley, a DEOHS student taps the power of community to help improve access to safe water

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