Student and Alumni Profiles

A young woman wearing a lab coat and safety goggles stands in a University of Washington laboratory.

On the job | Scyler Li

Student Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Promoting safe laboratory practices at the UW

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Breyan (Brie) Paske

Alumni Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Worker safety resonates for Breyan (Brie) Paske, in part because members of her family are employed in the manufacturing industry. Paske is a safety administrator with The Boeing Company in Everett.

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Dalila Zelkanovic

Alumni Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Dalila Zelkanovic graduated from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health's undergraduate program in 2014. She now works for the Clark County Health Department as an Environmental Health Specialist. Zelkanovic loves the the satisfaction of serving the public, and being on the frontlines of her evolving and developing community.

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Xiaoqiong "Christy" Huang

Alumni Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Xiaoqiong "Christy" Huang graduated from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health's undergraduate program in 2012. She now works as a Health and Enivronmental Investigator for Seattle and King County Public Health. Huang loves the opportunity to educate food workers, restaurant operators and the general public about the significance of food safety, thereby protecting people from foodborne illnesses.

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Robert Duff

Alumni Profile

MS, Environmental Toxicology (Tox)

Robert Duff knows that certain environmental health issues can be contentious, especially with so many different stakeholders involved. He is currently a senior policy advisor to Governor Jay Inslee on natural resource and environmental issues.

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Vivian Yu

Alumni Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Vivian Yu graduated from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health's undergraduate program in 2011 and earned her M.D. at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2017.

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Barbara Morrissey

Alumni Profile

MS, Environmental Toxicology (Tox)

Barbara Fitzgerald Morrissey’s first job after graduate school took her to Olympia to investigate pesticide-related illnesses for the Washington State Department of Health. Two decades later, she is still there, helping translate science into policy.

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Joseph Coble

Alumni Profile

MSPH, Industrial Hygiene & Safety (IH&S) - No longer offered

Joseph Coble says his advice for current students is to challenge the status quo, to not accept someone’s judgment that reducing exposures and improving working conditions are not feasible. OSHA’s four-decade silica process reflects the need to be persistent and not give up.

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Vy Tran

Alumni Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Vy Tran, '16, was driven to study environmental health after seeing how work in a tofu factory took a toll on her mother's mental and physical health. Today she's making an impact as an occupational health worker.

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Sara Mar

Alumni Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Sara Mar graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Health in 2017 and now works as a CDC’s Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) Fellow.

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Anisa Ghadrshenas

Alumni Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Anisa Ghadrshenas, 2008 BS Environmental Health graduate, uses the analytical foundation from her coursework to develop policies with the World Health Organization.

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On the job | Suhani Patel

Student Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Protecting community health through pool inspections and mosquito control

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Heather Fowler

Alumni Profile

PhD, Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH)

Dr. Heather Fowler earned her Ph.D. in 2017 and now works as the director, producer, and public health expert at the National Pork Board in Des Moines, Iowa, where she guides studies on the health and safety of people involved in pork production, while focusing on food safety and diseases that can spread from pigs to humans.

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Ali Everhart

Alumni Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Ali Everhart uses the knowledge and experience she gained as an Environmental Health major to provide environmental and public health services to fifteen tribes throughout southwest Alaska.

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On the job | Zakary Reimann

Student Profile

MS, Applied Occupational Hygiene (App OH)

Using video technology to document chemical exposures

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On the job | Jennifer Kim

Student Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Protecting worker health and safety through workplace inspections

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On the job | Mariah Dittmore

Student Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Enjoying the fast pace at a global engineering and design company

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On the job | Hannah Echt

Student Profile

MS, Occupational Hygiene (OH)

Promoting safe workplaces and making professional connections

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On the job | Jenny Pak

Student Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Serving the health needs of the Navajo Nation

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On the job | Angela Zhu

Student Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Getting hands-on at local businesses and asking questions in the field

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On the job | Juliet Lopez

Student Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Navigating dirty restaurants and wide open spaces as a DEOHS summer intern

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Tamia Boyer

Alumni Profile

MS, Industrial Hygiene & Safety (IH&S) - No longer offered

After earning her MS in Industrial Hygiene and Safety in 1997, Tamia Boyer went on to become an ORISE Fellow and now provides consultation and training as a Senior Safety Consultant with the National Safety Council.

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Chensheng (Alex) Lu

Alumni Profile

PhD, Industrial Hygiene & Safety (IH&S) - No longer offered

Chensheng (Alex) Lu, who earned his PhD in 1996, is researching pesticides to look into the trans-generational effects in honeybees, mammals, and humans.

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Kazu Okumura

Alumni Profile

BS, Environmental Health (EH)

Kazu Okumura earned a BS in Environmental Health and now serves as an Environmental Health Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps.

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