Student Profiles

Charleen Adams

Charleen Adams

Charleen Adams is a cancer epidemiologist. Her dissertation explores differential genome-wide DNA methylation in association with nightshift work. She would like to see new policies to limit the nightshift and argues that such policies are needed to protect the health of millions.

William Gordon

William Gordon

William is a MPH student interested in the social and legal implications surrounding genomic diagnostics in the clinical setting.

Taryn Hall

Taryn Hall

Taryn Hall’s research interests are focused on precision phenotyping, gene identification, risk and phenotype prediction, and the translation of genetic discoveries to society.  She has several domains of interest including: chronic pain, medically unexplained conditions, disorders in pregnancy, precision medicine, and forensic genetics.

M. Ragan Hart

M. Ragan Hart

M. Ragan Hart, holds an MS in Genetic Epidemiology from UW, where she investigated gene-environment interactions in patients using warfarin. Currently working in Medical Genetics, she recognizes a myriad of factors exist in the implementation of clinical sequencing into healthcare, and thus, her research interests lie at the intersection of health economics, clinical validation, and health policy.

Thyvu Mai

Thyvu Mai

Prior to joining the UW community, Thyvu worked as a clinical laboratory scientist diagnosing genetic disorders. Drawing upon her clinical background and public health interests, she is pursuing an MPH in PHG with the goal of expanding her role in health promotion beyond the laboratory setting to more direct community interventions.

Sarah Catherine Nelson

Sarah Catherine Nelson

Sarah Catherine Nelson, PhD candidate, is an alumna of the PHG MPH program and works as a Research Scientist in the Department of Biostatistics’ Genetic Analysis Center. Her dissertation examines how customers of direct-to-consumer genetic testing are using their uninterpreted genetic data. Sarah writes about her dissertation work and related topics on her blog at myopenreadingframe.com.   

Alice B. Popejoy

Alice B. Popejoy

Alice B. Popejoy, PhD candidate, has a Certificate in Statistical Genetics from the UW. Her research focuses on the evolutionary genetics of photoreceptors in human populations, as well as the under-representation of non-European ancestral groups in genetics research. Alice left a career in science policy in DC to pursue a PhD but she remains active in public policy and governance at UW. Alice has served as an Executive Senator and Chair of the Science & Policy Committee of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) as well as Graduate Student Body President and Chair of the Provost Advisory Committee for Students (PACS). She is most passionate about modeling ethical scientific research that takes societal implications into consideration, and hopes to continue her career in academic research.

Kate West

Kathleen (Kate) West

Kate West's dissertation draws from a virtue and feminist ethics framework in a mixed methods study of trustworthy research practices within partnerships between communities and university-based researchers, including specific considerations for genomics. For more information about her work, please visit Kate’s website at: www.katemwest.com