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Recent Graduate Profiles
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.
- differential genome-wide DNA methylation in association with nightshift work
William is an MSGE alum interested in the social and legal implications surrounding genomic diagnostics in the clinical setting.
- Social and legal implications surrounding genomic diagnostics
Shira is an MPH genetics alum interested in the genetic, nutritional, environmental, and behavioral factors that influence disease risk and prevention. She received her B.S. in Biology and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Since then, she has worked at the University of Minnesota as a research assistant in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, at two non-profit health organizations in Minneapolis coordinating health advocacy and education initiatives, and at the International Society for Stem Cell Research in Chicago.
- Genetic epidemiology
- Epigenetics & nutrigenomics
- Developmental origins of health and disease
- Ethical Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of genetics
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.
- precision phenotyping, gene identification, risk and phenotype prediction
- chronic pain, medically unexplained conditions, disorders in pregnancy, precision medicine, and forensic genetics
- translation of genetic discoveries to society
PhD Public Health Genetics
M. Ragan Hart, holds an MS in Genetic Epidemiology and a PhD in Public Health Genetics from IPHG at 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.
- The intersection of health economics, clinical validation, and health policy
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.
- Health promotion beyond the laboratory setting
PhD Public Health Genetics
Sarah Catherine Nelson is an alum of the Public Health Genetics MPH and PhD progrmas 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(link is external).
- Direct-to-consumer testing
- Raw data access
- Third-party interpretation
- Science, Technology, and society studies
Elizabeth Oestreich, MPH alum, is interested in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) around genetics. She completed her BS in Biology at UW in 2016. She is currently serving as a student representative for the department, a GPSS senator, a member of the Deans Advisory Committee for Students (DACS), and a member of the Services and Activity Fee (SAF) committee. In her free time she is a mother of 2 and a wife.
- Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) around genetics
Alice B. Popejoy, PhD in Public Health Genetics, has a B.A. from Hamilton College in Biology and French and earned a Certificate in Statistical Genetics from the departments of Statistics and Biostatistics at the University of Washington. Her research in Public Health Genetics is interdisciplinary across computational biology and bioinformatics, protein family evolution, statistical genetics, and bioethics. She is graduating in Autumn 2017 and will begin a postdoctoral scholar position with Dr. Carlos Bustamante in the Department of Biomedical Data Science at Stanford University.
- Comparative evolutionary genomics
- Photoreceptor gene families (opsins)
- Race, ancestry, and genomics
- Ethical, legal, social implications (ELSI) of genetics research
McKenna Tennant, MPH in Public Health Genetics, is interested in policy issues in genomics. Her particular interests include the regulation of genetic tests; coverage and reimbursement of clinical sequencing; and the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic research and technologies, specifically with regard to accessibility and health disparities. McKenna holds a BA in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health from Yale University, where she studied the history of genetic engineering and government regulation of transgenic animals.
- Policy issues in genomics Ethical, legal, and social implications
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
- Trustworthy research practices within partnerships between communities and university-based researchers