Recent Graduates

The Graduate Program in Environmental Health Sciences has awarded more than 150 MS and 200 Ph.D. degrees since 1958. Listed below are the names of our Ph.D. graduates since 2005, their research area of study, titles of their dissertations and the names of their research mentors. 

Ph.D. Graduates

2015

Eric Saunders – Exposure Assessment and Health Effects
Research Mentor: Terry Gordon, Ph.D.
Silver Nanoparticles: A Study of Dissolution, Kinetics, and Factors Affecting Pulmonary Inflammation

Lital Yinon – Exposure Assessment and Health Effects
Research Mentor: George D. Thurston, Sc.D.
An Evaluation of the Heath Benefits of an Air Quality Intervention in Three Israeli Cities

Jennifer Horonjeff – Ergonomics and Biomechanics
Research Mentor: Sherri Weiser, Ph.D.
Factors Associated with Physical Activity in Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Lisa Gesumaria (Passantino) – Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Max Costa, Ph.D.
An Evaluation of the Effects of Solar Simulated Ultraviolet Radiation on Epigenetic Mechanisms that Govern Photoaging in Human Skin Cells

Jieying Jiang - Epidemiology
Research Mentor: Richard B. Hayes, Ph.D.
Dietary Patterns, Arsenic Exposure and Blood Pressure Trajectories

2014

Gaetano Lombardo – Ergonomics and Biomechanics
Research Mentor: Leon Rybak, M.D.
The Effect of Scapular Posture on the Size of the Subacromial Space

Dongyun Zhang – Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Chuanshu Huang, M.D. and Ph.D.
The Novel Mechanisms Underlying Function of p27 in Arsenite Responses

Shaghayegh Harbi – Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Paolo Mignatti, M.D.
A High-Throughput Screening Study of Stem Cells in Hemangioma Formation

Enhan Zhang – Biostatistics
Research Mentor: Yongzhao Shao, Ph.D.
Classification Accuracy of Logistic Regression Models Under Misspecifications

Mary Ann Popovech – Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Terry Gordon, Ph.D.
Exposure to Engineered SIlver Nanoparticle Results in Pulmonary and Extra-Pulmonary Organ Dysfunction via Inflammatory and Oxidative Stress Pathways

Xin Cheng - Biostatistics
Research Mentors:  Mengling Liu, Ph.D. and Yongzhao Shao, Ph.D.
Identification of Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Variables in Pooled Studies

2013

Yana Chervona – Molecular and Systemic Toxicology
Research Mentor: Max Costa, Ph.D.
Arsenic and the Epigenome: Understanding Arsenic's Effect on Histone Modification Marks and Gene Expression

Leah S. Price – Biostatistics
Research Mentors: Judith D. Goldberg, Sc.D. and Ilana Belitskaya-Levy, Ph.D.
Evaluation of Classification Systems in a Survival Setting

Jaime Mirowsky – Environmental Toxicology
Research Mentor: Terry Gordon, Ph.D.
Cardiopulmonary Health Effects of Traffic-Related Air Pollutants

Yixin Yao – Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Wei Dai, Ph.D.
Modulation of Cell Proliferation by Nickel and Cobalt, Two Environmental Metal Toxins

Azita Cuevas – Exposure Assessment and Health Effects
Research Mentor: Lung Chi Chen, Ph.D.
The Role of Particle Composition in Air Pollution Induced Microvascular Dysfunction

Meng Qian – Biostatistics
Research Mentors: Yongzhao Shao, Ph.D. and Mengling Liu, Ph.D.
Statistical Methods for the Analysis of Genomic and Survival Data

2012

Harriet A. Clancy – Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Max Costa, Ph.D.
Effect of Chronic Nickel (II) Sulfate Exposure on Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells & Histone Modifications Caused by Depleted Uranium Exposure

Hsiang-Tsui Wang – Molecular/Systemic Toxicology
Research Mentor: Moon-shong Tang, Ph.D.
The Effect of Acrolein in DNA Damage, Repair and Lung Carcinogenesis

Jiang Zhou – Exposure Assessment and Health Effects
Research Mentor: Kazuhiko Ito, Ph.D.
Time-Series Analysis of Health Effects of Fine Particulate Matter Components in Detroit and Seattle

Rebecca Gluskin – Epidemiology
Research Mentor: Kazuhiko Ito, Ph.D.
Effect Modification by Influenza on the Short-term Relationship Between Fine Particles, Temperature and Cardiovascular Mortality

Jessica L. Lyon – Systemic Toxicology
Research Mentor: Terry Gordon, Ph.D.
The Effects of Prenatal and Early Postnatal Cigarette Smoke Exposure on the Gene Expression and Epigenetic Profiles of the Exposed Offspring

Shulian Shang – Biostatistics
Research Mentors: Yongzhao Shao, Ph.D. and Mengling Liu, Ph.D.
Some Statistical Methods for the Analysis of High-Dimensional Data

Kevin Ryan Cromar – Exposure Assessment and Health Effects
Research Mentor: George D. Thurston, Sc.D.
Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome Influences on the Risk of Air Pollution Related Asthma Hospital Admission

Meng Zhang – Biostatistics
Research Mentor: Judith D. Goldberg, Sc.D.
Estimation of Population Mean of Covariates via Horvitz-Thompson Estimator in Open-Population Log-Linear Multiple-Recapture Models

2011

Qinyi Cheng – Biostatistics
Research Mentors: Yongzhao Shao, Ph.D. and Mengling Liu, Ph.D.
Accounting for Latent Population Substructure in Genetic Association Studies

Eric Liberda – Exposure Assessment
Research Mentor: Lung Chi Chen, Ph.D.
The Effects of Inhaled Nickel Nanoparticles on Murine Endothelial Progenitor Cells

Christine Ekenga – Epidemiology
Research Mentor: George Friedman-Jimenez, M.D.
Respiratory Health Outcomes Among World Trade Center Disaster Workers 5-7 Years After September 11, 2001

Christina Hickey – Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Terry Gordon, Ph.D.
Comparative in vitro Toxicities of Size-Fractionated Ambient Particulate Matter from Five U.S. Cities in Relation to Trace Metal Composition

Xiaochun Li – Biostatistics
Research Mentor: Judith T. Goldberg, Sc.D.
Hypothesis Testing Problems for Noninferiority

Tess Clendenen – Epidemiology
Research Mentors: Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, M.D., Karen Koenig, Ph.D. and Alan Arslan, M.D.
Circulating Cytokines and Risk of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

2010

Oktawia Wojcik – Epidemiology
Research Mentor: Yu Chen, Ph.D.
Serum Taurine Levels and Coronary Heart Disease in Women: A Prospective Case-Control Study Nested in the New York University Women's Health Study

Patricia Gillespie - Exposure Assessment and Health Effects
Research Mentor: Lung Chi Chen, Ph.D.
The Long-Term Central Nervous System Effects of Inhaled Nickel Nydroxide Nanoparticles in Mice

Hiroko Watanabe Meserve - Epidemiology
Research Mentors: AnneZeleniuch-Jacquotte, M.D. and Karen Koenig, Ph.D.
Osteoprotegerin, and the Risk of Low Trauma Hip Fracturein Postmenopausal Women

Elizabeth Vancza - Toxicology
Research Mentor: Terry Gordon, Ph.D.
A Genetic Basis for the Variable Sensitivity of Neonatal Mice to Ozone Inhalation

Xue Zhou - Molecular Toxicology/Carciogenesis
Research Mentor: Max Costa, Ph.D.
Alteration of Histone H3 Lysine 4 Trimethylation by Hypoxia, Nickel and Arsenic

2009

Jennifer D. Brooks - Epidemiology
Research Mentor: Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte,M.D.
Serum Epigenetic Markers for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Kathryn Hertzmark - Epidemiology
Research Mentor: Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte,M.D.
The Relationship Between Androgens, the Menstrual Cycle, and Risk of Endometrial Cancer in Premenopausal Women

Shao-I Hsu - Occupational/Environmental Hygiene
Research Mentors: Morton Lippmann, Ph.D. and Kazuhiko Ito, Ph.D.
Characterization of Exposures to Urban Particulate Matter (PM) and its components in COPD Patients in New York City and Seattle

Lauren Tarantino Hutchison - Toxicology
Research Mentor: Terry Gordon, Ph.D.
Beryllium-Induced Sensitization and Granulomatous Lung Disease in Murine Models

Gi Soo Kang - Systemic Toxicology
Research Mentor: Lung Chi Chen, Ph.D.
Long-Term Effects of Inhaled Nickel Hydroxide Nanoparticles on the Progression of Atherosclerosis

Qin Li - Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Max Costa, Ph.D.
Regulation of c-Myc Expression by Ni Ions and Hypoxia

Alice Ng- Systemic Toxicology
Research Mentor: Judith Zelikoff, Ph.D.
Prenatal Exposure to Cigarette Smoke Suppressed T-Lymphocyte-Mediated Anti-Tumor Immune Mechanisms During Tumor Development

Chunli Quan - Systemic Toxicology
Research Mentor: Lung Chi Chen, Ph.D.
Comparative Effects of Diesel Exhaust and Ambient Particles on Cardiovascular System

Stephen Schayer - Exposure Assessment and Health Effects
Research Mentor: Beverly Cohen, Ph.D.
Po as Tracers of Cigarette Smoke Exposure

Ariel Spira-Cohen - Exposure Assessment and Health Effects
Research Mentor: George Thurston, Sc.D.
The Role of Traffic-Related Pollution in PM-Health Effects Associations Among Inner City Children with Asthma

Xiaoxing Wang - Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Wei Dai, Ph.D.
Mechanisms Controlling Chromosome Stability During Cell Division

2008

Audrey King Batoon - Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Catherine Klein, Ph.D.
Mechanisms Underlying Prevention of Genomic Instability in Breast Tumor Cells by Genistein and Lycopene

Yian Gu - Epidemiology
Research Mentors: Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, M.D., Roy Shore, Ph.D.,and Alan Arslan, M.D.
Circulating Cytokines and Risk of B-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Ramona Lall - Exposure Assessment and Health Effects
Research Mentor: George Thurston, Sc.D.
A Source Apportionment and Time-Series Health Analysis of Fine Particle Air Pollution in New York City

Michael Szarek - Biostatistics
Research Mentor: Judith Goldberg, Sc.D.
Estimation of the Distribution of Time to First Event in a Composite Endpoint from Interval Censored Observations with Incomplete Non-fatal Event Status

Katherine Vega - Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Maarten Bosland, Ph.D., D.V.Sc.
Exploring the Mechanisms through which Estradiol Enhances Testosterone-Induced Prostrate Carcinogenesis in the Noble Rat Fatal Event Status

Heather Watson - Biostatistics
Research Mentor: Judith Goldberg, Sc.D.
Spatial Statistical Methods Applied to Breast Cancer Incidence Data in New York State

2007

Jessica E. Duffy-Whritenour - Toxicology
Research Mentor: Judith Zelikoff, Ph.D.
The Impact of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) on Neuroimmune Interactions in Fish: An Indirect Mechanism of PCB-Induced Immunotoxicity

Qingdong (Karin) Ke - Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Max Costa, Ph.D.
Alteration of Histone Modifications by Nickel Compounds: Epigenetic Mechanisms

Vandana Mukhi - Biostatistics
Research Mentors: Yongzhao Shao, Ph.D. and Judith Goldberg, Sc.D.
Statistical Issues in Design of Clinical Trials

Ping Zhang - Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Max Costa, Ph.D.
Molecular Mechanisms of Environmental Stresses Induced NDRG1 (CAP43) Expression: Characterization of EGR-1 Mediated Transcription Activation and a Post-Transcription Mechanism

2006

Haobin Chen - Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Max Costa, Ph.D.
The Disturbance of Cellular Iron Regulation by Soluble Nickel Exposure, its Mechanisms and its Implications

Todd Davidson - Molecular Toxicology/Carcinogenesis
Research Mentor: Max Costa, Ph.D.
Effects of Soluble Nickel on Iron Homeostasis: Possible Role in Nickel-Mediated Carcinogenesis

2005

Zachary Berger - Epidemiology
Research Mentor: George Friedman-Jimenez, M.D.
Workplace Exacerbation of Asthma Symptoms in an Urban Hospital Population

Jonathan Eckard - Toxicology
Research Mentors: Krystyna Frenkel, Ph.D. and Xi Huang, Ph.D.
Role of Iron and Iron Metabolism in Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF)-Mediated Events

Jing Han - Biostatistics
Research Mentors: Judith Goldberg, Sc.D. and Yongzhao Shao, Ph.D.
Family-based Linkage Analysis Allowing for Missing Parental Information

Chun Yi Wu - Toxicology
Research Mentor: Lung Chi Chen, Ph.D.Receptor Modeling of Volatile Organic Air Toxics in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area