Environmental and Occupational Health Students and Staff Members Present a Wide Spectrum of Research Topics

George Washington University’s (GW’s) Health and Medicine Research Day is always popular with students, staff and faculty in the Milken Institute School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH). This year, more than two dozen students and staff members presented posters. One of them, Lauren Ficek, a student in the department’s Environmental Health Science & Policy (EHS&P) MPH program, received a $150 award for her presentation of her occupational health-focused poster.

“We are delighted by how many members of the department participated in Research Day this year, and they all did a great job of presenting their posters and explaining their research topics,” says Melissa Perry, ScD, MHS, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. “The posters presented by EOH students, faculty, and staff showcase the wide range of research being done in environmental and occupational health. More than half of the EOH posters were of systematic reviews, which are playing an increasingly important role in policy,” she said.

The university’s Health and Medicine Research Day is dedicated to highlighting the breadth of research on issues of major disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and global significance being done at GW. The research described in the EOH student and staff posters include work related to antibiotic resistant microbes, climate change, the effects of green buildings on health, environmental justice, issues in low- and middle-income countries, occupational exposures, and the impacts of exposure to contaminants including air pollutants, pesticides and endocrine disrupters.

The award that Ficek received was one of just two recognizing the work of the dozens of MPH students from all of the departments in the Milken Institute SPH who presented posters at the event.

Four of the EOH students and staff who presented posters are involved in research projects taking place in Perry’s laboratory, which is investigating how environmental exposures and other actions can affect men’s sperm and reproductive health via a number of projects.

The students and staff who presented posters and their topics include: 

  • Roxana Amaya-Fuentes (EHS&P MPH student and an intern in Perry’s lab):  “Measuring the Effects of THC on Human Sperm Parameters Using Biomonitoring Analysis”
  • Iris An (Global Environmental Health (GEH) MPH student): “Coccidioidomycosis and Climate Change Variability in the Southwest US: A Systematic Review”
  • Olivia Anderson (EHS&P MPH student): “Intersex Wildlife as Sentinels for Human Health and Endocrine Disruption Near Superfund Sites: A Systematic Review”
  • Dara Brown (GEH MPH student): “Cognitive and Behavioral Effects of Nitrogen Dioxide Exposure in Primary School Children: A Systematic Review”
  • Jaclyn Eidom (EHS&P MPH student): “The Synergistic Relationship Between Air Pollution and Ambient Air Temperature and the Combined Effect on Mortality: A Systematic Review”
  • Michelle Essman (GEH MPH student): “Antibiotic Resistance of Escherichia Coli in Human Populations in Response to Decreased Cephalosporin Consumption: A Systematic Review”
  • Lauren Ficek (EHS&P MPH student): “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Alcohol Use in Firefighters: A Systematic Review”
  • Ellie Ginsberg (EHS&P MPH student): “Occupational Risk of Migrant Farm Workers in North Carolina: A Systematic Review”
  • Shannon Haines (GEH MPH student): “Acute Particulate Matter Exposure and Suicide in North East Asia: A Literature Review”
  • Alexandra Hopkins (GEH MPH student): “Green Building Interventions and Respiratory Health in Low Income Housing: A Systematic Literature Review”
  • Ifeoma N. Ibe (graduate research assistant in Perry’s laboratory): “Exploring the Association between Sperm Aneuploidy and Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Men”
  • Courtney Irwin (research assistant in Perry’s laboratory): “Association Between Diabetes, Obesity, and Aneuploidy Among Men in Washington, DC”
  • Isabella Kaser (EHS&P MPH student): “Isoprene Emission Rates from Extreme Heat Exposure Due to Climatic Changes on Quercus and Populus Tree Genera: A Systematic Review”
  • Adrienne Keel (EHS&P MPH student): “Whole Body Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields and Reverse Cognitive Impairment in Transgenic Alzheimer’s Disease Mice: A Systematic Review”
  • Hilary McLeland-Wieser (GEH MPH student and research assistant in Perry’s laboratory): “The Effects of Glyphosate on Rat Sperm Mitochondria”
  • Gabrielle Minton (GEH MPH student): “The Global Effects of Extreme Water-Related Weather Events on Diarrheal Outcomes: A Systematic Review”
  • Maggie Paese (GEH MPH student): “Pesticide Exposure and Diabetes Among Agricultural Workers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review”
  • Amber Palmer (EHS&P MPH student): “Dolosigranulum Pigrum Primer Design for Isolation from Nasal Samples”
  • Casey Regnier (GEH MPH student): “The Navigation Guide—An Underexplored Phenomenon Cyanobacteria linked to Neurodegenerative Diseases: A Systematic Review”
  • Samantha Ruth (GEH MPH student): “Prenatal and Postnatal Mercury Exposure on Neurodevelopment: A Systematic Review of Human Evidence”
  • Brianna VanNoy (EHS&P alumna and EOH research associate): “Understanding Black Women’s Psychosocial Experiences with Seeking Treatment for Uterine Fibroids”
  • Dylan Williams (EHS&P MPH student): “Risk of Antibiotic Bacterial Infection as a Result of Household Dog and/or Cat Exposure: A Systemic Literature Review”
  • Emily Youner (EHS&P MPH student): “Does Food Insecurity Predict Obesity and Educational Achievement: A Systematic Literature Review”
  • Katrina Zdanowicz (GEH MPH student): “Florida Red Tide Exposure: Analyzing the Respiratory Effects Experienced by the Gulf Coast Population”

Students, staff and faculty in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health always present interesting research on GW’s Health and Medicine Research Day.  Read about the topics presented and awards received in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.