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Epidemiology- PhD


The mission of the GW Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Epidemiology program is to educate individuals who are committed to making a difference by solving public health problems. Graduates from this program learn to apply critical and analytical skills to better understand disease and human health. Our graduates bring these skills into the world in order to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative health practices and policies.

In addition, the PhD in Epidemiology degree coursework helps enhance students' focus on theoretical and applied epidemiological and statistical methods. At the George Washington University, we are proud to educate students who are committed to improving public health and engaging in and promoting public service. We emphasize these qualities in the PhD Epidemiology program because they are essential for future health professionals and public health practitioners. The program ensures that graduates:

  • Gain knowledge across a wide range of epidemiologic and biostatistical theories and methods.
  • Gain specific knowledge of epidemiology in one or more of the following areas: infectious disease, chronic disease, environmental and occupational health, or physical activity
  • Understand general and specialized advanced epidemiologic concepts.
  • Understand how to apply statistical methods to biological/biomedical sciences and health services
  • Understand and abide by guidelines for ethical treatment of research participants.
  • Conduct and analyze data from a research study.
  • Disseminate research findings to scientific and lay audiences.

Applicants to the program must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. Although not required, most admitted students have completed a master’s degree prior to admission.


Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Although not required, most admitted students have completed a master degree prior to admission.  Furthermore, they should have academic backgrounds of excellence, usually with majors, or equivalent, in the fields in which they intend to study for advanced degrees.

In general, a minimum of a B average (or equivalent) in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework from an accredited college is required. With evidence of special promise, such as high Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, an applicant whose academic record falls short of a B average may be accepted on a conditional basis. All students are required to submit current GRE scores (within 5 years of matriculation date).  

Meeting the minimum requirements does not assure acceptance. Admittance to the PhD Epidemiology is highly competetitive and there are a limited number of spaces available each Fall for new students. Applicants must provide evidence of the completion of their undergraduate and/or graduate work before registration in Milken Institute SPH is permitted.

Academic Prerequisites

Required Prerequisites* for applicants to the PhD Epidemiology are:

  • Calculus I and II- 6 credits
  • Human Biology- 8 credits
  • Multivariable Calculus - 3 credits - for students following curriculum in Option 1 (see Curriculum tab)
       * Transcripts are required for verification.  Transcripts provided must reflect these courses (undergraduate or graduate level), without exception, to be considered for admission.
And, these courses are Highly Recommended Admissions Prerequisites^:
  • Linear Algebra- 3 credits
  • SAS- 3 credits
     ^ Applicants may still be admitted if these courses have not been completed, however, these credits must be earned within the first two semesters after matriculation. Credits for these          courses do not count toward the 72-credit graduation requirement, nor are grades earned in these additional courses reflected in the overall grade-point average.

Applicants should be aware that graduate courses taken prior to admission while in non-degree status will be considered, but may not be transferable into this program.  Students completing a master’s degree prior to admission to the PhD degree program may transfer up to 24 credits towards the PhD coursework requirements. In this instance, a minimum of 27 additional credit hours of coursework are required, in addition to required consulting and dissertation research credits. 


Required Epidemiology and Public Health Core

PUBH 6003  | Principles and Practices of Epidemiology (3 credits)
PUBH 6080 | Pathways to Public Health (0 credits)*
PUBH 6247 | Design of Health Studies (3 credits)
PUBH 6252 | Advanced Epidemiologic Methods (3 credits)
PUBH 8419 | Measurement in Public Health and Health Services (3 credits)
PUBH 6xxx | Public Health Elective - see program guide for most up to date course listings (4 credits)

*PUBH 6080 - Find FAQs on the Advising page here.

CORE TOTAL: 16 Credits

Required Statistics Courses

STAT 6210 | Data Analysis (3 credits)
PUBH 8365 | Design of Medical Studies (3 credits)
PUBH 8366 | Biostatistical Methods (3 credits)

Select either Option A or B below


STAT 6201 | Mathematical Statistics I (3 credits)
STAT 6202 | Mathematical Statistics (3 credits)


PUBH 8364 | Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

STATISTICS TOTAL: Option A 15 Credits, Option B 12 Credits

Required Program-Specific Courses (Choose One)*

PUBH 6242 + 8242 | Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research + Doctoral Topics (2 + 1 credits)
PUBH 6244 + 8244 | Cancer Epidemiology + Doctoral Topics (2 + 1 credits)
PUBH 6245 + 8245 | Infectious Disease Epidemiology + Doctoral Topics​ (2 + 1 credits)
PUBH 6250 + 8250 | Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS + Doctoral Topics (2 + 1 credits)
PUBH 6259 + 8259 | Epidemiologic Surveillance in Public Health + Doctoral Topics (2 + 1 credits)

*These courses may be taken for 3 credits by adding a 1-credit PUBH 82xx Doctoral Topics course that goes by the same name as the 2-credit course at the PUBH 62xx level.

Consulting / Dissertation Requirements

PUBH 6258 | Advanced Topics in Biostatistical Consulting (1 credit)
PUBH 8283 | Doctoral Biostatistics Consulting Practicum (2 credits)

PUBH 8999 | Dissertation Research for PhD Epidemiology Students (12-21 credits taken in units of 3 credits)



(14-17 credits from Public Health and/or Statistics courses)  

Note: Statistics (STAT) electives may be selected ONLY if the Statistics Requirements in Option A were followed. See program guide for most up to date course listings.

Students, in consultation with the program director, will design a plan of study that reflects an area of concentration in epidemiology to best prepare them for their dissertation research and future employment.  Students can choose courses applicable to their concentration area from other departments in the GWSPH or other schools across the university.  Note, some areas of concentration indicated may have additional requirements and/or prerequisites that must be met. Please find examples of sample plans of coursework for some of these concentrations here.  Suggested concentration areas include:

  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology (e.g., HIV/AIDS)
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology (e.g., cancer)
  • Environmental and Occupational Health (e.g., environmental sciences)
  • Exercise Science (e.g., physical activity)


For the most up to date list of Electives, please reference the Program Guide.

ELECTIVES TOTAL: 14-17 Credits

Non-Academic Requirements

Professional Enhancement

Students in the PhD, Epidemiology program must participate in two days of Professional Enhancement. These activities are pre-approved by an advisor and may be Public Health-related lectures, seminars, or symposia related to your field of study.

Professional Enhancement activities supplement the rigorous academic curriculum of the SPH degree programs and help prepare students to participate actively in the professional community. You can learn more about opportunities for Professional Enhancement via the Milken Institute School of Public Health Listserv, through departmental communications, or by speaking with your advisor.

Students submit a completed Professional Enhancement Form to the Office of Student Records which is required documentation to be cleared for graduation.

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Training

All students are required to complete the Basic CITI training module in Social and Behavioral Research.  This online training module for Social and Behavioral Researchers will help new students demonstrate and maintain sufficient knowledge of the ethical principles and regulatory requirements for protecting human subjects - key for any public health research.

Academic Integrity Quiz

All Milken Institute School of Public Health students are required to review the University’s Code of Academic Integrity and complete the GW Academic Integrity Activity.  This activity must be completed within 2 weeks of matriculation. Information on GWSPH Academic Integrity requirements can be found here.

Program Guides

Past Program Guides

Students in the PhD in Epidemiology program should refer to the guide from the year in which they matriculated into the program. For the current program guide, click the red "PROGRAM GUIDE" button on the right-hand side of the page.

**For graduation requirements, please download the program guide.**

See the program guide and the SPH Graduate Student Handbook for additional information.


There are two parts to the examination requirements for the PhD Epidemiology.

Part I of the general comprehensive examination includes one exam in biostatistics and three in epidemiology.

  • Students are expected to take the comprehensive examination within 24 months from the date of enrollment in the program. In addition, students are required to make up any deficiencies prior to taking the examination, by enrolling in appropriate masters-level courses as needed. 

Part II of this process is the research proposal.

  • This section consists of an oral examination based on a written dissertation research proposal. As soon as possible after successful completion of Part 1, the comprehensive exam, students work with the Program Director to identify a dissertation advisor, committee members from the Department of Epidemiology, and a research topic.

PhD Candidacy

Upon successful completion of the required coursework and both parts of the General Examination, the candidate will be recommended for promotion to PhD Candidacy in order to complete the dissertation research. More information is available in the Program Guide and from the Program Director.


Current Epidemiology PhD students 

Anya Agopian

Start Year: 2015


Born and raised in California, Anya received a Masters of Public Health from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in epidemiology and biostatistics. Prior to joining the PhD Epidemiology Program she worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Immunization Program doing surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases and outbreaks.  She chose to pursue a PhD in Epidemiology so that she could focus more on research and work in academia.  Anya would like to continue studying infectious diseases, eventually moving from a focus on the local level to a global level. 

Recent publications:

Description: A, Lopez A, Wilson D, Peralta V, Amin AN, Bialek S. Varicella hospitalizations in Los Angeles during the varicella vaccination era, 2003-2011: Are they preventable? Vaccine. 2014 Sep 15;32(41):5353-6.


Lida Becerra Fette


Start Year: 2016

A native of Colombia, Lida received a BS in Statistics from the National University of Colombia and worked with the National Department of Planning as a statistical analyst in the areas of education, poverty, and violence.  She came to the United States to earn an MS in Biostatistics from the University of California in Los Angeles.  The topic of her final master’s paper was random effects models in a multi-center clinical study to prevent maternal-fetal transmission of HIV.  After finishing graduate school, Lida worked at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research where she participated in the design, implementation, and analysis of the California Health Interview Surveys.  Lida also worked at the University of California in San Diego designing and analyzing clinical trials in cancer, glaucoma, and Alzheimer's disease.  Lida has lived in West Africa where she worked with the State Department managing the U.S. government’s development assistance program to Cameroon, which included aspects of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  After returning from Africa, Lida joined the GWU Biostatistics Center as the lead biostatistician and project manager of a multi-center clinical trial to prevent congenital Cytomegalovirus infection within the NIH Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network.  Lida’s main interest is clinical trials in the maternal-neonatal population and the improvement of health outcomes for mothers and newborns.



Avinash Chandran

Year started: 2015

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Originally from India, Avinash moved to the US with his family as a child.  After completing his basic education in Greenbelt, Maryland, Avinash went on to pursue undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park.  As an undergraduate at UMD he earned a degree in public health.  He later joined the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health to study Epidemiology.  After earning his MS in Epidemiology in 2013 Avinash began working as a Research Associate in the School’s Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. That position gave him the opportunity to work with various faculty members on their projects as well as to further his own research agenda.  At the same time he served as the Editorial Manager for the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.   Avinash is interested in the assessment of injury incidence and severity among NCAA athletes.  This research interest developed as a result of his lifelong relationship with sports and exercise.  He continues to maintain that relationship currently while working as an assistant coach of the men’s soccer team at Prince George’s College in MD. Since joining the Epidemiology PhD program, Avinash has had the chance to work with NCAA injury surveillance data under the guidance of Dr. Loretta DiPietro hopes to continue working in this area after completing his PhD.

Recent publications:

Chandran, A., Brown, D., Danoff, J., DiPietro, L. Using the Inverse Maximum Ratio- Λ as a technique to quantify surface uniformity. Communications in statistics: Simulation and Computation. [In press]

Gutierrez, J., Gribok, A., Rumpler, W., Chandran, A., Dipietro, L. A Single Bout of Resistance Exercise does not Promote Excess Post-Exercise Energy Expenditure in Untrained Young Men with a Family History of Diabetes. International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 2015.25(1):20-26.



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Jessica Fung Deerin

Start Year: 2015


Jessica is from Palm Harbor, Florida.  She received a BS in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida and an MPH in epidemiology from Emory University.  Jessica has spent the past five years in five different states and countries.  She began her public health career as a Florida EIS fellow in Orlando, FL, working with the local health department conducting reportable case and outbreak investigations.  She is passionate about educating and researching about chronic hepatitis B and started a small Asian health coalition, raising awareness about chronic hepatitis B and conducting research on the stigma associated with illness.  As a military spouse, Jessica was fortunate to work with the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, Korea, identifying the disease burden of typhoid fever in Africa for possible vaccination campaigns.  Most recently, she worked as an epidemiologist with the Texas Department of State Health Services in San Antonio, TX, conducting infectious disease surveillance, Ebola monitoring, and reportable case and outbreak investigations.  Once she earns her PhD, Jessica would like to continue to work in infectious diseases, specifically viral hepatitis, to translate research to community prevention campaigns and evaluate their effectiveness. 

Recent publications:

Fung, J., Keraita B., Konradsen F., Moe C., Akple M. 2011. Microbiological quality of urban-vended salad and its association with gastrointestinal diseases in Kumasi, Ghana. International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health, 4(2-4):152-166


Jessica de Voest


Start Year: 2017

Jessica grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Medicine in Society.  In 2012, she received her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Drexel University.  While at Drexel, she worked for the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI).  She moved to Rockville, Maryland in 2013 for work, and has been working for the GWU Biostatistics Center in Rockville as part of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network for the past five years. Jessica is interested in pediatric research, and hopes to use her PhD to conduct research in early diagnosis and interventions for children with autism.



Qiushi Huang

Start Year: 2014


Qiushi Huang is from Beijing, China, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in biology at Peking University. She received a Master of Science in food science in 2012 from Cornell University. She completed the Master of Public Health in epidemiology program at the GW Milken Institute SPH in 2014, and is continuing her studies at the school in the epidemiology PhD program. Before moving to D.C., Huang worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Cornell. Currently, Huang is a data analyst at Integrity Management Services, working on Medicare and Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse investigation. Huang is most interested in lifestyle interventions in cancer prevention and treatment.

Recent publications:

Xie, C., Gao, J., Zhu, R. Z., Yuan, Y. S., He, H. L., Huang, Q. S., ... & Yu, Y. (2010). Protein-protein interaction map is a key gateway into liver regeneration.World journal of gastroenterology: WJG, 16(28), 3491.

Lou, C., Liu, X., Ni, M., Huang, Y., Huang, Q., Huang, L., ... & Ouyang, Q. (2010). Synthesizing a novel genetic sequential logic circuit: a push‐on push‐off switch. Molecular systems biology, 6(1), 350.



Heather Hussey

Start year: 2014


Heather is originally from a small city in Massachusetts but moved south as an undergraduate to attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where she obtained a BS in Health Sciences. Heather received her MPH in Epidemiology from the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health in 2010 and has been working and living in DC for the last 4 years. She is particularly interested in evidence-based medicine and translational/outcomes research. Heather has worked on several NIH grants while employed at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Children's National Medical Center.  In addition she has spent several years working for medical specialty societies.  She developed clinical practice guidelines and clinical consensus statements for the American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery and currently manages the clinical data registry for the American College of Emergency Physicians. Heather plans to use her PhD to lead quality improvement and research initiatives which aim to reduce variation in care, improve patient outcomes, and identify best practices for physicians.

Recent publications:

Simulation Activity in Otolaryngology Residencies. Deutsch ES, Wiet GJ, Seidman M, Hussey HM, Malekzadeh S, Fried MP. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Aug;153(2):193-201.

Case definition and classification of leukodystrophies and leukoencephalopathies.Vanderver A, Prust M, Tonduti D, Mochel F, Hussey HM, Helman G, Garbern J, Eichler F, Labauge P, Aubourg P, Rodriguez D, Patterson MC, Van Hove JL, Schmidt J, Wolf NI, Boespflug-Tanguy O, Schiffmann R, van der Knaap MS; GLIA Consortium.Mol Genet Metab. 2015 Apr;114(4):494-500.

Clinical practice guideline: Tympanostomy tubes in children. Rosenfeld RM, Schwartz SR, Pynnonen MA, Tunkel DE, Hussey HM, Fichera JS, Grimes AM, Hackell JM, Harrison MF, Haskell H, Haynes DS, Kim TW, Lafreniere DC, LeBlanc K, Mackey WL, Netterville JL, Pipan ME, Raol NP, Schellhase KG. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Jul;149(1 Suppl):S1-35.



Matt Levy

Start Year: 2012


Matt is a Research Associate in the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) Department of Epidemiology and serves as the data manager for multiple clinical trials of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) within the GWU HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) Clinical Research Site. He also helped coordinate a pilot study that characterized structural barriers to HIV prevention services among Black men who have sex with men. For his doctoral dissertation, Matt is investigating dyslipidemia and its management in the DC Cohort, a prospective cohort study of people living with HIV who are engaged in care in the District of Columbia. Matt’s research interests include HIV prevention among key populations and cardiovascular risk among people aging with HIV. He has served as an instructional assistant for two of the Department’s courses, Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and Design of Health Studies. Prior to his positions at the Milken Institute SPH, Matt taught biology for two years at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles Unified School District. He obtained a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Recent publications:

Levy ME, Watson CC, Wilton L, Criss V, Kuo I, Glick SN, Brewer R, Magnus M. Acceptability of a mobile smartphone application intervention to improve access to HIV prevention and care services for black men who have sex with men in the District of Columbia. Digital Culture and Education. 2015;7(2):169-91.

Moawad GN, Abi khalil ED, Opoku-anane J, Marfori CQ, Harman AC, Fisher S, Levy M, Robinson JK. Comparison of methods of morcellation: Manual versus power. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. 2015. DOI: 10.1111/aogs.12783. [Epub ahead of print]

Levy ME, Wilton L, Phillips G, Glick SN, Kuo I, Brewer RA, Elliott A, Watson C, Magnus M. Understanding structural barriers to accessing HIV testing and prevention services among black men who have sex with men (BMSM) in the United States. AIDS & Behavior. 2014;18(5):972-96.



Audra MacNeil

Start Year: 2011


Audra is an Epidemiology doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology. She previously served as a Transportation officer in the U.S. Army. She completed her BS in Chemistry and Life Science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and MS in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness at Saint Louis University. Her interests include emerging infectious diseases, disaster preparedness, bioterrorism, and military and veteran health issues. She also serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant within the department.

Recent publications:

Levin PH, Hoffman HJ, MacNeil A, et al. (2014) Prognostic value of lymphocyte vascular density and e-cadherin in inflammatory breast cancer. Journal of Cancer Therapy 5:1380-7.



Farah Mouhanna

Start Year: 2015


Farah, a PhD student in Epidemiology, holds a Master’s of Science degree in Population Health, a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Teaching Diploma in Secondary School Science Education from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Farah received the Milken Scholarship honoring exceptional academic performance, community service, leadership activities and triumphs over obstacles, and of the Delta Omega Award recognizing excellence in practice, research, education and academic achievement in the field of Public Health. Farah worked for four years as a Biology teacher at the secondary school of the International College in Beirut where she  developed her interest in sexuality education. Her extensive reading about the implementation of sex education programs in the Middle East led her to study Lebanese middle school students’ attitudes toward sex education for her Master’s thesis, using a mixed-methods approach. Farah also volunteered in a research project about youth substance abuse at sexual debut which resulted in a published manuscript. She is currently active in research about parental monitoring and substance abuse among youth worldwide, as well as structural barriers to primary care access among youth in the US. Farah aspires to become an independent researcher in the field of health awareness and reproductive health education in order to help the youth across the world make informed decisions about their sexual wellbeing.

Recent publications:

Ghandour, L., Mouhanna, F., Yasmine, R., & El Kak, F. (2014). Factors associated with alcohol and/or drug use at sexual debut among sexually active university students: Cross-sectional findings from Lebanon. BMC Public Health, 14(1), 671.



Keri Grace O’Leary

Start Year: 2013


Keri was born in San Clemente, CA, and grew up in Alexandria, VA. She received a B.S. in Biology from The College of William and Mary in 2008. In 2009 she enrolled as a part-time student in the MS Epidemiology program at GW and graduated in 2012.  During the 2012 – 2013 academic year Keri worked an Instructional Assistant with the Epidemiology department. In the fall of 2013, she began coursework and graduate teaching assistantship in the doctoral program.  Keri has been living in Northern Virginia and working as an Epidemiologist at Tetra Tech Sciences (2011-2014) and at Gibb Epidemiology Consulting (2014-present). She would like to continue working in the field of environmental and occupational epidemiology and continue contributing to research.

Recent publications:

Gibb HJ, Lees PSJ, Wang J, O’Leary K (2015).  Extended followup of a cohort of chromium production workers. Am J Ind Med 58(8):905-13.

Gibb H and O’Leary K (2014). Mercury Exposure and Health Impacts among Individuals in the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining Community: A Comprehensive Review.  Environmental Health Perspectives. Environ Health Perspect 122(7):667-72. 

Gibb H, Fulcher K, Nagarajan S, McCord S, Hoffman H, Fallahian NA, Tolmachev S (2013). A PMR and PCMR Analysis of Radiation and Mesothelioma in the United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries. Am J Public Health. 103(4):710-6.



Daniel Park

Start year: 2015


Daniel was born in Maryland, but lived in Hong Kong and Taiwan for eight years before moving back to Maryland.  He received a BS in Biology from the University of Maryland and went on to get a MSPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has been working at the International Vaccine Access Center, based out of JHSPH, for the last four years.  Daniel’s work has focused primarily on pneumonia and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines including the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) project, a case-control etiology study of hospitalized pediatric patients with pneumonia in seven low and middle income countries. With his PhD, Daniel hopes to further his contributions in the academic and public health fields by developing a better understanding of the epidemiologic foundations of public health studies

Recent publications:

Park DE, Johnson TS, Nonyane BAS, et al. The Differential Impact of Coadministered Vaccines, Geographic Region, Vaccine Product and Other Covariates on Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Immunogenicity. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2014;33

Emmanouilidou D, McCollum ED, Park DE, Elhilali M. Adaptive Noise Suppression of Pediatric Lung Auscultations With Real Applications to Noisy Clinical Settings in Developing Countries. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2015;62(9):2279-2288

Deloria Knoll M, Park DE, Johnson TS, et al. Systematic review of the effect of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine dosing schedules on immunogenicity. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2014;33 Suppl 2(1):S119-S129


Lindsey Powers Happ


Start year: 2014

Lindsey was born and raised in Portland, OR.  She received a B.A. in Political Science and BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Tulane University Newcomb College.  Lindsey earned her MPH in Epidemiology from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  She has worked in epidemiological research for the last 10 years.  Currently, she holds a position as a Senior Research Associate with the DC Cohort, a longitudinal cohort study following persons living with HIV and receiving care in the District of Columbia.  Once she earns her PhD, Lindsey would like to continue research on comorbidities and chronic disease outcomes in HIV populations.

Levy ME, Greenberg AE, Hart RD, Powers Happ L, Hadigan C, Castel AD on behalf of the DC Cohort Executive Committee. “High Burden of Metabolic Comorbidities in a Citywide Cohort of HIV Outpatients: Evolving Health Care Needs of People Aging with HIV in Washington, DC”. HIV Medicine. 2017 May 15. DOI: 10.1111/hiv.1251. PMID: 28503912.

Greenberg AE, Hays H, Castel AD, Subramanian T, Powers Happ L,  Jaurretche M, Binkley J, Kalmin MM, Wood K, Hart RD on behalf of the DC Cohort Executive Committee. “Development of a Large Urban Longitudinal HIV Clinical Cohort Using a Web-Based Platform to Merge Electronically and Manually Abstracted Data from Disparate Medical Record Systems: Technical Challenges and Innovative Solutions”. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Dec 31. DOI: 10.1093/jamia/ocv176.  


Name: Shobana Ramachandran


Start year: 2016

Shoba was born in India and brought up in Cote d’Ivoire. She earned her undergraduate degree at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in International Development Studies and Neuroscience. She then went on complete her Master’s in Public Health degree in Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. For the past eight years, Shoba has been working at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) in the Strategic Information and Evaluation unit. Her work has focused on mining and utilizing data to improve the quality of HIV care and treatment programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining EGPAF, Shoba worked at the American Red Cross, the Gertrude Sergievksy Center, and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Shoba’s main areas of interest include HIV prevention and TB/HIV co-infection. She is fluent in English, French, Hindi, and Tamil.

N’goran M, Diby C, Fassinou P, N’da JP, Sallah E, Ramachandran S, Adje C, Blé O, Gbeuly M, Assamoua I, Kouo L, Angel A, Howards S, Abo K, Noba V, Essombo J. (2015) Improving HIV care and support service performances in Cote d’Ivoire. Oral presentation at 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa; Harare, Zimbabwe.

Ramachandran S, Ismail S. (2014) Eliazabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s approach to measuring technical assistance. Haba Na Haba Technical Bulletin. 5 (1): 8-9.


Adam Ward


Start year: 2016

Born in Wilmington, North Carolina, Adam moved to Raleigh, NC, where he completed a BS in Environmental Sciences and later an MS in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at North Carolina State University. Adam is also a graduate of George Washington University's Graduate Certificate program in LGBT Health Policy & Practice, which he completed before permanently relocating to Washington, DC. 

Adam works as a Research Assistant in the laboratory of R. Brad Jones, PhD, in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine at The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His research focuses on developing model systems to study HIV latency and HIV cure strategies. In addition to bench-based research experience, Adam has extensive experience in community outreach and engagement, and a passion for public health. He is interested in all aspects of HIV epidemiology, from prevention science to cure research.


Sitara Weerasuriya

Start Year: 2015


Sitara graduated with a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MS. in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University. She has been working and interning in academia and the federal government for the past four years. Her areas of interest include infectious disease epidemiology and global health security. 

Recent publications:

Rachel Gamson, Jessica Gottesman, Nicholas Milan, and Sitara Weerasuriya. “Cues to Catching Deception in Interviews.” College Park, MD: National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), 2012.


Rowena Yip

Start Year: 2014


In addition to being a PhD student in Epidemiology, Rowena is a researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Her academic background is in biology, public health and biostatistics. She earned her BS in Biology at University of Oregon, an MPH in Biostatistics at Columbia University, New York. She has been working for the International Early Lung Cancer and Cardiac Action Program (I-ELCAP) for over 10 years and her research interests include statistical and epidemiologic methodology as applied to critical diagnostic and therapeutic topics involving in lung cancer screening, secondary and primary prevention of smoking, modeling of the long-term effects of such programs, as well as its further benefits in determining the extent of emphysema and cardiovascular risk.

Recent publications

Yankelevitz DF, Yip R, Smith JP, Liang M, Liu Y, Xu DM, Salvatore MM, Wolf AS, Flores RM, Henschke CI; As the Writing Committee for The International Early Lung Cancer Action Program Investigators Group. CT Screening for Lung Cancer: Nonsolid Nodules in Baseline and Annual Repeat Rounds. Radiology. 2015 Jun 23:142554.

Yip R, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz DF, Boffetta P, Smith JP; International Early Lung Cancer Investigators. The impact of the regimen of screening on lung cancer cure: a comparison of I-ELCAP and NLST. Eur J Cancer Prev. 2015 May;24(3):201-8.

Henschke CI, Yip R, Boffetta P, Markowitz S, Miller A, Hanaoka T, Wu N, Zulueta JJ, Yankelevitz DF; I-ELCAP Investigators. CT screening for lung cancer: Importance of emphysema for never smokers and smokers. Lung Cancer. 2015 Apr;88(1):42-7.


Yue (Daniel) Zhu

Start Year: 2015


Daniel Zhu received his Master degrees in Pharmacology and in Epidemiology from University of Maryland. He is currently working in a biotech company. He has strong interests in cancer epidemiology and chronic disease epidemiology.

Recent publications:

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