Trainees

Project 1: Phthalate Exposure and Molecular Epidemiologic Markers of Preterm Birth Among Women in Puerto Rico

Prof. John Meeker, Project Leader

 

Lauren Johns

LJohns Photo (5)Project 1 PhD Pre-Candidate
University of Michigan
Advisor: Prof. John Meeker

Research Focus: Exposure assessment; molecular epidemiology; endocrine-disrupting effects of emerging organic pollutants; reproductive health

Contact Info: laujohns@umich.edu, LinkedIn profile.

Project 2: Pollutant Activation of Cell Pathways in Gestational Tissues

Prof. Rita Loch-Caruso, Project Leader

 

Iman Hassan

Iman Hassan Project 2 PhD Candidate
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Advisor: Prof. Rita Loch-Caruso

Research Focus: The effect of trichloroethylene on adverse pregnancy outcomes

Contact Info: ihass@umich.edu

Hae-Ryung Park

PSP_5228 (2)Project 2 Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Michigan, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research 
Advisor: Prof. Rita Loch-Caruso

Research Focus: Mechanisms of Group B Streptococcus infection and antimicrobial peptide regulation; pathogen-toxicant interaction during pregnancy; the impact of environmental conditions on reproductive senescence

Contact Info: heaven@umich.edu

Kelly Hogan

Kelly Hogan Project 2 Postdoctoral Translational Scholar Program (PTSP) Fellow
University of Michigan, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research 
Advisor: Prof. Rita Loch-Caruso

Research Focus: Basic and translational research at the intersection of toxicology and maternal/fetal health; parturition biology; reproductive toxicology; toxicant-induced placental aging

Contact Info: kahogan@umich.edu, Twitter.

Project 4: Dynamic Transport and Exposure Pathways of Phthalates and TCE in Karst Groundwater Systems

Prof. Ingrid Padilla, Project Leader

 

Celys Irizarry Sepúlveda

CelysProject 4 Graduate Student
University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
 Advisor: Prof. Ingrid Padilla

Research Focus: Historical assessment of CVOCs and phthalate contamination at karts groundwater systems; GIS analysis; tap water and groundwater sampling.

Contact Info: celys.irizarry@upr.eduLinkedIn profile.

Irmarie Cotto

IMG_20150121_133953Project 4 Graduate Student
University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
 Advisor: Prof. Ingrid Padilla

Research Focus: Development of technologies for detection and analysis of organic contaminants in groundwater and tap water; Analysis of water samples for detection of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs) and phthalates;  Geographic Information System spatial analysis.

Contact Info: irmarie.cotto@upr.edu

Habib Bravo-Ruiz

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Project 4&5 PhD Student
West Virginia University
 Advisor: Prof. Dorothy Vesper

Research Focus: Tracer development and testing; NAPL fate and transport; karst hydrogeology

Contact info: hhbravoruiz@mix.wvu.eduLinkedIn profile.

Marvic Carmona De Jesus

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Project 4 Graduate Student
University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
 Advisor: Prof. Ingrid Padilla

Research Focus: Modeling fate and transport of DNAPL; physical lab scale model

Contact info: marvic.carmona@upr.edu

Nerida H. De Jesus-Villanueva

Nerida-PhotoProject 4 Undergraduate Student
University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
 Advisor: Prof. Ingrid Padilla

Research Focus: Environmental engineering and water resources,;tap water and ground water analysis.

Contact Info: nerida.dejesus@upr.edu

Norma Torres

Norma TorresProject 4 PhD Student
University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
 Advisor: Prof. Ingrid Padilla

Research Focus: Spatial and temporal analysis of hydrogeologic and groundwater contamination data; Geographic Information System spatial analysis;  geostatistical analysis; dynamic distribution of CVOCs and phthalates

Contact Info: norma.torres@upr.eduLinkedIn profile.

Vilda Rivera

IMG_0671Project 4 Graduate Student
University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
 Advisor: Prof. Ingrid Padilla

Research Focus: Spatial and temporal analysis of the relationship between  the contamination of groundwater sources and the tap water point of use, GIS analysis, statistical analysis, tap water and groundwater sampling, historical groundwater data collection and entry.

Contact Info: vilda.riverade@upr.edu

Project 5: Green Remediation by Solar Energy Conversion into Electrolysis in Groundwater

Prof. Akram Alshawabkeh, Project Leader

 

Ali Ciblak

Ali Ciblak Project 5 PhD Candidate
Northeastern University
Advisor: Prof. Akram N. Alshawabkeh

Research Focus: Remediation of chlorinated solvents in groundwater; electrochemical oxidation and reduction processes; electrokinetic-enhanced bioremediation of contaminated clay

Contact Info: aliciblak86@gmail.comLinkedIn profile.

Harshi Weerasinghe

 Project 5 PhD CandidateIMG_0082
Northeastern University
Advisor: Prof. Akram N. Alshawabkeh

Research Focus: Surface water quantitative and qualitative modeling and assessment; adaptation measures; environmental impact assessment

Contact Info: w.weerasinghe@neu.eduLinkedIn profile.

Noushin Fallahpour

Noushin Fallahpour

Project 5 PhD Candidate
Northeastern University
Advisor: Prof. Akram N. Alshawabkeh

Research Focus: Groundwater remediation; electrochemical remediation of trichloroethylene from groundwater

Contact Info: fallahpour.n@husky.neu.edu LinkedIn profile.

Reza Ghasemizadeh

Reza Ghasemizadeh Project 4&5 PhD Candidate
Northeastern University
Advisor: Prof. Akram N. Alshawabkeh

Research Focus: GIS; hydrology and hydrogeology; water quality sampling and monitoring; water resources hydraulic modeling; hydrodynamics and fluid mechanics, database development and data analysis

Contact Info: ghasemizadeh.r@husky.neu.eduLinkedIn profile.

Roya Nazari

rOYA nAZARIProject 5 PhD Candidate
Northeastern University
Advisor: Prof. Akram N. Alshawabkeh

Research Focus: Degradation of chlorobenzene in groundwater; electrochemical groundwater treatment

Contact Info: nazari.r@husky.neu.eduLinkedIn profile.

 

Shirin Hojabri

Shirin Hojarbi

Project 5 PhD Candidate
Northeastern University
Advisor: Prof. Akram N. Alshawabkeh

Research Focus: Groundwater modeling; electrochemical remediation of groundwater; electrochemical oxidation and reduction reactions; modeling of reactions during the electrochemical treatment process.

Contact Info: Sh.hojabri@gmail.com, LinkedIn profile.

 

Xue Yu

Xue Yu

Project 4&5 Postdoctoral Associate
Northeastern University
Advisor: Prof. Akram N. Alshawabkeh

Research Focus: Spatial patterns analysis; historical groundwater contamination; emerging organic contaminants; groundwater modeling

Contact Info: x.yu@neu.eduLinkedIn profile.

Research Support Core C: Human Subjects and Sampling

Prof. José F. Cordero, Core Leader

 

Andrea L. González

Andrea Core C Student
University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus

Advisor: Prof. José F. Cordero

Research Focus: Environmental health

Contact Info: andrea.l.gonzalez@upr.eduLinkedIn profile.

Zaira Y. Rosario-Pabón

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Core C Master’s degree
University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus
Advisor: Prof. José F. Cordero

Research Focus: Demography; fertility; mother and child health

Contact Info: zaira.rosario@upr.eduLinkedIn profile.

 

Research Support Core D: Data Management and Modeling

Prof. David Kaeli, Core Leader

 

Leiming Yu

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Core D Research Assistant
Northeastern University
Advisor: Prof. David Kaeli

Research Focus: GPGPU applications; performance evaluation and acceleration

Contact Info: ylm@ece.neu.eduLinkedIn profile.

 

 

Previous Tranees

 

Luis O. Rivera-González

Luis Rivera Gonzales

Project 1 Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Michigan
Advisor: Prof. John Meeker

Research Focus: Exposure assessment; environmental epidemiology; heavy metals; children and women’s environmental health; biomarkers of exposure; geostatistical analysis and modeling

Contact Info: lorivera@umich.eduLinkedIn profile.

 

Ljiljana Rajic

WP_20140928_18_11_54_Raw__highresNTProject 5 Associate Research Scientist
Northeastern University
Advisor: Prof. Akram N. Alshawabkeh

Research Focus: Electrochemical groundwater treatment;  electrochemical oxidation and reduction processes; trichloroethylene  removal from groundwater

Contact Info: l.rajic@neu.eduLinkedIn profile.

 

Iman Hassan

Iman HassanProject 2 PhD Candidate
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Advisor: Prof. Rita Loch-Caruso

Research Focus: The effect of trichloroethylene on adverse pregnancy outcomes

Contact Info: ihass@umich.edu

 

Kelly Ferguson

Project 1 Postdoctoral FellowFerguson2
University of Michigan
Advisor: Prof. John Meeker

Research Focus: Exposure assessment to emerging organic pollutants; epidemiologic study of effects of gestational chemical exposures on pregnancy and the fetus; molecular epidemiology; oxidative stress

Contact Info: kellferg@umich.eduLinkedIn profile.