Trainees

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

Prof. John Meeker, Project Leader

 

Kelly Ferguson

Project 1 PhD CandidateFerguson2
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.edu, LinkedIn profile.

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.

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.

Project 2: Pollutant Activation of Cell Pathways in Gestational Tissues

Prof. Rita Loch-Caruso, Project Leader

 

Adrienne Cheng

Adrienne Cheng Project 2 MPH Student
University of Michigan 
Advisor: Prof. Rita Loch-Caruso

Research Focus: Mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate; PPAR activation; prostaglandins; oxidative stress

Contact Info: achuin@umich.eduLinkedIn profile.

Erica Boldenow

Boldenow photo Project 2 PhD Candidate
University of Michigan 
Advisor: Prof. Rita Loch-Caruso

Research Focus: Reproductive toxicology; trichloroethylene; Group B Streptococcus infections during pregnancy; toxicant-pathogen interactions

Contact Info: boldenow@umich.edu

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

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; ex vivo models using tissues of the gestational compartment

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.

 

Norma Torres

Norma Torres Project 4 Graduate 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.

 

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.

Fatemeh Kazemiparkouhi

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

Research Focus: Climate change; indoor environment and health

Contact Info: kazemiparkouhi.f@husky.neu.eduLinkedIn 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.

Ljiljana Rajic

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

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

Contact Info: l.rajic@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: reza.ghasemizadeh@gmail.comLinkedIn 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.

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.

Esteban Romero Alemán

Esteban Romero Alemán

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

Research Focus: Data entry; data quality; laboratory research; urine and blood sample processing; and laboratory support

Contact Info: esteban.r5000@gmail.comLinkedIn profile.

Brenda I. Castro-Voltaggio

Brenda

Core C Master Student
University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus
 Advisor: Prof. José F. Cordero
Research Focus: Demography; environmental sciences; land use; population change; population dynamic; public health; water quality

Contact Info: brendaicv@gmail.comLinkedIn profile.

Carlos G. Vergara-Herrera

Carlos Vergara HerreraCore C Medical Doctor (Pediatrician), MPH Candidate
University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus
Advisor: Prof. José F. Cordero/Liza Anzalota 

Research Focus: Socio-environmental affairs and inequities affecting mother and child’s health and possible alternatives; remedies and solutions

Contact Info: carlos.vergara1@upr.eduLinkedIn profile.

 

Zaira Y. Rosario-Pabón

Zaira

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

Leiming_Yu

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.