Institute at Brown for Environment and SocietyIBES

Graduate Students: Public Health

Noelle received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University where she studied Community Health while completing an Honors Thesis examining the role-played by Community Health Workers on the Navajo Nation and the essential services they provide. Her previous research has included work on the negative health effects of ultra-fine particulate matter as a part of the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study. At Brown, she will be working on Dr. Joe Braun’s research team on the PEACE Study. Her passion for research emphasizes the utilization of a Community Based Participatory Research model and she strongly believes that researchers have a responsibility to the communities they work with to fully include them throughout and beyond the scope of the study.

Geetika Kalloo is a fourth year doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at Brown University interested in environmental determinants of perinatal and pediatric health. She is currently working with Dr. Joseph Braun on the HOME study, a prospective pregnancy and birth cohort from Cincinnati, OH. Her work investigates how exposure to mixtures of commonly found environmental chemicals, such as those found in personal care products, pesticides, household air, and dust, during pregnancy will impact both the physical and neurological development of children.

Marisa Patti, MHS is a second year doctoral student in the department of Epidemiology at the Brown School of Public Health. Under the guidance of her academic and research advisor Dr. Joseph M Braun, she is interested in exploring the influence of environmental exposures on child neurodevelopment. Her current work focuses on the joint interaction of pre-natal exposure to arsenic and folic acid on child neurodevelopmental and anthropometric health outcomes. It is her goal that her work may provide greater insight between multiple modifiable exposures on child health while also shedding light onto particularly vulnerable subgroups of children who may benefit from future prenatal dietary-based interventions.

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