Past Trainees

CEHT faculty have provided training and mentorship to more 8 former post-doctoral fellows, 7 former PhD students, and a large number of master's level and undergraduate students. Details about our former trainees are shown below. Current trainees are listed here

Dr. Kate Weinberger
Worked with: Dr. Wellenius, 2015-2019
Now: Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

Dr. Shengzhi (“Darren”) Sun
Worked with: Dr. Wellenius, 2017-2019
Now: Research Associate, Wellenius Group, Brown University School of Public Health

Dr. Medina Jackson-Browne
Worked with: Dr. Braun
Now: Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Delaware

Dr. Samantha Kingsley
Worked with: Dr. Braun
Now: Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare

Dr. Nan Li
Worked with: Dr. Braun
Now: Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health

Dr. Shaina Stacy
Worked with: Dr. Braun, 2015-2016
Now: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Wenchi Pan
Worked with: Dr. Wellenius, 2014-2015
Now: Assistant Professor, Institute of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan

Dr. Megan Romano
Worked with: Dr. Braun, 2013-2016
Now: Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Dr. Yi Wang
Worked with: Dr. Wellenius, 2011-2013
Now: Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Indiana University School of Public Health

Dr. Deborah Watkins
Worked with: Drs. Wellenius, Savitz, Kelsey, and Braun 2011-2013
Now: Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Dr. Scott Langevin
Worked with: Dr. Karl Kelsey, 2010-2013
Now: Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Brock Christensen
Worked with: Dr. Kelsey, 2008-2011
Now: Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Dr. Gretchen Gee
Worked with: Dr. Kelsey, 2005-2010
Now: Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry (Research), Brown University

Geetika Kalloo
Department of Epidemiology
Degree awarded 2019
Thesis: Early Life Exposure to Chemical Mixtures: Implications for Neonatal Outcomes and Cognitive Ability
Mentor: Dr. Braun

Samantha Kingsley
Department of Epidemiology
Degree awarded 2017
Thesis: “Maternal Air Pollution Exposure, Placental Epigenetics, and Fetal Growth.”
Mentor: Dr. Wellenius

Jessica Shoaff
Department of Epidemiology
Degree Awarded 2016
Thesis: “Early Life Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Implications for Child Birthweight, Growth, and Adiposity.”
Mentor: Dr. Braun

Ashley Smith
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Degree Awarded: 2014
Thesis: Integration of Genetic and Epigenetic Alterations in the Discovery of Molecular Drivers of Malignancy in Glioma
Mentor: Dr. Kelsey

William Accomando
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Degree Awarded: 2013
Thesis: Epigenetic Biomarkers for the Detection and Quantification of Human Leukocytes in Blood and Tissue
Mentor: Dr. Kelsey

Graham Poage
Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology
Degree Awarded: 2011
Thesis: DNA Copy Number, Methylation, and Clinical Factors in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinomas
Mentor: Dr. Kelsey

Caihua Liang
Department of Epidemiology
Degree Awarded: 2011
Thesis: Environmental and Genetic Factors in the Risk of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Mentor: Dr. Kelsey

Haley Cash
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Degree Awarded: 2011
Thesis: DNA Methylation of Repeat Regions in Human Cancer and Metabolic Disease
Mentor: Dr. Kelsey

Catrina Mueller-Leonhard
Degree awarded 2018
Thesis: "Early-Life Exposure to Elemental Carbon from Traffic and Child Anthropometry." 
Mentors: Wellenius, Braun

Keith Spangler
Degree awarded 2018
Thesis: "Suitability of Gridded Climate Datasets for Epidemiologic Assessments of Meteorological Exposures."
Mentor: Dr. Wellenius

Taylor Etzel
Degree awarded 2017
Thesis: “Urinary Triclosan Concentrations during Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes.”
Mentor: Dr. Braun

Anthony Pellegrino
Degree awarded 2019
Thesis: Using High Resolution Data on United States Housing Characteristics to Assess Vulnerability to Climactic Hazards
Mentor: Dr. Wellenius

June Jiao
Degree awarded 2018
Thesis: Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Adolescent Cardiometabolic Disease
Mentor: Dr. Braun

Sophie Kauderer
Degree awarded 2017
Thesis: “Residential Air Pollution and Gestational Comorbidities in Rhode Island.”
Mentor: Dr. Wellenius

Nithya Ramesh
Degree awarded 2017
Thesis: Perfluroalkyl Substance Exposure and Child Dental Caries
Mentor: Dr. Braun

Raul Smego
​Degree awarded 2015
Thesis: Prenatal PCB Exposure and Thyroid Function
Mentor: Dr. Braun

Adila Prasodjo
​Degree awarded 2013
Thesis: Serum Cotinine and Folate Concentrations in Pregnancy
Mentor: Dr. Braun

Samantha Kingsley
Degree awarded 2013
Thesis: “Proximity of US Schools to Major Roadways: a Nationwide Assessment.”
Mentor: Dr. Wellenius

Caroline Blanck​
ScB Environmental Sciences (Sustainability in Development track)
Degree awarded 2019
Thesis: "Heat-Related Mortality in a Warming World: Implications and Ways Forward."
Mentor: Dr. Wellenius and Dr. Kate Weinberger

Rebecca Noga
AB Public Health (Honors)
Degree awarded 2018
Thesis: "Determining the impact of the built environment on birth outcomes in the state of Rhode Island."
Mentor: Dr. Wellenius​

Leah Haykin
AB Health & Human Biology (Honors), Environmental Health track
Degree awarded 2016
Thesis: “Projected temperature-related deaths in ten large U.S. metropolitan areas under different climate change scenarios.”
Mentor: Dr. Wellenius

Marisa Millenson
ScB Statistics
Degree awarded 2016
Thesis: “Urinary organophosphate insecticide metabolite concentrations during pregnancy and children's interpersonal, communication, repetitive, and stereotypic behaviors at 8 years of age: The home study.”
Mentor: Dr. Braun