Department of Epidemiology

Siham Ahmed is a first-generation college student and is a part of many organizations at her university such as First Gen Dawgs, the Korean Language Society, and the Public Health Association. She also tutored kids in the Athens community during the semester. She is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and partakes in many service activities and awareness events. Siham likes to cook, bake, play tennis and volleyball and travel in her free time. Siham wants to one day be an inspiration to many youths and show them the importance of taking care of their mental and physical health.

Jonelle Barron is a Biology Major and English Minor at Centre College located in
Danville, Kentucky. As a rising senior, she has been a part of the Women’s Soccer Team since the Fall of 2021. Outside of athletics, Jonelle is involved in Beta Beta Beta, the Biological Sciences Honors Society, and serves as the new Vice President after the Covid-19 Pandemic. She is also a part of the Eta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and served as a recruitment counselor, also known as a Rho Gamma. She intends to graduate in the Spring of 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Giselle Cabrera-Arevalo is a rising senior at Columbia University in New York City pursuing a degree in Psychology and Public Health. Being a first-generation student raised in the DC suburbs, she is passionate about social impact efforts aimed at empowering BIPOC and marginalized communities. With a background in psychology, public health, and research, she is especially interested in initiatives addressing mental health, social determinants of health, health disparities, and epidemiology.  Through her time in the Summer Program in Epidemiology, she hopes to build on her research background while exploring the intersection between biostatistics and advocacy work. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and volunteering as a tutor for ESL students.

Alexa Cumming is a rising junior at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing
a BS in Neuroscience with a minor in Spanish. As a research assistant, she is studying the unique challenges of families and couples living in conditions of socioeconomic adversity. Further research disciplines include Neuroscience and Public Health both of which she has presented evidence for and continues to investigate. She hopes to bring the public health lenses and her interest in the brain together in future endeavors. After completion of her undergraduate studies, she plans to continue her education in an area that is an intersection of healthcare and research with a focus on outreach in underserved communities. She plans to obtain a dual degree of MD/Ph.D. to better serve communities suffering from health disparities.

Mireya Dorado is an undergraduate student from Poway, California. She is pursuing a combined degree in mathematics and psychology, minor in Spanish, at Northeastern University. In the past, she has done research on Ebola spillover, non-native and invasive species, and the demographics of the National Science Foundation’s  ADVANCE network. She is interested in taking a quantitative approach to questions in epidemiology and global health and utilizing her data visualization skills to communicate ideas to a broader audience. Her current research interests include the one health approach, infectious disease ecology, and vector-borne disease spread. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, exploring new places, and reading non-fiction books.

Samantha “Sam” Figueredo Botello is a recent graduate of Columbia University, earning her B.A. in Information Science and Public Health. Sam is interested in using data science and engineering to address health disparities affecting historically underrepresented groups. After the program, Sam will be joining UnitedHealth Group’s Optum division as a software engineer. She hopes to continue gaining new skills and insights into technology-enabled healthcare to aid her when earning her master’s. Specifically, Sam hopes to continue studying alternative methods for disease treatment. Among many things, Sam is interested in biking, swimming, and planting. She is very excited to start the program and meet the cohort!

Sofia Moran completed her Bachelor’s in Human Biology and Society with a minor in Chicanx Studies from UCLA as a first-generation Salvadoran student in 2018. She has a deep passion for public health and after some years in non-profit community health work, she is ready to dive into the field of epidemiology with our Summer Program in Epidemiology. Sofia hopes to use this experience to familiarize herself with the field in preparation to apply for her Master’s in Public Health in the next cycle. Her long-term goals include using epidemiological methods to improve health outcomes for those who are managing chronic conditions in her local community of Los Angeles County.