Alumni

Mansi Verma, MPH

Mansi completed her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. She graduated with a B.S in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience and an additional B.S in Psychology with minors in Bioethics and Cognitive Science at Michigan State University in 2019. Her research interests primarily focus around psychiatric epidemiology as well as the social determinants of health that impact neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. She worked with Dr. Kobayashi for her MPH capstone project where she used data from the HAALSI study to explore the relationship between depression and household expenditures within an older population.

Mansi is currently a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of South Carolina.

Maya Sabbagh, MPH

Maya completed her MPH degree in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. She graduated with my B.S. in Public Health from the University of South Carolina in 2018 and worked in clinical research before starting her Masters.

Her research interests include social epidemiology as well as cognitive decline and the aging population. She worked with Dr. Kobayashi where she used the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) dataset to examine the relationship and timing of reported depressive symptoms after experiencing a maternal death as an older adult.

Sarah Gao, MPH

Sarah completed her MPH degree in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in History and the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality from Rice University. She worked with the KRG for her MPH capstone project, which uses HAALSI data to explore the relationship between distance to adult children and cognitive health. She is interested in social and spatial epidemiology, as well as the impact of structural inequalities on health across the life course. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and walking her dog, Sasha!

Sarah is currently a Research Assistant at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Carly Joseph, MPH

Carly completed her MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2021. For her MPH capstone project, she investigated the relationship between social isolation and mental health in older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is now continuing work with the research group centered around isolation and mental health throughout the aging trajectory. Her research and clinical interests include social determinants of health in geriatrics, oncology, and rural medicine. Outside of work and studying, she enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and spending lots of quality time with her cat Sandra.

Carly is now a fourth year medical student at Central Michigan University.

Megan Mullins, PhD, MPH

Megan completed my MPH and PhD at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology. Her dissertation work focused on racial disparities in ovarian cancer care. She is interested in understanding barriers to the receipt of quality cancer care including patient characteristics, structural barriers and the comparative effectiveness of treatment modalities.

Her postdoctoral work focused on generating evidence to identify gaps in the quality of cancer care among cognitively impaired older adults and understanding functional aging trajectories among cancer patients. More broadly, she is passionate about care for gynecologic cancers with a focus on disparities among racial and sexual/gender minorities. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and growing succulents.

Megan is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population and Data Sciences at Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern.

Jasdeep Kler, MPH

Jasdeep graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Neurobiology, Psychology, and Political Science and from the University of Michigan with an MPH in Global Health Epidemiology in 2020.

Jasdeep joined the Kobayashi Research Group as a Research Associate with interests surrounding racial-ethnic cancer disparities, the impact of health and social policies on racial-ethnic health disparities, and the influence of neighborhoods and communities on health outcomes.

As of Summer 2020, Jasdeep is a medical student at the University of Michigan School of Medicine! Congratulations, Jasdeep!

Marcus L. McKay, Jr., MPH

Marcus completed his MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2021. His research interests involve quantifying sociodemographic information within health systems in order to better understand patient populations.

After graduation, Marcus joined Kaiser Permanente Northern California as a Healthcare Data Analyst. Congratulations, Marcus!

Marisa Eastman, MPH

Marisa completed her MPH in Global Health Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and joined the Kobayashi Research Group as a Research Associate in 2020. Her research interests include emergency medical care in sub-Saharan Africa, traumatic brain injury in the Ashanti region of Ghana, and racial disparities among older US adults in the coordinated care experience.

Marisa is now a Public Health Analyst working on Innovation Economics with RTI International, a contract research firm based in Durham, North Carolina. She leads evaluation of an NIH-funded biomedical translational science program, and assists in outreach, engagement, and coordination between stakeholders. Congratulations, Marisa!

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