Current Students

Nicole Butera. A Doubly-Robust Method to Handle Missing Multilevel Outcome Data in Semi-Parametric Regression. Biostatistics PhD Student.
Yiqing Wang. Host Genetic, Gut Microbiome, and Cardiometabolic Risk in China. PhD Candidate. Award: Gillings Merit Scholarship 2016-2017.


Former Postdocs

Yosuke Inoue. Incorporation of biomarkers into population cohort data. Carolina Population Center Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016-2018.
  Jana Hirsch. Place, space, & health: understanding the role of spatial factors in health disparities. Carolina Population Center Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2016.
kyoung13 Kristin Young. Gene-environment interactions and weight gain: Complex socio-environmental influences. Carolina Population Center Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2014.
ssalb Sandra Albrecht. Acculturation and weight gain. Carolina Population Center Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013. Award: Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012. Currently Assistant Professor of Nutrition, UNC.
mgraff Misa Graff. Gene environment interactions and weight gain: the Add Health study, 2009-2013. Carolina Population Center Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2014.
S_duffey_kiyah Kiyah Duffey. Food price, economics and obesity. Interdisciplinary Obesity Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2011. Currently Research Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech.
boone_janne Janne Boone-Heinonen. Residential selectivity and food environment. Interdisciplinary Obesity Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2011. Awards: Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2010); Interdisciplinary Obesity Training Postdoctoral Fellowship, June 2009-May 2011. Currently Assistant Professor at Oregon Health and Science University.


Former Students

Kim_Yongkyum_2015  Yongkyum Kim (BSPH: “Transition to a Western Diet and Cardiometabolic Risk,” May 2017) Award: Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa of North Carolina, Fall 2015.
pasquale retouched 11_12 WEB Pasquale Rummo (Dissertation: “Environment and Obesity: The CARDIA Study,” May 2016) Award: National Institute of Health Nutrition Training Grant (2012-2013); the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award, 2016.
fdong Fei Dong (Dissertation: “Cardiometabolic Risk in China,” May 2016) Award: National Institute of Health Fogarty International Center Training Grant (2012-2016).
attard Samantha Attard (Dissertation: “Pathways from Environmental Changes to CVD Risk Factors: Mediating Effects of Diet, Physical Activity, and BMI,” May 2016) Selected Awards: Epidemiology Section Student and Trainee Poster Competition, The Obesity Society 2012 Annual Meeting; National Institute of Health Nutrition Training Grant (2011-2012).
Impact13-IMP_4225  Andrea Richardson (Dissertation: “How Do Changes In the Neighborhood Food Environment Influence Diet and BMI Over Time? An Innovative Method Using 20 Years of Spatial, Diet and Anthropometry Data,” May 2015) Awards: Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Award (2013); Pat Simpson Travel Award, The Obesity Society (2012); Population Association of America Top Poster Award (2011); The Royster Society of Fellows Doctoral Training Award (2009-2013). Currently  Associate Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Ningqi Hou Ningqi Hou (Dissertation: “The built environment, walking, and obesity: The CARDIA Study,” May 2010). Currently at University Chicago, Health Studies
 The Natalie The (Dissertation: “The Development of Young Adult Obesity and Its Role On Diabetes,” May 2010) Selected Awards: Linda Dykstra Distinguished Dissertation Award, SPH (2009); Gillings Dissertation Award, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC (2010); The Mars, Inc. Predoctoral Fellowship, American Society of Nutrition (2009); Top Submitted Abstract Award: The Obesity Society 2007 Annual Meeting. Currently Assistant Professor, Furman College.
 boone_janne Janne Boone-Heinonen (Dissertation: “Do active communities support activity, or support active people? Causal inference in the built environment and physical activity relationship,” May 2009) Selected Awards: A. Hughes Bryan Outstanding Doctoral Student, Dept. of Nutrition, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009); Robert Wood Johnson, Active Living Research Dissertation Grant RWJF 65542 (2008-2009); Graduate School, UNC, Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship (2008); Graduate School, UNC, Impact Award (2008). Currently Assistant Professor, Oregon Health Sciences University.
 Melissa Scharoun-Lee Melissa Scharoun-Lee (Dissertation: “Race/ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, and Obesity Across the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood,” May 2008) Selected Awards: Population Association of American Blue Ribbon Poster Award (2007); Minority Predoctoral Fellowship Program, National Institutes of Health [F31 HD049334] (2005-2008); Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program Travel Award from the American Society for Nutrition (2005); Joseph E. Pogue University Fellowship, UNC (2002-2007). Currently Postdoctoral Scholar, Duke University.
 melissa n laska Melissa Nelson Laska (Disseration: “Obesity, physical activity, and the neighborhood environment,” May 2005)  Assistant Professor of Division of Epidemiology and Community Health (2005- present) Selected Awards: Dannon Institute’s Nutrition Leadership Institute (2005); Graduate School, UNC, Impact Award (2005); Society for Epidemiologic Research Abraham Lilienfeld Student Prize, (2004); American Society for Clinical Nutrition Young Investigator Competition (2003). Currently Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota.