Our Graduate Partners are advanced students from across Emory's campus, including the Laney Graduate School, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH), whose research and career goals focus on a variety of human health topics. They contribute to the Center for the Study of Human Health by organizing and participating in events, mentoring undergraduate researchers, and/or contributing to our blog, Destination HealthEU. Please contact Jennifer Sarrett at jsarret@emory.edu for more information or to learn how to become a Graduate Partner.

Alisina Bazrafshan


Alisina comes to Emory from Sharif University, Tehran, Iran. His research focuses on DNA nanotechnology for gene therapy and molecular motor design. 


Sarah Connolly


Sarah is a PhD/MPH student studying Immunology and Global Epidemiology. Her research focuses on host and viral factors relevant to HIV transmission in Rwanda and Zambia

Abidemi Fasanmi, MD

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Abidemi Fasanmi's research interests are in the area of gender violence, bio-politics, religion and health with a focus in Africa.​ She was a 2012-13 Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellow at Rollins School of Public Health.

Lindsey Grubbs

Department of English

Lindsey Grubbs is a doctoral candidate in English with a certificate in bioethics. She studies the relationship between nineteenth-century literature and medicine. 

Jess Libow

Department of English

Jess Libow is a Ph.D. student in English. Her work focuses on disability, health, and gender in nineteenth and twentieth century American literature and culture.

Tatenda Mangurenje


Tatenda is a PhD/MPH student studying Medical Anthropology and Global Health. Her areas of emphasis are prenatal and postpartum experiences of incarcerated women here in Georgia.

Isabeth Mendoza

RSPH: Global Health

IlanaRaskindBSHE.jpgIsabeth is at Rollins School of Public Health Global Health program. She is interested in the health of immigrant and incarcerated women.

Emily Pingel


Emily's research explores clinician/client interactions in community-based health settings, as well as HIV prevention among LGBTQ youth. She has conducted research domestically and in Latin America. She has Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Ilana Raskind

RSPH: Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

Ilana Raskind is a PhD candidate in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Her research focuses on the social and spatial determinants of food insecurity and disparities in food access

Kathryn Schaber


Kathryn is a PhD student studying Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution. Her research focuses on the importance of human movements and behavior changes during dengue transmission.

Christine Shusted

RSPH: Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

Christine is at Rollins School of Public Health Behavioral Science and Health Education program. She is interested in social determents of health and health equity.