SPHHS Announces 2019 Summer Ph.D. Fellows

Top row (from left): Deniz Azarmanesh, Qiong Chen, and Daniel Gregory. Bottom row (from left): Bi-Sek Hsiao, Samantha Scripture, and Seok-Yeong “Sean” Yu
Top row (from left): Deniz Azarmanesh, Qiong Chen, and Daniel Gregory. Bottom row (from left): Bi-Sek Hsiao, Samantha Scripture, and Seok-Yeong “Sean” Yu

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences has awarded six Summer Ph.D. Fellowships for 2019. The $7,000 awards provide support for Ph.D. students in excellent standing to pursue their research and complete their dissertations during the summer months. Students received nominations by their faculty mentors with concurrence from their graduate program directors.

The 2019 Fellows are:

Deniz Azarmanesh, nutrition, mentored by Elena Carbone. For her dissertation research, Azarmanesh is examining the association of the inflammatory potential of diet with depression and inflammatory biomarkers.

Qiong Chen, nutrition, mentored by Elena Carbone. Chen’s dissertation research focuses on health literacy levels and the use of an integrated mobile app WeChat among Chinese mothers with children age 0-3 years.

Daniel Gregory, kinesiology, mentored by Julia Choi. Gregory aims to understand the mechanisms of gait stability, adaptation to perturbing environments, and learning for rehabilitation.

Bi-Sek Hsiao, nutrition, mentored by Lindiwe Sibeko. Hsiao’s dissertation research explores understudied factors related to racial/ethnic disparities in breastfeeding practices and maternal and child health outcomes.

Samantha Scripture, communication disorders mentored by Jill Hoover. Scripture’s dissertation project is addressing how children learn language, specifically verbs, and how differences in verb learning can identify young children at risk for Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) at age 3.

Seok-Yeong “Sean” Yu, nutrition, mentored by Young-Cheul Kim. Yu's dissertation research focus is to identify dietary and environmental factors that influence adipose tissue metabolism and inflammation and understand underlying mechanism(s) involved at the molecular level.

For more information on the program, visit the Dean’s Incentives Program webpage.