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EGH Student Mirna Amaya Recognized with Model of Leadership Award

Mirna Amaya has been selected as the recipient of this year’s Model of Leadership Award. The award recognizes a student who actively works to instill positive social change in the community […]


Pilot study with UF metabolomics core

Dr. Bisesi, from the Department of Environmental and Global Health, and his colleague, Dr. Chris Martyniuk, from the Department of Physiological Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine were recently […]

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Welcome Dr. Maurelli

Dr. Tony Maurelli recently joined EGH from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland where he was Professor of Microbiology and Immunology. His office in […]


Dr. Sabo-Attwood Appointed to EPA Science Advisory Board

Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood, chair of the department of environmental and global health at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, has been appointed to a three-year […]

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Jacob Atem: Image Courtesy of Andrea Cornejo/The Gainesville Sun

Jacob Atem, now a doctoral candidate in our department, was once one of the 20,000 children displaced by the Second Sudanese Civil War, commonly known as the Lost Boys of Sudan. When he was only 6 years old, he was forced to leave his village, wandering with other displaced boys toward the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Through months of walking, Atem watched as many of his friends died from fatigue and hunger. He barely escaped the jaws of a lion, and continued to walk with a severe leg injury he suffered while diving through the bushes to safety. The Lost Boys still struggled once they reached the camp. Rations never lasted long enough, and disease was rampant. “What we went through, no one should've [gone] through,” Atem said.

Atem’s personal experience with untreated injury and disease has shaped the path of his educational career. He hopes to return to the Kakuma Refugee Camp to conduct research on diarrheal disease infections that would improve conditions for the many lost children still struggling today. “This research means so much to me,” Atem said. “I’m no longer a Lost Boy. I’m a young scientist contributing to the body of knowledge of refugee health.”



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Multi-disciplinary team publishes their work on the molecular, clinical, and phylogenetic analyses of Zika virus from Haitian plasma specimens.

Scientists from the UF College of Public Health (Dept. of Environmental and Global Health and from Department of Health Services Research, Management, and Policy) , from the UF College of […]

EGH Student Helena Chapman Represents the State of Florida at 2016 CDC Millenial Health Leaders Summit.

This past March, One Health Ph.D. student Helena Chapman was selected to participate in the 2016 Millennial Health Leaders Summit, along with fellow PHHP student Cara McDonnell. Offered by the...

Has Haiti’s cholera epidemic become a permanent problem?

Dr. Alex Weppelmann of the Department of Environmental & Global Health gives Haiti’s cholera epidemic an in-depth look in an article published on The Conversation. To read it, click here.

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