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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 and exemplifies the values of true leadership. Mirna studies a PhD in Environmental and Global Health at the College of…

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 awarded a Pilot and Feasibility Project through the Southeast Center for Integrated Metabolomics to develop a novel technique for measuring…

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 HPNP is on the fourth floor and his laboratory is in the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI). His research interests are…

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 term as a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Science Advisory…

EGH Students Successfuly Defend Dissertations

This past week 4 EGH PhD candidates successfully defended their dissertations. The candidates are as follows: Benjamin Anderson Maha Elbadry Salah Uddin Khan Xiao (Bela) Zheng Congratulations to all our students!…

November 10th Seminar Series

Dr. Richard Kwok will be discussing “Investigating the Potential Human Health Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill” on Tuesday, November 10th, at 2 PM.  …

Seminar Series

On November 3rd, Dr. Romina Rivero will be discussing One Health Commitment from a New Institute of Tropical  Medicine in South America: Mission, Perspectives & Research.  …

October 13th Seminar

Tuesday, October 13th, Dr. Lisa Conti will speak on the topic of One Health Approach to Invasive Species. Light refreshments will be provided.  …

October 6th Seminar Series

Tuesday, October 6th, will be the 5th installment in this Fall’s seminar series. The seminar will be hosted by UF students Stephanie Cinkovich and Shannon Hentschel who will be presenting “The Role of Hosts in the Transmission Dynamics of Japanese Encephalitis Virus in Bangladesh” and “Nanoparticles Modulate Viral Infectivity: A…

EGH One Health Certificate Program Travels to Kenya

The Certificate Program in One Health has been put on hold until further notice. This past July, participants in the One Health certificate program got out of the classroom and into a community that is a true convergence point between human, animal, and environmental health: Kisumu, Kenya. The students worked alongside…

NIFA Fellowship awarded to Environmental & Global Health Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Candice Lavelle, a recent UF PhD graduate and current postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Environmental and Global Health has won a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA).  The award will support Lavelle’s research project, titled “Investigating the Use…

Yaser Alsahafi Presents Research at 2015 National Oral Health Conference

The 2015 National Oral Health Conference took place from April 27-29 in Kansas City, Missouri.The NOHC is the premier meeting for dental public health. Dental public health professionals from around North America and the world attended and presented this year. PhD student Yaser Alsahafi presented his poster entitled “Factors Influencing Prediction of…

Doctoral Student Wins Internship with Dow Chemical Company

EGH doctoral student Xiao (Bela) Zheng, who has been working with Dr. Sabo-Attwood in the area of nanotoxicology, has been offered a summer internship with Dow AgroSciences, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company. The position is in Dow’s National Student Program in Regulatory Sciences and Regulatory Affairs R&D. Bela will…

April 21 Last EGH Seminar

Tuesday, April 21st, will be EGH’s last departmental seminar of the Spring 2015 semester. It will take place at 12 pm, and is located in the Cancer and Genetics Research Center’s (CGRC) room 133, which is in the north wing past the auditorium.  Following the presentation, we will have an EGH…

April 14th EGH Department Seminar

The next EGH Department Seminar will be taking place on April 14th at 12 PM, in Cancer and Genetics Research Center’s (CGRC) room 133, which is in the north wing past the auditorium. Refreshments will be provided! This week’s topics are genotoxicity mechanisms. It will be hosted by Chris Vulpe.

Dr. John Lednicky Finds Flu Mutation That Targets Young People

Recently, Dr. John Lednicky of the College of Global and Environmental Health, along with Dr. Glenn Morris of the Emerging Pathogens Institute, discovered a mutation in a common H1N1 virus that allowed it to infect the patients’ lower respiratory tracts. Typically, flu settles in the upper airways of…

EGH Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Student Awards

Nominations are now closed! Thank you to all who took the time to vote. The College of Environmental and Global Health is now accepting nominations for their annual Student Awards. This year, awards will be given out for excellence in scholarship and service, excellence in service for local, national and/or global communities,…

EGH Participates in PHHP 28th Annual Research Day

  Wednesday, April 8th, was the College of Public Health and Health Professionals 28th Annual Research Day. Three students of the College of Environmental and Global Health presented posters of their research, two of which made it in the Top 7 Abstracts, one tied for first. Helena…

April 7th Environmental and Global Health Department Seminar

This weeks topics highlight Single Walled Nanotubes and EE2 Interactions, as well as IPT, EMT, ESRs, and LOCs. Our weekly Department Seminar is being held this Tuesday at 12:00 PM. This week’s speakers are Cody Smith, PhD student in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Thuy Ngo, MPH student at…

Cuc Tran Defends Dissertation, Is Awarded Spot at CDC Epidemic Intelligence Services

Cuc Tran successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Effective Strategies for Evaluating and Sustaining a Successful School-located Influenza Vaccination Program”. Cuc Tran has been awarded a spot in the CDC EIS (Epidemic Intelligence Service) training program, which 2-year post-doctoral training program for health professionals interested in the practice of…

EGH’s First Prospective Student Day!

Monday, March  30th, was the Department of Environmental and Global Health’s first ever prospective student day.  Students traveled from the icy terrains of Chicago, Illinois and Columbus, Ohio to hear more about the department from Mrs. Caronne Rush, Dr. Kane, Dr. Sabo-Attwood, Dr. Bisesi, and Dr. Afsar.   The students and…

Multidisciplinary team establishes a facile method for collecting viable influenza viruses

The modes of person-to-person transmission of influenza viruses, especially with regard to the airborne transmission via inhalation of fine (<5 microns) particles, are highly debated. A team comprised of researchers from the Department of Environmental and Global Health, the UF School of Medicine, the UF Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences,…

Immunizing schoolkids fights flu in others, too

Mathematical models predicted it, and now a University of Florida study confirms it: Immunizing school-aged children from flu can protect other segments of the population, as well. When half of 5- to 17-year-old children in Alachua County were vaccinated through a school-based program, the entire age group’s flu rates decreased…

Students Present at the SACNAS conference in Los Angeles

Graduate and undergraduate students that are currently working with Drs. Sabo-Attwood and Bisesi in the Department of Environmental and Global Health presented their research at the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) national conference on October 16-20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. SACNAS is an…

Doctoral student Cuc Tran will be honored for mentoring contributions!

Cuc Tran, a doctoral student in the department of environmental and global health, is a recipient of UF’s 2014 Graduate Student Mentoring Award. Given by UF’s Innovation Through Institutional Integration program, or I-Cubed, the award recognizes graduate students in STEM disciplines who help others succeed as graduate or undergraduate students…

Doctoral Students Lecture at Sun Yat-sen University in China

Department of Environmental and Global Health doctoral student Mary Merrill, along with Department of Statistics doctoral student Hunter Merrill presented a 5-day workshop on R statistical programming for public health data at Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China on August 28-29 and September 1-3. There were roughly 80 attendees…

Dr. John Lednicky and colleagues in Virus Genes journal

John Lednicky and his colleagues Janet Butel, Maya Luetke, and Julia Loeb published an article entitled “Complete genomic sequence of a new Human polyomavirus 9 strain with an altered noncoding control region” in the journal Virus Genes. (DOI) 10.1007/s11262-014-1119-z. This is the first complete Human polyomavirus 9 (HPyV-9) genome to…

Congratulations to Dr. Michael von Fricken!

Please help us congratulate Michael von Fricken (on the left) on his successful completion of a PhD with the Department of Environmental and Global Health.  Michael’s research has focused on malaria treatment and elimination in Haiti, which has resulted in over 6 publications in this year alone.  His work was…

EGH Students Present Posters at the 27th Annual PHHP Research Day

Graduate and undergraduate students from the Department of Environmental and Global Health presented posters on a wide range of research topics at the 27th annual PHHP Research Day on April 9, 2014. Sarah K. White, MPH, placed among the top 15 presenters with her poster titled, “Little Evidence of Human…

Dr. John Lednicky gives talk on airborne virus sampling

Dr. John Lednicky gave a talk entitled “Collection of viable airborne viruses using air samplers” for the Biomedical Education Seminar Series of the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Florida, on 7 February 2014. He discussed the concept of aeroplankton, technical difficulties regarding air sampling for viable airborne…

Students become first-ever One Health MHS graduates

On December 15, 2013, Mary Leigh Morris, Tia Williams, and Lauren Stevenson became the University of Florida’s first graduates of the Master of Health Sciences (MHS) in Environmental and Global Health with a concentration in One Health.  This is the only One Health Masters degree program in the United States. …

EGH PhD student, Xiao Zheng, wins International Student Award

Dr. David Sammons (pictured), dean of the University of Florida International Center, recently presented EGH PhD student, Xiao (Bela) Zheng, with the UF Outstanding International Student Award. The Outstanding International Student Award was initiated to highlight the accomplishments of international students at the University of Florida. The awards are designed to…

One Health PhD student, Helena Chapman, receives Student Health Activist Honorable Mention

Each year, HealthBegins and other organizational partners recognize students who have demonstrated passion and achievement in the pursuit of social justice and health equity. EGH PhD student, Helena Chapman, will be awarded a Student Health Activist honorable mention for her work organizing medical students in the Dominican Republic to form Organizacion…

Dr. Ziad Memish lectures on MERS-CoV and the Hajj in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Ziad Memish during his lecture “The Hajj and MERS-CoV: Saudi Strategies to Reduce Transmission Risk.” Photo: Mary Leigh Morris August 30, 2013 – Dr. Ziad Memish, Deputy Minister of Public Health, Saudi Arabia visited the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) to discuss research collaborations.  Faculty and students from the Department…

EGH welcomes 2013 graduate student cohort

New EGH PhD, MHS, and MPH students met with department faculty and staff at the recent student orientation held on Friday, August 16, 2013. The department is excited to welcome such a talented and diverse group of students. It is going to be a great year!   …

Ali Messenger becomes first EGH PhD graduate!

Ali Messenger (left) graduated with her PhD in Public Health on Friday August 9th 2013.  She is among the first PhD students to perform her PhD work in the Emerging Pathogens Institute.  Ali was mentored by Professor Dana Focks (right) and Assistant Professor Bernard Okech in studying dengue disease in…

Dr. Lednicky et al. discovered Human coronavirus NL63 (HCoV-NL63) in commercially sold primary human renal proximal tubule epithelial cells (RPTEC)

Dr. Lednicky et al. discovered Human coronavirus NL63 (HCoV-NL63) in commercially sold primary human renal proximal tubule epithelial cells (RPTEC). They then proved the virus replicates in primary RPTEC and human renal epithelial cells. HCoV-NL63 is known as a medium-virulence respiratory virus, but has not been associated with human kidney disease. However, genetically related viruses…

Drs. Glenn and Debbie Morris host barbecue for Certificate in One Health students

Drs. Glenn and Debbie Morris recently hosted their annual barbecue for Certificate of One Health students, UF faculty, and staff. This year, 48 students from 22 countries enrolled in the One Health Certificate courses. The countries represented by this diverse student group include Bangladesh, Canada, Cambodia, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Iraq, Jordan,…

Dr. Sabo-Attwood to participate in UF Science Communications Academy

EGH Associate Professor, Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood, was recently selected as one of a handful of scientists to participate in UF’s Science Communications Academy. Dr. Sabo-Attwood and her colleagues will represent the university at the joint annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for…