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Kathryn Howell is the project coordinator of the TII funded research project. She has a bachelor's degree in microbiology from Virginia Tech and has laboratory experience in research and hospital settings. She graduated from the Master of Science in Conservation Medicine Program at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. As part of her program, she completed an internship studying common livestock zoonoses at the Food and Agriculture Organization in the Animal Genetic Resources Branch. Her master's case study focused on the use of antibiotics in livestock production and its relationship to antibiotic resistant pneumonia in the United States elderly population. She is currently working with other Tufts affiliates to perform a related analysis using ArcGIS and R. Her interests are in infectious disease and environmental determinants of human health, particularly related to agriculture.
Meghan Hartwick is a PhD student at the University of New Hampshire in Molecular Evolution in Systems Biology. Her thesis work is on the ecology and dynamics of Vibrio parahaemolyticus, V. cholerae, and V. vulnificus in the estuarine environment, with a long term focus on water borne pathogens and the importance of conservation and sustainable use of our oceans and coastline to human and wildlife health. Meghan first worked with the Christian Medical College in 2012 while working on her Master's degree in the Conservation Medicine program at the Tufts Veterinary School. During this visit she worked under the direction of Dr. Balaji and Dr. Anandan to determine methods and feasibility for surveillance of V. cholerae at the Vellore Fort Moat. She returned to CMC in 2014 and again in January 2015, this time as part of the TII team, to contribute to the ongoing collaboration and data collection from the V. cholerae surveillance project.
Tania Alarcon is a PhD candidate in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. Tania is one of the student leaders for the India site and is in charge of the Decline in Water Quality Study, which is a part of her thesis. Tania traveled to India in January 2015 to connect with CMC faculty and students and to create new collaboration opportunities. As part of the Decline in Water Quality Study, Tania is developing GIS tools to explore spatial and temporal connections between source and point-of-use water quality.
Aishwarya Venkat is a master's candidate in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering in the Tufts Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Aishwarya traveled to India with the group in January 2015, where she helped with data abstraction and environmental sampling, and connected with several CMC faculty and students. This trip helped Aishwarya define her master's thesis in mapping soil and groundwater vulnerability to agricultural pesticides in Vellore.
Hanna Ehrlich is an undergraduate senior majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies. She has always had a broad interest in global health, which in recent years has honed in on vector-borne, waterborne, and zoonotic diseases. The latter is of particular relevance to Hanna's goals post-graduation, as she hopes to somehow combine her love for animals and wildlife protection with her interests in infectious disease and international development. Hanna has prior experience in Tamil Nadu, India, where she traveled as part of BUILD:India, a sustainable development group which partners with a rural village to conduct health education campaigns, collect on-the-ground health data, and administer health surveys. She completed her second trip with BUILD prior to joining the rest of the TII team in Vellore in January 2015. In Vellore, she assisted in clinical data abstraction and environmental sampling. She also got to build great relationships with CMC's microbiology department and eat copious amounts of coconut chutney and masala dosa.
Alexandra Kulinkina is a PhD candidate in Environmental Health and Environmental Engineering in the Tufts Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering working on predictive modeling of prevalence and risk factors for urogenital schistosomiasis in Ghana. Alexandra is the student leader for the Ghana portion of the TII project and is very familiar with the study area. Starting in summer 2012, she has traveled to Ghana six times for quantitative and qualitative data collection, most recently in January 2015 to collect water samples for physicochemical analysis to follow up on previous work on water quality perceptions. She is currently planning the next trip with other students (summer of 2015) to collect data on the prevalence of schistosomiasis in the 75 study communities in which she works. Data collected during the TII project period as well as a previous NIH R-34 planning grant are being used for her PhD dissertation.
Madeline Wrable is a Master's candidate in Environmental Health in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. Madeline completed her bachelors at Northeastern University in applied physics and philosophy. While there she was a division I runner and completed coops at the University of Puerto Rico, University of Hannover Germany, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). At Tufts she has become experienced in GIS and remote sensing. She is currently working as a GIS Lab Assistant and is the TA for Introduction to Remote Sensing class. Her thesis is focusing on using GIS and RS to create climate regionalization maps of Ghana to help predict the prevalence of the water related disease schistosomiasis. Madeline traveled to Ghana with the team in January 2015 to assist with data collection. There she enjoyed experiencing international collaboration and cultural exchange with students in the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Science (UCAES). She desires a career that allows her to use similar software in aiding water related problems in developing countries.
Ariel Branz is a senior Community Health and International Relations double major in the Department of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University. Ariel is interested in using spatial statistics for community health and issues related to global health, water, sanitation, and hygiene. Ariel is one of the students who traveled to Ghana in January 2015 to conduct TII research. While there she assisted with environmental collection and survey administration at boreholes to determine water quality and water quality perception. Ariel also worked with Alexandra to create a schistosomiasis risk map of the Eastern Region of Ghana.
   
Alexandra Kulinkina, BS, MS
Alexandra received her BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus on water and wastewater treatment processes from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and her MS from Tufts University. Her MS research focused on the interaction between the environment, drinking water quality, and diarrheal infections in urban and rural locations in South India working with a data set from a collaborative study with Christian Medical College. Her other research interests include environmental and behavioral risk factors for urogenital schistosomiasis and primary prevention through infrastructure improvements in rural Ghana (Tufts) and developing indicators for environmental exposures to school children in European countries (WHO).
Alexander Liss, BSc, MSc, MBA, CFA, CFFA
Alexander holds Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Chemistry, and Master of Business Administration Degree, Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Forensics Financial Analyst designations, and is a member of the CFA Institute, the Boston Security Analysts Society, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. His expertise comprises biostatistics and time series analysis, econometric and financial forensics, business valuation and cost-benefit analysis, very large data set statistical analysis and data mining, digital signal processing, large data sets analysis and other quantitative research topics. Alexander is a Doctoral Student at Tufts University Center for Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on the development of analytical tools for time series and longitudinal data analysis and its application to disease surveillance, exposure assessment, financial and environmental forensics, quantitative finance and cost benefit analysis.
Ruiruo Wu, BS, MS
Ruiruo received her BS in Environmental Engineering with a focus on water and wastewater treatment at Chongqing University, China and received her Master of Science degree at Tufts University. Her Master's thesis was about "Time series analysis of heat stroke related hospitalizations in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area, from 1991 to 2006". Ruiruo believes that Environment is a complex and integrated system, thus knowledge about environmental principles, environmental epidemiology, system engineering, and economics theories are all indispensable parts to build a holistic understanding about the nature of environment. Through her Master's research with Dr. Naumova's guidance, Ruiruo shows strong interest in quantitative analysis and programming algorithms. Ruiruo plans to seek more advanced training in statistics and programming, because she hopes to contribute to solving environmental health related challenges with advanced techniques, innovated methodologies, and integrated multi-subjects knowledge.
Alice Tin, BA, MPH
Alice recently completed a combined Bachelors and Master of Public Health degree program at Tufts University, earning her BA in History and Community Health and concentrating in Epidemiology and Biostatistics for her MPH. She conducted a pilot study in partnership with the Nicaragua Research Center for Aquatic Resources (CIRA/UNAN) and the Committees for Potable Water and Sanitation (CAPS) for a project that aims to apply latrine additives to improve latrine sanitation in rural communities without a networked sewage system. The ultimate goal of the study is to reduce the incidence of diarrheal and enteric diseases in these communities by employing a combination of public health, engineering and technological innovations.
Andrea Brown, BS, EIT, MS Candidate 2012
Andrea received her BS in Civil Engineering from UCLA and is currently an MS Candidate in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at Tufts University. Her research, in collaboration with the Christian Medical College (CMC) in India, focuses on modeling the transmission of diarrheal pathogens through the land surface in both rural villages and urban slums of Southern India.

2011-2012 TIE Fellow and WSSS Fellow
Negin Ashoori, BS, BA, MS Candidate 2012
Negin received her BS in Biological Sciences and BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Currently, she is pursuing a MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering focusing on water quality in India. Negin's research on Water consumption patterns and enteric infection transmission in rural and urban settings of Vellore district aims to identify environmental predictors of water safety using statistical analysis, focus groups, and GIS mapping.

2011-2012 TIE Fellow and WSSS Fellow